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  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. 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!

    1. Drink the right amount of fluid. Most people know by now that drinking six to eight glasses of water a day is a good way to stay hydrated and healthy. Unfortunately, some people think that more is always better, and when it comes to urinary function, that just isn’t true. If you’re spending all of your time in the bathroom, or dealing with the discomfort of urgency, before you get concerned, think about how much fluid you’re drinking. The solution could be to simply cut back on how much liquid you’re taking in. Get your six to eight glasses a day, but don’t overdo it. More isn’t going to help, and it could be creating the frequent need to go.

    2. Keep moving. If you find yourself up and down in the middle of the night, unable to sleep because you have to keep going to the bathroom, consider moving more during the day. Sitting for too long or being sedentary all day can cause fluid retention in your legs. Once you go to sleep, your body processes this extra fluid through your bladder, waking you up. But the more you move during the day, the less you’ll be bothered at night. So maintain nighttime urinary function by taking steps in the day.

    3. Avoid late-night drinking. Speaking of being able to sleep through the night, the easiest way to avoid being woken up by your bladder in the middle of the night is to limit when you drink. Stop drinking anything – alcohol, water, tea, soda – two hours before you plan to head to bed. This will give your body time to process whatever fluids you’ve taken in before you stretch out.

    4. Watch caffeine and alcohol. Just like watching how much water you drink is important, limiting your caffeine and alcohol intake is vital to urinary function. Both are diuretics, so both can cause a feeling of urgency and increase how often you need to make a pit stop. If you’ll stick to a cup or two of coffee per day, and a glass or two of wine per night, the urgency and frequency should ease up. Still, be sure to finish drinking two hours before bed.

    5. Practice your Kegels. Women know about Kegels, but many men have missed out. But this easy, subtle exercise works on everyone’s urinary function! Help with bladder control and prevent embarrassing leaks just about anywhere with Kegels. The key is to perform them properly. First, next time you’re going to the bathroom, use your muscles to stop the stream. Feel that? Those are the muscles you’ll use for Kegels. You can do them sitting, standing, or lying down. Get in a comfortable position and contract those muscles. Hold them for a count of five, then release. Do as many of these as you want. And if you can’t quite get the hang of them, or don’t think you’re doing them right, don’t be embarrassed. Your doctor can help explain them. When it comes to urinary function, they really are worth it.

    6. Get enough fiber. You know that fiber is essential for digestive health and preventing constipation, but that’s the very reason it’s also good for bladder function. Your bladder and your colon are in the same general area, so a colon that gets distended due to constipation is putting unnecessary pressure on your bladder – and that’s bad for urinary function. So bad, in fact, that extended constipation can damage the pelvic floor muscles, which creates bladder control issues.

    7. Avoid artificial sweeteners. If you haven’t given up artificial sweeteners yet, here’s another good reason: they may affect urinary function. Some artificial sweeteners have been linked to urgency, frequency, and bladder discomfort. Stick to natural sweeteners instead.

    8. Skip the citrus. Oranges and grapefruit can be a part of a healthy diet – but not if you’re having problems with urinary function. For many people, these usually healthy fruits are problematic, causing bladder irritation and frequent urination. Tomatoes may be an issue as well. Stick to other, less acidic, fruits.

    9. Take ProTeva Plus. While there are plenty of over-the-counter options for urinary function, it’s important to find one that’s all natural. One that addresses your health on several levels. One like ProTeva Plus. It’s specially designed to maintain bladder health, yes, but also prostate and kidney health as well. Why only take care of part of your urinary function when there’s more to it than just your bladder? ProTeva Plus is specially formulated to support all three key players, so you can sit through the whole movie, then sleep through the whole night.

    Don’t ignore bladder health and urinary function problems any longer. Hoping they’ll go away won’t help. But these tips, and ProTeva Plus, will!

  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 12 Tricks to Naturally Boost Your Body’s Collagen Production

    production collagenWant to know an anti-aging secret? There is no anti-aging secret.

    That’s right – when it comes to preventing and minimizing wrinkles, researchers have known what to do for generations.

    The key is to boost collagen production. It’s collagen production that keeps your skin smooth, plump, and wrinkle-free.

    And when you’re younger, your body makes all of the collagen it needs.

    As you age, collagen production slows down, just like so much else. But if you can boost collagen production, you can practically turn back the hands of time.

    No shots, no fillers, no harsh chemicals. Just the natural collagen your skin has depended on your whole life. So start here –

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  6. 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.

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  7. 5 Unknown Benefits of Hyaluronic Acid

    hyaluronic acid benefitsThere was a time, not long ago, that the only people who could reap the benefits of hyaluronic acid were people willing to risk painful, temporary injections.

    Luckily, that time has passed. Now, everyone can benefit from hyaluronic acid.

    The only problem today is that so few people know they should be considering the benefits of hyaluronic acid!

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  8. The Ultimate Guide to Stronger Joint Cartilage

    cartilage Joint There’s a lot of information out there about how to keep your joint cartilage – and in turn, your joints – healthy and strong.

    But sometimes, when there’s so much information, it’s easy to get confused. How much should you be moving your joints?

    Is there a way to protect joint cartilage? Which is better: ice or heat?

    You’ve got questions, so we’ve got answers. It’s time to cut through all of the noise, which is why we developed the ultimate guide to stronger joint cartilage!

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  9. 4 Secret Minerals to a Strong Sex Drive

    sex drive strongAre you ready to take your sex life to the next level?

    Want to support a strong sex drive, but do it naturally, without a scary prescription or the risk of a six hour erection?

    We’re not going to send you into some back alley.

    Or ask you to buy a questionable product off late-night television. And certainly no strange looking devices.

    All you need for a naturally strong sex drive are the right minerals. Seriously. These four minerals can be the key to rejuvenating your sex life and revving up your sex drive.

    Who knew it could be so easy?

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  10. Zap Poor Eating Habits With These 5 Simple Tricks

    eating habits poorMaybe your weight isn’t moving.

    Or your numbers just aren’t as good as you and your doctor want them to be.

    Or maybe you’re just not happy with the way you’re eating any more.

    There doesn’t have to be a specific reason to want to change poor eating habits.

    You can just want to be healthier and have more energy. But if you’ve tried in the past to change poor eating habits into healthy ones, you know it’s not always easy – but that may be because you tried to do too much too fast.

    Now isn’t the time to think in terms of “go big or go home.”

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  11. 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.

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  12. Are You in a State of Sexual Depression? [Take the Quiz]

    depression sexualCall it sexual depression. Call it a rut.

    Whatever you want to call it, you may not even be certain you’re in it.

    Sexual depressions can sneak up on you.

    You go a week…two…a month…and that stretches into so long that you’re not quite sure when the last time you had sex was.

    But if you don’t even know you’re in a sexual rut, how do you fix it?

    Like any other problem, you start by identifying it.

    Answer these questions, and see how you feel when you’re done…

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  13. How to Treat Back Pain WITHOUT a Doctor

    back pain treatGenerally speaking, you really can treat back pain without going to the doctor.

    In fact, nearly 90% of all back pain resolves itself within six weeks!

    So before you run to the doctor for a scary shot or dangerous prescription, try to treat your back pain at home, with these simple steps –

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  14. You’re Always Exhausted Because of These 7 Everyday Items

    exhausted alwaysNo matter how much sleep you get, or how much you exercise, it seems you’re always exhausted.

    Even changing your diet only improved your energy so much.

    If this sounds familiar, it may be time to start looking around your home for less obvious reasons you’re always exhausted!

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  15. 12 Tips to Stay Regular While on Vacation

    regular stayIt’s summer and that means summer vacation!

    Whether you’re globetrotting, heading to the beach, the mountains, or somewhere in between, the last thing you want is to deal with stomach issues on the road.

    Luckily, it doesn’t take much effort or even planning to stay regular every step of the way!

    We’ve even compiled this go-to guide, with the tips you need to keep “going”, no matter where you’re going.

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  16. 5 Reasons Why You Are Experiencing Muscle Cramps at Night – and 10 Ways to Fix Them

    at night muscle crampsThe lights are out, you’re just about to sleep, and they hit: muscle cramps at night.

    If you’re lucky, they’re an annoyance keeping you awake.

    If you’re unlucky, they’re painful enough to bring tears to your eyes.

    Either way, pretending you don’t have muscle cramps at night is impossible, wishing them away doesn’t work, and hoping tomorrow night will be better gets you nowhere.

    You have to deal with your nighttime muscle cramps.

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  17. How Getting in a Good Daily Routine Can Improve Your Sex Life

    daily routine goodMany people equate having a routine with being in a rut, but that couldn’t be further from the truth.

    A good daily routine can make just about anything easier – your health, your stress levels, even your sex life!

    Since sex is often spontaneous though, the key to a good daily routine that helps rather than hinders your sex life is focus on the big picture, rather than the clock.

    It’s not about a rigid calendar. It’s about being engaged, interested, and connected whenever the mood strikes.

    Make each one of these steps part of your day, every day, and you’ll find you’ve got a good daily routine with very little effort.

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  18. The Secret to All-Day Energy in 8 Easy Steps

    energy all dayMaybe you wake up feeling rested and alert.

    Or maybe you wake up feeling like you didn’t get any sleep at all, no matter how many hours you’ve been out.

    Either way, by afternoon, you’re already ready for bed because all-day energy is a dream that seems to stay just out of reach.

    But a nap is out of the question – you’re too busy and won’t sleep come bedtime.

    You need to find a way to have all-day energy without sleeping your day away or loading up on caffeine!

    The good news is having all-day energy, is easier than you might think.

    Just follow these eight steps and see what it’s like to be able to go all day, every day –

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  19. 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.

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  20. 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.

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