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Avoiding Back Pain at the Office

Do you sit at a desk all day? Does your back hurt? If so, you’re not alone. Back pain is the second most common work-related disability, with Americans spending over $50 billion a year on treatment. It’s also the second most common reason why people miss work (the first being the common cold).

Save your vacation time for when you’re actually on vacation, not when you’re dealing with chronic back pain. Here are a few easy tips to help you sit up straight and avoid back pain at work.

Keep Your Head Up

If you often find yourself hunching over your desk or squinting to read your coworker’s latest spreadsheet because the screen is too far away, you may need to readjust your workspace. Making sure you keep your head straight will help take the strain off your neck, which in turn helps take the strain off your back.

The key to having an ergonomically sound workspace is minimizing awkward movement as much as possible, especially since you’re probably going to be in the same position for a while.

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Rearrange your workspace by:

  • Adjusting your desk to align with your elbows. Lowering or raising your arms too much can fatigue your shoulders, which will make your back work more. A good rule of thumb is keeping your desk at elbow height.
  • Placing your keyboard and mouse within arm’s reach. We don’t want you straining your shoulders to click on that link. Keeping your keyboard and mouse close will make it easier on your arms. Also, if you’re finding typing uncomfortable, think about investing in an ergonomic keyboard.
  • Repositioning your monitor to make sure the top of your screen is eye level. The key to a healthy back is making your workspace as comfortable as possible, so try to make sure your computer screen is at the right level.

Stay Grounded

How comfortable is your office chair? Do you find yourself moving around a lot, or are your feet firmly planted throughout the day? Make sure your feet are flat on the ground, and try not to cross your legs. Sitting cross-legged can actually put more pressure on your spine, and constantly lifting your feet off the ground can also aggravate your lower back.

It’s important to keep your feet flat and shoulder-width apart. Leaning too far forward or too far back can cause unwanted stress on your joints, so make sure you’re able to sit comfortably and that your spine has enough support.

Walk It Off

A study published in Huffington Post found that 65 percent of office workers eat lunch at their desk. While the study goes on to mention how your lunch habits have a dramatic impact on your day-to-day life, they fail to mention how sitting all day can affect your back.

Lunch breaks are good for both your physical and mental health, as eating at your desk has shown to decrease creativity and increase your stress levels. It’s also not good for your back.

It’s important to take constant breaks. I actually make it a habit to get up and walk around every hour or two. Getting up and stretching for at least 60 seconds every 2 hours can help relax your back muscles and loosen some of the tension you may have accumulated throughout the day.

Put Down the Phone

Believe it or not, how you talk on the phone can also contribute to back pain. A lot of people (including me) have a habit of placing the phone between their head and shoulder so they can use their hands while they talk. Unfortunately, this awkward phone placement can do a number on your neck, which can lead to lower back pain.

Instead of placing the phone between your neck and shoulders, use a headset. Think of it like this: if you know a call is going to last more than five minutes, use a headset or call them on speaker phone.

Making your office work area more conducive to easy accessibility will help decrease back pain in the office. In addition, make it a priority to take breaks and stretch when needed.

Author Bio:

Doug Johnson, PA | North American Spine

Doug Johnson helped create North American Spine and manages all medical staff, in addition to training physicians in proper AccuraScope procedure techniques.


Exercise More When You Stop Smoking

The plan to stop smoking will bring some interesting changes in your lifestyle. The routine of smoking has to be broken and breaking that routine opens up the possibilities to do things differently.

The extra energy from stopping smoking and the extra time you will have creates a new environment. Change is essential when you stop smoking and finding new interests will help break that habit.

Moving your furniture, rearranging your office space help. Give yourself a new look and feel to your home and workplace. Move your favourite smoking chair away from its usual position; swap the telephone on your desk to the other side. Regular habits of smokers are easily broken and these little changes help break those smoking habits.

Set yourself a new routine for your life. Join a gym and use it. All the time you spend during the day smoking will add to a good hour at the gym. Exercise is good and the extra energy you will have from not smoking will need to be utilised. Running or jogging will keep you fit and your new body will not crave the nicotine any longer. Start your day differently.

Exercise does not have to be strenuous. Either simple workouts, at home or a gym can be wholly beneficial when you stop smoking. Even simple exercises will help release that extra energy you now have.

Of course, creating a new regular exercise regime is not always easy. You developed a smoking habit though and creating and sticking to regular exercise is similar. Habit forming can be good for you. So many people find this an obstacle to a new life but once you start then it becomes easy to continue.

Use your old habits to form the new ones. Instead of smoking a cigarette, go for a short walk or do some stretching exercises for 10 minutes. Once you get started, you will really begin to reap the benefits of stopping smoking.

Keep it regular. Pick the time of day for yourself a stick with it. Do not let the routine slow down. If you join a gym then use it as often as you can. Make time for the gym and keep going.

Mornings are ideal for exercise. During the time of day when your body will be at its best, fully refreshed after a good night’s sleep. The evenings are usually worst. You may be tired after a day at work or have commitments for eating, children or socialising. Set aside the best time of day for your exercise and stick with it.

Exercise uses the body’s natural energy. It is not about making yourself tired. Exercise is the best way to wake yourself up. Blood is pumped around the body and after a good workout; you will find yourself ready to take on the day ahead. Refreshed and ready.

Exercise in the morning lets your plan for the day ahead. Use that time to think about what is ahead for you. Let your exercise routine affect the rest of the day’s activities.

If you are not used to regular exercise then any decent gym will have staff who can help or you can employ the services of a personal trainer. If you have never worked out before and need a start then ask. You may feel intimidated at a gym. Do not be. Most gyms will give you lessons on equipment and plan an exercise regime that is right for you. You will be taught on the safety aspects of gym equipment and helped into an exercise plan.

Swimming is one of the best ways to exercise. It is one of the few activities that can utilise the whole body, giving your arms and legs a good workout as well as improving your body’s suppleness.

Get up half an hour earlier and go for a swim or a jog, or even just a walk. Early mornings are fantastic, as any regular jogger will tell you. There is less traffic and less people around. It truly is a wonderful way to start the day.

Changes to Individual Health Insurance Plans under ObamaCare

ObamaCare, or the Affordable Care Act, which was passed in 2010, was intended to give Americans equal access to health coverage and provide them with more control over their health care choices. ObamaCare overhauled the health care system and provided enhanced security for the millions of Individuals with pre-existing conditions and other issues that made finding affordable, high-quality insurance difficult or even impossible. One of the promises made was that those who liked their health insurance plans would be able to keep them. This includes individual health coverage policies. Insurance providers and employers would be granted the support needed to continue offering the same policies they always have. They will also be provided with a competitive health coverage marketplace: the state or federal insurance exchanges.

Being allowed to keep their personal health coverage policies minimizes the risk of coverage disruptions and enhances the competitive marketplace. ObamaCare has always been focused on a patient-centered system. All health insurance policies will be obliged to offer a certain minimum level of coverage, but those that existed before the Affordable Care Act was signed into law will have the option to be grandfathered in as long as they make only routine changes. Any significant cut to benefits or increased costs for consumers will result in a loss in grandfather status and requirements to comply with the new laws.

As of 2010, all personal plans should provide their subscribers with certain benefits and levels of coverage, regardless of whether the policy is grandfathered or not. The policy must not have lifetime coverage limits or rescind coverage when there is a major or chronic illness unless there is evidence of deliberate fraud or misrepresentation. Also, young adults may stay on their parents’ policies until they are 26, regardless of their marital or educational status.

New policies, or plans that are not grandfathered, will have additional protections for their subscribers. They will be required to cover recommended preventative health care services without requiring out-of-pocket expenses, and they must guarantee access to some specialists, such as pediatricians. Some plans will be exempt from the requirements, such as dental plans, retiree-only plans and Medi-gap plans.

An estimated 17 million Americans are currently in the personal health insurance market, and another 30 million are currently uninsured. The ObamaCare individual health insurance mandate will likely affect a large percentage of these individuals, increasing access to preventative services, improving access for those with pre-existing conditions and lowering health care costs across the board. The insurance exchanges slated to open in 2014 are intended to offer individuals and small businesses a variety of health coverage plans at competitive rates.

How can computers damage your eyesight?

Most Brits use computers on a daily basis, whether for work purposes, to play games or chat with friends. While PCs are great for helping us stay connected and are a crucial part of office life, staring at a screen for too long can have severe short-term effects on eyesight and over time significantly impair our eye health.


This condition is a branch of repetitive strain injury that usually occurs when people position their computer screen incorrectly.

Eyestrain is caused by glare, which often results from screens being too dark or too bright and tires out the eye muscles as we struggle to make out text or images. Direct glare is when the sun shines directly in a person’s eyes and damages them, while indirect glare is when light reflecting off surfaces reaches the eyes.


One way to alleviate symptoms of eyestrain is to make sure the top of your computer monitor is no higher than eye level, so your eyes do not have to work too hard when viewing the screen. You may also want to tilt the monitor back slightly – between ten and 15 degrees – so you do not receive glare from any ceiling lights.

Dry eye syndrome

Anyone who spends a considerable amount of time each day looking at a computer is at risk of developing dry eye syndrome, a condition that occurs when the eyes become inflamed.

This is due to a lack of tears being produced, or tears evaporating too quickly, which in turn is caused by a blockage of the oil secreting glands, resulting in great discomfort for the sufferer. Among the most common symptoms are dry or sore eyes, the feeling of having something in your eye, a burning sensation, watering or blurred vision.

One way of preventing your eyes from drying out is by blinking frequently, as this washes them out in naturally therapeutic liquids. You should also adjust your laptop or computer in such a way that you are not staring or straining your eyes too much.

Computer vision syndrome

According to the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health, around 90 per cent of individuals who spend at least three hours a day at a PC suffer from computer vision syndrome (CVS).

Symptoms of the condition are similar to that of eyestrain and can also include blurred or double vision, irritated eyes, dizziness and trouble refocusing your eyes. (more…)

Rules of The Stomach

During the average lifetime you can expect to eat 90,000 pounds of food and drink some 55,000 litres of fluid which all has to be processed by the digestive system. Apart from water and salts anything ingested has to broken down into small particles which can be used by the body. The body does this in two ways. There is mechanical digestion that involves the physical act of chewing the food in the mouth and the churning movements of the stomach. The second is chemical digestion in which the food is mixed with various acids and digestive enzymes that are released into the digestive system from the mouth, stomach, small intestine, liver and pancreas.

Unfortunately when digestion is not efficient, food is not completely broken down as it should be and can result in health problems, allergies and intolerances, digestive disorders and nutritional imbalance resulting in lack of energy and vitality. There are some simple measures and guidelines that you can use to optimise your ability to digest foods efficiently.

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  • Looking and smelling food for a minute before eating will stimulate the digestive glands to produce digestive enzymes.
  • Eat small to medium pieces of food and chew them well before swallowing. Good chewing will break the food down efficiently so that the digestive enzymes have plenty of surface area to work on. Do not overfill the mouth.
  • Avoid drinking alcohol, coffee, milk and fruit juice with meals. Drink up to one glass only of other fluids with a meal to avoid over diluting digestive enzymes.
  • Do not rush eating or eat on the go. It is important to relax, sit up and give the digestive system time and space to do it’s job. Dr. Angelo Cuzalina says taking your time will also help you eat smaller and healthier portions.
  • After eating try to relax for at least 20 minutes.
  • Small frequent meals are better than one or two large meals daily.
  • Try to eat wholesome natural foods and avoid fried, refined, processed or overcooked foods.
  • Many fruits and vegetables contain their own enzymes which are destroyed by cooking so eat some raw fruit and veg or lightly steam foods.
  • Enzymes require a good supply of vitamins and minerals so where necessary supplement. In some cases a health practitioner may suggest taking digestive enzyme supplements for a few months which may allow your body to absorb more nutrients and improve the quantity and quality of your own digestive enzymes.

Stress has a major detrimental effect on your ability to digest food. When we are under constant stress blood is shunted away from the digestive tract and this leads to a slowing of the digestive process. This can result in indigestion, bloating, wind, constipation and pain for example. Stress can also increase the production of digestive acids in the stomach that may be a contributory factor in stomach ulcers, indigestion and reflux (heartburn). Chronic long-term stress has been implicated in such serious disorders of the digestive system as colitis and IBS. Lowering your stress levels may therefore be the best thing you will ever do for your digestive system.

Should Your First Time Bikini Waxing Experience Be at Home Or At The Salon?

The ultimate question – should we rush to the nearest salon for our first time bikini wax, or should we ‘go brave’ and do it ourselves in the comfort of our own home? Decisions, decisions.

We want you to look your best for the summer season ahead, so we’ve made things simple for you.

First, this question is a little unfair for a few reasons. It doesn’t take into account the experience you have. If you are used to shaving your bikini line regularly, then you are light-years ahead of people who are not accustomed to that. Depending on your shape, getting the perfect angle for waxing can be difficult, so you may consider a salon.

Next, the benefits of doing your first time bikini wax from home are plenty. For starters, you have ultimate privacy – no one even needs to know that you’re going off to wax such an intimate area. You know your home better than anyone, so you have space to spread out and get comfortable. Some, including myself, say that makes a better experience.

The downside to doing your first time bikini line wax at home is that you could end up making mistakes that cause ingrown hairs, severe inflammation, and other painful results. Let’s not forget burns and scratches made from heating the wax too high, or scraping the wax off too hard.

The downsides of waxing at home bring us neatly to the benefits of going into a salon for your first time waxing session. You see, a licensed esthetician (read: the lady that will be removing that pesky hair!) has enough experience to remove unwanted hair safely and efficiently. Now, that doesn’t mean that pain is going to completely leave the building – those hairs have been living very comfortably in your skin, and sometimes they don’t want to come out easily. This means that there might be some minor pain, but a skilled esthetician will do everything they can to keep the pain to a minimum.

One of the bigger downsides of going into a salon is time and money. You will be on someone else’s time going into a salon, which means that you will have to schedule an appointment or walk in within business hours. This may not fit neatly into your schedule and you will need to find a salon you’re comfortable with.

The saying ‘you get what you pay for’ also applies to the world of professional waxing. Be very wary of prices that sound too good to be true – in my experience, a good salon charges a fair price for services rendered. A five dollar bikini wax? Run. Just, trust me on this.

If this is your first time getting your bikini line area waxed, great – but it shouldn’t be your esthetician’s first time waxing bikini lines (or any other hair removal, for that matter). If they seem incredibly nervous about the whole process, you may have run across a new esthetician. That isn’t to say that those new to cosmetology can’t be great at it, but do you really want to be their first project? I didn’t think so!

Overall, which one is better: going into a salon for your first bikini wax, or saving time and going 100% homegrown with it? It’s really up to you, but you may want to make a compromise: do your first bikini wax at a salon, watch the process, and look around for a good home waxing kit.

Those Routine Doctor Visits Matter More Than You Think

Your health matters, and even though we’ve already discussed some things in the past, it’s time to bring it up again. Those routine doctor’s visits matter more than you think. If you’re trying to avoid something serious like cancer, then getting your bloodwork and physical done every year is a good thing. In fact, if you have a family history of any major illness, then it’s time to make sure that you are definitely talking to the doctor more often. Why do so many young people avoid the doctor?

Cost? Fear? A little mix of both? Definitely. We have grown up in a society that says that health care is expensive, so avoid it if you can. However, the cost of inaction is often far higher than the cost of taking action. In other words, what is the price of the doctor’s visit if they can detect something that really is going to hold you back? You might as well make sure that you’re thinking about anything and everything that can get in your way. That’s something that ends up costing you a lot of money, but thankfully it doesn’t have to.

You can look up student health insurance rates online. Make sure that you’re comparing some different quotes on insurance. Generally speaking, you should go with the ones that require a health exam. They tend to be less expensive compared to the ones that just have you answer a few questions.

If you’re a smoker right now, this is the perfect time to quit. Granted, you’ll need at least 12 months before you get the same rates as a nonsmoker, but smoking is just a bad habit from any direction you look. Not only does it impact your health, but it also impacts your bottom line as well. It costs you money to go out and get cigarettes, and that’s money that could have been growing in the bank for you. Of course, if you’re also saving up enough funds in your emergency account, then we can’t really be too angry here. Still, if you really have been thinking about quitting anyway, take the plunge now. The temporary pain and cravings you feel for a cigarette will fade with time.

You also want to think about how you will interact with the doctor. Try to find a doctor that you feel comfortable with. There’s nothing that says that you need to be buddy-buddy with the doctor, but you don’t want to sit in the chair for 30 minutes saying nothing at all. It’s your money that’s going into these doctors visits, so why wouldn’t you try to make this easier on you?

These routine doctor’s visits could help you save money and avoid more costly illnesses down the road. In that light, why wouldn’t you want to schedule your first consultation as soon as possible?

White Tea Facts

Many people who want to lose weight and improve their overall health in general have been turning to tea to help them be healthier and prevent many different types of diseases. The health benefits of tea have been proven time and time again, and people have used it for centuries to help them live longer and stay healthy.

There are many different types of tea, from white tea to black tea to green tea. One of the rarest types of tea is white tea, which is found only in China and is actually harvested from the same plants that green and black tea come from as well.

White tea is harvested from the leaves before the buds have completely blossomed; this makes it so the tea is as close to its natural state as possible and goes through less processing than other types of tea. Where black and green tea have both been cured and oxidized, white tea has not.

White tea provides the body and the mind with a number of benefits, many of which are more powerful than green or black teas. Some of the facts about white tea, especially in relation to green and black teas, are:

• Higher anti viral properties. White tea provides more antiviral properties than both green tea and black tea, as a result of its minimal processing.

• More amino acids. Because it is harvested from buds and leaves that are much younger than when black and green tea are harvested, it also has more amino acids.

• More antibacterial abilities. White tea also contains a stronger concentration of antibacterial qualities than do green or black tea. High levels of catechin and gallic acid are also beneficial to the body.

• Higher antioxidant capabilities. Most teas contain antioxidants that are good at cleansing the body of toxins that accumulate throughout the years as a result of pollutants in the air, undigested particles of food, and waste build up. The high levels of antioxidants found in white tea are better at flushing out these toxins, leaving you healthier and more energized.

• Greater cancer fighting abilities. Certain types of teas have been shown to help fight harmful cancer cells and build up cancer-fighting cells within the body. White tea contains the most properties of the various types of tea to help ward off certain types of cancer.

• Greater effect on stress levels. The higher levels of amino acids found in white tea have a better effect on stress levels than black and green teas as well. These acids contain more properties that enhance the mood and lower the stress levels.

Because it is rare, white tea is frequently more expensive than black, green, and other types of tea. However, the health benefits you will receive from drinking white tea are worth it!

One way to get enough white tea is to try White Tea with Acai, which combines the power of white tea with the super fruit Acai berry to give you even more powerful health benefits.

Nite Relief Review

For some people, a good night’s sleep is hard to come by. This can be difficult because it leaves you feeling sluggish as you go throughout your work day, making it hard to complete the things you need to get done. Even if you can fall asleep, sometimes waking up frequently in the middle of the night can leave you feeling just as tired the next day.

If this sounds like a problem you may be facing, perhaps it’s time to take a look at Nite Relief. This safe, homeopathic supplement can help you get a relaxing night’s sleep and leave you waking up feeling refreshed and energized.

Whether your sleeplessness is a result of stress or other factors, Nite Relief provides an all natural, safe way to get a good night’s sleep without worrying about annoying side effects. This easy to take supplement will help you fall asleep and stay asleep and still wake up energized and ready for the day. You don’t have to worry about feeling sluggish or tired throughout the day either. A few doses of Nite Relief is all you need to give you the sleep and energy you need to wake up in the morning ready to tackle the day.

Not only that, but Nite Relief provides relief from snoring as well. Many people suffer from snoring for a number of reasons, including genetics, age, weight, the way they fall asleep, or their gender.

Snoring can be a symptom of sleep apnea, a potentially harmful condition in which the upper airway of the respiratory system becomes blocked. As a result, breathing is slowed and can even be stopped. This leads to a rise in blood pressure and can even be fatal if not taken care of.

But snoring can be annoying to others in the house and can also signify certain types of health problems. Nite Relief can help combat snoring so you and everyone in your house get a good night sleep as well. Not only that, but some people may be too embarrassed to sleep anywhere other than their own home, like an airplane or hotel room, because of their snoring problem. Nite Relief gives you the confidence you need to be able to sleep wherever you want without worrying about snoring.

Nite Relief contains Antimonium Tartaricum, which works to treat respiratory diseases by breaking up the mucus and helping it to come out. Together, this works to fight drowsiness, debility, and combat an ongoing snoring program.

So how do you know if Nite Relief will work for you? If you decide to try it now, you can do so for free from their official website with a special trial offer. Try Nite Relief and see if it works for you to help combat your snoring. You will notice a more restful, deep night’s sleep for you and the others in your household. You may even save yourself from the dangers of sleep apnea.

Nite Relief is a safe, effective way to combat snoring and get a more restful night’s sleep.

7 Hour Slumber

Quality sleep is essential to good health. Unfortunately, many suffer from sleep deprivation because of stress. Whether it’s physical, emotional, or mental stress that is making sleep difficult, the result is the same—exhaustion. When a body is exhausted, its immune system weakens, its cognitive abilities decrease, and its emotional state worsens. Insomnia, or just too little sleep on a regular basis, can lead to poor health in all of these ways.

For good reason, many are wary of taking prescription drugs to help them sleep. These powerful medications come with many concerning side effects, the most harmful of which is addiction. Just as you can’t take prescription-strength pain relievers for too long without becoming addicted, you can’t take prescription-strength sleep medications on a regular basis without developing a dangerous dependency on them.

For a more natural remedy to sleep problems, 7 Hour Slumber is a great product to consider. It is an all-natural supplement designed to safely regulate the body’s circadian rhythms that help it to sleep and wake. It is deemed safe enough to not need a prescription, and taking it won’t lead to undesirable side effects or dependency.

7 Hour Slumber works by using a naturally occurring hormone in the brain called Melatonin. Its level naturally rises in the brain at night and falls during the day, helping to regulate the body’s clock. When sleep disruption occurs from insomnia, working at night, or traveling in different time zones, the body’s levels of Melatonin get thrown off, making it harder to sleep. 7 Hour Slumber uses a patented liquid delivery system to carry Melatonin instantly to the blood stream, making it a fast-acting solution for those in need of sleep. Melatonin is so safe that it has long been used to prevent jet lag and to help those who work night shifts.

The quality of sleep provided by a natural supplement like 7 Hour Slumber is much better than that of a prescription drug. It is guaranteed to help the body fall asleep faster, experience a deeper sleep, and awake less groggy. 7 Hour Slumber comes with a money-back guarantee that this is the case. If it doesn’t work, then just return the unused portion and a refund will be given.

Life is filled with too many important things to miss out on by not having enough sleep. Now thanks to 7 Hour Slumber, a natural solution to sleep deprivation is possible and affordable.