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​8 Ways Your Daily Routine Can Cause Lower Back Pain

Ah, low back pain. It’s the condition that unites us all. About 31 million Americans suffer from pain in their lower backs at any given time, according to the American Chiropractic Association—and 50 to 80% of us will experience back pain at some point in our lives. We hear all the time the importance of maintaining a healthy weight to prevent pain. But what if you’re a seemingly healthy, active adult and that back ache still won’t quit? (Halt chronic inflammation and reverse symptoms of more than 45 diseases with the natural solution in The Whole Body Cure.) Though your low back pain may feel like…

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Beware These 3 Back Pain Myths

When it comes to health problems, back pain is one of the most common ailments among Americans, with up to 80 percent of the adult population suffering from it at least once during their lifetime. And because if affects so many people, it’s a hot discussion topic in our homes, with our friends and coworkers and especially online. As a spine surgeon in practice for more than two decades, I continue to encounter patients, particularly in this digital age where so much information is at our fingertips (much of it wrong), who believe back-pain wives tales – misinformation or concepts that have long…

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Foods to Eat and Avoid for a Healthy Brain

The sentiment, “you are what you eat” has never been more true than when it comes to your brain. That’s because your brain needs high quality fuel to keep everything in your body running smoothly—from your physical body to your moods and intellect. Before we explore the best foods to eat, let’s examine the foods to avoid. FOODS TO AVOID FOR A HEALTHY BRAIN Bad Fat, Bad Brain Your brain is 60 percent fat and needs plentiful amounts of high quality fats to create healthy new brain cells. So, if you’re eating harmful fats like trans fats, margarine, shortening, lard and all…

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Frankie Muniz on His Broken Back Pain: ‘It Scares Me’ but I Want to Keep Dancing

Frankie Muniz is loving his time on Dancing with the Stars more than he ever thought he would — but competing on the ABC reality dance competition has taken a physical toll on his body. The former Malcom in the Middle star revealed on the Sept. 18 premiere of DWTS that he had broken his back in a 2009 car racing accident. “I don’t really ever feel my back because I don’t do anything like this,” Muniz, 31, told PEOPLE after Monday’s episode of DWTS. “My lower back, it scares me because I’m trying to protect it when I dance and that makes me tense up,…

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7 Natural Ways to Prepare Your Body for Cold/Flu Season

It’s here again: cold and flu season. No need to begrudgingly slather yourself in antibacterial goop and set out the welcome mat for the viral onslaught. Rather than just tackling the cold or flu when it hits, why not make preemptive action a part of your lifestyle? Here are some habits to incorporate into your life to help you stay strong and healthy, even through the worst of cold and flu season: Get some reasonable exercise Find your Goldilocks zone for exercise: not too much, not too little, just the right amount. Overexerting yourself can actually weaken your immune system, since it actually raises stress hormones in the…

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Do You Actually Take Care of Yourself?

You take care of yourself, right? I mean, we’re all grown ups here. We feed ourselves. We go to sleep at (hopefully) reasonable hours. We go to work so we can afford to live. We pay all those pesky bills. Wait—those are responsibilities. What about self-care? Self-care goes above and beyond responsibility. It means loving yourself and treating yourself like royalty. Selfish, you say? Absolutely not. You can’t take care of anyone else in an effective way unless you are mentally, physically and spiritually nourished yourself. It’s the whole “place-the-oxygen-mask-over-your-own-face-before-assisting-others” concept. Hold off your groan. I understand how difficult it is to prioritize…

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7 Ways to Make Your Commute Less Stressful

About 86 percent of American workers commute to the office by car—which means about 86 percent of us are more stressed than we’d like to be. According to research just published in Transportation Research Part F: Traffic Psychology and Behaviour, drivers have more stressful commutes than those who walk, bike or ride public transit, and enjoy the commute less than cyclists and walkers—not surprising, considering you rarely see walkers cutting each other off or flipping the bird. And although the study of 3,800 McGill University students, faculty and staff found that drivers budget an extra 21 minutes of commuting time to deal with…

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This Type of Exercise Can Actually Slow Aging

We all want to be fitter, right? Whether you are trying to lose weight or just feel stronger and more confident, fitness is part of being a modern human. But what type of exercise is best for you? Cardio? Strength training? Gentle? Intense? How about the type that slows cellular aging? Recent research has shown that high-intensity interval training (HIIT) may actually reduce and reverse longterm damage done to mitochondria—the powerhouse of the cell. In their research, according to biopsied muscle cells, thrice-weekly interval training actually activated and changed more genes than strength training or moderate cardio, leading to the conclusion that “HIIT improves age-related decline…

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5 Best Ways to Safeguard Your Joints as You Age

If you’re like most people, you don’t think much about your joints until they start complaining. But your joints deserve attention long before they cause continuous discomfort. “Prevention really is the best medicine when it comes to joint pain,” says sports medicine physician Dominic King, DO. Here are five tips for safeguarding your joints — and the cartilage that supports them — as you age: 1. Plan to quit smoking — and follow through Smoking and tobacco use are risk factors for everything from cardiovascular problems to cancer. Smoking can hamper your joints, too. “Because smoking increases inflammation throughout your body, it can make it harder…

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How To Stop Procrastinating

Procrastination is the vile habit that impedes all of us from achieving anything in a timely manner. In a world where we have literally everything at our fingertips, it’s very easy to get carried away with distraction. It’s so much of an issue that most of us don’t even know when we’re procrastinating. So going into back-to-school season, we all know it’s a problem but what can we do about it?