Dates have been used as a source of nutrition and medicine since ancient times. They have been shown to help regulate heart rate and blood pressure which makes them heart healthy and stroke preventative.
Mango is rich in Vitamin A, good for eye and skin health, and glutamine acid which helps boost memory and mental acuity. Mango is also rich in potassium which is good for the heart muscle.
Even in small amounts, lemon peel is high in fiber and vitamin C. It also contains calcium, potassium and magnesium. Lemon peel has strong anti-bacterial properties and is thought to fight common oral disease that stem from bacteria. In addition, the D-limonene that gives lemons their citrus smell has been tested in people with gallstones. A whopping 48% who were given lemon peel had their gall stones dissolve avoiding the need for surgery.
What is acerola? It’s a cherry-like fruit packed with nutrients. Acerola has been shown to help fight cancer, aid digestion, support the cardiovascular system, boosting immunity, preventing and managing diabetes, prevent aging, boost brain health, support strong bones and teeth, promote good vision and prevent fatigue.
Trigger points, often called muscle knots, are a common cause of stubborn pain that are highly receptive to massage therapy.
Often, pain located in one place is caused by a tight muscle in another place. A good massage therapist knows how to diagnose and treat trigger points that are causing pain.
Raking leaves is a perfect opportunity to get outside during the nice fall weather and get a little exercise.
Raking leaves is a moderate physical activity that can build upper-body and core strength.
Before you begin, a good warmup is in order. Raking uses nearly all the muscles in your body–arms, chest, shoulders, legs, and back.
Take a short walk about the yard, do a few arm circles, and stretch your legs and back.
Be sure to switch sides every now and again to prevent overuse injuries.
Don’t overfill the bags so that they become heavy to lift and move. Moving heavy bags can cause a strain on your back muscles.
If you’re stiff and sore after raking your leaves, a good neuromuscular massage may be just what you need before the next big wind leaves your yard full again.
Even though the temperatures are falling, you do not have to sweat profusely to become dehydrated.
Studies show that adults over the age of 50 are the most likely to become dehydrated because the ability to recognize thirst decreases, many older adults take diuretics to control blood pressure, and some people who suffer bladder control problems drink less than they should.
You know you’re not drinking enough if you suffer muscle cramps with physical activity. Adding a sports drink with sodium will help.
Suspect you’re not drinking enough if you experience altered mood, impaired memory or headaches.
The old rule still holds true, eight 8-oz glasses of water a day is where you start. You may need more if you’re physically active.
While lower back pain is the number one complaint to massage and physical therapists, upper back pain can be equally aggravating. Many describe the feeling they have in their upper backs like having a brick between their shoulder blades.
This is because the muscles surrounding the spine in that area have become so tight that even crossing the arms over the chest can be painful.
Massage will target the small muscles surrounding the spine first, and then address the larger muscles out toward the shoulder blades to get rid of the brick, relieve pain and restore range of motion.
Car accidents are the most common cause of neck sprains, commonly called whiplash injuries. Although neck fracture must be ruled out first, massage is one of the most effective ways to lessen the pain of the immediate injury and prevent the injury from becoming a chronic neck problem.
In addition to the major muscles of the neck, whiplash injuries can also cause injury to the muscles at the base of the skull, out along the tops and sides of the shoulder, and down the back along the shoulder blade.
Massage will lessen the stiffness of a neck injury initially. Once the superficial muscles are relaxed and blood flow is restored to the area, massage can help reduce any compression or adhesions to the deeper muscles which will lessen pain and restore mobility to the neck.
If you have pain on the outside of your knee and you run or bike, you could have iliotibial band syndrome or IT Band Syndrom for short. It is caused by overuse and is common in athletes who run or bike long distances. Most of the time, it manifests as pain at the outside of the knee, but the problem could be anywhere along the IT Band which runs from the hip to the knee. Neuromuscular massage can get to the root of the problem, thereby relieving the pain.