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How to stand for long periods without getting back pain

​Teaching, nursing, construction – many jobs require standing up for long periods of time. But being on your feet all day may come with a host of health problems, including sore ankles, aching, painful knees and hips, varicose veins, corns and calluses. On the other hand, being overly sedentary won’t do you any favours either, therefore the key is to change positions regularly. Inactivity and a sedentary lifestyle is where discomfort and problems often begin. I advise my patients to introduce simple stretches and strengthening exercises into their daily routine. Here are…

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The Science of Making a Good First Impression

It seems the old saying “You never get a second chance to make a first impression,” may be true—at least according to recent research. A bad first impression is hard to shake, according to a new study recently published in the journal Social Cognition. In five experiments that analyzed the “moral tipping point,” researchers concluded that “People require more evidence to perceive improvement than decline; it is apparently easier to become a sinner than a saint, despite exhibiting equivalent evidence for change.” Once you’ve decided that someone is “bad,” it takes a lot of effort (and proof otherwise) to change your mind—more…

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Soda And Other Sugary Drinks Tied To An Increased Risk Of Cancer

People who drink lots of soda or other sugary beverages may have a higher risk of developing rare cancers in the gallbladder and bile ducts around the liver, a Swedish study suggests. Little is known about the causes of biliary tract and gallbladder tumors, but emerging evidence suggests obesity as well as elevated blood sugar levels that are a hallmark of diabetes may increase the risk of these malignancies. Because sodas and other sugary drinks have been linked to high blood sugar and weight gain, researchers wondered if these beverages might play a role…

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Everything You Need To Know About Choosing The Best Sunscreen

Sun damage is responsible for 90 percent of nonmelanoma skin cancers in the United States, itself the most common form of cancer in the country, according to the Skin Cancer Foundation. In fact, more than 3.3 million people are diagnosed with skin cancer in the U.S. each year. The Food and Drug Administration recommends that consumers look for three things in their sunscreen: a “sun protection factor” (SPF) of 15 or more, “broad spectrum” protection and water resistance. But with so many options on store shelves — not to mention an impending…

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7 Things You Need To Know About Staying Hydrated This Summer

Every single cell in the human body needs water to function properly. We need water to regulate our temperature, to cushion and protect joints and organs and to help digestion move smoothly. Most of us drink at least some water every day, but now that it’s summer and the mercury is rising, it’s important to be more vigilant than ever. Need to raise that hydration IQ? Here are some of the most common dehydration myths — and the facts behind them. 1. Myth: Dehydration is uncomfortable, but not dangerous. Fact: While most of us will…

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How to Train Yourself to Complain Less in 3 Weeks

Sure, everyone needs to vent once in a while. But being a compulsive kvetcher can hurt your mood and send people running. On the flip side, “complaining strategically, and in moderation, can actually be effective in bringing about desired outcomes,” says Robin Kowalski, PhD, professor of psychology at Clemson University in South Carolina. This plan will help you learn which woes matter and which don’t—and how to speak up to achieve results. Week 1 Monitor yourself. Start by figuring out how much you complain, as well as what tends to set you off. Stay aware. Keep a hair tie on your…

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Dietitian’s Advice: Best and Worst Foods for Your Waistline This Summer

Summer often brings social events like picnics in the park and outdoor barbecues. It also typically brings thick burgers, hot dogs with all the condiments, fried chicken and ice cream — all of which can quickly undo a more active summer lifestyle. However, if you choose carefully, you can savor the freshest tastes of the season while keeping your weight in check. Registered dietitian Anna Taylor shares some key strategies for selecting the best summer foods, while passing the worst choices by. 1. Say ‘yes’ to fruit and veggies Bring on the berries. Or watermelon. Or sweet corn. Or pretty much any other summer fruits…

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6 Surprising Ways Alcohol Affects Your Health — Not Just Your Liver

Some of the ways alcohol affects our health are well known, but others may surprise you. Here are six less-known effects that alcohol has on your body, according to gastroenterologist K. V. Narayanan Menon, MD: Drinking gives your body work to do that keeps it from other processes. Once you take a drink, your body makes metabolizing it a priority — above processing anything else. Unlike proteins, carbohydrates and fats, your body doesn’t have a way to store alcohol, so it has to move to the front of the metabolizing line. This is why it affects your liver, as it’s your…

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10 Vegan Meals You Can Make for Under $5

Eating vegan doesn’t have to be expensive. All of the meals here cost $5 or less for two servings! Here’s an unexpected twist when you go vegan: non-vegans often feel compelled to tell you, unbidden, why they haven’t made the leap. Since going vegan in 2006 I’ve heard many, many reasons why veganism is too hard, and the perceived price tag is high up on the list. When you first go vegan, it can seem super expensive. Part of the problem is that you’re restocking your pantry with vegan staple ingredients. The amount of nutritional yeast (nooch) or agave nectar in…

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5 Old Foods To Throw In The Garden Instead of the Garbage

About two months ago, we were FINALLY getting our seedlings put into the garden. (It snows in May in Colorado, so we get started later than most folks.) On one of the many trips inside the house to fetch a tool I’d forgotten, I noticed an old potato sporting many eyes in the pantry. Normally this all-seeing potato would probably have ended up in the trash, but since we were in the process of gardening anyway, this time I decided to plant it. I didn’t read any books or how-to guides for growing potatoes from, well, other potatoes. I just cut it…