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Insomnia Relief Without a Prescription

Insomnia Relief Without a Prescription
Anyone who has had insomnia—temporarily or chronically—knows how desperate a person can become for a full night’s sleep. Insomnia can wreak havoc on your life. It can cause depression and weight gain, and lead to a plethora of other health complications. No wonder so many busy, stressed-out, overworked Americans reach for prescription sleep aids just to get a night of rest. What they don’t realize is that sleep aids often end up turning into a vicious cycle. The last thing an insomniac needs is a drug. It can actually be dangerous for a person suffering from lack of sleep to take a drug that knocks her out, because insomnia can be the result of an underlying problem, such as sleep apnea. During a sleep apnea episode, in which you temporarily stop breathing while asleep, you will wake yourself up, gasping for air. If you’ve taken a medication that completely conks you out,...
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Tame Anxiety with a Cup of Tea

Tame Anxiety with a Cup of Tea
Forty million adults suffer from anxiety disorders in the United States. While the reasons are numerous and complex—genetics, life events, brain chemistry and personality all play partial roles—some of the ways you can combat anxiety are surprisingly simple. Many studies have linked improvement in anxiety symptoms with everything from daily exercise and meditation to cognitive behavioral therapy and a healthy diet, but one of the easiest ways to relieve the symptoms of anxiety disorders can be found in a simple, undemanding cup of tea. Even if you currently practice a lifestyle that involves a fair amount of anxiety-reducing routines, adding tea will benefit you even more. Here are a handful of the best—and most readily available—teas for anyone suffering with an anxiety disorder. Valerian root Valerian root acts as a mild sedative that works on emotional, physical and psychological levels. Drink a cup before bed if you need a sleep aid, or...
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Meatless: Get Juicing

Meatless: Get Juicing
Whether you want an alternative to your morning coffee, a way to incorporate more fruits and veggies into your diet, or a full-body cleanse, juicing could be the solution you’ve been searching for. Even if you generally eat healthy and enjoy daily doses of fruits and veggies, juicing helps reduce your digestive system’s workload by skipping the breakdown process—when water and nutrients are extracted from food and fiber is discarded. Instead, the body can focus solely on absorbing the juice’s nutrients. Getting started is easy—just wash and prep your produce, throw it in the juicer, and let the machine work its magic. Most machines can handle the skin on fruits and veggies, but the flavor is often more pleasing sans skin or rind. Toss all prepped ingredients into your juicer, and if you choose to enhance the flavor with ginger, garlic, or other herbs, make sure to only add a small amount...
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What is Cervical Pain?

What is Cervical Pain?
What is cervical pain? Simply put, it's a pain in your neck. The cervical part of the spine is your neck and is a marvelous and complex structure. It is capable of supporting a head weighing 15 or more pounds while moving in several directions. No other region of the spine has such freedom of movement. This combination however, complexity and mobility, make the neck susceptible to pain and injury.  Quick Cervical Spine Anatomy Lesson This complex structure includes 7 small vertebrae, intervertebral discs to absorb shock, joints, the spinal cord, 8 nerve roots, vascular elements, 32 muscles, and ligaments. The nerve roots stem from the spinal cord like tree branches through foramen in the vertebrae. Each nerve root transmits signals (nerve impulses) to and from the brain, shoulders, arms, and chest. A vascular system of 4 arteries and veins run through the neck to circulate blood between the brain and...
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Avoiding Common Autumn and Winter Injuries

Avoiding Common Autumn and Winter Injuries
Injuries often occur during the year’s coldest months since the season brings adverse weather, holiday decorating, and winter sports. In particular, falls are a major cause of the season’s injuries. Some falls are more serious than others. For example, if you slip or trip and fall forward, then you may scratch up your hands and knees while breaking the fall. However, if you fall backward you may cause muscle strains or sprains. Here are some tips to help you avoid common autumn and winter injuries that can cause back pain. Holiday Décor The arrival of autumn and winter may inspire you to decorate your home. Unfortunately, hanging decorations could lead to injury if hanging heavy items or items high on the roof. For instance, putting up Christmas lights are a big culprit for unintended injuries. Next time you put up Christmas lights consider using an A-Frame ladder instead of one that leans...
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Corrective Chiropractic: The Safer Alternative to the Flu Shot

Corrective Chiropractic: The Safer Alternative to the Flu Shot
Right around this time of the year, medical doctors urge their patients to vaccinate against the flu. While some patients immediately roll up their sleeves and watch the nurse administer a small dose of virus into their bodies in hopes of avoiding disease, others question if vaccination is really safe and effective; and if not, what is the safest alternative. Chiropractic care has long been shown to strengthen the immune system, and allow the body’s own defense mechanism to fight diseases. During the 1918 flu pandemic for example, millions of people lost their lives to the H1N1 influenza virus. Data gathered a few months later pointed to one interesting statistic; those who sought chiropractic care had a dramatically lesser chance of becoming sick, staying sick, or dying from the flu than those treated medically. Why Chiropractic Care Works The nervous system is responsible for every function in the body; from blinking,...
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