Archive | April, 2016

What is a Rheumatologist?

21 Apr


A rheumatologist is an internist or pediatrician, who received further training in the diagnosis (detection) and treatment of musculoskeletal disease and systemic autoimmune conditions commonly referred to as rheumatic diseases. These diseases can affect the joints, muscles and bones causing pain, swelling, stiffness and deformity.

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Combating Inflammation with Food

21 Apr


There are two types of inflammation our bodies can experience- Acute and Chronic.  Acute inflammation happens typically after an injury occurs and is the body’s normal protective response and defense. Chronic inflammation, on the other hand, is slow and consistent, triggered by cellular stress and dysfunction and can lead to heart disease, cancer, and diabetes. Chronic inflammation can be from an extended period of poor lifestyle and diet choices, and thanks to the Western Diet which is high in fried, refined, and fast foods and alcohol, many Americans suffer.

However, just like there are factors that cause inflammation, there are factors that can help reduce inflammation! Overhauling your diet is not necessary to start, but making sensible swaps and enhancements can have a positive effect on inflammation in your body.
Certain foods, enzymes, and phytochemicals help to reduce oxidative stress (imbalance between production of free radicals and neutralizing antioxidants) and inflammation in the body. These foods and groupings include:
• Omega 3 Fatty Acids sources: Almonds, Walnuts, Fish, Flaxseed, Cabbage, Egg Yolks, and Shellfish.
• Fruits and vegetables that contain anthocyanin: Beets, Blueberries, Cherries, Cranberries, Strawberries, and Raspberries. Also, fruits that contain bromelain like Pineapple.
• Spices: Cinnamon, Cumin, Ginger, and Turmeric.
• Greens such as Kale, Spinach, and Collards.
• Olive Oil

A recommended health diet to follow is the Mediterranean Diet. The Mediterranean diet is known as one of the healthiest diets in the world because it is rich in fresh fruits, vegetables, nuts, whole grains, Omega 3 Fatty Acids, and Olive Oil.

How can I be active safely?

5 Apr


If you have been inactive for a while, start slowly and check how you are feeling. Avoid high-impact activities, as jumping and landing on a hard surface could lead to injury. Make your workouts harder and longer as you feel more comfortable.

Stay safe while working out. Slow down and stop if you see any of the warning signs in the tip boxes below.

When you do physical activity, your body tries to cool itself down by sweating. You can lose water when you are working out. To keep your body hydrated, remember to drink fluids. Water is a great choice. Sports beverages are also an option, but they have a lot of sugar and will give you extra calories.

When outdoors, protect yourself from the sun by putting on sunscreen and wearing a hat or visor and protective clothing.

Active at Any Size and Age!

1 Apr


Would you like to make physical activity a part of your life, but are not sure how to do it?

Good news—you can be active at any size—and have fun and feel good doing it!

Physical activity may seem difficult when you are overweight or obese. You may get short of breath quickly. Your feet or joints may hurt. It may be hard or costly to find the right clothes and equipment. And you may feel self-conscious working out in front of others.

Facing these challenges may be hard—but it can be done! This brochure will give you many tips and resources for being more active and healthier at any size.

Why should I be active?

Physical activity may help you live longer and protect you from developing serious health problems, like type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and stroke. Regular physical activity is linked to many health benefits. It helps you feel better because it may

lower blood pressure and blood sugar

help build healthy bones, muscles, and joints

help your heart and lungs work better

boost energy during the day, aid in sleeping at night, and improve mood

When combined with a healthy eating pattern, regular physical activity may also help you control your weight.

Being active with others can be a lot of fun! It may give you a chance to meet new people or spend more time with family and friends.

Articles in HAWA’s April Health eNewsletter Published by:  National Institutes of Health