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HealthStyle: Athlete – How YOU can live an Athletic Life

Katie Hightower

Did you know that you don’t have to live your life one buzzer beater at a time to live an athletic lifestyle? Being an athlete is simply the act of choosing to live an active, healthy life.   Characteristics of an athlete: Proper Nutrition Dedication to Practice Achieving Enough Rest Nurturing the Body   If you fulfill these characteristics, then you are already embracing the HealthStyle of an athlete!   Nutrition For athletes of any age, one of the most important focus factors is maintaining balanced and healthy nutrition. If you are involved in an endurance activity like cross-country skiing...

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The Dangers of Over-the-Counter Pain Medication - INFOGRAPHIC

Debra Murray

  It cannot be denied that over-the-counter pain medications are convenient. No doctor trips required. No prescriptions needed. These drugs can be found in almost any drugstore or supermarket. However, the most convenient option does not always mean the safest option. Below, you’ll find a list of the dangers that are associated with over-the-counter pain medications along with some replacement natural remedies.   The Effect on Your Heart The improper use of ibuprofen blocks two important enzymes. Blocking these enzymes causes a gradual increase in blood pressure, which in turn causes inflammation and pain. Ibuprofen is actually associated with a...

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How to Cope With Chronic Pain

Debra Murray

Chronic pain is different than the mild, fleeting type that comes from stubbing a toe or bumping into a sharp corner. It lasts for years, which has a huge impact on a person's emotional and physical well-being. Luckily, there are some ways to help a person cope with the discomfort.    Use Stress Management Techniques  Debilitating pain that makes day-to-day tasks difficult to accomplish often causes depression and anxiety if a person doesn't have a way to deal with the stress. Meditation can help to get the negative feelings associated with this condition under control. It works by training a...

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What is Myalgia, and How Can It Be Treated?

Debra Murray

In medical terms, muscle pain is called “myalgia”. It can be caused by many different medical conditions, but it most commonly occurs from the muscles being strained or distended from overuse. If this is the case, it can be treated using a combination of any of the following methods:      Rest  It is best to rest for a few days after an injury to the muscles. That way, further damage won't occur. After this, it is important to resume movement because the muscles will get stiff otherwise. This makes them more susceptible to being injured again. Sometimes, doctors recommend physical therapy for muscle strains, which...

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Avoid Lower Back Pain

Debra Murray

80 percent of people will learn, at some point in their lives, what the ache of back pain feels like. The most common causes of back pain are sprains, strains, injuries, herniated discs and age-related degenerative conditions. If your pain is constant and severe, it can affect your personal and work life. Back Pain Negatively Affects Sleep Getting a good night’s rest with an achy back is next to impossible. Poor sleep patterns can leave you too moody and tired to hang out with your loved ones or be productive at work. No matter how much your family and friends...

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Health Tips for Restless Legs

Debra Murray

Restless leg syndrome causes an extreme urge for those affected to move their legs, especially at night. This often leads to difficulty in sleeping and daytime drowsiness. However, lack of sleep may not be the worst of the effects caused by this condition. Research is showing that those who suffer from restless leg syndrome have an increased risk of developing heart disease, as well as an increased risk of early death. A study by Mayo Clinic found that those with more severe cases of restless leg syndrome, meaning that the legs twitch more than 35 times per hour, were more...

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Natural Ingredients Can Safely Manage Pain

Debra Murray

Natural Ingredients Can Safely Manage PainPain is an unfortunate companion for most people with the passing years. If you find yourself dealing with daily aches and pains, from arthritis to stiffness or residual soreness from old injuries, you know how difficult it can be to face each day. You wake up each morning and the pain is there, often at its worst at this time of the day. You finally get yourself going, ready to take on your normal routine, when pain slows you down. As night approaches, pain is often with you once more, making it hard to get a badly needed rest. Fortunately,...

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