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  1. What Leg Circulation Has to Do With Your Joints

    circulation legJoint health has been on your radar ever since you found out that arthritis in your knees and leg joints isn’t inevitable.

    Now, you exercise properly, eat right, and take care of your joints to minimize joint stiffness and pain. But have you given any thought to your circulation?

    That’s right – the same blood circulation that can affect your heart also impacts your joint health.

    Leg circulation plays a huge role in the health of your hips, knees, and ankle joints. The blood flow throughout your whole body can support – or weaken – your joints.

    Here’s how …

    Leg Circulation and Joint Health – You Can’t Separate the Two

    Leg circulation and a healthy inflammatory response are intricately linked. It’s the blood flow from the circulation in your legs that brings the nutrients that are necessary for joint health to your knees, ankles, and hips. But perhaps not in the way you may think.

    See, there are no blood vessels that run directly into the cartilage of your joints, so oxygen and vital nutrients can only get to your joints by moving through the nearest blood vessels and into the fluid around your joints.

    Since the blood flow doesn’t reach your joints directly, the slightest disturbance in leg circulation creates a more impactful effect on the health of your knee and other leg joints.

    And not only does leg circulation get the essential nutrients to your joints, it also removes toxins and unwanted substances away from your joints. It’s this stage of circulation that allows the body to heal itself after an inflammatory response.

    But if you have poor leg circulation, your body doesn’t get the chance to heal and it stays in a chronic state of discomfort because it never really comes out of that unhealthy inflammatory response.

    While it all sounds very complicated, it’s not. It’s actually very simple: leg circulation is a key component of knee and leg joint health. Which makes the next steps simple, too –

    Improve Leg Circulation, Improve Joint Health

    It’s easy to focus on the arms when you’re dealing with upper body and the legs when you’re dealing with lower body, but the truth is leg circulation is important to overall joint health, not just your knees. So make sure you’re taking care of your joints by improving your leg circulation!

    Take plenty of breaks during the day. Although word is getting out that sitting for too long is bad for your leg circulation, don’t be lulled into thinking that standing still all day is any better for you. Instead, make sure you move during the day. Change positions, walk around, do some knee bends, anything to get the circulation in your legs going again. Try to take a break for ten minutes every hour or so.

    Get joint healthy exercise. Since you’re trying to protect your joints, you might want to reconsider taking up jogging. At the same time, low-impact exercises will protect your joints while maintaining healthy leg circulation – which also helps protect your joints! So even if you’re already a little achy in the knees, get moving anyway. The right moves will actually help, not hurt.

    Quit smoking. One of the lesser-known effects of smoking is narrowing of the blood vessels, and if your blood vessels are narrow, your circulation is going to be impacted – in your legs and everywhere else. If you don’t want to quit for your heart and lungs, quit for your joints!

    Give your blood something to deliver. The nutrients that your joints need have to come from somewhere, so make sure you’re doing your part. Continue to eat foods that support joint health, and avoid foods that can make you ache. Take supplements that help support healthy joints, like SynerFlex that works with your body from the inside to keep your joints moving smoothly. And make sure you’re getting plenty of water.

    Leg circulation – whole body circulation – is essential to joint health. But it’s easier to protect and maintain than you may think! Be smart, be healthy, and make wise choices, like taking SynerFlex. Your joints will thank you.

  2. The One Bladder Exercise You Need to Boost Urinary Health

    exercise bladderWhen was the last time you slept through the night without your bladder waking you up?

    Or made it through a full round of golf without having to take a bathroom break?

    Or was able to focus on a romantic dinner without needing to excuse yourself?

    Luckily, there’s a solution. If you’ve struggled with bladder control for months or if it’s just starting to be a problem, you need to start working out!

    That’s right – you can use bladder exercises to boost your urinary health the same way you use bicep curls to boost your arm strength.

    And you can achieve impressive results with one simple bladder exercise. Imagine not having to time your day around trips to the bathroom. It’s possible – and it’s not even that much work.

    The bladder exercise you need can be done anywhere, anytime, and no one will ever even know. It’s that easy.

    Working out without breaking a sweat? That hardly seems worthwhile – but it’s more than worth it, especially when you start living with the results.

    You may have even heard of the bladder exercise you need, and just didn’t think it would do anything for you: Kegels.

    Not Just for Women

    Kegels have a reputation for just being for women, and it’s true that they are the bladder exercise that helps women after childbirth and post-menopause.

    But pelvic floor strength is just as important in men as it is in women. If you’re dealing with:

    • A weak stream
    • An overwhelming urge to go, no matter when you went last
    • Or feeling like you never quite get your bladder empty

    Then you’ll know that bladder control and urinary health isn’t just a woman’s issue. Which is why it’s important to know that Kegels work just as well for you as they do for her.

    How Kegels Boost Urinary Control

    Because if you’re one of the up to 11% of men who are concerned about urinary control, you have lived with the inconvenience and embarrassment long enough.

    As you age, all of your muscles get weaker, and this includes the muscles in your pelvic floor that control urine flow. However, this simple bladder exercise can help strengthen your pelvic floor muscles so that you don’t have to live with a weak bladder.

    Mastering the Kegel

    Although Kegels are simple, discreet bladder exercises, it’s still important to perform them correctly. After all, you want to be strengthening the right muscles!

    The easiest way to figure out which muscles to use is to start next time you’re in the bathroom. Once you’re going, stop the flow midstream, and hold it. Pay attention to the muscles you use because those are the muscles you’ll engage for the Kegel.

    Be aware that it’s not simply tightening your abs or your buttocks. That’s a common mistake that won’t help your bladder control at all. And once you’ve figured out which muscles you should be contracting, don’t perform Kegels while urinating.

    Some people find it easier to recreate the motion at first while lying down. Stretch out onto your back and bend your knees so your feet are flat on the floor. Now tighten your pelvic floor muscles and hold while you count to ten. Relax.

    As you get more comfortable with Kegels, you can start doing them standing up. Or sitting at your desk. Or waiting in line at the grocery store. See, I told you that you could do this bladder exercise anywhere!

    Your goal is thirty contractions, three times a day. While that may seem like a lot, since you don’t have to stop everything just to work out, it’s definitely an achievable goal.

    Well Rounded Urinary Health

    Bladder exercises are the first step to overall urinary health – but not the only step. Staying healthy in general is vital to urinary and bladder health. Exercise to keep your body strong and healthy. Eat well, so you have the nutrients you need.

    And take care of your entire urinary system, including prostate, kidney, and bladder, with ProTeva Plus, our specialized supplement designed to support overall urinary health.

    If you’re ready to change your life, be in charge of your schedule again, and stop worrying about bladder control then you’re ready for the only bladder exercise you need, and ProTeva Plus – the combination you’ve been waiting for!

  3. What You Need to Know About the Zika Virus

    virus zikaGlobal health concern. Travel warnings. Spreading throughout the United States.

    The Zika virus is everywhere these days. On the news, in the papers, all over online resources.

    First, it was spread through mosquito bites. Now, it’s showing up in bodily fluids like urine and semen. Some people are even discouraging kissing.

    With headlines about “public health emergencies,” new cases showing up in our borders, and even fears about athletes attending the Olympics, it’s easy to panic about this new disease and what it might mean for you.

    But panic doesn’t serve you or your health. So, we’re going to cut through the sensationalism and the soundbites and look at the facts about the Zika virus.

    • What is the Zika virus?
    • How is it transmitted?
    • What are the symptoms?
    • How can you avoid catching it?
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  4. 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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  5. Quick and Easy Eye Strengthening Exercises for Better Vision

    Exercises eye strengtheningYou think you know how it works – you get older, your eyes age, and your vision gets bad.

    You know it and it’s inevitable.

    But guess what? It doesn’t have to work that way! Sure, you’ll get older and your eyes will age.

    But you can protect your vision with simple eye strengthening exercises.

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  6. 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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  7. 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. 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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  9. 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. 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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  11. 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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  12. 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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  13. 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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  14. 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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  15. 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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  16. 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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  17. 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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  18. 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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  19. 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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  20. 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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