10 Fashion Items That Are Secretly Damaging Your Health

Article by Gargi Chakravorty

Studies have proven how fashion trends damage your health. 73% of back problems faced by women are due to the clothes and accessories they wear. According to the British Chiropractic Association (BCA), there are various items of clothing that are bad for women’s health and yet women aren’t even aware of it. For example, skinny jeans are bad for you and there are several studies to prove it. It goes to show that there are many health dangers lurking in your wardrobe and here are 10 of them which you may be wearing every day.

1.Tight pants or Skinny Jeans


They may be a rage and super popular but they are one of the worst culprits to damage your health. Skinny jeans lead to compression of limbs and hips causing poor circulation and impeding blood flow that oxygenates your body. It also causes dilated veins and poor digestion. Read one case study how skinny jeans causes nerve and muscle damage. Skinny jeans and tight pants create pressure on the lateral femoral cutaneous nerve causing numbness and pain in the legs especially the thighs

2. High heels


Studies at Auburn University found that women suffer from foot problems much more than men do. The problems women experienced more included calluses, osteoarthritis, nerve damage, ankle sprains and joint pain. All this is blamed on high heels according to various studies that feel that the higher and narrower the heels the worse it is for you.

Limit your wearing of high heels only to short necessary occasions and purchase more comfortable ones that provide more support and balance your feet. When going on long distance walks and for work, flatter heels should suffice.

3. Thongs


They may be sexy and your man may love them but your nether regions certainly won’t. Thongs can cause vaginal infections, irritation, hemorrhoids and chafing in the genital area. Doctors feel that we should always wear cotton underwear but thongs such as the sexy lacy types are made of nonbreathable material and besides the problems mentioned, they can also cause skin tags caused by the skin tissue rubbed constantly in the same spot.

Restrict your thongs for special intimate nights and wear cotton underwear as a routine garment.

4. Heavy earrings and necklaces


Research has found that 20% of ear piercings end up in bacterial infection. Incorrect procedures can even cause future infection and be life threatening too. Large and heavy earrings can damage your earlobes which may then require plastic surgery for fixing.

The same thing with necklaces. A heavy one can cause neck pain and even difficult-to-treat contractures.

5. Ties


To be practical here, it isn’t ties that are directly a health issue but tight collars. This is a problem for men too where a study at Cornell University found that 67% of men purchase shirts with small necks. This creates a tighter tie knot that impedes blood circulation, increases intraocular pressure, limits neck movement and circulation, headaches and tension in the shoulders and back.

6. Ill-fitting bras


The wrong size of bra can actually cause problems, especially in your shoulder and back. It can also lead to spinal tension, heartburn, and spinal pain. Always try on your bras when purchasing them. For those with big breasts, avoid thin straps that provide poor support. For those with a smaller bust, ensure that the metal underwires do not rub or damage your skin.

7. Flip-flops


Yes, these harmless-looking things are also among items damaging your health. If you thought skinny jeans were bad, these are equally so. Flip-flops increase the risk and pressure on your feet even as you wear them at the beach. They can cause scraping of the feet leading to infection. Because they are flat, flip-flops cause your heels to impact the ground harder causing back pain and discomfort.

8. Shapewear


They may give you the appearance of a hot figure but at what cost? Tight girdles can reduce blood circulation, muscle pain, and breath shortness. Read what women’s health mag has to say about shapewear and health. If at all you need to wear shapewear on an occasion, choose lycra for better support and comfort.

9. Extra-large handbags


Most women love carrying oversized handbags especially to and from work. Yes, we know all your knick-knacks and makeup fits in there including work you bring home but it just isn’t good for you. This is one of the items listed in the British Chiropractic Association as a health problem. When you carry too much weight on one shoulder, it can cause spinal problems, and muscle pain in the shoulders and back. It can also cause joint damage. Cary you oversize sack if you want but don’t fill it with stuff and make it heavy.

10. Pencil Skirts


Pipe skirts are bad for you because they bring your legs too close to each other creating a condition for disbalance and the risk of falling. It hinders and limits movement and what’s worse is that it causes knee malformation and muscle strain and pain.

be fashionable but at the same time, not at the cost of your health. Wear practical items to work and wear such things for short occasions only. for those who sit too long and working people here is some worthwhile reading. Here are 6 Stretching Exercises for Sitting too long


Gargwww.spiritselfhealth.com-skinnyjeans-bad i Chakravorty is a passionate writer for blogs and websites. She is a History Honors Graduate currently pursuing her Masters in the same.

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Whooping Cough in Adults Is Re-Emerging, Here’s What You Need To Know and How to Manage the Disease

Whooping cough or pertussis is one of the worst types of cough you can contract. The nasty aspect of the disease is that the coughing spasms become worse just when you think your cough is getting better. Whooping cough also called Pertussis isn’t just a child’s disease, it also attacks adults can disrupt your daily life. This article deals with the information and management of whooping cough in adults.

Can you get whooping cough if you had it as a child?

Well the common perception is that you don’t usually get whooping cough if you had it as a child but I beg to differ. You can!! How it affects you in intensity will depend on your health condition at the time.  According to scientific research, 1 in 20 adults with coughs lasting more than 2 or three weeks may progress or already have pertussis.



What is whooping cough?

Whooping cough or pertussis, unlike coughs and colds, is a bacterial infection caused by Bordetella Pertussis. It is extremely contagious if the person suffering from whooping cough hasn’t been treated with antibiotics. As an airborne disease it can spread through the nose and throat. Although children are at greater risk of whooping cough, adults can get it at any age.

The problem with whooping cough is that there is no cure or treatment that makes a difference to the disease. It is imperative to see a doctor in the first stages of whooping cough during which time the prescribed antibiotics can make a difference to avoid further infection. Taking antibiotics in the later stages of the disease does little to reduce symptoms in which case you just have to let the cough run its course. During this time management of the disease is most important to avoid further infection such as a cold or in severe cases, pneumonia.


Stages of whooping cough

STAGE 1. The first stage of whooping cough is deceiving and starts as an allergic type of cough with typical symptoms of common cold, itchy throat and bouts of regular coughing.   This isn’t just the most contagious stage of the disease; it is the most difficult where doctors will most probably treat you for various types of cough depending on your symptoms. A typical course of whopping cough may last from anything between 6 weeks to 10 weeks

STAGE 2:  It is only in this stage where whooping cough becomes apparent. This is the paroxysmal stage and can be extremely discomforting. Although your cough will be less frequent, you may just get three to four attacks of coughing during the day or night but when you do get an attack it can take the life out of you.  Coughing becomes rapid and violent and even as you cough, you may find yourself gagging and choking. The typical feeling is as if liquid has gone down your windpipe causing you to choke. In between coughing, you gasp for air making a whooping sound, you salivate become teary-eyed and exhausted. If not stopped, you are inclined to vomit and the coughing becomes intense shaking up your lungs and chest.

This stage lasts from 6 to ten weeks. During this stage antibiotics may not make a difference as the bacteria has already set into your airways and created the conditions of whooping cough, it is extremely important to get medical advice on how to avoid infection or prevent complications such as other respiratory infections and pneumonia. According to the CDC various treatments can be given for pertussis to avoid further infections.

STAGE 3: almost like stage 2 but less in intensity. Your cough begins to reduce as your body begins to recover from the disease. However you are still prone to other respiratory infections. This stage lasts two to three weeks. Keep yourself healthy until you totally recover.

Managing whooping cough in adults

In the earlier stages of treatment when whooping cough causes an extreme itchy cough triggered b y extreme scratching in the throat, it is important to seek medical advice. generally doctors suspecting an infection will in most cases prescribe one of the following antibiotics Azithromycin, Erythromycin or Clarithromycin which are the three main antibiotics one of which is usually administered in Pertussis. ( please do not treat yourself as this is for general information and individual  cases  may require treatment as per the discretion of a doctor).

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During any cough at least one visit to a doctor is warranted and a competent doctor may arrange for investigations of blood or throat swab test to diagnose whooping cough. However unless the doctor does not suspect whooping cough he will not be able to diagnose it.  In short, whooping cough actually plays hide and seek with humans.   If your persistent cough does progress to symptoms similar to the paroxysmal stage, then it is advisable to capture one on your phone and show it to your doctor.


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5 Workout Ideas for the Busy Working Couple

Guest post by Peter Minkoff

Yes, we know that the majority of young people are extremely busy nowadays, having almost no time just for themselves after an exhausting day at work. However, it doesn’t have to be like that at all, where a couple workout could be fun. We have five workout ideas for all the busy working couples out there who would like to stay healthy and active, but don’t really know how. Just stay with us, check them out, and enjoy your fantastic transformation!

Enjoy a circuit workout and burn some calories


If working out at an overcrowded gym simply isn’t your thing, you should definitely skip that and opt for a fantastic couple workout using nothing more than your body weight. You should try a round of couple’s calisthenics – exercises consisting of different movements like running, grasping, standing, pushing, etc. which are often performed rhythmically and with minimal equipment. Just find a kitchen timer, set it for 10 minutes, and then rotate between sets of push-ups, planks, and squats. Of course, each of you can go at your own pace, but bringing out your competitive sides will surely be fun, too.

Hit the weight room together

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On the other hand, if you still love working out at the gym, you can always hit the weight room together and lift those weights as a duo. Apart from supporting and motivating each other, you’ll realize that your couple workout will significantly improve as well. Your partner can always make sure that your form is good and that you aren’t taking on too much weight, whereas you can encourage him when he feels exhausted. This is certainly one of the best was to get pumped and build those muscles, so give it a try as soon as possible!

Work out in your own home gym


A lot of couples who are too busy on a daily basis can’t find enough time to work out regularly, as they’re often too tired to exercise after a long day at work. However, that doesn’t have to be the case at all, as you can always come up with your own home gym workout ideas where you can work out whenever you wish. First of all, you should get quality fitness equipment, such as a treadmill, a utility bench, and a spin cycle – they are a great choice for beginners. Apart from these, you should also get a couple of dumbbells and a kettlebell, and you’ll be ready to work out in the comfort of your home, with your partner by your side.

Go for a run in a nearby park


If you’re up for a cardio workout, but you don’t want to go alone, you can always ask your partner to get ready, tie his shoelaces, and go for a run in a nearby park with you. Spending time in nature is always a good idea, and it gets even better when you have company, so take advantage of a beautiful day and do something good for yourself. Jogging the streets of your city is also a great couple workout and a fun idea as it can help you get more familiar with your environment, and that’s basically killing two birds with one stone.

Opt for a quick bike ride


Going for a bike ride is another option of having fun in nature with your significant other, while staying healthy and active at the same time. A lot of people these days live extremely hectic lives, having no time to relax and unwind after work, so be sure to change that and hop on your bike whenever you can. Cycling is a fantastic cardiovascular workout which can improve your heart health and allow you to breathe fresh air. Besides that, it’s low-impact on your joints as well, but don’t worry at all because you’ll certainly feel it the next day!

Read more by the same author How to destress  your mind in 2018

As you can see, there are so many ways to stay physically active and keep your fitness levels high, even though you’re really busy and have almost no time for anything after work. Just remember that working out with your partner is beneficial in a lot of ways, so take that into consideration and enjoy your next workout with your darling!

Peter is a health and lifestyle writer at Different Reasons magazine. Follow Peter on Twitter for more tips.

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Morning Exercise: 5 Reasons Why You Shouldn’t Skip It

Guest Post by Peter Minkoff


We all wake up in the morning hoping that the day ahead of us will be a perfect one, full of joy, happiness, and success. And, secretly, we also hope to see something extraordinary happening to us because what would life be without moments we spend lost in daydreaming?

However, the truth is that we can reach optimal levels of happiness without waiting for the extraordinary events. The best part is that we don’t even have to wait for anything or anyone anymore. Your dose of happiness is in your own hands and you can activate it early in the day with morning exercise.

Here’s how.

Endorphins are your best friends


Regardless of your age, morning exercise will make you a healthier and happier person.

When we exercise, our bodies release endorphins, the chemicals that trigger positive emotions. Try to imagine activating these early in the morning, every single day, regardless of what happened the previous day. The repetition is an enormous part of success, so it does make sense to conclude that releasing endorphins each morning will result in reaching new levels of happiness we weren’t able to discover before.

Self-esteem boost


Morning workouts will inevitably result in an improved self-esteem. How? Again, it is all about repetition. Exercising each morning will help you feel better and stronger at work later in the day, which will make your coworkers notice you more. If that’s not enough, have in mind that your social life will also skyrocket. You will smile more. You will be proud. You will feel better about yourself just because you have finally decided to ditch the early morning laziness and replace it with a workout. When bedtime comes, you will have so many reasons to look forward to the next morning.

Nice physique


Another way to activate your dose of happiness is to look good. As simple as that – you will feel better about yourself once you become more attractive. It goes without saying that morning exercise is one of the essentials in this department. If you prefer an outdoor morning exercise, jogging could be just perfect for you, especially if you are looking for ways to strengthen your abdomen and legs. The guys who want to enrich their jogging equipment should look for men’s running tights that not only add an extra support to your training by making you less prone to injuries, but they also help you focus on the training process itself.

A strong and shaped body will only increase your self-esteem, especially when the time to show your beach body arrives. So, don’t waste time and go for a jog instead.

Healthier lifestyle

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First, you allowed your body to release gallons of endorphins. Then you improved your self-esteem and became more noticeable. Finally, you also became a physically more attractive person.

Congratulations, you have finally discovered the healthier lifestyle you had been reading and listening about for so long. A healthy morning exercise will help you become more aware of the importance of breakfast. At some point, you will find yourself googling small but well-mixed healthy snacks for breakfast. Moreover, gallons of coffee you once needed to take in order to kick off the day might finally become a matter of past.

Have you seen the movie ‘Eat pray love’ with Julia Roberts? If you did, then you know that food plays an important role in our pursuit of happiness.


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So far, going through this article helped you understand the importance of repetition:

  • Many days of endorphin release – a gradual increase of the overall happiness
  • A gradual boost of self-esteem – you become a more noticeable person
  • Physical activity in the morning – beach body to die for
  • Breakfast awareness – a healthier life

The repetition can also help you become a more reliable person. Once you become more responsible towards yourself through morning exercise, you will start noticing how your consistency improves the other areas of your life as well. This will make you a more reliable person in the eyes of your family, friends, colleagues, and employers.

Now that you’ve learned that it is possible to activate the daily dose of happiness without waiting for spectacular events or special occasions in your life, go schedule your workout for the next morning. All that it takes is a little effort and a willingness to change your mornings forever.

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Peter is a health and lifestyle writer at Different Reasons magazine. Follow Peter on Twitter for more tips.

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The Benefits Of Eating Eggs: What Happens To Your Body When You Eat Two Eggs A Day?

Forget about that age old debate whether eggs are good for you or not. The benefits of eating eggs have also been advocated by several studies and its time you started eating at least one if not two a day. The fact remains that chicken eggs have beneficial properties and eating two eggs a day can work wonders for your health. Here’s what recent studies have to say about eating two eggs a day.

Your brain is protected by Choline


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Among the benefits of eating eggs is choline. Phospholipids consist of choline and are a major component of cell membranes ensuring normal communication of brain cells. Research has proven how this vitamin is one of the building blocks of the brain improving cognitive function, memory and concentration. A deficiency in choline leads to a decrease in memory and brain function.

Lutein improves eyesight

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New research has observed that chicken eggs are a rich source of lutein. This substance Improves and promotes clear and sharp eyesight. Lutein deficiency can lead to eye tissue degeneration and irreversible deterioration of eyesight.

Vitamin D helps to absorb calcium

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Between a spoonful of fish oil and 2 eggs, almost everyone will choose the latter. The vitamin D content is the same. Vitamin D present in eggs increases calcium absorption to strengthen teeth and bones.

Vitamin B complex protects the skin, hair, and liver

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Biotin, vitamin B12, and vitamin B complex ingredients provide nourishing proteins to strengthen hair and skin. The phospholipids present in chicken eggs help eliminate toxins from the liver

Reduced risk of cardiovascular diseases

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New Research has observed that phosphatides balance the cholesterol in eggs which isn’t harmful to health. It even inhibits cholesterol production in our body. Eggs contain healthy fats like omega 3 fatty acids that maintain and reduce high triglyceride levels. This decreases the risk of cardiovascular disease,. Research has also observed that one of the benefits of eating eggs is a reduced risk of stroke.

Benefits of eating eggs promotes weight loss

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American scientists drew a conclusion that a combination of  a low calorie diet with chicken eggs  for breakfast will help you lose weight faster. An egg enriched breakfast keeps you satiated longer thus decreasing your urge to snack and decreasing the quantity of food you eat in a day. Thus losing weight is one of the biggest benefits of eating eggs.

Reduces the risk of cancer

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Choline which improves brain function also reduces the risk of cancer. According to studies, women whose daily diet included eggs during adolescence reduced their risk of developing breast cancer by 18%

Beneficial for planning children

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B vitamins are part of the reproductive hormones. Folic acid helps production of red blood cell and the neural tube formation in the fetus. It also reduces the risk of mental retardation which is why vitamin B9 (folic acid) is important during pregnancy. 1 chicken egg contains 7.0mcg of folic acid

Reduces ageing

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The benefits of eating eggs are the anti ageing properties contained in eggs. Research by Dutch scientists found that in 87% of women aged between 35 to 40 age spots disappeared and skin tone lifted and improved after consuming eggs.  Wrinkles around the eyes of men were visibly smoothened.

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A Healthy Drink to Lose Weight and Get Rid of Your Belly Fat Faster

Weight loss isn’t going to happen all by itself. Among all the fantastic remedies that promise you’ll be losing weight overnight, not many may turn out to be true. What’s real is that you can supplement your health routine with various juices and remedies that will help you lose weight faster. Here is one such remedy and it’s a delicious healthy drink to lose weight. You can try this every day at breakfast or an hour before retiring to bed.

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1 medium-sized cucumber

1 celery stalk

3 pieces fresh pineapple

1 glass cut parsley


Wash the ingredients thoroughly and remove the skin from the pineapples. Blend all ingredients together in a blender without adding sugar, salt, pepper or any such condiments. Drink the juice 15 minutes after preparation preferably during fasting state in the morning.

This is a healthy drink to lose weight faster and will be an added advantage if you combine it with your diet and fitness routine. Regardless of the results in a week or two or three, it is undoubtedly a smoothie that is bound to improve your health and reduce your belly.

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What’s so great about this drink to lose weight?


This is one of the best vegetables to consume when on a diet and trying to lose weight faster.100 g of celery contains just 16 calories. That’s incredibly low. Moreover it is packed with dietary fiber that satiates you keeping you full.  Studies have proved how fiber is integral to weight loss. Celery has 0 cholesterol and is rich in antioxidants, vitamins and essential minerals like Potassium which is a electrolyte that maintains a healthy heart and stabilized blood pressure.


Like celery, the benefits of cucumber are innumerous. As a low calorie ingredient cucumber contains 95% water. It is recommended by dieticians and nutritionists to those wanting to lose weight.


Parsley is good for weight loss. It also contains fiber similar to cucumber and celery and has a mild diuretic effect.


Besides being rich in vitamin C, Pineapple is rich in bromelain an ingredient as powerful as ibuprofen in fighting inflammation and pain. 100 g of Pineapple contains just 1 gram of non soluble fiber but has an energy value of 50 kcal which is impressive and when consumed on fasting is enough to provide you with your energy needs before a moderate cardio workout in the morning.

Pineapple may be sweeter than other fruits which is why there are just 3 pieces of pineapple in this healthy drink to lose weight. Pineapple is packed with antioxidants, vitamins and minerals good for health. It prevents macular degeneration, improves joint health and digestion. To remain committed to losing weight, one should also exercise along with consuming this drink to lose weight faster.


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Hey Bloggers, Writers and Desk Job Holders, Here are 6 Stretching Exercises for Sitting too long

The biggest disadvantage about a desk job is the fact that you need to sit the whole day. Fortunately there are stretch exercises for sitting too long that can be performed to help your body loosen up those taut muscles contracted while sitting all day.

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It’s the same for those who work from home blogging or writing. The biggest mistake we make is to ignore the fact that we suffer from low back pain or joint pain. At the most as a consolation to our bodies, we may take a short break; walk over to the kitchen make a cup of coffee, and then resume sitting.  Although necessary, It is unhealthy where sitting too long can take a huge toll on your body and your health.

As per the experts, sitting for long hours at a stretch can decrease metabolism, reduce blood circulation and even make your body slump. If your job demands that you be seated, then do so but that doesn’t mean you should allow the negative aspects of your job to take hold of your health.

Here’s what can happen if you remain seated too long at a desk job with no physical activity.

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Sitting all day can exert a huge price on your body and besides the frightening stuff you just saw I the image, you ultimately end up getting hunched. Regardless of all those health articles you read on good posture while sitting, it never really figures when you’re immersed in your work. When you stop you’ll find yourself hunching. It’s bound to happen. The best way to avoid the damage of your work, perform these stretching exercises for sitting too long  to undo the damage done while sitting to long. These helpful stretches are designed to prevent joint-stiffening, muscle-weakening and hunching:

Rotational Lunges

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Rotational lunges increase strength in legs and feet. They release tension in the shoulders and hip and improve spinal health.

 Number 4 Sit

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Because it looks like the figure 4, hence its name, the NO 4 sit. This stretch loosens the piriformis muscle making it flexible and preventing it from tightening due to periods of constant sitting.

Supported Backbend

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This exercise  improves the spine and stabilizing muscles. It also improves your posture helping you to sit upright and prevent hunching while working. When performing this stretch ease into it slowly to avoid spraining and damaging your muscles.

Shoulder Opener

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This simple exercise for sitting too long is an easy stretch which is really helpful. It is great to perform after awaking form sleep in the morning. It is one of the easier stretches after sitting and releases stress built up because of work. This also improves mobility and benefits stiff shoulders.

Star Reach

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This stretches your entire body after sitting for long hours. It loosens muscles, stiff joints and increases flexibility. A great de-stressing posture too.

Low Cobra Pose

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The low cobra pose also known as bhujangasana in yoga, stretches out the hip flexors that get rigid after sitting too long. It increases hip flexibility, strengthens your glutes and lower back thus reducing back pain. it is also one of the best stretches for low back pain.

Perform these stretch exercises for sitting too long consistently and you’ll observe the difference in the way you feel after sitting all day.  All of the above stretches for sitting all day improve overall health and stimulate metabolism for increased circulation. Ensure that you hold each position for at least 20-30 seconds. Breathe while stretching. Moreover, if you are at work, take a break, walk around the office and stand while having your coffee. Take the stairs instead of the lift. Essentially, you need to do as much as possible to remain active and neutralize the harmful effects of prolonged sitting all day.

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Three Foods That Could Be Making Your Joint Pain Worse

Even as several articles of information inform us how foods can reduce inflammation and pain in arthritic conditions, there are also certain foods that can increase joint pain. According to the Center for disease and prevention, almost 1 in every 5 adults suffers from arthritis in the United States. Inflammation and Joint pain can be a nuisance and really get you down. Although such conditions are usually manifested after a certain age, there are several young adults too suffering from varying levels of the disease.

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The CDC says that not many even know how to manage symptoms even though several pain management symptoms exist. Nutrition is one such method where being aware of your triggers of inflammation and pain is the key to reducing and controlling it. There are several anti -inflammatory and pain relieving foods for joint pain that is mentioned in this website. However, it is the foods that cause pain which is the prime focus here.

Stiff joints can become worse when swollen. The excruciating pain that follows makes simple activities a mammoth effort but here’s where you can do something about it. Among foods in your diet, there are three main culprits that increase joint pain and inflammation.


It’s a known fact that tomatoes increase levels of uric acid in the blood. Tomatoes are usually regarded as anti inflammatory food but when you have gout, then tomatoes should be controlled or off your menu.

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In a research study that included 2051 people, 20% or 400 persons reported tomatoes as a trigger that increased joint pain. 12,720 people who did not have gout were tested for uric acid after consuming tomatoes.  The tests showed an increase of uric acid in their blood which proved that tomatoes were the main reason.  High levels of Uric acid is the major cause of Gout, however you may not  teed to remove tomatoes from your diet entirely but have your uric acid checked and then consult your doctor if medication is required.

Corn, Sunflower, Safflower, Soybean, and Cottonseed Oils

Omega 3 fatty acids are fatty acid molecules found in certain plants, nuts and fish. But while these are excellent for health, the omega 6 fatty acids aren’t entirely good for health. Omega 6 is present in soya bean oil and almost all packaged food. Purchased from grocery stores. A usual American diet consists of 25 times more omega 6 fatty acids than omega 3’s.

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This crazy ratio could be one of the worst culprits increasing joint pain. According to research, al ratios larger than 10 to 1 can increase problems of asthma, inflammation and cardiovascular disease. Research observed that when this ratio was brought down to 3 -1 or 2-1, inflammation was suppressed and pin too improved. Omega 6 is found in rich fried foods, margarine, egg yolk and meat.

Read about omega 3 fatty acids here: 17 health benefits of Omega 3 fatty acids

Sugary Soda

Sugary soda is definitely not good for health and that goes for diet soda too. Sugar consumption form sweetened colas and sodas can increase your risk of diabetes and cardiovascular disease. Sugar also triggers the release of cytokines or messengers of inflammation.

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Research and analysis of data from studies over 30 years found a definite link between soda consumption and the risk of arthritis. Women who drank just one soda daily increased their risk by 63% in comparison to those who did not drink it at all.

Read: 6 Foods That Can Fight Inflammation And Relieve Pain in Joints.

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6 Foods That Can Fight Inflammation And Relieve Joint Pain.

Do you suffer from stiffness, aching knees and painful joints?  Well apart from medication, you can also increase various foods for joint pain. Joint pain affects millions worldwide. In the USA alone, research and surveys conducted by the CDC (center for disease control and prevention) found that between 2013-2015 almost 52 million people suffered from some form of arthritis or the other.

In 2014, about 14 million said they suffered from severe joint pain which was caused by inflammation. Remedies for such problems included exercise and supplements. But!! Nutrition matters, which is why these foods for joint pain should be considered as part of your daily diet. However, since one person’s sensitivity to food could be an anti inflammatory for another,  It would be best to consult a doctor for severe joint pain and find out about foods that relieve joint pain too.


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Pineapple is rich in Vitamin C and a real star among anti inflammatory foods for joint pain. Pineapple contains Bromelain which according to studies is as effective as ibuprofen for treating pain in osteoarthritis. Research also observed that bromelain reduced inflammation in rheumatoid arthritis, according to the Arthritis Foundation. If you dislike pineapple, you can eat papaya which also contains the substance.


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There are umpteen number of studies published that prove the beneficial properties of omega 3 fatty acids in inflammation, weight loss, cognitive function and overall health. Omega 3’s found in fish like salmon, reduce inflammation by blocking COX (Cyclooxygenase) and LOX (lipoxygenase), enzymes that cause free radical activity and generate inflammation.

Omega 3’s are not produced by the human body and is derived from food. This means you need to ensure your daily diet contains an adequate dose of omega 3’s for optimum health. 2 – 5 servings of fish per week should be consumed depending on the level of inflammation. Fish rich in Omega 3 fatty acids include salmon, mackerel, herring, and sardines. Omega 3 fatty acids are also available as fish oil supplements.


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Turmeric has an abundance of health benefits because of an active compound called Curcurmin. It is among the best foods for joint pain where studies have proved the efficiency of curcurmin in preventing cancer, reducing blood pressure and fighting inflammation. Studies in the University of Arizona found that curcumin protects against joint deterioration and inflammation in rheumatoid arthritis. To enjoy the beneficial effects of curcumin, you can add turmeric to your food two to three times a week, say experts.

Health note: Turmeric can act as a blood thinner; consult your doctor before adding it to your diet or taking turmeric supplements.


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Ginger contains the active substance Gingerol which several small studies have proven to be effective in reducing inflammation and joint pain. Research at the University of Miami observed how regular doses of highly concentrated gingerol reduced knee pain in osteoarthritis by 40%. Eat a spoonful or two of raw ginger daily or boil water with ginger when brewing tea.


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Research has proven cherries among good foods for joint pain because of ingredients called anthocyanins. Anthocyanins have been proven to fight gout attacks which are a form of arthritis. Cherries also possess anti-inflammatory properties to reduce the symptoms of arthritis and reduce joint pain. Other fruits rich in anthocyanins are blueberries, blackberries and strawberries.


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Garlic is just about good for anything and is undoubtedly one of the best foods for joint pain. Next time you cook a meal,  it wouldn’t hurt to throw in some extra garlic. The active ingredient in garlic is allicin which besides being beneficial for a number of health conditions, also alleviates symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis. Garlic is also a great immunity booster. Research has found that consuming raw garlic is more beneficial than cooked garlic as heating garlic reduces its efficiency

An ideal diet for those suffering from arthritis should consist of foods for joint pain such as fruits, olive oil, vegetables, fish, nuts and legumes. Such ingredients are the key components of the Mediterranean diet which may also help in reducing and preventing the symptoms of arthritis in men and women. Avoid red meat, sugar and saturated fats that can aggravate the inflammation further.


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Active Isolated Stretching, the Technique of Oxygenating Your Body for Improved Health

Active isolated Stretching is a unique technique to oxygenate muscles by stretching them for a few seconds only. The route to healthy living is physical activity. Unless you are physically active you will never provide your body with a condition of well being. Physical activity increases energy, reduces tiredness and ensures a good supply of oxygen to different organs. However there are ways and means of oxygenating your body for complete physiological nourishment and good cognitive function.

Active Isolated Stretching, WHAT IS IT?

Active isolated stretching or AIS is a new technique which will give you every factor required for good health. AIS regenerates your body and supplies your muscles with vital oxygen for better function, growth and strength. AIS is a comprehensive technique of stretching exercises that involve muscle stretching in various ways to ensure a compete flow of oxygen to that particular muscle.

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 An uninterrupted and constant flow of oxygen to a particular muscle spikes up factors that promote muscle health. It works as an instant tonic. It consists of stretches not more than two seconds where a stretch should be completed without initiating the myotatic stretch reflex and the body’s preventive ability to contract a muscle when sensing an abnormality and thus prevent stretching

Benefits of Active Isolated Stretching

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  • Invigorated muscles
  • Increases blood flow
  • Oxygenates the entire body
  • Reduces muscle rigidity and atrophy
  • Promotes functionality of underdeveloped muscles
  • Renews health and increases energy
  • Reduces cholesterol
  • Unclogging of arteries
  • Improves oxygen levels to the brain

How AIS helps in muscle recovery.


In typical cases of muscle fatigue, extensive and vigorous workouts causes catabolism of muscles in which muscle protein is broken down. This results in wear and tear and muscle soreness. AIS performed after workouts are great for muscle recovery. Every muscle will receive a renewed dose of oxygen to restore normal function and strength.

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The active isolated stretching technique requires one to stretch various muscles and hold the stretch for a period of 2 to 5 seconds. AIS involve general stretching and isolated stretching. Isolated muscles when stretched receive extra oxygen thus nourishing and rejuvenating the muscle.

The physiology of your body is such that it prevents extensive use of muscles. Soreness and wear and tear are the symptoms of such effects. AIS seek to increase the threshold of endurance thus reducing the workout recovery period making your muscles stronger.watch the video below.

Physiological benefits of AIS

  • Spondylitis
  • Muscle recovery
  • Aches and muscle sprains
  • Muscle injuries
  • Oxygenation of entire body
  • Shoulder sprains
  • Hamstring tears
  • Low back pain
  • Carpal syndrome
  • Muscle atrophy
  • AIS and Oxygenation

Oxygenation is a natural health benefit which seeks to improve the flow of oxygen to organs in the body. Every organ in your body requires oxygen to function well. Through AIS you improve this flow where daily stressful activity and lack of exercise reduces oxygen flow causing organs to function slowly. This is the main reason for lethargy and fatigue; oxygenation improves all this and invigorates your body to feature a much healthier disposition. Not only do you get physically fit, your mental well being improves resulting in better cognitive function. Unobstructed flow of oxygen to the brain stimulates your cognitive abilities reducing stress and promoting positive thought.

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Do’s and Don’t’s

  • Always position three joint in the direction of the stretch
  • Always do at least 8-10 repletion’s of each stretch
  • Stretch slowly towards irritation then hold for two seconds
  • Do not apply to much pressure on any muscle
  • Always return to starting position after completing a stretch
  • Do not try to prolong a stretch instead go to starting point and repeat the stretch
  • For more complex stretches use an assistant
  • Always breathe and EXHALE during stretches which promotes further oxygenation
  • AIS Will Give You a New Lease of Life

The unique factor of Active Isolated Stretching is such that you can even formulate your own stretches once you get experienced in the technique. Stretching always helps the body in number of ways. AIS takes stretching to a new level of recovery where your muscles will get more than their share of nourishment through oxygenation.. Moreover the increased benefits of AIS and oxygenation improve cardiovascular activity giving you a stronger heart.

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Forget about the motto “no pain no gain” No exercise should ever put your muscles and body parts in a dangerous position with excess force that can lead to injury. Your body has limitations and exercise is meant to increase those limitations of your muscles not injure them.

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