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  1. 8 Secret Acupressure Points for Back Pain

    Back pain acupressure pointsIf you have back pain, I hope you already know about acupressure points – but if you don’t, or aren’t even sure what acupressure is, read on!

    Because there are acupressure points all over your body that can do wonders for back pain.

    From that dull ache between your shoulders after a tough day, to the radiating pain from your lower back, knowing these acupressure points for back pain and all over your body really can make a difference!

    What IS Acupressure?

    Think about acupressure as acupuncture without needles. Its history is very similar, and it works under similar principles.

    If you’ve ever put your fingers to your temples when you’ve had a headache or dug your thumbs into your lower back as you stretched, then you’ve already started using acupressure points!

    Acupressure is at least 2,000 years old, and may even be 5,000 years old. The premise is that by putting pressure on certain points of your body, you can relieve pain – often in completely different parts of your body.

    While there is overlap between the points used in acupressure and acupuncture, unlike with acupuncture you can perform acupressure at home, by yourself – or at least with the help of your spouse.

    The Hows and Wheres of Acupressure

    Easing back pain by using acupressure points is far easier than you may think. Some points may require a tennis ball, but really, all you need is your fingers, your thumbs, and maybe a friend to reach the harder to reach places.

    The goal is to exert firm, consistent pressure for two to three minutes on whichever point you’re working. Sometimes, you’ll just press steadily. Other times, you’ll rub. The key will be the same though – that firm, consistent pressure.

    So let’s get to work –

    Acupressure Points, Head-to-Toe

    While acupressure points for back pain don’t have to be in the back, some of them are. It’s fine if you want to start by focusing on these, but don’t be afraid to branch out to the others as well.

    1. Middle of the shoulder blade. You may need some help reaching this first one. Or, you can put a tennis ball in the toe of a sock or stocking, hang it over your shoulder, and lean up against the wall. To find the acupressure point, start on your spine and then move a few inches to the right or left, until you’ve found the middle of your shoulder blade. That’s where you’ll want to put the pressure. This spot will help relieve tension in the shoulders and pain in the lower back.

    2. Stomach. One of our favorite acupressure points for back pain is simple: it's your stomach. This acupressure point is found about two fingers below your belly button. Pressure here is supposed to help strengthen the abdominal muscles, which can help alleviate back pain.

    3. Halfway between ribs and hips. This is another spot where you might need help releasing an acupuncture point to help with back pain, but it’s worth it. Have your helper find the bottom of your ribs on your back. Then find the top of your hips. The acupressure point you’re looking for is between those two places, on either side of your spine. Use consistent pressure with both thumbs, right there to relieve lower back pain and tension.

    4. Center of your back, directly above your buttocks. This area contains several acupressure points that will help your back pain, so it’s easier to work with. Pressure anywhere from your hips inward to the center of your back will be effective. Plus, this acupressure point helps with back pain that radiates into the buttocks and hips.

    5. Alongside the Achilles tendon. Reach down with your left hand and take a hold of your left Achilles tendon. See where your thumb is? That’s the acupressure point you’re looking for to relieve back pain and neck stiffness. The good news is that you don’t have to hold that particular position. However you’re comfortable putting pressure on that spot will work.

    6. Between your toes. You need to be barefoot for this one – and may need some help, depending on how flexible you are. There’s a bone that joins the big toe and the next one. That’s your pressure point. Press on it for a minute to three minutes to ease back pain.

    7. Bottom of your foot. I would be willing to bet you’ve used this acupressure point before, just maybe not due to back pain. Stay barefoot and simply run your thumb firmly from the ball of your foot to your heel. Not only will it make your feet feel good, it’ll help your back, too!

    8. Between the thumb and forefinger. This is a short one, but it’s effective. Take ahold of the fleshy part of your thumb joint, between the base of your thumb and your index finger. Hold pressure for ten seconds. It will ache or twinge, but that means you’re in the right place. Let go for five seconds, then repeat a couple more times. Believe it or not, this acupressure point impacts back pain, as well as the others!

    Combining Acupressure with Other Treatments

    One of the best aspects of using acupressure points for back pain is that you can also use other treatments.

    Unlike some medications that you have to be wary of interactions, acupressure is safe to use with other pain relieving steps.

    Consider working any of these acupressure points along with deep breathing or meditation exercises for double the back pain relief.

    You can also use heat and/or ice ~ whichever makes you feel better ~ in conjunction with acupressure. And, of course, for almost immediate pain relief, turn to topical pain relievers like Soothanol X2 when you’re done with acupressure or in between sessions.

    Don’t be scared of acupressure just because it isn’t a pill or a prescription. Using acupressure points for back pain really can work if you’ll give it a try.

    After all, you’re never too old to learn something new!

  2. 11 Delicious Foods for Better Sex: The Ultimate Sex Diet

    better sex foodsIt’s not that your sex life is bad, per se.

    It’s just that you’d like it to be better.

    You may not respond the same way you used to.

    Or maybe you’re not as interested as you once were.

    Whatever the reason, you’re ready to look for new solutions for an age-old problem.

    What if I told you that your “new” solution is age-old, too? Because people have been turning to foods for better sex for thousands of years.

    It’s just a matter of knowing which foods can add some spice to your love life, as well as flavor to your plate.

    If it’s time to move beyond oysters, champagne, and chocolates, check out these eleven foods for better sex:

    Almonds. This one little nut has at least three different nutrients that aid in boosting libido and desire, as well as promoting sexual health – making it one of the most nutrient dense foods for better sex on this list!

    Arugula. If you’ve never thought about salad as sexy, I don’t blame you. But arugula has been valued as a food for better sex for centuries. Not only is it packed with antioxidants that keep you feeling young and healthy, but it helps absorb contaminants that kill the libido, so they don’t impact you nearly as much.

    Avocado. Even referred to as “testicles” by the Aztecs, avocado has since earned its reputation as a food for better sex due to its heart healthy properties. The high levels of unsaturated fats and low levels of saturated fats help keep your whole cardiovascular system running smoothly. And a healthy heart and strong blood flow means a healthy sex life, too!

    Citrus fruits. Pick a citrus – orange, grapefruit, lemon, lime, any of them – and it’s going to be packed with antioxidants specifically important to men’s reproductive health. Stock up on citrus and start peeling.

    Figs. Considered sexy since biblical times, figs are an excellent source of fiber for energy, iron for strength, and potassium for muscle function. Plus, its very shape is considered erotic, making it an excellent addition to this list.

    Honey. Aside from the obvious – sometimes sticky, sweet foods can be fun – honey also contains boron to help with hormone levels, and nitric oxide that helps with blood flow, so you get the hard, long-lasting erection you’re looking for in the bedroom.

    Pomegranate. Pomegranates have been an aphrodisiac for so long that some scholars believe Eve’s forbidden fruit was actually a pomegranate, not an apple. But whatever fruit was the basis of that story, pomegranates can definitely be helpful in a modern bedroom! According to one, small study, pomegranate juice can help lower cortisol levels. So what does that mean? Low cortisol levels are linked to increased testosterone.

    Sesame seeds. The reason oysters are considered an aphrodisiac is because of their zinc levels. But if you’re looking for a food high in zinc to help with better sex that isn’t quite so slimy, look no further than the humble sesame seed. Sprinkle them on everything from salads to Chinese take-out, and you’ve got yourself the zinc you need to help maintain sexual health.

    Strawberries. This is one of the more classic foods for better sex. First, the deep red color and juice of a strawberry is sexy. But they’re also filled with antioxidants that help keep you healthy. For an added boost, dip them in chocolate, another food for better sex. The chocolate causes your brain to produce serotonin, the chemical that controls sexual arousal.

    Sweet potatoes. Perhaps another unexpected food, it can still help you have a better sex life. Sweet potatoes are good for maintaining healthy blood pressure – and high blood pressure can lead to performance issues in men. So, have the occasional sweet potato and worry a little less about your blood pressure – and your performance.

    Watermelon. When it comes to health, watermelon is often under-rated. When it comes to a good sex life, watermelon is often completely overlooked. And that’s a shame, because watermelon contains nutrients that relax blood vessels and boost libido. Regardless of its nonexistent reputation, watermelon is definitely a food that will help you have better sex.

    But here’s the truth – it’s not always easy to get all the foods you need for better sex in your diet on a regular basis. At least not without becoming too full to want to have sex!

    So along with a few of these foods, add Prime Power, our sexual performance supplement designed specifically to give you the libido – and performance - boost you’re looking for.

    Foods for better sex are great – but you don’t have to rely on them alone. Instead, tweak your diet, and add a little Prime Power. You’ll both be thankful you did!

  3. 9 Shocking Health Benefits of Eating Beets

    Eating beets benefitsYou know the superfoods: Kale…chia seeds…pomegranates…beets?

    I know, that last one may be shocking but there really are incredible health benefits to eating beets!

    So before you pass them by in the grocery produce section, read on. It’s time to start reaping the benefits of eating beets. Continue reading

  4. How to Get Enough Protein in Only 5 Minutes

    Get enough protein how toProtein is a building block of a healthy diet and you know that.

    But in your busy world, the issue becomes how to get enough protein every day.

    After all, it takes a while to cook a steak, a chicken breast, or even vegetarian chili.

    And there are only so many times you can grab a protein bar on your way out the door.

    Which is why we’re going to look at how to get enough protein into your daily diet in less than five minutes. Continue reading

  5. 4 Quick Ways to Improve Posture for Joint Health

    Improve posture waysWhen it comes to joint health, you’ve got it covered.

    You eat right, you take the right supplements.

    You’re even getting enough sleep, so your joints can repair themselves.

    But have you thought about ways to improve your posture in order to help improve your joint health?

    If you have, good for you! If you haven’t, don’t feel bad.

    People don’t usually think about posture being linked to joint health.

    So let’s look closely at how joint health is affected by posture – and ways to improve posture and your joint health. Continue reading

  6. How to Keep Your Brain Healthy in 9 Easy Steps

    keep your brain healthy how toYou know how to keep your body healthy.

    Do you know how to keep your brain healthy, too?

    Because a healthy body is only half the battle as you age.

    Keeping your brain healthy is just as important!

    The most interesting part of keeping your brain healthy, though, is how much overlap there is between brain health and physical health.

    You’re probably already doing many of the things your brain needs to stay strong and vital for years to come.

    Let’s look closer at these nine easy steps that will keep your brain healthy… Continue reading

  7. 11 Secrets to a Healthy Holiday Diet

    Diet holidayYou want to enjoy the holidays – but you want to stay healthy, too.

    Luckily, that’s possible if you’re willing to invest just a little effort into your holiday diet.

    Continue reading

  8. The Ultimate Prostate Cancer Diet: Can You Prevent Prostate Cancer With Food?

    Diet prostate cancerThe topics are all over your television, news stream, and radio: how can you prevent prostate cancer?

    Is there a prostate cancer diet? What are your risks for prostate cancer?

    If you’re a man – or a woman who loves a man – you’ve probably realized prostate health should be a major focus of overall health.

    There’s a good reason for that.

    Prostate cancer is the second most common cancer among men, coming in behind skin cancer.

    And it’s the second deadliest cancer in men, as well.

    In fact, 1 in every 7 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer at some point. Sadly, 1 in every 38 of those men will die from it.

    However, that doesn’t mean that prostate cancer is inherently a death sentence. More than 2.9 million men diagnosed with prostate cancer are still around, living life to its fullest.

    And perhaps the easiest way to prevent prostate cancer, and increase your odds of beating it, is through diet. Simple, healthy, and delicious changes to your diet can help you help your prostate! Continue reading

  9. A Cheat Sheet for Treating Sciatica

    sciatica treatingOfficially, sciatica is “pain in the lower extremity resulting from irritation of the sciatic nerve” – but that doesn’t come close to capturing how sciatica feels, what it’s like to live with it, or just how important treating sciatica can be.

    Because that “pain in the lower extremity” can mean a constant, nagging ache that never seems to completely go away. Or a shooting pain that radiates through your buttock and down your leg.

    It can mean never being able to roll over in bed because you can’t sleep on the affected side.

    Or not being able to sit for a long time, because the discomfort becomes too much.

    And it really means that treating this pain can become a top priority, so that you can have a reprieve from the constant ache and shooting pains. Continue reading

  10. The Ultimate Guide to Hand and Wrist Pain

    wrist and hand painPart of the problem in dealing with hand and wrist pain is the uncertainty.

    The pain can be a dull ache – or it can be debilitating.

    It can be constant – or it can be intermittent.

    All the variables can make you wonder what’s going on, how serious it is, if there’s a real problem at all, or if it’s all in your head.

    While I can’t tell you exactly what’s causing your pain – only your doctor can do that – I can reassure you that it’s probably not just in your head.

    Use this guide as a starting point to help identify the source of your wrist and hand pain, and understand what steps you can take next! Continue reading

  11. Alcohol and Skin: What Everyone Should Know

    skin and alcoholMost people have the occasional beer, glass of wine, or cocktail.

    But what happens if you have more than that?

    It’s easy to think that, so long as you don’t have a drinking problem, alcohol isn’t a health issue.

    After all, it’s even recognized that a glass of red wine a night can be good for your health!

    The truth, though, is that alcohol can have a real impact on how quickly you age.

    And alcohol especially affects your skin and how old – or young – you look.

    So much so that alcohol and skin health are directly related. Continue reading

  12. 6 Unknown Health Benefits of Eating Pumpkin

    eating pumpking benefitsNow that it’s autumn, it seems that pumpkin-flavored treats are everywhere.

    As overwhelming as it may seem, though, that’s not necessarily a bad thing because there are so many health benefits of eating pumpkin.

    Of course, in order to get the benefits of pumpkin, you have to be eating real pumpkin, so your favorite coffee flavorings probably don’t count.

    But real pumpkin will give you these benefits and more, year-round. Continue reading

  13. Ibuprofen or Acetaminophen? The Real Truth About Two Popular Pain Relievers

    acetaminophen or ibuprofenWhen you’re in pain, you probably reach for ibuprofen of acetaminophen – Advil and Tylenol, respectively – because they are easy to find, easy to take, and relatively inexpensive.

    But do you know what you’re really reaching for when you take ibuprofen or acetaminophen?

    Because most people don’t think about the side effects and true cost of either of those drugs.

    After all, they’re sold over-the-counter at just about every grocery store, drug store, and gas station in the country.

    They must be safe – right? Unfortunately, no.

    So, if your pain relief routine includes ibuprofen or acetaminophen, be sure to read on, because in this article we’re going to take a closer look at the pros and cons of both. Continue reading

  14. Is This Weird Item in Your Fridge Good for Your Joints?

    joints good for youWhen you’re dealing with joint discomfort, you usually look to your medicine cabinet.

    But what about your refrigerator?

    Because there are several foods – including one unexpected item – that can help you maintain healthy joints and ease joint discomfort! Continue reading

  15. 4 Harmful Effects of Sugar on Your Sex Life

    In fairness, when you think about libido and sexual performance, you probably don’t think about the harmful effects of sugar.

    If your sex life is going strong, you’re just hoping it stays that way.

    And if your sex life isn’t what you’d like it to be, well, everybody slows down as they get older, right?

    Wrong! If your sex life isn’t up to snuff, maybe it’s time – even past time – that you started thinking about the harmful effects sugar could be having on your sex life.

    Because you don’t have to be resigned to a lackluster experience in the bedroom.

    And for all the ways you’re trying to boost your libido, if you’re still eating too much sugar, you’re not going to get the results you’re looking for!

    The thing to remember is that sugar, insulin, and sex drive are all connected, both directly and indirectly.

    And sugar doesn’t just mean white table sugar you may put in your coffee.

    The sugar that can have harmful effects on your sex life means all sugar – honey, “raw” sugar, carbohydrates, and yes, plain old white sugar.

    It’s about how your body processes the sugar, not about the form it’s in when you eat it.

    Now that we’ve cleared up what we mean by sugar, let’s take a closer look at its harmful effects… Continue reading

  16. The Dangers of Natural Supplements

    supplements naturalHave you seen the recent sensational headlines about natural supplements sending people to emergency rooms in staggering numbers?

    They certainly caught our attention. So we read more.

    Sure enough more than 23,000 emergency room visits are caused by supplements every single year.

    The headlines definitely had our attention. So we read more.

    They certainly got us to read their articles, I’ll concede that point and give them credit for it.

    But I’m also glad that I took the time to read the information presented and didn’t just take the headline at face value. Continue reading

  17. Can I Have Sex After a Heart Attack?

    heart attack afterAfter a heart attack, it can feel like everything is different.

    Your diet, your activity level…your sex life…

    Heart attacks tend to have emotional consequences, not just physical ones.

    Even once your doctor has cleared you for physical activity after a heart attack, you may still be nervous about having sex.

    That’s okay. In fact, it’s understandable. The bedroom is the last place you want to have another heart attack!

    The good news is that less than 1% of all heart attacks take place during sex, so once you’ve been cleared by your doctor, you’re no more likely to have a heart attack in that moment than anyone else. Continue reading

  18. The Unusual Link Between Smoking and Hair Loss

    Hair loss and smokingYou know you should quit smoking.

    If you could see the damage each cigarette does to your body, it would probably be easier.

    But you can’t see it and it takes years to get sick, so it’s easy to pretend you’re fine.

    And sure, smoking can cause wrinkles and grey hair – but those can be covered.

    It’s easy to pretend you’re fine.

    So what if I told you there was a link between smoking and hair loss?

    That the thinning you’re beginning to see up top is a very real result of smoking.

    When it’s in your mirror…and your hairbrush…and your shower drain…it’s harder to pretend you’re fine.

    Because smoking and hair loss are linked. You are seeing it. It works like this – Continue reading

  19. Do You Have Unexplained Nerve Pain? Nerve Pain Symptoms, Causes, and Treatments

    nerve pain unexplainedYou’re not 100% sure when it started, but you know it’s happening more often.

    The unexplained nerve pain that have changed your life.

    Skin burning and tingling.

    Feeling like you’ve got pins and needles running up and down your arms or legs.

    Even an electrical sensation under your skin.

    Some days it may be so bad that even a loving hug or a supportive touch can be too much.

    But what causes nerve pain? And more importantly, what can you do about them? Continue reading

  20. 6 Shocking Reasons Why Your Stomach Always Hurts

    always hurts stomachYour stomach always hurts.

    Maybe it’s a low level ache.

    Maybe it’s cramping.

    Maybe it’s nausea before or after you eat.

    You’re even trying to make smarter choices with your diet and health.

    Trying to find ways to eat less.

    Even swapping out added sugars.

    But the bottom line is… it seems like your stomach always hurts.

    It could be that some of the very choices you’re making to improve your health are the shocking reasons why your stomach always hurts.

    What am I talking about? How about – Continue reading

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