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Stay Active Year-Round

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Staying Active

Simple Tips Can Help Weekend Warriors, Boomers Maintain Active Lifestyle For weekend warriors and active boomers, staying healthy and fit as their bodies age can come at a cost. Not only is there wear and tear on joints and muscles, but bumps, falls and overexertion while working out or competing can also occur. “Weekend warriors and boomers are particularly more susceptible to injury because oftentimes they are not keeping themselves physically prepared for exertion,” says Anne Meyer, M.D., whose private practice in West Los Angeles focuses on sports rehabilitation medicine with integrative approaches to muscular-skeletal pain management. Dr. Meyer says simple stretching, as well as exercising at least three times a week, is an essential measure that can prevent the likelihood of injury. She adds that good nutrition is also key to reducing pain. “Eating healthy, such as incorporating fresh fruit and vegetables into your diet and relying less on pre-packaged food, allows the body to repair itself better by helping build new healthy tissues,” she says. “Tissues are continually being renewed. Sometimes what you remove from your diet is more important than what you add.” Her other tips for reducing pain include avoiding artificial sweeteners, drinking water more frequently to increase hydration, eating every four hours to optimize the metabolism, and avoiding acidic foods, such as citrus, if arthritis is present since it may exacerbate symptoms. In the event an injury does occur, Dr. Meyer recommends resting and minimizing physical activity, applying ice to the injured area, elevating the […]

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Arnicare Saves the Day

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Arnicare for Sports

Arnicare Gel is a Sports Mom’s Best Friend Today, youth sports, such as soccer, are more popular than ever, with an estimated 58 million children now participating in some type of organized sport. As children gear up for busy sports seasons, parents should keep in mind that along with the health benefits of regular exercise comes the increased risk of injuries to tender skin and growing bodies. “Even with the strictest of safety precautions, injuries due to bumps, falls and overexertion are a common occurrence for young athletes, especially those participating in sports such as football, soccer, field hockey and cross country,” says Brooke de Lench, youth sports expert and author of Home Team Advantage: The Critical Role of Mothers in Youth Team Sports (Harper Collins 2006). Injuries due to bumps, falls and overexertion are a common occurrence for active kids, forcing parents to chose from a variety of treatments to help reduce muscle aches, stiffness and bruises. De Lench recommends that every parent keep a well-stocked first aid kit handy for on-the-spot treatment of injuries, including Arnicare® topicals for pain and swelling. A homeopathic medicine made from the Mountain daisy, Arnicare provides natural relief. “You should thoroughly evaluate your children’s needs according to their sports and create your own portable first aid kit. Your kit should address not only wound management, but also pain and swelling,” she says. “I always recommend including Boiron’s Arnicare Gel to relieve muscle aches, stiffness and bruising that may occur from minor injuries, trauma […]

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All About Arnica

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Arnica montana

Five Things You Need to Know About Arnica Montana #1 • It has been around for centuries — Arnica montana is the Latin name for a perennial that grows 1 to 2 feet tall with bright, yellow daisy-like flowers that appear in July and August. It is found on the moist, grassy upland meadows in the hills and mountains of northern and central Europe and Siberia. It is also found sparsely in the northwestern United States. More common names for Arnica are Leopard’s bane, Mountain daisy and Mountain tobacco. St. Hildegard wrote about the healing properties of the Arnica montana plant in the 12th century. Since at least the 16th century, mountain people in the Alpine area have used it to relieve muscle aches and bruises. #2 • Popular among athletes, plastic surgeons — Arnica is one of the most popular homeopathic medicines worldwide to relieve minor injuries, overexertion or pain, and swelling and bruising from surgery. Many athletes use it to recover from sore and stiff muscles after strenuous workouts or competitions, and value its non-doping quality. Plastic surgeons recommend it to patients to help heal bruising and swelling associated with cosmetic procedures such as blepharoplasty (eyelid), rhinoplasty (nose), and botulinum toxin or filler injections. #3 • Safe to use for whole family — In homeopathic form, Arnica has a low risk of side effects and does not interact with other medications, helping people of all ages to recover quickly from muscle aches, stiffness and bruising no matter what […]

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