When and How to Stretch

In the world of health and fitness, guidelines and recommendations are always changing—especially when it comes to flexibility training. How often should you stretch? When is the best time to stretch, and what kind of stretching should you be doing? The frequency of flexibility training is pretty straight forward; the American College of Sports Medicine

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Strange Body Twitches and How to Prevent Them

Have you been experiencing body twitches? Most of us have on occasion, and although they generally go away on their own, they’re frustrating nonetheless. An eye twitch during a date or a work interview can make you feel awkward, while other twitches can just be outright bothersome or cause you to worry endlessly. Twitches are

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10 Tips to Treat Acne Naturally

Acne plagues teenagers and adults alike, and millions of dollars are spent on prescription and over-the-counter remedies that, unfortunately, often don’t live up to their expectations. Although pimples form from bacteria trapped in clogged pores, improving personal hygiene is seldom sufficient to cure acne. Most commercial acne treatments work at the surface to kill bacteria

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Signs of Magnesium Deficiency

In spite of the fact that magnesium doesn’t get quite as much press as some of the other key vitamins and minerals, it’s essential nonetheless. It’s involved in hundreds of biochemical reactions, influencing everything from your heart rate to your muscles and hormones. However, a lack of magnesium is often referred to as the “invisible

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7 Health Benefits of Baking Soda

The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines baking soda as “a kind of salt that is used to make baked foods (such as cookies and breads) light and fluffy.” But what else can this white, powdery substance do? Baking soda—also known as bicarbonate of soda (NaHCO3)—is used in everything from fire extinguishers to artificial mineral water, deodorants and

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Embracing Forty: 7 Benefits to Appreciate

Were you born in 1975? Congratulations—you’ve either already turned 40 this year, or you will be turning 40 shortly. I’ll be joining you in a few months, and I’m not at all freaked out by it. Consequently, I’ve been thinking that the stress and disappointment many people feel surrounding this particular birthday is just plain

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Technology That Helps You Stay Healthy

Technology has shaped the entire world we live in—including the medical world. Penicillin, ultrasound imaging devices, and MRI scanners have greatly changed illness detection, treatment, and prevention in hospitals and doctor’s offices. At the same time, the general population can also access technological advancements that promote a healthy lifestyle, (which is key to prevention of

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How to Eat for Your Blood Type

According to Peter D’Adamo, ND (naturopathic doctorate), your blood type determines the way you absorb nutrients. In his popular book, Eat Right 4 Your Type, Dr. D’Adamo argues that by eating a diet specific to your blood type you can lose weight, avoid disease and increase longevity. Read on to learn about the blood type

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Exploring Surgical Options for a Hysterectomy

Arriving at the decision to have a hysterectomy stirs up a lot of emotions—fear, uncertainty and even relief. Over 6,000,000 hysterectomies are performed each year, making it the second most common surgical procedure performed on women in the United States. Major surgery was once the only option, with women decades ago resigning themselves to long

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5 Reasons Social Media is Good for You

Just about anywhere you go these days, most people will have their heads down as they look at the screen of a smartphone offering up various social media apps that connect them with the outside world within seconds. The average American spends over 21 hours a week on social media, and job productivity reports show

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10 Lifestyle Choices to Ease Anxiety

Anxiety can quickly go from a once-in-a-while emotion to an all-consuming disorder, which is why it’s important to keep it in check. Everyone is different and what works for one person might not work for another, but here are ten things to try if you’re interested in better managing anxiety and pursuing a more worry-free

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Floatation Tanks: Helpful or Hype?

If you’ve ever had one of those dreams in which your body feels as though it’s suspended in the air, then you’re probably close to knowing what it feels like to step into a floatation spa. These spas (also known as float tanks or sensory deprivation chambers) have been attracting a great deal of attention

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6 Home Remedies for Athlete’s Foot

Athlete’s foot, also known as tinea pedis, is a frustrating, irritating, and often painful condition that can affect anyone—not just athletes! It is caused by fungus growing around your nails, between your toes, and on the bottoms of your feet. This fungus causes the skin to flake, crack, and even blister, and it often comes

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5 Herbal Remedies for Your First Aid Kit

Summer is the season of outdoor fun—but that fun can come with serious irritations, like allergies, insect bites, poison ivy, and sunburn. Luckily, the ingredients for an herbal first aid kit are easy to find and even easier to use. Keep these five herbs around for emergencies and you’ll be able to enjoy an outdoor

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10 Home Remedies for Heartburn

As anyone who regularly suffers from heartburn knows, it can be extremely uncomfortable to feel acid burn in your throat and cause deep pain in your chest. While there are drugs that can help, many popular medications have serious long-term side effects. In contrast, these ten home remedies are both cheaper and safer. Consequently, they’re

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7 Foods That Will Reduce Grey Hair

Grey hair is one of those things that happens to all of us eventually—as we age, hair loses its ability to produce pigment and eventually fades to pale grey or white. However, some people are at a higher risk of premature greying, usually because of stress or a genetic predisposition. If your parents went grey

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10 Home Remedies for Strep Throat

If you’ve ever had strep throat, you’ll know that this type of pharyngitis is incredibly painful. Causing up to 40% of sore throats in children and 15% in adults, it typically presents along with a high fever, pus on the tonsils, and enlarged lymph nodes in the neck. Your family doctor may advise letting the

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Ginger: The Superstar of Home Remedies

Whether you love the crunchiness of a ginger cookie, the delicious sweetness of crystallized ginger, or the warm tang of fresh ginger, there’s no doubt this versatile ingredient is one of your best choices for home remedies. This knobbly rhizome, with its fibrous brown skin and creamy red or yellowy flesh contains a host of

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10 Home Remedies for Better Memory

Your memory can be influenced by everything from how much sleep you get to whether you have any underlying medical conditions (such as thyroid problems). However, whether you’re worried about your memory dwindling as you age or are just looking to improve your ability to remember facts and events, there are some excellent home remedies

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Natural Remedies for Spring Allergies

The warm spring relieves us from the long winter, but it also brings along an unwanted allergen—pollen. In the bodies of allergy sufferers, pollen first enters the nasal passages and latches onto mast cells, which are immune cells located in the mucous membranes lining the nasal passages. These cells respond to the allergen by releasing

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