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Breaking Health News: Holidays and Increased Pain

Debra Murray

  The holiday season is fast approaching, and for many people, that means increased pain. This pain can take a number of forms including arthritis, gout, inflammation, headaches and muscle soreness. Unfortunately, many people don't understand why they experience such flare-ups during this time of year. Here are some of the most prevalent causes.    Overeating    Overeating is one of the worst things you can do to yourself, but it's very common around the holidays. With so much delicious food at the ready, who could possibly resist? That said, eating excessively places too much demand on your body and...

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Manage Your Pain during the Holiday Season

Debra Murray

    Most of us are aware that stress is a big contributor to chronic pain, and many people live with constant discomfort on a daily basis. Stress and pain can be elevated during the holiday season due to various factors. Juggling demands, shopping in crowded locations, accommodating relatives and attending parties can all result in anxiety that aggravates a persistent condition.    Tension    A contributing factor to holiday stress and pain is tension. This may include tension in the back, neck, shoulders or legs. While some people may only suffer with slight discomfort or headache, others experience severe body aches...

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Simple Health Tips for Pain Free Holiday Season

Debra Murray

    During the holidays, it is common for painful health conditions to flare-up in response to increased activity or stress. This is especially true for those who suffer from chronic conditions, such as arthritis, or who sustain an injury while hanging up holiday decorations. Fortunately, there are many things that can be done to reduce strain on a person’s muscles and joints during the preparations for holiday festivities. Here are several simple tips for enjoying a pain-free holiday season without taking away from the fun.    Avoid Repetitive Movements  Chopping vegetables for holiday dinners, wrapping gifts and handwriting cards...

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Why Is High Blood Pressure Called The Silent Killer?

Debra Murray

    High blood pressure, or hypertension, got its nickname “the silent killer” because it manifests no physical symptoms; high blood pressure is a significant condition that increases the chances of heart failure, heart disease and stroke. It is estimated that about one out of three adults suffer from varying degrees of high blood pressure.    The CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) estimates that high blood pressure contributes to about 326,000 deaths a year; this makes high blood pressure one of the most widespread life-threatening diseases. High blood pressure is a concern for both men and women. Caucasians, Hispanics and African-Americans have the...

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How Much Sleep is Needed for Health

Debra Murray

  Sleep - we all know we need it, but how much is too little or too much? Is it healthy to sleep a lot? Or is it bad for your body to spend too much time in bed?   The amount of sleep you need depends upon many factors and that includes your age. According to the National Institutes of Health, most adults should get between seven and a half to nine hours of sleep a night. It's a myth that people need less sleep as they age. Adults in their 60s, for instance, need just about the same amount of sleep as those in...

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The Right Mood for Better Health

Debra Murray

  The Right Mood for Better Health BLUESPRING's Mood Support Formula is a compilation of St. John's wort, L-tyrosine, Siberian root extract, and other compounds that positively impact overall mood and outlook on life. Each of these ingredients have been tested individually and were found to reduce the symptoms of mood disorders, including depression. When all of them are included in one product, the blended effort supports the body's natural processes to achieve and sustain a positive mood. For those with mild depression or other mood disorders, taking Mood Support daily can give your body what it needs to balance...

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Five Ways to Naturally Reduce Inflammation

Debra Murray

Five Ways to Naturally Reduce Inflammation  The medical community has been stressing the importance of reducing inflammation in the body for many years. That is because of the discoveries that have been made in how it contributes to the development of numerous diseases. Inflammation means that the body is struggling to turn off the natural immune system response that occurs when someone has had an infection or injury. Normally, special anti-inflammatory agents are released as soon as the body detects that the infection or injury is completely healed. If it can't stop, it turns on healthy tissue instead. Luckily, there are some...

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What Happens to Your Body When You are Sleep Deprived

Debra Murray

It is easy to stay up way past bedtime when you have a lot on your plate, but cutting back on getting a good night's rest each night is detrimental to your health. Read on to find out more about what happens to your body when you become sleep deprived. Higher Risk for Heart Disease  When a person gets far less than eight hours of sleep at night, it has an impact on their heart and arteries, which can lead to an increase in blood pressure and heart rate that lasts well into the next day. If the sleep deprivation goes on for too...

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No Signs of Slow Down as U.S. Arthritis Cases Rise

Debra Murray

According to recent healthcare research findings, the market for chronic pain therapies will steadily continue with treatments for arthritis and back pain predicted to be the most lucrative over the next decade.     As populations age and people search for better remedies for aches and pains, the chronic back pain and arthritis pain market segments encompassed almost 57 percent of the overall chronic pain drug market in 2010.     Statistics from the National Arthritis Foundation state: Nearly 1 in 5 adults suffer from arthritis, and the number is growing Arthritis affects people in all age groups, including nearly...

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Health Warning: Take Care to Avoid Hair Loss

Debra Murray

One of the first things that people usually notice about you is your hair. As you get older your body begins to change and you may start to notice that your hair and scalp are not as full of life as they used to be. Hair may seem to be a little dry, brittle, unmanageable and in some cases, thinning or falling out. However, it is not the end of the road! If you take care of your hair and scalp, you may be able to avoid potential hair loss and damage, and maybe even make your hair stronger and...

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Breaking Health News on Inflammation

Debra Murray

There are two kinds of inflammation that take place in the body - acute and chronic. When the body is injured or plagued by viruses, bacteria and pollutants, acute inflammation signals white blood cells to rush in and repair the damage. The problem arises when the body doesn't know when to stop healing itself and it ends up attacking its own tissues.   Chronic inflammation is dubbed the "quiet killer" for a reason. It spreads in the body, inflames your tissues and destroys your health without you even realizing it. Next thing you know, you are burdened for life with a chronic...

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Simple Health Tips for Maintaining Healthy Bones

Debra Murray

  Strong bones are crucial to your overall health. Bone mass and health diminish as you get older. Take measures early in life to reduce your chances of getting age-related bone conditions like osteoporosis. Here are some simple steps for maintaining strong, healthy bones throughout the years.   Weight Don't focus on being a certain size. Your main goal should be a healthy body weight for the utmost bone health. Being underweight can greatly increase your chances of getting a bone disease. Consider learning more about your BMI, it will help to indicate if you're at a healthy weight.  ...

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