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11 Reasons to Love Watermelon

It’s watermelon season! The mostly gigantic fruit are popping up in gardens, farmer’s markets and grocery stores. And, that’s a good thing. Not only do these fruit quench thirst from the scorching hot days of August, they are packed with nutrition to boost your health. Here are 11 reasons to love watermelon: 1.  Watermelon is one of the top sources of the nutrient lycopene, which gives foods like watermelon, tomatoes, guava, rosehips, strawberries and pink grapefruit their pinkish-reddish hue. A growing body of research links lycopene consumption to a reduced risk of prostate and breast cancer. 2.  Watermelon may stimulate more…

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8 Reasons Why You Should Go On a Walk

Walking can do wonders for your body and soul. It’s a miracle drug of sorts – an accessible, affordable, and effective treatment for countless ailments. Here are some excellent reasons that will hopefully encourage you to get out there, start moving, and get healthier. 1. Walking makes you happier. Moving around outdoors can lift one’s mood quickly. Walking has been found to combat symptoms of depression as effectively as medication. Researchers at Duke University found that “a brisk 30-minute walk or jog around the track three times a week may be just as effective in relieving the symptoms of major depression as the standard…

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7 Reasons to Eat More Dates

One of the oldest crops on the planet, humans have been eating dates for over 6,000 years. Modern nutrition and science are just starting to find out why dates are so beneficial for our health. Over 200 varieties of dates are grown worldwide. These may not all be available in your local supermarket, but read on to find out why you should include more of these tasty fruits in your diet. Health Benefits of Dates 1. Highly Nutritious Dates are not simply a sugary treat as their taste may suggest. They are a great source ofmany different nutrients and they’re high in fiber. In…

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Back to school: How to lighten the load of heavy backpacks

Many of us can recall the good-old days when middle and high schools had lockers. Although the contents of these hallway storage units defined our persona — from stickers and dirty jerseys to notebooks and love letters — they were the hub of social interactions and provided us a place to store books and binders for the classes we needed. But sadly, weapons and drugs that found their way into these lockers as well as hallway cliques and congestion. Toss in the savings of thousands of construction dollars, and you can understand why lockers disappeared from schools. And with their…

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Vacation Back Pain And Summer Sciatica: 6 Tips

Long, lazy days of late summer signal vacation and travel opportunities for many in the northern hemisphere. But what if you’re prone to back pain or sciatica, or you feel the ‘ouch’ of pain during what’s supposed to be the restorative time of your year? Family time, golf and tennis time, exploring and socializing can go off track, to say nothing of your financial investment …we all want a good vacation ROI. As a physical therapist specializing in prevention and rapid resolution of spine pain, the ring of the phone or ping of an…

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Don’t Make These 4 Mistakes When You’re Lifting Weights

No matter what your gender or age, lifting weights is a great way to increase your resting metabolic rate, decrease body fat, improve balance and motor coordination, and enhance joint stability. For a total body workout, we recommend lifting weights for 20 minutes to 30 minutes three days a week. However, people sometimes make common mistakes that can cause injuries or delay the results they hope to achieve. 1. Holding your breath Holding your breath as you’re lifting weights can lead to a rapid increase in your blood pressure. In some cases, this can cause a hernia and in more extreme cases, you can even lose…

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Why a Strong Core is Your Best Guard Against Back Pain

If you suffer from back pain, you’ve probably heard that strengthening your core can bring you some relief. But is this always true? And if so, how do you do it? We spoke with Cleveland Clinic physical therapist Patti Mariano, DPT, to find out. Q: What is your core? When most people think about the core of the body they think of the abdominal or six-pack area just below the ribs. While the abdominal muscles are an important part of the core, we consider other areas important, too. Your core includes: Front abdominal muscles — the rectus abdominis Muscles along the side of your body…

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What Do These 5 Veggies Have in Common? They’re Nutritional Powerhouses!

Kale, cabbage, broccoli, brussels sprouts and cauliflower may all look different, but they’re actually remarkably similar. These five veggies are all part of the Cruciferae family. We laymen commonly refer to them as cruciferous vegetables. In addition to being closely related, these five vegetables also have something else in common: They’re some of the most nutritious vegetables on the planet. We’re not saying you shouldn’t ever deviate away from the cruciferous family, but really, these five vegetables can fulfill a lot of your nutritional needs. Here are a few of the health benefits of cruciferous vegetables and some advice on…

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How Many Glasses of Water Should We Drink a Day?

It turns out the often quoted “drink at least eight glasses of water a day” dictum has little underpinning scientific evidence. The recommendation was traced back to a 1921 paper, in which the author measured his own pee and sweat and determined we lose about 3% of our body weight in water a day, about eight cups. Consequently, for the longest time, water requirement guidelines for humanity were based on just one person. There is evidence that not drinking enough may be associated with falls and fractures, heat stroke, heart disease, lung disorders, kidney disease, kidney stones, bladder and colon…