What Is A Healthy Lifestyle?

What Is A Healthy Lifestyle?

At SierraSil, our vision is to help one or million or more people live healthier and more active lives. This is our joy, and this is what gets us excited – knowing that we’re helping you live a healthy and active lifestyle.

In this blog post, we look at the different aspects that come together to support a healthy lifestyle. Now, we don’t want you to get bogged down with yet another blog post that encourages you to eat better, to exercise more, and to improve your sleep habits. Yes, these are all critical components of healthy lifestyle, but we believe there is so much more to you than what you eat, how you move, and when you sleep.

At its core, a healthy lifestyle is highly personal and individual. Your healthy lifestyle likely looks very different from the lifestyles of the elite athletes who use SierraSil or even that of our CEO, Michael Bentley.

Your healthy lifestyle is one that makes you feel good, happy, and comfortable. Read more

Learning About Stiff Joints

Learning About Stiff Joints

You wake up in the morning and your knees are creaky and sore. You have noticed swelling and redness around your wrists and knees. You feel like your knees and fingers don’t move as easily as they once did.

These are all examples of sensations and body signals that can indicate you’re dealing with stiff joints. Stiff joints can happen simply as a result of aging or can be an indicator of a more serious conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis or lupus.

As you know, we’re committed to improving your joint health and as part of this company mission and goal, we want you to have all the information you need to be informed about your joint health. Keep reading to learn more about why stiff joints happen, how you can treat your stiff joints, and some lifestyle changes that can help you ease joint stiffness. Read more

Spice Things Up with Curcumin and Turmeric

Spice Things Up with Curcumin and Turmeric

You know that food does more than solve your hunger. Quality food from a range of sources is key in keeping your body in top shape. This includes your physical health, mental health, and the ability to heal and recover.

It’s this ability to heal and recover that makes us so interested in turmeric and curcumin. You’ve likely seen the spice turmeric in your grocery store aisle and in many recipe ingredient lists. Recent research is supporting long-held beliefs that spices such as turmeric have the ability to ease inflammation and help you recover from joint discomfort.

In fact, turmeric is becoming so popular that it has become the must-have spice. From smoothies and drinks such as golden milk or adding it to your scrambled eggs or adding a dash or two to your soup – turmeric is everywhere.

Continue reading to learn more about the health benefits of turmeric and curcumin and how you can easily reap the rewards of this anti-inflammatory superhero. Read more

How to Live a Balanced Life

How to Live a Balanced Life

How is your day going? Did you get a good night of sleep? How is your energy level? Do you feel like you’re rushing from one thing to the next? When was the last time you had a chance to sit quietly and enjoy the moment?

These are not easy questions to answer. And for most of us, when we answer these questions honestly, we realize that we’re not as balanced or as happy as we’d like. In our hyper-connected go-go society, living a balanced life can seem like an impossibility.

However, we want you (and us) to get closer to having a sense of balance in your day-to-day. You know that the more on-the-go and harried you are, the higher your stress levels, the less time you have for exercise and healthy eating, and you miss out on time with loved ones. This can culminate in illness, depression, joint health concerns, and an overall unhealthy life.

This slide happens gradually and before you know it, you’re skipping tennis, missing out on pottery class, skipping book club, eating fast food, and not supporting your long-term health and life goals.

Read on to learn more about living a balanced life and how you can make subtle changes to keep you from sliding into habits that can create life chaos. Read more

Relax and Recharge for Your Health

Why You Need To Relax and Recharge for Your Health

You are not a robot. You do not have endless energy and focus. You need to relax and recharge to make sure that you can live your healthiest life.

Just as batteries need to be replaced and smartphones need to be recharged – the same principles hold true for you. It’s so easy though to get caught up in the go-go society and believe that if you’re not doing something then you’re doing nothing.

This couldn’t be farther from the truth. Taking the time to relax and recharge gives you the chance to really give your mind and body what it needs – a break. Your mental health, your physical health, your joint health, your spiritual health – all demand that you take time to hit the reset button. Read more

What Is Inflammation?

What Is Inflammation?

Inflammation is a key component of the body’s immune system. When the immune system detects injury, illness, or a threat, it triggers an inflammatory response.

This inflammatory response works to heal wounds, fight infection, defend against bacteria and viruses, heal joint injuries, and mend muscle and tissue damage. For example, when you have a cut, the skin around the cut becomes red and a bit sore, this is the body’s inflammatory response to help heal this cut.

However, there are times when the inflammatory response in the body can be too reactive. This overly reactive response can result in autoimmune diseases such as Crohn’s Disease, rheumatoid arthritis, ulcerative colitis, fibromyalgia, muscular injury, and other inflammatory conditions. Read more

Travel Smart with SierraSil

Travel Smart This Summer

Delicious food. Amazing vistas. Cultural exploration. Relaxing or thrill-seeking. New experiences. Life-changing accomplishments. Bucket list goals. Eye-opening and mind-expanding.

Yes, there is nothing quite like travel. The gift and beauty of travel is that it allows us to open our eyes, hearts, minds, and souls to brand-new experiences and people. Travel allows us to push our boundaries, learn new skills, follow passions, and fulfill long-held dreams.

Whether your ideal travel experience is a round-the-world cruise, a hike to the Everest base camp, or a week at a yoga retreat – there is something for everyone. And we want you to follow through on your travel goals, don’t let joint or mobility issues hold you back. There are no limits on the travel you do, just personal adjustments that make it possible for you to get the most out of your trip and your life. Read more

What is Fibromyalgia?

What is Fibromyalgia?

Fibromyalgia is a chronic condition that causes muscle pain, fatigue, pain sensitivity, and joint discomfort. This common condition is type of arthritis that is easily missed and not thoroughly understood.

As the second most common condition impacting the health of our bones and muscles, it’s important to give you the facts on fibromyalgia. You may know someone who has fibromyalgia or be living with this condition. Now, when someone asks you: What is fibromyalgia?, you can share this article with them.

The signs and symptoms of fibromyalgia are what make it challenging to diagnose. Common symptoms including joint discomfort, muscle discomfort, and overwhelming fatigue are the hallmarks of fibromyalgia.

Like so many joint and muscle conditions, there is no known cause for fibromyalgia. However, doctors do know that there are a number of ways to lessen the symptoms of this condition. Read on to learn more about fibromyalgia and how it impacts those around you living with it. Read more

How Does Your Garden Grow?

How Does Your Garden Grow?

According to the calendar, spring is here and this means it’s gardening season. There is something so appealing about a vibrant and colorful bed of flowers or the overflowing bounty of a vegetable garden. As a gardener, it’s a great way to see and enjoy the fruits of your hard and passionate work.

As avid gardeners, we’re keen to spread the word about the benefits and beauty of gardening. Not only is it a relaxing and refreshing way to spend time outside in the fresh air, it’s also excellent exercise. Yes, exercise – all the bending, lifting, and carrying is practically a strength work-out. Because of this, we want you to think carefully about how you bend and lift heavy items – remember to protect your joints and take a break when needed.

Now, we know that depending on where you live you might be dealing with less-than favorable gardening conditions. The good news is that even if you’re still digging out from snow or dealing with very soggy soil, there is lots you can do to get ready for the gardening season. In this article we’ve put together some ways you can get ready for the planting season and how to spring clean your garden for the summer and fall growing season. Read more

Joint Discomfort

Need to Know: Joint Discomfort

We want you to know that you should never ever ignore your joint discomfort. The aches in your knees, back, feet, ankles, wrists, elbows, and fingers can all be pointing to an underlying condition that can be treated. Joint discomfort is often a symptom of an illness or disease, so please do seek medical attention for any joint discomfort.

Just as your health needs are unique, your joint care and mobility issues are also unique. You many have an autoimmune disease or other condition that makes joint discomfort and mobility issues part of your day-to-day. Regardless, we want you to know that you’re not alone in living with and managing this discomfort. You do not need to suffer in silence and we urge you to speak up when your joints are giving you trouble or the discomfort has worsened.

In this article, we take a deep dive into joint discomfort, looking at some of reasons for it and different treatment options and recommendations. Please do seek medical attention for any joint discomfort you have – take our word for it – your health is too important to not give it the attention it deserves. Read more