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Stress Management To Prevent Chronic Pain

If you’re dealing with chronic pain, your search for relief probably seems endless, perhaps hopeless. You doctor will tell you that being anxious or stressed can make pain worse, and set in motion a vicious cycle as the pain causes more anxiety and stress. It seems that avoiding the affects of stress might play an important part in managing pain according to work that appears in the journal Brain. This finding is particularly important for those with a smaller than typical hippocampus as these people seem to be more vulnerable to the effects of stress than the rest of us.

The research by Dr. Pierre Rainville, Ph.D. of the Research Centre of the Institut universitaire de gériatrie de Montréal (IUGM) and his team included 16 subjects who had chronic back pain and a control group of 16 healthy participants. The team was looking for relationships between 1) cortisol levels, 2) assessment of clinical pain reported by subjects before their brain scan, 3) hippocampus volumes measured using magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and 4) brain activations using functional MRI that followed thermal pain stimulation. The subjects with chronic pain generally had higher cortisol levels than healthy people.

Cortisol is a hormone that’s made by the adrenal glands (sometimes known as the stress hormone) and the study shows that having a small hippocampus volume is linked to higher cortisol levels. This makes you more vulnerable to pain and having that pain become chronic.

Looking more closely at the data, the team saw that those with a smaller hippocampus had higher cortisol levels and stronger reactions to acute pain in a part of the brain involved with anticipatory anxiety that relates to pain. The response of the brain to the pain during the scan reflected, in part, the intensity of the patient’s current pain levels. This supports the idea that those with a smaller hippocampus end up with a stronger response to stress, and this in turn increases their pain and the risk of having that pain become chronic.

The research sheds more light onto the neurobiological mechanisms involved in stress and pain. No matter the reason, pain is often associated with high levels of stress, and there is value to be found in managing stress to help in treatments for those who are dealing with pain that lasts. Add stress management to your medical treatment plan by talking with a counselor, using relaxation techniques or practicing meditation.

Stress management won’t take away the pain, but it will help you get it under your control, help muscles release, while both breathing and heart rate slow down. When you relax, the mind slows and focuses on other things… becoming distracted from pain sensations so that they drop into the background.

Here are some simple stress management techniques to try…

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Fact: Poor Sleep Increases The Risk of Death/ Disease

Ever lain awake at night and counted the hours till dawn? Isn’t frustrating to be in bed and be unable to sleep?

With around 18 million prescriptions written every year for expensive sleeping pills…

…it’s clear that there’s a national epidemic.

So, what do doctors do when they can’t sleep?

Here’s the answer.

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- Breathe deeply, inhale and hold the breath for a few seconds, and then exhale.
Do this at least three times in a row while you close your eyes and focus only on the sound of your breath.

- Distract yourself by bringing to mind an image that is peaceful and relaxing.
Imagine doing something you enjoy that’s calming, like taking a bath, walking along the beach, resting in a hammock or just relaxing in a peaceful garden… visualize this place as vividly as possible with all sights, sounds, smells you can and take yourself there any time you need to escape.

- Sing or listen to music you find pleasant. Singing helps release tension.

- Walk away as taking a little break from a tense environment can be all you need to ease the tension building in you. Grab a water, or get some fresh air. Count to ten before you go back inside.

If these aren’t enough, you might want to look into more regular stress management techniques like practicing yoga, getting a massage, daily mediation or just schedule some down time for yourself, doing something you enjoy.

To your good health,

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Good Level Of Vitamin D in Mushrooms

If you take supplements for vitamin D, you’ll want to read this. A team from Boston University School of Medicine has found that eating mushrooms with vitamin D2 is just as effective at raising (and maintaining) vitamin D levels as taking a supplement of vitamin D2 or D3. The findings were presented at the 2013 annual meeting of the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and published earlier in 2013 in the open access journal Dermato-Endocrinology.

Normally, most of us get our vitamin D from sunscreen free exposure to natural sunlight. About 20 to 25 minutes a day is good. If you’re worried about skin cancer, get out before the heat of the day (10:00 am) or after (2:00 pm) it has passed. Trouble is, this natural process is not as effective for those living at higher latitudes, in the winter or if you’re dark skinned or a bit older. If this is the case, supplements are often a good choice.

In the randomized study, 30 healthy adult subjects took capsules with 2,000 IUs of vitamin D2, 2,000 IUs of vitamin D3 or 2,000 IUs of mushroom powder once a day for 12 weeks, during the winter, the time of year when it’s naturally harder to get out in the sun to make vitamin D. All the subjects had baseline serum 25-hydroxyvitamin D measured, and levels weren’t all that different between the study groups.

At the end of the 12-week study, the levels of vitamin D for the three groups were not statistically different from those who took the mushroom powder capsules. This finding suggests that enjoying mushrooms that have been exposed to ultraviolet light so they have vitamin D2 brings you a natural source of vitamin D that can improve the levels of this nutrient in healthy adults. So taking the mushroom powder was just as effective as taking a supplement.

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You’ve heard that vitamin D is critical for healthy bones and strong muscles. Having enough of this nutrient helps the body keep bones dense and thus reducing the chance of fractures, osteoarthritis and osteoporosis. Vitamin D also plays a big part in moderating the immune system and is thought to help reduce the risks of diseases like cancer, heart disease diabetes, and perhaps even mood issues like depression.

Now that we know mushrooms are a good source of vitamin D, experts are also able to explain just how mushrooms make vitamin D2. At a second presentation at the same annual meeting, researchers explained that the process is almost like what happens in human skin after being out in the sun. What’s more, mushrooms can make both vitamin D2 and vitamin D4; confirming the finding of several kinds of vitamin Ds and provitamin Ds in the samples.

With results being presented at a scientific meeting and appearing in a journal, the team feels that people can be assured that mushrooms are a good natural source of vitamin D that can be readily found at the grocery store and easily added to many of the foods you already love.

Michael F. Holick, the principal investigator on the project believes these results confirm what other studies have shown us. There are many ways to increase total circulating vitamin D, taking supplements is just one of them.

To your good health,

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How Zinc Fights Infection

Many of you have probably tried a zinc cold lozenge in hopes of fighting off a cold, and now a new bit of research in the journal Cell Reports may explain how this essential, relatively simple mineral might work. The study, led by Daren Knoell who is a professor of pharmacy and internal medicine at Ohio Statue University uncovered just how zinc works to balance the immune systems response to infection, tapping the brakes (so to speak) to prevent out of control inflammation.

On the cellular level zinc stops the activity of a protein that plays a key role in our natural immune response to infection. It acts to keep inflammation in check, inflammation that can be damaging, even deadly.

Surprisingly, a deficiency of zinc affects almost 2 billion people the world over, and this figure includes about 40% of the elderly in the United States. The lack of this mineral can have some unpleasant consequences for vulnerable people, or at the time of an infection could be very serious according to the researchers. If you don’t have enough zinc your immune system is amplified, and not in a good way.

After looking at animal studies and human cell cultures of those with sepsis (a dangerous systemic response to infection), Knoell and his team saw that a specific protein draws zinc into key infection fighting cells, first responders in the fight against infection. Here it balances the immune response. This is the first time this pathway has been studied. In earlier work in animals, Knoell found that mice deficient in zinc developed significant inflammation in response to sepsis than did the mice fed a normal diet.

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Fact: Poor Sleep Increases The Risk of Death/ Disease

Ever lain awake at night and counted the hours till dawn? Isn’t frustrating to be in bed and be unable to sleep?

With around 18 million prescriptions written every year for expensive sleeping pills…

…it’s clear that there’s a national epidemic.

So, what do doctors do when they can’t sleep?

Here’s the answer.

Learn how a retired M.D. Laney Chouest from New Orleans broke his 5-year addiction to Ambien, and now sleeps peacefully without medication.

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This might explain why taking zinc supplements at the beginning of a cold seems to ease your symptoms. In the future, there may be therapeutic benefit to giving zinc supplements to some patients with certain conditions. But no one is saying that if very ill patients in hospital ICS’s, where sepsis can be life threatening, would benefit from supplements of zinc. Not all patients might need them, perhaps only a portion.

The team also believes that the findings are applicable to other diseases and will continue to study this pathway, inflammation and zinc deficiency. Without enough zinc to start with, perhaps people are more likely to pick up an infection.

Most healthy adults should be getting from 8 (for women) to 11 (for men) milligrams of zinc each day. The U.S. National Institutes of Health tells us that natural sources of zinc include red meat and poultry. Other rich sources of zinc include nuts, beans, some shellfish (oysters, crab, lobster), whole grains, dairy products and fortified cereals. It’s also available as an affordable, easy to take dietary supplement.

If you’re looking for ways to help your immune system, living a healthy lifestyle is one of the best. This includes getting regular exercise (20 minutes with your heart rate up, three times a week), eating more natural sources of antioxidants (besides zinc, vitamin C, and E and beta carotene), being sure you’re getting enough sleep as fatigue increases your susceptibility to illness. Rounding out the list, manage your stress levels as cutting stress brings down levels of cortisol and helps you sleep better. Perhaps most fun of all… laugh as this brings down the levels of stress hormones and increases a type of white blood cell that fights infection.

To your good health,

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They Have So Many Health Benefits!

They’re delicious… and nutritious… full of crunchy goodness; and where once they were considered too high calorie to be eaten regularly, people are taking a second look at nuts. This is likely the result of two new studies that have drawn attention to the benefits of nuts for control of blood sugar. Aside from this benefit, nuts have been associated with weight control and improving heart health. One study from 2013 found that eating nuts might even help you live longer.

The good news is that nuts are not linked to weight gain according to a team from Purdue University, which runs counter to lots of conventional diet wisdom out there. Yes, nuts do have lots of calories (one ounce has from 160 to 200 calories) as you’ve seen; they’re also loaded with other good for you nutrients. So if you eat them in moderation, watching your serving size, you can reap the benefits without taking in lots of extra calories.

In terms of diabetes, work appearing in Diabetes Care found that eating pistachios daily helps those at risk of developing diabetes
maintain control
over their blood sugar. Another study in PLOS One saw that tree nuts (including almonds, Brazil nuts, cashews, pecans) might help with blood sugar control in those who already have type 2 diabetes. Nuts have also been shown to improve insulin sensitivity, and this brings down the risk of diabetes.

If you’re wondering why so much of the research in the area is funded by the nut industry, the answer is simple. There’s too little government funding for this type of work, as is the case for many areas of research. The nut industry understands the health benefits of their product and is working hard to get the word out. Even though they give grants to researchers, the teams work independently and the studies are peer reviewed before they can appear in a journal.

Modern medicine has known for some time now that nuts are good
for the heart
. And the ability of the nut to bring down cholesterol is also well understood. The protein naturally in nuts helps to keep blood sugar stable, and the fiber helps with controlling your weight by helping you feel full after you eat. Of course the crunch value may also contribute to that feeling of being satisfied after eating a serving of nuts.

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All kinds of nuts are healthy, similar in protein content, fiber and fat. Even though nuts are about 80% fat, it’s good fat, the unsaturated kind. Some types of nuts, almonds for instance, are the best sources of vitamin E, cashews are a good source of magnesium and pistachios are full of the phytonutrients key to healthy eyes while also supplying plenty of magnesium, folate and vitamin E. Nuts even contain arginine, an amino acid that’s needed to create nitric oxide, a substances the body uses to relax blood vessels.

Your best bet is to eat a variety of nuts to get the most well rounded set of nutrients in their natural state. You get all the benefits and won’t be as likely to get bored with one taste.

One to (possibly for someone very active) two ounces a day is a smart limit to set. How many nuts that is depends on the nut in question, for almonds it’s 25, pistachios it’s 40; but only 17 macadamia nuts. Going unsalted is the best bet, but if this is too bland, you can try a sprinkle of cinnamon and broil, or add some rosemary and garlic to taste. You might want to add nuts to a salad or stir fry dish, rather than enjoying them atop a sundae. The good news is that any kind of nut can take the place of other, less healthy snacks. Just pay attention to how many you eat, perhaps give yourself the serving size and put the rest away, so you can’t overeat without thinking.

To your good health,

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10 Ways You Can Ease Stress

Feel like you’re so tense, so stressed and on edge you’re ready to explode? In today’s hectic, demanding world it’s hard not to feel stressed out, but the good news is that stress does not have to own you, rule your life, ruin your sleep or impact your health. You can fight back, and we’re going to show you how.

 

Take a shower or bath. The warm water will relax your muscles; the time alone will serve as a buffer between the real world and your own thoughts. You’ll emerge feeling cleaner, physically and mentally, than when you started.

Workout as being active will actually help cut your feeling of stress. Exercises cause the body to send out endorphins (mood enhancing chemicals) and these help ease your stress level.

Remember a happy time, as just thinking back to a happy time with people you care about can help improve your mood and fight back stress. Keep photos from those times where you’ll see them often.

Unplug once in a while. With all our gadgets and need to be constantly connected and in touch, it’s hard to remember a time when we didn’t have all this technology. But there was such a time, and turning off your phone, computer, tablet and TV for 15 minutes of quiet is not too much to ask. And you’ll be amazed at how relaxed you feel.

Get outside and get into the sun. Sunlight stimulates mood boosting brain chemicals that help ease your stress. Skip the sunscreen and get out for 15 minutes, letting the fresh air fill your lungs and the sun warm your skin. Stress will disappear.

Plan a fun event. If it’s been a while (or not) since you planned a special night out, the time has come to do so again. Sure it’s enjoyable, but what’s more vital in terms of stress is that laughing with people you like and are comfortable with is one of the best, most lasting stress beaters around.

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Use a scented lotion on your skin. Go for something scented with vanilla or lavender as breathing in these have been shown to have a calming effect on the body when inhaled. In no time the scent will be having you feeling more relaxed, less tense.

Volunteer, a strange suggestion in over-scheduled lives, but taking on a volunteering opportunity is amazingly good for you. Turns out helping others causes the release of feel good hormones that improve mood and hold off stress. Just choose a cause that you feel strongly about, and schedule in the time to volunteer once a month. You’ll be amazed at the results, and how you feel.

Buy flowers as having a pretty, living thing around you has been shown by research to be a fantastic way to improve your mood. Reason enough to treat yourself to a lovely bouquet of your favorites and put them where you can enjoy them all day long.

Sleep is a must when you’re stressed. If you’re tired, run down, you can’t function at peak efficiency which is why you need to make a sincere effort to get from 7 to 9 hours of quality sleep each night. This rest will leave you with enough energy to hit the ground running, able to handle stressors without trouble all day long.

To your good health,

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Myths About Muscle Soreness After A Workout

When you put in a really tough workout there’s nothing to match the feeling of accomplishment you have… except perhaps the aches and pains of your body that next day. This is known as delayed onset muscle soreness, DOMS for short. This is muscle soreness that shows up six to eight hours after your workout, and peaks at 24 to 48 hours , and fading at 72 hours, though the timing and course will vary for each person.

Muscle soreness is more likely when you start a new thing, whether it’s an activity, a higher intensity or length, or if you’re just getting active after a long sedentary lifestyle. On the inside, your body is adapting to prepare your muscles to do that action again. As you go on, you build up and you won’t be as sore when you do the same activity. DOMS does appear to be the result of trauma to your muscle fibers, but this isn’t a definitive measure of damage to the muscles.

Although all types of muscle contractions can bring on soreness, what’s known as eccentric contraction (muscles lengthens as it contracts) is most often behind DOMS. Other activities like running down a hill, lowering weights or going down into a push up or squat are also likely to cause problems because of the higher load placed on muscles. There is even some suggestion that movement of the upper body brings more soreness than movement of the lower body.

Besides the muscle soreness, other symptoms of DOMS include:

- Reduced range of motion

- Joint stiffness

- Local swelling and tenderness

- Decreased muscle strength

You can help yourself avoid these symptoms by taking things slow with a new workout routine and giving your muscles time to get adjusted and recover themselves. Always do a good warm up and cool down as part of your routine.

Taking things one step further, here are five
myths
about DOMS, busted.

1. Lactic acid buildup causes DOMS – This “buildup” is a natural result of the metabolic process where your cells become more acidic. This makes your muscles feel as if they are burning. This isn’t caused by lactate, the lactate is a byproduct of the process and acts as a buffer to slow the rate at which cells become acidic.

2. You can’t have a “good” workout without DOMS – Soreness is poorly correlated to muscle adaption and growth according to research. Your symptoms are not a sign of how much better your workout is, or what great shape you’re in. If soreness persists after 3 days, you’ve done too much.

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3. Your fitness level has an impact on if you’ll get DOMS – Delayed onset muscle soreness can happen to anyone. Yes, you’ll feel less sore as your body gets used to being active and learns how to distribute the exercise across the muscle fibers. There’s also a genetic component to how sore we feel after being active.

4. Muscle damage from DOMS is bad for you - False. It appears that some amount of muscle trauma is needed to stimulate both protein production and the growth of muscle. As a muscle repairs itself, it gets larger and stronger so soreness isn’t as likely to happen next time. Here is the grain of truth behind the “no pain, no gain” myth.

5. Stretching before/after workouts is a good way to prevent/treat
DOMS
– not so according to a review of studies found that pre or post workout stretches didn’t cut the effects of DOMS is healthy subjects. If you have DOMS, a sports massage is a great way to ease the pain. You might also try contrast showers (alternate between hot and cold water), Epsom salt baths, foam rolling, upping your protein intake, omega-3 supplementation and lots of good quality sleep.

To your good health,

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Tip To Look Good and Refresh

Sleep is no longer a luxury… more and more people (healthcare pros too) are recognizing the value of sleep. It helps you stay healthy, functioning at your best and not surprisingly, keeps your skin glowing and fresh. The term “beauty sleep” is no myth, your skin uses the time you sleep to heal itself from the damage of the day. As you snooze, your skin takes the chance to improve.

To keep your skin smooth and soft, be sure to practice a nighttime skin-cleansing regimen. Start with a mild cleanser to get rid of the dirt of the day. Next apply a good quality moisturizer. Finish with an eye cream that has glycerin and a petrolatum based balm for the lips.

Another nighttime ritual that’s great for skin is a warm bath. It’s relaxing and the warm, steamy air is good for your skin as well. An alcoholic drink might seem like it’s just the thing before bed, but it’s not a good idea as this ritual is more likely to show itself in large pores and dry skin the next morning. Drinking clear, zero calorie water instead helps your skin flush toxins, look better, fresher. Using a toner that has zinc sulfate or alum will help make your pores look smaller.

Here are six benefits to your skin of getting enough sleep.

1. You’ll have fewer breakouts as more sleep helps clear
skin
. A lack of sleep can bring on stress, and this causes both blackheads and pimples to emerge, even in adults. In one research project, experts saw that college students had more breakouts when they were stressed, like during exam time, then when they were not stressed.

2. You outsmart eye puffiness that comes when fluid collects around your eyes as your head lies flat on a bed during sleep. Instead, prop your head so it’s above your heart when you sleep at night. An ice cold cloth applied to your eyes in the morning can also help the remaining puffiness
disappear
and leave you feeling awake.

Another tip on puffiness, night owls need to avoid salty snacks before bed as these can leave you with a swollen face. Foods high in salt cause you to hold onto fluid, and this brings on the puffiness we all hate.

3. Your
eyes will sparkle
. Dark circles often do run in families, but they don’t have to steal the focus from those beautiful eyes. Getting enough sleep helps this. You might also try to apply a light layer of eye cream as a primer, then dab on and blend concealer that’s one to two shades lighter than your natural skin tone.

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With around 18 million prescriptions written every year for expensive sleeping pills…

…it’s clear that there’s a national epidemic.

So, what do doctors do when they can’t sleep?

Here’s the answer.

Learn how a retired M.D. Laney Chouest from New Orleans broke his 5-year addiction to Ambien, and now sleeps peacefully without medication.

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4. Retinoids (products with vitamin A) work best at night to smooth out any wrinkles. Using these products in the evening avoids the sensitivity, redness or marks on the skin that can come when wearing these products during the day. Also, when it comes to wrinkles, sleep face up to keep from getting lines and creases in the skin from your pillow. These can become permanent over time. If you can’t sleep this way, try satin sheets.

5. Your skin tone will be more even. Lack of sleep can make your skin look blotchy or pale as death. Sleep encourages healthy blood flow to the skin. If you wake and your skin isn’t as even as you’d like, apply foundation and set with translucent powder or one tinted green to balance out any redness.

6. You just look “better” with enough sleep. Researchers in Sweden asked a group of subjects to look at pictures of sleep-deprived people compared to those who’d had a full eight hours of sleep. The well-rested people appeared healthier, less tired and more attractive to the participants.

To your good health,

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Boost Fat Metabolism With Green Tea Extracts And Exercise

Here’s a one-two combination that really packs a punch. New work published in Molecular Nutrition & Food Research finds that a combination of extracts taken from green tea, along with exercise, cuts body mass by almost 30%, abdominal fat by nearly 40%. The work, on mice in the lab, involved a regimen of being fed green tea extracts and exercising and brought significant reductions in fasting blood sugar levels as well as insulin levels. Even though the research was done on mice, experts believe that the findings apply to people as well. Mice simply make more convenient study subjects.

In the lab, researchers try to mimic the human situation as closely as they can. In this study, the dose of decaffeinated green tea is the equal of 8 to 10 cups of green tea per day. This a lot for some, certainly, but not impossible. In fact, there are many people who drink this much on a fairly regular basis.

For the current study the team put lab mice on a high fat diet and randomly assigned some to get decaffeinated green tea extract and voluntary running both separately or in combination for the research period of 16 weeks. Besides the beneficial changes in body mass, fat mass, blood sugar and insulin levels, there were also big changes to the expression of genes associated with fat and the metabolism of energy. Research in humans would verify this effect – this is the preliminary work.

The changes seen might be due to increased fat metabolism and decreased synthesis of fat. Green tea is known to modulate genes that are related to the metabolism of energy by the body.

Also of note, green tea on its own, or exercising on its own, brought smaller changes in weight and other health measures according to the team from Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences. The study was funded by the National Institutes of Health.

Green tea has a growing fan base, backed by science, that supports the potential benefits of all it’s natural parts, most especially epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG). We know green tea has been associated with a lower risk of Alzheimer’s disease and some cancers, as well as better cardiovascular and oral health. Pluses in terms of managing your weight have also been observed.

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Green tea naturally has between 30% and 40% of water extractable polyphenols
- black tea has between 3% and 10%, Oolong is semi fermented and falls somewhere
between green and black tea in terms of polyphenol content. The four polyphenols
in fresh tea leaves are…

-
epigallocatechin gallate, EGCG

-
epigallocatechin, EGC

-
epicatechin gallate, ECG

-
epicatechin EC.

Green tea can be prepared as a drink as well as in an extract form that comes from the tea leaves themselves.

This amazing drink is known to help with mental alertness and thinking, as well as assisting with weight loss, treating stomach problems like vomiting and diarrhea, as well as headaches, bone loss and solid tumor cancers. Some use green tea to prevent cancers of the skin, breast, prostate, colon, gastric system or lung. It can also be used for Crohn’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, heart and blood vessel disease, diabetes, low blood pressure, chronic fatigue syndrome, cavities, kidney stones and damage to the skin.

So why not give green tea a try if you haven’t already? And if you have, drink up… it’s good tasting and good for you too.

To your good health,

Manage Chronic Pain in 5 Natural Ways

It’s likely that you, or someone you see every day, is fighting to manage chronic pain, a condition that affects 100 million Americans. This is more than the numbers dealing with heart disease, diabetes and cancer combined. Chronic pain is considered any pain that lasts longer than three months, and it can cause changes in your nervous system that get worse over time. Relief seems like an impossible goal. Many rely on strong pain medication to manage their problem, though this has the risk of dependency and accidental overdose.

If you’re dealing with chronic pain and looking for a more natural way to manage it, try one of these practices and see if your pain doesn’t get better.

1. Massage

It sounds like expensive pampering, but massage is a treatment option that’s backed by research showing how effective it is in treating chronic pain in many parts of the body, including the lower back and shoulders. Painful knots or trigger points are often the reason for this pain. Because those with chronic pain are super sensitive to touch, a massage therapist (no matter what technique used) needs to take care not to over stimulate the area of pain. A skilled practitioner with experience working with trigger points and chronic pain will know where to put their hands to ease out the knots, without making things worse.

2. Acupuncture

Another costly treatment, this option often makes people cringe at the thought of being stuck with needles, but they are sterile, hair thin so you feel little if anything when they’re inserted. Acupuncture has been used safely for centuries to treat chronic pain and other conditions. Its gained wider acceptance in the U.S. with studies showing that it can successfully reduce levels of discomfort that are part of life when dealing with chronic pain. It can be very effective for those who can’t tolerate medication or who don’t want to take it.

You should be sure that the source of your pain is not a ligament tear, break in a bone or another structural issue before you consider acupuncture. Usually 6 treatments are needed before you can tell if your pain is getting better.

3. Proper Workouts

If a particular exercise ups the intensity of your pain, then you’re not ready for that yet. It can help to gradually add strengthening exercise to your routine, however they can hurt you more if you start them before you have your pain under control. When you do an exercise you increase muscle tension and this can make soft tissue pain worse. Experts suggest you start with stretching exercises that are research proven to help chronic pain related to the lower back. Yoga can also be helpful, but you need to talk with the instructor to change poses as needed. Being in tune with your body, so you know what makes pain worse, is super critical here.

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4. Stress Management

Studies show a link between sustained stress and chronic pain. When stress is pushed inward, this can bring on muscle tension. You need an outlet that’s safe and healthy to release that excess energy. There are lots of choices in terms of stress management (deep breathing, mindfulness meditation, guided imagery), so you’ll need to do a bit of research to find what feels right for you.

5. Sleep

Research finds that skipping sleep may exacerbate your pain, so getting the good, quality rest you need is very important for keeping chronic pain in check. Sleep is one of the best medicines in terms of pain, just as Mom used to say. It can help to set up a pre sleep routine that helps you wind down and sends a signal to the body that sleep is soon to come. Chamomile, mint and passionflower teas are very calming. If you wake during the night, try to avoid walking about, putting on lights or checking your devices; relax quietly and rest instead.

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Cutting Sitting Time May Improve Life Expectancy

Want to live longer? Get up off the couch! Many of us have started to realize that too much sitting is not good for us. Now new research in the British Medical Journal finds that the time we all spend sitting could be taking years off the lives of adults. What’s more, the analysis suggests that life expectancy would increase if all of us would only get up off the couch. While science is only beginning to examine how sitting so much might impact health and wellness, the early findings show that too much time on the couch/recliner is tied to many debilitating chronic diseases, including diabetes, heart disease and cancer.

It’s important to understand that most of the research on being active has been conducted over the last 60 years… and in that same number of years, much about daily life has changed rather dramatically. We sit a whole lot more, and the experts believe that there are implications to all that sitting that need to be examined.

This most recent analysis, undertaken by a team of U.S. researchers, included the results of five studies that looked at the effects of sitting and watching TV on just about 167,000 subjects. The research team also used national data collected by the Centers for Disease Control to get a number for just how much time Americans report that they sit and watch television. Using all these figures the team calculated that keeping time spent in front of the TV to 3 hours (or less) each day would up life expectancy of the entire U.S. population by two whole years. Cutting TV time to under two hours a day adds 1.4 more years to lifespan.

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But before you put the blame on the flatscreeen or the laptop… these devices don’t act alone. You choose to spend you time with them… as well as to partake of calorie-laden snacks or yummy drinks, perhaps as you also leave unmanaged stressful, unpleasant feelings. All of these behaviors are just as bad for you as being inactive.

The take home message? Researchers want us all to go beyond simply thinking of fitness as a half hour a day and that’s it. Instead, they suggest finding ways to incorporate activity into all parts of your daily life. Don’t just sit there, get up… stretch… move around a bit as you watch television.

Looking to the workplace, where we all spend a lot of time, is another, crucial step. Get up and go talk to someone instead of sending an email. Conduct meetings during a walk outside rather than sitting at a conference table. Even standing up, stretching and taking a short walk every half hour during your workday will have you sitting less, and this can only be good for your health.