Having a job at the office and stress in general can easily lead to back pain.
This type of pain is more and more common among people of all ages, and it is definitely uncomfortable. Back pain can occur as a result of numerous factors, including exercising, lifting heavy objects, being seated for too long and others.
Many people have found a way to live with this pain, instead of treating it. However, today’s article presents 7 amazing stretches that will get rid of your back pain in a flash. Ultimately, you won’t believe the relief you’ll get after feeling no back pain anymore.
Read below to learn how to do the 7 amazing stretches properly:
Forward bend This stretch is for sudden or unusual back pain. Place a chair as high as your hip in front of you. Place hands on the chair and step away a little bit. Then, bend forward until your head is placed between your arms. Hold position for 1 minute then release.
Hip Flexor Lunge Sometimes, tight hips can be the cause of back pain and this stretch will help you fix that. Place your right foot forward and lower left knee to floor. It is very similar to a lunge position. Stretch left leg as far back as possible. Remain in this position for 30 seconds. Return to original posture. Switch legs and repeat once more.
Quad Stretch At times, your quads may not be stretched enough so you are feeling back pain. To fix this problem, lay down on the ground on the right side. Bend your knee but do not separate knees from touching. Reach towards the left ankle with your left hand and start pulling to stretch your quads. Pull for 30 seconds then release. Switch sides and repeat once more.
Knee to chest stretch Lie down on your back and stretch legs fully. Bend left knee and hold calf. Start pulling knee towards the chest. Hold position for 30 seconds then release. Switch legs and repeat once more.
Supine Twist This stretch is very beneficial for treating low back pain. Lie down on your back and bend legs at the knees. Keep both feet on the floor. Place your left leg over the right one and turn both legs to the left. Turn your upper body to the other side. Switch legs and repeat once more.
Hamstring stretch Lie down on the back and bend left knee, but keep foot on the floor. Place hands at the back of your leg, right above the knee. Now, lift the other leg way high and hold for 30 seconds. Return to original posture and switch legs to repeat.
Figure four stretch Lie down on your back bend left knee, with keeping the foot on the floor. Raise right knee to the chest and put ankle across the knee. You should let your right knee fall to the side. Hold position for 30 seconds. Switch legs to repeat once more.
Gallstones are not that unusual. They happen to many people around the world. But don’t despair, there is something the Chinese knew about and now they have shared with the world.
Our gallbladder is a 4 inches organ with the form of pear. It is placed under the liver in the top right part of the abdomen.
The gallbladder stores the bile, a combination of liquids, fat and cholesterol. The bile helps to decompose the fats of the food in the intestines. The gallbladder delivers the bile in the small intestine. This allows the soluble vitamins and nutrients to absorb more easily in the blood stream.
The powerful recipe we’re going to present you has already helped many people. The recipe was discovered by the Chinese doctor Dr. Lai Chiu Nan and is a completely natural remedy that eliminates gallbladder stones.
These gallstones or stones cause pain, jaundice, and even cancer. Dr. Lai says that cancer is not the first illness that appears and also says that, in general, there are many other problems that can lead to cancer. According to his researches, the patients usually have gallstones before developing cancer. One of the symptoms is the sensation of heaviness after a heavy meal. Then you feel like you cannot digest the food. If things become serious, you feel pain in the liver, too.
Dr. Lai offers the following methods for gallstones elimination. This treatment is especially good for people with a weak liver, because the liver and the gallbladder are narrowly linked.
-Take four glasses of apple juice every day or eat 4-5 apples the first five days. Apple juice smoothens the gallstones. Eat normally during these five days. -You mustn’t have dinner on the sixth day. -At 6 p.m. on the sixth day, take a teaspoon of Epsom salt (magnesium sulphate) dissolved in a glass of lukewarm water. -At 8 p.m. repeat the same. -At 10 p.m. take half a cup of olive oil with half a cup of juice of freshly squeezed lemon. Stir and drink. The oil lubricates the stones and facilitates this step. -On the following morning, you should notice green stones in the stool.
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Using fenugreek seeds is one of the best ways to get rid of plaque in your arteries.Many studies have underscored fenugreek’s cholesterol-lowering effect – as it is a great source of fiber. Researchers say that the high fiber content actually blocks cholesterol absorption.The presence of soluble fiber, in particular, increases the viscosity of the digested food and inhibits the uptake of cholesterol and bile acids.
Fenugreek seeds are also considered one of the cleansing herbs used on the body to eliminate built up waste materials, toxins and fat from the arteries.
Soak 1 teaspoon of fenugreek seeds in water overnight. The next morning, eat the seeds along with the water on an empty stomach.
Add 1 teaspoon of fenugreek seeds to 1 cup of water. Boil it for 5 minutes, strain and add a little honey. Drink it 1 or 2 times daily.
Follow either of these remedies daily for several months.
– Stop smoking – Avoid drinking alcohol – Limit your intake of sugar – Do not eat fried red meat as it can clog your arteries – Include beans and whole-grain products in your diet – Eat more fruits with bright colors (oranges, mango, tomatoes, watermelon and blueberries) – Consume 2 to 3 tablespoons of extra-virgin coconut oil daily to help reduce plaque buildup in the arteries – Drink 1 to 2 glasses of pure organic cranberry juice – Cook food in extra-virgin olive oil for its positive effects on cholesterol levels – Drink 2 to 3 cups of green tea daily – Eat a few walnuts daily.
For over 40 years, research proving cannabis‘s incredible cancer-fighting powers has been either hushed or completely ignored by the US government. It continues to push other treatments, a lot of the time at the cost of your overall health, and carries on strictly enforcing marijuana laws.
The major issue in medical research of marijuana is the fact that federal permission is mandatory in order to conduct the research, due to its illegal schedule 1 status.
Senior Policy Analyst at the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML), Paul Armentano, collected together the findings of multiple studies into marijuana’s effect on cancerous cells. He found that the US government has been avoiding to listen to some pretty across-the-board conclusive evidence.
What do Studies Show About Cancer and Cannabis?
Armentano’s report on cannabinoids (the active compounds in cannabis) and the ways in which they can impact on cancer cells, brought together decades of research into the subject.
He begins his study with a quote from the conclusion of another comprehensive review. “Cannabinoids possess… anticancer activity [and may] possibly represent a new class of anti-cancer drugs that retard cancer growth, [and] inhibit… the metastatic spreading of cancer cells.”
Armentano then goes back to over 4 decades ago, with a 1974 study by the Medical College of Virginia. This study found that cannabis inhibited malignant tumor cell growth in both cultures and mice. The study was published in the Washington Post and concluded that marijuana’s primary cannabinoid, THC, “slowed the growth of lung cancers, breast cancers, and a virus-induced leukemia in laboratory mice, and prolonged their lives by as much as 36 percent.”
In spite of these very promising finds, the government refused any future funding for 20 years. That is, until a mid-90s study by the US National Toxicology Program. Once again, they found that cannabis had a positive impact – mice and rats that were given high doses of THC over long periods of time experienced greater protection against malignant tumors than the untreated mice.
The results of this study were actually kept secret. They only came to light after they were leaked in 1997 to a medical journal, which then released them to the national media. Even then, the government hasn’t been forthcoming in funding any more studies on the subject in America.
Thankfully, over the past two decades or so, overseas research has stepped in and continued to report on cannabinoids’ cancer-fighting abilities. These studies have found it to halt many types of cancer from prostate cancer to lung, breast, and even brain cancer. Italian researchers reiterated, “[Cannabinoids] have displayed a great potency in reducing glioma tumor growth… without affecting the viability of [healthy cells].”
These findings are vital, as traditional treatments such as chemotherapy are ruthless – not discriminating between the cancerous cells and healthy ones. It seems as though cannabinoids can single out the cancer cells.
How is Cannabis Killing Cancer Cells?
According to the PBS documentary “Clearing the Smoke: The Science of Cannabis” (2) this incredible power is due to receptors on cells throughout the body. You can think of receptors almost as “locks” and when the right “key” comes along and connects with the lock, it releases a message. Typical messages might be that the body is under attack, and the immune system needs to respond, or even something as simple as a registering of pain.
In the case of cannabis, researchers found two cannabinoid receptors on cells throughout the body. For these receptors, cannabinoids present in marijuana are the all-important “key”. These cannabinoid receptors are called the CB1 and CB2 receptors. The CB1 receptors are mainly located in the brain but are present in many major organs throughout the body, such as the heart and liver.
CB2 receptors are found on cells throughout the immune system. When these cells mutate and become cancerous, they no longer die like normal cells, but grow and spread uncontrollably. Importantly, though, they still retain their CB2 receptors, even when they become cancerous.
These CB2 receptors essentially act as a target for the cannabinoids present in marijuana. When those compounds hit the receptors, they key and lock come together and release a critical message – the cannabinoids tell the cancerous cells to die.
Surprisingly, what follows is just that – the cells “commit suicide” (2). This is how cannabinoids are able to kill cancerous cells so effectively.
The Future of Cancer Treatment?
As of yet, there is still a lot more research that needs to be done for the benefits of cannabinoids in fighting cancer to be fully understood and appreciated. It seems as though the social stigma attached to cannabis has damaged much of the medical research for way too long, although the future is starting to look a little greener.
Good blood circulation is essential for good health. Your blood helps transport nutrients and oxygen to every part of your body. Any problem with your circulatory system can lead to a variety of other health issues. If left untreated, it can cause serious damage to your brain, heart, liver, kidneys and limbs.
You can have poor blood circulation for several reasons, with the most common being atherosclerosis, or “hardening of the arteries”, and peripheral artery disease (PAD). It can also be a result of other health problems like diabetes, heart disease, obesity or blood clots. Smoking, excess drinking, pregnancy and eating disorders can also make you more vulnerable to this condition.
By knowing the symptoms of poor circulation, you can target the root cause and get it treated timely. It is important to consult a doctor when experiencing symptoms of circulation problems, as it can lead to a heart attack, a stroke and even death.
Here are the top 10 warning signs of poor blood circulation.
1. Swelling of Lower Extremities
Mild cases of swelling in your feet can be due to sitting or standing in one position for long periods of time, high salt intake, malnutrition, obesity, aging, a sedentary lifestyle, premenstrual syndrome (PMS) and pregnancy.
However, if you suffer from edema or swelling in your feet for quite some time, it may be because of poor blood circulation.
Due to a lack of blood flow, the kidneys become unable to carry out the process of keeping fluid in the blood vessels where it belongs. This causes the fluid to leech out and settle into surrounding tissues, which leads to swelling. In extreme cases, poor circulation can also cause leg ulcers.
When you notice any form of swelling in your feet, raise your legs above your heart level. The swelling will subside once the circulation improves. Consult your doctor if you have persistent or extreme swelling.
2. Numbness in Hands and Feet
Feeling numb in certain body parts, especially in the extremities (hands and feet) can also be a sign of poor blood circulation. You can also have numbness due to constant pressure on your hands or feet, exposure to cold, temporary nerve compression, a sedentary lifestyle and a nutritional deficiency of vitamin B12 or magnesium. It can also be a symptom of carpal tunnel syndrome, diabetes, multiple sclerosis and an underactive thyroid.
3. Cold Hands and Feet
Proper blood flow helps maintain a healthy body temperature. When blood flow is interrupted, the body cannot maintain its normal temperature, resulting in cold hands and feet. Due to poor circulation, blood is not able to travel easily to the furthest parts of your body, such as your fingers and toes. Reduced oxygen levels in the body’s cells can lead to cold extremities. Rubbing the affected area is a natural response to encourage blood to flow more quickly to those areas.
Other common causes of cold hands and feet are an underactive thyroid, Raynaud’s syndrome and peripheral neuropathy. If you have cold extremities without any known reason, consult your doctor to find out the exact cause.
4. Persistent Fatigue and Tiredness
Fatigue is a common side effect of physical exertion and many medications. However, a constant feeling of fatigue and tiredness may also indicate inadequate blood supply to different body parts. This causes organs to struggle to carry out their normal duties. It even affects the muscles, as they are not getting enough oxygen and nutrients. Along with fatigue and tiredness, some people may even suffer from breathlessness, lack of stamina and sore muscles.
Other causes of fatigue include excessive alcohol use, excessive intake of caffeine, inactivity, poor sleep, unhealthy eating habits, anxiety, depression, grief and stress.
5. Weak Immune System and Slow Healing
A weak circulatory system will have a direct impact on your immune system. Due to poor circulation, the vitamins and minerals that your body needs to fight off infection are not distributed timely and in adequate amounts. This affects your body’s ability to detect and fight off pathogens. With a weakened immune system, you may get sick more often and cuts, wounds and grazes may take longer to heal.
To improve blood circulation and boost your immunity, include exercise in your daily routine. As little as 20 minutes of walking five days a week can improve blood flow throughout your body.
6. Varicose Veins
Varicose veins that appear in the legs can be a symptom as well as cause of poor circulation. Due to improper blood flow, pressure builds and causes the veins located just under the skin’s surface to become swollen, twisted and very visible. Varicose veins tend to appear on the lower legs and cause pain, itchiness, restlessness, burning sensations and heaviness in the legs. The appearance of bulging veins is also a beauty concern for many people. Other common factors contributing to varicose veins are heredity, obesity, constipation, hormonal changes in the body, use of birth control pills and even occupations that require a lot of standing.
If you have varicose veins, it is essential to wear compression stockings to enhance proper blood flow. Also, consult your doctor to determine the exact cause and treatment.
7. Sudden Hair Loss
Hair loss without any known reason is a clear sign that blood is not getting distributed properly around your body. When the scalp does not receive essential nutrients in the proper amounts, hair becomes thin, dry and starts falling out at a rapid speed. Hair experts recommend massaging the scalp with appropriate hair oil to treat hair loss. Massage helps increase blood flow to the hair follicles. It’s important to also consult your doctor to determine if additional treatment is needed for poor circulation.
Bad circulation also causes dry skin and brittle nails due to lack of nutrients. Other factors behind hair loss include aging, stress, excessive smoking, nutritional deficiencies, hormonal imbalance, genetic factors, scalp infections, thyroid disorder, iron-deficiency anemia and chronic illnesses.
8. Erectile Dysfunction
In men, poor blood circulation leading to reduce blood flow in the reproductive organs may also cause contribute to erectile dysfunction. This problem is characterized by consistent problems in achieving or sustaining an erection.
ED is often associated with atherosclerosis. Hence, it is suggested that men suffering from this problem should see their doctor to be evaluated for cardiovascular disease.
9. Skin Discoloring or Cyanosis
If your skin or lips turn blue, it clearly indicates low blood oxygen levels or poor circulation. This problem is also known as cyanosis. A low oxygen level in your blood causes the color to change from bright red to darker. This makes the skin around the eyes, gums and lips look blue. Even your fingers and toes will have a slightly bruised look.
Sudden discoloration of the skin in babies can also be the first sign of congenital heart disease, so it’s important to seek medical advice immediately.
10. Tightness or Heaviness in the Chest
Your heart is responsible for pumping blood around your body, but to function properly the heart also needs adequate blood flow. Low circulation in the arteries to your heart causes tightness and heaviness in the chest. The heavy feeling will come and go randomly. Medically, this problem is known as angina pectoris, or simply angina. Chest pain may also be a sign of atherosclerosis in these arteries.
However, chest pain can also be a symptom of a muscle spasm, heartburn, acidity, an upper respiratory infection, a stomach ulcer, and indigestion.
If you have chest pain, consult your doctor right away to prevent a potentially life-threatening medical problem.
Tips to Improve Circulation
.• Make physical exercise a part of your daily routine. • Stress can also affect circulation, so take necessary steps to handle stress. • Add a few drops of rosemary essential oil to ½ cup of warm olive oil and use it to massage your body, especially the extremities. • Try constrast hydrotherapy (alternate hot and cold treatment) to promote proper circulation. • Poor posture can contribute to poor circulation. Be sure to keep your spine straight while sitting or walking. • Avoid coffee and switch to green tea for general well-being. • Don’t overdo your alcohol consumption. • Quit smoking and avoid exposure to secondhand smoke. • Add nuts, seeds, cayenne pepper or black pepper, garlic, onion and ginger in your diet to stimulate your circulatory system. • Always invest in a good pair of shoes that do not hamper proper circulation in your legs
Plantar Fasciitis is a health issue concerning the bottom of the foot. It results from too much stress being placed on your feet. The damage is inflicted on the fascia- which is a thin layer of tissue that protects other tissues in your feet. The most common causes of plantar fasciitis is standing, running and performing activities that put a lot of stress and pressure on your feet.
Plantar Fasciitis Symptoms
Just as any other symptom of a damaged tissue, the most commonly noticed symptom of plantar fasciitis is overwhelming pain. From burning, to stabbing, stinging a throbbing, many people experience dramatic amount of pain when they get up in the morning. The sensation however, lessens throughout the day, but there are rare cases where that overwhelming pain is constant.
The most common places where this issue can develop is the middle section of the feet and the toes.
Plantar Fasciitis can be especially annoying since it can last up to a year or two. Since we cannot avoid walking and moving, it is best to immediately consult with a specialist about this issue before the pain starts impacting your normal daily life.
Causes of Plantar Fasciitis
As we mentioned above, plantar fasciitis can result from many factors. Some of them are flat feet, bone spurs, running on hard surfaces, or from a profession that requires a lot of standing up. Another factor can be the shoes you wear. Poorly constructed shoes let your feet deal with a high amount of stress, so chose your shoes as careful as you can.
And last but not least, people who are overweight are at a higher risk of developing this problem.
But what are the treatments for plantar fasciitis?
There are many treatments for plantar fasciitis out there. The most famous one is R.I.C.E treatment which is short for Rest Icepack application Compression and Elevation. Aside from being most famous treatment, it is considered to be one of the best treatments also.
But people take into consideration dietary modifications as well. For example, Zinc is an essential mineral that helps regenerate damaged tissues.
It’s beginning to sound like a cliché but it must be said that organically grow food is the best for your health and wellbeing.
While the argument for genetically modified food (GMO) is valid to a school of thought, the dangers of the pesticides and other preservation chemicals used to our health is a cause for concern.
In the same breath, just like organically grown food, organically raised animals are much better than the GMO ones.
FDA say that chicken raised under the latter are pumped full of harmful chemicals that can give us meat that is packed full of cancer-causing arsenic compounds.
So What Is Arsenic?
This chemical compound can be in an organic or inorganic form, both forms are harmful to your health and even that of animals.
Researchers however believe that inorganic arsenic is more harmful than organic arsenic and also that it is carcinogenic in nature.
One can be exposed to arsenic from other sources such as: • Drinking polluted water • Eating some food products such meat, fish, poultry, dairy products and shellfish
What Are The Health Implications Of Arsenic Poisoning?
Overexposure to arsenic poisoning can lead to the following health complications.
• Nervous system toxicity • Diabetes • Cardiovascular diseases • Muscle cramping • Diarrhea • Stomach aches • Stiffness and numbness • Changes in skin pigmentation • Vomiting • Cancer
If you are exposed to extreme amounts of inorganic arsenic it can be lethal.
The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) have stated that arsenic is carcinogenic and poisonous.
According to the IARC arsenic can also be found in tap water as well as in some types of food.
Arsenic is responsible for skin cancer but it has also been known to cause bladder and lung cancer.
What is even more alarming is that cancer begins to show within the first year of exposure to arsenic.
Chicken Riddled With Arsenic
Conventionally raised chicken have a diet that consists of organic arsenic and this could quite easily change to inorganic arsenic and this can lead to very serious health issues.
It is the additives in the chicken feed that changes the organic arsenic to inorganic arsenic.
The FDA’s Center for Veterinary Medicine and the Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition are fully involved in trying to know the levels of arsenic found in chicken consumed.
Farmers include chemicals in chicken feed that is meant to ensure that their chicken gain weight, these chemicals include arsanilic acid and 3-Nitro which are responsible for transforming the organic arsenic to inorganic arsenic and these farmers have been warned to stop using these chemicals because of the health dangers to humans.
But this is an ongoing battle as not all farmers are adhering to the warning and one chemical that is commonly used is Histostat which is known to increase the weight of chickens.
So What Are The Preventive Measures We Can Take?
Here are ways you can avoid eating chicken that is riddled with arsenic.
• Eat traditionally grown chicken • Check all labels before purchase
It was recently revealed in a statement by the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy that high levels of arsenic is found in about 3/4 of farm bred chickens and organically raised chickens breeds had high arsenic levels in only 1/3 of the chickens raised.
It is difficult to prevent arsenic in its entirety but it would be safer to consume organically bred chickens.
Your knees are the largest joints in your body and their importance cannot be overemphasised.
They are responsible for support and mobility as they provide dexterity and flexibility to ensure that you are able to:
• Walk • Stand • Jump • Run • Crouch
Keeping your knee joints healthy is therefore of great importance if you are to live a healthy and active lifestyle.
The older we get the less flexible our knees become as they become weak and affect our mobility. It becomes increasingly difficult to execute simple tasks that we take for granted at a younger age.
However, this is a completely natural and inevitable occurrence; there are some circumstances that can weaken our knees some of these include:
• Injury • Strain • Increased sodium consumption • Smoking • Excessive alcohol drinking • A sedentary lifestyle • Osteoarthritis of the knees
You can strengthen your knees today with these 10 amazing tips that involve both dietary and lifestyle changes.
1. Try Massaging Your Knees
By massaging your knees regularly you will be able to increase blood circulation to the joint and in effect strengthen it. You can make use of coconut oil, olive oil or even warm mustard. Just gently massage your knees with any of these in using circular movements and for 15 minutes.
You can repeat this massage therapy twice daily for better results.
2. Make Use Of Epsom Salt
People with osteoporosis or rheumatoid arthritis are believed to be deficient in magnesium as magnesium helps to strengthen your knees and Epsom salt is rich in it.
The salt will also reduce any inflammation of your knees and strengthen it’s muscles while improving it’s calcium absorption.
You should dissolve two tablespoons of Epsom salt in a cup of warm water and apply this solution using a soft cloth or towel to your knees. Do this for a minimum of 15 minutes then rinse off with lukewarm water. You can repeat this process twice a week for better results.
3. Regular Exercise
You can engage in the following exercise regimes to help strengthen your knees:
You can strengthen your knee joints muscles, reduce stiffness and also strengthen your bones when you swim regularly. It is great for those suffering from arthritis and it will help your overall body fitness as well. If you can manage it, try to swim 5 days a week and for a minimum of 30 minutes at a time. Try the following techniques:
• Front Crawl • Butterfly Stroke • Backstroke
However, try to avoid breaststroke as this technique puts a lot of pressure on the knees.
6. Increase Your Vitamin D Consumption
This vitamin is very crucial for the health of your bones as if you are deficiency in vitamin D you have an increased risk of incurring bone fractures. When you are deficient in vitamin D your body will not be able to adequately absorb calcium.
Sunlight is a good source of vitamin D and you can expose your knees to sunlight for about 15 minutes daily. You can also consume the following foods to increase vitamin D in your body:
• Egg Yolks • Cod Liver Oil • Vitamin D Fortified Cereals • Fish
7. Boost Your Vitamin C Consumption
Vitamin C helps to promote the health of your knee cartilage by boosting your collagen. It will also increase your bone density and reduce your risk of incurring fractures.
Which are good for strengthening your knee joints and reducing stiffness and joint pain.
You can also consume salmon, mackerel and tuna. Consuming 1,200 milligrams of fish oil daily according to the EPA will help to improve your knee joint health.
9. Consume Anti-Inflammatory Foods
You can consume anti-inflammatory foods such as olive oil, ginger, salmon, tart cherries, walnuts, avocados, turmeric, flaxseeds, sweet potatoes and spinach.
These foods help to reduce inflammation of your knees, you should also avoid inflammatory foods like refined and processed foods, soda and white rice.
10. Maintain A Healthy Weight
When you are overweight you put pressure on your knees and this can lead to a rapid deterioration of your knees. It is therefore important for you to maintain a healthy weight always to avoid putting undue stress and strain on your knees.
You can also try out these tips to improve the health of your knees:
• Engage in yoga exercises • Try out cycling and walking exercises • Watch your footwear, avoid high-heels • Avoid excessive drinking and smoking • Drink lots of water to soften your cartilage • Watch your salt intake as it can cause a loss of calcium • Do not sit or stand for long periods at a time • Avoid strenuous exercises that can aggravate your knees • Do not engage in sporting activities that will aggravate your knees
First, let me say that bunions can be treated surgically. However, if you’re not a fan of going under the knife we’ve found the perfect natural remedy which will help you get rid of them quickly and painlessly.
This remedy will flush out the salt deposits and restore your feet to their normal state.
Bunion are a very common issue which usually affects women more than men. They are salt deposits which happen due to some inflammatory processes or on account of wearing uncomfortable, tight shoes.
Though not always painful, bunions can really affect your quality of life. For one thing, they can be quite unattractive, but more importantly they are also annoying as finding fitting footwear can be quite an ordeal.
Bay Leaf Tea Recipe
1. Add a tablespoon of crushed bay leaves in 10oz/300ml of water. 2. Cook it for 5 minutes then pour it in a thermos. 3. Let it stay overnight. 4. Strain the liquid first thing in the morning.
Drink it in small sips throughout the day. It’s important not to drink it all at once. Do this treatment for 7 days, but make sure you always prepare it fresh. Repeat the treatment after a week.
You’ll probably feel the urge for a more frequent urination which only indicates that the salt in your body is dissolving thus stimulating your bladder.
In only ten days of consumption, you will be able to notice the first visible improvements. Apart from feeling much better, your joint pain will also disappear. Your bunions will completely disappear if you take the bay leaf remedy for 2 months.
Back pain is a common health condition among Americans. Medical News Today reports that “approximately 80% of all Americans will have low back pain at least once in their lives”.
Causes and risk factors of back pain include:
• Strained muscles • Structural problems (e.g. osteoporosis, arthritis, sciatica) • Poor posture • Age • Stressful job • A sedentary lifestyle • Obesity • Anxiety and depression
When seeking pain relief, it’s common for people to turn to prescription drugs. And why wouldn’t they? The oral solution is marketed as a quick fix for all your pain. Unfortunately, painkillers such as OxyContin, Percocet and other opioids have been found to cause more pain than to relieve it.
Reports are finding that deaths due to opioid overdose is on the rise. In 2010 alone, the number of fatalities due to opioid abuse reached nearly 17,000.
How is this happening? Consumer Reports says that when “used properly, opioids can ease severe short-term pain from, say, surgery or a broken bone, and manage chronic pain from an illness such as cancer. But people run into trouble when they inadvertently misuse the drugs—combining them with alcohol or other drugs (such as sleeping pills), taking them in too high a dose or for too long, or using them while driving or in other situations when they need to be alert.”
Dr. Shawn Furst of Enloe Medical Center describes opioids as being “very chemically similar to heroin.” Some of the side effects of these narcotics include a decrease in breathing, accidental overdose and even death.
Ease the Pain with Pressure
Instead of reaching over the counter, there are much safer natural ways for relieving pain. One alternative that’s proven to be very effective is reflexology. This practice consists of applying pressure to specific points on your body, which will help ease the pain you are experiencing.
According to Mayo Clinic, “Several studies funded by the National Cancer Institute and the National Institutes of Health indicate that reflexology may reduce pain and psychological symptoms, such as anxiety and depression, and enhance relaxation and sleep. Studies also show that reflexology may have benefits in palliative care of people with cancer.”
For back pain specifically, massaging points on your feet has proven to help. Curejoy.com has identified three ways you can relieve back pain by massaging various points on your feet:
Foot reflex points
Lower back pain can be treated by applying pressure to the soles of your feet, your heels and the area around your ankles, as well as the inside edges along your feet as this is where the reflex points for your spine are located.
If you are experiencing upper back pain, such as in your shoulders, you should apply pressure to either the soles or tops of your feet just below your toes.
Sleeping acupressure foot points
This technique requires you to sit straight and hold your feet one at a time. Start by holding your right foot in your hands. Locate the bone that connects the big toe to the second toe. Place your thumb in this area and apply pressure onto it. Press down for one minute as you continue to inhale and exhale. Reduce the amount of pressure and rub the area. Repeat these steps on the other foot.
Sitting acupressure foot points
Before you begin, wash your feet and pat them dry. Then, sit down on your bed or in a chair. Cross your legs and hold your right foot in your left hand. Roll your hand back and forth on your right foot, then rub your thumb in the middle of your foot from the heel to toe. Walk your thumb up and down this area a few times to relax the muscles.