Sidestep worse-in-win­ter health has­sles!

Freez­ing tem­per­a­tures, blus­tery winds, parched in­door air…win­ter takes an ex­tra toll on those of us deal­ing with health has­sles like eczema, arthri­tis or fi­bromyal­gia. But com­pletely eas­ing these woes is just a sip away!

Woman's World - - Contents - Brenda Kearns

Tame eczema with oo­long tea

Drink­ing four mugs of oo­long tea daily cuts win­ter eczema flares by 54% in the first week—and it erases those red, itchy, rashy patches for 63% of women who en­joy it year-round, re­port re­searchers in the jour­nal

Ar­chives of Der­ma­tol­ogy. Oo­long brims with plant com­pounds that boost mois­ture re­ten­tion, re­duce tis­sue in­flam­ma­tion and speed heal­ing of da­m­aged skin.

Soothe arthri­tis with hot soaks

Weather keep­ing you in­side and in­ac­tive dou­bles your risk of feel­ing stiff and achy if you have arthri­tis. The good news: Soak­ing in a hot tub for 20 min­utes makes joint pain

plunge 40%—and daily soaks can keep sore­ness at bay more ef­fec­tively than painkillers, Asian re­searchers say. Hot soaks kick­start blood flow to ten­der joints, flush out in­flam­ma­tion and loosen ten­dons, lig­a­ments and mus­cle tis­sues.

Ease fi­bromyal­gia with this sweet­ener

D-ri­bose is a real boon for folks with fi­bromyal­gia, says Ja­cob Teit­el­baum, M.D., au­thor of From Fa­tigued to Fan­tas­tic! That’s be­cause this nat­u­ral sugar ex­tract re­duces mus­cle aches, calms over­ac­tive pain nerves and revs night­time pro­duc­tion of sleep-in­duc­ing mela­tonin, cut­ting fi­bromyal­gia symp­toms

by 45% if you en­joy 2 tsp. daily, stirred into tea or cof­fee! Note: Check with your doc­tor be­fore try­ing sup­ple­ments.

Lower blood pres­sure with deep breaths

If you’re prone to hy­per­ten­sion, your blood pres­sure could be 12 points higher when tem­per­a­tures dip. That’s be­cause your body tight­ens up to pre­vent heat loss. But ac­cord­ing to Univer­sity of Con­necti­cut re­searchers, reg­u­larly breath­ing slowly and deeply re­duces your pro­duc­tion of artery-tight­en­ing cor­ti­sol, cut­ting your risk of win­ter blood-pres­sure spikes by 67%. —

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