Becky Jansen

  1. Don't Let Musculoskeletal Pain Dominate Your Life

    pain MusculoskeletalIf you’re suffering from short-term or ongoing musculoskeletal pain, you know how all-encompassing it can be.

    Every day, every position, everything can hurt.

    It’s easy to let your whole world be controlled by the discomfort.

    Decisions get made on what will hurt less.

    Plans get cancelled because you just can’t risk it.

    You know the routine, and you know it’s no way to live.

    But you don’t have to. We promise…

    What IS Musculoskeletal Pain?

    In spite of the fancy name, musculoskeletal pain is actually really easy to understand – it’s any pain in the muscles, ligaments, tendons and/or bones.

    Your whole body may ache. The pain may make sleeping difficult, so you’re tired all the time. But even when you do rest, you’re still fatigued because the pain drains you.

    Sound familiar? If so, then you’re probably dealing with musculoskeletal pain, even if you never know that name for it.

    What Causes Musculoskeletal Pain?

    The truth is that there are almost as many reasons for musculoskeletal pain as there are people suffering from it. It can be:

    • Wear and tear of everyday life
    • Injury or trauma
    • Overuse OR underuse
    • Poor posture
    • Sedentary lifestyle…

    The list goes on and on. Because there are also specific health conditions that can cause musculoskeletal pain. Conditions like

    • Arthritis
    • Back pain
    • Repetitive strain injury
    • Muscle spam

    Having a name to put to your pain is good news, but perhaps the even better news is that there is something you can do about it.

    How to Treat Musculoskeletal Pain

    The traditional treatment for musculoskeletal pain is NSAIDs – but they come with all the questionable and downright scary side effects.

    Instead of popping an over-the-counter pain pill – or even worse, a prescription pain killer – treat musculoskeletal pain effectively AND safely, with these all-natural treatments…

    Temperature therapy – Ice packs and heating pads can be your best friend when you’re in pain. The key is to use them wisely.
    If your musculoskeletal pain is new, sharp, or accompanied by swelling, you’re going to want to reach for ice (and depending on how and when it started, check in with a doctor). A good, general rule is to use ice for the first two or three days, then move to heat. If, however, your pain has been around longer than that, you know it’s being caused by tension in the muscles and ligaments, then heat may be the way to go. Where ice constricts blood flow and numbs pain, heat helps relax and soothe tight, sore muscles and attachments.

    Exercise – If you just groaned at the thought of hitting the gym or running a marathon because you hurt too badly, stop worrying! That’s not the kind of exercise you need when you’re dealing with musculoskeletal pain. Instead, you’re aiming for more gentle exercises that won’t exacerbate your condition. Stretching, swimming, easy walking. Even tai chi or yoga classes can be very helpful. Eventually, work your way up to simple strength exercises, so that you’re giving your muscles, bones, and joints the support they need to keep you strong.

    Massage therapy – Therapeutic massage has been used for centuries to relieve musculoskeletal pain. Depending on the massage therapist you go to, they may use long, firm strokes to help relax the muscles and attachments, or they may use firm, strong pressure to release knots. Either way, talk to your massage therapist, explain your condition, and they will be able to make recommendations that will help ease your pain.

    Topical pain relievers – Topical pain relievers are better for musculoskeletal pain than pain pills for many reasons. First, you can get all-natural pain relievers that have serious medication working in them – menthol and capsaicin. Just as importantly, you can use exactly the amount of pain reliever you need on the exactly source of your pain. You don’t have to flood your whole system with pain medication just because your knees hurt. And because you put the topical pain reliever directly on the site of your pain, it gets absorbed faster and goes to work almost immediately, instead of you having to wait for it to work its way through your system before it can be effective. So, find a topical pain reliever, like Soothanol X2, and get the powerful medication your pain needs, without the scary side effects.

    Musculoskeletal pain can be debilitating – but it doesn’t have to be. Take your life back, with these tips and Soothanol X2.

  2. What is Warm Water Therapy?

    therapy warm waterEverybody loves an indulgence. And everybody loves an easy at home remedy that makes them feel better.

    Now, there’s something that combines the two – warm water therapy.

    In fairness, warm water therapy has been around for thousands of years, but we’re finally understanding how and why it actually works to ease stiffness, pain, and just about every other symptom of musculoskeletal conditions.

    A Good Soak…

    …really can make you feel better. All you have to do to experience the benefits of warm water therapy is to run a bath.

    That’s it. In spite of the fancy name, you can call warm water therapy your evening bath, and it really is the same thing.

    Twenty minutes in the tub can:

    • Loosen joints
    • Release muscles
    • Ease pain
    • And relax your mind so you feel better emotionally, as well as physically

    How It Works

    You’ve probably heard of high impact, low impact, and no impact activities. What those rankings boil down to are how much gravity affects and jars your joints.

    The higher the impact, the harder activity is on your joints. In order to really rest your joints and muscles, you need a no impact environment, one that reduces the effects of gravity.

    And that’s what warm water therapy delivers.

    The buoyancy of the water reduces the impact of gravity on your joints, so there’s less pain. Since water provides full support for your sore muscles, they aren’t having to do any of the work.

    Any movements during warm water therapy are truly NO impact movements.

    This break from gravity helps decrease inflammation and swelling – and the pain and discomfort that come along with inflammation and swelling!

    Plus, the warmth of the water helps improve circulation, which also helps with pain.

    Turning Your Tub Into Warm Water Therapy

    While a nice bath can feel good, a few easy steps can turn it into real warm water therapy.

    First, make sure the temperature isn’t too hot. It’s warm water therapy, after all. Aim for 92* to 100*. That range will give you the maximum benefits of heat without being so hot as to start causing problems.

    Once you’re in the tub, move as much as you can. Depending on the size of your tub, you may be limited, but warm water therapy is ideal for stretching sore muscles and flexing stiff joints.

    If you don’t have enough room to move – or so, but want to increase the benefits of the bath – stretch gently once you’ve gotten out of the tub, as well.

    Practitioners of warm water therapy report this combination of soaking and stretching afterwards combines for greater relief than either alone.

    Finally, try adding bath salts or oils. A bath can be a great carrier for nutrients that your body needs.

    For example, most people don’t get enough magnesium, which is a mineral that promotes bone health (and so much more!). You can use warm water therapy to get magnesium into your system by adding Epsom salts to your tub.

    They’re made of magnesium, and you can absorb through your skin. Limit your Epsom salt baths to once a week.

    If bath salts aren’t your thing, essential oils can boost the efficacy of warm water therapy. Try a few drops of pure eucalyptus oil. It has anti-inflammatory properties that can help ease pain and stiffness.

    Just be sure to start with one or two drops at first. You can always add more if you want, but you can’t take it out if you need.

    Finally, be sure to drink plenty of water before and after your soak, though, because the warmth can dehydrate you if you’re not careful.

    Alternatives to the Tub

    What if just getting in and out of your tub is too difficult? Or if you don’t even have a tub? Don’t worry!

    You can still benefit from warm water therapy – you just need a pool!

    Most YMCAs and many senior centers have pools you can use for a nominal fee. Even some hotels allow locals to have pool memberships, so ask around your community.

    Look for water aerobics classes or gentle stretching classes. It’s all easier and less painful when you’re in the water – that’s the whole point of warm water therapy – so even if you’ve had to give up traditional exercise classes, water classes could really help.

    There are even water tai chi classes, called ai chi, that focus on balance and relaxation for less pain and stiffness.

    Can’t find a class? Find a corner of the pool and simply float, bob, or paddle a bit. Just like you were in your tub, you’ll get the same benefits of warm water therapy.

    You can also add basic stretches to your personal pool routine. Be sure to stay in the shallow end and don’t over-exert yourself at first.

    At home or in the pool. Warm water therapy can be a life-changing experience. Go from stiff and sore to flexible and relaxed, thank to your regularly scheduled soak.

  3. 4 Healthy Pie Recipes That Are GOOD For You

    Pie Recipes HealthyWho doesn’t love pie?

    Especially this time of year, when it seems like holiday tables are sagging under the weight of desserts!

    If only there were such a thing as a healthy pie…

    Well, guess what? There is!

    Not only are there healthy pie recipes, but there are ways to make your favorite pie recipes a little healthier without making many changes at all.

    Read on for healthy pie tips AND healthy pie recipes. Continue reading

  4. Eating Cheap: How to Feel Full on a Strict Budget

    cheap eatingWhen you’re on a strict budget, it’s easy to think that you can’t eat well.

    Because yes, organic foods cost more and fresh foods cost more – generally.

    But they don’t have to.

    You can eat healthily, well, and feel full even on a strict budget.

    It just takes a little planning and creativity. Continue reading

  5. Is SetraVida Safe to Use?

    safe setravidaThe most important question you can ask when looking at a new supplement or medication, even before “does it work?”… is “is it safe?”

    It’s the question we ask first, too!

    After all, it really doesn’t matter if something works or not if it’s going to cause bigger problems than the ones you’re trying to solve.

    So we respect the fact that you want to know if SetraVida is safe or not.

    Being worried about your health and premature aging is enough.

    You shouldn’t be worried about if the supplement you’re taking for it is safe, too.

    We’re always happy to revisit the question with you. Continue reading

  6. SetraVida Benefits: Help Activate the Longevity Gene

    benefits setravidaThe fountain of youth…

    Methuselah from the Old Testament…

    Dorian Gray and his portrait in the attic…

    For as long as there have been people growing older, there have been people trying to stay young.

    Longer, healthier lives has been the dream since the beginning of time.

    And now – the dream is becoming a reality. Because researchers may have learned how to activate the gene that could keep you younger, longer.

    That’s the SetraVida benefit we’re excited to share with you! Since researchers have learned this power, we’ve learned how to harness it.

    That’s right – SetraVida actually helps activate the longevity gene. Continue reading

  7. The Ultimate Guide to Avoiding Dementia

    For generations, avoiding dementia – or not – was a roll of the dice.

    Essentially, you would get older and hope you kept most of your cognitive abilities in the process.

    But no more. These days, researchers have learned that avoiding dementia is possible, and more importantly, relatively easy. Continue reading

  8. Your Stuffy Nose Could Mean Something More

    It’s almost winter and that means it’s stuffy nose season.

    Colds, flu, dust, even allergies can all cause a miserable stuffy nose.

    But it could be something else, too. Something that’s supposed to help, not make it worse.

    To understand it, though, it helps to understand how and why your nose gets stuffy in the first place… Continue reading

  9. SetraVida Ingredients: What’s in the SetraVida Formula?

    ingredients setravidaImagine ingredients that can practically stop aging in its tracks.

    Because that’s what SetraVida ingredients can do.

    It’s a little heavy on the science but, please, stay with us, because it’s worth it to understand how the SetraVida ingredients work. Continue reading

  10. Everyday Things You Can Do to Boost Your Libido

    things everydayIf you listen to commercials, it seems like the only everyday thing you can do to boost your libido is to change your diet.

    It’s enough to make a man decide to put up with a slow sex life instead.

    Luckily, there are plenty of other everyday things you can do to boost your libido, without having to rely on something questionable or live with a lackluster love life! Continue reading

  11. Lumbar Spine Stretches and Exercises to Erase Your Lower Back Pain

    stretches lumbar spineWhen your back hurts, all you want to do is stop and rest.

    As counterintuitive as it seems, though, the key really is to get up and get moving.

    Lumbar spine stretches and the right kind of exercise can be your first step back towards feeling good and living pain free.

    The key is to choose your exercise and lumbar spine stretches wisely.

    Because some of the most common stretches and exercises can do more harm than good.

    When your back hurts, avoid toe touches, leg lifts, and sit ups.

    Yes, they can help stretch and strengthen a healthy back – but one that’s already hurting will only make it worse!

    So what are you supposed to do? Try these exercises and lumbar spine stretches, instead. And feel your pain melt away. Continue reading

  12. My Eyes Are Dry - Now What?

    dry my eyesWhen your eyes are dry every day feels like an annoyance.

    No, there’s nothing seriously wrong, but there’s certainly nothing right, either.

    On bad days, life can become an itchy, scratchy irritation one just has to get through.

    That’s no way to live life!

    Luckily, just because your eyes are dry doesn’t mean you have to live with it.

    Let’s take a closer look at dry eyes, and the natural ways you can manage them. Continue reading

  13. Men Over 60: How to Enjoy Sex for the Future

    over 60 menMen over 60 have to learn how to deal with so many changes – to their health, to their bodies, and yes, to their sex drives.

    But just because things are changing doesn’t mean things have to be bad.

    Your sex life can be different, and still be fulfilling and sexy!

    These tips can help men over 60 navigate the changes in the bedroom without ever missing a beat – Continue reading

  14. Don't Ignore These 9 High Blood Pressure Warnings

    warnings high blood pressureToo many people are unaware that high blood pressure comes with warnings.

    They think that high blood pressure is something you can’t identify until you’re in the doctor’s office waiting for the cuff to release.

    But that is a false and quite frankly dangerous misunderstanding of how high blood pressure works.

    High blood pressure warnings do exist, and you can identify them. You just have to know what they are. Continue reading

  15. 11 of the Best Herbs to Defeat Your Pain

    herbs bestThere’s so many health-related things you can do naturally these days – so why are you still using scary drugs to relieve your pain?

    Because there’s no need to! Not when there are herbs that work just as well at relieving your pain.

    Look no further to find the best herbs for easing your pain.

    Give up the NSAIDs and stick with your healthy lifestyle even when it comes to pain relief. Continue reading

  16. How to Enjoy Good Sugars this Halloween

    sugars goodHere’s our secret – we haven’t eliminated sugar from our diets completely.

    The occasional treat is simply too delicious for us to get rid of it completely.

    After all, have you seen our BenVia Gold brownie recipe?

    Have you tasted it? So no, we haven’t given up sugar completely.

    The key, though, is that we use good sugars the majority of the time, and save traditional sugars for very occasional indulgences.

    Which makes Halloween tough, because there are chocolates, candies, and desserts everywhere this time of year.

    And none of those bags you see at the grocery store are sweetened with good sugars, you just know it.

    We aren’t, however, willing to throw away our occasional taste of traditional sugar on the mass produced stuff that will fill trick or treat bags later this month.

    Luckily, we don’t have to – and neither do you. Not with these good sugar desserts that taste just as good as anything made with traditional sugar! Continue reading

  17. 8 Rules for Defeating Anxiety That Your Doctor Isn’t Telling You

    anxiety defeatingAlthough defeating anxiety is one of the most important things you can do, it’s also one of the most intimidating.

    After all, part of anxiety is the feeling that you can’t ever get better.

    How are you supposed to defeat anxiety when the very fact that you have it makes you feel like you can never defeat it?

    First, it’s vital that you lose the stigma about having anxiety.

    Talk to your doctor. Admit you’re struggling with it. There are ways your doctor can help.

    But your doctor isn’t the only one who can help with defeating anxiety.

    You have a powerful ally where you might not expect it: yourself.

    In spite of what the anxiety may have you believing, you really can help manage, control, and defeat it. Continue reading

  18. BP Complete 120 Ingredients: What’s in the BP Complete 120 Formula?

    Ingredients BP Complete 120When you take your health seriously, you’re not willing to trade one unhealthy condition for another.

    You’re not willing to trade worrisome blood pressure numbers for worrisome blood pressure remedies.

    So instead of jumping blindly on the bandwagon of the next new thing, you do your research. You ask questions.

    We get that. We respect it. Which is why now that we have a new blood pressure support supplement, we want to ask – and answer – your questions before you ever have to.

    What are the BP Complete 120 ingredients? How do they help keep your blood pressure where you want it?

    And what makes the formula so special? Continue reading

  19. 14 Dull Skin Remedies Your Ancestors Used

    remedies dull skinThere are commercials for wrinkle reducers and skin tighteners, but you rarely see dull skin remedies.

    Which doesn’t make sense because wrinkles and sags aren’t the only skin issues you deal with as you age.

    At some point, most people are going to look in the mirror and see something…different. It’s hard to identify what’s changed at first.

    There are no new wrinkles. Nothing’s sagging more. But your skin seems duller. Gray. Flat. It’s not your imagination. Your skin does lose its glow the older you get.

    And that’s why you need dull skin remedies, as well as wrinkle reducers and other anti-aging suggestions.

    Luckily, there are dull skin remedies. Ways to counter the dullness and reclaim your youthful glow. And many of them have been around for centuries… Continue reading

  20. Nutrient-Rich Sweet Treats and Desserts

    rich-nutrientEating empty calories just to sate a sweet tooth is so outdated. But does that mean that you have to give up desserts entirely?

    Not if you follow a few simple guidelines and focus on nutrient-rich sweet treats! Continue reading

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