Susan’s Blog

Inflammaging:CAN IT CAUSE AGING?

IS INFLAMMAGING MAKING YOU AGE FASTER?

Introduction Ever heard of inflammaging?  It’s a new buzzword in the wellness world, and it’s popping up everywhere. But what exactly is it, and how…

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REGISTERED DIETITIAN WORKING WITH A CLIENT

THE BENEFITS OF WORKING WITH A REGISTERED DIETITIAN

Introduction If you’re looking for an effective way to improve your health, it might be time to consider working with a registered dietitian. A registered…

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is type 3 diabetes an autoimmune disease

IS TYPE 3 DIABETES AN AUTOIMMUNE DISEASE?

Type 3 diabetes, also known as Alzheimer’s disease-related diabetes, is a form of diabetes mellitus associated with Alzheimer’s disease. It is most seen in older…

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IS LONG COVID AN AUTOIMMUNE CONDITION?

We’ve all heard about “Long COVID,” but what is it?   “Long COVID” is a term used to describe the ongoing symptoms experienced by people who…

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autoimmune flare

COULD COVID-19 TRIGGER AN AUTOIMMUNE FLARE?

Covid – 19 is like a houseguest that’s overstayed his welcome – you know the old saying, houseguests and fish stink after 3 days? Well,…

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THE BENEFITS OF KEEPING A FOOD JOURNAL TO ACHIEVE YOUR HEALTH GOALS

Reaching your health goals isn’t just about changing what you eat and how much you exercise. It’s about understanding the connection between the two, and…

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dry January: cocktail

HOW TO HAVE A SUCCESSFUL DRY JANUARY

With the new year comes a chance to start fresh and make resolutions. One popular trend is dry January or abstaining from alcohol for the…

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WHAT FATS AND OILS SHOULD YOU AVOID WITH AUTOIMMUNE DISEASE

When it comes to autoimmune diseases, the food you eat can have a huge impact on your health. Fats and oils are essential components of…

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6 Healthy Snack Swaps you Need to Know About!

Snacking is a great way to get in those extra nutrients and energy throughout the day. But if you’re snacking on highly processed chips, protein…

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Better Nutrition for Better Sleep: 6 Nutrients you Need for Sleep!

If you’re a woman over 40, you know all too well how much getting quality sleep can affect your overall energy and mood. It is…

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How Can I Fix My Sleep Problems

Sleep is one of the best and least expensive ways to help ourselves recuperate after a day of work or play. Our bodies are like…

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Is Stevia Bad For Rheumatoid Arthritis?

You’ve probably heard a lot about stevia lately – it’s a natural, zero-calorie sweetener that’s become increasingly popular in recent years. This natural sweetener has…

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Does Manuka Honey Help Rheumatoid Arthritis?

Manuka honey has also been shown to improve wound healing. Wounds are often slow to heal in people with RA because of the poor circulation…

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Is Chicken Soup Good For Rheumatoid Arthritis?

Chicken soup has been touted as a remedy for everything from the common cold to a broken heart. But does it really help when you’re…

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Can Eating Spicy Food Help Reduce Rheumatoid Arthritis Pain?

When you think of spicy foods, chances are your first thought isn’t “healthy.” But the truth is, there are many health benefits to be gained…

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Is There A Connection Between Rheumatoid Arthritis And Depression?

According to the National Institute of Mental Health, major depressive disorder is one of the most common mental disorders in the United States. It affects…

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Holiday Hangover? – Hangover-free Holiday Prevention Tips And Hacks

The holidays are almost here and with that comes the dreaded holiday hangover! You like to enjoy a drink, two, and sometimes even a few…

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3 Most Common Myths About Protein

There are more myths about protein floating around than there are stars in the sky! We’ve always known that protein helps us get those big…

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Got a Cold – Try This Cold Fighting Latte Recipe

Cold got ya down? Well, this recipe is a tasty way to feel better when a cold’s got you feeling like you’ve been run over…

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The do’s and don’ts of Cold Prevention and Treatment

It's that time of year again -- yes, cold and flu season is once again upon us in all its glory! I'm so thrilled --…

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Is Eating a Rainbow Linked to Immuno Rejuvenation?

What can eating a Rainbow of fruits and vegetables do for you? Lead you to your pot of gold – the better health results you…

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RA Draining Your Vitality: Try These 7 Steps To Better Energy

Desperately seeking better energy? Out of desperation, many people grab vitality band-aids. That’s not bad, it just isn’t better for your long-term health or even…

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Find Your Magnesium and Stress Connection with this Recipe

Are you a chocolate lover but not so in love with all the fat and calories? Are you searching for a healthier way to get…

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Can Medicinal Mushrooms Reduce Inflammation?

Drinking mushrooms in your coffee or smoothie, adding them to your supplement routine to help fend off colds, support skin health, and improve sleep or…

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7 Easy Stress Reduction Tips

Over time, you may notice that certain activities address specific stresses better than others. Use this information to direct your future choices when you experience…

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long covid: is it an autoimmune condition

Can Stress Trigger a Rheumatoid Arthritis Flare?

Stressed much about rheumatoid arthritis? Stressed out about stress? It can feel downright challenging to hear all the news about how bad this is for…

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Worried About Your Toxic Cleaning Products?

Finding non-toxic or less toxic cleaning products is super important because we often not only touch them but inhale them as well! Many options on…

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Do Toxic Chemicals In Textiles Matter?

The body has a threshold and can only fight so many toxins before it becomes overloaded which can lead to inflammation and ultimately to chronic…

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12 Toxic Personal Care Products You Need To Know About

Today more than ever, you need to evaluate the products you choose to buy — from food, beverages, and supplements to personal care, cleaning products,…

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Can Better Food Prep Decrease Toxin Exposure?

Do you often do a lot of chopping with meats and vegetables? Though plastic cutting boards are rather convenient, they also get damaged a lot…

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Can Better Food Storage Decrease Inflammation?

The way you cook, the cookware you use, and the way you make your morning cup of joe can impact the number of toxins you’re…

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5 Steps to Better (and safer) Grilling

It’s June — can you believe it! Summer’s almost here and with summer comes more time outside and cooking on the grill. I know I…

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Adaptogens: Helping Your Body Adapt to Stress

With everything going on in the world today, we need help more than ever in managing all the stress in our lives — I know…

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Go Organic: What Is Most Important To Eat?

In honor of Earth Day, I’d like to go organic this week and discuss why eating this way is so important for your health and…

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Why Do You Need Trace Minerals?

Small but mighty, trace minerals play critical roles in our bodies. When it comes to building strong bones, healthy blood sugar levels, falling and staying…

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long covid: is it an autoimmune condition

Do You Need to Detox This Spring?

Did things get just a little messy this winter? Is your clock the only thing that sprung forward? Do you ever feel that things just…

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Am I Eating For Better Exercise?

Is there a connection between eating and exercising better? Hmmm… good question! With all the misinformation floating around on google, and social media, it’s kinda…

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What Impacts My Water Needs?

Your body is made up of approximately 60% water. Your body uses and loses it through most of its work – detoxification, lubrication, temperature regulation,…

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10 No-Fail Meal Planning Tips

Meal planning lets you be more creative which translates into better nutrition pit stops you enjoy better! There are so many things you can do…

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What Type Of Eater Are You?

When it comes to better health, what we eat and drink – and choose not to – matters, but so do our behaviors.

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Power Of Plants: 3 Ways Plants Fight Inflammation

We should all make plants the foundation, the base, the largest part of our diets because plant-based is healthier! Think about the power of plants—…

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Is There a Connection Between Poor Digestion and Chronic Inflammation?

You are not just what you eat — You are what you digest and absorb! Is there a connection between digestion and chronic inflammation...

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Plant Omega-3s Or Animal Omega-3s: Which is Better?

Fats help the body run better. They are made up of fatty acids, which help the body direct a healthy inflammatory response, and hormones, escort…

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Can Your Protein Choices Cause Inflammation?

It matters where you get your protein from. Remember, there aren’t foods that are just protein. Proteins may also provide fats (like meat or fish),…

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Do You Need A Sweet Taste Bud Reset?

If you are what you eat, are you super sweet? Do you crave sugar and have to have something sweet every single day? Are your…

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Can Meal Delivery Services Be Healthy?

Meal delivery services are everywhere these days and the options seem endless–Hello Fresh, Sunbasket, Blue Apron, Home Chef just to name a few.

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Can Chocolate Be Part Of A Healthy Lifestyle?

Bars, powders, nibs oh my! I admit it, I’m a chocoholic! So many choices, so little time! But seriously, can chocolate be part of a…

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Is Tuna Healthy? Top 5 Benefits You Should Know!

It’s versatile and you can prepare it in so many different ways. And like any food, it has its benefits as well as its not…

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Spirulina And Chlorella: Do Algae Have Health Benefits?

What’re algae? Is it the smelly green pond scum that makes you crinkle your nose and hold your breath when you walk past it? Is…

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Can Magnesium Help Me Fight Inflammation?

Is magnesium a super mineral? Maybe…Your body needs it for many enzymatic reactions. Every cell in your body needs it to function properly. It’s a…

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Is There A Connection Between Natural Sweeteners And Inflammation?

We’ve got a problem. We like it sweet – and many adults as well as most young kids, like it real sweet. But excess added…

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Is There a Connection Between Autoimmune Disease and Cancer

Autoimmune disease seems to be everywhere these days. Is our fast-paced lifestyle to blame or maybe all the toxic crap in the environment? Could it…

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The Best Foods To Feed Your Gut

The gut — can go by so many names — GI tract, microbiome, bowels, belly, innards, just to name a few. The digestive system is…

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Are Reishi Mushrooms Good For Sleep Problems?

Sleep –so easy for some but so elusive for others. Covid stress, work stress, and family stress are just a few headaches most of us…

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Try This Power Peach Smoothie Recipe

Peaches mean summer and sunshine to me. Long, slow days of seemingly endless heat and unrelenting humidity go hand in hand with a juicy slice…

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Can These 2 Mushrooms Fight Fatigue and Brain Fog?

Do you struggle with RA related fatigue and brain fog? Are you so tired when you wake up in the morning you hit the snooze…

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OMG, I just want to feel good again!

MG, I just want to feel better — is that too much to ask? I’m exhausted, tired, and overwhelmed. I need some relief! So tired…

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Immune Booster Supplements and Foods — Part II

Too much stress, too much junk food, too little sleep can all tip the scales and put your immune system out of balance.

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Immune Booster Supplements And Foods – Part I

We all know a healthy immune system is vital to your health, but where does it come from? The immune system is derived from your…

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5 Worst Foods for Arthritis

While there are many different types of arthritis, they all share 2 things in common – joint pain and inflammation!

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Turmeric – Top 4 Benefits for Rheumatoid Arthritis

Turmeric is one of the most researched plants in existence, but also one the most over-hyped. That said, let’s go over the basics. Curcumin is…

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Best Natural Remedies for Cold and Flu Prevention

Throw out the junk food — now is the time to eat healthy! What you put in your body can be the difference between staying…

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Dark Chocolate Coconut Almond Bites

Ever want a chocolate treat that’s quick and easy but not loaded with sugar? I wanted to share this dark chocolate recipe with you —…

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Top 9 Probiotic Foods To Decrease Inflammation

Probiotic foods — 50 years ago, who would have thought these tiny little organisms in food could have such an impact on how our body…

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My Thanksgiving Day Cranberry Whatever!

With Pilgrim Day just right around the corner, it’s time for the annual Turkey Day recipe frenzy. Personally, I prefer the sides to the actual…

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Rheumatoid Arthritis – Gut Microbiome Connection

Until recently, the various systems of the body were thought to function independently on their own with no connection whatsoever.

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Easy Salad Ideas for the Anti Inflammatory Diet

while not a disease in itself, it is the root cause of many chronic conditions, including rheumatoid arthritis.

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7 Best Essential Oils for Arthritis Symptom Relief

We all love the smell of essential oils –soothing lavender, invigorating orange, and healing turmeric to name a few. Most people have heard of using…

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Should I Take Hyaluronic Acid For Arthritis?

Arthritis is a pain — no pun intended! Living with a chronic disease is no small feat. It takes a lot of determination and willpower…

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The Menopause and Rheumatoid Arthritis Connection

Menopause — if you’re a woman and you make it to your “middle years” you’re going to experience it; Rheumatoid Arthritis — almost 3 times…

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Can CBD Oil Help With RA Symptom Relief?

CBD Oil or cannabidiol oil is one of more than 80 chemical cannabinoids found in the marijuana plant, Cannabis Sativa.

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Easy Peasy Bone Broth Recipe

Being a lazy person, one of my favorite things about making bone broth, is that it’s pretty easy to prepare and customize to your own…

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Bone Broth – Good or Bad?

I’ve never been an a big fan of the cold. I’ve always been a warm weather girl, but there are a few things about winter…

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RA and The Sexy Shoe Problem

I used to love high heels. Being vertically challenged, I’ve always longed to be tall and modelesque (is that a word?), so short of a…

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Recipe: Apple, Radish, & Brussels Sprouts Salad with Pomegranate, Blue Cheese Honey Dressing

I love turkey as much as the next person on Thanksgiving, however, it’s really the sides that are my thing.

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The RA Forecast — Rainy with a Chance of Pain and Stiffness

Do you ever feel like the weather is doing a number on your RA? I know I do – last week we had a temperature…

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Carrot and Ginger Soup with Pears

I came across this lovely recipe in the cookbook, Cooking with the Seasons at Rancho La Puerta, an awesome resort and spa in Mexico I…

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Ginger’s Top 3 Benefits

Ginger — It’s not just for cooking anymore. This ancient spice, commonly used for centuries in Chinese and Ayurvedic medicine, and a delicious addition to…

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Apple Spice Nut Muffins

One of my favorite things about fall is apples — they just seem to taste so much better this time of year. This is a…

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Salmon Roasted In Butter and Almonds

I wanted to share this salmon recipe from one of my favorite cookbooks, The Grain Brain Cookbook, by Dr. David Perlmutter. I have fixed this…

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Put Down the Salt Shaker — It May Be an RA Trigger!

Ever wonder if the salt in your diet is making your joints swell? Do you feel bloated and uncomfortable after eating that bag of chips?…

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Chocolate Coconut Power Protein Shake

This recipe is a favorite of mine when I have a chocolate craving but don’t want all the sugar in a regular chocolate milkshake. Hope…

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Meditation: Hurry Up and Relax

I took a “Mental Health Day” today from work and it was AWESOME! I know, I know that’s no surprise to anyone familiar with…

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Got Stress — 11 Ways to Help with Stress Relief

“Tension is who you think you should be. Relaxation is who you are.” ~ Chinese Proverb Stress seems to be everywhere in our lives…

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Turmeric Latte Recipe for a Healthy Kick

There’s nothing better when it’s sizzling outside than cooling off with an iced cold turmeric latte. Give this version with turmeric a try for a…

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