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Painful Ovulation – Natural Remedies and Prevention

Every month, when you ovulate, you may feel a twinge in your lower abdomen on either left or right side which to some, radiates up to the anus. This is a sign that you’re ovulating.

Ovulation period is helpful for those who’s trying to get pregnant, and also helps you to plan when not to engage in intercourse if you don’t want to have a baby for the next nine months.

You’re fortunate if you don’t feel any ovulation pain like some women do. Sometimes, this keeps some women from doing the most menial tasks because of such pain and discomfort.

This occurrence of having pain during ovulation is called mittelschmerz, a German word which means, “middle pain.”

Your doctor would recommend over-the-counter meds like Advil or Motrin to help you with your mid-cycle cramping. But if you don’t want to take unnecessary meds in your body, here are some natural ways to cope with painful ovulation, and some prevention tips to alleviate the symptoms. Read more

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4 Natural Treatments for Sciatic Pain

Ever woken up with a throbbing pain that might have started from either side of your lower spine, which traveled through your pelvis and buttocks and all the way to the lower limbs?

And this kind of pain that keeps nagging you and wouldn’t subside easily; the more pressure you put on, the more this nerve gets irritated and may cause feeling of numbness, weakness, and tingling sensations going to the entire legs.

This is likely Sciatic Pain or ‘Sciatica’.

This pain can worsen by prolonged sitting, coughing, sneezing, lifting or bending. It is usually repetitive, often felt in one leg (sometimes both extremities) and often described as intolerable similar to having a terrible toothache.

The Sciatic Nerve

Quick science lesson: The sciatic nerve is one of the biggest in the body. Starting from either side of your lower spine; passing through the pelvis, buttocks, divides at each knee and ending down to the lower limb of the foot.

Its location makes it responsible for the feeling, strength and movement of legs.

 

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Sleeping Position Tips for Better Sleep

Sleeping is not easy when you have body aches and pains. You feel the need to toss and turn but when you do, pain shoots and disturbs you. The pain can be annoyingly dull or excruciatingly sharp. Either way, it’s a bummer.

One good tip to get a satisfying sleep at night is to observe good sitting posture during the day – do not slouch, and make sure that you stand frequently to increase blood flow.

Good day habits should be complemented with healthy sleeping positions. You should learn how to have a healthy sleeping posture and support so that have quality zzz’s.

With specific aches however, the optimum position may vary.

Take note that there are certain sleeping positions that can put added strain on the already aching muscles, but there are other tricks to help you find relief as well. Find those positions that work for you and help you the most.

Sleeping On your Back

Back sleeping benefits spine and back health.

If you are comfortable sleeping on your back, lie in a neutral position instead of arched or curved, for this will increase pressure on your spine.

Slightly bent your knees upward and place a pillow under your knees, or you can use a McKenzie night roll under the curve of your back for lumbar support.

It is also suggested to use a small rolled up hand towel right under your neck to add support, or use a contoured pillow to alleviate neck strain.

Moving around a bit while you sleep is normal and a good thing. Minimal movements can lessen burden on your back rather than staying in one position the whole night.

Sleeping On Your Stomach

What’s good about stomach sleeping is that it reduces snoring and eases sleep apnea.

However, stomach sleeping is not really a good sleeping position for it causes awkward bends and twists in your spine’s natural curve, putting more tension on your back muscles. Moreover, your neck is ninety degrees rotated to the left or right, which can actually result in neck, back and shoulder pains.

Now, if you really favor sleeping on your tummy, you can put a pillow under your hips to keep your pelvis slightly elevated. Select a firmer mattress type for your pelvis to have better support.

For your neck, it is better to move from left to right from time to time and do not let it stay for a longer moment on either side. A thinner, low loft pillow (than thicker pillow) can be of help, to prevent your neck to bend upwards and reduce unnecessary pressure.

Sleeping on Your Side

Side sleeping is the most desired position because it promotes best spine alignment from the neck all the way down.

In a side-sleeping position, draw your legs up slightly toward your chest and have a pillow between your knees. The pillow will keep the spine-pelvis alignment throughout the night and maintains comfort to the knees.

It is better also to alternate sides often to prevent organ strain and arm numbness. A rolled-up towel under your waist can be an advantage against back pain.

As much as possible, keep your top leg from falling over your bottom leg to restrain more weight on the lower leg.

 

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Running, an Outlet for Stress

Exercise does not only keep you in shape, it also reduces stress and running is one of the most basic of exercises and easiest to do.

Running is a mainly considered as a cardiovascular exercise and a major fat burner — helps get rid of 100 calories per mile. With very few exceptions, anyone can just take up running and get fit with the program.

If you are too heavy to run, you can scale down to a light jog (or walk). You can gradually improve to a walk-jog, or walk-run, or walk-jog-run until you reach the point of constant running pattern. You can adjust your pace based on fitness level, or the distance based on your muscle endurance.

Running exercise promotes your ability to fight off fatigue which interferes with your day to day normal function and to eventually discourage sedentary type of lifestyle.

So, when your day gets complicated, don’t be lazy to put on your running outfit and hit the road.  Read more

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How to have quality sleep, rest, and recovery

Sleep is everyone’s basic need. Putting your body at rest in between sheets for at least six to eight hours is heaven. It soothes and refuels your body after a day’s work — and play.

But a lot of people cannot get the sleep quality they deserve. Many find it extremely difficult to fall or stay asleep — such as insomnia or sleep apnea which would later result to narcolepsy. Read more

4 Tips in Improving Exercise Motivation and Consistency

There are going to be days that you are just not up for anything — chores you don’t want to do, paperworks you do not want to touch, and yes, exercises you do not want to perform. Even the most active individuals have these kinds of days.

Of course, these fluctuations are part of your life. But you would not want to miss a workout day, right?

So apart from taking risky pre-workout supplements, what can you do to shake off that lethargic feeling? What can you do, naturally, to make you feel energized and inspired to exercise? Read more

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Essential Life Skills You Need Today

Succeeding in life requires time, effort, skills and commitment. In your fitness goals — like to increase level of conditioning, endurance, strength and to boost general health — you have to set mini-goals and you do your best to reach them a step at a time.

Perseverance and commitment are values (and the skills to keep them strong) you need to achieve your life goal.

Like anything in this world, skills are always acknowledged and paid with due respect. As others give their full commitment on things that will put them to the pedestal, there are also simple things you can do and teach to your children, which may serve as an excellent exercise that will improve health and quality of life.

These are Essential Life Skills you need to have and improve to make the most out of life. Read more

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How to keep your mind and memory sharp

Do you keep on forgetting things or cannot remember names of familiar faces? If this is happening to you, maybe you’re having serious memory lapses. Memory lapses can happen at any age.

Memory loss can be caused by brain injury, neurological or organic problems, and maybe because of the fact that you’re getting old.

As you age, you expect your bones, muscles and entire body system to slowly get weak. You might lessen your physical activity because of some muscular strains or joint pains that will affect your daily movements. Along with your body, it is not surprising that your brain is also starting to experience “senior moments”.

The thought of your mind deteriorating is scary. So as early as possible, it is important to preserve your mental abilities and reduce the risk of getting severe forgetfulness — dementia.

Here are routines and exercises you can do to keep your memory sharp. Read more

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Health and Fitness Trends to Look for in 2017

Over the years, health and fitness gurus crack their heads with new methods, and ways of making an impact within the fitness circle.

Some of the ‘new’ stuff are merely ‘remakes’ or ‘repackaged’ goods. They are not necessarily bad. In fact, they are beneficial for the most part — particularly for beginners. Many trends would fail and lose steam but many would last and even become ‘regular’ of health, wellness, and fitness if they are found to be effective by the masses.

So as you say good bye to the old, unhealthy you last year and start embracing the upcoming year like a breath of fresh air, let’s look at the health and fitness trends expected this year 2017. Read more

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Best Weight Loss New Year’s Resolution Advice

Not surprisingly, losing weight is the most common New Year’s resolution. In 2014, almost 2 billion adults worldwide are overweight and about a third of that number is obese. That is a whopping 600+ million obese people!

Obesity kills. Being overweight is a major risk factor for lifestyle diseases such as diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, osteoarthritis, and cancer.

Obesity is preventable and in theory, easy to remedy. However, in practice, it is extremely difficult because it requires lifestyle change.

Are you one of the weight loss resolutioners? Here are some useful tips for your weight loss mission this New Year. Read more

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7 New Year’s Resolution Tips

Before the year changes, it is customary to sit down and make a list on how to improve yourself for the coming New Year. These so-called ‘New Year’s Resolutions’ are promises to yourself — the changes you need to do, or the good things you need to continue doing for you to achieve the better version of yourself.

Here are some pieces of advice on the most typical New Year’s resolutions. Read more

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Natural Relief for Pregnancy Discomforts

pregnant-woman

The essence of being a woman is to bring life into this world. Indeed, being pregnant is the pinnacle of your womanhood. Read more

When you hate cardio but want to lose weight…

Here Are Effective Weight Loss Exercise Programs for Cardio Haters Read more

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What is Aquatic Therapy

Water — the most nurturing of all the elements. Its restorative potential should not be taken for granted. The cells in our body forming our tissues and organs utilize water to function. There is no life without water. Read more

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Yoga and Meditation: Practice, Purpose, and Benefits

Yoga as meditation has become nothing short of a revolution. It has brought remarkable changes to everyone’s lifestyle. Read more

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10 Ways to Detoxify Your Mind and Body

Detoxification is a period of time in which one abstains from or rids the body of toxic or unhealthy substances. Often referred to as “detox”, it is not just important, it is absolutely critical for your health and well-being. Read more