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9 Non-Stuff Gift Ideas for Kids

Instead of toys, games or other material things, consider some of these non-stuff gift ideas for the kids in your life. I know that it’s fun to watch kids unwrap presents. I love when my son opens a gift from me and his face lights up. But what are we teaching our children with all of this stuff? As Christmas and Hanukkah approach, I think it’s a good time for us to consider some non-material gifts for kids. Kids don’t need mountains of toys to know that we love them. In fact, rewarding kids with more stuff can actually do them harm as they grow…

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Is the Weather Worsening Your Back Pain?

Grandma could predict an approaching storm when her joints ached, and she might have been onto something. Similarly, people with chronic back pain may notice a change in how they feel as the seasons change or weather shifts. But the connection between weather and spine pain isn’t well defined, and several reasons play into why a person might feel pain based on where they live or the season. “I don’t see a lot of research about how weather affects specific spinal conditions because it is so multi-factorial,” said Robert Hayden, DC, PhD, FICC, a spokesperson for the American Chiropractic Association (ACA)…

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9 Natural Ways to Boost Your Energy Levels

With increasingly busy lives, many people regularly find themselves feeling tired and drained. However, if the tiredness you’re experiencing is lifestyle-related, there are lots of things you can do to increase your energy levels. This article looks at 9 ways you can change your lifestyle and boost your energy levels naturally. 1. GET MORE SLEEP Sleep is something that easily gets put on the back burner when you’re busy. From pushing back bedtime to meet a deadline to missing out on a few hours of sleep due to shifts at work, many people cut back on hours that should be spent in…

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Snow Shoveling Techniques to Prevent Low Back Injuries

Snow shoveling is one of the more common causes of back injuries during the winter months. However, this type of injury is preventable if you know the best ways to remove snow without straining the back. The following snow removal tips can help you to avoid low back injuries and pain during the snowy winter season. Pick the Right Snow Shovel An ergonomic snow shovel can help take some of the effort out of snow removal chores. A shovel with a curved handle or an adjustable handle length will minimize painful bending, requiring you to bend your knees only slightly and arch your…

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Owning a Dog May Help You Live Longer

According to a 2016 Gallup poll, 44 percent of Americans own a dog. That is a pretty significant number. In fact, dogs are easily the most popular pet among US pet owners—sorry cat lovers. But what is it that makes dogs so great? Well, they’re fun loving, energetic, make excellent companions and… may actually help you live longer. A recent Swedish study suggested that owning a dog may be linked to a reduced risk of cardiovascular disease and premature death. According to the study, owning a dog was associated with a 20 percent reduced risk of overall death and a 23 percent…

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Trim the Trees, Deck the Halls and Avoid the Falls!

It’s that time of year again—when we gather the holiday decorations from the garage and set about creating a Winter Wonderland in our homes. While this season of the year can bring special time with loved ones, it’s also a period in which many un-merry mishaps can occur while decorating. From nuisance neck and back pains and strains to serious spinal fractures that can land you in the ER, no one sets out to sustain a spine injury over the holidays. With a bit of care and precaution, you can deck the halls to your heart’s content, while also…

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9 Daily Habits to Help Prevent Osteoporosis

While osteoporosis may be common, that doesn’t mean it is a necessary part of aging. With a few dietary and lifestyle improvements you can build strong bones resistant to the disease. Osteoporosis is a condition in which bones become porous when they are weakened by large withdrawals of minerals, including calcium, over long periods of time. They become prone to breaks and fractures as a result. It is currently understood that one in two women over the age of 50 will experience a bone fracture in their lifetime due to osteoporosis. Here are some simple strategies to help you avoid suffering from…

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8 Yoga Poses to Relieve Lower Back Pain

The lower back is a sensitive spot for many people. While there can be a ton of causes of lower back pain, a weak core and poor posture from sitting all day (and consequently shortening the hip muscles that then pull on the lower back) are two really common contributing factors to lower back aches and discomfort. It’s always important to figure out what’s causing pain so you can address it and prevent it from happening again. But in most situations, doing some gentle yoga can help relieve tightness and give your lower back some relief. “Yoga is great for working on…

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6 Tips to Survive the Holidays With Your Sanity Intact

The Holidays are a lot of fun. Between baked goods, eggnog and piles of gifts, what’s not to love? But, it’s also a notoriously stressful time of year. You’ve got to shop for those gifts, bake the speculaas and stock up on the eggnog. And we haven’t even touched on the family aspect yet. ‘Tis the season to be merry though, so let’s look at how we can celebrate the Holidays without all the usual stress. All it takes is a little planning and mindfulness and you’ll be well on your way to the best holiday ever. Really. BE FULLY PRESENT Commit to being full…

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3 Reasons Home Allergy Tests Probably Won’t Help You

If you deal with allergies, you know it’s not always easy to figure out what’s causing an adverse reaction. But is a home allergy test the best way to pin that down? Probably not, says allergist/immunologist Lily Pien, MD, MHPE. Millions of Americans wrestle with allergies based on the season, exposure to pets or dust, or specific foods. Treatment depends on how severe your symptoms are and which allergy triggers (allergens) are involved. Dr. Pien explains three main reasons why home allergy tests are not the best tool for pinpointing your problem. 1. You may not get accurate results “A true allergy is defined as experiencing allergic…