Hooray! You got a solid 8 hours of sleep last night. But then why did you wake up this morning feeling like roadkill? Facing the day refreshed isn’t as simple as logging those elusive 7 to 8 hours in dreamland. We’ve got six surprising reasons you’re not feeling your best—and simple fixes. You read your Kindle before bed. People who read before bed using an iPad or similar device find it harder to wake up bright-eyed and bushy-tailed than those who curl up with a printed book, according to a recent Harvard study. The reason? The blue light emitted from […]
Arthritis is amongst the most prevalent ailments today, affecting literally millions around the globe. There are actually over a hundred kinds of arthritis, with the common signs and symptoms of joint pain and inflammation. This causes great discomfort, and often those with arthritis experience it to a degree that it can take over their lives. For this reason, people with arthritis often try to find remedies that will provide effective, long-term relief, in order to enjoy life as normally as possible. Arthritis apple cider vinegar treatments are one of many methods people consider. It’s been in use for many centuries, […]
At Charlotte’s Book, we’re serious about our supplements: you are what you eat, after all. We were surprised to see this recent New York Times video portraying a fish oil market where oxidation causes the quality of fish oil to deteriorate—apparently, New Zealand has a particular problem with sub-par product, with 83% of fish oils on the market below standard. We decided to check in with two Charlotte’s Book experts—Daniela Turley, MCPP, AHG, a medical herbalist, and Dr. Frank Lipman, who specializes in integrative medicine—and asked them both three questions about fish oil. Their answers here.   1. The Basics: […]
You don’t need a step monitor to tell you that you’re on your feet quite a bit. You know they take a significant beating every day. Yet, we are quick to forget the importance of our feet. Besides the occasional massage or pedicure, we often ignore one of the most crucial parts of the human body. It is time to change that! Start your New Year off right by heeding the advice of podiatrists and start to be conscious of your feet.   Smelly Feet? Don’t be embarrassed by the scent of your feet. They can spend the whole pounding […]
Traditional holiday mistletoe has a relative that packs more than just a big smooch. Studies indicate that the European mistletoe may actually be a viable cancer fighter. As a common plant in Great Britain, mainland Europe and even Western Asia, the twigs and leaves have been used for centuries as an herbal remedy for common ailments in the body. However, the real potential lies in what’s inside the plant. The extract from the semiparasitic plant has been used in multiple studies. Findings concluded that the extract has shown the ability to kill cancer cells. However, studies have not yet proven […]
The health benefits from tea start with the prominence of antioxidants, called flavonoids. Tea is the perfect source for epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG) which is the strongest of flavonoids. EGCD has been shown to fight harmful free radicals in your body that can potentially lead to heart disease, cancer and other life-threatening complications. But there are also a great number of teas that can help you treat less serious, yet more common health problems. Let’s go over 4 ailments that can tea can start helping you with today.   1. Common Allergies – peppermint, green, nettle teas Tea has been proven […]
The lingering effects from day-to-day physical activity can be debilitating. Soreness and pain can vary in intensity and are caused by a multitude of sources. Whether you are a runner, weight lifter, or casual exerciser you are sure to experience some type of pain from your efforts. This is mainly due to inflammation in your joints and muscles. Additionally, strenuous exercise will release proinflammatory cytokines that will work to suppress your immune system. This doesn’t mean you should stop your physical activity. Thankfully, there is a natural way to combat bad cytokines, inflammation and general pain. The answer lies in […]
It’s that time of year again! The leaves are changing and cold is in the air. I’m not just talking temperature, but disease. Unfortunately, along with apple picking and football comes an increased chance of catching a cold. Everyone is well aware of how annoying a cold can be and it’s not always easy to shake-them-off. Let’s go over some at-home remedies to battle these symptoms this fall. The best defense is a great offense. By making smart lifestyle choices you can greatly increase your chances of avoiding getting sick in the first place! To bolster your health levels, be […]
Do you have a painful ankle or elbow that you simply think “acts up” from time to time? Or do you have other pain that you’ve been chalking up to “normal soreness”? The truth is, you may be ignoring signs of something much more serious, like Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA). Unfortunately RA signs are often ignored only because people are unaware of what to look for. Let’s take a look at 8 different Rheumatoid Arthritis signs to watch out for.   1. Injuries That Won’t Heal It is common for athletes and active people to shrug off and minimize their injuries. […]
As we get older most of us will suffer from arthritis to varying degrees. Arthritis cannot be stopped but it can be slowed. Here are some easy tips to slow the progression if arthritis. To an extent, we all experience some degree of osteoarthritis as we get older as our joint cartilage wears down from age and use. But, some people have a lot of osteoarthritis at a relatively early age and others have very little at an advanced age. The goal with arthritis, as with other aspects of aging, is to slow the development. This is best begun early […]
If you or someone you know is suffering from gout, you know how painful this can be. Finding ways to alleviate the pain and methods to control the onset of future bouts of gout can be a difficult task. It has been proven time and again that a person can control gout with diet. There are certain foods that will increase the chances of having an onset of painful gout, knowing what to eat and what to avoid can prove to be beneficial.   Quote of the Week: “Life has no limitations except the ones you make.” - Les Brown 8 […]
A shooting pain in the knee. A burning sensation in the hand. Before you know it, you have rheumatoid arthritis.Rheumatoid arthritis is a chronic inflammation of the joints. Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disease in which the immune system attacks normal tissues as if they were invading antibodies. Rheumatoid arthritis also causes inflammation of the tissues around the joints and other organs of the body. The hands and feet are the most affected areas of rheumatoid arthritis although it can also affect any joint lined by a membrane. Rheumatoid arthritis is referred to as a systemic illness and sometimes called […]
  Knee arthritis can also be called osteoarthritis. Osteoarthritis is essentially the wearing down of the cartilage surrounding the knee which occurs simply as people age. Another common form of knee arthritis is Rheumatoid Arthritis, which results in swelling within the joint and damage to the cartilage. Not only do these forms of knee arthritis affect the joints and cartilage, they can also have a serious impact on the surrounding ligaments, muscles and tendons. Quote of the Week: “Healthy citizens are the greatest asset any country can have.” - Winston S. Churchill   Osteoarthritis is often the result of increased […]
Can a natural substance sometimes labeled as “poison” help 80% of all arthritis pain? A double blind clinical study proved that it can. Yet this trace mineral is not well known to the public. The story of boron has some intrigue. Read on to find out about the discovery of  this little-known mineral, and how it just might be the answer to your arthritis pain. Quote of the Week: “Trouble has no necessary connection with discouragement. Discouragement has a germ of its own, as different from trouble as arthritis is different from a stiff joint.” - F. Scott Fitzgerald Boron Depletion […]
“We all have moments in life when our world turns upside down. For me, it was the onset of rheumatoid arthritis in 2012. The conventional medical treatment frightened me as much as the disease, so I sought another option.” This is the story of Eileen Laird’s powerful journey to health. She describes it as going from “a life of excruciating pain and disability” to “using food as medicine to reverse rheumatoid arthritis.” Read on to learn how Eileen changed her diet and her life, and see if her solutions can be life-changing for you as well.   Quote of the […]
Did a few extra pounds slip on during the holiday season? You’re not alone. That’s why January is traditionally weight loss month, because everyone wants to lose the weight gained over the holidays. When you have arthritis, losing excess weight is particularly important because it reduces stress on your joints.Read on for 20 quick and easy ways to lose a few pounds without too much effort.   Quote of the Week: “No matter who you are, no matter what you do, you absolutely, positively do have the power to change.” - Bill Phillips   20 Quick & Easy Weight Loss […]
For millions of people who suffer from arthritis, most turn to artificial pain relievers. Reliable pain relief is a vital concern. The agonizing feeling of simply walking up the stairs is discouraging and can drive patients to be depressed. If a person cannot function properly, the body is not balanced and often they become victims of their pain driving them to seek alternatives. Because of the increasing cost of medicine, arthritis patients have started to seek arthritis home remedies. And perhaps you should too. But before discontinuing prescription medication, consult a physician first. There are many natural options that may aid in […]
Life holds so many possibilities, including exploring the world. Whether your dream is to go on safari to Africa, relax on a tropical beach, or visit a bustling metropolis, you won’t want to miss out because of joint pain. But if you have arthritis, you’ll need extra preparation to avoid flare-ups when you  deal with holiday crowds, lineups, long walks in airports, and accommodations. Here are 12 tips to help you organize a pain-free, enjoyable and memorable holiday. 12 Tips for Arthritis Care on Vacation 1. Work with a specialized travel agent: If you suffer from arthritis, a specialized travel […]
You may never think of activities such as getting out of bed, getting dressed, or cooking a meal, as a challenge. But if you or anyone close to you suffers from arthritis, these daily activities can be very painful. Holiday time is a time for giving, so why not give your loved ones, or yourself, some tools and items that make life easier, better and more joyful? Here are 18 holiday gift ideas to ease joint pain and bring a smile to a loved one’s face. 1. When typing is painful, try speaking instead. Dragon Naturally Speaking voice recognition software […]
Can arthritis begin where you least expect it, in your mouth? You may never have connected arthritis pain in your hands, knees or feet to gum disease or toxic teeth, but new evidence shows that bacteria in your mouth may be linked to arthritis. Read on to find out how your teeth are connected to your hip joint, and every other part of your body. Does Arthritis Begin in the Mouth? A growing body of research is confirming that the bacteria in your mouth can actually move, or “translocate” to other areas of your body. In Arthritis Linked to Gingivitis Bacteria, […]