Arthritis: Winter is coming… oops it’s already here

Arthritis: It is the season to be sore…2014-09-10-11-41-17.348.jpg

Hello there GlobalMusic4 Life fans. Did you have a great summer and fall? Yes, it is officially winter when Buffalo, New York gets 75 inches of snow in 2 days. Ouch! Leave that madness out east. I love snow but in one or two inch increments.

The cold weather brings about a myriad of health complaints. Yours truly actually likes the cold weather and thinks it is a chance for snuggling and romance. However since I am between romances now, I am full of the “ba hum bug” spirit. I need somewhere warm to go. I would say Atlanta but heck they get cold too. Dry skin, chapped lips, brittle hair, and of course arthritis based aches and pains. These are all signs that winter is officially here. (When was fall? YOU don’t get the fall! The leaves turned colors in September and October, no more cool fall sweaters for you, get the coats out! ) In Chicago the old saying is that there are two seasons, winter and construction. Well, next year is an election year so construction is edging into winter’s time. Nothing worse for us crusty folks than driving over raggedy streets covered in ice and snow.

Ok, I went on a tangent. Sorry about that. I am a blogger not a journalist.

Today’s topic is arthritis. I am not a doctor or health care professional: disclaimer. However I did a bit of research into this wacky illness or condition and learned a few things which I would like to share with you. Pay attention, because chances are good that you or someone you love will have it, eventually.

In America, approximately 47 million people have arthritis. That is a lot considering that there are only about 330 million folks here. It is considered the number one disability in the United States. With those numbers, you basically have it hitting every family. Some see it as a natural thing that just happens to old people. It is like grey hair and bad eyesight, they feel if you live long enough, it is unavoidable.

What is Arthritis?

Arthritis is an inflammation of one or more of your joints. It worsens with age. It is not caused by a specific “thing” i.e. bacteria or virus or gene. It has been shown it does run in some families, no one is 100% sure why.

There are two major categories of arthritis.

They are Osteoarthritis and Rheumatoid arthritis.

Osteoarthritis: Most common of the two

Caused by cartilage breaking down that covered the top portion of your bones where two bones meet

Rheumatoid Arthritis: Caused by an autoimmune disease

Affects the joints between bones called the synovia

Leads to joint erosion

 

Arthritis can arise from too many uric acid crystals in the body (the cause of gout)

It can also stem from infectious diseases that cause inflammation like psoriasis and lupus.

 

There are different sub types of arthritis including Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis, Septic Arthritis, basal joint arthritis, and reactive arthritis (which is rarer but can clear up on its own when the prevailing infection is cleared up)

 

Ok so you have arthritis, or someone you love has it. And as they same on TV’s Game of Thrones “Winter is coming and the night is full of terrors” Well actually winter is here and the cold temperatures and the lowered barometric pressure has my back screaming. There are of course solutions. No, sorry no cures. However, you can get some level of relief depending on your other medical conditions and how severe your particular case of arthritis is.

  1. Understand your health and medical condition: Know what kind of medical issues you have and their underlying causes. Look for natural and pharmaceutical remedies and treatments
  2. Eat well: If you are overweight, losing excess pounds will help reduce stress on load bearing joints, it even helps on hands and etc. as well. If you are underweight, make sure you get enough nutrition. A balance diet provides the body with the ammunition it needs to fight off inflammation. It has been said that apples, dark grapes, tart cherries (dark), and even broccoli help fight inflammation. Oily fish like salmon, tuna, trout, herring, and mackerel are good. Look for foods that are high in Omega 3 fats. Not Omega 6, they are naughty. Canola and Olive oil yes, lard and corn oil are no. Nuts, Cocoa, Cranberries are some of the foods on the anti-inflammation team. Generally a well-balanced diet like me and your doctor are always lecturing you about. (I know this yet still I sit here and lust after some red lobster biscuits, so good to be bad… maybe with some steamed broccoli?)
  3. Exercise: find someone who knows what your limits should be and at least do moderate exercise. Look into learning about what physical therapy may help whatever area you have arthritis in.
  4. Alternative therapies and medicines: Acupuncture and electro-acupuncture are known to help some people. Glucosamine sulfate and Chondroitin sulfate are thought to help with pain and slow down the progress of arthritis. They have no major side effects. I have been taken a supplement for 2 years. I couldn’t say if it helps or not 100% but I have not gotten worse and it does not clash with the pharmaceuticals I take. I am usually the side effect queen.

Fish oil, rose hips, ginger concentrate, and a product made from soybeans and avocados – ASU, are said to be moderately helpful. Some people I the southwest proclaim that yucca is helpful too. Again not “clinically proven” meaning no one spent a million bucks on a double blind study. However it has been used by Natives for centuries. Hmmm. I saw some at the grocery store, I may have to try it.

You also have chiropractors, physical therapists, hot and cold treatments, and water therapy.

  1. Pharmaceuticals: Well I am a firm believer in better living through chemistry. We have the standard NSAIDS, like Alleve, which I should own stock in, corticosteroid injections, creams, and when all else fails – surgery. Sorry surgery doesn’t cure it as much as effectively treat it, sometimes.

 

How do fight your arthritis? Let me know! (Seriously folks!)  I am at MsMelissa@melissaweblog.com

 

Currently, my sponsor, GlobalMusic4 Life Inc., is having a crowdfunding campaign on Fundly.com. Our goal is to reach 1 million dollars. That is a huge goal. We are feeling quite big! However our job is big. The goal is to pay off expenses and put give away 200,000 copies of Dr. Kiki Hurt, M.D.‘s book Save Your Own Life: Mini Medical School. How the body works; When to seek medical attention. GlobalMusic4 Life is a 501(3)c nonprofit so donations are tax deductible. Dawn M. Joseph co-authored the book and put in great pictures and tables with an easy to read layout. We are currently selling it on Amazon, itunes, and google play as well as the GlobalMusic4 Life website.  Sells are not brisk, it’s not a book about freaky sex like 50 shades, or about a fantasy world like Harry Potter (both great books, I loved HP, JKR is my hero) but it is a great book.

“Save Your Own Life” contains basic information you should know about the human body, hospitals, medical specialties, and more. In the back there are tables where you can type in important medical data. You have space to type in current and past doctors, surgeries, allergies, cardiac device information, and much more. The book is listed as 24.99 on Amazon and google play (to cover the money they charge to sell them) and 8.99 on itunes and www.globalmusic4life.com The proceeds will benefit GlobalMusic4 Life Inc. The softbacks will be available soon. However for instant gratification, the .pdf, iBook, and android app version are available for immediate download.  I did this and just printed out the tables and wrote the info on them. That way any new doctor or health care practitioner has instant access to my information. I also typed in information on my iPad and android tablets (You know I love tech)

See the links below. I even have a video with me showing the publisher’s copy of the book.   Check out the links and if you have questions, contact me at MelissaMitchell@globalmusic4life.com

 

Love and Light,

Melissa

Links:

My fundly: https://fundly.com/melissaweblog-new-book#

GlobalMusic4 Life crowdfunding fund raiser

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Me showing Save Your Own Life.. on Youtube

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B3laDZOxlqM

 

For the pdf to your pc: (cheapest cost, buy it here and just donate the extra for a tax deduction)

http://globalmusic4life.com/store/product/saveyourownlife/

 

For Amazon ( Android)

http://www.amazon.com/Impelsys-Inc-Save-Your-Life/dp/B00P7YQ32S/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1415424040&sr=8-1&keywords=dr.kiki+hurt

 

For Google Play (Android)

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.impelsys.saveyourownlife.android&hl=en

 

For itunes ( iBook)

https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/save-your-own-life/id914307539?mt=11

 

Want to just donate?  Paypal: GlobalMusic1@aol.com or see the website

 

I am at Paypal: Funwoman1@aol.com or see Melissaweblog.com

 

 

 

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Let’s do brunch!!!!

It’s Sunday!  Let’s do Brunch

Oh but I can’t eat eggs, or bacon, or cheese, or ohhh lets just meet for coffee!

Good Morning GlobalMusic4 Life fans! It is early, super early on a brisk November Sunday. How are you?

I just got my cholesterol test score back and I am down. I am officially high normal range. Yippee! So if I can go down a bit more, no more cholesterol meds (Super Yippee kai ya)

What is your cholesterol level? Heck do you know what cholesterol is. No it isn’t the stuff that moisturizes your hair. Ok it is that too but in this sense it is a waxy sticky substance found in the blood. It travels via small fat cells. High density lipid cells take cholesterol to the liver and helps the body gets rid of it. Low density lipid cells take it all over the body and it can become plaque and harden in the arteries. This leads to the heart working harder to fill smaller tubes – the arteries and less blood and oxygen getting to where it needs to go. We all know heart disease is no laughing matter, so what to do?

Uggh my doctor told me what to do.

Lower the cholesterol in your diet. Eat egg white omelets instead of regular. Smaller portions of shell fish, butter, and fatty meats… eat lean and low cholesterol low fat. Bacon – just say no. If you must say yes, one or two crisp and drained on a towel. ..

High cholesterol runs in families, in the African American community (I blame the traditional southern diet that we carry with us, it is not as prevalent in Africa so there…) It goes up with high cholesterol and fatty foods and lack of exercise to push that blood around (cardio!!!)

So no smoking, cigarettes are very naughty for everything. They have no redeeming value. Lose weight if you need to like I am. J Just live in moderation and try to be healthier. It takes an effort and some thought but it is not rocket science. It is the same tune I have been singing for a while. A healthier lifestyle makes everything better.

So what’s on the menu for today’s brunch? Egg white omelets with a little feta and low fat cheese, spinach and mushrooms are the main feature. Chicken breakfast sausage is very tasty. Sugar free Kool aid with a splash of orange juice and a few orange slices is tasty.  An apple for crunch and fiber is a good thing. Whole wheat toast with lavender honey is my splurge along with some very delicious vanilla and Irish cream coffee with stevia and almond milk infused with vanilla. Good stuff, reasonable calories and then a brisk walk to the YMCA and a little swim and trip on the stationary bike.

That’s not so bad… who’s with me?

What is your cholesterol level? Let me know! MsMelissa@melissaweblog.com

 

 

Get our new book by authors Dr. Kiki Hurt M.D and Dawn M. Joseph. It available as an iBook on itunes, featuring important information about the body, when to see a doctor and tables to write in all of the important information you need every time you visit a health care professional!

https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/save-your-own-life/id914307539?mt=11

 

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For Christmas we would like to give 100k away and we need sponsors! If you would like to sponsor us or give the books to your employees for a Christmas gift:  please contact me at MelissaMitchell@globalmusic4life.com

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It’s so hot….

It’s so hot… I am burning up!

While I take a break from doing research on printing and crowdfunding and networking, I would like to tap on a subject that was once near and dear to my heart. Good Morning GlobalMusic4 Life fans. Happy Friday! Woohooo!!!! I was just thinking about some of the odd stuff that I have always looked forward to. You know; like the day my credit score hits 800, the day my waistline is actually hourglass shaped ( as opposed to beer glass) and the day cubs win the world series.  Yes I am full of happy thoughts! Well I had to leave one old happy thought behind. As a girl, I dreamed of becoming a woman. Growing up and meeting Mr. Right, having a house full of kids, and living like the folks on the Cosby show. Well after being a grown up for a while and no kiddies or Mr. Right anymore, I dreamed of the day Aunt Flow stopped visiting. No more menses. Hooray! I thought. No more one week waiting for it, one week suffering through it, and one week starving trying to get rid of the water weight and excess fat from cravings. The female reproductive system is a beautiful thing. But I am ok with just looking at the pictures. I was waiting for my period to go away. The freedom was tangible. There would be no more feminine products, cramps, bloating, and well shhh don’t tell my future husband but – funky moods. I did not know if it was hormones, lady estrogen having her way with my head or just the fact that I had to deal with the PMS symptoms, but for about 3 days a month, I need to go somewhere and have a seat. Or as Tamar Braxton would say “have several seats”. Midol, aspirin, and patches for my back were bought at Sam’s club. No point in buying a little tiny bottle, I knew I needed my fix for years to come. Menopause seemed like a beautiful end to a horrible dream. I am very peeved to find that it is not. In my family, night sweats are the norm. My cousin is about 6 years older than me and she gets hot, then cold, then irritable. It is worse than being on the period, almost. I have seen her sweating like she ran a mile in 90 degree heat and it is snowing outside. What the what? That’s not fair! I am still whining about the whole thing. I was think 25% more sex, no mood swings, or cramps and no more pills shots and etc.  (Men have it so easy, don’t you just want to kick them? Don’t do it, that would be mean. I am just saying, while apologizing for the millionth time about a pin prick size of blood on whatever, I just sometimes want to kick… oh well I digress….) So of course I am doing my homework. I want to know what to do and what happens, and what is avoidable or treatable. My cousin takes black cohosh and that helps a bit. But her husband is still expecting to freeze this winter, or worse burn up. Menopause does not seem to have a middle ground. So we all want something natural. So here are some ideas of how to deal with it. I will never miss having a period, but I do not envy the ladies suffering from menopause. To be a woman means suffering but there are ways to ease the burden.

  1. See a naturopath and nutritionist… what you put in your body is so important, find herbs and natural help before running and getting hormone therapy. Menopause is not horrible for every woman and some barely notice it.
  2. Acupuncture has been shown to offer temporary relief. Acupressure as well.
  3. Dress in thin layers so you can peel those babies off in a pinch. No teacher do not strip down in class ! Thin layers of cotton and natural materials help. If the hot flash turns to a cold one, you layer up!
  4. Notice what leads to them. Spicy food, caffeine, and stress can all lead to hot flashes. No more mountain dew or coffees until you see if that was the problem. We are not kids studying in the dorms all night anymore.
  5. Exercise 30 minutes cardio 3 times a week and weights 2 times a week. The exercise releases happy chemicals in your brain and a good weight helps a lot.
  6. Meditate; stress leads to a lot of menopausal symptoms like hot flashes.
  7. Keep the area cool. If you have a hot flash you can disrobe a few layers if you get a cold flash, its easier to warm up than cool off.

Don’t stress out about it. It is normal, well kinda sorta. And if you pay attention and take good care off yourself, you may be able to avoid complications all together. I am jamming to GlobalMusic4 Life: I want out! https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/i-want-out-instrumental/id767428582?i=767428623 Have you hit menopause? Tell me about it! I am at MsMelissa@melissaweblog.com I would love to have ideas to feeling great throughout the 50’s and 60’s without suffering too much.

Love and Light,

Melissa

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It is like getting a naughty baby to eat. Getting folks to the dentist just for a cleaning is an exercise in frustration. And when they have tooth pain, whoa, it is even worse.

Going to the dentist should be a ritual. It should happen two times a year no matter what. No I do not work for the dentist mafia, but that being said it is very important. Of course it is even more important if there is pain going on or a tooth being naughty and growing the wrong way.

Seven reasons that you should go to the dentist- that have great importance

  1. Because I said so! Ok just joking, but it is highly recommended that you go to check your teeth and gums and get those chompers cleaned professionally. Whoever kisses you will appreciate it.
  2. Dentists are your friend and a partner in your overall good health. I will be more specific. A trip to the dentist office often gives us clues into things going on with our health elsewhere on our body.
  3. Heart disease: What? You ask. Yes inflamed gums and loose teeth can lead to bacteria that wreak havoc. They can help form blood clots and plaque in the arteries that can cause problems in the heart.
  4. Diabetes: Yep, many folks who did not know they had the big D found out from their dentist. Or rather they were told to go get checked by their dentist. Gum disease, bleeding gums, loose teeth can be a sign of diabetes. Diabetes can make dental health worse. Infections at gum line can worsen diabetic symptoms and is thought to lead to heart disease and stroke.
  5. Osteoporosis: Problems in the bones can lead to receding gums and loose teeth.
  6. GERD or gastro esophageal reflux disease ; especially the night time one… where you are burping up stomach acid in your sleep and it tears up your throat. Guess who looks all up in that throat? Yes, Dr. Dentist. They can see the erosion of the esophagus, the tale tell signs of certain throat cancers (and mouth cancer too) and get you to a specialist.
  7. Dry mouth disease or condition: Ok you say if I have dry mouth big whoop. Actually it is a big deal. Dry mouth can point to several problems including diabetes and Parkinson’s. Saliva is our friend. (We have a lot of friends don’t we?) It cleans the mouth and helps to wash away excess bacteria that cause cavities. It is also the first step in digesting our food properly.

So there, those are good reasons to go even if you do not feel like it are they not? I hope so.

How often do you go to the dentist? Let me know! I am at MsMelissa@melissaweblog.com

 

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I love energy bars!!!

I love energy bars! 

 

You too? I love energy bars. Love them to pieces!

Good afternoon fellow GlobalMusic4 Life fans. I just came out of the kitchen and wanted to share something with you. As most folks who know me know, I am trying to lose weight. So far I have lost 90lbs, slowly over a 15 month period, and I need to lose #@! more. That is cool, I can be patient. I am trying to avoid having to spend my life savings on post weight loss surgery. ( But if I get down to a size 10, its over, mommy makeover- here I come. Yes I know I am not a mommy! But hey I had foster kids and stretch marks so it should count – right?)

Anyway, back to the energy bars. I love them because in the morning I am rushing and stressing and need something quick to eat. So I grab an energy bar, protein bar, granola bar, what ever, and a banana and rush out the door. I am rushing to aerobics or swim class or a client meeting. In any case I am so busy that standing still for a bowl of healthy cereal in almond milk just will not do. So off I go, driving and eating my lovely and tasty bar, a bottle of water, and a piece of fruit. My go to fruits are bananas and apples. I keep them stocked up. The brown bananas become smoothies or frozen ice cream substitutes ( frozen bananas in blender, maybe a little stevia and almond milk, delish!) The apples go to the juicer if they get soft or they get chopped up and baked with the chicken, turkey , or fish of the day. Plus they are good in funky little mixed fruit slushies as well.

However, my true love is Mr. Energy bar with protein! Oh Mr. Energy bar you are so sweet and savory and delish! Marry me! Ok, I am being silly, but yes they are pretty good. I will not give names but you know who they are.

Here’s the rub. Energy bars are not good for you. Not all of them. There are some better alternatives.

I have a collection of energy bars and the calories go from 120 for a tiny one ( ummm I usually eat two at a pop) to a granola and protein bar with 260 calories. I only eat one of those, it is clearly a breakfast substitute. However, after hanging out with the folks at GM4L and other health oriented businesses and enthusiasts; I have gotten into a naughty little habit.

I read the nutrition labels on everything. Yes everything. No exception to the rule is allowed. If I can not find it I either do not buy it or I ask. This is because I do the weight watchers tracking thingy where I account for carbs and protein and fat. It is also because I need to push up my weight loss. Look at the labels people.

I was not amused. Some of my energy bars are nothing but glorified candy bars. At 260 calories I can eat a snickers bar, if the truth is told. I am looking at one that is allegedly healthy and organic. ( marketing buzz word, unless you grew it in your backyard or got it from the farmers market from an all organic farm, take that with a big grain of kosher salt)

This bar has 230 calories. It contains 10g of protein, 2g of fiber, and 23g of fat ( oh oh) and 32 carbs. No, it will go in a goody bag for my skinny nephews. I can no longer eat this. Some are cute, but less calories usually equal less protein and fiber and sugar. It also means they are less filling and tasty. There is always a catch.

As a snack, a 125 calorie bar and a small apple and a glass of water will tide you over until dinner. I do not feel it makes for a good meal. ( disclaimer#6 million I am not a nutritionist or doctor) So what is a hungry health conscious person to do? You have to eat. Fruit is lovely but you actually need a little fat and plenty pf protein.

The solution is, well you are not going to like this, stop being lazy. Wait! Let me finish! I have discovered that if I go to whole paycheck stores, uh you know who I mean, and gets some Irish steel cut oats, organic honey, unsalted peanuts ( salt is the enemy), and a few other dried fruit goodies, I can make my own energy bars. Whoa! Yes make them yourself. Yes it takes effort. Sorry about that. However, MY energy bars are packed with protein ( nuts and protein powder) fiber ( seeds, psyllium, etc), just the right amount of sweet ( a dash of honey or molasses and stevia sweetener) and are filling and healthy. Please note healthy does not equal low calorie. I ran my latest creation through the recipe builder on line and it comes out to 275 calories for a 1 ounce bar.

Yes, I see you. Stop rolling your eyes at me. I know that is a big calorie count. However, I eat these instead of breakfast, or if I am locked in my office writing or making sales calls, lunch. I drink a big bottle of water slowly, eat a medium apple, and have my bar. Slow is the word, give it time to soak up the water, talk to the brain’s satiation center, stretch the stomach a bit, and you are golden. It actually satisfies me. I will not crave sweets or salties for hours. My body has what she needs and she thanks me. Generally if you eat lunch at 11 or 12, by 3 pm you are look crazy at the goodies in the break room. I am no exception. However, this helps me, a lot. My point is to get the nutrition that I need with minimal calories. A diet microwave meal at 300 calories is usually loaded with salt and unidentifiable chemicals. I have even been warned off of microwave popcorn because of some weird chemical they put in to that!

So when you think of it, a leisure Sunday playing with the kiddies or watching the game while you make your own energy bars is not a bad thing. I make them a week in advance. I take them with me when I leave out so I can skip going to a café for lunch all together. Sometimes I take some kale chips or a small spinach salad with lemon juice and orange juice for dressing to get in some greens too.

I try to write about encouraging a healthy lifestyle. Yes I talk about exercise. Yes, I talk about all that other good stuff and about getting or maintaining health. I use the wisdom of others. However, from my experience, in my journey, I will say: you must prepare your own food. There is no getting around it. People cannot exercise for you and they cannot eat for you. You have the power to take you good health in your hands. No it is not easy nor is it cheap. Instead of the 20 bucks on cocktails this Friday, take it and make nice snack bars that will last a week. Your body will thank you for it.

What healthy snacks do you make for you and your family? Tell me about it and I will send you my favorite snack bar recipes! I am at MsMelissa@melissaweblog.com

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Let’s Move!!!!

Get Moving!

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Good Morning GlobalMusic4 Life fans! Top of the morning to you! It is 4:45 am and before I fall to my bed in a glorious lump for a few hours, I wanted to share something. I was reading about First Lady of the United States, Michelle Obama’s program on www.letsmove.gov  I kind of dig the way she is going after children and trying to decrease the childhood obesity epidemic in America. I too believe that if you get people into healthy lifestyles while they are young, you nip adult obesity and its related health problems in the bud as well.

Yes there are a lot of folks who are obese and morbidly obese who were thin as church wafers when they were young. However, many of those folks were skinny “just because”. Having a healthy lifestyle means you are fit because you want to be fit and you work on it. For most, that lovely childhood metabolism will leave when puberty hits and if you are not active or lucky you may fall into the obesity trap.

Fattening quick fix foods, low nutritional value foods ( a hem, ramen ), sweets that are getting sweeter and more caloric every year ( double stuffed fudge dipped oreos, it makes me want to just sigh thinking of them) and the ever evil video games and television – have all helped lead us on the path toward obesity. Instead of texting her for 3 hours, get up and walk to your friend’s house! Instead of video basketball, go out and play! (and don’t come back in until the street lights come on!) It seems like the solution is easy but it’s not. We at GlobalMusic4 Life and Gm4L applaud her efforts and note that healthy living does start at childhood.

Alas, but what about us sad sacks who didn’t get the memo when we were young? I for one am riddled with muscular aches and pains from swim class and aerobics and weight and cardio classes. It will be difficult to undo decades of food based debauchery. I am trying!

So I was thinking, what can adults do to combat obesity for themselves as individuals?  This is for either the slim who want to be more fit or the heavy who want to get slim and fit. I thought of exercises that don’t feel like exercise. I have a little device that approximates my calories burned per day. It mocks me and keeps me awake at night because I work in front of a computer all day. I thought hey two hours of exercise a day is way better than the zero hours a day I did 2 years ago or the lame 30 minutes for 3 times a week I did a year ago. It is never enough. I eat less now, a lot less, but nothing takes the place of sweat inducing exercise.

You don’t have to get sweaty. There are some everyday things you can do to get exercise brownie points. These can be done in the course of your day. Take a gander and see which one moves you.

 

  1. Standing up at work as much as possible:  If you are in a cubicle, get up and stretch and stand for 10 minutes every 40. Standing actually burns more calories than sitting.
  2. Sit on an exercise ball at work: helps work the core muscles and improves posture
  3. Flex your feet at your desk; it will strengthen leg and foot muscles and help prevent cramps
  4. Get off the bus or train early: wear gym shoes to work and get off a mile or more before your stop before and after work. It is great exercise and walk at a nice pace, not so much as to go to work sweaty, save the power walk for home time.
  5. Eat for 30 minutes and walk for 30 during lunch time. Go be social and make the rounds in the office, walk around the block, walk down the office steps for a few flights ( be careful some lock you in)
  6. Have small dumb bells at the office, while working and sitting- do a few curls, maybe 5 sets of five. Your guns will thank you for it.
  7. Take the stairs instead of escalator
  8. At home, make it a habit to take one load of clothes down at a time, walking up and down stairs with a small basket is great exercise
  9. At the grocery store, take your list and walk around the whole store once without putting anything in your cart. Just take notice of where everything is and then find alternatives for your name brands. Take the kids and have them do it as a sort of scavenger hunt! Instead of pizza you get frozen dough or flour, think outside the box! Try to walk around the whole store 5 times, you will not even notice.
  10. Go swimming, if you belong to a gym – use it, swimming class; works everything in a nice environment that is easy on joints

Look into different ways to exercise – get it in and lets move indeed. I am doing my kegels, hey that’s a real exercise! I also tap my feet a lot when I am making deadlines.

What are your ideas? What non exercise- exercise can we incorporate into our daily lives do you do? Let me know! I am at MsMelissa@melissaweblog.com

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Sneeze me goofy! About sinusitis…

Sneeze me goofy! When it’s sinusitis…

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Good morning fellow GlobalMusic4 Life fans. When I was little we use to say “sneeze me goofy!”  when someone sneezed on us. It kind of meant hey excuse yourself or cover your mouth you are sneezing on me! Even though in the cold regions of the world the allergy season is dwindling down, the cold season is upon us. Cold mean runny noses and the works. I was wondering when is it a cold and when is it sinusitis? At what point should you just stay in bed or run to the doctor?

Sinusitis

Disclaimer: Blogger here not doctor, ok continue…

Sinusitis is an infection of the sinus cavities. It is often preceded by a cold or an allergy. It can also be caused by environmental factors like smoke and pollution. This is another reason why second hand smoke is a bad thing and why folks in mainland China often walk around with little face mask on – pollution that literally make you sick. It needs to be treated by a physician who will be able to tell, after tests, if it is bacterial, viral, or pollutant caused. Bacterial infections are the most common.

While ill sinus fluids and mucus drain into the nasal cavity and the cavity becomes inflamed and “stopped up”. This can lead to a lot of pain and inconvenience.

Symptoms of Sinusitis vs Allergies vs the common Cold

Signs      
  Sinusitis Allergy Cold
Pain and pressure in face Yes Often sometimes
Duration 10 plus days Can last indefinitely Less than 2 weeks
Nasal discharge White or colored Clear, watery Thin or thick, white,
Fever 50% No 75%
Headache Yes 50% 25%
Pain in upper teeth Yes No No
Bad breath Yes No No
Cough 50% 50% Yes
Nasal Congestion Yes 50% Yes
Sneezing No 70% Yes
Irritability and fatigue Sometimes 25% 75%
Post nasal drip Yes Yes Yes
Nausea and vomiting More often in kids No Sometimes
Pain behind cheek and eyes Yes Yes sometimes

 

Yes, it is confusing. They look like three coins of the same denomination!

Acute sinusitis is defined as a sudden onset lasting a month or less* Chronic is 3 months or more* either may need to be treated with surgery if they get too severe. This is to remove diseased tissue and polyps while clearing narrow nasal passages.

The best initial treatment is time. We don’t want to create any more super bugs* so it’s best to let the immune system at least try to do its job. If you are immune suppressed because of a medical condition that is different. See a doctor in any case. After that, antibiotic treatment and in rare cases antiviral treatments. For mild cases: use steam inhalation, a saline nasal spray or netti pot or drops. A humidifier in the room or home you sleep in is a good way to keep the nasal passages moist.

Prevention:

Well there really isn’t any. However there are things you can do to mitigate certain levels of risk. Wash your hands in hot soapy water. I do not believe in antibacterial soap any more. A good soap and hot water will normally dispel whatever ails you. A clean humidifier helps moisturize the air. Dry nasal passages can bleed (especially when vigorously cleaning the nose…) and let in germs. The area is more pliable if kept a bit moist. Avoid smoke and people with the flu or a cold.

Gently blow your nose one side at a time, I close my eyes too. One because in my mind it seems to work better and two I don’t want the germs in my nose spraying into my eyes… I don’t know if it makes a difference but hey my blog and my opinion. Leave the planes alone if you have a cold, if you have to go use a nasal decongestant right before takeoff. A stuffed up nose under pressure will give some people a horrible headache. Cover your face with a mask. It prevents you from sharing your cold and creates a barrier to prevent outside germs from getting into your delicate nasal membranes. Keep some anti-histamines and decongestants with you. Also drink a lot of water. Hydration helps from the inside.

Ok hope I haven’t grossed you out! Hey at least I didn’t say avoid kids, they are loaded with cooties!

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-No not your best buddy who is only 5 ft tall. I am thinking about all of the lovely little organisms living in your body who help you!

“The Probiotic bandwagon”

Hello fellow GlobalMusic4 Life fans! With all of this talk about the Ebola virus, I thought I would briefly chat about little friends who help us! Probiotics are the latest trend in the foodie world. Jamie Lee Curtis will have you thinking that a serving of activia will make you stop passing gas and poop with all of the regularity of the routine of those spiffy British guards in front of the Queen of England’s main house. That is not really the case.

Probiotics are microorganisms that live in the stomach or gut / intestine of us humans. They are naturally occurring and also found in food and dietary supplements. One study suggested that there were over 480 bacteria strains in the human body that help us digest our food. ( That’s a lot of “mouths “ to feed!) Prebiotics are food that these fun little fellows like to munch on.

Disclaimer: This is a blog and I am not a doctor, if you are suffering please visit a doctor!

How Probiotics Help (allegedly, studies are still being done, but of course that does not stop us from marketing their benefits!)

  1. Believed to help immune system
  2. Keep balance in system, imbalance from antibiotic over use can lead to diarrhea
  3. Assist in digesting food
  4. Help keep the walls of one’s intestine strong
  5. Help to fight medical conditions:
    1. Diarrhea
    2. Colitis
    3. Pouchitis
    4. Allergy induced eczema
    5. Fight irritable bowel syndrome
    6. Fight vaginitis

How Probiotics may hinder: They may be bad for people with weakened immune systems; even to the point in leading to higher incidents of death among pancreatitis victims… this is considered rare.

Ok, so we love probiotics! What are their favorite foods, aka prebiotics? What foods have probiotics in them? Some scientists say we should take both at the same time. That is to say: take the food that contains the little friends of man and eat the food they like so they will grow and multiply.

Probiotics sources include:

  1. Supplements
  2. Food enriched with supplements
  3. Greek yogurt
  4. Sauerkraut
  5. Miso
  6. Certain cheeses like gouda
  7. Kefir
  8. Acidophilus milk
  9. Naturally fermented pickled food
  10. Tempeh

Prebiotics may include:

  1. Asparagus
  2. Oatmeal
  3. Red wine
  4. Honey
  5. Maple syrup
  6. Legumes
  7. Bananas

 

Well those little guys like the good stuff huh? It makes me want to ask “Anyone for wine and cheese?” Studies that involved people with certain diets and how those diets affected their health have shown that probiotics are helpful to the body. People in countries or regions where yogurt is consumed seem to have fewer issues with certain infections and diarrhea. Whatever the case may be, a little yogurt wouldn’t help. ( I wonder does frozen yogurt count, hmm) Make sure you run any pills or supplements past your doctor but a little banana and honey in some Greek yogurt sounds like a good thing to me.

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It’s Cold Outside….

It’s Cold Outside

It is cold outside, but why do we act surprised? I live in Chicago, where the saying is there are two seasons – winter and construction. There also two main temperatures. Too darn hot or too darn cold. Well this summer was very pleasant. No scorching hot temperatures and until recently, early October, the weather was downright pleasant.

So why do we always exclaim the change in seasons? Well you get used to a good thing for one. Summer shorts and sandals were in. Cute little tight tees for those who are nice and slim (and a few who are not)

I guess the only answer I can give is the funky little thing called abruptness. There is no 80 then 70 then 60 then 50, and so on. No in Chicago, you can literally have a barbeque at noon and have to race inside at 3pm because of icy cold rain, high winds, and 40 degree temperatures.

 

And that means it is officially dry skin season as well. No more cute light summer lotion, wash and go with no effort hairstyles ( especially curly or dry hair) – it is time to get the oils and hard core creams out! Or is it?

 

Winter skin care:

What you need differs with your skin type. Oily skin probably needs gentle, lightly medicated treatment and a non-oil based moisturizer. Yes you need spf 15 or higher, maybe a 25 if you are outside for a good period of time. That means you Ms. Commuter standing in the sun waiting on the bus. Dry skin needs moisturizer as well. A gentle creamy wash all over and something creamy or even a light oil for the skin.

Many dermatologists recommend to just say no to oil on the face. That includes oil based makeup. Try the mineral powder based makeup. Combination skin, hmmm  a lot of us have that. Oily around the forehead, nose and chin and dry elsewhere. The key is to try to clean well and gently removing oil and dirt while not stripping the skin of all of its natural oils.

 

Skin on the body is always fun. Not saying your face isn’t part of your body but, well you know what I mean! We spend 40 minutes on our face and 1 on the other 95% of our skin. Some folks have oily skin on other areas. “Backne” – back acne, is um, unfortunate. However there is now medicated body wash for that. I recommend a weekly exfoliating wash and a twice daily wash with something with maybe 2% salicylic acid. If your skin is troubling you, go visit a reputable dermatologist. Yes I like trying new stuff at the drug store. My skin is mean and after a while, the old stuff does not seem to do the trick any more. What currently works for me is exfoliating then washing with acne body wash and then coconut oil all over ( I smell dreamy) and then in trouble dry and crusty spots, aka, feet soles, elbows, that crazy small area on my lower back!!! ( sorry tmi) I use a mixture of cocoa butter and shea oil. In a pinch, I will use Vaseline but rarely any more. If it is super zero and windy, I might go old school (Vaseline) if I have to be out in the cold longer than it takes me to run to the car and run inside. However, I am not above taking my face wash with me and washing the V off when I get inside.

 

A little oil in a warm bath leaves the skin nice too. The operative word is little. One because you do not want to clog your pores, two because it can clog your drain, three oil stains clothes and bed sheets. I am just saying, baby oil is all fun and games until it is time to wash the sheets and then the giggling stops.

 

One last note. I am not nagging. However, for the record, YES, you still need to wear a little sun block if you will be out for a while. My fellow brown colored and darker people skip this. They shouldn’t necessarily do that. The sun hitting on snow whether it’s the slopes at a ski resort or in front of your home after the first Chicago snow storm, will be harsh to your skin. I recommend a skin moisturizer with a spf of 25 to protect against dryness and the sun. Ok one more thing – water, drink it, green tea, plain, mineral, with a few drops of juice. Get in the fluid that helps the skin and water is the number one way t keep skin nice – from the inside J

 

What special things do you do for your skin in the winter? Let me know! I am at MsMelissa@melissaweblog.com

 

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More than heartburn

More than heartburn

 

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Today, let’s talk about a little problem called GERD. It is more than regular heartburn from eating spicy meatballs or pizza.

Ok, here we go.

First what is heartburn and what differentiates it from the dreaded GERD?  Heartburn is a symptom. It is that burning feeling you feel in the center of your chest when you

  • eat something that disagrees with you.
  • smoke
  • are chronically obese
  • consuming too much caffeine or alcohol
  • eat spicy foods
  • lay down immediately after eating
  • take too much aspirin or ibuprofen
  • taking certain medications ( ask you prescribing physician about this one)

 

GERD is a medical condition. Gastro esophageal reflux disease is caused by your stomach acid or, occasionally, stomach content, flows up into your esophagus. The reflux irritates the lining of your esophagus and causes GERD. It is usually treated with over the counter products but sometimes when it is severe you have to get a doctor involved. When to do so depends on you the individual. I always error on the side of good health. Sometimes you can have severe stomach complications and all of that acid, sometimes even bile, flowing up into your throat can cause severe and permanent damage.

 

These symptoms with heartburn are cause for concern:

  • difficulty swallowing
  • pain when swallowing
  • bloody stools
  • shortness of breath
  • pain that radiates from your back to your shoulder
  • feeling dizzy or light-headed
  • sweating while having chest pain
  • tooth erosion, particularly back teeth

 

Diagnosis and treatment:

Generally if you have occasional heartburn, it’s no biggie, just take an antacid and eat better, maybe stop the smoking and improve your lifestyle. When heartburn happens too often, doctors can do x-rays, stomach content pH tests and endoscopic exams to see what are going on in the throat and stomach. (and intestines)

Effective treatment options include a better diet, smoking cessation, less alcohol and caffeine, waiting at least 2 hours before going to bed after a meal, and antacids. Physicians have special pharmaceutical drugs to treat more severe GERD and heartburn.

 

It is important to see a doctor if you are uncomfortable too often. Heartburn and GERD can be precursors or indicators for other ailments like certain ulcers or infections.

 

I am not a doctor… ok there is my disclaimer, however, I have over indulged and ended up scarfing down tums like pez candy. I thought it was God’s way of punishing me for binging. Actually it was my body’s way of saying no to what I was doing. Please pay close attention to your body and take care of yourself. Pain once in a while is normal. Pain, on a regular basis, is not normal and reason enough to go visit your internist.

 

Do you get heartburn? What do you do for it? Have you been treated for GERD? Let me know about it.

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