A Mediterranean Diet is Nutritious and Delicious!

Are you looking for a diet that is not only healthy but delicious as well? The Mediterranean diet is the way to go! It is primarily plant based, low fat and full of fiber. Plus, it includes lots of red wine!

Whole grains, fruits, vegetables, legumes and nuts are just a few of the things that make up a Mediterranean diet. These foods are packed with fiber, which can help lower cholesterol, blood sugar and blood pressure. They also supply the “good fat” known as omega-3. Omega-3 helps balance mood, lowers triglycerides, and improves hair, skin and nails. Red wine is also a key player in the Mediterranean diet, that is, if you are of age. Red wine is a potent vasodilator, which means it helps open up your blood vessels so that your blood can flow more easily throughout your body. This helps lower the chances of cardiovascular disease, which includes high blood pressure and heart failure. However, the best part of the diet is that it satiating and extremely delicious.

So, why not try the Mediterranean diet? You will be boosting your health as well as satisfying your taste buds. SInce it is mainly focused on natural ingredients, the dishes are barely ever processed, meaning they will retain their vitamins and fibrous content! Thanks for reading, this has been your dose of Vitamin Jas.

Joint Pain and Stiffness

Like almost everything else, there is a good side and a bad side to exercising. The good side is you look and feel better, the bad side is you may be wearing away the cartilage between your joints. The wear and tear of your joints may lead to something known as osteoarthritis, not to be confused with rheumatoid arthritis which is an autoimmune disorder that causes the body to “attack” its own joints, tissue and even organs. Osteoarthritis is a degenerative disorder that arises from repetitive motion and/or use of  the joints. However, there are remedies for this disorder that can slow down and even reverse the damage that may have occurred over time.

Low impact exercises such as yoga and swimming are less likely to wear away your cartilage, but what if you’re not a yoga or swimming kind of person? Running, walking, cycling and even weight lifting can all negatively affect your joints. Even your job can worsen your condition, such as in my case. I am a pharmacist, so opening and closing bottles all day, typing on the computer, and even writing  have all contributed to the pain I started feeling in my wrists. Many people like to turn to pain killers such as Aleve and Advil, but these pills can ruin the mucosal lining of your stomach. They can cause ulcers if you take them for long periods of time, which doesn’t really sound like a good trade for wrist pain.

Instead of just numbing the pain, why not try to rebuild the cartilage between your joints? There are supplements and topical gels that can help do exactly that, as well as reduce the inflammation around your joints to decrease the pain. MSM, glucosamine, and chondroitin are all oral supplements that help rebuild cartilage. Orthogel is topical gel that contains glucosamine and MSM, but also contains aloe vera to soothe inflammation as well. Arnica gel is another great topical treatment that helps alleviate pain and inflammation quickly, and as an added benefit, it also helps reduce the appearance of bruises. Biosil is an oral solution that contains choline and silica, which are collagen producing factors that help regenerate cartilage quickly and effectively.

Even if you do not feel any pain, but are very active and love to exercise, taking the above mentioned supplements can help prevent any problems in the future. Your cartilage is very important! It is the cushion between your bones, and without that cushion your bones can rub together. Try to imagine how painful that feels. Prevention is key because many elderly people suffer from arthritis, but by that age it is much harder to rebuild your joints than if you were to take action now. Thanks for reading, this has been your daily dose of Vitamin Jas.