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Natural Cures for These 5 Common Winter Maladies

Winter can be a harsh time for the body. All parts of the body can get stiffer, smellier and drier. But not to fear! Here are some simple natural cures for 5 of the most common winter maladies: BAD BREATH With all the sugary, rich foods we consume in winter, it’s no surprise that many of us are forced to deal with bad breath. Halitosis is no fun, but it’s not a lost cause. Bad breath is caused by a buildup of bad bacteria in the mouth—on the back of the tongue, the cheeks, the roof of your mouth. Brushing these areas…

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7 Simple Exercises for Upper and Middle Back Pain

Back pain can really put a damper on your day-to-day routine. Find out some common causes for upper and middle back pain and simple exercises that can help! There are many causes of upper and middle back pain, and most of them are related to overuse or strain. Poor posture, overdoing it in the yard or lifting something too heavy for you can all put strain on your upper and middle back, causing injury and pain. For mild to moderate pain, these exercises can help give you some relief. As always, talk to a doctor if your pain is severe or doesn’t seem…

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Why You Need to Get Comfortable with Being Uncomfortable

Three months ago we were living in a small, cozy apartment in a city that plays host to one of the seven natural wonders of the world. Life was easy. We had a gym, a mall, the beach and a smorgasbord of restaurants all within walking distance of our home. The problem with easy though, is that it quickly becomes routine. With nothing to challenge us, we found ourselves stagnating. Sure, we kept busy with things like work, volunteering, hiking and so on, but something was missing. We weren’t being challenged. Rather than expanding, it’s as if our comfort zone was shrinking….

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5 Everyday Noises That Can Ruin Your Hearing

We live in a noisy world. There’s so much noise so much of the time that we become oblivious to it. We accept noise as the background to our lives. That is, until we find ourselves left out of conversations and turning up the volume on the television because we can’t hear. Even everyday sounds like household appliances and portable music players can slowly rob you of your ability to hear. According to the National Institutes on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD), exposure to loud and long-lasting sounds can damage sensitive structures in the inner ear and cause noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL). Hearing…

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Do You Worry About Falling? How to Conquer the Fear

Do you worry about losing your balance as you get older? It’s perfectly normal to worry about falling, and it does happen more often as people age. Increasing your awareness bolstered by daily exercise can help. How the fear of falling develops About one-third of older adults fall annually, says audiologist Julie Honaker, PhD, Director of Cleveland Clinic’s Vestibular and Balance Disorders Laboratories. “Those who fall develop a greater fear of falling. But, even those who don’t fall can develop the fear if they have a friend who’s fallen. They know the consequences of the injuries and how it can impact their independence,” she says. The role of…

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Tips for Snow Shoveling: How to Avoid Back Pain

Did you know in some parts of the US the average snowfall approaches 10 feet? That is a lot of snow to shovel. It is not surprising to learn that many people suffer from muscle fatigue, low back strain, vertebral disc damage, and even spinal fractures during the winter season. Some of these injuries result from excessive stress to spinal structures by slip and fall accidents. A study published by Brad Coffiner at Cornell University’s ergonomic department indicated “…when handling heavy snow with a shovel, the L5-S1 disc has been identified as the weakest link in the body segment chain. The most severe injuries and pain…

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The Best Exercises You Can Do If You Have Back Problems

Back problems are a pain. Both literally and figuratively. For those with back pain, there’s a fine line between exercising the back muscles and pulling them. Use these exercises to strengthen back muscles and minimize pain. Swimming A pilates move to mimic swimming in a pool strengthens back muscles, according to Prevention. As the name suggests, when performing this exercise you’ll look like a swimmer out of water. Maintaining a long spine and contracting the abs is important to support the back throughout the exercise. Also, focus on the length of arms and legs and not the height. Hint: This old form of exercise still works…

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6 Causes of Mechanical Back Pain

The cause of most back and neck pain is mechanical—meaning the source of the pain may be triggered by the movements of the spine. The moving parts of the spinal column include ligaments, tendons, muscles, intervertebral discs, vertebral bodies, and facet joints. A common region for mechanical low back pain is the lumbar spine (L1-L5). These 5 levels absorb and distribute most of the body’s weight during static and active movement. Static means the body is stationary (eg, standing) but not actively moving (eg, walking). The neck is the most mobile section of the spinal column. Here, 7 cervical vertebrae, which are…

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50 New Year’s Resolution Ideas And How To Achieve Each Of Them

The New Year is slowly nearing, and with the holiday season already upon us many people are indulging in retrospection and reevaluating some of their life choices. New Year’s resolutions are the perfect opportunity for all those who have failed to start making the changes that they said they would make next week, next month, or perhaps when winter starts. Well, now’s your chance to sit down and prepare a list of important lifestyle changes you want to make, Lifehack has decided to give you a bit of help – because since the majority of people fail to stick…

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Yoga in the Workplace Can Reduce Back Pain and Sickness Absence

Back pain is the single leading cause of disability in the world. In the US, four out of every five people experience back pain at some point in their life. In the UK, back pain is one of the most common reasons for visits to the doctor, and missed work. In fact, absence from work due to back problems costs British employers more than £3 billion every year. But there is a potentially easy way to prevent this problem: yoga. Our new research has found that exercises from the ancient Indian practice can have very positive benefits for back problems. Our findings suggest that yoga programs consisting of…