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Sleep, are you getting enough? Part 1

Sleep, are you getting enough? Part 1

Written by Allie Might, FMC, INHC, ATT The subject of sleep always seems to be on everyone’s minds, and with our busy day-to-day lives, it’s no wonder this is such a hot topic. We all know that we need sleep and that it’s important, but 

Combating an Overactive Bladder, Invite Health Podcast, Episode 617

Combating an Overactive Bladder, Invite Health Podcast, Episode 617

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Joint Anatomy: Intro to Joint Health

Joint Anatomy: Intro to Joint Health

Written by: Claire Arcidiacono, ND

For further questions or concerns email me at carcidiacono@invitehealth.com†

Understanding the anatomy of joints is the key to understanding joint health. To start with joints can be described as movable or fixed. Fixed joints are those that don’t move. These include the joints in the skull. This series will be focusing on mobile joints and so we will concentrate on the anatomy of these types of joints. Freely moving joints allow us to do exactly that – move. Everything from walking to picking up a spoon and eating soup involves these joints. But not all movable joints are the same. There are 6 types of movable joints.†

The first type is called a ball and socket joint. This type of joint is exactly what it sounds like. The rounded head of one bone sits in the cup of another bone. With this type of joint there is motion in all directions. An example of this type of joint is the hip joint. Another example is the shoulder joint. (1). As you can see in the picture of the hip joint there is a round part of one bone (femoral head) that “spins” in the bowl part of the second bone (hip socket).(2)†

The next type of joint is called a condyloid joint. This joint allows motion that is without rotation such as in the jaw or in your fingers. (1) Please see the picture for an example of this joint and compare how the motion in this type of joint compares to the type of movement you are able to do with your hip.(3)†

A gliding joint is a joint that has limited motion such as in the wrists. In this joint one smooth surface slips over the other. (1) As you can see in the above picture this joint is very important for tasks that need our wrists to be flexible. (3)†

A hinge joint is probably what most people think of when they think of joints. In this type of joint, the 2 bones open and close in only 1 direction like the hinges on a door. The knee and elbows are the best examples of this type of joint. (1) Even though there is an example of a hinge joint in my last photo I wanted to post a picture of a knee joint since it is one of the most well-known examples of this type of joint and it is very easy to bend the knee and demonstrate the type of motion it is able to perform. (4)†

A pivot joint is a joint where one bone swivels around a ring made by another joint. This is the type of joint seen in the neck between the first and second vertebrae. (1) Please see the picture for a better understanding of this type of joint. (5)†

The last type of joint is the saddle joint. While this type of joint allows back and forth and side to side motions it does not allow any rotation. An example of this type of joint is our very important thumb joint! (1) I’ve copied the earlier picture of the hand so you don’t have to scowl up to see it 🙂 (3)†

Now before I breakdown the individual joint components I just want to explain the different types of movements I just mentioned. Feel free to experiment by moving the joints I mention yourself! Some types of joint movements are easy to understand. For example there are joints that simply increase or decrease the angel between 2 bones. This is what occurs when you bend or extend your knee. Another type of joint motion that is rather self-explanatory is those joints that allow a rotation or circular motion such as in the shoulder. An example of a more complex type motion is in the cervical vertebrae which allow rotation without moving the bones. Lastly there are joints which include the wrist and ankle where the motion is carried out by sliding one broad and flat surface across another. (1)†

While joints are made up of bones there are also support structures that allow our joints to work properly. The most well-known part of the joints is the cartilage. This is what covers the bones and decreases the friction when a joint moves. Related to this structure is the meniscus which is a curved part of the cartilage in the knees and other joints. The synovial membrane lines the inside of the joint and seals the capsule. It also produces a clear sticky fluid called synovial fluid which acts to lubricate the joint. Both ligaments and tendons are a type of connective tissue that is used to attach one part of the joint to another. The ligaments attach one bone to another and the tendons attach a muscle to a bone. Lastly a bursa is a fluid filled sac that helps to cushion the friction in the joint. (6) Please see the attached picture. (7)†

All of these parts come together to help a joint work properly. Next week we will get into detail what types of testing a doctor will do when you have any sort of joint concerns.†

For further questions or concerns email me at carcidiacono@invitehealth.com†

 

REFERENCES

  1. https://www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au/health/conditionsandtreatments/joints
  2. https://www.daviddarling.info/encyclopedia/B/ball-and-socket_joint.html
  3. https://socratic.org/questions/what-type-of-joint-is-the-thumb-1
  4. https://www.knee-pain-explained.com/kneebones.html
  5. https://www.toppr.com/ask/question/the-pivot-joint-between-atlas-and-axis-is-a-type/
  6. https://www.urmc.rochester.edu/encyclopedia/content.aspx?contenttypeid=85&contentid=P00044
  7. https://pdhpe.net/the-body-in-motion/how-do-the-musculoskeletal-and-cardiorespiratory-systems-of-the-body-influence-and-respond-to-movement/skeletal-system/structure-function-synovial-joints/
Lowering the risk of Cardiac Arrest, Part 2, Invite Health Podcast, Episode 616

Lowering the risk of Cardiac Arrest, Part 2, Invite Health Podcast, Episode 616

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Basic Tips for Optimal Kidney Health, Invite Health Podcast, Episode 615

Basic Tips for Optimal Kidney Health, Invite Health Podcast, Episode 615

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Summary on Blood Sugar

Summary on Blood Sugar

 

Written by: Dr. Claire Arcidiacono, ND

For further questions or concerns email me at carcidiacono@invitehealth.com

Blood sugar concerns can range from pre-diabetes to full blown diabetes. Even those with healthy blood sugar may want to monitor their blood sugar if they have a family history of blood sugar concerns. Knowing where to start when it comes to working with blood sugar can be tricky. A diet diary is a great first start to helping regulate blood sugar. It is important because when you are making diet changes that stick you need to start with small changes that you build upon. In order to do that we need to know where you are starting off. For example if you are never used to eating green foods, adding in green vegetables is a great first step. For those who already eat greens other diet changes may be appropriate. In addition to a diet diary getting a routine physical complete with blood work is also very helpful.†
So many people ask me about supplements that may help control blood sugar. Throughout this series I have made quite a few supplement suggestions. While it is always important to speak to a nutritionist for a personalized protocol, there are some supplements that can support blood sugar and overall health. When it comes to blood sugar, one of the most important aspects is to start working on it before there is a problem. What do I mean by that? I mean staying healthy and taking supplements that support your overall health.†

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SUPPLEMENTS TO SUPPORT HEALTHY BLOOD SUGAR LEVELS!

Multivitamins! Multivitamins are important to help prevent any deficiencies and for overall health. Additionally studies show that in the long term a good multivitamin can help with energy. (1) Please see Invite’s extensive line of multivitamins!†
Omega 3s! Omega 3’s have been found to modulate the immune system to lower inflammation and help those who suffer from autoimmune conditions. (2) Additionally Omega 3s are important for both stress relief and brain health (3). See Invite’s Fish oil, Krill oil, Flax seed and Inflammune!†
Greens powders can help with overall health because as we know a Mediterranean diet which is very high in greens has been found to help keep us healthy. Studies have found an association between a Mediterranean diet and better control over your blood sugar! (4) The benefits of a Mediterranean diet cannot be overstated. A Mediterranean diet has been found in studies to help with different chronic health concerns including high blood pressure, high triglycerides, obesity and high blood sugar. (5) I would recommend a Mediterranean diet for anyone who wants to stay healthy and adding a scoop of any Invite Greens powders can help set us on this path. Please see Invite’s Greens Hx or Organic Greens!†
Magnesium is truly a magic mineral. It is good for stress (6), blood sugar (7), nerve health (8), and digestive health (9) and in general has so benefits it is almost impossible to list them all! Please see Invite’s extensive line of Magnesium products!†
Zinc in addition to helping with blood sugar (7) has been found to help boost our immune system (10) as well as help with healing especially in the digestive tract (11) which is so important to our overall health. Please see Invite’s Zinc Picolinate and Invite’s Zinc Lozenges!†
Chromium has been found in studies to be very helpful for working with blood sugar. (7) Please see Invite’s Chromium and Gluco Hx!†
For more detailed information on blood sugar supplements please see my prior blogs.†

ICYMI: BLOOD SUGAR AND KIDNEY SUPPORT – INVITE HEALTH PODCAST, EPISODE 519>>LISTEN NOW!

Recipe ideas!

One great way to cut the carbohydrates is to use Zucchini noodles or spaghetti squash in place of pasta. You can take your noodles and add the following healthy dressing! Olive oil, 1 tomato, herbs such as cilantro, parsley, dill and 1 scoop of Greens Hx and blend. Feel free to serve with any protein you like such as chicken or even fish.
Another fun way to use the greens is to mix it into mashed Cauliflower. To make this simply cook your cauliflower until it is fork tender and add to blender. I like to add a cream cheese when I blend it. Then add 1 scoop of Greens. As you can expect it will turn it green. This is great for St. Patrick’s Day!†

Let’s make some fancy coffee! To your blender cup add ice, coffee, 1 scoop Invite Vanilla Whey and 1 scoop Cocoa Hx. Blend and serve. The more ice you add the less strong the coffee is. So if you want it strong add less ice. Feel free to substitute cinnamon powder for the Cocoa Hx. If you add pumpkin pie spice it becomes a homemade holiday drink for an added kick you can add 1 dropper of white tea and 1 dropper bluegranate.†

I hope this series on blood sugar has been informative! For more information, Invite Nutritionists are always available to help answer any questions you may have.†

Our Next Mini-series on health is going to be a topic that comes up a lot especially this time of year. Its joint health! Next week we will go back to the beginning with an anatomy lesson. No worries there’s no test at the end.†

For further questions or concerns email me at carcidiacono@invitehealth.com†

REFERENCES

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4750202/
https://www.frontiersin.org/articles/10.3389/fimmu.2021.578386/full
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7468918/
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7468821/
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5352455/
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7761127/
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5370781/
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6024559/
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2277319/
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1856764/