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How Nutritious is Black Rice

Oryza sativa or commonly known as rice, has different varieties – most popular ones are white rice, brown rice and red rice. The rare type is the black rice.

Black rice is an ancient grain in Asian countries. It is known as the forbidden rice, because way back  in China thousands of years ago, only the emperor or wealthy families could eat black rice. Read more

Heavenly Benefits of Devil’s Claw

Devil’s claw is a type of an herb with a botanical name of Harpagophytum procumbens. The name “Devil’s claw or Devil’s claw root” was derived from the appearance of its fruit, which is covered with hook-like structures meant to catch animals in order to spread its seeds. Thus, most Greeks called it ‘Hook Plant’. Read more

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Vervain, the Healing Herb

Vervain is a verstile herb. It belongs to Verbenacea plant family with a botanical name of Verbena officinalis.

Others call it with names like Juno’s Tears, Pigeon’s Grass, Wild Verbena or Wild Hyssop. Other varieties of vervain are Verbena Hastata (blue vervain) and Verbena Urticifolia (white vervain).

Vervain is native to the Mediterranean region in Europe, but grows wildly on bare and dry grounds often along roadsides. It is a slim plant with hairy leaves alternatively arranged in a square-like stem and with a beautiful lilac-colored flowers. Read more

,

Matcha Green Tea Face Mask DIY – Exfoliate Face Naturally

Today we are going to be making a Matcha Face Mask. This, again, is super easy, You probably already have the ingredients at home.

Matcha, on the other hand, can be hard to find. You can get it from a health food store. Otherwise, buy it online and that’s quite easy. Read more

,

Baby Wipes Safety and How to Make Homemade Natural Wipes

Baby wipes are mothers’ bestfriend!

As the name implies, they are commonly used to clean babies. They are very handy, easy to use and so economical.

True indeed that these baby wipes are so convenient to use, especially when you’re always on the go, but you must still scrutinize every ingredient included in these wipes.

You have to bear in mind that baby skin is super sensitive and even the so-called “baby-safe” wipes might cause skin allergic reaction. Read more

,

6 Immediate All Natural Remedies for Fever

Actually, having fever is considerably a ‘good’ thing. It usually goes away within a few days.

But then again, fever can make you feel uncomfortable and weak. And most of you want to be relieved from it, as soon as possible to feel better.

Usually, you would take over-the-counter antipyretic meds to stop the fever. But you should know that there are other remedies which are safer and they are just right in your kitchen. Read more

Air-popped Popcorn, A Healthy Snack?

Everybody just love eating popcorn when going to the movies, or when you fire up your DVD player to watch a late night flick with family or with your sweetheart at home.

But probably many of you don’t know that this is a considerably healthier snack you’re not eating frequently enough. Popcorn is more than a movie buddy — it’s a health snack.

Yes its true! Tasty and guilt-free popcorn is a healthy whole grain food that is low in calories and high in fiber. Not the one drenched with butter, coloring, additives and different flavors; but the plain and air-popped popcorn. Read more

,

Top 6 Health-Risk Substances in Cosmetics

Wearing makeup has become an everyday routine by most people, especially women. Various techniques and styles were applied to enhance the features of the face. The goal is to look attractive — it’s a no-brainer.

Beauty comes at a price, and we’re not talking about the monetary expense of make-up. But the potential dangers to your health. Read more

3D Food Printing – The Revolutionary Food Tech Trend

Preparing food is a fundamental daily human activity. Shaped by geography and culture, the preparation of meals vary. The way we cook and serve differ from one culture to another. Read more

,

All About Bra Size – Why You Need to Have a Good-fitting Bra for your Health’s Sake

Most women buy bras for aesthetics. More often than not, women just want to look and feel sexy and bras are women’s favorite item to use for expressing their sexuality.

Women are especially partial to those which are made of lace, net and underwired. Unfortunately, women tend to buy wrongly-sized bras just to achieve a certain feel or look.

It is very important that you should pick the right bra size. At first, the size seems like not a big deal at all but the effectiveness is hugely dependent on the size.

Read more

,

Feminine Wash and Douching – Is it Safe?

Personal hygiene is synonymous with better health. It is probably the most effective way to protect yourself from any health problems — just be clean and you are good to go!

To add, having proper hygiene boosts your self-confidence and lessens your feeling of awkwardness in social circles.

One known personal hygiene habit of most women is douching. Read more

,

Pink Himalayan Salt – What about it?

You might have heard about this unique and prime salt from Himalayas Mountain Range. It is known for its nutritional and therapeutic qualities..

Its uses are overwhelming — from body scrubs, bath soaks, water flush and salt inhalation therapy. It is also a healthier option in cooking, and in preserving meat and fish. Lately, lamps made of Himalayn salt are trendy, saying that they have health benefits. Read more

,

Karela – Bitter is Better

Karela (Momordica charantia) is a unique fruit-vegetable food. It derives from a flower and usually bears seeds, and in culinary classification, any part of a plant can be a vegetable – roots, stems, flowers, fruits and leaves.

But whether it’s a fruit or a vegetable, one thing is certain. Karela is a healthy food. Read more

,

5 Quick and Easy DIY Beauty Treatments

Now, your kitchen is not just a place to prepare your favorite dishes, but also your source of DIY beauty ingredients.

Cacao VS Cocoa, What’s the difference? Which is Better?

Cacao and Cocoa may sound the same and may mean the same thing to you, Chocolates!

But there are several differences between these cacao and cocoa other than their spelling. Each of them has its own unique taste, as well the health benefits and cost. Yes, even though they both came from the same source — the Theobroma cacao tree. Read more

Trapeze – An Exciting New Fitness Craze

Take your fitness to a higher level. Learn new skills with Trapeze Fitness.

Everyone likes the circus and as a fitness program, this is as close as you can get to that. This will dare you to face your fear of heights.

At first, it will be terrifying but soon enough you the excitement will overpower your fears.It is a fun way to bring your body into action for fitness. Read more

6 Awesome Outdoor Workouts You Can Do

No gym? No problem.

You can get rid of your expensive gym membership and still get a better body workout — outdoors.

Outdoor fitness doesn’t mean you have to quit resistance training all together or stop doing the workout program or routines you have been doing in the gym. All you need is a tweak or improvisation in your workout program.

Outside workouts are mainly functional workouts that can be done in the park, beach or in your own backyard. This is a perfect way to get through plateaus or the monotony of gym exercises and environment. Working out outdoors gives a new perspective and ambiance without compromising effective exercise.

This is a perfect chance to interact with nature while burning calories and strengthening muscle.

You will be surprised; outdoor workouts will challenge you — whatever fitness level you’re on right now. This is mainly because your body will encounter movements you don’t usually encounter in the.

For starters, check out these cool outdoor workout ideas and choose what works best for you. Read more

Tahini Paste for Health and Weight Loss

Tahini is a paste made from ground sesame seeds. Sesame seeds, as you might already know, are packed with vitamins and minerals especially the type with outer hull intact.

Removing the hull also removes most of its nutrients.

Tahini is considered to be one of the oldest condiments in the world and plays an important role in cooking sweet and savory cuisines particularly in the past. Using Tahini now is definitely a very good thing since this paste offers amazing health benefits like other super foods such as walnuts, flax seed, and others.

Read more

Better Mind for a Better Life

A healthy mind always yields better judgment and positive outlook to life. As Napoleon Hill once said, “Whatever the mind of man can conceive and believe; it can achieve.” Read more

Spelt – The Healthy Ancient Grain

Have you heard of the grain, spelt?

Spelt (Triticum spelta) is one of the oldest cultivated crops in the history. It belongs to a family of wheat and usually known as dinkel wheat in Germany, farro wheat in Italy, or hulled wheat because it is covered by a tough outer husk or hull which protects the grain against disease-carrying insects and toxic pesticides; preserving the freshness and nutritive value of the grain. Read more

Flavored Water – A New Kind of Hydration

Are they really healthy?

In your visit in the supermarket or convenience store, you may notice that there are varieties of bottled and flavored water on the aisle. If you are one to study nutritional facts, it would take time analyzing the best healthy beverage for you.

Flavored water is specially made for people who dislike the taste of pure spring water or to bored to drink plain water. It offers an alternative to hydrate your body.

The word “flavored water” might be interesting or may appear healthy, but you should take note of the ingredients as they vary from bottle to bottle and some might be harmful which can affect your health.

It has gained popularity in the market because they were advertised as having zero to low calorie content and some were fortified with vitamins and minerals. 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.

 

Read more

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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.

 

,

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

Tight Ponytails – Negative Effects and Treatment

The hairstyle makes or breaks your overall look… and there are hundreds of styles — from the most elaborate ones to the casual and comfortable.

And one of the most common and easiest hairdos is the ponytail and this is mainly due to its practicality and convenience.

Tight ponytail is easy to wear and simple. It’s perfect for gym activities or playing a sport. As casual as it looks, it is pretty much fitting as a red carpet event hairstyle.

If you are fond of wearing tight ponytail, say,almost every day, then maybe you should alternate it with other hairstyles after reading this. Read more

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What is Marjoram Plant and Essential Oil

Are you familiar with marjoram essential oil and its wonderful health benefits?

This oil is extracted from Origanum marjorana plant and usually use as treatment oil for individuals with sleep apnea along with other essential oils with the same effect.

But there are more benefits that marjoram oil can offer. Discover what these are.

About Marjoram Plant

Marjoram plant is an herb cultivated in the Mediterranean region. The ones called ‘sweet marjoram’ is the Origanum marjorana specie. It is always confused with ‘wild marjoram’ oregano.

Both plants have a lot in common, since they belong in the same genus, the Origanum. Sweet marjoram has a finer texture and milder mint flavor while oregano has robust scent and flavor. Because of their likeness, oregano is the common substitute of marjoram in some treatment oil mixture.

Sweet marjoram oil is usually yellow green in color, warm, spicy and with camphor-like aroma. To add, another variety is the Spanish marjoram oil which has a red-orange color.

According to history, Greeks and Romans called marjoram “joy of the mountain” and used to offer this oil to Aphrodite, the goddess of love. This led to most of them to use this oil as a love potion.

Uses and Benefits

Today, sweet marjoram oil focuses on health and culinary purposes.

Healthwise, marjoram oil is used to:

Improve Cardiovascular Health
Smelling of marjoram essential oil is an effective vasodilatation. It reduces cardiac strain and decreases blood pressure by lowering sympathetic nervous system and stimulating parasympathetic nervous system.

Reduce Muscle Tension
Most massage therapists add marjoram oil in their lotion or massage oil to relieve muscle tightness as well as headache caused by tension.

It is packed with natural therapeutic properties which calms both body and mind. You can add marjoram oil to your bathwater, or try diffusing it in your home to alleviate stress and relax your mood.

Blend with other essential oils
Blend excellently with other oils to induce calming, relaxing and sedative effects on the whole body. It works effectively for those who find it difficult to have a goodnight sleep.

Treat Other Health Issues
Majoram essential oil has been shown to have positive results in treating cough, runny nose, dizziness, and migraine.

In the culinary aspect, sweet marjoram fresh or dried leaves and flowers are popularly added to most common dishes like soups, salads and other recipes.

Precautions
For medicinal purposes, this herb is safe to be taken by mouth but only for a short period of time. If taken for a longer durations, it may encourage cancer cell growth.

Take note if you are allergic to oregano, then you’re probably allergic to marjoram as well.
Always check with your doctor if you have any health concerns before taking marjoram products.

 

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How Nutritious is Black Rice

Oryza sativa or commonly known as rice, has different varieties – most popular ones are white rice, brown rice and red rice. The rare type is the black rice.

Black rice is an ancient grain in Asian countries. It is known as the forbidden rice, because way back  in China thousands of years ago, only the emperor or wealthy families could eat black rice. Read more

Heavenly Benefits of Devil’s Claw

Devil’s claw is a type of an herb with a botanical name of Harpagophytum procumbens. The name “Devil’s claw or Devil’s claw root” was derived from the appearance of its fruit, which is covered with hook-like structures meant to catch animals in order to spread its seeds. Thus, most Greeks called it ‘Hook Plant’. Read more

,

Vervain, the Healing Herb

Vervain is a verstile herb. It belongs to Verbenacea plant family with a botanical name of Verbena officinalis.

Others call it with names like Juno’s Tears, Pigeon’s Grass, Wild Verbena or Wild Hyssop. Other varieties of vervain are Verbena Hastata (blue vervain) and Verbena Urticifolia (white vervain).

Vervain is native to the Mediterranean region in Europe, but grows wildly on bare and dry grounds often along roadsides. It is a slim plant with hairy leaves alternatively arranged in a square-like stem and with a beautiful lilac-colored flowers. Read more

,

Matcha Green Tea Face Mask DIY – Exfoliate Face Naturally

Today we are going to be making a Matcha Face Mask. This, again, is super easy, You probably already have the ingredients at home.

Matcha, on the other hand, can be hard to find. You can get it from a health food store. Otherwise, buy it online and that’s quite easy. Read more

,

Baby Wipes Safety and How to Make Homemade Natural Wipes

Baby wipes are mothers’ bestfriend!

As the name implies, they are commonly used to clean babies. They are very handy, easy to use and so economical.

True indeed that these baby wipes are so convenient to use, especially when you’re always on the go, but you must still scrutinize every ingredient included in these wipes.

You have to bear in mind that baby skin is super sensitive and even the so-called “baby-safe” wipes might cause skin allergic reaction. Read more

,

6 Immediate All Natural Remedies for Fever

Actually, having fever is considerably a ‘good’ thing. It usually goes away within a few days.

But then again, fever can make you feel uncomfortable and weak. And most of you want to be relieved from it, as soon as possible to feel better.

Usually, you would take over-the-counter antipyretic meds to stop the fever. But you should know that there are other remedies which are safer and they are just right in your kitchen. Read more

Air-popped Popcorn, A Healthy Snack?

Everybody just love eating popcorn when going to the movies, or when you fire up your DVD player to watch a late night flick with family or with your sweetheart at home.

But probably many of you don’t know that this is a considerably healthier snack you’re not eating frequently enough. Popcorn is more than a movie buddy — it’s a health snack.

Yes its true! Tasty and guilt-free popcorn is a healthy whole grain food that is low in calories and high in fiber. Not the one drenched with butter, coloring, additives and different flavors; but the plain and air-popped popcorn. Read more

,

Top 6 Health-Risk Substances in Cosmetics

Wearing makeup has become an everyday routine by most people, especially women. Various techniques and styles were applied to enhance the features of the face. The goal is to look attractive — it’s a no-brainer.

Beauty comes at a price, and we’re not talking about the monetary expense of make-up. But the potential dangers to your health. Read more

3D Food Printing – The Revolutionary Food Tech Trend

Preparing food is a fundamental daily human activity. Shaped by geography and culture, the preparation of meals vary. The way we cook and serve differ from one culture to another. Read more

,

All About Bra Size – Why You Need to Have a Good-fitting Bra for your Health’s Sake

Most women buy bras for aesthetics. More often than not, women just want to look and feel sexy and bras are women’s favorite item to use for expressing their sexuality.

Women are especially partial to those which are made of lace, net and underwired. Unfortunately, women tend to buy wrongly-sized bras just to achieve a certain feel or look.

It is very important that you should pick the right bra size. At first, the size seems like not a big deal at all but the effectiveness is hugely dependent on the size.

Read more

,

Feminine Wash and Douching – Is it Safe?

Personal hygiene is synonymous with better health. It is probably the most effective way to protect yourself from any health problems — just be clean and you are good to go!

To add, having proper hygiene boosts your self-confidence and lessens your feeling of awkwardness in social circles.

One known personal hygiene habit of most women is douching. Read more

,

Pink Himalayan Salt – What about it?

You might have heard about this unique and prime salt from Himalayas Mountain Range. It is known for its nutritional and therapeutic qualities..

Its uses are overwhelming — from body scrubs, bath soaks, water flush and salt inhalation therapy. It is also a healthier option in cooking, and in preserving meat and fish. Lately, lamps made of Himalayn salt are trendy, saying that they have health benefits. Read more

,

Karela – Bitter is Better

Karela (Momordica charantia) is a unique fruit-vegetable food. It derives from a flower and usually bears seeds, and in culinary classification, any part of a plant can be a vegetable – roots, stems, flowers, fruits and leaves.

But whether it’s a fruit or a vegetable, one thing is certain. Karela is a healthy food. Read more

,

5 Quick and Easy DIY Beauty Treatments

Now, your kitchen is not just a place to prepare your favorite dishes, but also your source of DIY beauty ingredients.

Cacao VS Cocoa, What’s the difference? Which is Better?

Cacao and Cocoa may sound the same and may mean the same thing to you, Chocolates!

But there are several differences between these cacao and cocoa other than their spelling. Each of them has its own unique taste, as well the health benefits and cost. Yes, even though they both came from the same source — the Theobroma cacao tree. Read more

Trapeze – An Exciting New Fitness Craze

Take your fitness to a higher level. Learn new skills with Trapeze Fitness.

Everyone likes the circus and as a fitness program, this is as close as you can get to that. This will dare you to face your fear of heights.

At first, it will be terrifying but soon enough you the excitement will overpower your fears.It is a fun way to bring your body into action for fitness. Read more

6 Awesome Outdoor Workouts You Can Do

No gym? No problem.

You can get rid of your expensive gym membership and still get a better body workout — outdoors.

Outdoor fitness doesn’t mean you have to quit resistance training all together or stop doing the workout program or routines you have been doing in the gym. All you need is a tweak or improvisation in your workout program.

Outside workouts are mainly functional workouts that can be done in the park, beach or in your own backyard. This is a perfect way to get through plateaus or the monotony of gym exercises and environment. Working out outdoors gives a new perspective and ambiance without compromising effective exercise.

This is a perfect chance to interact with nature while burning calories and strengthening muscle.

You will be surprised; outdoor workouts will challenge you — whatever fitness level you’re on right now. This is mainly because your body will encounter movements you don’t usually encounter in the.

For starters, check out these cool outdoor workout ideas and choose what works best for you. Read more

Tahini Paste for Health and Weight Loss

Tahini is a paste made from ground sesame seeds. Sesame seeds, as you might already know, are packed with vitamins and minerals especially the type with outer hull intact.

Removing the hull also removes most of its nutrients.

Tahini is considered to be one of the oldest condiments in the world and plays an important role in cooking sweet and savory cuisines particularly in the past. Using Tahini now is definitely a very good thing since this paste offers amazing health benefits like other super foods such as walnuts, flax seed, and others.

Read more

Better Mind for a Better Life

A healthy mind always yields better judgment and positive outlook to life. As Napoleon Hill once said, “Whatever the mind of man can conceive and believe; it can achieve.” Read more

Spelt – The Healthy Ancient Grain

Have you heard of the grain, spelt?

Spelt (Triticum spelta) is one of the oldest cultivated crops in the history. It belongs to a family of wheat and usually known as dinkel wheat in Germany, farro wheat in Italy, or hulled wheat because it is covered by a tough outer husk or hull which protects the grain against disease-carrying insects and toxic pesticides; preserving the freshness and nutritive value of the grain. Read more

Flavored Water – A New Kind of Hydration

Are they really healthy?

In your visit in the supermarket or convenience store, you may notice that there are varieties of bottled and flavored water on the aisle. If you are one to study nutritional facts, it would take time analyzing the best healthy beverage for you.

Flavored water is specially made for people who dislike the taste of pure spring water or to bored to drink plain water. It offers an alternative to hydrate your body.

The word “flavored water” might be interesting or may appear healthy, but you should take note of the ingredients as they vary from bottle to bottle and some might be harmful which can affect your health.

It has gained popularity in the market because they were advertised as having zero to low calorie content and some were fortified with vitamins and minerals. 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.

 

Read more

,

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.

 

,

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

Tight Ponytails – Negative Effects and Treatment

The hairstyle makes or breaks your overall look… and there are hundreds of styles — from the most elaborate ones to the casual and comfortable.

And one of the most common and easiest hairdos is the ponytail and this is mainly due to its practicality and convenience.

Tight ponytail is easy to wear and simple. It’s perfect for gym activities or playing a sport. As casual as it looks, it is pretty much fitting as a red carpet event hairstyle.

If you are fond of wearing tight ponytail, say,almost every day, then maybe you should alternate it with other hairstyles after reading this. Read more

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What is Marjoram Plant and Essential Oil

Are you familiar with marjoram essential oil and its wonderful health benefits?

This oil is extracted from Origanum marjorana plant and usually use as treatment oil for individuals with sleep apnea along with other essential oils with the same effect.

But there are more benefits that marjoram oil can offer. Discover what these are.

About Marjoram Plant

Marjoram plant is an herb cultivated in the Mediterranean region. The ones called ‘sweet marjoram’ is the Origanum marjorana specie. It is always confused with ‘wild marjoram’ oregano.

Both plants have a lot in common, since they belong in the same genus, the Origanum. Sweet marjoram has a finer texture and milder mint flavor while oregano has robust scent and flavor. Because of their likeness, oregano is the common substitute of marjoram in some treatment oil mixture.

Sweet marjoram oil is usually yellow green in color, warm, spicy and with camphor-like aroma. To add, another variety is the Spanish marjoram oil which has a red-orange color.

According to history, Greeks and Romans called marjoram “joy of the mountain” and used to offer this oil to Aphrodite, the goddess of love. This led to most of them to use this oil as a love potion.

Uses and Benefits

Today, sweet marjoram oil focuses on health and culinary purposes.

Healthwise, marjoram oil is used to:

Improve Cardiovascular Health
Smelling of marjoram essential oil is an effective vasodilatation. It reduces cardiac strain and decreases blood pressure by lowering sympathetic nervous system and stimulating parasympathetic nervous system.

Reduce Muscle Tension
Most massage therapists add marjoram oil in their lotion or massage oil to relieve muscle tightness as well as headache caused by tension.

It is packed with natural therapeutic properties which calms both body and mind. You can add marjoram oil to your bathwater, or try diffusing it in your home to alleviate stress and relax your mood.

Blend with other essential oils
Blend excellently with other oils to induce calming, relaxing and sedative effects on the whole body. It works effectively for those who find it difficult to have a goodnight sleep.

Treat Other Health Issues
Majoram essential oil has been shown to have positive results in treating cough, runny nose, dizziness, and migraine.

In the culinary aspect, sweet marjoram fresh or dried leaves and flowers are popularly added to most common dishes like soups, salads and other recipes.

Precautions
For medicinal purposes, this herb is safe to be taken by mouth but only for a short period of time. If taken for a longer durations, it may encourage cancer cell growth.

Take note if you are allergic to oregano, then you’re probably allergic to marjoram as well.
Always check with your doctor if you have any health concerns before taking marjoram products.

 

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