Articles by Health Concern

  1. What Correcting Bad Posture Could Mean For Your Health

    bad posture correctingWhen you were younger, you were probably taught to sit up straight, walk with your shoulders back, and generally maintain proper posture.

    But that was years ago, and you’ve let it slide a bit.

    You don’t really think about correcting bad posture these days. That’s okay, right?

    Interestingly enough, it might not be. It turns out that correcting bad posture may have positive effects. And not just on your height, but on your overall health.

    1. Supports good circulation. Poor posture puts pressure on veins and capillaries. If you slouch for the length of a movie, it’s not going to have much of an impact. But if you consistently have poor posture, over time the pressure on those veins and capillaries is going interrupt blood flow, which can lead to varicose and spider veins – or worse. Correcting bad posture is an easy way to keep the blood flowing.

    2. Alleviates lower back pain. How much of your day is spent sitting? And how much attention do you give to your posture while you sit? Those are the two most important questions when it comes to lower back pain. Too much sitting with your shoulders slumped and your back curved can cause stress on the lower back, and eventually it will even contribute to disc degeneration. By correcting bad posture while you sit, you can interrupt this cycle before it gets too bad. Sit with your feet flat, your shoulders back, and your neck straight. And remember to walk around for ten minutes out of every hour whenever possible.

    3. Prevents joint stiffness and pain, up to and including arthritis! Many people believe that joint pain and stiffness are an inevitable part of aging – but it doesn’t have to be that way. And you certainly don’t have to end up with arthritis. Just like poor posture puts pressure on your veins and capillaries, it also puts pressure on your joints. Sometimes to the point of tweaking them out of position, stressing the ligaments. And it’s not just your back muscles that are affected by poor posture, either. The muscles that help support your joints are under pressure from poor posture as well. But correcting bad posture helps relieve the pressure and allows your joints to return to proper alignment, easing the stiffness and pain while reducing your risk of developing arthritis.

    4. Relieves constipation. Pay attention to your midsection next time you realize you’re hunched over. You’ll realize that your stomach, intestines, colon, entire digestive tract is compacted. When this happens, nothing moves easily and you get blocked up. If it happens long enough, the compaction can eventually lead to problems with digesting food and processing the nutrients your body needs to function.

    5. Eases depression. Which comes first? Do you slouch because you’re depressed – or are you depressed because you slouch? People who slouch report feeling more depressed, and have less energy than people with good posture. And it makes sense, too. Correcting bad posture allows the oxygen to flow through your system better because your lungs aren’t compressed. Oxygen is one of the key components to energy, mental health, and a sense of well-being. Plus, most people feel better and emotionally stronger with their shoulders back and their head held high.

    6. Reduces stress. In studies, people who stand, walk, or sit with open shoulders and straight spines have registered higher levels of testosterone – a feel good hormone - and lower levels of cortisol – the stress hormone. Since people with poor posture experience the exact opposite measures, correcting bad posture can be directly linked to less stress. There’s enough going on to stress you out. Don’t make it worse just by ignoring poor posture.

    Correcting bad posture is more than just following an outdated societal norm. It’s an important step towards wellness and overall health!

  2. 17 Quick Ways to Thoroughly Cleanse Your Liver

    liver cleanse yourIn an ideal world, your body is designed to cleanse and detoxify without any help.

    But in today’s real world, it’s a different story.

    Your liver is exposed to chemicals, preservatives, and toxins that it was never designed to handle.

    Which is why it’s important to give your body the support it needs and cleanse your liver, so that it can function smoothly and well.

    Signs It’s Time to Cleanse Your Liver

    So how do you know? What if your liver is just fine, and doesn’t need a detox?

    First, nothing this article suggests will hurt your liver. So if it doesn’t need cleansing, great! These are healthy steps for anyone to take.

    But there are signs that it’s time to cleanse your liver. If any of these sound familiar, it’s time to give your liver a boost.

    • Abdominal bloating
    • Trouble digesting fatty foods
    • Acid reflux or heartburn
    • Excessive belly fat
    • Inability to lose weight
    • Acne
    • Itchy, blotchy skin
    • Dark spots, sometimes even known as “liver spots”
    • Overheating and excessive perspiration for no reason
    • Sluggishness, tiredness
    • Headaches
    • Pain or discomfort around your liver (NOTE: If you are experiencing pain around your liver, be sure to see your doctor to eliminate a serious medical condition)

    If you recognize any of those and need to cleanse your liver, or if you just want to make sure it’s working at optimal levels, you can combine the following food, drinks, and behaviors to thoroughly cleanse your liver!

    Foods to Cleanse Your Liver

    Cleansing your liver starts at the grocery store! Stock up on these five foods…

    1. Avocado – Lots of healthy foods are good for your liver, but even when compared to them, avocadoes are especially effective when it comes to cleansing your liver. They help protect your liver from damage caused by galactosamine, a toxin that’s particularly harmful to you liver.

    2. Beets and carrots – You can thank the beta carotene in these root vegetables for how well they help cleanse your liver. They help boost and support liver function.

    3. Cruciferous vegetables – Brussel sprouts, cauliflower, broccoli…whichever cruciferous veggies you like best, it doesn’t matter. They are all good for your liver because they help flush the toxins that can lead to serious medical conditions.

    4. Leafy greens – If you pay attention to healthy foods list, they always seem to include leafy greens, and there’s a reason for that! They’re good for just about anything that ails you, including boosting liver health. Leafy greens help absorb toxins from the bloodstream and neutralize heavy metals that can clog up your liver.

    5. Walnuts – Not only do the fatty acids in walnuts help cleanse your liver, but the amino acids in them help neutralize the ammonia that can impact your whole body!

    Drinks to Cleanse Your Liver

    What you drink can go a long way toward cleansing your liver, as well, so don’t just focus on foods…

    6. Lemon water – Hot or iced, the high levels of vitamin C in lemons and the clear fluid of water work together to help cleanse your liver. Start your morning, every morning, with lemon water and jumpstart your whole body.

    7. Fresh grapefruit juice – Stay away from the cocktails you can pick up in the juice aisle of your store, and pick up a couple grapefruit from the produce section, instead. A small glass of fresh-squeezed grapefruit juice boosts the liver’s natural processes, and helps purge dangerous toxins.

    8. Green tea – Not only is green tea good for your overall health, it’s especially good at cleansing your liver, thanks to its specific antioxidants, catechins, that are known for promoting liver health and function.

    9. Dandelion root tea/coffee – If you call it coffee or tea, a hot drink made from roasted dandelion roots has been treasured for centuries as an all-natural liver cleanser. And don’t be intimidated by the thought of gathering and roasting your own dandelion roots – you can buy them ready to brew!

    Herbs to Cleanse Your Liver

    The main complaint people have about healthy foods is that they don’t taste good. But that’s just because those people haven’t discovered how healthy herbs and spices can be.

    Choose these herbs and improve the taste of your meals while helping cleanse your liver, too!

    10. Turmeric – Enzymes work within the liver to help break down and remove toxins from the body. Turmeric, a popular Indian spice, supports those enzymes, allowing them to work efficiently and effectively.

    11. Garlic – Those enzymes we were just talking about? Garlic helps boost those the same way turmeric does. But garlic does more than that, as well. It naturally delivers two compounds your body liver needs to be self-cleansing.

    12. Cilantro – One of the main reasons livers need help is often heavy metal build-up. That’s where cilantro comes in. It helps remove heavy metals from the body, so your liver doesn’t have to do all the work.

    Bringing It All Together

    For better or worse, you can only cleanse your liver so effectively with dietary choices. Making a few, simple behavioral changes can be the final piece of the puzzle.

    13. Stop drinking – As much as you may enjoy your cocktails, your liver doesn’t. No one should be drinking excessively, but if you’re at the point where you want to cleanse your liver, it’s time to stop completely for a while. Yes, even your nightly glass of red wine. Give your liver a chance to detox, then decide if you want to go back to the wine.

    14. Watch your skin care routine – Remember that everything that gets absorbed by your body has to be processed through your liver eventually. You may be eating cleanly, but if you’re putting chemicals and toxins on your skin and hair, you’re putting those chemicals and toxins into your liver. Cleanse your liver by cleaning up your skin care routine.

    15. Supplement wisely – Supplements can help fill in any nutritional gaps you may have, or even offer health benefits you aren’t going to get from diet. When it comes to cleansing your liver, look to milk thistle supplements and a high-quality vitamin B complex.

    16. Avoid vegetable and animal fats – While your body needs fats to function properly, vegetable and animal fats can clog up the works. Stop putting them into your system and your liver will thank you.

    17. Focus on the healthy fats – Since your body does need fat, make sure you give your liver the healthy fats it can process easier. Stick to sources of plant-based fat, like almonds, coconut, and flax.

    Yes, ideally, you wouldn’t need to cleanse your liver. But who lives in an ideal situation?

    So cleanse your liver, feel better, and improve your health – in seventeen easy steps!

  3. 12 Empty Calorie Foods Disguised as Healthy Foods

    Eating healthily is easy – stay away from junk foods and empty calories. But what happens when you think you’re eating well, but really you are not? That can happen when you’re dealing with empty calorie foods disguised as healthy foods. Continue reading →
  4. 6 Common Metabolism Myths Explained and Debunked

    myths Metabolism Anyone who has ever struggled with their weight – and who hasn’t – has probably also struggled with metabolism myths. There’s so much misinformation out there, it’s hard to know what’s true and what’s false when it comes to your metabolism and losing weight. Rather than leave you guessing, we’re going to take a closer look at six common metabolism myths, so you know what’s real – and what’s not. Continue reading →
  5. 5 Healthy Cooking Oils to Boost Your Health

    cooking oils healthyWhen it comes to healthy cooking oils – or health in general – we want decisions to be black and white, good and bad, healthy and unhealthy. And sometimes, the choice is that clear cut. We know that trans fats are bad and should be avoided. Period. For better or worse, though, when it comes to cooking oils, it’s not always so straight forward. That’s why we wanted to look at cooking oils and clear up some confusion. Continue reading →
  6. 10 Tips to Cure Acid Reflux Naturally

    acid reflux cureThat burning sensation in the middle of your chest. That acidy taste in the back of your throat. You may think they are the issues, but they might just be the symptoms. If you experience these more than twice a week, you could be dealing with more than just heartburn. You could be dealing with acid reflux. The good news is, that you can cure acid reflux at home, naturally. And in this article, we’ll tell you how… Continue reading →
  7. Quick and Effective Thyroid Exercises

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    Exercises thyroidWhether you have hyperthyroidism or hypothyroidism, thyroid exercises can be an essential part of your treatment plan. The key with thyroid exercises is to be smart about them, because, yes, both diseases can make exercising difficult. But that doesn’t mean you should stop moving! In fact, it’s just the opposite… Continue reading →
  8. Safe-Proof Your House: Avoid These 8 Harmful Household Toxins

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    toxins householdIt’s honestly frightening how many household toxins may be lurking in common, every day products. Especially when you’ve taken deliberate steps to make healthier choices and eliminate chemicals and toxins from your home and lifestyle. But the truth is that there are still products hiding household toxins so that you probably don’t even realize you’ve brought them into your home. And scarier still? Some of them aren’t required to be on any label, so you could go your whole life and never know. While a comprehensive list is too long for one article, here are eight of the most harmful household toxins, found in some of the most common products – Continue reading →
  9. 8 Natural Gingivitis Remedies That Will Bring You Relief Today

    remedies gingivitisPeople focus on overall health…heart health…mental health…but rarely do you hear much about oral health. After all, there’s not a lot of mystery to oral health. You brush your teeth twice a day, floss, and see the dentist. Except that, sometimes, that’s not enough. Maybe you’re not brushing well enough or flossing often enough. However it happens, sometimes you end up with gingivitis and needing a gingivitis remedy. The good news is that you’re not alone. The better news is that gingivitis remedies are easy to find, and even easier to do. Once you know it’s time to step up your oral hygiene routine… Continue reading →
  10. The Ultimate On-the-Go Anti-Inflammatory Cookbook

    Inflammation doesn’t just affect your joints. Inflammation is one of the leading causes of systemic, physical problems. In other words, you should be thinking about anti-inflammatory foods and recipes even if your joints don’t hurt! Which is why we’ve designed an anti-inflammatory cookbook, with some general guidelines and very specific recipes for every meal of the day. Use the recipes as they are, tweak them to suit your tastes, or just draw from the general section and create your own anti-inflammatory cookbook! The choice is yours. Continue reading →
  11. The Ultimate Guide to Great Summer Health

    health summerThere’s really no time like summer. The sun is warm, the food is fresh, people are happy – and it’s easy to maintain GREAT summer health. It just takes a little bit of planning. Because you want to be able to embrace and enjoy every day of summer! Continue reading →
  12. 8 Hidden Food Toxins You're Probably Eating

    toxins foodYou do your best to eat clean, stay all-natural, and live as healthy a life as possible. Unfortunately, there are some food toxins hiding in plain site that may be sabotaging even your best efforts! Continue reading →
  13. The Mysterious Link Between Processed Foods and Cancer

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    cancer and processed foodsWe’ve known heavily processed foods are less healthy than raw foods for decades, but how much physical damage they can cause is only now truly beginning to be understood. It’s not just that they’re full of fat, sodium, and preservatives – as it turns out, heavily processed foods are directly linked to cancer. Even the so-called “healthy” alternatives in your frozen food or baking aisle aren’t really healthy. In fact, it doesn’t matter which aisle you’re in. If you’re buying a heavily processed food, it can be linked to cancer. Continue reading →
  14. 7 Hidden Food Intolerances You Might Have

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    intolerances foodYou’ve heard about food intolerances – to gluten, yeast, and more – but you aren’t sure if that’s what’s going on with you. Well, we’re about to help you figure it out! Continue reading →
  15. Listen to Your Gut: The Complete Guide of Good and Bad Gut Bacteria

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    Nothing is more important than your health – but if don’t know how to listen to your gut, you aren’t taking care of your health the way you think you are. Don’t get us wrong, eating right, getting enough sleep, and exercising are essential steps to maintaining your health and we’re not arguing that. But listening to your gut is the piece you may be missing. We’ve been taught that bacteria is bad, and when it’s on your kitchen counter or in a scrape on your knee, it is. Bad when it’s in your gut, it’s the cornerstone of health. Continue reading →
  16. 6 Quick and Fun Exercises to Improve Your Spinal Health

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    health spinalHow often do you think about spinal health? Never, right? That’s probably your answer – but it may not be entirely true. Because if you think about posture, you’re thinking about spinal health, if you realize it or not! Keeping your spine long, straight, strong, and flexible – in other words, maintaining good posture – really is the same thing as taking care of spinal health. Standing tall and sitting up straight are perfect first steps to proper posture, but if you aren’t doing exercises as well then you aren’t doing everything you can to take care of your spinal health. Which is why we’ve come up with these six exercises to help improve spinal health. Continue reading →
  17. How to Avoid These 9 Dangerous Effects of Stress on the Brain

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    [caption id="attachment_7748" align="alignleft" width="300"]stress on the brain effects stress on the brain effects[/caption] You’re stressed. These days, it’s hard not to be. And you know stress is bad for your heart, your mood, your sleep, probably even your relationships. Well, here’s one more reason to focus on relaxing – to avoid these dangerous effects of stress on your brain. From structural changes to emotional ones, the effects of stress on the brain are as life-changing as any other response to stress, yet people pay less attention to them. Well, we’re going to shine a light on the effects of stress on your brain so that you can recognize what’s going on and, more importantly, how to change it! Continue reading →
  18. 7 Reasons Why You Should Eliminate Sugar For Good

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    sugar eliminateFor many people trying to lose weight, a good first step is to reduce or eliminate sugar from their diets. But what if you aren’t trying to lose weight? What if you’re just trying to live the healthiest life you can live? The answer is simple – it’s STILL time to eliminate sugar from your diet! Because sugar contributes to so many more health problems than just obesity. Continue reading →
  19. Living With Psoriasis: How to Treat Your Skin Naturally and Avoid Flare-Ups

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    psoriasis living withLiving with psoriasis can be a roller coaster. Flare-ups can last months – and then it can just clear up on its own. You may feel fine one day, and have a flare-up the very next one, with no warning. When you get frustrated, it’s important to remember these two facts: 1. While there is no cure, there are treatments that can help. 2. While a flare-up may sometimes appear out of nowhere, there are triggers, as well. Once you identify your triggers, living with psoriasis can become easier. Continue reading →
  20. Avoiding Sunlight Could Hurt Your Health: 7 Benefits of Sunlight

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    Maybe you’ve wised up over the years. Or maybe it only took one good sunburn to teach you a lesson. Either way, you’re probably spending little to no time at all in the sun any longer. Because the benefits of sunlight just don’t outweigh the dangers. Except…  what if that’s not completely true? What if there are benefits of sunlight that you’re missing by staying out of the sun so religiously? Because that’s what we’re here to discuss today. The ways you’re actually harming yourself, not helping, by avoiding the sun completely – and just what you can do about it! Continue reading →

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