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Arthritis and Diet: The Foods That Are Making Your Arthritis Worse

diet and arthritisYou know that arthritis and diet are linked. You know that there are foods like beets, avocado, and even green tea that can help with joint discomfort.

But did you know that diet and arthritis are linked by what you shouldn’t eat, as well?

Because what you leave off your plate can be as important to maintaining joint health as what you put on your plate.

So check your diet and make sure you’re not eating too much of these ten foods that are making your arthritis worse…

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What Physical Pain Does to Your Body

pain physical No one wants to live with physical pain, let’s be honest.

At the same time, though, people tend to think of pain as something you should just deal with….adults shouldn’t be crybabies…everybody hurts a little as they get older…

But those attitudes are as much a problem as your physical pain!

You should not “just deal with” physical pain. In fact, doing so can actually be unhealthy for you.

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What’s REALLY Causing Bags Under Your Eyes

Under your eyes bagsSome mornings it feels like it’s not even worth getting out of bed.

You know the ones – the mornings where the bags under your eyes might as well be suitcases, and it feels like you hardly rested at all.

If you find yourself hiding from the mirror more mornings than not, you’ll be pleased to learn there may be something you can do to reduce the bags under your eyes.

But first, it helps to know what causes them!

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8 Surprising Health Benefits of Korean Red Ginseng

Korean red ginseng benefitsSome supplements are very straight forward and easy to understand.

They’ve been around for years and everyone is comfortable with them.

Then, there are other ones, the ones that seem a little more mysterious.

You’ve heard enough to know they’re good for you – but it’s harder to get a grasp of their true benefits.

Korean red ginseng is definitely one of the more mysterious supplements.

Well, read on because I’m about to demystify the benefits of Korean red ginseng, so you’ll get your questions answered and know exactly what it’s good for!

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8 Natural Tips to Have Better Sex in 2016

sex have betterNo matter how great your sex life is, just about everybody is interested in having better sex.

And if you’re sex life has dropped off to just so-so – or worse – then you’re really looking for ways to have better sex.

But you’re not looking for anything too wild and crazy, or for anything that really requires the flexibility of a twenty year old.

Just natural ways to have better sex – at your age, that still make you feel comfortable.

That’s where these eight tips for having better sex in 2016 – and beyond – come in!

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10 Ways to Help Make Joint Pain at Night A Thing of the Past

night joint painDoes it ever feel like joint pain at night is worse than it is during the day?

You’re going along all morning and afternoon, just fine, with your pain reasonably under control.

Then night comes and your joint pain gets worse – and worse – until you can’t get comfortable, you can’t fall asleep, and once you do, you can’t manage to stay asleep.

It’s enough to make you dread getting in bed. The pressure points, having to roll over, risking tweaking a joint because you turned the wrong way or because you got twisted in the blankets.

But you can put that dread to bed because we’ve got ways to help you make joint pain at night a thing of the past!

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Is My Heart Healthy Enough for Sex [Take this heart-sex quiz now]

sex-heartYour heart should be healthy enough for sex – but you’re still a little concerned.

After all, it’s your heart. And you’re not a kid any longer. It’s easy to still have lingering doubts. How does your doctor know for certain? How do you?

Well, it helps to know some basic information about your heart and sex, as well as to answer some very specific – but not too personal, don’t worry – questions about how your heart health may contribute to your sex life.

So, we’re here for you. Take these tests. Between them and your doctor’s advice, you should be able to put aside any last, low-level concerns.

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The Dangerous Link Between Stress and Digestion

You’ve been having digestion issues. You know something is wrong.

But the tests and appointments show nothing. Even your doctor isn’t taking you seriously any longer.

If this sounds remotely familiar, it’s time to start think out of the box.

It’s time to look at how stress and digestion are linked.

Because even if there’s not a physical problem that shows up on a scan, there’s still a real problem – and you deserve to be treated with concern and respect.

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Ease Stiff Knee Joints in No Time

There comes a point where simply living with stiff knee joints is no longer an option.

Taking longer than it should to stand up. Being slower on the stairs than you like.

Having to stop and rub out the stiffness in your knees every few minutes.

You’ve sucked it up and dealt with it long enough. You’re not going to just “deal with it” any longer.

When you’ve reached that point, you’ll be pleased to learn that there are ways to ease stiff knee joints – fast – and then there are ways to continue to maintain flexible, healthy knees for the long run.

Are you ready to deal with your stiff knee joints, instead of just sucking it up? If so, read on –

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Are There Different Types of Urinary Incontinence?

urinary incontinence typesHaving a type urinary incontinence isn’t something most people like talking about.

At best, it’s embarrassing. At worst, it can lead to social and professional isolation.

But it shouldn’t be shameful, or a source of embarrassment, because it’s a medical condition, just like so many other medical conditions.

In fact, nearly 13 million people are affected by some type of urinary incontinence – which is why we’re willing to demystify it and talk about it.

Talk about the types of urinary incontinence and what, if anything, can be done about them.

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Can This Common Fruit Really Improve Sex?

When you think of ways to improve sex, you probably think of tabloid magazine sex tips, but those can be embarrassing.

Or maybe, when it comes to improving sex, you’re thinking about better communication, and that’s great!

Some people even think about exotic ingredients that are just now being recognized by Western society, and yes, some of those really do work to improve sex.

But I bet you don’t often think about a common fruit that’s been in your grocery store produce section year round, for your whole life, as an easy and convenient way to improve sex.

So what is this amazing fruit? The humble grape.

That’s right – the same grape that is a staple in peanut butter and jelly sandwiches and grape juice can also help improve your sex life!

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How to Avoid Back Pain This Winter

Winter, more than any other season, brings challenges when it comes to avoiding back pain.

Some days, you’re active and busy. Other days are slower, more relaxed.

Some days, you only have to worry about your own schedule. Other days, several generations of the family are all together at once.

Avoiding back pain can be different one day to the next!

In this article, we’re going to look at some of the common winter challenges you may face – and figure out how to avoid back pain for each one them.

Then, you can just pick and choose as you need.

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10 Quick Tips to Soothe Dry Chapped Hands

Winter brings snow…and hot cocoa…and cuddling by the fire…and dry, chapped hands that you just want to hide.

Dry, cracked, maybe even bleeding hands are more than unattractive.

They hurt! And exposure to the dry indoor heat and cold temperatures of winter will just make it worse.

But you don’t have keep your hands hidden beneath the blankets or behind mittens!

Soothe your dry, chapped hands with these ten quick tips that will do the trick and have you back to holding hands in no time.

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Shocking Truths About Male Enhancement Surgery

surgery male enhancementIt happens at some point in the course of every man’s life: you wonder if you’re, well, big enough.

Between late night television, locker room talk, and normal human insecurities, it’s easy to assume that other men are far better endowed than you are.

To the point that you may start looking at alternatives, up to and including male enhancement surgery.

But before you take such a drastic step, let’s take a closer look at some facts and separate them from innuendo – especially about male enhancement surgery and if you really need it.

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11 Amazing Health Benefits of Ginger

ginger root health benefitsThis time of year, it’s almost impossible to walk into any store and not be bombarded with gingerbread.

From cookies to houses to decorations, gingerbread is everywhere it seems.

But that might not be a bad thing once you know the health benefits of ginger root!

Okay, so gingerbread may not be the healthiest choice you can make, but adding ginger to your daily routine can have amazing health benefits.

Plus, you can take it in tea, capsules, powder, or as a seasoning and reap the rewards.

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Is Your Nighttime Routine Helping or Hurting You?

Routine nighttimeYou’re tired every day. You’re stressed every night.

You toss and turn, unable to turn off your brain long enough to get to sleep.

Or you wake up in the middle of the night, unable to get back to sleep.

If any of these sound familiar, maybe the problem isn’t you – maybe the problem is your nighttime routine.

After all, we know a healthy morning routine can make or break your day. Once you think about it, it makes sense that a nightly routine can be just as important.

These suggestions can help make up a nighttime routine that will have you sleeping like a baby in no time. Not all of them may work for you, but feel free to pick and choose the ones that do.

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12 Constipation Remedies You Can’t Live Without

Remedies constipationYour holiday season is going along swimmingly when one day, it hits you: constipation.

The rich food and busy schedule has caught up with you.

There’s nothing worse, but you don’t have to be debilitated by the discomfort, bloating, and uncertainty that comes with not being able to go.

Instead, try these 12 natural constipation remedies and get your holiday back on track!

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11 Natural Remedies to Ease Your Leg and Hip Pain

hip and leg painIf you deal with leg and hip pain then you know how all-consuming it can be.

Sitting hurts. Standing hurts. Lying down hurts.

You can’t escape it. It’s easy to believe there is nothing you can do.

Luckily though, that’s not true.

There are steps you can take to ease your leg and hip pain.

And no, I don’t mean invasive surgeries or scary prescriptions. These steps are natural remedies that really will soothe the pain in your hips and legs.

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