The Joy of Giving a Gift of Health
A gift of health to friends and family with RA can improve their RA disease and have a lasting effect on their quality of life. Modern medicine has discovered that poor diet, no exercise, stress and a toxic environment are the causes of most chronic diseases like RA. Helping to improve RA for someone you care about can improve their life for years to come.
Below are some suggestions for gifts that can improve RA.
Disclosure: Some of the links below are affiliate links. This means that if you click on the link and purchase an item, it will not cost you more but I will receive a small commission.
Dr. Mark Hyman has written many New York Times best selling books on diets. One of my favorites is: The Blood Sugar Solution 10-Day Detox Diet. I went on his 10 Day Detox Diet two years ago and have remained on his maintenance diet. I lost 32 pounds in two months and have never gained a pound of that weight back! You can purchase his book from Amazon HERE (affiliate). It is a well, researched easy read and the maintenance diet is appropriate as an autoimmune diet. Cost: $6.77, $15.99 or $16.99 (depending on the format you purchase).
Dr. Hyman also wrote a recipe book for this diet: The Blood Sugar Solution Cookbook. This book contains lots of good recipes that have been vetted by him. They are all compliant with his diet. You can purchase this book HERE (affiliate). Cost: $12.99 or 21.29.
These books can provide those of us with RA a diet we can enjoy for life. As we all know, 80% of our immune system resides in our gut so our diet is extremely important to our overall health. They are truly a gift of health.
Another option for people on special diets is a Thrive Market membership. Thrive Market is a not-for-profit organization that sells gluten free, vegan, organic, non-GMO food and other healthy products at an affordable price. They deliver your purchases right to your door. No need to drive to your local health food store. The gift membership also helps support a free membership to qualified people who are unable to afford the membership fee. Thrive Market’s goal is to provide healthy, affordable products to everyone. I have saved a total of $340.82 under health food store prices this year. The cost of a one year membership is only $59.95. You can purchase a membership HERE (affiliate).
Exercise is extremely important to our overall health as well. My family teases me about my obsession with exercise. I always tell them that if I do not exercise “my joints will simply rust” :). The Arthritis Foundation, in consultation with Dr Paul Lam, has developed a Thai Chi DVD specifically for people with arthritis. Thai Chi is not as difficult as it looks and can reduce arthritis pain significantly. An added bonus is that Thai Chi is fun! The Arthritis Foundation sells these DVDs HERE ( not an affiliate) for $29.95.
Stress and Insomnia
Stress and insomnia go hand -in-hand. It is difficult to get a good night’s sleep when you are stressed. Many of us struggle with this problem. Lack of sleep and stress both exacerbate RA. I searched Amazon for a good CD that would reduce stress and help you get a good night’s sleep. This one got 5 stars so you might want to consider it as a gift for anyone under stress or suffering from insomnia. You can purchase it from Amazon HERE for $46.66. It is an 8 CD set that provides users with a choice of many nature sounds. Think what a good night’s sleep would mean to the health of someone with insomnia. This is truly a gift of health!
We live in a very toxic world today. Our immune systems get overwhelmed and confused by all the toxins they have to fight. We need to reduce the toxins in our environment as much as possible. Dr. Amy Myers goes into great detail about environmental toxins in her New York Times best selling book The Autoimmune Solution. She also provides great resources for finding safe products to replace the toxins we use for everything from makeup to cleaning products. I use this book as a reference regularly. You can get it at Amazon HERE (affiliate) for $9.65, $13.99 0r 17.06.$9.65, $13.99, or $17.06.
You will be giving the gift of health if you purchase any of these items for anyone with RA. Hope these suggestions make your shopping easier.
Happy, Healthy Holidays,