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Spice Things Up with Curcumin and Turmeric

Spice Things Up with Curcumin and Turmeric

You know that food does more than solve your hunger. Quality food from a range of sources is key in keeping your body in top shape. This includes your physical health, mental health, and the ability to heal and recover.

It’s this ability to heal and recover that makes us so interested in turmeric and curcumin. You’ve likely seen the spice turmeric in your grocery store aisle and in many recipe ingredient lists. Recent research is supporting long-held beliefs that spices such as turmeric have the ability to ease inflammation and help you recover from joint discomfort.

In fact, turmeric is becoming so popular that it has become the must-have spice. From smoothies and drinks such as golden milk or adding it to your scrambled eggs or adding a dash or two to your soup – turmeric is everywhere.

Continue reading to learn more about the health benefits of turmeric and curcumin and how you can easily reap the rewards of this anti-inflammatory superhero. Read more

How to Live a Balanced Life

How to Live a Balanced Life

How is your day going? Did you get a good night of sleep? How is your energy level? Do you feel like you’re rushing from one thing to the next? When was the last time you had a chance to sit quietly and enjoy the moment?

These are not easy questions to answer. And for most of us, when we answer these questions honestly, we realize that we’re not as balanced or as happy as we’d like. In our hyper-connected go-go society, living a balanced life can seem like an impossibility.

However, we want you (and us) to get closer to having a sense of balance in your day-to-day. You know that the more on-the-go and harried you are, the higher your stress levels, the less time you have for exercise and healthy eating, and you miss out on time with loved ones. This can culminate in illness, depression, joint health concerns, and an overall unhealthy life.

This slide happens gradually and before you know it, you’re skipping tennis, missing out on pottery class, skipping book club, eating fast food, and not supporting your long-term health and life goals.

Read on to learn more about living a balanced life and how you can make subtle changes to keep you from sliding into habits that can create life chaos. Read more

How To Give Your Senior Dog A Healthy Life

How To Give Your Senior Dog A Healthy Life

You want nothing more than a long, happy, and healthy life for your beloved dog. Because you’re so close to your dog, it’s easy to overlook signs of aging and slowing down.

While no two dogs have the same activity and energy levels, we do know that middle-aged and senior dogs do start to slow down (just like us humans). This slow-down doesn’t mean the end of a full and robust life – it just means you need to make a few adjustments to accommodate your dog’s needs.

Remember that your dog is smart and our pets tend to hide signs of aging for as long as possible. Be on the lookout for signs that your dog is struggling or simply ageing with these signs: your dog is sleeping more or has a slight limp or is losing weight. These are all signs that indicate you and your dog should visit your veterinarian.

We’ve put together some tips on things you can do to help give your senior dog a healthy life. Remember, before making any big changes to your dog’s diet, activity levels, or lifestyle – discuss these with your veterinarian. Read more

How to Choose a Dog Trainer

How to Choose a Dog Trainer

Your dog didn’t arrive with an instruction manual. Whether you adopted your dog as a puppy or as an older dog, there is a learning curve to being a dog owner. One of the best ways for you and your dog to learn how to get along, is with dog training.

And yes, these dog training lessons apply to you the owner as well. Dog training allows you and your dog to learn a shared language that makes it easier for you to communicate and understand one another. Hint: a few all-natural dog chews can be the ideal reward for good behavior and to aid in dog joint health.

Along with this mutual understanding, dog training gives your dog the skills needed to play easily and safely at the dog park, to walk on a public path, to attend a friend’s barbecue, and to travel with you.

It’s important to know that dog training isn’t just for puppies. While the key learning period is between three and 14 weeks, your older and even senior dog can learn new behaviors. The key comes down to choosing the right dog trainer for you and your dog. Read more

Relax and Recharge for Your Health

Why You Need To Relax and Recharge for Your Health

You are not a robot. You do not have endless energy and focus. You need to relax and recharge to make sure that you can live your healthiest life.

Just as batteries need to be replaced and smartphones need to be recharged – the same principles hold true for you. It’s so easy though to get caught up in the go-go society and believe that if you’re not doing something then you’re doing nothing.

This couldn’t be farther from the truth. Taking the time to relax and recharge gives you the chance to really give your mind and body what it needs – a break. Your mental health, your physical health, your joint health, your spiritual health – all demand that you take time to hit the reset button. Read more

How To Eat For Your Health

How To Eat For Your Health

Your health is important to you. You want to have energy. You want to wake up each day excited for what the day brings. You want to feel and look good. You want to enjoy your favorite sports and activities.

This is why we want you to understand the importance of eating for your health. You can do all the running, bodybuilding, stretching, and yoga you want – but without a healthy diet, you’re missing the cornerstone to a healthy life.

Small changes in your diet can add up to huge benefits for you immune system health, your joint health, your ability to recover from injury, and your chances of preventing illness. It’s important to remember that the diet so many of us enjoyed in our 20’s is not the one that will see us all living well into our 90’s.

While there aren’t any guaranteed ways to prevent disease, we do know that eating a healthy diet goes a long way in aiding in the prevention of and recovery from disease, illness, and injury. And yes, we all know the person who ate super healthy and ran every day, who still died suddenly from heart problems or cancer.

But, we want you to put this negative example aside and think about what you want from life and how you’re going to achieve it. Could you make small changes to your diet that would lessen your joint discomfort or make it easier for you to play tennis? Read more

What Is Inflammation?

What Is Inflammation?

Inflammation is a key component of the body’s immune system. When the immune system detects injury, illness, or a threat, it triggers an inflammatory response.

This inflammatory response works to heal wounds, fight infection, defend against bacteria and viruses, heal joint injuries, and mend muscle and tissue damage. For example, when you have a cut, the skin around the cut becomes red and a bit sore, this is the body’s inflammatory response to help heal this cut.

However, there are times when the inflammatory response in the body can be too reactive. This overly reactive response can result in autoimmune diseases such as Crohn’s Disease, rheumatoid arthritis, ulcerative colitis, fibromyalgia, muscular injury, and other inflammatory conditions. Read more

Learning About Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness (DOMS)

Learning About Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness (DOMS)

Delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS) is common for anyone who enjoys moving their body and taking on new activities. You’ve likely experienced a deep dull muscle ache in your legs or arms a couple days after a good workout. This deep muscle soreness is a very different feeling than sore and stiff joints, it literally feels like your muscles are on fire.

Typically, you’ll wake up two days after a long run, hard bike ride, all-day tennis tournament, or big session in the gym and feel like you can’t move. Your legs are so sore that you struggle to walk up and down stairs and to simply walk around the house. Your arms are so heavy it’s challenging to raise them above your head to shampoo your hair or to pick up your laptop.

This is the DOMS. DOMS is a signal that you’ve pushed your body and placed your muscles under extra load and strain. The good news is that DOMS won’t last forever and that you can take measures to lessen the impacts of DOMS. Read more

Enjoying Summer Travel with Your Dog

Enjoying Summer Travel with Your Dog

Your dog is part of your family, so it only makes sense that you want to bring your dog with you during your summer travel. You definitely can travel with your dog, but you do need to keep a few things in mind when planning and going on vacation.

Whether it’s a weekend camping trip, a drive across the country, or a visit to a national park – you can do it all with your dog. Just like traveling with young children, friends, or other family members, you need to do some extra planning and be ready for the unexpected.

The primary goal is to make sure that your dog’s joint health and overall needs are taken care of. Remember that your dog has specific mobility, hydration, eating, and sleeping needs. Keep in mind all aspects of your dog’s personality and health when planning summer travel. It’s better to be safe than sorry when it comes to summer travel with your dog. Read more

How To Have An Active Summer

How To Have An Active Summer

To have an active summer, all you need to do is to just do it. Yes, that’s right, find that sport, hobby, or activity that you enjoy and get out and do it. You don’t need to run 10 miles every day or play in a tennis tournament every weekend to be considered active.

Being active is all about moving your body in a way that supports healthy joint mobility and allows you to develop strength and fitness. For each of us, this means something entirely different. How, when, and why you’re active is tied directly to how you’re feeling physically and emotionally.

To help you have an active summer, we’ve put together our best tips and advice on how you can incorporate activity into your day-to-day. Too many of us mistakenly believe that being active means a rigorous training program or huffing and puffing around the block – it’s time to put an end to these myths. Follow our tips on how to have an active summer and you’ll wonder why you didn’t start sooner. Read more