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New Ways to Carry Water May Save Runners from Pain

hydration-for-runnersWe live in an age where runners can stay hydrated in new and innovative ways. The old-school days of carrying your water in your hand, or only hydrating before and after you run, are long gone. It’s no surprise how crucial proper hydration is while training, not only for increasing performance but also for preventing injuries or problems that may arise from lack of hydration. With all of the devices on the market today, there’s no reason that dehydration should even be a problem. The future has brought new technology and designs for the way we carry water while running; allowing you to store water in ways that do not interfere with your run, or create an imbalance. Every runner should be taking advantage of the hydration benefits these devices provide. However, some runners still wonder, “Why can’t I just carry my water bottle in my hand while I run?” There is a very good reason: it could be creating serious problems for your body. Problems, that may seem unnoticeable at first, but can quickly lead to painful musculoskeletal conditions. How does this happen? (Continue Reading)

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Sleep: The Problem and The Solution

sleepIt’s no surprise that sleep plays a huge role when it comes to physical health. But to what extent? Most medical professionals will agree that adequate, restful sleep is crucial when it comes to staying healthy and preventing disease. Those who experience sleep difficulties for long periods of time, have a higher risk of developing conditions such as hypertension, depression, diabetes, obesity, and even some forms of cancer. Not to mention, those who get more sufficient sleep typically live longer and experience a higher quality of life. Around 50-70 million Americans report suffering from some form of sleep disorder. Any medical professional will tell you that sleep is just as important to living a healthy life as diet and exercise. 

So how much sleep is enough? That depends on age. The National Institute of Health suggest that school-age children require at least 10 hours of sleep each night. Teens get away with around 9 hours, and adults need around 7-8. Unfortunately, around 30% of adults receive less than 6 hours of sleep each night.

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How Does My Posture Affect My Health?

How-does-my-posture-affect-my-healthDid you know that your posture could be the root cause of a lot of your aches and pains? Researchers have performed numerous studies and found that the way we hold our bodies drastically affects how we feel. They have linked poor posture habits to high stress, depression, circulation issues, increased risk for diabetes and cardiovascular diseases, and slowing of intestinal activity, which leads to lots of other problems.

Some people even find that poor posture affects their careers, or how others view them, simply because they do not appear to be proud. When you walk through the door with your head down and your shoulders hunched over, you might come across as being sad and lacking energy. A Harvard study recently found that people who slouch have 10% less testosterone and a 15% increase in cortisol levels than people who don’t slouch. This means that people who slouch are dealing with more of the “stress chemical” known as cortisol. High cortisol and low testosterone levels can also cause feelings of low self confidence.

The other big factor about your posture is that you are holding your entire bodily frame in positions that cause misalignment, tension, and stress. As these 3 things occur to your bones, muscles, joints, tissues, etc, you develop sore spots, cramps, cricks, tense muscles, and more. Basically, you will feel pain in one or more areas of your body, and it may even be chronic pain.

Many people feel that they do not have the ability to fix their posture. Maybe they feel like they don’t have extra time to work on it, or they think that it will cost a lot of money, however, it doesn’t have to eat up a lot of your time or your hard earned money. All it takes is a little commitment and some patience with yourself.

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What You Need to Know About Vitamin D

vitamin-DThere are signs and symptoms that stem from the lack of vitamin D; one of them is depression. Serotonin, the neurotransmitter that regulates mood elevation rises with more exposure to light. There are many determining factors that place you at risk for a deficiency in Vitamin D.  For instance, those with darker skin are more at risk for Vitamin D deficiency. The darker your complexion, the more exposure you need from the sun; almost 10 times more exposure than what you would consider as enough for a pale person. Someone may also have a deficiency in Vitamin D if they are 50 years or older. The older you get, the less your skin responds to sun exposure, resulting in less production of Vitamin D in the body. The kidneys also become less efficient at converting Vitamin D into something usable by your body. Those who are over 50 (especially if they are retired) may also spend more time indoors compared to a younger adult. Sometimes those who come into the doctor’s office complaining of aches and pains in their bones, often end up being misdiagnosed with fibromyalgia or chronic fatigue syndrome, but what they may be experiencing is a Vitamin D deficiency. Ten to fifteen minutes of direct sunlight per day can help the body produce an adequate amount of vitamin D. Some researchers have concluded that Vitamin D helps to relieve pain by aiding in the absorption of calcium, which aids in bone repair and growth. Research has estimated that a majority of people with unexplained sources of pain were found to be deficient in vitamin D levels. There seems to be a correlation between Vitamin D and living with pain. A physician or nutritionist should know enough about Vitamin D, and if they believe you may have this deficiency, they should work with you to develop a treatment plan that includes regular sun exposure and possibly Vitamin D supplements.

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Runners and Athletes Notice Better Performance With Maca

maca-running-energyOften found in a powder form in stores, this small, Peruvian root is being used by runners, bicyclist, and numerous athletes for a variety of reasons. What’s the secret? It says a lot about a vegetable when it’s oldest known purpose was to give Incan warriors strength and energy before battle. The root itself is estimated to consist of 50% carbohydrates, which for athletes is a big deal for supplying energy. Other perks you’ll find in Maca include iron, magnesium, protein, calcium, Vitamin B, B2, and C.  What separates Maca from other “super foods” is its adaptogenic properties. What does that mean? We’ll explain everything you need to know about Maca and why you should be including it into your diet.

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Arnica: The Miracle Mountain Plant

arnica-mountainFor a medicinal plant that has the ability to remedy numerous ailments, awareness of Arnica's benefits is steadily growing these days. People are finding all sorts of uses for arnica, as a pain reducer, a sterilizer, and an anti-inflammatory. The ways and methods to apply and use arnica may vary, but the results seem to prove positive, and any side-effects seem to be non-existent for those using arnica in their daily lives. We’ll tell you why this super-supplement may be the best decision you make when it comes to dealing with pain, but first, a little history lesson.

Arnica was used by Native Americans for centuries to relieve pain from sprains, bruises, and other wounds, however, people all over the world have been using Arnica for pain relief. Arnica is sometimes known as “Mountain Tobacco”, a name most likely coined by Native Americans, but may stem from Swiss mountain guides who would chew on the Arnica leaves to remain energized and prevent fatigue. It has been said the philosopher Goethe would commonly use it as a tea to prevent chest pains. It was only until the 19th and 20th centuries when practitioners and physicians started regularly using Arnica to treat a variety of ailments and pains. Let’s take a look at what these benefits are and how Arnica may be your answer to a pain-free life. 

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The Road to Better Driving Posture

better-posture-drivingThe British Chiropractic Association (BCA) has done the math when it comes to driving and posture problems, finding that around 32,000 people visit a chiropractor each month with injuries that are aggravated, or caused by, poor driving posture. Most people spend hours every week (if not every day) driving and sitting in a truck or car seat. Overtime, if you are driving with poor posture, you increase your risk of developing painful conditions in the muscles and bones. Just as those with certain occupations may require them to sit in an office chair for hours on end, those who spend most of their day driving may experience painful issues that arise from improper posture.

To make things easier on your spine, arms, legs, and other parts of your body, there are a list of things to consider every day while driving.

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Therapy Putty Exercises Are Breaking the Mold

therapy-puttyLooking for ways to improve hand strength? Therapy putty may bring you benefits that are anything but silly. Millions of those suffering from grip strength, immobilization, or those simply looking for more dexterity in the hands, are witnessing effective results from the use of resistance exercises through putty. This type of therapy putty is a silicone based, non-toxic, malleable clay that helps build stronger muscles in the hands, while reducing stiffness or soreness in the joints and other areas.

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How Runners Avoid Muscle Loss

runners-avoid-muscle-lossOne of the biggest concerns you hear from runners is the loss of muscle mass that can occur from running long distances. It’s no surprise that short-distance sprinters have a much different body type than ultra-marathoners, and for those who love running long distances, loss of muscle can be a legitimate worry. Can runners truly have it all? Can you keep your running mileage and never fret about muscle loss? The short answer is, it is possible. However, there are a few things you’ll have to consider first, such as body type, nutrition, weight training, and running style.

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The Final Answer for Joint Pain in the Knees?

knee-pain-glucosaminePain in the joints of the knee can occur for a variety of reasons. Broken down cartilage, osteoarthritis, or a past injury, are all likely culprits of knee pain. So once you have it, what do you do about it? Knee pain is keeping millions of people from living their normal lives, and the pain can be so severely debilitating that it keeps you from walking or running, and can even make it difficult to stand up. Have studies found a solution? Possibly, with two specific supplements: Chondroitin and Glucosamine.

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