Dealing With Emotions


The Arthritis Self-Management Program (ASMP)

ASMP is a unique self-help program offered by The Arthritis Society to help you better control and manage your arthritis.

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Learning that you have a chronic disease like arthritis can be devastating. Feeling blue, sad, grouchy, down in the dumps, or depressed is a symptom that is common for people dealing with ongoing problems like arthritis and chronic pain. These feelings can contribute toward an increased cycle of pain very easily. Chronic pain can lead to depression. Before we can do something about depression, however, we must be able to recognize it.


A person may experience any one or any combination of the following:

  • loss of interest in friends or activities; isolation or withdrawal
  • feeling tired or fatigued; difficulty or changes in sleep patterns
  • increased or decreased appetite; unintentional weight loss or gain
  • loss of interest in personal care or appearance
  • general feeling of unhappiness, crying
  • loss of interest in sex, intimacy
  • suicidal thoughts
  • frequent accidents
  • low self-image, loss of self-esteem
  • frequent arguments or loss of temper
  • feeling tired or fatigued
  • feeling confused, lack of concentration


Just as there are many symptoms of depression, there are just as many or more ways to deal with it. For example:

  • Planning ahead for a special event
  • Getting some exercise, like walking or stretching
  • Doing something nice for yourself
  • Doing something nice for someone else
  • Connecting with other people


When we stop engaging in pleasurable activities, our mood worsens and our pain feels more intense. When all of these happen, it becomes increasingly hard to get motivated. Adding some fun to your life is absolutely essential – you should make it a priority. It will help improve your mood, your relationships, and your energy level. Find one activity that you can add to your week on a regular basis and one activity you can add to each day. These can be small things that don’t take much time. Once these become routine, you’ll start feeling better and will want to add more.

It’s important to be aware that not all depression can be handled through self-management. Sometimes depression is severe and you may need professional help. If you feel unhappy for more than a few weeks, or think about harming yourself, it is VERY important to talk to your doctor. Severe, clinical depression is a biological illness, and can be treated.

Some medications can cause depression and you should discuss this with your health-care team. It is important to talk to your doctor before you stop taking a medication.

The Science Behind Shaklee Vitalizer

Shaklee Health Wise: The science behind Shaklee Vitalizer™

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Why do I start every morning with Shaklee Vitalizer™? I can boil my answer down to two words: benefits and convenience. Let me explain.

Experts agree our daily diets and lifestyles are far from what we need when it comes to getting all the nutrients and activity we need for optimum health. If you really research the issues—and believe me, I have!—you’d clearly see the need for eating more fruits and veggies, exercising more, and adding certain nutrients.

The nutrition that many of us could use to fill in those gaps include:

  • A balanced multivitamin/multimineral supplement to address what we don’t always get from our diets
  • Omega-3, including EPA and DHA, for heart health and more
  • Extra calcium, magnesium, and vitamin D for bone health
  • Carotenoids and polyphenols (phytonutrients) for circulation, eye health, immunity, and antioxidant support
  • B vitamins for promoting energy metabolism
  • Probiotics for  gut and immune system health

Now that’s a complicated mix, and it’s just plain inconvenient if you had to buy and assemble all of these separately —which is why most people don’t do it. Furthermore, putting all of these nutrients into one dose form is problematic, in terms of both serving size and absorption.

That’s exactly why Shaklee created Vitalizer.

After years of thorough development, we put all of the above into an easy once-a-day program. Also, it is designed it to get the right nutrients go to the right place in your intestinal tract at the right time for best absorption possible. To do that, we developed and patented the S.M.A.R.T.TM delivery system. S.M.A.R.T.  stands for Shaklee Micronutrient Advanced Release Technology, our unique, science-based approach to nutrient delivery.

To know why we created the S.M.A.R.T.  delivery system, you have to understand that nutrients have different requirements for optimal absorption in the digestive tract. Some nutrients are activated in the stomach (folic acid, B12, some minerals). Some cannot survive stomach acid (probiotics). Some are absorbed too quickly so they need a slow release (B vitamins, vitamin C). And some are best released in the very upper intestine (fish oil).

It was a cunning idea to group all these nutrients accordingly into separate releasing tablets or capsules. The result is that you can take a very complex and comprehensive daily supplement only once a day. This is a superefficient system that contains only six tablets/capsules in a single Vita-Strip® – easy to grab and go, or toss into a suitcase.

I take Vitalizer with breakfast every day. Vitalizer gives me the key nutrients I need to keep living my active lifestyle. Many people have told me that they never felt the benefit of taking a multivitamin until they tried Vitalizer. I agree.

You cannot buy good health, but you can stack the odds in your favor. When you consider our modern, busy world, there is no better way to give yourself an edge then our state-of-the-art multinutrient supplement program, Shaklee Vitalizer™.

These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease

Be Good To Your Joints

Take your vitamins. Supplementing your diet with a multivitamin is a good way to get the vitamins and minerals you may lack by eating too much junk food. Strong bodies (and overall joint health) will benefit from bone-building calcium and vitamin K, tissue-repairing vitamin C, pain-relieving vitamin E, folic acid and more.vitalizer

Be supplement savvy. Glucosamine, a supplement made from the shells of crab, lobster and shrimp, has been shown to ease joint pain and stiffness, particularly in people with osteoarthritis of the knee. Some studies suggest that it may contribute to cartilage repair.joint health complex
Throw some fish on the grill. Omega-3 fatty acids, found in cold-water fish, such as salmon and mackerel, can help keep your joints healthy. In fact, studies show omega-3s can reduce the pain and inflammation of stiff joints in people

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 with arthritis. Because you probably don’t have time to grill fish every night, consider supplementing your diet with fish oil capsules.
Add color to your diet. Choose fruits and veggies in a wide range of color to get maximum nutrients, such as fiber, disease-fighting antioxidants and an abundance of phytochemicals.
Curtail your caffeine intake. While you may need that extra burst of energy in the morning, try and resist those second and third cups of coffee. Studies show that the extra caffeine can weaken your bones. energy-chew-2
Build strong bones. Boost your calcium intake, because a diet rich in this important mineral helps to keep your bones sturdy and can lower your risk ofosteoporosis (the brittle bone disease). There are plenty of sources besides milk, including yogurt, broccoli, kale, figs, salmon and calcium supplements.Calmag Plus

Visit the great outdoors. Besides the soothing, relaxing benefits of breathing fresh air and observing nature, the great outdoors provides many opportunities for burning extra calories while having fun. Gardening and other yard work is just one way to firm up your arms and legs, while being productive, too.gardening
Take a hike. Choose your favorite spots and walk them at least once a week. Hiking burns calories, strengthens muscles and builds denser bones, while providing interesting scenery and a chance to get in touch with Mother Nature.Hiking

Check in with yourself. 
Monitor how you’re feeling after exercise. Joints still aching two hours after your workout are telling you something. Listen to them and lighten your routine next time.
Walk Fido. Pets don’t just help your mental health, they also help your physical health. Walking your dog is a great excuse for getting yourself into shape. Use a sturdy leash that is easy to grip, such as a thick leash with a loop handle.Molly Walking
Increase your range. Range-of-motion exercises (such as stretching) are a good way to keep your muscles and ligaments flexible and strong. Add weights to your workout and you’ll tone up, too.Ginger kitten, Butch, 8 weeks old, stretching out upside down on a cushion