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How Magnesium Relieves Pain

How Magnesium Helps Relieve PainMagnesium is an essential mineral that our bodies need for over 600 cellular processes. Our bodies do not manufacture magnesium; the foods we eat supply the body with magnesium. Researchers believe that some of our conventionally grown foods are deficient in magnesium, which is due to the soil being depleted of certain nutrients. Many researchers recommend that we choose organically grown vegetables since many organic growers replace the nutrients lost through farming, by properly amending the soil.

Many functions in the body rely on Magnesium. It helps to maintain the proper function of the central nervous system and low levels can be associated with changes in brain function and mood. Low magnesium levels are commonly found in people with Alzheimer’s, bipolar disorder, depression, and Autism. People who experience migraine headaches are often found to have low levels of magnesium as well.

Our immune system relies on magnesium to keep us healthy. Low levels of magnesium are associated with a poorly functioning immune system. This is partly because viruses and bacteria are stressors for the body, and when the body is under stress it uses more magnesium. Physical and emotional stress is very common in our modern lives. When we are under stress, the body uses more magnesium to help our minds and bodies cope. This depletes our magnesium stores and lowers our immune system.

The proper function of our muscles is dependent on adequate levels of magnesium. Often people with a low magnesium level will experience muscle cramps, abnormal heart rhythms, and more. Low levels of magnesium affect our muscles’ ability to relax and the body’s pain levels. Pain sufferers are often advised to try increasing their intake of magnesium to see whether it helps to reduce their pain levels.

Magnesium and Pain

Pain in the body is most often caused by inflammation. Inflammation is a sign that something is not functioning well in the body, or that the body is dealing with a lot of emotional or physical stress.
Magnesium plays a key role in controlling the level of inflammation in our bodies since it regulates so many cell functions.

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How Positive Thinking Reduces Pain

How Positive Thinking Reduces PainHave you ever heard of the phrase mind over matter? The main premise behind the popular saying is that our minds, composed of our thoughts, feelings and emotions, have a big influence on our physical bodies and external environment. A different way of explaining this phenomenon is the “mind-body connection,” or in some cases, “the placebo effect.” This subject is widely studied, especially in the area of chronic pain. All bodies of research point to a really incredible outcome: positive thinking can improve pain symptoms. On the flip side, negative thinking can contribute to worsening pain or at least inhibiting one’s ability to cope with it.
                        
A clinical psychologist, Nicola Turner, recognizes that the medical profession often creates a disconnection between one’s physical pain and mental patterns. She explains, “we’ve been conditioned to separate physical and emotional problems when in fact you can’t have the mind without the body.” This idea brings attention to the integration of cognitive behavioral therapy, or CBT, with physical therapy. CBT is regularly used as a treatment for an array of mental health issues such as anxiety, stress management, and even phobias. Interestingly enough, Warwick University conducted a study in 2010 on patients with severe back pain and concluded that those who combined their standard treatment with CBT showed double the improvement in pain versus those who received the physiotherapy, osteopathy, or acupuncture alone.

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Facts About Growing Pains

Growing Pains You have probably heard the term “growing pains,” but did you know that many health experts say that this type of pain isn’t caused by a growth spurt? While a clear cause of growing pains has yet to be established, professionals believe that it is just soreness that occurs from being an active child. The long days of running, jumping, and climbing put stress on the body, and this manifests as soreness when a child finally takes the time to relax.

For the most part, it seems that growing pains tend to affect children that are in certain age groups. The children that are most likely to experience growing pains are between the ages of 3-5, and later in childhood between the ages of 8-12.

Growing pains have some common symptoms. For most children, these pains occur in the evening or while sleeping, and for most children, the pain is gone by the morning. The legs are the most commonly affected body part, with complaints being about soreness in the thighs, the back of the knees, and in the calves.

If your child has issues with growing pains, it can be a trying situation. The pain can make it hard for them to sleep at night, and you want to do whatever you can to relieve the pain and make your child more comfortable. Fortunately, there are steps that you can take to soothe the pain. Check out our recently published article to learn about 7 Natural Remedies to Relieve Growing Pains!

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4 Reasons to Stop Sitting With Crossed Legs

Is Sitting With Your Legs Crossed Bad For YouSitting with our legs crossed is a very common way of sitting. Whether it is at the office, on public transportation, or relaxing at home, many people’s go-to posture is one leg over the other, crossed at the knee. This may be the comfortable position for you to sit and it may also come in handy in crowded areas, however, there are some negative side effects from sitting in this position for too long.

Here are 4 reasons that researchers say that sitting with your legs crossed isn't good for your body:

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How to Choose the Right Drink to Reduce Gout Pain

How to Choose the Right Drink to Reduce Gout PainAs a gout sufferer, your biggest concern is to stay hydrated because it will help your system flush out uric crystals. Most doctors advise patients to consume 12-16 cups of fluids daily. But, when it comes to choosing a beverage to meet that quota, there is a right choice and a wrong choice because some beverages can increase your body’s uric acid levels. 

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7 Ways to Be More Active Every Day

7 Ways to Be More Active in Every Day LifeExercise doesn't have to cost a fortune! Staying active doesn't even need to cost you a dime when you realize it isn't crucial to have a gym membership, a bunch of exercise equipment, or a professional who can formulate plans for you. Physical activity also doesn't have to take up all of your time. We are busy people, right? We can’t quit our day jobs or skip out on plans with loved ones just so we can get some activity in our life. Did you know that there are some ways to be active without going to a gym or going for a run? Here are 7 easy ways to sneak some extra fitness into your day:

Take the Stairs

Have you noticed that there are exercise machines that are made to simulate stairs? That's proof enough that it's a good workout! Skip the elevator and even the escalators. Walking, even leisurely, up the stairs is a mini workout that's convenient and often we do not have to change our routines at all to implement it.

Stand Up

Sounds simple, right? It is! While you're working, for example, try to stand more than you're sitting. Standing desks are a huge plus in this situation, but if that is not applicable to your environment, plan to take standing breaks. Shoot for getting up and standing for at least 5 minutes every hour or so. Better yet, you could make a point to stand up whenever you're on the phone. This little change, especially once it becomes a habit, makes a difference!

Embrace Chores

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9 Ways to Cook With Fresh Turmeric

9 Ideas to Add Fresh Turmeric to Your MealsEveryone is talking about turmeric these days. Not only is this because it is very nutritious but also because studies have discovered that it can help ease pain and inflammation.

Turmeric is a perennial rhizome herb that grows well in most climates but is originally from South Asia, and it is part of the ginger family of plant species. Its roots are a deep orange/red color and contain many healing qualities. Most people use only the roots of the plant in their cooking. The roots are harvested during the rainy season and then they left to dry and are ground to a powder before use. Many traditional cultures in South Asia and the Middle East use turmeric in their everyday cooking as it adds wonderful flavor and color to any dish. Turmeric has also been used a natural dye to color fabrics to sew into many things.

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How Dairy Can Make Pain and Inflammation Worse

Dairy can make pain and infammation worseMost people think of cows when they think of dairy, and rightly so because most of the dairy on the shelves of Western grocery stores comes from cows in the form of milk, cheese, cream, butter, sour cream, and yogurt. However, there are also dairy products that come from other animals like goats, sheep, and camels that are available at some stores.

Dairy refers to the milk secretions that come from the udders of female animals, which is intended to feed their young, just as many human women nurse their babies.

There are two types of genes in cows called A1 and A2. Most conventional cows bred for dairy production in North America are A1 cows. There is speculation that the milk from A1 cows is harder to digest for some people than the milk from A2 cows. But the conventional system uses milk from A1 cows, mostly black and white Holsteins because they are easier to breed in large numbers to keep up with our high volume of milk consumption.

Why Can It Be Bad?

A lot of people think that dairy is a staple in a healthy diet, but the evidence is showing that this isn’t the case. In fact, the opposite might be true. Dairy could actually be harmful to your health. How?

There are many ways that dairy consumption can be bad for you. Humans actually lose the ability to properly digest the components in all species milked at the age of natural weaning, which is between the ages of 4-7 when you look at worldwide averages from the World Health Organization. This is because human infants are born needing to be able to properly digest their mother’s milk, and then lose the ability when they begin to eat solid foods regularly and no longer need their mother’s milk for survival.

There are many other things in cow’s milk that can be bad for a human to ingest. These include:

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