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  1. Why Am I So Thirsty?

    thirsty soBeing thirsty occasionally is normal.

    Everyone goes too long without a drink of water.

    But if it seems you are just so thirsty all of the time, then you may be wondering what’s going on.

    Let’s look at seven common conditions that might cause you to be thirsty.

    Then, you can deal with them appropriately, instead of guessing!

    1. Anxiety. Thirst is frequently a result of the other symptoms of anxiety. Anxiety can make you sweat – which would lead to you being thirsty. It can give you dry mouth – which would also make you thirsty. It can make you forget about self-care, so you aren’t drinking enough water – which can make you thirsty. To be clear, just because you’re really thirsty doesn’t mean you have anxiety. But it can be related to one of the classic symptoms. If these symptoms of anxiety sound familiar, go ahead and talk to your doctor.

    2. Dehydration. The most common reason for thirst is plain old dehydration. You just haven’t gotten enough to drink in too long. Combine being thirsty with dry mouth, dark yellow urine, and lightheadedness and you’re probably looking at the beginnings of dehydration. So before you do anything else, sip a large glass of water – or two. Not only will you quench your thirst, but you’ll feel better, too!

    3. Diabetes. No matter how much you drink, you’re still thirsty! Being so thirsty that it feels like you can’t get enough water is a classic symptom of diabetes. The overabundance of sugar in your bloodstream draws water from the rest of your body, making you thirsty all the time. If you just can’t get enough to drink, talk to your doctor about your chances of diabetes, just to be on the safe side.

    4. Diet. Sure, salty foods and spicy foods can make you thirsty, but even if you’ve cut out salt and go easy on the spice, you may still find yourself thirsty because of your diet! Some of the healthiest foods you can eat can also make you thirsty. Foods that are diuretics, like many vegetables and fruits, cause you to need to go to the bathroom more. The more you go to the bathroom, the thirstier you may end up. Don’t stop eating them, though. Just add healthy carbs, like oatmeal and brown rice, to your diet to help keep things in balance.

    5. Dry mouth. While dry mouth may feel like thirst or dehydration, it’s actually a completely different condition from either of them. When your saliva glands stop producing as much saliva, you end up with dry mouth, as well as bad breath, irritated gum, change of taste, and even trouble chewing. And since it’s not caused by a lack of water, per se, drinking won’t resolve it. Usually dry mouth is a symptom of something else – a medication or another, underlying medical problem. If you’ve started a new medication, ask your health professional or pharmacist if it might cause dry mouth. Otherwise, mention it to your doctor.

    6. Hormone imbalance. There’s a specific hormone imbalance called diabetes insipidus, but it has nothing to do with the blood sugar diabetes. Instead, it’s when the body doesn’t make enough of the hormone that helps your kidneys control the water in your body. Since the amount of water in your body is low, you end up so thirsty, all the time. Only your doctor can diagnose and treat this one, so make an appointment if your thirst isn’t going away.

    7. Low blood pressure. Being thirsty is a lesser known symptom of low blood pressure, but it’s very real. Your body is trying to tell you to drink more so that you raise the level of water in your body – which in turn helps raise your blood pressure. Address the reasons your blood pressure is too low and you’ll address the reasons you’re thirsty.

    Being thirsty all the time may just mean you need to drink more water. Start there.

    But if it’s waking you up at night, or becoming a problem, don’t ignore it. Thirst is sometimes a sign of something else – something bigger.

    So talk to your doctor and figure out why you’re always so thirsty.

  2. 5 Muscle Trigger Points to Ease Pain

    trigger points muscleWhen you’re in pain, you want it to stop. That’s a given.

    But when you have long-term, ongoing pain, you know it’s not always as easy as popping a pill.

    After all, you want the pain to stop, but you don’t want to live your life constantly on medications, either.

    That’s what makes muscle trigger points that ease pain such an important tool in your pain management skill set.

    They are a completely natural, medication-free way of easing pain.

    You read that correctly: muscle trigger points do not use medicine to ease your pain.

    If you’re familiar with acupressure, those are the muscle trigger points we’re talking about.

    If you’re not familiar, or you want to know more, here’s how it works…

    A 2,000 Year Old Pain Remedy

    Using muscle trigger points, or acupressure, to ease pain has been practiced for more than 2,000 years, so you know it works – even if it doesn’t seem like it would be effective.

    The pressure on the muscle trigger points helps to relax the muscles and stimulate blood flow, so you end up relieving pain, sometimes in entirely different parts of the body.

    The key is to be patient and consistent. Hold steady firm pressure on the muscle trigger point for a full minute. Then massage in a firm, circular motion for at least another thirty seconds.

    And since there is absolutely no medicine involved, you can activate your muscle triggers points whenever and for however long you want!

    Where’s the Pain and Where’s the Muscle Trigger Point

    1. Neck Pain. If you’ve moved it too fast, or slept on it the wrong way, neck pain inhibits your whole day. When you can’t turn your head without pain, it’s hard to do anything else without pain!

    Try any or all of these three muscle trigger points to get you moving again.

    Inside wrist – Find the spot where your thumb and wrist connect. Now, measure approximately two finger widths up your forearm from there. That’s the muscle trigger point.

    Top of wrist – Feel where the bones of your forearm reach your wrist. You’ll find a small indentation. That’s the muscle trigger point, and where you want to put firm, but gentle, pressure.

    Between thumb and index finger – You know that fatty web between your thumb and forefinger? It’s a muscle trigger point. Squeeze that web between your other thumb and forefinger for best results.

    Note: this muscle trigger point works to relieve pain throughout most of your body. It will be mentioned throughout this article and makes an excellent starting place, no matter where your pain is.

    2. Shoulder pain. Shoulder pain can be difficult to treat because it’s difficult to get to. But not if you’re using muscle trigger points! So if you’re dealing with arthritis in the shoulder, or if you just lifted something too heavy, these three techniques will relieve even the deepest shoulder pain.

    Front shoulder – One of the few muscle trigger points located on the site of pain, you can relieve shoulder pain by putting pressure at the right place on your shoulder. Cross your arm over your chest, so the elbow bends at about a 90* angle. You’ll be able to feel a vertical groove at the front of your shoulder. Massage the center of this groove.

    Back of pinkie finger – Rest your hand on a table or your knee. Don’t worry about getting it perfectly flat. It may be easier to see the place if your fingers are in a natural position. You’ll find a groove between your pinkie and ring fingers. That’s the muscle trigger point. Yes, for your shoulder.

    Thumb and index finger – The web works for shoulder pain, as well.

    3. Upper back pain. If you spend too much time hunched over a computer or smart phone, you’re probably far too familiar with upper back pain already. Luckily, you’ve already learned how to alleviate that pain.

    Back of pinkie finger – The same muscle trigger point that helps ease shoulder pain can help relieve upper back pain. Find that groove between your pinkie and ring finger and press firmly for a minute or so.

    4. Lower back pain. Like shoulder pain, and perhaps even moreso, lower back pain can take over your whole day. Every move hurts. But it doesn’t have to be this way any longer.

    Either side of spine – You’ve probably dug your thumbs into this muscle trigger point before to help with lower back pain. It’s instinctive because it works. You’re aiming for your back, at about belly button level. Measure approximately two inches out from your spine, on both sides. Those are the spots that will help.

    Just above the hips – From those muscle trigger points, slide your thumbs down until they rest just above your hips. These are two more spots that will respond to pressure.

    Top of foot – Given that sandal season is wrapping up, you may need to work on this muscle trigger point at home. Start with your foot flat on the floor, and find where your big toe and second toe meet. Slide your finger down that groove along the top of your foot until you reach the place where the two bones meet in a V. The muscle trigger point is right in the crux of the V.

    Thumb and index finger – Yes, this one works for lower back pain, too!

    5. Knee pain. One of the most common places for arthritis pain is the knee. You keep moving it, so it doesn’t stiffen up, and that’s good, but you also just need pain relief. Try these…

    Shin – Start at your knee cap. Slide your thumb down, approximately four inches. Find the outside of your shin bone. Move your foot up and down. You should feel a muscle “popping out” underneath your thumb. That’s how to tell if you’ve found the right place.

    Thumb and index finger – As always, this is a good muscle trigger point for knee pain, as well.

    And for the final touch, combine muscle trigger point massage with Soothanol X2 for a one-two combination that will give you long-term pain relief, without pills or scary medications.

    No need to worry about where you are when pain strikes, or when you last took a pill. Muscle trigger point massage and Soothanol X2 – live the natural, pain-free life you’ve been longing for!

  3. Eliminate Bloating and Gas: 9 Quick Fixes That Last

    bloating and gas eliminatingIt’s embarrassing. It’s uncomfortable. It’s bloating and gas.

    And when it hits, you feel like you’re the only one who’s ever experienced anything like it.

    However, it’s incredibly common, and luckily, it’s easy to manage.

    You just have to take some easy steps and you’ll eliminate bloating and gas once and for all. Continue reading

  4. Trouble Staying Hard: 5 Common Habits Hurting Your Erections

    staying hard troubleHere’s the truth: every man has trouble staying hard at some point in his life.

    So know that it’s not just you, no matter how it feels.

    If you’re having trouble staying hard more consistently than you’d like, it’s important that you deal with that.

    So you eat right, get exercise, and try to keep your stress under control.

    But what if you’re still having trouble staying hard?

    Maybe it’s time to think outside the box and look at these common, but unexpected, habits that could be hurting your erections.

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  5. 9 Surefire Ways to Fade Sunspots

    sunspots fadeAt this point in your life, you know to wear natural sunscreen and stay in the shade as much as possible.

    But what about the sunburns you got when you were younger, and either didn’t know or, let’s be honest, didn’t care?

    Is it possible to fade the sunspots that are on your skin?

    The answer is yes! Absolutely!

    And it doesn’t even require peels, or chemicals, or anything that has to be done in an office.

    These ways to help fade your sunspots can be done right at home, with all natural ingredients that you may already have.

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  6. Erase Stiff Neck Pain For Good With These 6 Techniques

    neck pain stiffIt’s hard to explain what makes stiff neck pain so difficult to live with.

    You’re not sick. You’re not really injured. There’s no need for a cast or a brace.

    You can still move, go to work, and live your life. But it hurts, all the time.

    Which means stiff neck pain will take its toll on your mood, your energy level, and your quality of life. Even though “nothing’s wrong.”

    Well, we think if something is affecting your quality of life then something is wrong. And if something’s wrong, you deserve to have it managed.

    So, we’ve come up with these six ways for you to erase stiff neck pain and get your – pain-free – life back!

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  7. Coffee and Headaches – Is the Caffeine Helping or Hurting?

    headaches and coffeeWhenever there are two schools of thought on a topic, it’s hard to know which is true and which is false – as is the case with caffeine and headaches.

    Some people swear by caffeine’s ability to relieve headache pain.

    Other people swear that coffee is the cause of their headache pain.

    So which is it? Will coffee help your headache – or make it worse?

    The truth is: it depends.

    Read on, and we’ll look at how caffeine helps your headaches, and why it might cause them, too.

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  8. Achieve Better Joint Mobility With These Tips and Tricks

    mobility jointJoint mobility probably isn’t something people think about often – until they’ve started to stiffen up and lose mobility.

    At which point, joint mobility becomes more important than they ever expected.

    So don’t wait to deal with joint mobility until you’ve started to feel the effects of losing it.

    Start now, with these tips and tricks, and stay moving for years to come…

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  9. 4 Deadly Effects of the Beer Belly – And How to Lose It!

    beer belly theYou’re carrying a little extra weight around your middle, a bit of a beer belly, but that’s okay right?

    Because it’s just the beer belly, and your weight is fine otherwise.

    Sadly, no. The beer belly is a larger problem than you may realize.

    In fact, having a beer belly can be more dangerous to your health than a higher overall BMI.

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  10. My Doctor Gave Me the Wrong Diagnosis – Now What?

    diagnosis wrongGetting the wrong diagnosis for a medical condition isn’t just an irrational fear.

    It’s a fact of life for 12 million Americans every year.

    That’s almost 1 in 20 people who are given the wrong diagnosis.

    Suddenly, that concern feels far more plausible.

    In this article, we’re going to look at some of the most common misdiagnoses, and then empower you to get the medical advice you need in the aftermath of a wrong diagnosis.

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  11. Why a Lack of Fiber Could Be Killing You

    fiber lack ofThe average adult needs between 25 and 30 grams of fiber per day.

    Unfortunately, the average American adult only gets about 15 grams of fiber per day – just about half the amount you need!

    And it turns out this lack of fiber could be killing you.

    Sound alarmist? That’s because it’s alarming – but it’s also the truth.

    Getting enough fiber isn’t just about feeling fuller, longer, so you stick to your diet.

    It’s not even only about the sustained energy that comes from the healthy carbohydrates where most people find their fiber.

    Getting enough fiber is about fighting off diseases that can actually kill you.

    Now that we’ve gotten your attention, let’s look at what a lack of fiber is doing to your health…

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  12. The Ultimate Guide to Getting Crystal Clear Vision

    vision crystal clearDo you think that aging automatically means thicker glasses?

    Does it mean giving up sharp focus for blurry lettering?

    If so, we’ve got good news for you – you really can keep your crystal clear vision, even as you age!

    Yes, you have to be willing to make a bit of a commitment, but you’ve already committed to your health, so this is not much different.

    Getting crystal clear vision even has the same three commitments you make for overall health: diet, exercise, and behavior.

    And we’re about to look at all three of them –

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  13. 8 Critical Metabolism Vitamins Missing From Your Diet

    vitamins metabolismYou don’t worry about metabolism vitamins because you’re healthy.

    You eat well most of the time with a treat or two just often enough to keep you from feeling deprived.

    So you don’t worry about metabolism vitamins because you don’t have to.

    Except you probably should. Here’s why –

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  14. Stop Thinning Hair With These 9 Salon Secrets

    thinning hair stopIf you’re hoping to stop thinning hair, you’re not alone.

    60% of women experience thinning hair by age 70.

    And for men, those numbers are even higher – 85% of men are thinking about how to stop thinning hair by age 50!

    Don’t wait until thinning hair becomes a bald spot – or wide part – or an island.

    Listen to the experts, salon stylists, and stop thinning hair starting today.

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  15. The Answer to Instant Pain Relief is in Your Kitchen

    pain relief instant The drugstore is full of products promising instant pain relief.

    Unfortunately, that instant pain relief comes along with scary side effects and questionable ingredients.

    You can roll those dice and hope your health doesn’t suffer just because you needed instant pain relief, or you could stick to the all-natural route and look to your kitchen…

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  16. The Secret to Stronger Erections: How Your Health Affects Your Erections

    You know you should take better care of your health.

    You do. But there’s always a reason to order another round… or the chili fries… or sit and watch the game instead of go for a walk.

    Would it help make taking care of your health easier if we told you that doing so could support stronger erections and a better sex life?

    Now that we’ve got your attention, it’s true – your overall health is directly linked to your sexual health.

    Stronger erections. More powerful orgasms. Greater drive. You can get it all, by taking care of your health.

    Let’s look at how…

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  17. 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.

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  18. 9 Tips to Get the Best Urinary Function of Your Life

    function urinaryUrinary function is an aspect of health that most people never consider – until it becomes an issue.

    Suddenly, it seems you’re going all the time…not going completely enough…haven’t slept through the night in weeks…

    Whatever the specific reason, once you become aware of urinary function, it becomes important to deal with it!

    Or, you could take steps to keep your bladder healthy so you never have to worry about urinary function.

    Either way, if you’re looking to deal with restoring urinary function or you’re looking to maintain urinary health, these tips will get you back where you want to be – not worried about it!

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  19. 12 Quick and Fun Exercises to Improve Brain Function

    brain function improvePhysical function is important. Absolutely!

    It’s what keeps you mobile, independent, and active.

    But it’s not all there is.

    Brain function is just as important as physical function and health.

    Yet so many people just focus on the one and hope for the best when it comes to their brains, minds, and memories.

    Don’t roll the dice and hope for the best. Improve brain function and stay in shape mentally, as well as physically! It’s easier than you think…

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  20. 6 Vitamins to Turn Poor Sex into Marathon Sex

    sex poorYou don’t want to admit it, but your rich sex life has turned into a poor sex life in the last little while.

    Nothing’s stopped completely – it’s just not quite what it used to be. Or what you want it to be again.

    Your wife is patient, and as sexy as she ever was, so it’s not her. And you’re not happy with a poor sex life, so it’s not that you’ve checked out.

    It’s just that the body isn’t responding the way it used to.

    Before you give up and resign yourselves to a life of snuggling and falling asleep, check and make sure you’re getting enough of these powerhouse vitamins that are bound to turn poor sex into marathon sex!

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