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Archive for June, 2015

Posted on June 23rd, 2015

Gardening can be fun, but it’s the heavy lifting that’s no easy feat. The following back safe tips can help you move those daunting loads from point A to B either with or without a partner. Safe lifting on your own 1. Stand close to the load to be lifted. 2. Place your feet shoulder-width apart. 3. Keep your back straight. 4. Squat down to the object’s level and test the weight of the load. 5. Use the strength of your leg and arm muscles to smoothly and slowly lift the load. 6. Keep the load close to your body. 7. Pivot to turn and face the intended direction of travel. Proceed with the load. 8. Avoid twisting your body…

Nutrition Tip of the Month: Feel Full, Not Fat
Posted on June 16th, 2015

Being hungry and being on a diet are two very different things. Dr Joel Fuhram, a nutritionist and author of Eat to Live, breaks down whole foods that will fill you up and do you good. Red Kidney Beans (cooked, 100g) – Beans are digested slowly, stabilizing blood sugar levels and reducing feelings of hunger. Strawberries (chopped, 100g) – Naturally sweet and low in sugar, strawberries don’t raise blood glucose levels like a banana or a date would. Chia Seeds (100g) – These act like a fat sponge in the digestive tract. Walnuts (raw, 100g) – These are rich in Omega -3 fatty acids, a natural anti inflammatory. They also contain plant sterols, which bind fat and put it in…

Minimize Pregnancy Related Back Pain
Posted on June 2nd, 2015

You’re anxiously awaiting the pitter-patter of tiny feet, but you can’t paint the nursery because of back pain. You’re in good company! 50 percent of pregnant women experience back pain, with 10 percent reporting severe discomfort that prevents them from carrying out their daily routines. What causes pregnancy-related back pain? First, the average healthy weight gain during pregnancy is over 30 pounds. This extra weight places considerable stress on the back, feet, ankles and knees. As the baby grows, the core abdominal muscles become stretched and cannot stabilize your posture as efficiently as they did before. Secondly, there are hormonal changes. In the third trimester, levels of a hormone called “relaxin” increase ten times. Relaxing loosens your joints to allow…

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