Dry January -- Are You Alcohol Free?

Glass with lemonHere we are halfway through January and you might say it's dry around here. Not because of the dry Arizona climate but rather a phenomenon simply known as Dry January. People voluntarily giving up alcohol for a month. Why?

About 1 in every 10 people in the United Kingdom (UK) drink according to a recent poll. Every hour one person dies of alcohol related issues. That's why a UK group started Dry January. The group is not anti-alcohol but if the stats for the UK are similar to those in other countries, they hope drinkers will recognize that alcohol is not as harmless as it may seem. In fact, their research shows people who gave up alcohol for a month noted amazing health benefits, even in that short amount of time.
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Birthday Resolutions

This is one of the first years that I did not make any resolutions on January 1st. Not that I tire of doing them, as I feel they set a vision for the coming 12 months. What is that saying by Lewis Carroll? If you don't know where you are going, any road will get you there. And I certainly like to know where I am going!

I decided -- starting in 2020 -- to pen birthday resolutions instead since my birthday also falls in January (today to be exact). Although losing weight and exercising are two of the top 10 promises people make for the new year, they aren't on my list. Okay, maybe I should exercise more but everybody knows resolutions are not about "should do's" and more about what to get and give in life. My life. Your life.
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Fibromyalgia, Shall We Dance?

Fibromyalgia (FM), as most our readers know, is a condition that involves widespread tenderness, elevated perception of pain, fatigue, and cognitive difficulties on a persistent basis. As there is no cure for FM, those with FM look for options to manage their ongoing symptoms.

One very common suggestion (besides medication) is exercise. I can hear the groans. When you are dealing with ongoing pain, you're not going to be particularly eager to add exercise even if studies show both aerobic and resistance training help with FM symptom management.
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The Fibromyalgia Traveler

Vacation time should be relaxing and free from pain. Having fibromyalgia (FMS) can make vacations extremely stressful since it does not distinguish food stress from bad. In FM, they can both hurt. There are many reasons why vacations cause paradoxical flare-ups: happy stress, a hectic schedule, increased physical activities (walking, hauling luggage, etc.), and changes from our proper posture. In our eagerness to take our vacation, we often forget our necessary daily routine for controlling fibromyalgia. Since we are bringing our FM with us, we have to make sure our fibromyalgia has a good time too!
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CoQ10 for Cellular Aging and Staying Alive

The secret to anti-aging? Keep your cells alive and you live longer. It’s that simple. Two ways to help your cells stay alive is with proper nutrition and protecting them from oxidative (free radical) damage. The antioxidant supplement coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) does both. Plus CoQ10 is ubiquitous to every cell in your body for good reason – your cells use it for energy to function. That’s why it’s the number one nutrient for your heart, the muscle that runs 24/7. Now studies show CoQ10 benefits not only a healthier inside but also a healthier outside – by protecting and anti-aging your skin.

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