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Pain Free Naturally

For most of us when we were in our teens and early to mid 20’s pain wasn’t even in our vocabulary.  I remember having injuries, but didn’t complain of pain on a daily basis.  When I hit my 30’s and now in my 40’s it seems to be a daily event.  I say event because it is on my mind all day long and not just a fleeting thought.   And, as I get older I do more and more research to find ways to help manage my pain naturally.   I used to run to the Dr. every time something hurt and after trying many different prescribed meds for things, only to find that with every med that a Dr. prescribes comes many other issues I just decided that for me, for now, I want to help manage my pain med free.  I know this is not the case for every person or every condition, but for me it is my choice right now.

Being diagnosed (labeled) with Fibromyalgia in my early 30’s I really have struggled with many things.  I knew something was going on with my body, and because my Mom had Fibro I kinda figured I did as well as my symptoms were much like hers, but just didn’t want to face the truth.  Well, a Dr. confirmed it and then the course began of this drug and that drug and so on.  Now, I take no prescribed meds but do take many natural supplements.  One I really like is Curamin.  If you are not sure what that is check out this great article on Curamin.  I take this daily and have really started to notice that it is helping me, greatly.

There are many alternatives to ease your aches and pains, soothe your muscles and help speed healing without being a slave to a Dr. and prescribed meds.

Headaches ~ Try yoga, or laying for a few minutes with your eyes closed and picturing a pleasant image like a beach or ocean.  Breathing deeply and letting tension release from your head, neck, and shoulders.  Even a cool cloth with peppermint oil on it, or dabbing peppermint oil on your temples and base of your neck.

Relaxing in a hot tub or sauna can help stiff joints and muscle aches.  Don’t have either a hot tub or sauna?  Run a hot bath, add some epsom salt and light a candle.  Let the hot water relax you.

Massage is a great way to relax and relieve pain.  I get a massage as often as I can afford it.   I have found that I watch for local deals on massage.

Getting sleep is also a key point for anyone, especially if you suffer from pain.  Our bodies mend as we sleep and so when you don’t sleep you don’t give your body time to mend.  I know how hard a good nights sleep can be so I use things like a natural tea to relax, and also take Melatonin to help shut my brain off.

Exercise, even if it is 5 minutes a day.  There are so many things a person can do to get in a little exercise here and there thru the day.   Parking at the end of a shopping parking lot so you have to walk.  Taking the dog for a walk (good for you and them).  Doing jumping jacks during a commercial while watching TV.  Do some pushups and crunches before you hop in the shower in the morning.  Do lunges while walking thru the house.   Do some squats while talking on the phone, or brushing your teeth. ( I do that daily).  It is just a simple idea that can be the most effective.. just groove your body.  Turn the radio up and dance ;)

There are so many things we can do to ease our pain before we get to the point of masking our symptoms with prescribed meds.   Give these a try, and try the Curamin.  It is amazing!

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Luxury Therapeutics to Help Relieve Stress

Luxury Therapeutics to Help Relieve Stress

I would like to introduce you to the founders and co-owners of Luxury Therapeutics ~ Simple Relief for Life’s Stress.

Karen, being a long time fibromyalgia suffer has been using organic heat and cold therapy for years.  She is the creative one behind the wonderful line of therapeutic products that will help you relieve the stress in your body.

Debra, an interior designer by trade is the sales and marketing part of this team, as well as helping with fabric selections for the products.  Together these two women are here to bring an top notch, high quality product to you.

So, when life has you stressed I suggest you relax and wrap yourself in luxury.

I know for myself, also being a long time fibromyalgia sufferer that I carry all my tension and stress in my neck and shoulder areas.   Oh how I would love a massage every day to ease that knot I have, but this is reality and I know I cannot afford that nor have time for that.  But what I do have time for is sitting at my computer (like I am now) and working while I have a hot spa wrap or neck cozy wrapped around my neck and shoulders.  Combine the warmth and the smell and I feel like I am relaxing at a spa.   In fact, with it being the start of winter here my wrap and cozy came at the perfect time!  I am up early (3:30 am) most days to pack my hubby’s lunch and send him off to work.  Well, since we heat with wood the house is a touch chilly that early as the fire has started to die down. So, I pop my wrap in the microwave and wrap myself in warmth while I start my day at my desk.

Every wrap, cozy or eye pillow is filled with a mixture of grains and lavender and has a removable cover so you can wash it. You don’t wash the inside though.  But, if you need to you can remove the cover, pop in the washer and dryer and you are all good to go.
You can heat these in the microwave for a warm treatment, or pop the eye pillow in the freezer and relax those tired eyes with a cool eye pillow.  No matter hot or cold, you can’t go wrong with any of these.   Relax.. and enjoy.

Luxury Therapeutics offers a nice selection of spa wraps, neck cozy’s, and eye pillows.  They offer a Marbella Collection, Spa Girl Teen Collection, Optional Collection and Professional Operator Collection.  Beautiful fabric choices that offers the perfect product for you.

Me, I fell in love with the Spa Girl Teen Collection.  I am a big kid at heart!  My favorite color is PINK!  and so I love the pink, yellow, brown owls all over the fabric.

All products are made in the USA and shipped from Franklin, NC.
And, all products are made with a ton of love, which I feel every time I wrap my wrap around my neck.  Just like a warm hug.

Luxury Therapeutics would like to offer one of our readers the chance to win a  28″ Nite Owls Spa Wrap from the Spa Girl Teen Collection and matching “Soothing Eye Pillow”.
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Sleep Tips for Fibromyalgia Sufferers

Sleep Tips for Fibromyalgia Sufferers

Fibromyalgia causes many uncomfortable symptoms for sufferers. However, trouble sleeping is one of the most common complaints that a person with this condition may experience. If you have fibromyalgia, proper sleep is essential for providing the body with the strength it needs to manage pain, combat fatigue and recover from illnesses. Unfortunately, many people suffer from insomnia and pain that makes getting a full night’s sleep difficult. Luckily, there are some ways to make falling asleep and staying asleep easier. The following tips are provided in order to help anyone who suffers from fibromyalgia to begin taking control of their night time habits, and wake up feeling rested and restored each morning.

Create a Relaxing Sleep Environment
Many people underestimate the importance of a calm and peaceful sleep environment. For this reason, a person will want to make sure that they sleep in a darkened room that is free from excessive noise. It is also important to keep cool. Try installing a fan, or using a cooling blanket. Fibromyalgia suffers should invest in a quality mattress, such as a Serta, that is designed to support tender pressure points and reduce aches and pains.
Have a Regular Schedule
For many people living with fibromyalgia, it can be difficult to stick to a regular schedule as painful flare-ups can interfere with a person’s daily activities. However, it is important to at least include a regular bed time and wake time so that the body can begin to develop a proper sleep cycle. This can also help a person to avoid spending too much time in bed as this can also lead to trouble sleeping. By waking up early in the morning, a person will be able to ensure that they will be tired enough to fall asleep at night.

Keep a Sleep Diary
When a person with fibromyalgia keeps track of their sleep changes, then they may begin to identify patterns or habits that contribute to their problems falling asleep. For example, eating dinner too close to bed time may make it harder to fall asleep. After keeping a diary for a few weeks, then a person should look it over to identify ways that they can begin to make changes for a healthier bed time.

Practice Healthy Habits
Daily exercise has many health benefits important for anyone with fibromyalgia. Exercise works to keep you at a healthy weight and keeps muscles strong and flexible. It may also help you fall asleep at night. However, it is important to avoid exercise for at least three hours before bed. A morning or early afternoon workout can be ideal. People who suffer from fibromyalgia should also avoid alcohol, nicotine and caffeine as these are all stimulants that can contribute to a problem with falling asleep. Check with your doctor before you start any workout plan.

By implementing these few simple techniques, anyone with fibromyalgia will be able to regain control of their sleep habits, and hopefully have fewer flare ups. Use this tips for increased health and vigor each day.

New Nopalea Ultra

Do you or someone you know suffer from inflammation and its related health problems?

  • Muscles, joint and body inflammation – causing joint, muscle and body pain
  • Respiratory inflammation – causing allergies and breathing difficulties
  • Arterial inflammation – causing heart health problems
  • Digestive tract inflammation – causing bloating, cramps and burning
  • Widespread body cell inflammation – causing overall fatigue

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Runaway inflammation and free radicals (unstable molecules which are also damaging to cells) are often the result
of the body’s exposure to toxins, direct trauma, nutrient deficiencies and stress. A cell overwhelmed by
inflammation may be damaged beyond repair, causing the cell to prematurely die. Damaged, dead cells must be removed from
the body or they may become the focus of infection and illness.

Bioflavonoids have been scientifically proven to help the body:

  • Reduce inflammation
  • Detoxify
  • Achieve optimal cellular health

These changes may in turn help your body feel increasingly energized.

With life being busy and everyone struggling to eat the right foods to help with our aches and pains it is great
that Nopalea is easy to use.

Nopalea contains rare and potent antioxidants that are SCIENTIFICALLY PROVEN to help the body REDUCE INFLAMMATION

When you take Nopalea daily, it can help your body:
Reduce inflammation
Cleanse itself of daily toxins
Promote optimal health

Proven nutrients and rare antioxidants (Betalains) that have been scientifically proven to help the body.
This anti-inflammatory wellness drink obviously is doing what it says.

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Find Great Fibro Supplements at eVitamins

 

Fibro-DMG by Food Science of Vermont
Fibro-DMG™ is a fast acting advanced nutritional supplement that combines N,N-Dimethylglycine (DMG), Serratiopeptidase, Malic Acid, GABA, NADH, and Magnesium Malate.
These nutrients work synergistically to support proper mood balance, help the body cope with stress, fatigue, and reduce muscle discomfort, support immune system function and promote a better sleep.

Fibro-DMG is a great supplement for anyone suffering with Fibromyalgia.
My sister suffers worse than I do so I gave her this bottle to try.  So far she is happy and has experienced no bad side effects or anything that would make her not want to use this.  She said she has been sleeping better as well.

 No matter what type of supplement or vitamins you are looking for eVitamins had what you need.
Make sure you check them out and save yourself a trip to town, and money by shopping online with eVitamins.

Disclaimer ~ Living Smart Girl received product for review purpose.  All opinions and reviews are 100% Living Smart Girls.

Fibro Fog… Tired of Being Tired

It seems that no matter how much sleep I get I still suffer thru my day just wanting to lay down and nap.  But, if I lay down I know it won’t help me so I don’t.  And I also know if I lay down, then I will get nothing done on my full plate of things to do every day.

Do you or someone you know suffer daily with Fibro?
Here is a great informative article on WebMD about Fibro and Fatigue.

This has helped shed some light on my questions of why..

Persistent and chronic fatigue is one of the most common symptoms of fibromyalgia, second only to the deep muscle pain and body aches. But unlike normal fatigue, the feelings of fatigue, weakness, and exhaustion that come with fibromyalgia can often lead to unending social isolation, even depression.

What Is Fatigue With Fibromyalgia?

Fatigue with fibromyalgia is described as crippling, exhausting, and flu-like. You may experience fatigue on arising, even after hours of bed rest. And many people with fibromyalgia have disturbances in deep-level or restful sleep, so the fatigue they feel is not easy to treat.

The fatigue with fibromyalgia syndrome (FMS) often coincides with mood disturbances, anxiety, or depression. People with fibromyalgia may describe their sleep as unrefreshing or light. Some people with fibromyalgia have pain and achiness around the joints in the neck, shoulder, back, and hips. This makes it even more difficult to sleep and worsens their daytime feelings of sleepiness and fatigue.

Experts theorize that there are similarities between fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome, which is a condition primarily characterized by ongoing, debilitating fatigue. Often, people with fibromyalgia describe the fatigue they feel as “brain fatigue.” They report a total loss of energy and difficulty concentrating, a condition called “fibro fog.”

What Are the Other Symptoms of Fibromyalgia?

In addition to chronic fatigue, symptoms of fibromyalgia include:

  • abdominal pain
  • anxiety and depression
  • chronic headaches
  • dryness in mouth, nose, and eyes
  • hypersensitivity to cold and/or heat
  • inability to concentrate (called “fibro fog”)
  • incontinence
  • irritable bowel syndrome
  • numbness or tingling in the fingers and feet
  • painful menstrual cramps
  • painful trigger points
  • poor circulation in hands and feet (Raynaud’s phenomenon)
  • restless legs syndrome
  • stiffness

Fibromyalgia can cause signs and feelings similar to what people experience with osteoarthritis, bursitis, and tendinitis. But unlike the localized pain with bursitis or tendinitis, the feelings of pain and stiffness with fibromyalgia are widespread.

Do Daytime Naps Help Fatigue With Fibromyalgia?

On good days, the fatigue with fibromyalgia may be tolerable with daytime napping. However, on bad days, when fibromyalgia symptoms flare, dealing with fatigue is quite difficult for both individuals with fibromyalgia and their loved ones. Even multiple rest periods throughout the day fail to provide relief from the chronic achiness, fatigue, and exhaustion.

How Can I Get Help With Fibromyalgia Fatigue?

Coping with the symptoms of fibromyalgia is difficult at best. And managing the chronic fatigue of fibromyalgia takes great effort and planning. You may feel like others don’t believe you when you are forced to cancel family gatherings or luncheons with friends because of the chronic fatigue with fibromyalgia. That’s why planning your schedule without making too many commitments may be helpful, especially when fibromyalgia symptoms flare.

Most fibromyalgia experts recommend talking to others about your specific fibromyalgia symptoms. Then, they will know your fibromyalgia is real — not something you’ve made up in your head. In fact, asking for help from your family, friends, employer, or coworkers is important. When you have help, you are better able to make it through the day, even with the limited energy you feel.

What Does Stress Have to Do With Fibromyalgia and Fatigue?

Reducing stress may give you a sense of control with fibromyalgia. Some experts believe that when people with fibromyalgia reduce their level of stress, they also experience a reduction in fatigue and anxiety. In addition, their sleep becomes more restful.

Can I Continue to Work With Fibromyalgia and Fatigue?

People with fibromyalgia who are able to work outside the home say they experience great stress on the job. Some say they fear they may be let go and be replaced by healthier, more qualified workers. Others are concerned because they are not able to perform the way they used to. Employers also report concern over the output of chronically ill patients. They cite reduced productivity, increased absenteeism, poor work quality, and increased workplace accidents. But if you stay mentally and physically able to handle your job responsibilities, you can continue to be a productive employee, even with fibromyalgia and fatigue.

Symptoms of fibromyalgia may wax and wane over time. You may, however, continue to experience muscle pain and fatigue. That doesn’t mean there is nothing you can do. Here are actions you can take to help keep fatigue at bay:

  • If your employer will allow it, put a cot in your office or workroom. Then allow yourself to take rest periods throughout the day, especially when symptoms flare and you are fatigued.
  • Try to allow more time during the day to complete your responsibilities.
  • Budget your time carefully to avoid procrastinating. Procrastination can increase your stress level when deadlines come around.
  • Make daily “To Do” lists to remind yourself of the responsibilities you need to complete.
  • Limit outside commitments on work days.
  • Ask for help from coworkers when pain and fatigue are overwhelming. Pay them back with your assistance on days you feel better.
  • Take periodic breaks to avoid getting overly tired or stressed during busy workdays.
  • Listen to music during your workday to help keep your stress levels minimal.
  • Talk to your doctor about medications for fibromyalgia that may help improve sleep and ease fatigue.

 

Fibromyalgia Pain

Whether you are experiencing painful tender points, deep muscle pain, chronic headaches, unending back pain, or neck pain, you know how fibromyalgia feels. People with fibromyalgia experience pain in ways no one else can really understand.

But what is pain? What causes it? Is fibromyalgia pain acute (short term) or chronic (long term)? And what impact does fibromyalgia pain have on every part of your life?

What Is Pain?

Pain is an uncomfortable feeling in your body that warns you something is wrong. While this feeling is the body’s way of alerting your brain that there is a problem, after it goes on for weeks or even months, pain becomes a part of your very existence. At that point, not only is pain a symptom that something is wrong, but pain becomes the disease itself.

What Is Fibromyalgia-Related Pain?

Fibromyalgia-related pain is pain that causes you to ache all over. You may have painful “trigger points,” places on your body that hurt no matter what medication you take. Your muscles may feel like they have been overworked or pulled even though you haven’t exercised. Sometimes, your muscles will twitch. Other times they will burn or ache with deep stabbing pain. Some patients with fibromyalgia have pain and achiness around the joints in their neck, shoulders, back, and hips. This kind of pain makes it difficult to sleep or exercise.

How Does the Brain Perceive Pain?

There are roughly 20 different kids of nerve endings in your skin that tell you if something is hot, cold, or painful. These nerve endings convert mechanical, thermal, or chemical energy into electrical signals that convey information to the brain and spinal cord — also known as the central nervous system or CNS. These signals travel to areas of your CNS where you perceive the stimuli as the painful sensations you actually feel — sensations such as searing, burning, pounding, or throbbing.

Research suggests that the pain associated with fibromyalgia is caused by a “glitch” in the way the body processes pain. This glitch results in a hypersensitivity to stimuli that normally are not painful. According to the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMS), research has shown that people with fibromyalgia have reduced blood flow to parts of the brain that normally help the body deal with pain.

Is Fibromyalgia Pain Acute or Chronic?

Acute pain comes on suddenly and can be severe. For instance, think about how suddenly your back can ache after you’ve bent down to lift a heavy package or a child. Yet, in more than 80% of cases, acute pain goes away in about two weeks. It runs its course and disappears as the problem is relieved. If your pain from a strained muscle lasts only a few days or weeks, it is considered acute.

Chronic pain is pain that lasts much longer than someone would normally expect based on the original problem or injury. When pain becomes chronic, our bodies react in several ways. Chronic pain may be associated with abnormalities in brain hormones, low energy, mood disorders, muscle pain, and impaired mental and physical performance. As neurochemical changes in your body increase your sensitivity to pain, the chronic pain worsens. You begin to have pain in other parts of the body that do not normally hurt.

What Are Fibromyalgia’s Tender Points?

Tender points are localized areas of tenderness around joints — not the joints themselves — that hurt when pressed. Tender points are not areas of deep pain. Instead, they are superficial areas seemingly under the surface of the skin, such as over the elbow or shoulder. A correct diagnosis of fibromyalgia is based on a person having 11 or more out of a possible 18 tender points.

How Does the Chronic Pain of Fibromyalgia Impact Lives?

Fibromyalgia’s chronic pain seems unending. The ongoing headaches, neck pain, aching joints, and painful tender points prevent sleep, causing you to awaken frequently at night. The chronic sleep disorder of fibromyalgia results in increased achiness, morning stiffness, and daytime fatigue. While you want to exercise and be active, you may suffer with foot pain, hip pain, knee pain, or other painful joints. All of these make it next to impossible to exercise with friends or to play with your kids or grandkids.

The constant pain causes more irritation and difficulty dealing with others, including family members, friends, and people at work. For women with fibromyalgia who must take care of family members and work full-time, coping with pain is a challenge. If there is undiagnosed pain and no effective treatment or medication for the fibromyalgia, the overwhelming feelings can lead to irritability, exhaustion, anxiety, social isolation, and depression.

How Can I Get Relief for Undiagnosed Fibromyalgia Pain?

Talk to your doctor about your symptoms of fibromyalgia, including the body aches, aching joints, painful tender points, and fatigue. With a multifaceted program of effective drugs, alternative therapies, psychotherapy, and mind/body remedies, you should be able to find good relief of symptoms and reclaim your active life again.

From WEB MD

Fibro ~ 12 Tips to Cope

If you have fibro or know of someone who does… read on ~

12 Tips for Coping With Fibromyalgia

De-Stress

Stress may trigger fibromyalgia symptoms. Minimizing stress can improve your quality of life. Some proven stress busters are yoga, exercise, sleep, and meditation. Breathing deeply and exhaling slowly can also help. Or keep in mind activities that you enjoy or that make you feel better. When stress strikes, do one or two of them.

Jot It Down

If “fibro fog” is hurting your focus or memory, keep a pen and paper handy. Make to-do and even “to say” lists — to help you remember topics you want to talk to your spouse or family about. Keep shopping lists, friends’ names, and important phone numbers and addresses in a notebook that you carry with you.

Exercise Regularly

Regular, low-intensity exercise, such as walking or warm-water exercise, is one of the best treatments for fibromyalgia. It helps decrease pain and stiffness, reduce stress, and may increase your sense of control over your fibromyalgia. You may also sleep better. Talk to your doctor or a physical therapist about a good exercise program for you.

Do Some Serious Soaking

Soaking in a warm bath or hot tub can relax tense muscles, reduce pain, and help you move more easily. If it’s difficult for you to get in and out of the tub, try a sauna or put a stool in the shower so you can sit and let the water do its work. Moist heat may increase endorphins, which block pain signals, and help you sleep more soundly.

Reach for Decaf

Caffeine may compound stress, both physically and psychologically. It stimulates the heart and central nervous system, and can increase nervousness, anxiety, and insomnia. So decaffeinate to de-stress. For better sleep at night avoid caffeine from the late afternoon on. Watch out for caffeine in chocolate, coffee, and some soft drinks and teas.

Take Some “Me Time” Every Day

Fibromyalgia can pose unique health challenges and make life complicated. So make time for yourself every day as a part of your treatment. Lose yourself in a hobby, put on some music, rest — whatever makes you feel good. It may bring more balance to your life, help you fight stress, and boost your energy for the things you need to do.

Make Work Life Better

Is work leaving you exhausted and in pain? Design a flexible plan that works for you and your boss. Ask about working from home part-time, or setting your hours for earlier or later in the day so you can be more productive. At the office, rearrange your workspace for comfort and easy accessibility. A telephone headset, keyboard tray, or other products may help put less stress on your body.

Say Good Morning with These Stretches

7 Stretches That Will Take You from Tired to Bright-Eyed

Instead of repeatedly hitting that snooze button, roll out of bed and do these easy yoga moves – they’re a great stretching workout for women

Why is it that we torture ourselves by hitting “snooze” multiple times every, single, day?

Does it really make us feel more awake after we get those measly 10 additional minutes of sleep? And are we actually even sleeping quality sleep when we know that darn beep, beep, beep … is going to go off at any second? We think no.

That’s why we’re here to suggest a new approach. Why not take these 10 precious minutes and do something more productive with them, something like a quick, easy yoga routine — a perfect stretching workout for women — that will help you look and feel great every day.

We sat down with Kimberly Fowler, owner of YAS Fitness Centers and author of “The No Om Zone” and asked her to create a mini yoga series that would help wake you up, put pep in your step and sharpen your mind. This combination of moves will get your body going by working out kinks, getting your blood flowing and it’ll give you precious time for yourself — to help you set your intentions for the day.

The best part is, you don’t need a mat, snazzy workout clothes or anything. Just you, the floor and these poses that you’ll aim to hold for 45 seconds to one minute each.

So are you ready to try this — tomorrow? We are. It’s sure to be much less annoying to our partners who may not have the same affinity for that darn snooze button.

See the yoga stretching moves that’ll kick off your day — now. By Kristen Oldham Giordani 

Breathe

Get your mind going and blood flowing by taking a few quality breaths.

• Sit on the floor in a comfortable crossed leg position.

• Take a deep breath in through your nose — hold it for a few moments and breathe out through your mouth.

• Do this three times.

Neck rolls

Warm up your neck (an area that’s often stiff in the morning) and get your brain going by doing a few neck circles.

• Still sitting in a crossed leg position, roll your neck slowly one direction a few times.

• Reverse directions and do a few more neck rolls.

Mountain pose

Start to wake up a bit more and center yourself with this pose.

• Stand up straight with your hips tucked underneath you, feet together.

• Let your arms hang at your sides.

• Spread out your toes and feel the floor beneath you with all four corners of your feet.

Bonus stretch: Reach your arms above your head and stretch one arm toward the ceiling and repeat with the other arm.

Downward dog

Warm up and stretch your shoulders with this pose.

• Start on your hands and knees. Hands should be shoulder-distance apart with palms flat on the floor.

• Bend your knees, engage your abs, and pull yourself back into what looks like an inverted V. Feet should be shoulder-distance apart.

• Try to reach your heels to the floor and your butt up toward the ceiling.

• Relax your neck.

 

Seated forward bend

Warm up and stretch your lower back gently with this pose.

• From Downward Dog, come back down to your hands and knees and sit back onto your bottom.

• Stretch your legs out in front of you.

• Hinge forward from your hips reaching for your calves or toes. Bend your knees slightly — it is morning and you’re likely a bit tight.

• Release your neck so your head hangs.

Easy spinal twist

Release your lower back (another area that’s often tight in the morning) with this pose.

• Lay flat on your back, bring both knees into your chest.

• Hold your left knee into your chest leaving your right leg straight on the floor.

• Take a deep breath and bring your bent knee across your body toward the opposite side of the mat. Keep your shoulder blades on the floor.

• Look over your left shoulder.

• Hold for 45 seconds.

• Bring both knees into your chest and repeat on the opposite side.

Set your intention and close with child’s pose

Before you do your final stretch, take a few moments to think positively about your day ahead.

• Sit with your legs crossed, eyes closed and think about what you want to accomplish today. “I wake up every morning and do my empowering questions,” says Fowler. “I ask myself questions … [like] what do I need to get done, … what is my goal? Every day I can be distracted but I need to remind myself of [this],” she says. She’s been doing this for 18 plus years, so we’ll take her word on it when she says it truly works.

• To get into your final pose, kneel on the floor with your knees together and sit back on your heels.

• Bend forward resting your upper body on your thighs.

• Bring your arms alongside your body.

• Let your forehead rest on the floor.

• Hold for 45 seconds.

I love Yoga and being that I have Fibromyalgia I use Yoga moves to help heal my body when I am in pain.  Not that it takes away my pain, but it does lessen it.  Stretching the body brings oxygen into the muscles and relaxes them.  Breathing also helps move good vibes thru your mind and body :)  Enjoy :)

Living With Chronic Illness ~ Tips

Living with a chronic illness is never easy. It is painful and tasking, both physically and emotionally. For those who struggle with fibromyalgia or cancer, recovery and coping can be trying. But with the right kind of diet, you can boost your immune system, speed your recovery, and maintain a balanced and tasty dietary lifestyle. Be sure to try peaches, soursop, and prunes.

Peaches

Peaches, members of the rose family, are a great source of potassium. Potassium helps our bodies to achieve balances in electrolyte and fluid levels. It increases our metabolisms and improves healthy muscle contraction and nerve signaling, possibly offering relief to fibromyalgia patients. Peaches help to fight cancer through their high levels of vitamin A and C. They are full of beta carotene, an antioxidant that can also lower blood pressure, reduce the risk of heart disease and cancer, and improve the look of skin.

Soursop

Also known as the gaviola or the Guaynabo, the soursop may be capable of attacking and eliminating cancer cells. High in fructose, potassium, fiber, and vitamins C, B1, and B2, soursop is delicious in smoothies and of course, as a natural fruit source. According to studies performed by the American Cancer Institute, those suffering from pancreatic cancer, colon cancer, neoplasm, and mesothelioma symptoms have seen cancer cells disappear without the negative side effects of traditional treatment of chemotherapy.

Prunes

Prunes may be one of the best sources for beta carotene antioxidants. These antioxidants function by neutralizing cell’s free radicals. Free radicals, or oxidants, are responsible for oxidation in the cells. This is a process similar to the rusting of metal, and causes heart disease, cancer, and many other ailments. The antioxidants in prunes balance free radicals, thus preventing or lessening the risk and effects of cancer and other illnesses.

Keep in mind that a fruity diet should never supersede your doctor’s orders and recommendations. Speak with your doctor about adding the right fruits to your diet. Fibromyalgia and cancer don’t have to hold you down forever. If you keep healthy fruits like prunes, soursop, and peaches nearby, you may be even closer to success than you thought.

Article Written by Krista Peterson