The Health Benefits of Mango

Mangos are packed with more than a dozen types of polyphenols (antioxidants) that can help prevent cancer. Mango is also full of Vitamin A which helps to boost the immune system. Vitamin A is also the key to healthy, moisturized skin and hair. Recent experiments show that mangoes help to regulate blood sugar levels. And the leutein and zeaxanthin found in mangoes are good for healthy eyes.

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Don’t Bounce

Bouncing stretches are a recipe for muscle tears.  The old “hurdler’s stretch” where you put one leg out in front and the other leg behind you, is out as well. That stretch causes stress in the ligaments of your knee. It’s better to put both legs out in front, and stretch toward your toes gently.

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Don’t Stretch When Your Muscles are Cold

Cold muscles are tight and don’t have much stretch in them. Instead, warm up for five minutes or more before you stretch any muscle that you hold. A little light running, a few minutes warming up in the sun, or even a warm bath will be enough to get your muscles moving and active before you stretch.

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Don’t Hold Your Breath While You Stretch

Your muscles need oxygen throughout the stretch so take good deep, slow breaths as you stretch. Holding your breath can also raise blood pressure. Simple stretches such as shoulder rolls don’t require that you hold them, but other stretches such as quadriceps stretches should be held for at least 20 seconds. 60 seconds is even better.
Remember to breathe throughout the stretch.

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No Pain, No Gain, Right?

When it comes to stretching, it’s wrong! Stretch slowly and gently within what’s comfortable. It’s ok to feel mild tension within your muscles and joints, but don’t push past a mild pull. If you have discomfort in your neck, back, shoulders or knees while you stretch, lessen the stretch until it’s comfortable. If the discomfort continues even with a mild stretch, a neuromuscular massage therapist can help you regain your flexibility.

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The Health Benefits of Oranges

Oranges are a fantastic source of vitamin C and pectin which aids in digestion and is thought to lower blood cholesterol and to bind to cancer-causing substances in the colon. Oranges are also rich in the antioxidants hesperetin, naringin and naringenin which boost the immunity and scavenge free radicals. Oranges are a good source of Vitamin A which help maintain healthy skin and eyesight.

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The Health Benefits of Cranberries

Cranberries have long been known for their health benefits because they are packed with fiber, iron, calcium, potassium, and vitamins B and C. Numerous scientific studies show that cranberry juist can be effective in preventing urinary tract infections. They also booth oral health and prevent gingivitis, gum disease, cavities and plaque buildup. Cranberries help sustain cardiovascular health and have been shown to prevent peptic ulcers. Cranberries are high in vitamin C which helps boost the immune system making you less likely to contract a virus, cold, the flu or other infections.

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7 Fitness Breaks You Can Do From Home – #6

6. Shoulder presses. Position your arms out to your sides in a goal post shape—with your hands up, elbows bent and palms facing forward. Slowly raise your arms until they’re straight but without locking your elbows…then lower your arms back down to the starting position. Repeat 10 times.

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7 Fitness Breaks You Can Do From Home – #5

5. Heel stands. Hold onto a wall or chair for support, raise your toes as high as you can so your weight is on your heels. Hold for a few seconds…then lower your toes back down. Repeat 10 times. If you want to add resistance, try doing it balanced on one heel at a time.
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