Dairy-Free Calcium Rich Foods

You know calcium is good for your bone health as well making sure your muscles, cells and nerves are working properly. The average adult needs 1000 mg per day to achieve this goal (or three 8-ounce glasses of milk).  But what if you’re trying to avoid dairy, are lactose intolerant or just don’t like dairy?  You’re… Read more »

You Need More Magnesium If…

You know calcium, iron and zinc are vital nutrients your body needs.  But did you know you also need magnesium? Magnesium is incredibly important for many of the body’s functions—it plays a key role in your immune system, nerves, and muscles, and helps keep your heart and bones strong. In all, magnesium is involved in… Read more »

Vitamin D Deficiency

During the shortened days of winter, diminished sunlight hours could be robbing your body of essential vitamin D, also known as the sunshine vitamin. A recent study suggests that nearly 75 percent of American teens and adults are lacking in vitamin D, which is vital for calcium absorption and promoting bone growth.  Sun exposure as well… Read more »

Eat These Five Vitamin D Rich Foods

Vitamin D is a fat soluble nutrient required for proper immune functioning, control of cell growth and bone development. It is often called the “sunshine vitamin” as the body naturally produces it when exposed to the sun. Vitamin D regulates cellular growth and promotes calcium absorption in the body, leading to stronger bones. Natural sources… Read more »

Rheumatoid Arthritis Patients Need Vitamin D

Everyone needs the sunshine vitamin. It helps your bones grow properly and stay strong. Vitamin D also helps your body absorb calcium. But it may be even more important for people with Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) to get enough vitamin D, especially during the darker, winter months. Recent research has found that some RA medications can cause… Read more »

Cold Weather Arthritis-Friendly Foods

During the colder months, we often crave comfort foods.  While you can’t cure arthritis with food, growing evidence suggests that following a healthy diet and adding in specific foods and spices could help fight inflammation and joint pain.If you suffer from painful arthritis and your symptoms are worse in the winter, try adding these cold… Read more »

Arctic Air and Arthritis

The cold temperatures blanketing much of the country can be wonderful: beautiful snowfall, sipping hot chocolate and snuggling up by a cozy fire. But stiff and sore joints can be a definite downside to the cooler months; plenty of people suffering from arthritis and osteoarthritis find that cold weather makes their condition worse. Barometric Pressure… Read more »

Five of the Worst Foods for Bone Health

With many health conditions, the foods you choose – or choose not – to eat, can play an important role in preventing or managing symptoms.  Whether you need to alter your diet to control your symptoms can somewhat depend on how great your risk is. Not everyone needs to eliminate the following foods known to… Read more »

Cold Weather Joint Pain Management

Fall is here and that means winter is on its way in much of the country.  According to recent research, these chilly temperatures can actually worsen any pre-existing pain in the joints and bones.  Joint pain management is crucial in colder temperatures. A study by researchers at Tufts University in Boston found evidence that the weather really can… Read more »

Bone Health Beyond Calcium

As we age, we lose bone. Getting the proper nutrients for strong, healthy bones is critical.  Calcium is a crucial building block of bone tissue.  Vitamin D helps the body absorb and process calcium.  The two nutrients work together to maintain bone health and strength. Other, lesser-known nutrients are also important in maintaining bone health. According to… Read more »