SparkPeople Fighting Inflammation and Enjoying Your Life! Team Messageboard http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_individual.asp?gid=53592 Live a fuller life and ease the inflammation in your body through diet, exercise and positive habits. SparkPeople Fighting Inflammation and Enjoying Your Life! Team Messageboard http://www.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/nav_logo_v3.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_individual.asp?gid=53592 Foot Massage http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53592x57308892 Because one of the bones in my foot was hurting today, I went looking and found this to share: <BR> <BR> Foot Massage <BR> When you think of massage, you may think of a neck or back rub. But your feet also benefit from a regular rubdown. And you may even be able to do it yourself. Massage improves circulation, stimulates muscles, reduces tension, and often alleviates pain. It also provides a time for you to examine your feet, giving you the chance to notice a problem before it gets worse. To... Sat, 29 Mar 2014 18:56:06 EST Fluid Retention http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53592x57278561 There are a multitude of conditions that may be responsible for causing fluid retention. A lack of protein, poor kidney function, prescribed medications and inadequate intakes of certain vitamins, minerals and antioxidants are all thought to be potential causes. The presence of toxins in our body caused by everything from pollution and smoking to dust and processed foods. But top of the hit list are food allergies, standing for long periods of time, hot weather, pregnancy, long-haul flights,... Thu, 27 Mar 2014 08:28:08 EST Oil Pulling http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53592x57269122 Have any of you heard of this? Or even tried it? <BR> <BR> What is Oil Pulling <BR> Oil pulling is a synergistic activity that brings tremendous benefits. <BR> It is the act of swishing a natural oil around in your mouth for twenty minutes a day to <BR> clean your teeth and nourish your gums.It can strengthen your gums, whiten your teeth and help you enjoy better overall health by removing excessive and negative bacteria from your mouth and supporting detoxification of the entire system. <... Wed, 26 Mar 2014 12:27:29 EST Jimi777 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x53592x57249619 I am the father of 6 kids and I have 4 grandchildren. Over the years I have put on a lot of weight and now would like to get healthly Mon, 24 Mar 2014 22:02:49 EST Fruits, anyone? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25285x53592x57243116 The American Diabetes Association: <BR> <BR> Fruits <BR> <BR> Wondering if you can eat fruit? Yes! Fruits are loaded with vitamins, minerals and fiber just like vegetables. <BR> <BR> Fruit contains carbohydrate so you need to count it as part of your meal plan. Having a piece of fresh fruit or fruit salad for dessert is a great way to satisfy your sweet tooth and get the extra nutrition you're looking for. <BR> What are the Best Choices? <BR> <BR> The best choices of fruit are any that ar... Mon, 24 Mar 2014 11:27:05 EST IMPORTANT MESSAGE http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53592x57241076 Hello: <BR> <BR> Life can sometimes lead us to where we need to be as well as show us where we should be giving our time and energy. Well, I can say that is what has happend to me. So I am leaving as team leader to give my time and energy to my sister and my family. <BR> <BR> Affectionately, <BR> IAM_HIS <BR> Mon, 24 Mar 2014 08:50:14 EST Magnesium http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25285x53592x57178143 The top five health benefits of magnesium are: <BR> <BR> 1. Magnesium may reverse osteoporosis <BR> Multiple research studies conducted have suggested that calcium supplemented with magnesium improves bone mineral density. Magnesium deficiency alters calcium metabolism and the hormones that regulate calcium, resulting in osteoporosis. Intake of recommended levels of magnesium is important because it averts osteoporosis. <BR> <BR> 2. Magnesium prevents cardiovascular diseases <BR> One of t... Tue, 18 Mar 2014 21:49:01 EST New Team Members http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x53592x56999240 It is wonderful to have you join us! I hope you will join in by huddling and posting. Tue, 4 Mar 2014 08:46:49 EST TINA12790, WELCOME! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x53592x56986697 We are so happy to welcome you to the team!! Mon, 3 Mar 2014 10:30:13 EST URGENT!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53592x56985251 This team is in need of a leader. It is necessary for me to put more time into my personal life, so we need someone to take on leading this team. <BR> <BR> Let me know if you are interested. <BR> <BR> Mon, 3 Mar 2014 09:07:45 EST DESIREEGARNER , welcome to the team! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x53592x56948460 Sure hope that you will jump in and join us on the huddle wall and chatting! So happy to have you here!! Fri, 28 Feb 2014 11:27:00 EST GBUMPUS WELCOME!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x53592x56838985 <em>229</em> to the team family--so glad you joined us!! Wed, 19 Feb 2014 19:36:33 EST &#62481;Mens Sana in Corpore Sano http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25287x53592x56794410 Mens Sana in Corpore Sano (Latins used to say this: Mens Sana In Corpore Sano, that means ‘healthy brain in a healthy body’) <BR> by Aurora <BR> <BR> They were right! <BR> <BR> Recent studies report that physical exercise improves memory and brain activity, let’s find out how and why. <BR> <BR> 1. Directly improve brain function <BR> <BR> The hippocampus is the part of the brain that controls memory function. Research has concluded that physical activity helps improve the functioning an... Sun, 16 Feb 2014 10:47:40 EST &#62481;M otivation comes from YOU http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25287x53592x56794394 Motivation comes from YOU--by Leon <BR> <BR> You know exactly what you need to do. You’re focused on all the positive outcomes that will result once you’ve finished that looming task. You’ve cleared your calendar so you can focus on completing this one thing. <BR> <BR> And then nothing happens. <BR> <BR> Why? Because you think you need motivation. You’re waiting on a spark, on inspiration to fly out of nothingness and smack you in the face. <BR> <BR> Well, I hate to break it to you…but if... Sun, 16 Feb 2014 10:45:00 EST &#62481;Self Talking http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25286x53592x56794335 Self Talking--by Leon <BR> <BR> It’s important to note that we don’t get what we want in life, we get what we expect, unless what we want and what we expect are the same. <BR> <BR> It is also important for us to realize that our self concept is created by our own self talk and it is our self concept that determines our level of performance in any area of our lives. <BR> <BR> We have hundreds of individual self concepts. We may have a high self concept of our self as a driver, ie., “I am an... Sun, 16 Feb 2014 10:39:17 EST The Biggest Mistake People Make When It Comes To W http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25287x53592x56794121 The Biggest Mistake People Make When It Comes To Weight Loss <BR> By Chris Freytag <BR> <BR> As a certified fitness trainer and health coach, I work with people all the time who want to lose weight. Some are depressed about how much they weigh. Others are frustrated because they drop a few pounds, only to put them right back on. Some want my help because they feel defeated or their weight loss has plateaued. <BR> <BR> Many women tell me they don't feel like their outside matches how they f... Sun, 16 Feb 2014 10:19:22 EST 5 Thoughts That Keep You At War With Your Body http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25285x53592x56794088 5 Thoughts That Keep You At War With Your Body <BR> By Caroline Zwick <BR> <BR> Body love is independent of size, shape, skin color, gender, age, or relationship status. So many people seem perfect and beautiful from the outside and yet, they still beat themselves up and dislike the way their bodies look. <BR> <BR> This tells me that attaining real, authentic body love is much more of an internal shift than an external one. Feeling disconnected and at war with your body is something that c... Sun, 16 Feb 2014 10:16:26 EST How To Break Free from Insecurity & Discover Your http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25285x53592x56793986 How To Break Free from Insecurity & Discover Your Gifts <BR> By Amber Shumake <BR> <BR> One of the things I find really off-putting in others is insecurity. When people speak about themselves in ways that are disempowering, I feel my stomach writhe. <BR> <BR> I’m too weak for that pose. <BR> <BR> I’m too fat to wear that. <BR> <BR> I’ve always been gangly. <BR> <BR> I want to (and often do) say, “No, that’s not true. That’s not who you are. That’s who you’ve come to believe you are... Sun, 16 Feb 2014 10:07:00 EST 10 Lies You Should Stop Telling Yourself Right Now http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25285x53592x56793923 10 Lies You Should Stop Telling Yourself Right Now <BR> By Tina Williamson <BR> <BR> The mind is a real magician. It often presents an illusion so real that we don’t even stop to consider if it’s true. When we define ourselves by our projections (projections created by our minds – the same tricky mind that likes lying to us), we lock ourselves in the fiction that we already know who we are based on fears, logic, conditioning and habits. <BR> <BR> We're limiting our true potential. <BR> <... Sun, 16 Feb 2014 09:59:47 EST A 3-Step Plan to Get Rid of Inflammation Naturally http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53592x56793904 A 3-Step Plan to Get Rid of Inflammation Naturally <BR> By Angelina Helene <BR> <BR> Chronic inflammation is the root cause of many diseases and health issues, everything from heart disease and Alzheimer's, to fibromyalgia and even obesity! <BR> <BR> While many doctors are finally jumping on the bandwagon, offering anti-inflammatory diets and supplements, there are many practices you can do at home that will help in the fight. <BR> <BR> Here's a quick primer on my 3-prong approach to a... Sun, 16 Feb 2014 09:56:42 EST The Mediterranean diet http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53592x56725654 The Mediterranean diet is an eating plan based on the way that people in countries bordering the Mediterranean Sea eat. It is a heart-healthy way to eat with foods low in saturated fat and sugar. The Mediterranean diet features mostly fresh foods that have gone through minimal processing; it also involves using herbs and spices for seasoning instead of salt. <BR> <BR> Fish and Poultry <BR> Two servings of fish or shellfish per week should be consumed on the Mediterranean diet. Fish and poult... Mon, 10 Feb 2014 18:23:28 EST February Team Leaders http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25286x53592x56709212 February Team Leaders <BR> <BR> SparkPoints <BR> 1.MS.JEANNA <BR> 2.IAM_HIS <BR> 3.FIRECOM <BR> 4.LOGO566 <BR> 5.DRS510 <BR> <BR> Fitness Minutes <BR> 1.IAM_HIS <BR> 2.MS.JEANNA <BR> 3.TWEET2TALK <BR> 4.GAMMAH <BR> 5.DRS510 <BR> <BR> <BR> Sun, 9 Feb 2014 14:28:48 EST IWILLDOIT35, welcome to the team http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x53592x56704961 IWILLDOIT35, we are very happy to have you join us. Hope you introduce yourself so we can know you a little. Sun, 9 Feb 2014 08:15:08 EST Warning: This Common Pain Killer May Cause Liver D http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25285x53592x56592335 Warning: This Common Pain Killer May Cause Liver Damage <BR> <BR> Serious stuff — the Food and Drug Administration has announced that doctors should limit prescribing combination meds that contain acetaminophen since an excess of this drug may cause severe liver damage, which could lead to liver failure and even death. <BR> <BR> "There are no available data to show that taking more than 325 mg of acetaminophen per dosage unit provides additional benefit that outweighs the added risks for l... Fri, 31 Jan 2014 16:42:22 EST Dr Oz Show-Detox for Inflammation http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53592x56547516 Yesterday I watched the Dr. Oz show, which I rarely do. But I needed at break from doing 8 loads of laundry. He had a body detox plan for those of us who suffer from inflammation. So I thought I'd share it with you all. <BR> <BR> Vegan Cleanse <BR> Some people seem to have inflamed bodies that ache all over. Junger says inflammation is a factor in why these types cannot seem to lose the weight and get healthy. Here are the questions for the second Detox type: <BR> 1. Do you eat red meat... Tue, 28 Jan 2014 10:17:51 EST Ab Exercises for People With Back Pain http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25287x53592x56460318 Ab Exercises for People With Back Pain <BR> <BR> <BR> Overview <BR> <BR> Back pain shouldn't keep you from working your abdominal muscles to tone your stomach. Strengthening your abs is a smart way to improve your posture and reduce the strain on your back -- which could alleviate some of your pain, according to the University of Michigan Health System. Other abdominal exercises, such as crunches, have modifications that enable individuals with back pain to practice them effectively withou... Tue, 21 Jan 2014 19:33:03 EST Exercises to Strengthen the Posture & Back Muscles http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25287x53592x56460217 Exercises to Strengthen the Posture & Back Muscles <BR> <BR> Overview <BR> <BR> Exercises that strengthen the back muscles lead to better posture. A slumped posture not only limits the function of breathing, but also can lead to back, neck, shoulder and other muscle problems. Yoga incorporates strength-building exercises that target the back. Healthy back muscles provide support to the entire body and aid the alignment of the head, shoulders, hips, knees and feet. When the body system is in... Tue, 21 Jan 2014 19:26:23 EST Exercises to Strengthen Back & Neck Muscles http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25285x53592x56460148 Exercises to Strengthen Back & Neck Muscles <BR> <BR> You can strengthen your back and neck muscles with several exercises that require no equipment at all. The muscles in your back and neck are supporting your spine, the central skeletal channel of your body. Therefore, strengthening these supportive muscles will enhance your posture and alleviate pain or pressure in your legs and buttocks as well. The yoga exercises cobra and cat pose along with a simple but effective head resistance exerc... Tue, 21 Jan 2014 19:22:17 EST Let's chat for a second http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53592x56460067 Sorry I am late today. I have to go to work early, plus this AM I had to take Sora to meet the bus for his trip to NY City & Washington, DC. So I got him there at 5 AM and the bus driver never showed up until 5:55 AM. Believe me, I was not happy about that and the person in charge of the trip never showed up 6:30 PM. This is so typical of the person. Tue, 21 Jan 2014 19:18:08 EST Weight loss reduces inflammation http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25285x53592x56401254 Weight loss reduces inflammation <BR> <BR> Postmenopausal women who were overweight or obese and lost at least 5 percent of their body weight had a measurable reduction in markers of inflammation, according to a study led by Dr. Anne McTiernan. <BR> <BR> "Both obesity and inflammation have been shown to be related to several types of cancer, and this study shows that if you reduce weight, you can reduce inflammation. <BR> <BR> Women in the trial who were assigned to a weight loss interven... Fri, 17 Jan 2014 11:03:35 EST Janet's Best Oatmeal in the World http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25287x53592x56401156 Janet's Best Oatmeal in the World <BR> <BR> <BR> •1 serving oatmeal (preferrably steel-cut, see note below), cooked <BR> •1 apple <BR> •1/4 cup unflavored low-fat yogurt <BR> •1/4 cup soy protein powder <BR> •1 Tbs. flaxseed oil <BR> •1 tsp. or more (to taste) grated lemon and/or orange peel <BR> •1 handful each, any or all of the following: strawberries, blueberries, almonds, pecans, raspberries, bananas <BR> <BR> Directions: <BR> •Core apple and puree in blender. Add and blend in yogur... Fri, 17 Jan 2014 10:56:27 EST Blueberries and Yogurt Shake http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25287x53592x56401129 Blueberries and Yogurt Shake <BR> (for breakfast) <BR> <BR> •1 cup calcium-fortified soy milk <BR> •1 cup low-fat plain yogurt <BR> •1 - 3 Tbsp. frozen OJ concentrate - not diluted (decide how sweet or orangey suits your tastes) <BR> •2 - 3 oz. soft or silken tofu (cut a 1# block into 6 pieces and use one piece) <BR> •6 - 8 baby carrots or 1 large carrot (peel, cut off Top, then slice into 1 inch pieces) <BR> •3/4 cup fresh or frozen blueberries (frozen will make a thicker shake) <BR> •1 Tbs... Fri, 17 Jan 2014 10:54:30 EST BEST AND WORST FOODS TO FIGHT INFLAMMATION http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53592x56401107 BEST AND WORST FOODS TO FIGHT INFLAMMATION <BR> <BR> Inflammation is cancer-friendly; and this means inflammation deep in our cells. We have known this since German biologist Otto Heinrich Warburg won a Nobel Prize for proving it. Research continues to show that if you cut inflammation you do better controlling cancer, mainly by pumping your immune system and avoiding blood flow to tumors. Oncologists at the University of Glasgow have measured this marker in patient’s blood since the 1990s a... Fri, 17 Jan 2014 10:52:52 EST Moo Shu Vegetables (HEALTHY RECIPE) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25287x53592x56400813 Moo Shu Vegetables <BR> <BR> Ingredients <BR> 3 teaspoons toasted sesame oil, divided <BR> 4 large eggs, lightly beaten <BR> 2 teaspoons minced fresh ginger <BR> 2 cloves garlic, minced <BR> 1 12-ounce bag shredded mixed vegetables, such as “rainbow salad” or “broccoli slaw” <BR> 2 cups mung bean sprouts <BR> 1 bunch scallions, sliced, divided <BR> 1 tablespoon reduced-sodium soy sauce <BR> 1 tablespoon rice vinegar <BR> 2 tablespoons hoisin sauce <BR> <BR> reparation <BR> 1.Heat 1 teaspo... Fri, 17 Jan 2014 10:33:14 EST The Fit Fridge: 10 Foods That Make You Healthier http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25285x53592x56400552 The Fit Fridge: 10 Foods That Make You Healthier <BR> <BR> Stock Your Kitchen With Disease-Fighting, Energy-Boosting Fare <BR> By Mike Roussell <BR> <BR> Salmon <BR> <BR> Salmon is a potent dietary source of the heart-healthy omega-3 fats EPA and DHA. Despite what you may have heard, farmed salmon actually contains more omega-3 fats than wild salmon. Salmon is also a smart choice of fish because it contains low levels of mercury. EPA and DHA have profound effects on heart health, ranging ... Fri, 17 Jan 2014 10:19:42 EST What we eat is so important http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53592x56400414 Everyone hears the news and knows that there is an obesity epidemic and a crisis in health care. We oversize, we overeat, we eat too much fast food, too much fat, too much sugar, blah, blah, blah. At a certain point, people stop hearing it, becoming numb, unsure of how to change, feeling helpless. But we are not helpless, especially with regards to ourselves. The consequences of what we eat and how we live surround us. Obesity is merely one symptom of the underlying chronic disease stat... Fri, 17 Jan 2014 10:11:28 EST LOGO566, welcome http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x53592x56371621 It is great to have you join the team. Welcome LOGO566! Wed, 15 Jan 2014 08:34:00 EST HCL2013, welcome http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x53592x56305100 WooHoo, how happy we are to welcome you to the team! Fri, 10 Jan 2014 13:14:56 EST 60DWASH, welcome! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x53592x56279803 What a joy it is to welcome you to the team! <em>235</em> Wed, 8 Jan 2014 20:09:03 EST Quinoa http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25285x53592x56231565 5 Things You Need to Know About the Health Benefits of Quinoa <BR> <BR> <BR> The Gold of the Incas <BR> <BR> Over 5,000 years ago, high in the Andes mountains, the Incas began to cultivate quinoa (pronounced keen-wah) as one of their staple crops, believing that it gave power and stamina to their warriors. Quinoa was also used in their ceremonial rituals. When Spanish conquistadors arrived in South America in the sixteenth century, they burned and destroyed the quinoa fields as part of the... Sun, 5 Jan 2014 18:02:11 EST Is Oatmeal a Good Breakfast for Weight Loss? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25285x53592x56231518 Is Oatmeal a Good Breakfast for Weight Loss? <BR> By Diane Lynn <BR> <BR> <BR> A bowl of piping hot, creamy oats can start your day off right. But the same bowl of oatmeal has benefits beyond just being a filling breakfast. Whether you are just starting a weight loss diet, or are looking for a new idea for breakfast foods, a bowl of oatmeal most days a week is a wise addition to your eating plan. <BR> <BR> Types of Oatmeal <BR> <BR> The types of oatmeal are whole oats, which still have th... Sun, 5 Jan 2014 17:58:45 EST 16 Snacks That Are OK to Eat at Night http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25285x53592x56231407 16 Snacks That Are OK to Eat at Night <BR> By Mike Roussell <BR> <BR> Gained, or not been able to lose, weight probably has more to do with what you are eating and how much you are eating, rather than the time of day when you are eating it. Eating at night, if done healthily, can offer some surprising benefits. Eating the right protein at night can help you build muscle while you sleep. Eating low glycemic carbs at night can help you control blood sugar the next day and even help you regul... Sun, 5 Jan 2014 17:50:07 EST Guidelines to Healthy Eating http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53592x56231058 Guidelines to Healthy Eating - Jenna Cee <BR> <BR> Despite the confusion that massive marketing campaigns may have created, healthful eating is not complicated and is possible for everyone to follow. Whether your goal is to gain muscle, lose weight or simply maintain your current weight, following a healthful diet is paramount to your success. You should be familiar with the fundamentals of healthy eating if you are serious about your health and fitness. <BR> <BR> Eat Good Carbohydrates <B... Sun, 5 Jan 2014 17:25:11 EST Is Greek Yogurt Really More Nutritious Than Regula http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53592x56231001 Is Greek Yogurt Really More Nutritious Than Regular Yogurt? by Amanda <BR> <BR> America's preference for Greek yogurt is growing, and fast. In 2008 Greek yogurt sales accounted for three percent of total yogurt sales in the U.S. Just four years later in 2012, that number had already grown to 19 percent. And an interesting fact: Canadians consume 33% more yogurt per capita than Americans. According to Business Insider, Greek yogurt is "one of the hottest-growing food categories of all time." ... Sun, 5 Jan 2014 17:21:33 EST 5 Daily Habits to Lengthen Life http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53592x56230951 5 Daily Habits to Lengthen Life <BR> Your Simple Checklist for a Longer Life <BR> <BR> There are no magic potions that halt aging, but green tea has been shown to speed up weight loss <BR> <BR> Inactivity and the loss of muscle mass accelerate the aging process. The age-related changes in muscle quantity and quality that occur -- even down to the cellular level -- can be counteracted by just staying active. <BR> <BR> Rainbow of Fruits and Vegetables <BR> <BR> People who eat a wide assort... Sun, 5 Jan 2014 17:18:27 EST Exercises for Limbering Up Stiff Joints http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53592x56230813 Exercises for Limbering Up Stiff Joints <BR> By Cynthia Myers <BR> <BR> If you wake up in the morning with stiff joints, or your joints stiffen when you have to sit for a while in a car or on a plane, exercising can help loosen up your joints. Regular exercise keeps you flexible and eases the pain of conditions such as arthritis. Regular exercise also strengthens the muscles around your joints and helps you to stay flexible. Contact your doctor before doing exercises for stiff joints. <BR> ... Sun, 5 Jan 2014 17:10:07 EST January Team Leaders http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25286x53592x56223208 January Team Leaders <BR> <BR> Spark Points: <BR> FIRECOM <BR> IAM_HIS <BR> BRIGGS212 <BR> MRSJENN <BR> FISHER011 <BR> <BR> Fitness Mins: <BR> IAM_HIS <BR> MRS.JENNA <BR> FIRECOM <BR> GAMMAH <BR> TWEET2TALK Sun, 5 Jan 2014 08:18:33 EST January Team Leaders http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25285x53592x56222963 January Team Leaders <BR> <BR> Spark Points: <BR> <BR> FIRECOM <BR> IAM_HIS <BR> BRIGGS2 <BR> MRS.JEANNA <BR> FISHER011 <BR> <BR> Fitness Mins. <BR> <BR> IAM_HS <BR> MRSJEANNA <BR> FIRECOM <BR> GAMMAH <BR> SWEET2TALK Sun, 5 Jan 2014 08:01:14 EST A - Z things that remind you of Winter http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25287x53592x56200644 A arctic Fri, 3 Jan 2014 16:43:58 EST This exercise is great for a backache http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53592x56146652 <link>www.sparkpeople.com/resource/exercis<BR>es.asp?exercise=303 </link> Tue, 31 Dec 2013 05:13:22 EST RBIGGS2, welcome!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x53592x56128997 RBIGGS2, welcome to the team...so happy to have you here with us! Sun, 29 Dec 2013 17:52:43 EST December Team Leaders http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25286x53592x55989467 December Team Leaders <BR> <BR> SparkPoints <BR> 1.MS.JEANNA <BR> 2.FIRECOM <BR> 3.IAM_HIS <BR> 4.HOPEFULLINPA <BR> 5.SONNE1-1 <BR> <BR> Fitness Minutes <BR> 1.MS.JEANNA <BR> 2.IAM_HIS <BR> 3.HOPEFULLINPA <BR> 4.SONNE1-1 <BR> 5.ZOEIE1956 <BR> <BR> <BR> Sun, 15 Dec 2013 14:42:28 EST 14 Natural Pain Relievers (part 1) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25287x53592x55954917 14 Natural Pain Relievers <BR> .By: Stephanie Burke <BR> <BR> Many who live with chronic back pain would really love to be less dependent on pain medication to manage their pain. But how? Natural pain relievers may be the answer. Here’s a list that might help – each of these won’t be for everyone, but any number of these natural pain relievers might help you be able to rely less on pain medications and feel more in control of your life. <BR> <BR> 1.Release your inner endorphins. These natur... Thu, 12 Dec 2013 08:40:03 EST 5 rules for living well with a chronic illness http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25287x53592x55954818 5 rules for living well with a chronic illness--by Carolyn Thomas <BR> <BR> 1. Be confident you have the right doctor. When you have a chronic illness, your relationship with your doctor is second only to your spouse or your parents. Being honest (and you must be honest!) with that person means you need to be able to trust them to hear you. If you don’t have that kind of relationship, get a second opinion. Shop around. <BR> <BR> “In my own chronic illness career, I fired three highly recomm... Thu, 12 Dec 2013 08:32:54 EST The challenges of living with invisible pain or il http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25285x53592x55954756 The challenges of living with invisible pain or illness--by Toni Bernhard, JD <BR> <BR> I was surprised to learn how many medical problems are invisible to others, even illnesses that are life-threatening, such as cancer and heart disease. I’m sure that most television viewers who saw Venus Williams—recently diagnosed with Sjögren’s Syndrome— watching from the stands as her sister played in the U.S. Open tennis final, thought, “But she doesn’t look sick.” <BR> <BR> What are some of the expe... Thu, 12 Dec 2013 08:28:24 EST Welcome to MS. JENNA & WRITING_ZEBRA http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x53592x55954472 WooHoo, it is great to have you join our team family! Looking forward to meeting you both through your postings on the threads! WELCOME!!! Thu, 12 Dec 2013 08:07:07 EST What Can I Do Today? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53592x55944128 Oh, the past few days it has been difficult for me to get up right away. My pain has been quite strong. When this happens, it is easy to say, "I think I'll stay in bed today." Well, I am learning instead to say, "What Can I Do Today?" It sure does keep me going and pushing forward. Wed, 11 Dec 2013 10:08:46 EST December Team Leaders http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25285x53592x55913923 SparkPoints <BR> 1.FIRECOM <BR> 2.HOPEFULLINPA <BR> 3.IAM_HIS <BR> 4.SONNE1-1 <BR> 5.GAMMAH <BR> <BR> Fitness Minutes <BR> 1.IAM_HIS <BR> 2.HOPEFULLINPA <BR> 3.SONNE1-1 <BR> 4.ZOEIE1956 <BR> 5.FISHER011 <BR> Sun, 8 Dec 2013 21:16:36 EST 5 Ways to Keep a Positive Attitude When You Have C http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53592x55897179 5 Ways to Keep a Positive Attitude When You Have Chronic Pain <BR> <BR> I often get asked by people who are dealing with back and body pain how I personally stay so positive about my own chronic spinal condition. Well, if I'm being honest, there are a lot of times when I don't feel positive about my situation, the pain I am in, or what my body's future might bring. I understand what it is like to feel hopeless and depressed about pain that goes on for months, years, and decades. That being s... Sat, 7 Dec 2013 10:47:28 EST Chi-Gong (Qigong): An Introduction http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53592x55897088 Chi-Gong (Qigong): An Introduction <BR> <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=YpyZ_50Nb40 </link> Sat, 7 Dec 2013 10:36:13 EST Surprising Natural Ways to Ease Fibromyalgia Pain http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25287x53592x55897040 Surprising Natural Ways to Ease Fibromyalgia Pain <BR> By Madeline Vann, MPH <BR> <BR> Is fibromyalgia pain tying you up in the kinds of knots it would take Houdini to untangle? Time to apply some creativity to fibromyalgia treatment. In fact, the same kinds of activities that help you unwind at a spa can give a boost to your everyday life — think soothing music, Pilates, and relaxation exercises like tai chi and qigong. <BR> <BR> Before you raise a skeptical eyebrow, know that research ha... Sat, 7 Dec 2013 10:32:18 EST Fibromyalgia and the Fear of Chronic Pain http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53592x55896994 Fibromyalgia and the Fear of Chronic Pain <BR> By Dennis Thompson Jr. <BR> <BR> Living with fibromyalgia often means coping with daily, intense pain that not only makes movement difficult, but can have a dramatic impact on family, work, and social life. In one study, women with fibromyalgia described their pain as unbearable and overwhelming. It's only natural to fear this sensation, but in a chain reaction of sorts, that fear can intensify pain and make it even worse. <BR> <BR> "Nobody l... Sat, 7 Dec 2013 10:27:19 EST Welcome, HOPEFULLINPA!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x53592x55896952 <em>235</em> , SO HAPPY YOU JOINED US!! Sat, 7 Dec 2013 10:21:57 EST 10 Surprising Causes of Blood Sugar Swings http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53592x55853989 10 Surprising Causes of Blood Sugar Swings <BR> <BR> A rough night's sleep, hormonal changes, and even artificial sweeteners could be to blame for unpredictable blood sugar highs and lows. <BR> <BR> By Johannah Sakimura, Everyday Health Staff Writer <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <link>www.everydayhealth.com/diabetes-pict<BR>ures/surprising-causes-of-blood-sugar-<BR>swings.aspx?pos=1&xid=nl_EverydayHealt<BR>hHeartHealth_20131202#/slide-1 </link> Tue, 3 Dec 2013 16:45:40 EST How Music Helps Pain http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25287x53592x55648259 Musical Analgesia: How Music Helps Pain <BR> <BR> Can music really reduce our pain? <BR> <BR> <BR> I used to provide bedside music therapy services at a medical hospital in Colorado. It wasn't a large hospital, but it was a good one that focused heavily on patient-centered care. The vast majority of patients I saw were either post-op, were oncology patients, or were in "transitional care" (e.g. they had to get stronger before they could be discharged). <BR> <BR> When you work in a hospit... Fri, 15 Nov 2013 16:21:39 EST How Your Attitude Can Impact Pain Management Treat http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25287x53592x55648230 How Your Attitude Can Impact Pain Management Treatment <BR> Author: tiffany <BR> <BR> Let’s face it; pain is never fun. It can lessen your quality of life, force you to give up some of the things you love and make everyday tasks difficult. But pain won’t go away just because you want it to. You have to learn to live with it, not against it. When dealing with chronic pain, your attitude can play a large role in how well you tolerate and manage pain. <BR> <BR> Some say that your attitude is ... Fri, 15 Nov 2013 16:17:22 EST Arthritis Pain: Natural Remedies http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25285x53592x55634132 Arthritis Pain: Natural Remedies <BR> <BR> Two-thirds of people suffering from the stiff, achy joints of arthritis are under 65. Here’s how to feel better — no prescription needed <BR> <BR> Take leave <BR> A stinging nettle plant’s leaves can be painful to touch, but in a tea, its roots and leaves actually ease arthritis pain. According to a recent study at the University of Plymouth in England, the plant is rich in the anti-inflammatory agents histamine and formic acid. <BR> <BR> Try: Po... Thu, 14 Nov 2013 12:16:40 EST How to Make a Microwaveable Heat Pack With Rice http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53592x55634053 How to Make a Microwaveable Heat Pack With Rice <BR> By Laura K. Brestovansky <BR> <BR> Microwave heat packs are comforting ways to soothe head and body aches. They can use as gentle warming relief on a cold day or to comfort a fussy baby. Heat packs can be quickly and easily made with materials you have around your house, including rice and socks. These make unique homemade gifts for new mothers, elderly people and those prone to headaches and/or achy joints. The packs can be individualize... Thu, 14 Nov 2013 12:10:07 EST SONNE1-1 , welcome!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x53592x55593592 How delighted & excited I am to welcome you. <em>104</em> <em>235</em> Mon, 11 Nov 2013 08:43:31 EST What do you do when you are in pain? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25285x53592x55587588 Please let us know what you do when you're in pain. You just may be helping out someone! Sun, 10 Nov 2013 18:15:11 EST How many Spark Pts. Today? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53592x55587569 7 Sun, 10 Nov 2013 18:13:34 EST Holistic Treatments for Inflammation and Pain Reli http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25285x53592x55587484 Holistic Treatments for Inflammation and Pain Relief <BR> By Marisa Serafini <BR> <BR> Pain and inflammation anywhere in the body can be uncomfortable and even debilitating for some. Conventional medicine may prescribe a medication to relieve pain and reduce inflammation, but these symptoms are likely to return when the medication stops. Holistic medicine treats the whole person rather than just the symptoms, in hope of eliminating or greatly reducing the symptoms in the long-term. Holistic ... Sun, 10 Nov 2013 18:05:39 EST How to Stop Inflammation http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25285x53592x55587423 How to Stop Inflammation <BR> By Valencia Higuera <BR> <BR> Inflammation can affect any part of the body. If you deal with inflammation caused by injury or a chronic illness, you’re likely interested in ways to ease discomfort and enjoy an active lifestyle. Symptoms of inflammation often include redness, tenderness, pain and stiffness. Fortunately, there are many treatment options and different ways to stop inflammation. <BR> <BR> Instructions <BR> <BR> 1 Keep a pain journal. You may feel... Sun, 10 Nov 2013 17:59:09 EST How many foods you eat on Anti-Inf ammation List http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53592x55587390 11/10 9 foods (the list is under announcements) Sun, 10 Nov 2013 17:54:13 EST November Team Leaders http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53592x55496133 November Team Leaders <BR> <BR> SparkPoints: <BR> <BR> 1.FIRECOM <BR> 2.GREASE31 <BR> 3.FISHER011 <BR> 4.IAM_HIS <BR> 5.GAGGSISAWINNER <BR> <BR> Fitness Minutes: <BR> <BR> 1.GREASE31 <BR> 2.ZOEIE1956 <BR> 3.PAMSCHWETZ <BR> 4.FISHER011 <BR> 5.FIRECOM <BR> <BR> <em>380</em> <em>243</em> <em>242</em> <em>250</em> <em>345</em> Sun, 3 Nov 2013 07:25:39 EST Let's Share Healthy Thanksigiving Recipes http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25286x53592x55487461 Please leave a healthy recipe & get a goodie in return. Post your recipes here. Sat, 2 Nov 2013 12:23:41 EST YOUR COMMENTS ARE NEEDED http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x53592x55449867 After spending hours of looking for articles and posting them, I find that very few are read. So this is telling me I am doing it all wrong. Please let me know what you want. <BR> <BR> <em>304</em> Wed, 30 Oct 2013 11:26:24 EST TLEA53 welcome!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x53592x55439826 So happy your joined us and jumped right in!! Tue, 29 Oct 2013 15:54:27 EST Limits: Emotionally Managing Chronic Ailments http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25287x53592x55424580 Limits: Emotionally Managing Chronic Ailments <BR> <BR> I found this blog and want to share it: <BR> <BR> this topic has been on my heart for quite some time and has been a theme that continues to teach me more about my heart and reveal opportunities for growth in my own life. While my sincere hope is that these thoughts find resonance with others, I also want to acknowledge that I can only speak to my own life-long journey with migraine headaches and every illness and every individual is ... Mon, 28 Oct 2013 12:42:06 EST 7 Best Moves to Fight Pain http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25286x53592x55424298 7 Best Moves to Fight Pain <BR> Learn all about chronic pain and posture and how your body mechanics can fight pain. <BR> <BR> <link>www.sharecare.com/health/chronic-pai<BR>n/health-guide/chronic-pain-management<BR>-cmp/pain-safe-posture-movement-to-min<BR>imize-chronic-pain </link> Mon, 28 Oct 2013 12:13:10 EST How to Fight Pain with Your Habits http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53592x55424213 How to Fight Pain with Your Habits <BR> <BR> Get better pain management by replacing bad habits with good habits. <BR> <BR> Medication is one way to ease CMP. But it isn't the only way to relieve chronic pain. Changing some of your bad habits for the better is another. We're talking about a healthier diet, more exercise, and sound sleep. Making these and other lifestyle changes puts you in the driver's seat when it comes to controlling your chronic pain. <BR> <BR> Overcome your bad habits,... Mon, 28 Oct 2013 12:05:38 EST 6 Ways to Relieve RA Anxiety http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25287x53592x55424078 6 Ways to Relieve RA Anxiety <BR> <BR> Try these ideas to help you relax in the face of chronic pain. <BR> <BR> <link>www.everydayhealth.com/rheumatoid-ar<BR>thritis-pictures/six-ways-to-relieve-r<BR>a-anxiety.aspx?xid=nl_EverydayHealthLi<BR>vingWithRheumatoidArthritis_20131027#/slide-1 </link> Mon, 28 Oct 2013 11:52:19 EST 5 Foods Rheumatoid Arthritis Patients Should Avoid http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25287x53592x55424073 5 Foods Rheumatoid Arthritis Patients Should Avoid <BR> <link>www.everydayhealth.com/rheumatoid-ar<BR>thritis-pictures/foods-rheumatoid-arth<BR>ritis-patients-should-avoid.aspx#/slide-6 </link> Mon, 28 Oct 2013 11:51:25 EST Fighting Rheumatoid Arthritis Pain With Food http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53592x55424046 Fighting Rheumatoid Arthritis Pain With Food <link>www.everydayhealth.com/rheumatoid-ar<BR>thritis-pictures/foods-rheumatoid-arth<BR>ritis-patients-should-avoid.aspx#/slide-1 </link> Mon, 28 Oct 2013 11:48:28 EST 6 Herbs and Spices for Rheumatoid Arthritis http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25286x53592x55424020 6 Herbs and Spices for Rheumatoid Arthritis <BR> <BR> Herbs and spices can be used as natural remedies to reduce the inflammation of rheumatoid arthritis. Find out about 6 zesty options that may help. <BR> By Chris Iliades, MD <BR> <BR> <link>www.everydayhealth.com/rheumatoid-ar<BR>thritis-pictures/six-herbs-and-spices-<BR>for-rheumatoid-arthritis.aspx?xid=nl_E<BR>verydayHealthLivingWithRheumatoidArthr<BR>itis_20131027#/slide-1 </link> Mon, 28 Oct 2013 11:45:25 EST 4 Guiltless Rewards http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25285x53592x55423984 4 Guiltless Rewards <BR> <link>www.southbeachdiet.com/diet/four-gui<BR>ltless-rewards#slide=1 </link> Mon, 28 Oct 2013 11:42:47 EST 6 Healthy Ways to Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25285x53592x55423961 6 Healthy Ways to Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth <BR> <BR> <link>www.southbeachdiet.com/diet/six-heal<BR>thy-ways-to-satisfy-your-sweet-tooth#s<BR>lide=1 </link> Mon, 28 Oct 2013 11:41:09 EST 7 Simple Strategies for Weight-Loss Success http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25285x53592x55423952 7 Simple Strategies for Weight-Loss Success <BR> <BR> <link>www.southbeachdiet.com/diet/seven-si<BR>mple-strategies-for-weight-loss-succes<BR>s?xid=nl_EverydayHealthLivingWithRheum<BR>atoidArthritis_20131027#slide=8 </link> Mon, 28 Oct 2013 11:40:34 EST Irresistible Veggie Burgers http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25287x53592x55311616 Irresistible Veggie Burgers <BR> Makes six burgers <BR> <BR> Patties: <BR> 8 ounces beets, steamed or roasted and peeled* <BR> 1 (15 ounce) can garbanzo beans, washed and drained <BR> 1 (15 ounce) can black beans, washed and drained <BR> 1/2 cup cooked brown rice <BR> 1/4 cup rolled oat flour** <BR> 1/2 red onion, diced <BR> 2 garlic cloves, minced <BR> 1 teaspoon sumac <BR> 1 teaspoon dried thyme leaves <BR> 3/4 teaspoon ground cumin <BR> 1/4 teaspoon ground coriander <BR> Salt ... Fri, 18 Oct 2013 18:20:48 EST Prep your mind for weight loss http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25286x53592x55283372 Prep your mind for weight loss <BR> <BR> If you’ve tried to lose weight but have fallen off the wagon over and over again, it may be time to take a long, honest look at yourself. You may be full of good intentions, but if you’re not ready to make the changes necessary to reach your weight-loss goals. <BR> <BR> Build up your mental arsenal <BR> <BR> Losing weight and keeping it off takes much more than just making a resolution to exercise and eat right. Your attitude towards food, not to me... Wed, 16 Oct 2013 09:31:06 EST What Are the Symptoms if Your Vitamin B12 Is Low? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25287x53592x55283235 What Are the Symptoms if Your Vitamin B12 Is Low? <BR> <BR> Vitamin B-12, also known as cobalamin is water-soluble and plays a key role in red blood cells production, DNA synthesis, metabolism and maintenance of healthy nervous system. Vitamin B-12 also works together with folic acid and vitamin B-6 to lower high levels of homocysteine. High levels of homocysteine can cause cardiovascular disease. Strict vegetarians and older adults are at high risk for B-12 deficiency. <BR> <BR> Hematologi... Wed, 16 Oct 2013 09:20:47 EST How to Reduce Chronic Pain http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25287x53592x55283184 How to Reduce Chronic Pain <BR> <BR> <link>www.wikihow.com/Reduce-Chronic-Pain </link> Wed, 16 Oct 2013 09:16:03 EST The "Walking for Weight Loss" Program http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25285x53592x55283112 Leslie Sansone has created several workout DVDs, books and workout soundtracks over her 25-year career as a fitness expert. She has worked with Jenny Craig and Weight Watchers, and she also writes for some of the top women's fitness magazines. Her weight loss video and DVD series include "Weight Loss Walk," "Walk Away the Pounds," "Walk at Home," "Walk the Walk," "Walking for Everybody" and "Walk Slim." Her latest series is called "Walk Your Way Thin." <BR> <BR> Leslie Sansone started teachi... Wed, 16 Oct 2013 09:10:05 EST Here's Something to do that You'll Like http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25286x53592x55282991 Here's Something to do that You'll Like <BR> <BR> Do you want to have some fun? Good, you answered yes! Well, look at the list of team members and pick out two or three different ones each day. Why, you ask. Because you will send them a goodie, an inspiring quote, a note of encouragement or just a quick <em>524</em> thinking of you. <BR> <BR> Benefit of doing this: You will feel <em>104</em> <em>250</em> and you definitely will make some else feel <em>250</em> . Plus, y... Wed, 16 Oct 2013 08:59:19 EST 20 Ways to Instantly Improve Your Life http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25285x53592x55282931 Watch this short slide show: <BR> <BR> <link>www.livestrong.com/slideshow/555416-<BR>20-ways-to-instantly-improve-your-life<BR>/#slide-1 </link> Wed, 16 Oct 2013 08:53:36 EST Foods High In Vitamins C & E & Beta-Carotene http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25285x53592x55282868 Foods High in Vitamins C & E & Beta-Carotene <BR> <BR> Vitamins C and E and beta-carotene are all considered antioxidants. Antioxidants are substances that protect cells from damage caused by unstable molecules called free radicals. Free radical damage within cells can lead to cancer. According to the National Cancer Institute, antioxidants may slow or possibly prevent the development of cancer. <BR> <BR> Foods High in Vitamin C <BR> <BR> Vitamin C, also known as ascorbic acid, is a cruci... Wed, 16 Oct 2013 08:48:39 EST Super Foods for Antioxidants http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25285x53592x55282796 Super Foods for Antioxidants <BR> <BR> Antioxidant foods protect against heart disease and cancer, high blood pressure and the effects of aging as well as enhancing immune functions. Antioxidants are nutrients such as vitamin E, beta-carotene, selenium, lutein, lycopene, anthocyanins, coenzyme Q10, alpha-lipoic acid and flavonoids <BR> <BR> <BR> Berries <BR> <BR> Berries, including blueberries, blackberries, strawberries, raspberries, cranberries and red currants, are especially rich in a... Wed, 16 Oct 2013 08:43:48 EST Dr. Perricone's 10 Super Foods http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53592x55282709 Acai <BR> <BR> Acai is a palm tree native to South America. The tree grows small, purple berries that are filled with antioxidants, fiber and omega-3 fatty acids. Omega-3 fatty acids are unsaturated fats that help your brain function properly and are also important in growth and development <BR> <BR> <BR> Allium <BR> <BR> The allium family of vegetables includes garlic, scallions, onions, chives, leeks and shallots. A diet rich in these vegetables helps lower cholesterol, reduce blood pre... Wed, 16 Oct 2013 08:38:42 EST Dr. Nicolas Perricone's Anti-Inf ammation Diet http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53592x55282669 Dr. Nicolas Perricone's Anti-Inflammation Diet <BR> <BR> <BR> Foods to Avoid <BR> <BR> Perricone claims that foods that rate high on the glycemic index are inflammatory foods that should be avoided. Examples of high-glycemic foods include sugary foods such as cookies, cakes and pies. Highly processed foods, pasta, breads and snack food items such as chips, pretzels and corn cakes are can contribute to an inflammatory response. Because high-glycemic index foods cause blood sugar fluctuatio... Wed, 16 Oct 2013 08:36:23 EST Supplements & Exercise http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53592x55282604 Supplements & exercises that help decrease inflammation <BR> <BR> <BR> Supplements <BR> <BR> Dr. Hyman believes that, after eliminating the causes of inflammation, adding herbal remedies and supplements can dramatically improve the inflammed state of the body. He suggests that, along with a standard regimen of multivitamins and minerals, fish oil, probiotics and enzymes, such as bromelain, can be powerful additions. Along with his diet of fresh foods, Dr. Weil lists numerous supplements, i... Wed, 16 Oct 2013 08:32:00 EST Surprising things that impact stroke risk http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25285x53592x55214867 <BR> Surprising things that impact stroke risk <BR> author, W. Diane Van Zwol. <BR> <BR> Understanding the nature of cerebral vascular accidents can help you to save your own life, as well as the lives of those you love or others. Perhaps you have a predisposition towards strokes because or your age, current health status or prolonged immobility. When something increases your likelihood of having a stroke or your stroke risk, it can have serious consequences. In other words, there are surp... Thu, 10 Oct 2013 12:19:54 EST Portion Size Plate http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25286x53592x55189122 Portion Size Plate <BR> <BR> Check this out: <link>www.webmd.com/diet/healthtool-portio<BR>n-size-plate </link> Tue, 8 Oct 2013 13:19:45 EST 10 Daily Habits to Reduce Chronic Pain http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25287x53592x55189078 10 Daily Habits to Reduce Chronic Pain <BR> <BR> <link>www.webmd.com/pain-management/chroni<BR>c-pain-11/slideshow-pain-tips </link> Tue, 8 Oct 2013 13:15:47 EST Top 10 Healthiest Fruits Vegetables http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25287x53592x55189053 Top 10 Healthiest Fruits Vegetables <BR> by Aglaee Jacob <BR> <BR> Berries are "superfoods" because of their very high fiber and antioxidant content. <BR> <BR> Although most people can benefit from eating more fruits and vegetables, some types are especially healthy due to their high levels of antioxidants, fiber and other nutrients. Stick to fresh fruits and vegetables -- juices and dried fruits can quickly elevate your blood sugar levels because of added sugar or low fiber content. Food... Tue, 8 Oct 2013 13:13:47 EST 10 smart eating habits http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25286x53592x55189015 10 smart eating habits <BR> Most of us have a busy work schedules and a dozen other commitments to look into. <BR> <BR> How you eat your food is as important as what you eat. So, the next time you sit down to eat, enjoy your meal by keeping these pointers in mind. <BR> <BR> i. Eat slowly; chew your food well <BR> <BR> It takes 20 minutes before your stomach sends a clear message to your brain that you're full. <BR> <BR> If you take the time to chew your food well, you will find you en... Tue, 8 Oct 2013 13:09:07 EST 23 Different Hues of Fruits & Veggies http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25285x53592x55168225 <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Choose a Category <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Start <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Most of us know we should be eating more produce each day (at least five servings, we're contractually obligated to tell you). But it also seems that our produce palate is about as exciting as a pair of basic khakis. <BR> <BR> According to a recent study based on government nutritional data, we're coming up short in terms of eating a variety of fruit and vegetable... Sun, 6 Oct 2013 22:56:28 EST Inflammation Triggers http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53592x55168142 Carrying Excess Weight <BR> It makes sense that when you pack on a few too many pounds, your fat cells begin to bulge. Confused by the extra stress, they send an SOS to your immune system, says Jerrold Olefsky, M.D., an endocrinologist at the University of California at San Diego. Certain white blood cells respond to the alarm, rushing to and then inflaming the cells that called for help. Over time that inflammation can make healthy cells resistant to insulin (the hormone that regulates blood... Sun, 6 Oct 2013 22:50:12 EST Top Inflammation Fighters http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53592x55168138 Eating Omega-3 Fatty Acids <BR> They're great for your heart and your nervous system, and now studies show that omega-3s—the "good fats" that are found in some fish like salmon—can also dial down the overeager white blood cells that lead to inflammation, says Olefsky. He recommends eating at least two servings of fish every week. <BR> <BR> Munching on Fruits and Vegetables <BR> Plants are by far your best inflammation-fighting bet. They're chock full of anti-inflammatory elements such as ma... Sun, 6 Oct 2013 22:49:49 EST Chronic Inflammation, Pt. 1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53592x55168032 Chronic Inflammation, Pt. 1 <BR> <BR> For more information: http://www.doctoroz.com/videos/chronic-inf<BR>lammation-pt-1 Sun, 6 Oct 2013 22:40:06 EST Slow down to slim down http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53592x55167979 Slow down to slim down by: Meg Nigro Helligrass <BR> <BR> I bet if I told you that in the next paragraph I would be revealing the one and only secret to permanently slimming down forever without ever dieting again you’d skip right there and keep reading with great anticipation right? Well, I’m actually going to do that but the crazy thing is when you read it I have a funny feeling you won’t believe it. Why? Because it’s something so simple but yet strangely elusive. It’s utterly basic, tho... Sun, 6 Oct 2013 22:33:52 EST Three natural anti-inf ammatory agents to know http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53592x55167950 Three natural anti-inflammatory agents to know <BR> by:Ann Carey Tobin, MD <BR> <BR> Acute inflammation is an effective, albeit somewhat unpleasant, mechanism for self-healing. It maintains tissue homeostasis (balance in the body systems), and serves as an adaptive repair response to insults to the body. When faced with infection, toxins and other bodily injuries our healing system releases pro-inflammatory molecules. These biochemical messengers dilate blood vessels, mobilize white blood ce... Sun, 6 Oct 2013 22:30:23 EST A Great Story http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25287x53592x55051957 <BR> Read this and let it really sink in...then choose how to start your day tomorrow... <BR> <BR> Michael is the kind of guy you love to hate. He is always in a <BR> good mood and always has something positive to say. When <BR> someone would ask him how he was doing, he would reply, "If I <BR> were any better, I would be twins!" <BR> <BR> He was a natural motivator. If an employee was having a bad <BR> day, Michael was there telling the employee how to look on the <BR> positive side of th... Fri, 27 Sep 2013 10:32:32 EST September Team Leaders http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25285x53592x54995734 September Team Leaders <BR> <BR> SparkPoints <BR> 1.FIRECOM <BR> 2.IAM_HIS <BR> 3.GAGGSISAWINNER <BR> 4.SHARSS <BR> 5.FISHER011 <BR> <BR> Fitness Minutes <BR> 1.GREASE31 <BR> 2.IAM_HIS <BR> 3.SHARSS <BR> 4.PAMSCHWETZ <BR> 5.FIRECOM <BR> Sun, 22 Sep 2013 18:07:48 EST Ten Surprising Nutrition Facts http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25285x53592x54947082 The three-day event brought together leading nutrition researchers from around the world, bearing plenty of both bad and good news. Some highlights: <BR> <BR> Bad News: <BR> <BR> 1. Hunter-gatherers in the Australian outback today live on 800 varieties of plant foods. Modern Americans live principally on three: corn, soy and wheat. <BR> <BR> 2. One third of Americans get 47 percent of their calories from junk foods. <BR> <BR> 3. The average American is eating 300 more calories each da... Wed, 18 Sep 2013 13:27:55 EST Beat Inflammation & Lose Weight http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53592x54947023 Here is how you can beat inflammation, stay healthy and promote long-term weight loss and weight management. <BR> <BR> STEP 1: Avoid processed carbs <BR> If you can’t pick it from a tree or pull it from the ground, limit your intake of carbs like this. <BR> <BR> Excess insulin production from high energy dense carbs is a foundational cause of inflammation. If you do nothing else, do this. <BR> STEP 2: Take an Omega 3 supplement. <BR> Eicosanoids from Omega 3 fats are anti-inflammatory. Ei... Wed, 18 Sep 2013 13:21:16 EST Inflammation is a major reason why you can't lose http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53592x54947006 Inflammation is a major reason why you can't lose weight - by: Eric Hunter <BR> <BR> It's well established that obesity is characterized by low-level chronic inflammation. Several theories as to how this inflammation occurs have been proposed, but dietary choices seem to be the most important factor involved. It's increasingly recognized that regular consumption of certain foods leads to diet-induced inflammation; which in turn sets the stage for insulin resistance, leptin resistance and ot... Wed, 18 Sep 2013 13:19:24 EST September Team Leaders http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53592x54824709 SparkPoints <BR> 1.FIRECOM <BR> 2.IAM_HIS <BR> 3.FISHER011 <BR> 4.SHARSS <BR> 5.GAGGSISAWINNER <BR> <BR> Fitness Minutes <BR> 1.IAM_HIS <BR> 2.GREASE31 <BR> 3.SHARSS <BR> 4.TWEET2TALK <BR> 5.PAMSCHWETZ <BR> <BR> <em>244</em> <em>243</em> <em>242</em> <em>386</em> Sun, 8 Sep 2013 10:01:47 EST Leave a Word of Encouragement http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53592x54764067 <em>306</em> I KNOW YOU CAN! Tue, 3 Sep 2013 10:17:37 EST LAUGHTER IS THE BEST MEDICINE http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53592x54753679 Why Laughter May Be the Best Pain Medicine <BR> Jennifer Welsh, LiveScience Staff Writer <BR> <BR> <BR> Laughing with friends releases feel-good brain chemicals, which also relieve pain, new research indicates. <BR> <BR> Until now, scientists haven't proven that like exercise and other activities, laughing causes a release of so-called endorphins. <BR> <BR> "Very little research has been done into why we laugh and what role it plays in society," study researcher Robin Dunbar, of the Uni... Mon, 2 Sep 2013 14:11:01 EST CHALLENGE 4 THIS WEEK- RELAX http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25286x53592x54753623 When we have inflammation and pain, it is difficult to relax. So this week's challenge is to find a way to relax at least 5-10 minutes three times per day. <BR> <BR> I am reading to relax. What are you doing? Mon, 2 Sep 2013 14:04:11 EST Living With Chronic Pain http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53592x54753597 Living With Chronic Pain <BR> <BR> Living and Coping With Chronic Pain in Your Life <BR> From Erica Jacques <BR> <BR> Being in pain is not easy, especially when the pain does not go away. Chronic pain is a debilitating condition for the millions of people who live with it every day. <BR> <BR> While medication goes a long way in pain treatment, it is often not enough to control all of the symptoms. When chronic pain is poorly controlled, living with chronic pain can be a challenge. <BR> <... Mon, 2 Sep 2013 14:01:28 EST Omega-3 fatty acids http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53592x54753531 Omega-3 fatty acids <BR> <BR> Overview <BR> <BR> <BR> Omega-3 fatty acids are considered essential fatty acids: They are necessary for human health but the body can’t make them -- you have to get them through food. Omega-3 fatty acids can be found in fish, such as salmon, tuna, and halibut, other seafood including algae and krill, some plants, and nut oils. Also known as polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs), omega-3 fatty acids play a crucial role in brain function, as well as normal growth... Mon, 2 Sep 2013 13:56:39 EST Five Ways To Reduce Inflammation Naturally http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53592x54753439 Five Ways To Reduce Inflammation Naturally by Dr. Robert A. Kornfeld <BR> <BR> What happened the last time you felt pain in your body? Did you reach for an ibuprofen or go to your doctor for a prescription drug? If so, you may have suppressed your single most essential bodily function for healing. Too often we think of inflammation as something to get rid of and instead choose to medicate our pain, swelling, or stiffness with drugs like Advil or Celebrex in an attempt to relieve the discomfo... Mon, 2 Sep 2013 13:48:32 EST GAGGSISAWINNER, welcome to the team http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x53592x54729488 GAGGSISAWINNEr welcome!! It is wonderful to have you join us!! Sat, 31 Aug 2013 15:05:01 EST What is the hardest thing you have to do in life? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53592x54495293 For me, it's walking. My legs are not the same length and since I have a metal piece in my left leg, it hurts to walk, especially in most stores. I feel their floors are not even and I can feel the cement under the flooring. Mon, 12 Aug 2013 12:24:52 EST CHALLENGE FOR THIS WEEK http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25286x53592x54414593 Do you want to receive a goodie daily? Well, here is what you need to do: <BR> <BR> 1). Post one huddle on the huddle wall ( get 1 goodie) <BR> <BR> 2). Leave one rose under the thread (get 1 goodie) <BR> <BR> 3). Leave one emoticon for how you feel (get 1 goodie) <BR> <BR> <BR> Have fun...the person with the most goodie for end of the week (Saturday-last day for the week) will be the winner of the challenge. Tue, 6 Aug 2013 03:54:11 EST How do you feel today? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25286x53592x54414582 Use an emoticon to express how you feel today. Tue, 6 Aug 2013 03:48:51 EST Make a word from August http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53592x54414576 A appear Tue, 6 Aug 2013 03:47:14 EST How are you doing today? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53592x54414572 Today I am up at 3 AM because my hip hurts. I hope I can go back to sleep. Tue, 6 Aug 2013 03:44:22 EST August Team Leaders http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53592x54399853 August Team Leaders <BR> <BR> <BR> Spark Points <BR> 1.-WRKNG2ABTTRME- <BR> 2.FIRECOM <BR> 3.IAM_HIS <BR> 4.FISHER011 <BR> 5.PAMSCHWETZ <BR> <BR> Fitness Minutes <BR> 1.-WRKNG2ABTTRME- <BR> 2.TWEET2TALK <BR> 3.IAM_HIS <BR> 4.SHARSS <BR> 5.PAMSCHWETZ <BR> <BR> Mon, 5 Aug 2013 00:04:16 EST 5 top ways to a super strong immune system http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25287x53592x54214091 Our immune system defends the body against invasion from harmful bacteria, viruses and other foreign agents. Without a healthy functioning immune system we put ourselves at risk of getting infections, and developing allergies and chronic disease. <BR> <BR> A strong immune system is dependant on a healthy, well-balanced diet containing important immune boosting nutrients such as vitamins C and A, and minerals iron, zinc and selenium. Certain herbs and foods also have immune-stimulating proper... Sun, 21 Jul 2013 17:08:32 EST MELART, welcome to the team! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x53592x54204307 MELART, how nice to have you join us. Welcome and I hope you introduce yourself. Sat, 20 Jul 2013 21:00:42 EST Can Low Vitamin D Cause Autoimmune Diseases? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25285x53592x54190476 Can Low Vitamin D Cause Autoimmune Diseases? <BR> <BR> Jul 30, 2011 | By Stephen Christensen <BR> <BR> Vitamin D, which is sometimes called "the sunshine vitamin," has long been recognized as an important participant in calcium metabolism. The classic vitamin D-deficiency disease called rickets is characterized by soft, poorly formed bones. However, vitamin D's additional role in immunity has emerged as a focal point for scientists during the past three decades. In particular, an increasi... Fri, 19 Jul 2013 15:30:47 EST Vitamin B & Autoimmune Diseases http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53592x54190429 Vitamin B & Autoimmune <BR> Sep 12, 2011 | By Frankie Smith <BR> <BR> Your immune system, when it is working as it is supposed to, kicks into gear when a harmful substance like a virus or allergen is introduced into your body. An inappropriate immune system response occurs when you have an autoimmune disease, and your immune system prompts your body to attack itself. Your immune system responds differently depending on the disease and the part of the body affected. Autoimmune diseases typ... Fri, 19 Jul 2013 15:22:45 EST Foods to Avoid With Autoimmune Diseases http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53592x54190268 Foods to Avoid With Autoimmune Diseases <BR> Jan 13, 2011 | By August McLaughlin <BR> <BR> <BR> Autoimmune diseases are conditions in which your immune system is overactive and responds harshly to tissues and substances in your body. The diseases affect over 23.5 million Americans, according to the National Women's Health Center. Common forms include thyroid disease, type 1 diabetes, inflammatory bowel diseases, such as Crohn's disease and colitis, the skin condition psoriasis and rheumatoi... Fri, 19 Jul 2013 15:03:58 EST 6 Ways to Treat Autoimmune Disorders Through Diet http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53592x54190185 6 Ways to Treat Autoimmune Disorders Through Diet <BR> <BR> Nov 18, 2009 | By Irene Durham <BR> Irene Durham <BR> <BR> <BR> 1. Take Steps to Strengthen Your Immune System <BR> <BR> There are more than 80 known autoimmune disorders--diseases that occur when a person's immune system turns against itself. Some of these diseases include Type 1 diabetes, Graves disease and rheumatoid arthritis. Although there is a genetic component to these diseases, they usually emerge after a period of i... Fri, 19 Jul 2013 14:55:25 EST SHARSS welcome http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x53592x54165614 WooHoo, what a delight & honor to welcome you. Hope you introduce yourself!! Wed, 17 Jul 2013 15:48:40 EST 10 Strategies to Help Prevent Heart Disease http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25285x53592x54122125 10 Strategies to Help Prevent Heart Disease <BR> <BR> Don't miss a beat! Check out these simple measures you can take today to promote a healthier heart. <BR> By Jessie Sholl <BR> <BR> <link>www.everydayhealth.com/heart-health-<BR>pictures/heart-disease-prevention.aspx<BR>#/slide-1 </link> Sun, 14 Jul 2013 10:53:42 EST Too Much Calcium May Double Death Risk in Women http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25285x53592x54122074 Too Much Calcium May Double Death Risk in Women <BR> <BR> A large, long-term study has linked high calcium intake (more than 1,400 mg per day) to higher death rates — particularly death from heart disease — in women <BR> <BR> <link>www.everydayhealth.com/heart-health/<BR>too-much-calcium-may-double-death-risk<BR>-in-women-9770.aspx </link> Sun, 14 Jul 2013 10:48:07 EST The Link Between Magnesium and Heart Health http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25285x53592x54122032 What is the role of magnesium in heart health? <BR> <BR> — Susan, Georgia <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Dr. Arthur Agatston - Heart Disease Center A: <BR> <BR> Magnesium has hundreds of important functions in the body, from energy production and proper nerve function to muscle relaxation. Studies are mixed about whether its potential heart benefits come from the magnesium itself or from a combination of magnesium and other beneficial nutrients (such as potassium and fiber). Or perhaps it’s si... Sun, 14 Jul 2013 10:45:03 EST Challenge: How many fruits & veggies you eat 2day http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25287x53592x54116359 Please post the number of fruits & Veggies you eat today (must be rainbow fruits & veggies) Sat, 13 Jul 2013 21:44:54 EST Eat a Rainbow of Fruits & Vegetables http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25287x53592x54116337 Ever heard of the rainbow diet? It's not an actual diet – it refers to choosing fruits and vegetables of every color in the rainbow. <BR> <BR> Eating the full rainbow of foods regularly helps give your body the nutrients it needs. In addition to fiber, vitamins and minerals, naturally colored foods contain what are known as phytochemicals. These powerful nutrients are the disease-fighting substances that also give fruits and vegetables their array of colors. <BR> <BR> Research has shown tha... Sat, 13 Jul 2013 21:42:22 EST Have you ever wondered what's really in vaccines? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25285x53592x54085867 Have you ever wondered what's really in vaccines? <BR> <BR> According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control's vaccine additives page, all the following ingredients are routinely used as vaccine additives: <BR> •Aluminum - A light metal that causes dementia and Alzheimer's disease. You should never inject yourself with aluminum. <BR> •Antibiotics - Chemicals that promote superbugs, which are deadly antibiotic-resistant strains of bacteria that are killing tens of thousands of Americans eve... Thu, 11 Jul 2013 10:09:28 EST GYPSYEDEN, welcome http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x53592x54080602 GYPSYEDEN, so happy to welcome you to our team family!! Wed, 10 Jul 2013 22:35:40 EST Calories http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53592x54076423 You know by now that both eating and activity affect your weight. Eating provides your body with the energy it needs, while physical activity burns off calories. So the key to successful weight loss is finding the right ways to balance the calories you take in with the calories you put out. It all sounds so simple – and it really is. <BR> <BR> But there’s actually a lot to know. How to track calories in food. How calories are used and stored as fat. What is starvation mode? Can you cut calo... Wed, 10 Jul 2013 15:51:05 EST Green Superfoods http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53592x54076151 Superfoods are a special category of foods found in nature. By definition they are calorie sparse and nutrient dense meaning they pack a lot of punch for their weight as far as goodness goes. They are superior sources of anti-oxidants and essential nutrients - nutrients we need but cannot make ourselves. <BR> <BR> Green Superfoods: <BR> <BR> Greens are good, Green Superfoods are even better! Green superfoods have the highest concentrations of easily digestible nutrients, fat burning compou... Wed, 10 Jul 2013 15:23:54 EST Another Spark Change http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53592x54066515 Tomorrow Sparkpeople plans to launch a much-requested change to your Fitness and Nutrition Trackers that may interest a large percentage of our members, especially those with active jobs or lifestyles—and people currently in weight-maintenance mode. <BR> Tue, 9 Jul 2013 21:52:56 EST JULY TEAM LEADERS http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53592x54038021 July Team Leaders <BR> <em>380</em> <em>250</em> <em>205</em> <em>345</em> <BR> <BR> SparkPoints: <BR> <BR> 1.-WRKNG2ABTTRME- <BR> 2.FIRECOM <BR> 3.FISHER011 <BR> 4.TWINKS55 <BR> 5.IAM_HIS <BR> <BR> Fitness Minutes: <BR> <BR> 1.-WRKNG2ABTTRME- <BR> 2.TWINKS55 <BR> 3.TWEET2TALK <BR> 4.IAM_HIS <BR> 5.GREASE31 <BR> <BR> Sun, 7 Jul 2013 18:54:47 EST LIZZY21401 welcome http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x53592x54034658 <em>235</em> LIZZY21401 we are so happy you joined us!! <em>104</em> <em>244</em> <em>229</em> Sun, 7 Jul 2013 13:30:18 EST Natural Anti Inflammatory Foods Principles http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53592x53973375 Natural Anti Inflammatory Foods Principles <BR> <BR> Foods that Reduce Inflammation - See What's on the Menu! <BR> <BR> Rich in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, healthy fats and fish, The Gene Smart Anti Inflammatory Diet Foods & Exercise Program is a healthy way of living that works with your genes naturally to help you improve health and energy, lose weight, decrease risk of chronic diseases and live a vital and active life. Here's how to choose natural anti-inflammatory foods that redu... Tue, 2 Jul 2013 11:12:52 EST Surprisingly Simple Ways to Stay Hydrated http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53592x53973207 Surprisingly Simple Ways to Stay Hydrated <BR> <BR> Staying hydrated is important - every organ, cell and tissue in your body depends on water for survival. Proper hydration also addresses a bevy of health concerns, from dry mouth and bad breath to gallstones and irregularity. Each day you lose water by simply going to the bathroom, sweating and breathing. Replacing these lost fluids is vital to preventing dehydration. Some common symptoms of dehydration include: <BR> •Infrequent urination ... Tue, 2 Jul 2013 10:58:59 EST Congestive Heart Failure http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53592x53973022 Congestive Heart Failure (CHF) <BR> <BR> <BR> heart and stethoscope <BR> <BR> What is congestive heart failure? <BR> Congestive heart failure (CHF) is a very serious heart condition in which the heart cannot pump enough blood to meet the body’s circulatory needs. Even though the condition typically worsens over time, it is possible to live with the disease for many years. <BR> <BR> What are the symptoms of congestive heart failure? <BR> As a result of congestive heart failure, fluid may... Tue, 2 Jul 2013 10:43:54 EST 10 Veggies You Should Be Eating http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53592x53972894 10 Veggies You Should Be Eating <BR> <BR> Anti-Inflammatory Food Pyramid, and for good reason - fresh produce is the best source of natural nutrients that can help keep your entire body running smoothly. I recommend every healthy kitchen have the following versatile and flavorful favorites on hand: <BR> <BR> 1.Onions: This classic, pungent vegetable adds depth and richness to any meal. Sulfur compounds found in most varieties of onions may be responsible for its health benefits, including t... Tue, 2 Jul 2013 10:34:06 EST Can Foods Boost Energy Levels? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25287x53592x53972841 Can Foods Boost Energy Levels? <BR> <BR> Persistent mild fatigue or a chronic lack of energy due to day-to-day stressors or hectic schedules can often be addressed with simple preventive steps. In addition to regular exercise, quality rest, and a supplement routine designed to promote energy, try these dietary tips for a natural energy boost: <BR> 1.Eat a wide variety of fresh fruits and vegetables (preferably organic) for their protective phytochemicals and micronutrients needed for optima... Tue, 2 Jul 2013 10:29:10 EST Insomnia Can Hinder Your Weight Loss http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25285x53592x53946306 Insomnia Can Hinder Your Weight Loss <BR> Sleepless Nights Stop Progress <BR> -- By Laura Bofinger, Staff Writer <BR> <BR> So you already know that a well-balanced diet and a regular exercise program are keys to your weight loss plan. But are you listening to that other recommendation you’ve heard more than once in your life? Get plenty of sleep. Recent medical studies show that sleep loss can increase hunger and affect your body’s metabolism in a way that makes weight loss more difficult. S... Sun, 30 Jun 2013 12:37:23 EST Some changes on Spark People http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25285x53592x53910162 To keep you updated: <link>www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?po<BR>st=simplified_sparkpoints_and_more_of_<BR>them </link> Thu, 27 Jun 2013 13:27:21 EST Please watch this http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25285x53592x53898373 <link>foodmatters.tv/foodmatters/thank-you<BR>-for-joining-food-matters </link> Wed, 26 Jun 2013 15:51:05 EST USA uses banned additives http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53592x53898197 This brings a whole new meaning to the phrase "food poisoning." Discover 8 additives that can be found in most supermarket aisles that you may be eating and not even know it <BR> <BR> <BR> 1. Artificial Food Dye: Makes your food pretty and inhibits nerve-cell development. <BR> Found in: Practically everything we eat: cake mixes, sports drinks, cheese, candy, and even MACARONI AND CHEESE. <BR> Why it’s dangerous: Artificial dyes are made from chemicals derived from PETROLEUM, which is also ... Wed, 26 Jun 2013 15:34:06 EST Updated list of foods http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25287x53592x53895146 Here are a lists of foods that starve cancer and prevent inflammation: <BR> <BR> <link>www.eattodefeat.org/foodlist </link> Wed, 26 Jun 2013 10:58:21 EST How to keep your kidneys healthy http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53592x53857951 When I was taking an anti-inflammatory drug my doctor never checked my kidneys. When I was seen by my RA doctor, I round out I was in stage 2 kidney disease. If your doctor is not checking you, please tell your doctor to check your kidneys & liver...it is so important!! <BR> <BR> Keep Your Kidneys Healthy The steps you take to keep your kidneys healthy help the rest of your body too. Talk to your health care provider to find out the steps that are right for you. If you are at risk for kidn... Sun, 23 Jun 2013 17:44:13 EST How to keep your liver healthy http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53592x53857882 Taking anti-inflammatory drugs affected my liver & kidneys: <BR> <BR> Always your doctor check your liver. <BR> <BR> Your liver is the organ responsible for an enormous number of metabolic activities, and you'll need a plentiful supply of virtually all nutrients for your liver to be optimally healthy. In general, fruits and vegetables would be at the top of our list in the support category, since they contain such a wide range of nutrients that participate in liver function. Additionall... Sun, 23 Jun 2013 17:37:09 EST How Unhealthy is Microwave Popcorn? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25285x53592x53857723 How Unhealthy is Microwave Popcorn? <BR> Published: 6/22/2013 <BR> <BR> Popcorn can be a healthful snack, as it is a good source of fiber and relatively low in calories. However, if you want to partake of this movie-watching favorite, steer clear of microwave popcorn. Not only are most microwavable varieties loaded with artificial flavors, sodium and unhealthy fat, but they can expose you to chemicals that are added to the artificial butter flavoring and used in the lining of microwavable... Sun, 23 Jun 2013 17:18:32 EST Want to Increase Your Metabolism? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53592x53775405 Want to Increase Your Metabolism? <BR> <BR> As we age, our metabolism slows down, which can lead to weight gain. But small dietary adjustments can help minimize unwanted pounds in our middle years. Try these suggestions: <BR> <BR> 1.Choose healthy carbohydrates. Replace refined, highglycemic index carbs with unrefined, low-glycemic choices like sprouted grain breads or beans and lentils. The latter do not cause the spikes in blood glucose levels that encourage the storage of fat. <BR> <BR>... Mon, 17 Jun 2013 09:35:56 EST June Team Leaders http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53592x53765187 <em>345</em> <em>242</em> June Team Leaders <BR> <BR> <em>244</em> <em>243</em> <em>380</em> <em>250</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> SparkPoints: <BR> <BR> 1.FIRECOM <BR> 2.FISHER011 <BR> 3.STEPBYSTEP_ <BR> 4.IAM_HIS <BR> 5.TWINKS55 <BR> <BR> Fitness Minutes: <BR> <BR> 1.TWINKS55 <BR> 2.IAM_HIS <BR> 3.FISHER011 <BR> 4.GREASE31 <BR> 5.STEPBYSTEP <BR> <BR> Sun, 16 Jun 2013 13:49:17 EST Soda Consumption Raises Cancer Risk http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53592x53753626 Soda Consumption Raises Cancer Risk <BR> By Mike Barrett <BR> <BR> Soda is quite possibly the most vilified food/beverage on the market, and for good reason. The beverage offers zero nutritional value, all while increasing the risk of countless diseases. But even with everything we know as a society, soda sales continue upward, and so do the number of studies showcasing the negative effects of the popular drink. According to one recent study, consuming about one soda per day increases a ma... Sat, 15 Jun 2013 13:03:03 EST Exercising with Fibromyalgia http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53592x53753542 <link>www.sparkpeople.com/resource/fitness<BR>_articles.asp?id=1823 </link> Sat, 15 Jun 2013 12:53:01 EST Healthy Joints Part 1: Nutrition Tips http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25285x53592x53696211 Healthy Joints Part 1: Nutrition Tips <BR> Published: 6/10/2013 <BR> <BR> As we age, we experience the effects of normal wear and tear on our joints. Small preventive measures - including prudent supplementation, maintaining a healthy weight and avoiding intense activities that stress the joints - can help keep joints healthy and relatively pain-free for a lifetime. In addition, certain foods may be protective. Consider these nutrition tips: <BR> <BR> 1.Eat an anti-inflammatory diet. F... Tue, 11 Jun 2013 09:14:42 EST How Chronic Pain Affects Relationships http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25285x53592x53696156 How Chronic Pain Affects Relationships <BR> <BR> Living with chronic pain places a strain on all the important relationships in your life. Use these coping strategies to maintain strong ties to your loved ones. <BR> By Dennis Thompson Jr. <BR> Medically reviewed by Pat F. Bass III, MD, MPH <BR> <BR> <BR> Chronic pain has a ripple effect — not only does it disrupt your life and force you to manage pain, it also changes your personal relationships. Interactions with your spouse, children... Tue, 11 Jun 2013 09:10:55 EST 4 Foods for Autoimmune Disease http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25285x53592x53696124 4 Foods for Autoimmune Disease <BR> Published: 6/9/2013 <BR> <BR> Lupus is an autoimmune disease, with symptoms that range from mild to life-threatening, but it can also go into remission for weeks, months, and even years. More serious forms are difficult to manage medically - immunosuppressive drugs such as prednisone can control severe symptoms, but should be used with caution, as they can reduce the chance that the disease will go into remission naturally. <BR> <BR> If you have lupus,... Tue, 11 Jun 2013 09:09:06 EST Ouch! Avoiding the Aches and Pains http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53592x53695899 Ouch! Avoiding the Aches and Pains <BR> Ways to Save Your Body <BR> -- By Joe Downie, Certified Physical Fitness Instructor <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/resource/fitness<BR>_articles.asp?id=151 </link> Tue, 11 Jun 2013 08:54:10 EST 10 Important Lessons Pain Can Teach You http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53592x53695840 10 Important Lessons Pain Can Teach You: <link>www.sparkpeople.com/resource/slidesh<BR>ow.asp?show=103 </link> Tue, 11 Jun 2013 08:50:06 EST Welcome to the team, JASMINTHIA! :) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x53592x53649971 <BR> Welcome to the team! <em>30</em> <BR> <BR> Hope you have a fantastic weekend! <BR> <BR> <em>67</em> <em>464</em> Fri, 7 Jun 2013 19:37:11 EST Welcome Justm102! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x53592x53604516 <BR> Welcome to the team! Thanks for joining us! <BR> <BR> <em>250</em> <em>104</em> <em>244</em> <em>220</em> Tue, 4 Jun 2013 14:12:15 EST TEAM LEADERS FOR JUNE http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53592x53572872 June Team Leaders <BR> <BR> <BR> SparkPoints <BR> <BR> 1.IAM_HIS <BR> 2.FIRECOM <BR> 3.STEPBYSTEP_ <BR> 4.FISHER011 <BR> 5.LADYANDREA2012 <BR> <BR> Fitness Minutes <BR> <BR> 1.IAM_HIS <BR> 2.STEPBYSTEP_ <BR> 3.THEHAPPYLENTIL <BR> <BR> <BR> Sun, 2 Jun 2013 12:23:53 EST Welcome EAGLES WINGS! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x53592x53553775 Eagles Wings, Welcome to the team! <em>30</em> <BR> <BR> <em>223</em> <em>220</em> <em>236</em> <BR> <BR> SparkHugs! Fri, 31 May 2013 22:00:48 EST Welcome GREASE31! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x53592x53547959 Welcome to Fighting Inflammation & Enjoying Your Life! <em>30</em> <BR> <BR> So happy you joined the team. <em>220</em> Fri, 31 May 2013 11:40:32 EST 29 Proven Methods to Manage Aches & Pains http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53592x53544134 Hope you enjoy this: <link>www.sparkpeople.com/resource/wellnes<BR>s_articles.asp?id=1820 </link> Fri, 31 May 2013 06:40:43 EST THEHAPPYLENTIL welcome to the team http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x53592x53541229 <em>244</em> <em>235</em> , we are so happy you joined us!! Thu, 30 May 2013 22:06:29 EST Tips for sore, swollen feet http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25285x53592x53484378 Do your feet sometimes feel sore and swollen after a long tiring day? I found an article over at Livestrong written by Jason Aberdeene that offers some handy dandy tips to help with this: <BR> <BR> Here's the link to the article, but I cut/paste it down below to make it easier to read. <BR> <link>www.livestrong.com/article/462835-ex<BR>ercises-for-swollen-feet/ </link> <BR> <BR> Exercises for swollen feet are designed to improve circulation in your feet by improving your range of motio... Sun, 26 May 2013 11:11:44 EST I'm proud of you! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25286x53592x53473183 <BR> I'm so proud of all the members of this team. You're all spectacular! <em>285</em> <BR> <BR> Can you name something that you're proud of or happy with?? Did you pass up dessert? Eat a smaller portion? Avoid a trigger food? Get more activity into your day? Whatever it is, post it here, and we can cheer your hard work! <BR> <em>321</em> Sat, 25 May 2013 10:04:57 EST Tips for eating anti-inf ammatory foods http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25285x53592x53442503 Here are some tips from about.com on eating an anti-inflammatory diet. :) <BR> <BR> <link>nutrition.about.com/od/dietsformedic<BR>aldisorders/a/antiinflamfood.htm </link> Wed, 22 May 2013 20:02:07 EST SPECIAL TEAM MEMBERS http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53592x53231212 Special Team Members for this Week: <em>285</em> <BR> <BR> Thank you to our team Huddlers--StepByStep; Patty Watty-- <BR> CONGRATULATIONS YOU BOTH ARE TEAM MEMBERS OF THE WEEK 5/5-5/11 <BR> <BR> <em>242</em> <em>380</em> <em>345</em> Sun, 5 May 2013 17:21:25 EST TEAM LEADERS FOR MAY http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53592x53231162 SparkPoints <BR> <BR> 1.STEPBYSTEP_ <BR> 2.-WRKNG2ABTTRME- <BR> 3.FIRECOM <BR> 4.IAM_HIS <BR> 5.FISHER011 <BR> Fitness Minutes <BR> <BR> 1.-WRKNG2ABTTRME- <BR> 2.IAM_HIS <BR> 3.LADYANDREA2012 <BR> 4.STEPBYSTEP_ <BR> 5.CRANDAL <BR> <BR> <em>243</em> <em>380</em> <em>250</em> <em>242</em> <em>380</em> <em>345</em> <BR> Sun, 5 May 2013 17:15:42 EST APRIL TEAM LEADERS http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25287x53592x53134851 <em>244</em> <em>243</em> <em>380</em> <em>250</em> <em>345</em> <em>242</em> <BR> <BR> April Team Leaders <BR> <BR> <BR> SparkPoints <BR> <BR> FIRECOM <BR> FISHER011 <BR> STEPBYSTEP_ <BR> IAM_HIS <BR> PATTY-WATTY <BR> <BR> Fitness Minutes <BR> <BR> IAM_HIS <BR> TWINKS55 <BR> FISHER011 <BR> ZOEIE1956 <BR> FIRECOM Sun, 28 Apr 2013 04:59:03 EST TO ALL NEW MEMBERS http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x53592x53124475 Please know that this is a team with great members. We all want to support & encourage one another. Just let us know. Sat, 27 Apr 2013 06:19:53 EST Borage-Oil---the-natu ral-anti-inflammatory http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25285x53592x53107200 <BR> Borage Oil: The Natural Anti-Inflammatory <BR> <BR> 01/23/2012 | 11:07 AM <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Borage Oil – Introduction <BR> <BR> Borage, scientifically called Borago officinalis is an herbaceous plant native to Syria, now spread almost all over Europe, North Africa and Iran. Commonly known as starflower, it has a high stem, up to one meter with oval shaped big green leafs pointed upwards. Its flowers are small, bright blue or pink, with five triangular petals, arranged in the sha... Thu, 25 Apr 2013 15:52:14 EST Hi http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x53592x53099922 Hi, <BR> <BR> I found this team yesterday and am very excited to be here. After suffering a lot of muscular pain the last few years and having some doctors say fibromyalgia and others scoff that idea (not so accepted in my part of Australia); a recent ER visit had the doctor tell me that the inflammation in my chest wall was caused by obesity. What?!!! Not another thing they could blamme on my weight! Well when I got home I looked up inflammation and obesity and sure enough I found a lot of ... Thu, 25 Apr 2013 00:38:12 EST A SONG TO HELP MOTIVATE YOU http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25285x53592x53063832 HOPE YOU LIKE THIS: <BR> <BR> <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=Da3-kn80iak&<BR>list=PL3CFFE1362E7F7B17 </link> <BR> <BR> Mon, 22 Apr 2013 09:30:48 EST NAME SOMETHING YOU LIKE (can be anything) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25286x53592x53063743 Hug Mon, 22 Apr 2013 09:26:41 EST Leaving Team http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x53592x53062484 I can not keep up with the post on this team. I am going to keep two spark teams, Losing Weight for Christ, and Discovering Your Inner Beauty. <BR> <BR> IAM_HIS: You are a blessing to me and I am grateful for all of your help and encouragement. I look forward to continuing to participate with you on Discovering Your Inner Beauty. <BR> <BR> It has been a pleasure to learn more about fighting inflammation. <BR> <BR> Thank you for all of your help. Mon, 22 Apr 2013 08:07:34 EST FIGHTING DIABETES AS A FAMILY http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25287x53592x53056909 Fighting Diabetes as a Family <BR> By: SparkPeople Guest Blogger, – Carolyn Starks, Family Circle <BR> <BR> We were eagerly waiting in our hotel room for my husband, John, to finish showering so that we could head to the amusement park. My tween daughters started yelling "Hurry up!" over the hiss of running water. But as I finished my cheap shot about him taking longer in the bathroom than a woman, my heart sank. <BR> <BR> It suddenly dawned on me that my husband, a type 1 diabetic, might... Sun, 21 Apr 2013 19:03:37 EST APRIL TEAM LEADERS FOR THIS WEEK http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x53592x53052997 April Team Leaders <em>244</em> <em>250</em> <em>380</em> <em>242</em> <BR> <BR> SparkPoints: <BR> <BR> 1.FIRECOM <BR> 2.FISHER011 <BR> 3.IAM_HIS <BR> 4.SPARKY <BR> 5.TWINKS55 <BR> <BR> Fitness Minutes: <BR> <BR> 1.TWINKS55 <BR> 2.IAM_HIS <BR> 3.FISHER011 <BR> 4.ZOEIE1956 <BR> 5.FIRECOM <BR> Sun, 21 Apr 2013 12:06:26 EST STRESS AND CHRONIC PAIN http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25285x53592x53047552 Stress and Chronic Pain <BR> <BR> Learning to Relax Gives You More Control Over Your Pain <BR> From Erica Jacques <BR> Stress and anxiety can exacerbate pain. In fact, this can start a vicious cycle as intense feelings of pain tend to cause more stress and anxiety. You can counteract this downward spiral if you learn how to relax. <BR> Relaxation Decreases Stress <BR> <BR> While relaxation techniques don’t take away the pain, they can help get it under control. They help muscles release,... Sat, 20 Apr 2013 22:48:05 EST HOW TO REDUCE CHRONIC PAIN http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53592x53047436 How To Reduce Chronic Pain <BR> By Gary Giardina <BR> <BR> Have you been searching for the answer to the question, how to reduce chronic pain? There are many ways you can choose to use to help you relieve your pain and you are going to find out some of the most effective ones. <BR> <BR> There are thousands of people that suffer from chronic pain, but many of them have found relief from using the following effective ways to reduce your pain easily. <BR> <BR> One: Vitamin B - One big probl... Sat, 20 Apr 2013 22:33:36 EST VITAMIN D http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53592x53047393 Vitamin D <BR> <BR> <BR> Dr. Weil in Garden <BR> <BR> Sponsored by Dr. Weil's Vitamin Advisor. <BR> <BR> What is vitamin D? <BR> Vitamin D, often referred to as the "sunshine vitamin," is actually a fat-soluble hormone that the body can synthesize naturally. There are several forms, including two that are important to humans: D2 and D3. Vitamin D2 (ergocalciferol) is synthesized by plants, and vitamin D3 (cholecalciferol) is synthesized by humans when skin is exposed to ultraviolet-B (U... Sat, 20 Apr 2013 22:29:59 EST POWERFUL RELIEF FROM INFLAMMATORY PAIN http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53592x53047308 Powerful Relief from Inflammatory Pain and Other Age-Related Disorders <BR> By Steve Goodman <BR> <BR> If you ever wonder why pharmaceutical companies (and their collaborators at the FDA) are so biased against dietary supplements, the article you are about to read provides an eye-opening answer. <BR> <BR> Americans have long been deceived to think that prescription drugs are the only effective remedies for common age-related disorders. Data about natural therapies remains largely censored,... Sat, 20 Apr 2013 22:20:14 EST 2nd APRIL CHALLENGE http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53592x53031308 Please post here. Fri, 19 Apr 2013 14:20:05 EST SOOTHE SORE MUSCLES http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25287x53592x53017384 Surprising New Way to Soothe Sore Muscles <BR> <BR> If your muscles are sore from too much exercise, you now have a new route to relief. A recently published study from Denmark concluded that light exercise may work slightly better than massage to ease the discomfort of activity-induced soreness. The research team performed a comparison test with 20 women whose trapezius muscles were sore two days after a shoulder workout on a gym machine - the exercise involved shrugging the shoulders again... Thu, 18 Apr 2013 12:48:49 EST April Team Leaders http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x53592x52978955 April Team Leaders <BR> <BR> SparkPoints <BR> <BR> 1.FIRECOM <BR> 2.FISHER011 <BR> 3.IAM_HIS <BR> 4.SPARKY <BR> 5.ZOEIE1956 <BR> <BR> <BR> Fitness Minutes <BR> <BR> 1.TWINKS55 <BR> 2.FISHER011 <BR> 3.ZOEIE1956 <BR> 4.IAM_HIS <BR> 5.FIRECOM <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>242</em> <em>250</em> <em>380</em> <em>243</em> <BR> <BR> Mon, 15 Apr 2013 16:35:46 EST APRIL HUDDLE CHALLENGE RESULTS http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25286x53592x52977897 SPARKY- 28 Huddles <BR> <BR> EAGLES_WINGS 26 Huddles <BR> <BR> TWINKS55 25 Huddles. <BR> <BR> <BR> Mon, 15 Apr 2013 14:46:37 EST DAILY BIBLE VERSE http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25286x53592x52977577 1 Chronicles 28:20 (NIV) <BR> <BR> David also said to Solomon his son, "Be strong and courageous, and do the work. Do not be afraid or discouraged, for the LORD God, my God, is with you. He will not fail you or forsake you until all the work for the service of the temple of the LORD is finished. <BR> <BR> Mon, 15 Apr 2013 14:10:55 EST THE TRUTH ABOUT DIET DRINKS http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25287x53592x52976899 Why is Diet Soda Bad For You? The Truth About Diet Drinks <BR> February 27, 2013 | by Kris Gunnars <BR> <BR> Diet Soda – What Exactly is it? <BR> <BR> Diet sodas are carbonated beverages. <BR> <BR> Instead of sugar, they are sweetened with artificial sweeteners like aspartame, cyclamate, saccharin, acesulfame-k or sucralose. <BR> <BR> Almost every popular sugar-sweetened beverage on the market has a “light” or a “diet” version… Diet Coke, Pepsi Max, Sprite Zero, etc. <BR> <BR> These drin... Mon, 15 Apr 2013 13:03:06 EST 10 SMALL DIET CHANGES TO MAKE NOW http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53592x52976181 10 Small Diet Changes to Start Making Now <BR> By Keri Gans <BR> <BR> Why is it that most people who want to lose weight think they need to make immediate, drastic changes in order to be successful? They go into a "diet mode," they try this or that fad, and they start depriving themselves of all the foods they enjoy. Eventually they feel frustrated and give up—again. <BR> <BR> My approach has always been to focus on small changes. I believe that if you feel good about one small change, yo... Mon, 15 Apr 2013 12:10:23 EST HEALTHY RECIPE http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25287x53592x52976052 Honey-soy Broiled Salmon <BR> <BR> One sweet, tangy and salty mixture does double-duty as marinade and sauce. Toasted sesame seeds provide a nutty and attractive accent. Make it a Meal: Serve with brown rice and sauteed red peppers and zucchini slices. <BR> <BR> Ingredients <BR> 1 scallion, minced <BR> 2 tablespoons reduced-sodium soy sauce <BR> 1 tablespoon rice vinegar <BR> 1 tablespoon honey <BR> 1 teaspoon minced fresh ginger <BR> 1 pound center-cut salmon fillet, skinned (see Ti... Mon, 15 Apr 2013 12:00:50 EST EATING GLUTEN-FREE http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53592x52976033 Eating Gluten-Free <BR> <BR> One in 133 Americans has celiac disease - if you are one of them, you should be following a gluten-free diet for life. Even a small amount of gluten can cause problems and result in damage to the small intestine. The good news is that following a gluten-free diet can greatly improve and may even completely resolve symptoms, heal existing intestinal damage and prevent further problems. You can go gluten-free by avoiding all foods containing wheat, oats, barley an... Mon, 15 Apr 2013 11:59:21 EST INFORMATION ABOUT CARBS http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25285x53592x52974998 Carbohydrates can be found in grains, fruits and vegetables. Our bodies need carbohydrates because they are an important source of energy; however, it is essential to obtain them from healthy sources. <BR> <BR> Bad carbohydrates mainly come from refined sugar and flour which can be found in soft drinks, white bread, pastries, cookies, potato chips and packaged snack foods. <BR> <BR> Once we consume these foods, our bodies transform them into glucose very quickly causing peaks in blood suga... Mon, 15 Apr 2013 10:44:53 EST EXERCISES FOR PEOPLE IN PAIN http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25285x53592x52974859 10 Exercises for People in Pain <BR> <BR> If you’re in pain, there's a temptation to skip exercising. But exercise is often the very best way to help lessen the pain and improve your quality of life. <BR> <BR> for information: <link>www.health.com/health/gallery/0,,204<BR>36269,00.html </link> Mon, 15 Apr 2013 10:36:14 EST EXERCISE & DIET C AN HELP EASE CHRONIC PAIN http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25285x53592x52974814 Exercise, diet can help ease chronic pain <BR> <BR> QUESTION: I've had chronic neck pain for over 10 years that has gradually disabled me. I'm now 54 and struggle to make it through a day's work. The pain medications my doctor prescribes are becoming less effective, which scares me because my doctor doesn't know what else will help. I've also become heavier from doing less, which is so depressing. Now, I'll try anything to get my life back. <BR> --Tami, Portland <BR> <BR> ANSWER: Ever... Mon, 15 Apr 2013 10:33:05 EST PRAYERS NEEDED http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25287x53592x52954712 Cn you please joined me in praying for TWINKS55, who has pneumonia. Sat, 13 Apr 2013 20:14:28 EST A Great Snack http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25287x53592x52937329 <BR> Spinach Toasts <BR> <BR> <BR> Description <BR> <BR> Cooking spinach takes very little time, but you need to wash and drain it carefully, and remove tough stems first, which may take 5 or 10 minutes. Plan accordingly. The spinach on these little appetizers is a great source of iron and vitamins A and C. <BR> <BR> <BR> Ingredients <BR> <BR> 3/4 cup purified water <BR> 2 bunches fresh spinach (about 2 pounds), stemmed <BR> 9 pieces thinly sliced whole wheat bread <BR> 1 sm... Fri, 12 Apr 2013 10:16:39 EST Chronic inflammation; roots in the digestive syste http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53592x52910153 Chronic inflammation and its roots in the digestive system <BR> <BR> At our medical practice we are convinced that the seeds of chronic inflammation (and a lot of other health issues) start with the gut. Two-thirds of the body’s defenses reside in the gastrointestinal (GI) tract — yet it is often the last place traditional practitioners look. <BR> <BR> Intestinal bloating, frequent bouts of diarrhea or constipation, gas and pain, heartburn and acid reflux are early signs of an inflamed dige... Wed, 10 Apr 2013 11:41:24 EST Fighting Off Inflammation http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53592x52910111 Ward off the dangers of chronic inflammation by incorporating these 5 lifesavers into your lifestyle. <BR> <BR> Aspirin Considered the Holy Grail of anti-inflammatories, aspirin keeps the blood’s platelets from clumping and clotting. Taken mostly to prevent heart attacks, there is evidence to suggest that a daily dose of aspirin may also work to fight colon cancer and Alzheimer’s disease by reducing inflammation in the digestive tract and brain. Some doctors suggest that women do not take a... Wed, 10 Apr 2013 11:38:34 EST The Best Way to Lose Weight http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53592x52910045 The Best Way to Lose Weight <BR> Published: 4/10/2013 <BR> <BR> Want to shed some unwanted pounds, increase your energy and even improve your mental outlook? It's simpler than you think. Just turn off the television and take a walk. I recommend walking 30-45 minutes a day as a way to maintain a healthy body and weight. I also recommend taking a break from television. Local news focuses on crime, violence and death, and its images and message can lead to feelings of fear and depression. St... Wed, 10 Apr 2013 11:34:16 EST April Team Leaders http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25287x53592x52868260 April Team Leaders <BR> <BR> <BR> SparkPoints <BR> 1.FIRECOM <BR> 2.IAM_HIS <BR> 3.SPARKY <BR> 4.ZOEIE1956 <BR> 5.TWINKS55 <BR> <BR> Fitness Minutes <BR> 1.TWINKS55 <BR> 2.IAM_HIS <BR> 3.ZOEIE1956 <BR> 4.FIRECOM <BR> 5.PAMSCHWETZ <BR> <BR> <BR> WTG...keep working on being healthy!! Sun, 7 Apr 2013 14:46:56 EST Pineapple http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53592x52779258 Pineapple <BR> The pineapple is a favorite tropical fruit that, when ripe, provides a sweet and tangy treat. An excellent source of manganese and vitamin C, fresh pineapple is also a good source of bromelain, a natural anti-inflammatory compound that is helpful for addressing the symptoms of sinusitis, gout, and arthritis, and for swelling and bruising. It may also help promote a healthy immune system and prevent inflammatory conditions. <BR> <BR> Eat it plain, in a smoothie or fruit salad... Mon, 1 Apr 2013 10:58:59 EST Honey Vs. Sugar http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53592x52779230 <BR> Honey vs. Sugar <BR> If you are trying to reduce your intake of refined sugar, honey is one alternative. Honey has some health benefits over sugar. It's sweeter so you can use less. It also contains trace enzymes; minerals, including calcium, magnesium and potassium; amino acids; and vitamins, including a wide range of B vitamins such as riboflavin, pantothenic acid, niacin, thiamin and pyridoxine. <BR> Raw honey may even help promote wound healing - research indicates it can be an exc... Mon, 1 Apr 2013 10:57:57 EST Spring Cleaning Your Diet http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53592x52779188 Spring Cleaning Your Diet <BR> <BR> This time of year, many of us make an effort to clean out the closets, clear out the garage and give the house a good dusting. Why not apply that same vigor to "cleaning up" your diet? Try these simple suggestions to help optimize the way you eat: <BR> • Cut out trans fats. Avoid margarine and vegetable shortening. Instead, use heart-healthy extra virgin olive oil. <BR> • Eat whole grains - especially intact-grain versions such as steamed rice, bulgur whe... Mon, 1 Apr 2013 10:56:10 EST STOP BY FOR A SHORT CHAT http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53592x52779146 Just want to wish everyone a successful April! Mon, 1 Apr 2013 10:54:19 EST BULLETIN BOARD http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53592x52779120 We have an April Challenge starting today. <BR> <BR> This will be our first challenge. So let's make it a FUN CHALLENGE that will be from April 1st to April 14th. <BR> <BR> You are being asked to Huddle on the Team Wall each day from April 1st to April 14th. <BR> <BR> Each day that you huddle, you will receive one gold star goodie. And, if you huddle 4 more times per day, you will receive a golden key goodie. <BR> <BR> The person with the most golden stars plus golden key goodies, wil... Mon, 1 Apr 2013 10:52:59 EST 8 Herbs for Arthritis http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25285x53592x52703284 Q. My husband is very active, but has joint pain from arthritis. Are there herbs for arthritis that can help his joints? <BR> <BR> A. While injuries and overuse can contribute to osteoarthritis (the most common type of arthritis), physical activity maintains overall health and joint health and forms an essential part of arthritis treatment. Obesity poses a greater threat of joint degeneration than exercise. If activity produces pain, it’s a good idea to consult the family physician. <BR> <... Tue, 26 Mar 2013 15:30:17 EST Get a Hug & Give One http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25286x53592x52702692 <em>247</em> Tue, 26 Mar 2013 14:31:59 EST Ten Ways to Improve Your Mood – Instantly http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25286x53592x52702673 <BR> Ten Ways to Improve Your Mood – Instantly <BR> <BR> If you experience the occasional low mood, try out the following list of ideas to help you handle the blues, boost you up and get you feeling positive again. <BR> <BR> •Have a little of what you fancy. What is your favourite food? Indulge yourself a little, but remember that moderation is the key. Treat yourself to an ice cream or chocolate bar. <BR> <BR> •Be nice to others. Doing a kind act for someone else is a great way to give ... Tue, 26 Mar 2013 14:30:31 EST What's the worst thing you did as a kid? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25287x53592x52702475 This is the question for this Week: What's the worst thing you did as a kid? Tue, 26 Mar 2013 14:16:07 EST 5 Tips For Eliminating Sugar Cravings http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25285x53592x52696275 5 Tips For Eliminating Sugar Cravings In 10 Seconds Without Changing Your Diet! <BR> Sugar cravings are one of the biggest complaints for those who struggle to lose weight. If you research how to eliminate sugar cravings, the same advice is given out repeatedly. To save you time, here is a quick review of what’s currently out there. <BR> <BR> 1. Increase Protein in Your Diet. Your body uses protein (lean meat, eggs, tofu) to build muscle and sustain energy. When your body feels tired, it s... Tue, 26 Mar 2013 05:51:48 EST What Is Osteoarthritis? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25285x53592x52696221 Osteoarthritis (AH-stee-oh-ar-THREYE-tis) is the most common type of arthritis and is seen especially among older people. Sometimes it is called degenerative joint disease or osteoarthrosis. <BR> <BR> Osteoarthritis mostly affects cartilage (KAR-til-uj), the hard but slippery tissue that covers the ends of bones where they meet to form a joint. Healthy cartilage allows bones to glide over one another. It also absorbs energy from the shock of physical movement. In osteoarthritis, the surface ... Tue, 26 Mar 2013 05:44:39 EST Simple Carbohydrates http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53592x52696134 Some diets recommend you avoid all carbohydrates, or "carbs," but in reality, there are "good carbs" and "bad carbs." Simple carbohydrates in large amounts can increase your body fat stores, but other types of carbohydrates also increase the likelihood that you'll gain weight. <BR> <BR> Carbohydrates <BR> <BR> Though they're often vilified by dieters, carbohydrates are critical to normal cellular function. They're one of three macronutrient molecules, where a macronutrient is an energy-prov... Tue, 26 Mar 2013 05:29:19 EST What is Degenerative Disc Disease? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53592x52696110 What is Degenerative Disc Disease? <BR> By: Peter F. Ullrich, Jr., MD <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Disc Disease Symptoms <BR> Disc Disease Treatment <BR> Disc Disease Videos <BR> Disc Disease Doctor Advice <BR> Disc Disease Forums <BR> <BR> .. <BR> <BR> <BR> Advertisement <BR> <BR> . <BR> . <BR> <BR> <BR> What is Degenerative Disc Disease? <BR> . <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> -AA+A <BR> By: Peter F. Ullrich, Jr., MD <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR... Tue, 26 Mar 2013 05:22:45 EST Two-Minute Moves for Pain Relief http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25286x53592x52696076 Two-Minute Moves for Pain Relief <BR> <BR> A recent study shows just two minutes of exercise a day can help relieve pain. <BR> <BR> By Mary Anne Dunkin <BR> <BR> <BR> Think you can’t fit exercise into your busy day? Think again. A new study shows that just two minutes of exercise daily is enough to ease pain. In the study of 198 office workers with frequent neck and shoulder pain, those who completed two minutes a day of resistance exercise with elastic tubing experienced relief similar ... Tue, 26 Mar 2013 05:12:37 EST Healthy Comfort Foods http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53592x52695703 In life, we experience tons of stressors from day to day. These stressors include stress from work, stress about family, stress caused by a sickness or an illness and most commonly, stress triggered by a broken heart. <BR> <BR> Whatever the stress trigger may be, oftentimes we resort to one thing – food. More often than not, we resort to junk food because of the temporary high that it brings. Popular examples of junk food include doughnuts, ice cream, chips and fast food. However, the probl... Tue, 26 Mar 2013 02:51:42 EST 7 Questions To A Fitter You http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53592x52695694 7 Questions To A Fitter You <BR> <BR> The checklist you've gotta try <BR> By Chris Freytag <BR> <BR> People trying to lose weight often tell me they're stuck at a certain weight, and they want to know how to get unstuck. Most tell me they're doing everything right—exercising regularly and eating healthy. They're frustrated and they want to start seeing progress again. While plateaus are common in any weight loss effort, sometimes taking a closer look at your daily habits can reveal somethi... Tue, 26 Mar 2013 02:48:18 EST 9 Foods to Boost the Immune System http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25285x53592x52695683 9 Foods to Boost the Immune System <BR> Adding these foods to your diet can help you stay healthy. <BR> <BR> Foods That Fight Illness <BR> <BR> It takes more than an apple a day to keep the doctor away. It turns out that eating some pretty surprising nutrients will help keep your immune system on guard. You can ensure that your body and immunity run smoothly by rounding out your plate with plenty of colorful servings of fruits and veggies, plus 8 to 10 glasses of water a day, at the very le... Tue, 26 Mar 2013 02:43:14 EST Did you know this http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25287x53592x52602265 Food additives: Aspartame, food coloring, dyes can make you anxious <BR> <BR> Many people report mood swings and anxiety after ingesting man-made sweeteners, like aspartame and high fructose corn syrup, food dyes (including Red #40 and Yellow #5) and flavorings like MSG. Direct links between artificial food additives and mood are still under investigation though they've been implicated as a cause of ADHD and autism in children. The fact is that dyes and artificial sweeteners are neurotoxins... Tue, 19 Mar 2013 11:08:00 EST Millet, a healthy alernative to pasta http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53592x52589974 Cooking Millet <BR> <BR> Looking for a healthy alternative to pasta? Consider millet, a grain native to Africa and a staple of the North African diet. It is also widely consumed in China and India, where it is used to make flatbreads. In North America, millet is usually found in birdseed, although farmers here do grow pearl (or pearled) millet for human consumption. Millet is a nutritious alternative to wheat products for those who are sensitive to gluten, and can be substituted in recipes ... Mon, 18 Mar 2013 15:32:03 EST 4 Healthy Ways to Cook http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25287x53592x52558831 4 Healthy Ways to Cook <BR> Published: 3/16/2013 <BR> <BR> To get the most out of your meals, it's not just the ingredients you choose, but the way you prepare them that matters. Use the following tips to maximize the nutritional benefits of foods, and to help minimize the potential harm from improper cooking methods. <BR> 1.Use a steamer. Steaming can retain nutrients better than other methods, such as boiling. <BR> 2.Use marinades. Marinating meats (particularly chicken) may reduce the ... Sat, 16 Mar 2013 11:14:56 EST Food to Eat When the Colon Is Inflamed http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25285x53592x52537858 Food to Eat When the Colon Is Inflamed <BR> Jan 22, 2011 | By August McLaughlin <BR> <BR> <BR> The colon plays an important role in your digestive system. It extracts salt and water from waste products before they are eliminated, and absorbs water, potassium and certain vitamins. Your colon may become inflamed from infections, injuries or an inflammatory bowel disease known as ulcerative colitis. In addition to medical treatment, a healthy diet may help reduce inflammation and help you feel... Thu, 14 Mar 2013 21:04:13 EST INFLAMMATION OF THE COLON http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25285x53592x52537806 Signs & Symptoms of Inflamed Colon <BR> <BR> <BR> Inflamed colon is also referred to as inflammatory bowel disease, colitis, or ulcerative colitis. While there is no set cause for an inflamed colon, the University of Maryland Medical Center states that it can be a result of a faulty immune system response, genetics or environmental factors. When any of these situations are involved, the immune system reacts by causing inflammation in the body, affecting the colon. There is no cure for an i... Thu, 14 Mar 2013 21:01:33 EST How to Ease Arthritis Pain http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25287x53592x52531088 How to Ease Arthritis Pain <BR> <BR> If you're dealing with the aches and pains of "wear and tear" osteoarthritis, your best move may be to get on the scale. A literature review in the March 2013 issue of the Journal of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons suggests that carrying too much weight may trigger the biomechanical and inflammatory changes that lead to osteoarthritis, along with all the pain and loss of mobility this condition brings. What's more, the authors conclude that a... Thu, 14 Mar 2013 12:00:17 EST What is acupuncture? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25286x53592x52511487 What is acupuncture? <BR> <BR> Contrary to popular Western belief, acupuncture is not just a system for inserting very fine needles into specific body locations to alleviate pain. It is a complete medical protocol focused on correcting imbalances of energy in the body. From its inception in China more than 2,500 years ago, acupuncture has been used traditionally to prevent, diagnose and treat disease, as well as to improve general health. <BR> <BR> The traditional explanation for acupunctur... Wed, 13 Mar 2013 06:56:35 EST Check this out--it's about YOU! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25286x53592x52498380 Every morning is a wonderful blessing from God. It stands for hope which gives us another start at what we call Life. Have a good morning and great day! <BR> <BR> <em>247</em> <em>220</em> <em>247</em> <em>220</em> <em>247</em> <BR> <BR> HAVE A GREAT DAY MY FRIEND!! YOU ARE VALUED!! Tue, 12 Mar 2013 09:39:19 EST High blood pressure dangers: Hypertension's effect http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25285x53592x52482976 High blood pressure dangers: Hypertension's effects on your body. <BR> <BR> Damage to your eyes <BR> <BR> Tiny, delicate blood vessels supply blood to your eyes. Like other vessels, they, too, can be damaged by high blood pressure: <BR> Eye blood vessel damage (retinopathy). High blood pressure can damage the vessels supplying blood to your retina, causing retinopathy. This condition can lead to bleeding in the eye, blurred vision and complete loss of vision. If you also have both diabetes... Mon, 11 Mar 2013 10:22:32 EST Boosting your protein http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25285x53592x52481232 Be wary of Internet hype about (branched chain amino acids) boosting your protein intake, which for the most part is aimed at athletes and body builders looking to enhance performance and endurance. Marketers of these products note that BCAAs stimulate protein building in muscle and may help reduce muscle breakdown, but they don't tell you that they are readily available. Because our bodies can't make the three essential branched chain amino acids - leucine, isoleucine, and valine - we have t... Mon, 11 Mar 2013 08:32:21 EST 4 Reasons to Eat Cauliflower http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53592x52481181 4 Reasons to Eat Cauliflower <BR> <BR> Part of the cruciferous vegetable group, cauliflower is a refrigerator must-have. It is: <BR> 1.Rich in antioxidants, notably indole-3-carbinol (I-3-C), which research indicates may help protect against cancers and heart disease. <BR> 2.A good source of vitamins C and K, fiber and folic acid. <BR> 3.Low in calories. <BR> 4.Inexpensive and versatile - eat it raw, steamed, baked, roasted or pureed to make creamy sauces and thicken soups. <BR> <BR> If cau... Mon, 11 Mar 2013 08:28:35 EST Avocados http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53592x52481163 Avocados <BR> <BR> A good source of vitamin K, dietary fiber, potassium and folate, the avocado is actually a fruit, and a versatile one at that. Their health benefits include helping lower cholesterol levels, regulating blood pressure and protecting against heart disease and stroke. <BR> Avocados have a creamy texture, are very low in sodium, are cholesterol-free and can be used in everything from guacamole to ice cream. This time of year the Bacon, Fuerto and Zutano varieties are ready t... Mon, 11 Mar 2013 08:27:29 EST Safe Ways to Use the Microwave http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25285x53592x52481079 Safe Ways to Use the Microwave <BR> It's not uncommon to see people microwaving leftovers in plastic dishes, heating up meals in the plastic containers they come in, or placing plastic wrap over foods to protect the inside of a microwave from splatters. While plastic has many terrific uses, when it comes to cooking it should be avoided. DEHA [di-(2-ethylhexyl)adipate], sometimes found in cling wrap, and other chemicals commonly found in plastic are potential endocrine disrupters, and can ne... Mon, 11 Mar 2013 08:21:22 EST Never Give Up: Quotes to Motivate You http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25287x53592x52474670 Sometimes your dreams feel outside of your grasp. It's easy to throw in the towel. It almost seems like the sensible thing to do is quit. <BR> <BR> However, don't give up! Read these inspirational quotes to re-energize your quest towards your hopes and dreams. <BR> <BR> Read More: <link>www.beliefnet.com/Inspiration/Quotes<BR>/Never-Give-Up-Quotes-to-Motivate-You.<BR>aspx?b=1&nlsource=10&source=NEWSLETTER<BR>&utm_campaign=Inspiration&utm_medium=n<BR>ewsletter&utm_source=NL&utm_term=GMAIL... Sun, 10 Mar 2013 19:39:29 EST How to Be a Good Listener http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25287x53592x52474621 12 Ways to Listen Closely…and Kindly <BR> <BR> A magnificent array of diverse and unique individuals populate this beautiful planet, but as different as we are, we share at least one fundamental need: to feel heard and understood. Most of us would like to think we can easily satisfy that need with our friends and loved ones, but we often fall short. I know I do. I learned that when I had cancer, and instead of finding open ears, I often encountered open mouths eager to spout advice or share... Sun, 10 Mar 2013 19:35:44 EST Sugar Facts and Myths: Why Sugar is Bad for You http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53592x52474420 No Organic Merchant sells white sugar or any products containing white sugar because it is a foodless food. It is 99.96% sucrose and when taken into the human body in this form is potentially dangerous. It is touted as an energy food, but such sugar myths are propaganda and is misleading for there is ample evidence that white sugar robs the body of B vitamins, disrupts calcium metabolism and has a deleterious effect on the nervous system. This is why processed sugar is bad for you <BR> <BR> ... Sun, 10 Mar 2013 19:19:17 EST How to Balance Omega-3 and Omega-6 Fattry Acids http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53592x52353102 Anti-Inflammatory Diet: How to Balance Omega-3 and Omega-6 Fatty Acids <BR> <BR> Tilt the omega fats balance in your favor and turn your body into a powerful anti-inflammatory machine. <BR> <BR> In my last article of chronic inflammation, I mentioned that one of the causes of rogue inflammation is the imbalance levels of omega-6 and omega-3 fatty acids in our diet. This may come as a surprise to some people as we have been brought up to believe that vegetable oils, where most of our omega... Sat, 2 Mar 2013 11:11:04 EST 8 Tips for Managing RA http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25285x53592x52353002 If you have rheumatoid arthritis, stress can aggravate your symptoms. Here's how to keep stress in check and ease RA pain. <BR> <BR> By Wyatt Myers <BR> Medically reviewed by Farrokh Sohrabi, MD <BR> <BR> <link>www.everydayhealth.com/rheumatoid-ar<BR>thritis-pictures/stress-management-tip<BR>s-for-ra.aspx#/slide-1 </link> <BR> <BR> Sat, 2 Mar 2013 11:02:56 EST RA Patients Cope with Stress and Depression http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25285x53592x52352941 <link>www.everydayhealth.com/rheumatoid-ar<BR>thritis/talk-it-out-ra-therapy-5848.as<BR>px?xid=nl_EverydayHealthHealthyLiving_<BR>20130301 </link> <BR> <BR> Sometimes just talking through stressful situations can make you feel better. When it comes to rheumatoid arthritis (RA), that concept aptly applies. Psychotherapy, or talk therapy, can be very helpful for dealing with RA challenges. <BR> <BR> Although RA is a physical disease in which inflammation causes joint pain and stiffness, i... Sat, 2 Mar 2013 10:56:59 EST Foods That Increase Pain & Inflammation http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53592x52342784 Foods That Increase Pain & Inflammation: <BR> <BR> Fatty Meats <BR> <BR> Fatty meats, such as beef or pork with visible fat. <BR> <BR> Meat is considered a pro-inflammatory food, especially beef and those cured with nitrates. Red-colored meats such as salami, bologna, sausages and frankfurters also have the addition of curing salts and dangerous preservatives used in processing. The cooking process of meat at home promotes inflammation in techniques such as browning and roasting. The high ... Fri, 1 Mar 2013 15:57:04 EST ANTI-INF AMMATORY FOODS http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53592x52342578 The IF (Inflammation Factor) Rating™ is a tool nutritional data came up with to estimates the inflammatory or anti-inflammatory potential of individual foods or combinations of foods by calculating the net effect of different nutritional factors, such as fatty acids, antioxidants, and glycemic impact. How to interpret the values: Foods with positive IF Ratings are considered anti-inflammatory, and those with negative IF Ratings are considered inflammatory. (The higher the number, the stronger... Fri, 1 Mar 2013 15:40:03 EST Why did you join SparkPeople? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25286x53592x52319058 Please post under this topic. Thu, 28 Feb 2013 05:43:05 EST Just for today I will__________ http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25286x53592x52319044 Stretch more and move more! Thu, 28 Feb 2013 05:41:20 EST Are You Walking the Right Way? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25285x53592x52307037 Are You Walking the Right Way? <BR> Published: 2/26/2013 <BR> <BR> Walking is an ideal way to get daily exercise - it strengthens almost every major organ in the body, promotes optimal bone density, and boosts the immune system. But have you considered how to best put one foot in front of the other? Your walking habits can have an impact on how much benefit you get from each outing. Keep the following in mind when walking: <BR> <BR> 1.Walk with your head erect. Look ahead and train your ... Wed, 27 Feb 2013 09:58:14 EST Natural Remedies to Relieve Arthritis Pain http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25287x53592x52296765 More than 27 million Americans suffer from arthritis, with osteoarthritis being the most common type. This degenerative joint disease is characterized by stiffness, loss of movement and pain caused by inflammation and a break-down of cartilage around joints that results in bones scraping against each other. Although arthritis can’t be cured, a handful of herbal and home remedies can reduce the inflammation, stiffness and pain associated with this degenerative joint disease. <BR> <BR> Osteoar... Tue, 26 Feb 2013 16:23:51 EST VIDEO ON ARTHRITIS PAIN http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25285x53592x52265564 How to cope with Arthritis Pain: <BR> <BR> <link>www.everydayhealth.com/rheumatoid-ar<BR>thritis-pictures/how-to-stay-healthier<BR>-longer-with-rheumatoid-arthritis.aspx<BR>?xid=nl_EverydayHealthLivingWithRheuma<BR>toidArthritis_20130224#/slide-11 </link> Sun, 24 Feb 2013 16:12:07 EST THIS WEEKS POSITIVE AFFIRMATION (2/24-3/2) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25287x53592x52262466 •Loving myself heals my body. I nourish my mind and body with healthy foods. Sun, 24 Feb 2013 11:48:23 EST JUST WANT YOU TO KNOW HOW SPECIAL YOU ARE http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53592x52262133 We all need encouragement, a kind word or just a hug. Well, this is the place to find it. Sun, 24 Feb 2013 11:25:31 EST LET'S FOCUS ON A TOPIC FOR EACH MONTH http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53592x52262106 Please post what topics you are interested in. Then we will focus one topic per month. Remember, this is YOUR TEAM! Sun, 24 Feb 2013 11:22:40 EST HOW DO YOU EMOTIONALLY FEEL WHEN IN PAIN? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53592x52262080 I know that pain affects our emotions. Anyways, it does mine. The more intense the pain, the more sensitive and less tolerant I am of others. <BR> <BR> Recently my pain has been more intense and I feel like my family is less understanding of what I am going through. Doing some of the simple daily tasks are hard for me. I can easily get into that "nobody wants to help me" mind set. <BR> <BR> Can you please post how you feel emotionally when in pain? Sun, 24 Feb 2013 11:19:43 EST HOW DOES INFLAMMATION AFFECT YOUR DAILY LIFE? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53592x52261999 <BR> Have to be honest and say that I got carried away on eating some sweets. And boy did my body let me know that I made the wrong choice. Last night I kept waking up in pain and my joints were all inflamed. Today my hands are swollen, plus I am dropping things a lot. I feel like my body is on fire. And, I am very tired!!! <BR> <BR> Oh those sweets were not worth all this pain. Sun, 24 Feb 2013 11:13:52 EST SUGGESTION BOX http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x53592x52261889 Please post any suggestion you may have here. Sun, 24 Feb 2013 11:05:20 EST THE FRONT PORCH http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53592x52261789 As a child we either met in the kitchen or on the front porch to chat. So let's meet on the front porch so we can get that Vitamin D we need. I have some rocking chairs and some regular chairs. Pull up the one you like and let's have a chat. Sun, 24 Feb 2013 10:58:14 EST What flower are you today? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25286x53592x52261631 a daisy Sun, 24 Feb 2013 10:48:19 EST Let's just chat http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53592x52247134 Well good morning. I might be the only one here right now, but I am here waiting for YOU. <BR> <BR> Today is a bitter cold day! My body feels like it is packed in ice. I need a heating pad or hot water bottle to warm me up. Need to do some stretching too before I do my chair exercises. Do you do any chair exercises? <BR> <BR> Sat, 23 Feb 2013 09:51:47 EST Funny movies to watch http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25287x53592x52201245 Comedy Movies To Watch (they say laughter is the best medicine) <BR> <BR> His Girl Friday <BR> Not Rated <BR> Starring Cary Grant, Rosalind Russell and Ralph Bellamy <BR> Comedy - This 1940 Howard Hawks film is of the screwball comedy variety. Walter Burns (Grant) the editor of a major newspaper isn't ready to let go of his ex-wife. Using desperate measures such as lies and trickery to get his ex-wife back will be sure to tickle your funny bone. <BR> <BR> Call Me Bwana <BR> Not Rated <BR> ... Wed, 20 Feb 2013 04:26:13 EST Some relaxing music to listen to http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25287x53592x52201215 Music to Relax by The Arcangelos Chamber Ensemble, Richard Lawrence and Beethoven, Chopin, Corelli, Schubert, Vivaldi, Schumann Bach (2000) <BR> <BR> Ocean Waves: Calming Sounds of the Sea (Nature sounds, Deep Sleep Music, Meditation, Relaxation Ocean Sounds) by Rest & Relax Nature Artist Series and Robbins Island Music Artists (2010) <BR> <BR> The Most Relaxing Classical Music in the Universe by Johann Pachelbel, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Claude Debussy, Tomaso Giovanni Albinoni and Freder... Wed, 20 Feb 2013 04:17:51 EST Six Reasons to Walk http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25285x53592x52201185 Six Reasons to Walk <BR> <BR> Walking benefits your muscles. Not using your muscles can result in a slight loss of function every day – and that’s particularly bad for someone with arthritis. <BR> <BR> Among the chief reasons to walk: Without regular exercise, muscles become smaller and weaker, and weakness and weight gain from inactivity put stress on weight-bearing joints, such as the hips, knees and ankles. “The process is slow and easily gives the impression that lack of activity isn’t ... Wed, 20 Feb 2013 04:05:11 EST 12 Strategies to Strengthen Your Immune System http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25285x53592x52201157 Bolster your immune system naturally with these easy tips! <BR> By Linda B. White, M.D. <BR> <BR> Infections are as inevitable as death and taxes. You spend your first years catching (or being caught by) colds, influenza and strep throat. You sniffle, scratch, cough, vomit, ache, sweat and shiver. Your immune system remembers the microbes it has encountered and protects you the next go around. At the other end of life, your immune system wearies from years of fighting. In that great expans... Wed, 20 Feb 2013 03:59:31 EST Link between pain and depression http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53592x52201135 Pain and depression: Is there a link? <BR> <BR> Is there a link between pain and depression? Can depression cause physical pain? <BR> from Daniel K. Hall-Flavin, M.D. <BR> <BR> Pain and depression are closely related. Depression can cause pain — and pain can cause depression. Sometimes pain and depression create a vicious cycle in which pain worsens symptoms of depression, and then the resulting depression worsens feelings of pain. <BR> <BR> In many people, depression causes unexplained p... Wed, 20 Feb 2013 03:51:04 EST Is Your Body Burning Up With Hidden Inflammation? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53592x52201124 Is Your Body Burning Up With Hidden Inflammation? by Mark Hyman, MD. <BR> Practicing physician <BR> <BR> <BR> Could something as simple as a quick and easy blood test save your life? <BR> <BR> Absolutely. <BR> <BR> It is called a C-reactive protein test, and it measures the degree of HIDDEN inflammation in your body. <BR> <BR> Finding out whether or not you are suffering from hidden inflammation is cri... Wed, 20 Feb 2013 03:45:05 EST More on Inflammation to the body http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53592x52201103 <BR> What is Inflammation? <BR> <BR> Inflammation is your body's response to stress - whether from your diet, lifestyle or environment. Think of what happens when you catch a cold. You may experience inflammation in the form of a fever as your body heats up to eradicate the effects of the invading virus. <BR> <BR> This kind of inflammation is good, but the modern epidemic of chronic, low-grade inflammation destroys the balance in your body. When your body's systems experience a constant in... Wed, 20 Feb 2013 03:38:47 EST Name a vegetable A - Z http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25286x53592x52201083 A -- Asparagus Wed, 20 Feb 2013 03:32:15 EST Name a song that you like http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25286x53592x52201078 Amazing Grace Wed, 20 Feb 2013 03:30:51 EST Hypertension Part 1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25285x53592x52194560 Definition <BR> By Mayo Clinic staff <BR> High blood pressure is a common condition in which the force of the blood against your artery walls is high enough that it may eventually cause health problems, such as heart disease. <BR> <BR> Blood pressure is determined by the amount of blood your heart pumps and the amount of resistance to blood flow in your arteries. The more blood your heart pumps and the narrower your arteries, the higher your blood pressure. <BR> <BR> You can have high blo... Tue, 19 Feb 2013 16:09:08 EST Is Inflammation the Root of All Disease? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25285x53592x52194467 Is Inflammation the Root of All Disease? <BR> <BR> Acute inflammation is characterized by the redness, heat, swelling, and pain that is the immune system’s normal response to infection or injury. Immune cells congregate at the site so that they can overwhelm and dispose of infectious organisms or debris from injury. Thus healing takes place. But there’s another kind of inflammation—low-grade, chronic, and “systemic.” It’s been getting a lot of attention lately. <BR> <BR> Why it may be dange... Tue, 19 Feb 2013 16:01:10 EST How are your finger nails? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53592x52194339 Just like you, I too fight inflammtion. It has affected my finger nails and toe nails. They are brittle and break. Therefore, I thought someone else may have this problem too. <BR> <BR> Embarrassed By Your Fingernails? <BR> Published: 2/19/2013 <BR> <BR> Weak or brittle nails usually don't signal any serious medical problem. They are typically caused by excessive exposure to detergents and water. Over-filing and over-buffing nails can also weaken them. Many people report that taking ... Tue, 19 Feb 2013 15:47:15 EST What the team is about http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53592x52170390 When you have inflammation, you can do very little. Your pain level is high, and your patience is almost non-existance. So this team is about learning to fight inflammation with the right foods, herbs, exercise and mental attitude. <BR> <BR> Check out the topics. There is an excellent chance you will find something that can help you! Mon, 18 Feb 2013 00:29:21 EST Your emotionally feelings when you have pain http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25287x53592x51984177 Not too many talk about how they feel when pain prevents hem from living their life fully. <BR> <BR> I know that I feel disconnected with my husband and daughter. There are things that I cannot do with them. Plus children say what they feel. Sometimes it hurts to hear my daughter say, "Mum, we're going to ___ and didn't ask you because you can't do a lot of stuff." This makes me help like I am losing something that I can never get back. And I feel I am being cheated out of the life I ... Tue, 5 Feb 2013 00:47:21 EST Intimacy affected by Inflammation? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53592x51968815 This is a subject that I felt a little uncomfortable bring up. I know that inflammation has affected intimacy in my marriage. I am hoping that this will change. Mon, 4 Feb 2013 07:05:40 EST Scripture Verse http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25287x53592x51959376 Romans 5:2-5 Through him we have also obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in hope of the glory of God. More than that, we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us. <BR> <BR> <BR> Sun, 3 Feb 2013 14:00:25 EST Healthful Resolutions: Getting Rest http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25287x53592x51885498 Healthful Resolutions: Getting Rest <BR> Published: 1/29/2013 <BR> <BR> With hectic schedules, daily stressors like traffic and work issues, and families to care for, many of us simply don't get enough rest. But the fact is rest is important - as important as physical activity for general health, and getting adequate amounts of quality rest and sleep should be a priority. Identify periods during the day when you can be passive, without stimulation, doing nothing. Then take advantage of the... Tue, 29 Jan 2013 19:44:20 EST Roasted Root Vegetables http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25287x53592x51846666 Roasted Root Vegetables <BR> <BR> <BR> Description <BR> <BR> Root vegetables (with the exception of carrots) are some of the most overlooked and underappreciated foodstuffs around. But these nutritional storehouses are hidden treasures worthy of your notice. Not only are they available in winter when other vegetables are hard to find, but they are also very inexpensive. Experiment with rutabagas, beets and parsnips, and learn what they have to offer in taste and versatility. Rutabaga (... Sun, 27 Jan 2013 12:41:14 EST Two-Minute Moves for Pain Relief http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25287x53592x51815491 Two-Minute Moves for Pain Relief <BR> <BR> A recent study shows just two minutes of exercise a day can help relieve pain. <BR> <BR> By Mary Anne Dunkin <BR> <BR> <BR> Think you can’t fit exercise into your busy day? Think again. A new study shows that just two minutes of exercise daily is enough to ease pain. In the study of 198 office workers with frequent neck and shoulder pain, those who completed two minutes a day of resistance exercise with elastic tubing experienced relief similar ... Fri, 25 Jan 2013 09:04:56 EST Nine Strategies to Reduce Inflammation http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x53592x51815378 Mind-Body-Mood Advisor: Nine Strategies to Reduce Inflammation <BR> <BR> When your immune system attacks the wrong target, inflammation can put you at risk for a variety of ailments. <BR> <BR> By Jeffrey Rossman, PhD <BR> <BR> RODALE NEWS, LENOX, MA—From allergies to Alzheimer’s, diabetes to heart disease, arthritis to cancer, inflammation contributes to many of our most prevalent and, in some cases, preventable illnesses. One of the best ways to lower your risk of a variety of chronic ... Fri, 25 Jan 2013 08:55:40 EST Dirty Dozen Plus Fruit http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25285x53592x51814839 The following "Dirty Dozen Plus" had the highest pesticide load, making them the most important to buy organic versions - or to grow them organically yourself: <BR> <BR> 1.Apples <BR> 2.Celery <BR> 3.Sweet bell peppers <BR> 4.Peaches <BR> 5.Strawberries <BR> 6.Spinach <BR> 7.Nectarines (imported) <BR> 8.Grapes <BR> 9.Green beans <BR> 10.Lettuce <BR> 11.Cucumbers <BR> 12.Blueberries (domestic) <BR> 13.Potatoes <BR> <BR> Plus these which may contain organophosphate insecticides, which EWG cha... Fri, 25 Jan 2013 08:20:44 EST Arthritis pain: Do's and don'ts http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25285x53592x51813070 Arthritis pain: Do's and don'ts <BR> <BR> Will physical activity reduce or increase your arthritis pain? Get tips on exercise and other common concerns when coping with arthritis symptoms and arthritis pain. <BR> By Mayo Clinic staff <BR> <BR> Basics <BR> <BR> Whatever your condition, you'll have an easier time staying ahead of your pain if you: <BR> Talk to your doctor about all your symptoms, arthritis related or not. Sometimes seemingly unrelated problems are, in fact, connected. <BR>... Fri, 25 Jan 2013 04:20:00 EST 10 Ways to Get Rheumatoid Arthritis Pain Relief http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25286x53592x51800417 The chronic pain of rheumatoid arthritis can have a major impact on daily activities. These treatments and strategies can help. <BR> <BR> By Dennis Thompson Jr. <BR> Medically reviewed by Pat F. Bass III, MD, MPH <BR> <BR> When thinking about rheumatoid arthritis pain relief, it's helpful to break the pain down into three different classifications, says Nortin M. Hadler, MD, professor of medicine and microbiology/immunology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and attending... Thu, 24 Jan 2013 09:25:02 EST Nose Bleeds http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25287x53592x51747276 Bloody noses are very common in winter due in large part, as you suggest, to seasonal dry air that irritates and dries nasal membranes. Colds, which are also more frequent in winter, irritate these membranes as well. Other common causes of nosebleeds are repeated nose blowing, allergies, and some common drugs that dry the nasal membranes, including antihistamines and decongestants used to control a runny or stuffy nose. Smoking also contributes to nasal dryness and irritation, so if you smoke... Mon, 21 Jan 2013 05:49:53 EST Do You Know Where Sugar Hides? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25286x53592x51747270 Do You Know Where Sugar Hides? <BR> Published: 1/20/2013 <BR> <BR> <BR> Is sugar affecting your health? According to the National Cancer Institute, Americans consume an average of about 22 teaspoons a day of added sugar, far exceeding the maximum of six teaspoons for women and nine for men that the American Heart Association (AHA) recommends. Health issues such as mood swings, rheumatoid arthritis and cavities can be affected by sugar intake, and the AHA says that added sugar is associat... Mon, 21 Jan 2013 05:46:38 EST Hi, I'm new http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x53592x51744536 I have been here at Spark people once before and am back have been for 2 weeks and have been exploring. I have trouble walking and have not gotten much help from docs. they say I have arthritis and bursitis, but have no advice. :o( <BR> Glad I found this team. <BR> Having a goal of exercising for only 10 min made me smile. Sun, 20 Jan 2013 22:23:00 EST Hemorrho ids-What are They http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25285x53592x51661019 Hello Friends, Ae you fighting henorrhoids? Or think that you may have them? Well here is some information that will help you with the signs. Take a look ! <BR> <BR> <BR> Hemroids (or hemorrhoids) are also known as piles. Although they can be extremely unpleasant and painful for many people, they can be easily treated and often prevented. As hemorrhoids generally get worse as time goes by, health care professionals say they should be treated as soon as they appear. <BR> <BR> At least four... Tue, 15 Jan 2013 18:51:18 EST Anemia-What Is It http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25285x53592x51660742 Hello Friends, Are you prone to anemia? Well here is what it is. Take a look ! <BR> <BR> When the number of red blood cells or concentrations of hemoglobin are low a person is said to have anemia. Hemoglobin is a protein (metalloprotein) inside the red blood cells that contains iron and transports oxygen. <BR> <BR> Anemia is the most common disorder of the blood. Approximately 3.5 million Americans are affected by it. It is much more common in developing countries, especially in very poor ... Tue, 15 Jan 2013 18:32:48 EST IRISHANGEL8 Welcome http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x53592x51649625 <em>235</em> What a delight it is to welcome you to our team family. I hope you find the information of great help and the team member an excellent support. <em>244</em> Tue, 15 Jan 2013 03:57:44 EST 12 Strategies to Strengthen Your Immune System http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25287x53592x51637375 Why do we get inflammation in the first place? We have a weak immune system. So doesn't it make sense to strengthen it? I was given medicines to weaken my immune system because I have RA. It made things much worse. Needless to say, the inflammation got worse. <BR> <BR> Infections are as inevitable as death and taxes. You spend your first years catching (or being caught by) colds, influenza and strep throat. You sniffle, scratch, cough, vomit, ache, sweat and shiver. Your immune system ... Mon, 14 Jan 2013 11:50:46 EST Brown Rice vs. White Rice http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25286x53592x51631647 White Rice vs. Brown Rice <BR> <BR> <BR> Wheat remains one of the staple grains in the United States, and the glycemic load of processed wheat is a likely contributor to America's obesity epidemic. Rice is gluten-free and well tolerated by most people, making it a superior source of carbohydrates. Rice-based diets have historically been used to address a number of medical conditions, and have gained some popularity as a means to help lose weight. The health benefits of unpolished brown rice... Mon, 14 Jan 2013 06:02:11 EST