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The Best Food to Help Relieve Your Joint Pain

You may already be taking medicines — either prescription or over-the-counter — to relieve morning stiffness, inflammation and pain in your joints. But many studies show that certain foods, spices and supplements may help in addition to medicines.

We talked with registered dietitians Kylene Bogden MS, RDN, CSSD, LDN  and Liz DeJulius, RDN, LDN about which healthy foods may help ease your joint pain. Here’s their recommendations on what to eat.

https://health.clevelandclinic.org/2016/10/the-best-food-to-help-relieve-your-joint-pain/?utm_campaign=cc%20posts&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter&utm_content=171017%20joint&cvosrc=social%20network.twitter.cc%20posts&cvo_creative=171017%20joint

6 Surprising Ways Alcohol Affects Your Health

Some of the ways alcohol affects our health are well known, but others may surprise you. Here are six less-known effects that alcohol has on your body, according to gastroenterologist K. V. Narayanan Menon, MD:

  1. Drinking gives your body work to do that keeps it from other processes. Once you take a drink, your body makes metabolizing it a priority — above processing anything else. Unlike proteins, carbohydrates and fats, your body doesn’t have a way to store alcohol, so it has to move to the front of the metabolizing line. This is why it affects your liver, as it’s your liver’s job to detoxify and remove alcohol from your blood.
  2. Abusing alcohol causes bacteria to grow in your gut, which can eventually migrate through the intestinal wall and into the liver, leading to liver damage.
  3. Too much is bad for your heart. It can cause the heart to become weak (cardiomyopathy) and have an irregular beat pattern (arrhythmias). It also puts people at higher risk for developing high blood pressure.
  4. People can develop pancreatitis, or inflammation of the pancreas, from alcohol abuse.
  5. Drinking too much puts you at risk for some cancers, such as cancer of the mouth, esophagus, throat, liver and breast.
  6. It can affect your immune system. If you drink every day, or almost every day, you might notice that you catch colds, flu or other illnesses more frequently than people who don’t drink. This is because alcohol can weaken the immune system and make the body more susceptible to infections.

https://health.clevelandclinic.org/2016/07/6-surprising-ways-alcohol-affects-health-not-just-liver

Stomachaches? Focus on what is causing your symptoms:

Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) can be challenging to manage. No one knows exactly what causes the abdominal discomfort and pain.

IBS triggers are not always consistent and can even vary for the same person. For instance, you may eat a salad one day and feel fine, but the next day, the greens can cause an attack. For another person, milk is an occasional culprit.

Stress, anxiety and negative emotions also can make your IBS symptoms worse. That’s why it’s so important to find ways to relax, whether with yoga, relaxation techniques or meditation — or even by making more drastic life or job changes  if needed.

https://health.clevelandclinic.org/2017/10/stomachaches-avoid-these-3-mistakes-if-you-suspect

 

Drinking: Are You Overdoing It? 5 Red Flags

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5 Red flags

“If someone close to you expresses concerns about your drinking, examine the consequences,” says Dr. Janesz. He suggests looking for these red flags:

  1. Loss of control. Intoxication from always drinking more, or drinking faster, than you intend.
  2. Accidents. The result of alcohol increasing impulsivity as well as fatigue.
  3. Health troubles. High blood pressure, digestive tract inflammation, weight issues, diabetes, liver disease and more.
  4. Work worries. Reduced ability to problem-solve, diminished executive functioning in the brain, and decreased strength, stamina and focus.
  5. People problems. Violent outbursts, infidelity, jealousy, economic insecurity and decreased sexual interest/satisfaction, impacting those you care about.

https://health.clevelandclinic.org/2016/09/drinking-are-you-overdoing-it/