The Secrets to Soothing Sciatica

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If you suffer from sciatica, you will know that the condition, which is caused by nerve issues in the lower back, causes an extremely intense back and leg pain that can make it difficult to even function normally at its worst.

If your sciatica is particularly bad, you may need to look into spine surgeons who can operate on your herniated disk and hopefully solve the problem. Otherwise, and in the meantime, here are some alternatives that may help:

Acupuncture

A lot of sciatica sufferers have found some relief from the ancient Chinese practice of acupuncture, whereby small needles are stuck into the body. There is, however, little scientific evidence to back say whether the practice is truly effective, so try it if you like, but be careful to choose a registered practitioner and do not expect miracles.

Yoga

The Journal of Pain published a study that revealed that people suffering from back pain who practiced Iyengar yoga for a period of just four months, experienced a 64 percent reduction in pain and a 77 percent reduction in disability. Although this study was conducted on back pain, rather than sciatica there is some evidence to suggest that gentle forms of yoga, such as Hatha yoga, can be beneficial for the condition by increasing flexibility and build stronger muscles in the affected area., as well as improving posture, so that sciatica isn’t as aggravated.

Massage

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If you have sciatica, you may well find some relief from massage, but not the kind of gentle, relaxing massages you get at the spa. For massage to be effective on your condition, you need to indulge in a spot of trigger-point therapy which will target the piriform muscle and prevent it from pinching quite so much on the sciatic nerve. You should ensure that you see a trained professional for this, and aim to have a trigger-point massage every 7-10 days.

Anti-inflammatory Oils

Anti-inflammatory oils with active ingredients including capsaicin. And according to some, even St. John’s wort, can help to soothe the pain of sciatica, although it is by no means a permanent solution. Products that contain capsaicin are particularly effective because they help to quickly release pain from the nerve.

Heat/Ice Packs

If you’re looking for an affordable, low-tech solution to soothe your sciatica, you really can’t go wrong with a heat or ice pack which will help to bring down the pain when applied to the affected area for 15-30 minutes at a time as and when needed.

Muscle Relaxants

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Obviously, a lot of sciatica sufferers use over-the-counter painkillers for pain relief, and these can be very effective, but i they don’t work for you, you might want to try some muscle relaxants instead. These will need to be prescribed by your doctor, but they can work quite well if some of your pain is being caused by muscle spasms around your herniated disk.

Although all of the above have found to be helpful by some sciatica sufferers, you should always seek professional medical advice before trying them.

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Feeling Under The Weather? You Might Have More Control Over Your Health Than You Think

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When you start feeling sick, then it can be very tempting to declare that you’ve fallen horribly ill and start taking every medicine in your cabinet. This can sometimes be the best thing for you, but people often leap to taking various pills and potions far too soon. The truth is that many of us have far more control over our health than we tend to realise. So the next time you’re feeling a little sick, here are a few things that you might be able to use to make yourself feel better.

 

Staying hydrated

 

This might sound like the most obvious thing in the world, but a lot of people in the modern age simply aren’t drinking enough water. There’s a tendency among many people to rely on things like tea, coffee and energy drinks. While these things might seem pretty thirst quenching and can give you a great boost of energy, they can actually have a pretty detrimental impact on your levels of hydration. Not only are they not as effective at keeping you hydrated as plain old H20, but they can actually act as diuretics and can end up leaving you even more dehydrated than ever. Not only does this put you in danger of pretty severe illness but it can also lead to tiredness and water retention which can impact weight gain pretty significantly.

 

Watch what you eat

 

Of course, we all know that eating too much can leave you feeling sick but what if it’s more serious than that? A lot of people can get so used to feeling sick when they eat certain things that they might not even notice it anymore. If you find that you’re feeling particularly ill after eating certain things, then it might be worth speaking to a GI Doctor to see if you have some kind of intolerance. Whether it’s wheat, dairy or anything else, there are certain foods that can trigger a pretty horrible reaction in a lot of people. It might be disappointing to no longer be able to eat your favourite foods, but that’s a small price to pay to stop feeling sick all the time.

 

How active are you?

 

Because of the rise of computers and the decline of manual labour, it’s become more and more common for people to spend huge amounts of their time completely sedentary. The issue with this is that people are spending less and less of their time being active. Not only does this lead to things like weight gain but it also means that people are spending more and more of their time indoors which can lead to things like vitamin D deficiencies and other problems.

 

Of course, none of these things is designed to replace real medical assistance, and if you’re genuinely worried about your health, then it’s incredibly important that you speak to your doctor as soon as possible. The only thing worse than being too worried about your health is ignoring it to the point where you end up in real danger.

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Young at Heart: Childhood Habits We’ll Never Grow Out of

Society wants us to change a lot of things about ourselves as we grow up. Growing into decent human beings means that we need to learn manners, patience, and caution; the kind of traits that children would rather be without. Luckily, we never have to wave goodbye to our entire childhood and, while some people are glad to let go of the nonsense behavior of a child, others are more than reluctant to act their age.


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Here is a handful of habits people across the web declare they’ll never grow out of – so that you can confidently glide down the supermarket in a shopping cart yet again.

 

The ice cream truck

 

Can you hear the ice cream truck playing tunes in your neighborhood at the mere thought of it? A van driving around the streets to the joy and frenzy of children is common in many countries, and it’s not just the US and the UK who enjoys this luxury.

 

Tell little children in Australia, France, and Norway that the truck is outside and they’ll jump straight onto their bicycles as well, chasing the tune until they reach the goods.

 

Luckily, we never have to grow out of the habit, and people all over the web are swearing their loyalty to it till this day; five, twenty-five or fifty, it doesn’t matter – we love ice cream and especially when we have to work for it.

 

The bean bag

 

This teenage-room classic has found a home in the living room of many grown-ups lately. More cost-effective than a luxurious lounge chair and often just as comfy, the trend is real – and if you’re interested in one that’s even tailored for us who would like to accommodate for our inner child as much as possible, you can have a look at this from bag for adults that are young at heart.

 

It’s the one thing we got right when we were kids, and we’ll sink into one of these until we’re too old to get up on our own.

 

Running up the stairs

 

Surprisingly, this is a habit many adults out there declare that they’ll keep doing for as long as possible. Doing it three steps at a time, on all fours, and feeling like ninjas – the adult stair-runners are well into their twenties, and they’ll keep going.

 

It’s undeniably a faster way to get to the top of the staircase – but if you’d do it for the fun of it, you can find comfort in the fact that those that are particularly young at heart even run up the escalators. So the next time you see someone speed past you in the shopping mall, you know they’re not actually in a hurry – they’re just having fun.

 

The list goes on, really, and Internet users all around the world are admitting to arguments in the grocery shops with their young children over who should ride the shopping cart, and who should enjoy the swing at the playground.

 

Perhaps their children will grow into more conventional grown-ups – or perhaps they’ll continue to have just as much fun as their parents.  

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The Realities Of Regular Drinking: Will A Glass Of Wine A Day Really Keep The Doctor Away?

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We all lead stressful lives. It’s no surprise, then, that we want to get as much enjoyment from our down time as possible. As such, many of us turn to a glass of wine each evening. It’s the perfect way to step away from the stress of every day.

Even better, there has been some suggestion that a nightly glass could ‘keep the doctor away.’. That’s a sentiment most of us are willing to get behind. But, how many of us actually take the time to consider the reasoning?

There’s no denying that there are health benefits to wine drinking. But, the statement may well be misleading, and possibly even damaging if taken at face value. To get to the bottom of the issue, we’re going to look at the health benefits, and their less spoken of the dark side.

The Health Debate

Many of us fail to understand how wine is good for us. Which is why we’re going to look into the issue. If you’re using the health argument as a reason to continue, you should at least know what you stand to benefit.

For the most part, it’s the antioxidants in wine which do the good stuff. Dry wines like Cabernet have been proven as particularly health effective. But, what do those antioxidants do? Studies have revealed that regular wine drinking can benefit anything from blood pressure to memory. In fact, a study in France showed that women over 50 who drank a glass of wine each day were 2.5 times more likely to score in the top 10% on memory tests. Who would’ve thought that alcohol could help you remember? Again, the grapes are to thank.

Wine is also fantastic for keeping the disease at bay, as it fights bacteria. Plus, it doesn’t have the downside of suppressing your immune system, like many other alcohols. All good so far, right?

The Realistic Risks

While enough studies have proven the above benefits, they fail to take the risks into account. The main issue is that most people don’t stop at one glass. Once a bottle is open, a shocking amount decides to finish the whole thing.

And, when you’re drinking a bottle, the health benefits fail to outweigh the negative implications. Worse, heavy drinking on a regular basis could lead to addiction. So that wine you drank for your health could see you doing a stint in a recovery center like Compass Recovery. It’s far from what you had in mind, and no way to keep the doctor at bay.


And, addiction aside, there are other issues. Wine may fight illnesses, but heavy drinking has been known to increase the cancer risk. Wine can also cause problems for fertility. Women drinking five units or fewer are two times more likely to conceive fast than those drinking more than ten units.

So, yes, there are health benefits. But, that shouldn’t mean you forget the importance of moderation. A glass of wine won’t hurt. But, can you trust yourself to stop there?

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Healthy Kids That Happily Eat Everything Is A Myth, Right? Or Is It…

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We all know that having kids is a joy, and although times can get tough, you wouldn’t have it any other way. But there are certain challenges of parenthood that we’d all like to avoid. Even when you’re happy for their developmental milestones to vary, and for each child to reach their potential as and when they’re ready, there are things that you wish you could iron out as soon as possible. Fussy eating habits are definitely one of them. For their own health and enjoyment, it’s important to ensure that your kids are happy to eat pretty much everything, or at least be willing to try. So how do you make that happen?

 

Get Them Interested

 

When your children are disinterested in something, it can often feel impossible to get them to do anything. And this can be the case with food. So, you’re going to want to start off by trying to get them more interested in both food and eating. There are different ways that you may want to approach this task, but generally, you may find that shopping for food together is a great idea. Likewise, you may want to come up with ways to make mealtimes fun to start with, so that they look forwards to them more.

 

Try To Understand

 

However, you may find that it is difficult for you to move past the idea of them being a picky eater unless you’re able to understand it. Every child can have their own individual reasons behind their complicated relationship with food, but there is often an emotional reason behind it. So, you’re going to work with them, try to get behind their fears and ensure that you can break down those barriers together, bit by bit.

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Work With Substitutes To Start With

 

As you start off on your journey of trying to get your kids to eat more, you may have to make some exceptions and exclusions to get you all on the right track. If there are things that they will not eat, you may need to work them up to them or work with simple alternatives to start with. Whether you go for coated fish rather than plain fillets or watermelon water instead of standard spring water, now’s the time to make those substitutes. Before you know it, they will be moving on and feeling comfortable with new things.

 

Encourage Them To Cook

 

Sometimes, you can actually work to break down food barriers by involving your kids more in the cooking process. When they’re involved, they can often be proud of what they’ve made and more interested in eating it. Understanding food and how it’s made, along with the different ingredients, can also help to remove any fears that they may have.

 

Be Positive About All Food

And finally, you’re going to need to be positive about food all of the time. Sometimes, kids can pick up on fears based on your attitude to food, or the attitudes of others – like the childhood obsession with disliking broccoli. But if you want them to try new food, you have to be positive. Providing a safe environment for them to sample new things is often crucial because it’s often all about how you approach their eating habits over anything else.

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Ways To Get Back On Track After Health Scares

Health scares happen to us all at many points in our life. They can even change as we get older, and so dealing with them is essential know-how in navigating life’s mysterious ways. Don’t get bogged down in a worry circuit if you receive a scare or think you have one. Here are a few tips on how to combat a health scare with some personal recovery.

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Do what you need to recover from the fear

 

Your heart is pounding, your hair is all standing on end, and you have this sense of overwhelming dread. Sound familiar? Fear responses take a toll on our mental health as much as our repeated stress does on our physical health.

 

Health scares affects us all in a similar way, and recovering from the initial shock of one can take time and often is done improperly. Talk to someone about your fears as soon as you can, whether it be a friend or professional. It’s always better to be safe than sorry.

 

Use rehab centers if necessary

 

This option is for the more serious health scares you’ve experienced. For example, being told you need to stop taking a certain tablet as it’s severely damaging your health but you’ve become dependent on its use. It can seem a little taboo or unnecessary, but using a rehab center such as The Recovery Village after receiving this kind of information or after consulting your doctor on ways to get off of a treatment is one of the best ways to recover from a health scare in the long term. Any withdrawal symptoms can be combatted in an environment specifically designed to get through them.

 

Rehab is hard to go through and involves a lot of difficulty with adjusting to life when it comes to coming back to the real world. It’s important to know that everyone can accomplish it, however. It may sound scary to go through something like a medical detox, but you can take as much time as you need with well-trained people on your side. It’s a big step to undertake, but it will be worth the time and struggle.

 

Depend upon advice from trained professionals

 

It’s extremely easy to go online and find all sorts of unverified information that will scare you in an instant. If you’ve had a health scare and need more information on symptoms or what to do, or if you simply don’t want to have a health scare, keep away from this kind of online boards.

 

Depending on your doctor’s advice is always the best route forward. Book an appointment and get your fears assuaged or assessed by a professional.

 

To succeed in life, we have to face challenges that scare us. But we don’t have to do them alone. Look for and use the support you need to get through a health scare and don’t be afraid of what lies ahead. It sounds easy to talk about, but the doing doesn’t have to be difficult either.

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The Signs Of Eye Disease Before It’s Too Late

No matter how healthy our lifestyle, we all face certain threats to our health as we age. It’s part and parcel of life, and something we have to face head on. Some of these risks, such as back issues, difficulty walking, and increased risk of heart attacks, are at the forefront of most of our minds. But, those are far from the only issues we need to consider. Something we think less about in relation to aging is our eyes.

Of course, we all know that eyesight deteriorates. But, what we don’t all realize is that age opens us up to a variety of eye diseases. And, if they strike, we stand to lose our eyesight altogether. Issues such as glaucoma and cataracts can cause huge problems in older patients. If we go about things right, there are plenty of ways to prevent such issues or at least lessen their impact. Here are a few points you should take forward with you when it comes to your eye health.

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Know Your Family History

We all know that genetics play a huge role in health. As such, parents always pass on significant health histories, such as cancer, or diabetes. But, most of us know less about our family’s eye health. Most of us don’t even consider it. That could cause issues. When you go in for an opticians appointment, they will always ask you about your family history. If your gran has glaucoma, but you fail to mention it, you may well suffer for it. So, take the time to find out these things. Call around anyone who can give you information. A step like this may well save your sight.

Check You Out

Who here goes to the dentist every six months? With a bit of luck, most of you. But, fewer people realize the importance of regular eye checks. We should attend these throughout our lives, but they’re especially important as we age. These checks are the only real way to spot the early signs of eye disease, thus allowing you to take action. In the early stages, there may be no symptoms you would notice, but an eye check could reveal the issue. You should book an appointment at your local eye center at least every two years, more if you already wear glasses. It’s the only way to be sure of your eye health.

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Know The Symptoms

 

You also need to be aware of the symptoms. How else are you going to know if eye disease strikes? In extreme cases, sight loss will, of course, be the main noticeable symptom. But, there are often signs before things get to that level. Some things look out for include:

 

  • Redness or swelling around eyes
  • Blurred, or double vision
  • Pain in eye
  • Any sudden changes in sight
  • Clouded appearance

 

As soon as you spot any of these things, you should book yourself an appointment with a professional. Even if it turns out to be nothing, it’s better safe than sorry!

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Healthy Aging: The Biggest Threats To Your Health and How to Beat Them

As we age, we tend to be increasingly concerned about our health. It’s a different story than when we were young and rebellious teenagers, sniffing at the patronizing advice from our elders, and basking in the confused belief that we’re going to live for ever. Someone has yet to prove that this is possible, and all we can do in the meantime is to try to take care of the vessels we have been given.

 

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Coming to terms with one’s mortality is one thing – but realizing that we can actually do something to prolong our lives is an entirely different, and altogether positive feeling. So, here it is; the top things you can do for your health today, to enjoy the sensation of an active body and a sharp mind for as long as possible.

 

Keep your friends close

 

An amusing and eye-opening article in Boston Globe tells the story of a middle-aged reporter who was assigned a task because he was ‘perfect for the story.’ It was supposed to cover the topic on how the lack of a stable and rewarding friendship has become one of the biggest health concerns for men. Needless to say, the reporter tried in vain to convince himself that he was indeed not the perfect candidate for the story.

 

As we grow up, establish a family and suddenly feel the time-crunch closing in, we tend to spend less time with our friends rather than decreasing the time we devote to our children – which makes sense. The only danger is that when you get older, and the kids leave the nest, many middle-aged men find themselves quite alone.

 

One study even found that the long-term risks of being lonely can be as severe as those of smoking cigarettes.

 

Even though we can try to fool ourselves all we want, the verdict is clear. Loneliness is seriously dangerous to your health and can increase the risk of strokes, cardiovascular diseases, as well as Alzheimer’s – which could all have been prevented if we just put aside a bit of time for our friends.

 

Leave your bad habits behind

 

Now that we’ve covered the effects your mental well-being can have on your physical health, it’s time to get down to business. Smoking and obesity are, of course, the biggest health concerns for us in old age – right next to loneliness. It’s not enough to continue to make the same new year’s resolutions, trying to quit smoking, or befriend your scale – you need to dig deeper than this to beat the bad habits.

 

It’s difficult to cover everything you can do to change your brain patterns and form healthy habits, so let’s keep it simple; to change your ways, start by visualizing the benefits you’ll enjoy by cutting down on smoking, for example. Write it down, memorize it, and try to compensate by moving over to e-cigarettes instead – especially if you’ve been smoking for a long time.

 

Have a look at this article for an in-depth read on changing your habits and remember that to succeed, you need to make a conscious choice every day to change the patterns in your brain.

 

Why not team up with some of your friends and embark on a new and rewarding lifestyle together? It will be good for all of you, that’s for sure.

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Shopping for Nature Made probiotics at Kroger

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I love being able to get everything I need at Kroger instead of having to shop at multiple stores. I’m a full-time blogger, a full-time student, and a real estate agent. I’m a busy Mimi. One of the products I shop for at Kroger on an ongoing basis is my Nature Made Advanced Probiotics. Several years ago I started having issues and after a visit to my physician’s office, he recommended that I start taking Probiotics daily. I’m so glad I listened to him about this because quite frankly, I don’t have time for digestive issues.

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