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What is a Healthy Weight?

Although most of us would love to be given a straightforward solution to calculate our healthy or ideal weight, sadly it isn’t that black and white. Your “healthy” weight cannot simply be calculated from a general source – people’s healthy weight, or ideal weight, depends on several factors, including their age, sex, body type, bone density, muscle-fat-ratio, overall general health, and height. Over the last few decades, using BMI (body mass index) was seen as an excellent means for calculating a person’s healthy weight. However, BMI, as you will see later on in this article, is at best, a ballpark calculation…

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Foods and Habits That Stain Your Teeth

If your smile isn’t as bright as you’d like, think about what you put in your mouth. You can stain your teeth if you smoke or if you eat or drink certain things, and it’s more likely to happen as you age. But once you know what to eat — and what to avoid — you can keep your pearly whites bright and shiny. What Causes Stains? “Tooth enamel , the stain gets into the little cracks and crevices.” You…

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Pain-Free Travel Tips

For many people with back pain or neck pain, the prospect of a long trip can be daunting. The seats in cars, airplanes, buses, and trains aren’t always the most comfortable and sitting still for an extended time can in and of itself aggravate painful areas in the back and neck. The following tips are offered to help reduce or avoid overall back pain and discomfort while traveling. Lift Luggage in Stages Back strain often occurs near the end of one’s range of motion when lifting a heavy item. For this reason, experts recommend moving slowly when lifting a heavy piece…

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3 Easy Tips to Enhance D.I.Y. Back Massage

If you’re looking to relieve back pain, you can take charge of your pain relief by doing your own massage—available to you any time for no cost. Do-it-yourself massage can be an effective and budget-friendly option. Read these tips and try it today: Use ice to massage a recent injury. Ice massage is particularly beneficial during the first 48 hours following an injury, such as a painful back muscle strain and spasm. Following this period, massage may be best paired with heat therapy.You can easily design your own ice massage therapy with these simple steps: Create an ice “roller” by freezing a small…

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Could Your Foot Pain Be Caused by a Problem in Your Spine?

We’ve all experienced foot pain before, whether it’s from an injury, bad shoes, or something anatomical like a neuroma, bursitis, tendonitis, or arthritis. In most cases, your foot pain is caused by problems within the foot itself, but in some cases, it may actually be caused by problems in your spine. If your foot pain is caused by a problem in your spine, you will almost always have leg pain or numbness as well. It would be unusual to have only the foot pain in isolation. Telltale signs can also include difficulty bringing your foot up or walking on your tip-toes, and/or…

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7 Ways to Make Water Taste Better

Not everybody has a taste for water, but we all need it to ensure that our bodies continue functioning properly. If you want to drink more water, but aren’t crazy about the taste (or lack thereof), here are some tips that can make it more enjoyable: 1. Add fresh fruit. Citrus fruits, such as lemons, limes, and oranges, are classic water enhancers, but other fruit flavors might also tempt your taste buds. Try crushing fresh raspberries or watermelon into your water, or adding strawberry slices. Cucumber and fresh mint are refreshing flavors as well — especially in summer. 2. Use…

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3 Signs You Need to Break Up With Sugar

Like an unavailable boyfriend you keep coming back to, even though you know better — the draw to sugary foods is a threat that even the smartest, most well-intentioned woman can succumb to. I’m an evangelist of the “everything in moderation” doctrine when it comes to food, but there can definitely be too much of a good thing (I’m looking at you, doughnuts). If answering these three questions feels like an intervention from your girlfriends who are sick of hearing about Mr. Wrong, it might be time to go cold turkey and kick your sugar habit to the curb. 1….

The People's Garden at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), Washington D.C., on Thursday, March 17, 2011. Volunteer executive master gardeners pitch in several times a week, at various times of the day (before or after work hours, or during lunchtime) to weed, mulch, plant, water and what ever it takes to grow a wide variety of produce. Although a few are ornamental, most are destined for charity kitchens.  Located on the corner of Jefferson Dr. SW and 12th St. SW, people often stop to ask questions about the garden.  Part of the volunteersÕ training is to be a spokes person for the People's Garden Initiative, an effort by the USDA that challenges its employees to establish People's Gardens at USDA facilities worldwide or help communities create gardens. People's Gardens vary in size and type, but all have a common purpose - to help the community they're within and the environment. USDA photo by Lance Cheung

Feel Great While Gardening

On a warm, sunny spring morning, you bound out of the house, eager to get busy digging, planting, weeding, and taking all the other steps to getting your garden started for the season. All day you keep at it, standing, stooping, leaning, kneeling, and crouching. The next morning, every muscle aches and you need time to recover before you can even think about gardening again. Even worse if, like so many of us, you aren’t as young and limber as you used to be. Does this mean you should give up the pleasures of homegrown tomatoes and fresh-picked bouquets? Not…

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The Surprising Foods that Help You Lose Weight and Keep it Off

Pass the chickpeas, please! A new study has found that pulses—a specific type of legume—can help you lose and maintain a healthy weight. In the world of healthy eating, there seems to be a lot of carb-o-phobia, and it couldn’t be more misplaced. Sure, refined carbohydrates like white bread and sugar are bad news for maintaining a healthy weight, but not all carbohydrate-rich foods are bad for us. Unrefined carbs, like whole grains and beans, help you feel fuller, which is great when you’re trying to cut back to a healthy number of calories. The new analysis from St. Michael’s Hospital suggests that eating beans,…

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Why You’re Doing Salad Wrong (And Six Ways to Make It Right)

If I told you to close your eyes and imagine a dinner salad, what would you see? If you’re like many of my patients, “salad” brings up thoughts of dieting, deprivation, and yes — boredom. Truth is, if you’re doing salad the right way, it can actually become a staple you look upon as delicious nutrition. Here’s how to do salad right! Throw out those reduced fat dressings You may think you’re doing yourself a favor by selecting a reduced-fat version of your favorite salad dressing, but you’re not. The majority of food products which…