The Yoga Paradox: How Yoga Can Cause Pain

The Yoga Paradox: How Yoga Can Cause Pain and Treat It

Evangelos Pappas

Evangelos Pappas

Yoga carries with it a higher than expected risk of a painful wrist, elbow and shoulder, possibly due to poses like downward dog, new research suggests. But it's not all bad news. The same study adds to growing evidence yoga can help manage low back and neck pain. These findings highlight the complex relationship between yoga and musculoskeletal..

Yoga carries with it a higher than expected risk of a painful wrist, elbow and shoulder, possibly due to poses like downward dog, new research suggests. But it's not all bad news. The same study adds to growing evidence yoga can help manage low back and neck pain. These findings highlight the complex relationship between yoga and musculoskeletal pain, the second most common cause of disability worldwide...

Short-term fasting may improve health

Short-term fasting may improve health

Mitch Leslie

Mitch Leslie

After years of fasting, the Buddha's "legs were like bamboo sticks, his backbone was like a rope, his chest was like an incomplete roof of a house, his eyes sank right inside, like stones in a deep well," according to one account. The Buddha didn't get what he wanted from this extreme fasting—enlightenment—but a new study suggests that..

After years of fasting, the Buddha's "legs were like bamboo sticks, his backbone was like a rope, his chest was like an incomplete roof of a house, his eyes sank right inside, like stones in a deep well," according to one account. The Buddha didn't get what he wanted from this extreme fasting—enlightenment—but a new study suggests that a diet that replicates some effects of milder deprivation may..

Keys to Healthy Weight Loss

Keys to Healthy Weight Loss

Berkeley Wellness

Berkeley Wellness

Fad diets tend to have lots of very restrictive or complex rules, which give the impression that they carry scientific heft, when, in reality, the reason they often work (at least in the short term) is that they simply eliminate entire food groups, so you automatically cut out calories. Moreover, the rules are almost always hard to stick to..

Fad diets tend to have lots of very restrictive or complex rules, which give the impression that they carry scientific heft, when, in reality, the reason they often work (at least in the short term) is that they simply eliminate entire food groups, so you automatically cut out calories. Moreover, the rules are almost always hard to stick to and, when you stop, you regain the lost weight. Rather than..

Fats vs Carbs: What’s the Best Fuel for

Fats vs Carbs: What’s the Best Fuel for Athletes?

Lisa Marshall

Lisa Marshall

Pity the carbohydrate. For decades, serious athletes couldn't get enough of them, loading up on pancakes, bagels, and pasta before big races. But in recent years, a sexy new nutrient took center stage: fat. Athletes like LeBron James, Ironman triathlete Ben Greenfield, and the entire roster of the Los Angeles Lakers traded pasta and bread..

Pity the carbohydrate. For decades, serious athletes couldn't get enough of them, loading up on pancakes, bagels, and pasta before big races. But in recent years, a sexy new nutrient took center stage: fat. Athletes like LeBron James, Ironman triathlete Ben Greenfield, and the entire roster of the Los Angeles Lakers traded pasta and bread for steaks, eggs, and avocados. At the extreme end, some jocks..

Seat Belts: How They Save Lives

Seat Belts: How They Save Lives

Beth Orenstein

Beth Orenstein

It's been proven time and again, on back roads and superhighways: A seat belt can save a life in a car accident. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), more than 15,000 lives are saved each year in the United States because drivers and their passengers were wearing seat belts when they were in accidents. Seat..

It's been proven time and again, on back roads and superhighways: A seat belt can save a life in a car accident. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), more than 15,000 lives are saved each year in the United States because drivers and their passengers were wearing seat belts when they were in accidents. Seat Belt Safety: 5-Way Protection "Seat belts prevent occupants..

Nutrition Secrets to Improving Your Fitness

Nutrition Secrets to Improving Your Fitness

Steph Saullo

Steph Saullo

Adequate recovery is essential to not only everyday health but also to improve athletic performance. After a training session or event, you should replenish all the things that were lost during activity: glycogen, fluid, and electrolytes. You also want to build and repair lean tissue, make new red blood cells, and promote healthy immune function...

Adequate recovery is essential to not only everyday health but also to improve athletic performance. After a training session or event, you should replenish all the things that were lost during activity: glycogen, fluid, and electrolytes. You also want to build and repair lean tissue, make new red blood cells, and promote healthy immune function. The benefits and how-tos of recovery nutrition are largely..

Yoga Can Cause Musculoskeletal Pain

Yoga Can Cause Musculoskeletal Pain

Honor Whiteman

Honor Whiteman

While yoga can help to alleviate pain, research shows that it can also cause it. Yoga is often hailed as an effective practice for pain relief. A new study, however, notes that yoga can also cause pain, and yoga-related injuries are much more common than one may think. The research suggests that every year, more than 10 percent of people who..

While yoga can help to alleviate pain, research shows that it can also cause it. Yoga is often hailed as an effective practice for pain relief. A new study, however, notes that yoga can also cause pain, and yoga-related injuries are much more common than one may think. The research suggests that every year, more than 10 percent of people who practice yoga in a recreational capacity experience musculoskeletal..

How Stress Affects Your Health

How Stress Affects Your Health

American Psychological Association

American Psychological Association

Stress: We've all felt it. Sometimes stress can be a positive force, motivating you to perform well at your piano recital or job interview. But often — like when you're stuck in traffic — it's a negative force. If you experience stress over a prolonged period of time, it could become chronic — unless you take action. A natural reaction..

Stress: We've all felt it. Sometimes stress can be a positive force, motivating you to perform well at your piano recital or job interview. But often — like when you're stuck in traffic — it's a negative force. If you experience stress over a prolonged period of time, it could become chronic — unless you take action. A natural reaction Have you ever found yourself with sweaty hands on a first..

To Stay in Love, Sign on the Dotted

To Stay in Love, Sign on the Dotted Line

Mandy Len Carton

Mandy Len Carton

A few months ago my boyfriend and I poured ourselves two beers and opened our laptops. It was time to review the terms of our relationship contract. Did we want to make changes? As Mark and I went through each category, we agreed to two minor swaps: my Tuesday dog walk for his Saturday one, and having me clean the kitchen counters and him..

A few months ago my boyfriend and I poured ourselves two beers and opened our laptops. It was time to review the terms of our relationship contract. Did we want to make changes? As Mark and I went through each category, we agreed to two minor swaps: my Tuesday dog walk for his Saturday one, and having me clean the kitchen counters and him take over the bathtub. The latest version of "Mark and Mandy's..

Do Smokers’ Lungs Heal After They Quit?

Do Smokers’ Lungs Heal After They Quit?

Carli Nierenberg

Carli Nierenberg

Cigarette smoke can have wide-ranging health effects on the body, and the lungs and airways are two of the hardest-hit areas. But the good news is that after a person quits smoking, the lungs can heal to a certain extent, said Dr. Norman Edelman, a senior scientific advisor for the American Lung Association and a specialist in pulmonary medicine...

Cigarette smoke can have wide-ranging health effects on the body, and the lungs and airways are two of the hardest-hit areas. But the good news is that after a person quits smoking, the lungs can heal to a certain extent, said Dr. Norman Edelman, a senior scientific advisor for the American Lung Association and a specialist in pulmonary medicine. As soon as a person inhales the chemicals found in cigarette..

Why I Love Being a Single Parent

Why I Love Being a Single Parent

Ms. Tami Shaikh

Ms. Tami Shaikh

When I first became a single parent, I was scared and anxious. Life seemed to be a scary journey filled with thorns and monsters. Raising three teenagers on my own, fulfilling their financial, mental and psychological needs didn't seem like an easy task. Yes it was a choice I had made on my own but it was the scariest decision ever. So I took..

When I first became a single parent, I was scared and anxious. Life seemed to be a scary journey filled with thorns and monsters. Raising three teenagers on my own, fulfilling their financial, mental and psychological needs didn't seem like an easy task. Yes it was a choice I had made on my own but it was the scariest decision ever. So I took one day at a time and moved ahead very, very slowly. There..

An Hour of Running May Add 7 Hours

An Hour of Running May Add 7 Hours to Your Life

Gretchen Reynolds

Gretchen Reynolds

Running may be the single most effective exercise to increase life expectancy, according to a new review and analysis of past research about exercise and premature death. The new study found that, compared to nonrunners, runners tended to live about three additional years, even if they run slowly or sporadically and smoke, drink or are overweight...

Running may be the single most effective exercise to increase life expectancy, according to a new review and analysis of past research about exercise and premature death. The new study found that, compared to nonrunners, runners tended to live about three additional years, even if they run slowly or sporadically and smoke, drink or are overweight. No other form of exercise that researchers looked at..

Nutrition Mistakes to Avoid This Summer

Nutrition Mistakes to Avoid This Summer

Tammy Lakatos

Tammy Lakatos

The sun is out in full force and, if you're like us, simply the aroma of a barbeque is making life seem a little more relaxed and carefree. We're the first to admit that nothing sounds better than lounging in a beach chair with our toes snuggling into the sand and listening to the waves crash in front of us. And our clients haven't been shy..

The sun is out in full force and, if you're like us, simply the aroma of a barbeque is making life seem a little more relaxed and carefree. We're the first to admit that nothing sounds better than lounging in a beach chair with our toes snuggling into the sand and listening to the waves crash in front of us. And our clients haven't been shy to remind us that while they're relaxing and enjoying their..

11 Books About Religion & Spirituality

11 Books About Religion & Spirituality

Kimberly Winston

Kimberly Winston

Summer vacation is almost here, and with that comes the "suggested reading list" kids bring home from school. Here is our suggestion for the grown-ups — fiction and nonfiction titles in which religion and spirituality play a role, but without proselytizing or offering self-help platitudes. And there's even an extra-credit book for those..

Summer vacation is almost here, and with that comes the "suggested reading list" kids bring home from school. Here is our suggestion for the grown-ups — fiction and nonfiction titles in which religion and spirituality play a role, but without proselytizing or offering self-help platitudes. And there's even an extra-credit book for those who like a little heavy lifting with the summer sunshine. FICTION..

Why Are Vitamins Important to Your Body?

Why Are Vitamins Important to Your Body?

Andrea Cespedes

Andrea Cespedes

Vitamins don't provide energy, like carbohydrates, proteins and fats, but they are essential compounds that help the body grow and function optimally. Thirteen essential vitamins help boost your immunity, strengthen your bones, heal wounds, bolster your eyesight and assist you in obtaining energy from food—among multiple other functions...

Vitamins don't provide energy, like carbohydrates, proteins and fats, but they are essential compounds that help the body grow and function optimally. Thirteen essential vitamins help boost your immunity, strengthen your bones, heal wounds, bolster your eyesight and assist you in obtaining energy from food—among multiple other functions. Without adequate vitamin intake, you may feel lethargic,..

Carrots:Health Benefits, Nutritional Information

Carrots:Health Benefits, Nutritional Information

Megan Ware

Megan Ware

Carrots are often thought of as the ultimate health food. You were probably told to "eat your carrots" by your parents and you probably tell your kids the same thing, and when asked why, you explain, "Because they're good for you!" But how did the carrot get such a good reputation and why exactly are the root vegetables so good for our health?..

Carrots are often thought of as the ultimate health food. You were probably told to "eat your carrots" by your parents and you probably tell your kids the same thing, and when asked why, you explain, "Because they're good for you!" But how did the carrot get such a good reputation and why exactly are the root vegetables so good for our health? It is believed that the carrot was first cultivated in..

Five Friendly Microscopic Creatures In Your Body

Five Friendly Microscopic Creatures In Your Body

Stephen Coscia

Stephen Coscia

What's the Big Idea? We think of bacteria as irredeemably evil microscopic creatures; their sole purpose being to make us sick. Thus, we have taken up such practices as incessantly washing our hands and blasting our bodies with antibiotics at the sound of the slightest cough. It doesn't have to be this way, however. These microbes, or at least..

What's the Big Idea? We think of bacteria as irredeemably evil microscopic creatures; their sole purpose being to make us sick. Thus, we have taken up such practices as incessantly washing our hands and blasting our bodies with antibiotics at the sound of the slightest cough. It doesn't have to be this way, however. These microbes, or at least some of them, deserve another shot at our hearts. Over..

What Is Spirituality?

What Is Spirituality?

Larry Culliford

Larry Culliford

It is not ideal to consider spirituality as a thing, an object. It does not have the nature of a specimen that can be dissected and analysed. Spirituality is better thought of as a boundary-less dimension of human experience. As such, it must be admitted, it is not open to the normal methodologies of scientific investigation. It cannot completely..

It is not ideal to consider spirituality as a thing, an object. It does not have the nature of a specimen that can be dissected and analysed. Spirituality is better thought of as a boundary-less dimension of human experience. As such, it must be admitted, it is not open to the normal methodologies of scientific investigation. It cannot completely be defined. It cannot be pinned down. So... What are..

Tricks to Improve Your Memory

Tricks to Improve Your Memory

Dr. Mercola

Dr. Mercola

It was once believed that brain function peaked during early adulthood and then slowly declined, leading to lapses in memory and brain fog during your golden years. Now it's known that our modern lifestyle plays a significant role in contributing to cognitive decline, which is why exposure to toxins, chemicals, poor diet, lack of sleep, stress,..

It was once believed that brain function peaked during early adulthood and then slowly declined, leading to lapses in memory and brain fog during your golden years. Now it's known that our modern lifestyle plays a significant role in contributing to cognitive decline, which is why exposure to toxins, chemicals, poor diet, lack of sleep, stress, and much more can actually hinder the functioning of your..

Health Benefits of Rock Climbing

Health Benefits of Rock Climbing

Health Fitness Revolution

Health Fitness Revolution

Rock Climbing is a versatile, physically demanding sport that can be done indoors or outdoors. Rock climbing is a physically and mentally demanding sport, one that often tests a climber's strength, endurance, agility, and balance along with his or her mental control. It can be a dangerous sport and knowledge of proper climbing techniques and..

Rock Climbing is a versatile, physically demanding sport that can be done indoors or outdoors. Rock climbing is a physically and mentally demanding sport, one that often tests a climber's strength, endurance, agility, and balance along with his or her mental control. It can be a dangerous sport and knowledge of proper climbing techniques and usage of specialised climbing equipment is crucial for the..

7 Ways Your Body Benefits From Lemon Water

7 Ways Your Body Benefits From Lemon Water

Natalie Butler

Natalie Butler

Lemon water is all the rage these days. Many restaurants serve it routinely, and some people start their day with lemon water instead of coffee or tea. There's no doubt lemons are delicious, but does adding them to water make you healthier? Health Benefits of Lemon Water Much of the evidence supporting lemon water's health benefits is anecdotal...

Lemon water is all the rage these days. Many restaurants serve it routinely, and some people start their day with lemon water instead of coffee or tea. There's no doubt lemons are delicious, but does adding them to water make you healthier? Health Benefits of Lemon Water Much of the evidence supporting lemon water's health benefits is anecdotal. Little scientific research has been done specifically..

Healthy Relationships Lead to Better Lives

Healthy Relationships Lead to Better Lives

Teddi Dineley Johnson

Teddi Dineley Johnson

Unless you're shipwrecked on a deserted island, you probably enjoy a handful of close relationships. From spouses to children to friends, parents, siblings and significant others, healthy relationships build self-esteem, improve mental and emotional health and help you live a fuller life. "Relationships are — not surprisingly — enormously..

Unless you're shipwrecked on a deserted island, you probably enjoy a handful of close relationships. From spouses to children to friends, parents, siblings and significant others, healthy relationships build self-esteem, improve mental and emotional health and help you live a fuller life. "Relationships are — not surprisingly — enormously important for health, and there are lots of studies on the..

The History of Memorial Day

The History of Memorial Day

PBS

PBS

Originally called Decoration Day, from the early tradition of decorating graves with flowers, wreaths and flags, Memorial Day is a day for remembrance of those who have died in service to our country. It was first widely observed on May 30, 1868 to commemorate the sacrifices of Civil War soldiers, by proclamation of Gen. John A. Logan of the..

Originally called Decoration Day, from the early tradition of decorating graves with flowers, wreaths and flags, Memorial Day is a day for remembrance of those who have died in service to our country. It was first widely observed on May 30, 1868 to commemorate the sacrifices of Civil War soldiers, by proclamation of Gen. John A. Logan of the Grand Army of the Republic, an organization of former Union..

Five Ways Music Can Make You Healthier

Five Ways Music Can Make You Healthier

Jill Suttie

Jill Suttie

New studies are suggesting that music can be more powerful than medication. When I gave birth to my first-born, I listened to CDs of classical music in the hospital. I figured that music would help calm me and distract me from the pain. You might use music to distract yourself from painful or stressful situations, too. Or perhaps you've listened..

New studies are suggesting that music can be more powerful than medication. When I gave birth to my first-born, I listened to CDs of classical music in the hospital. I figured that music would help calm me and distract me from the pain. You might use music to distract yourself from painful or stressful situations, too. Or perhaps you've listened to music while studying or working out, hoping to up..