27Apr, 2018

Does Having Pets Really Strengthen Your Immune System?

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Many people cherish their childhood memory of the family dog giving them a big lick on the face. Although some children run off shouting “Ugh, dog germs!” those “germs” have actually helped people develop stronger immune systems. According to a recent study at Kuopio University Hospital, babies who grow up with a pet are less likely to get coughs and colds. Lead author of the study, Dr. Eija Bergroth, particularly said, “we think the exposure to pets somehow matures the immune system so when the child meets the microbes, he […]
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14Feb, 2018

Do Multivitamins Reduce Heart Attack Risk?

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In the past, many research studies suggested that vitamins like vitamin C, vitamin E and vitamin D help prevent cardiovascular disease. As a result, many people adopted the use of daily multivitamins as a precaution against heart attack. Now, over half of the American population takes at least one vitamin regularly, and approximately 40 percent take a multivitamin daily. Today, scientists continue to conduct research in order to answer questions like what are the benefits to multivitamins? Do multivitamins reduce heart attack risk? According to research, they may not actually […]
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6Feb, 2018

“Exercise” Versus “Lifestyle Activity”: How Active Are You Really?

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For most Americans, working out just for the sake of working out is not an appealing activity. We all know that it’s important to exercise regularly if we want to live a long and healthy life; however, many are not willing to meet these requirements. Instead, some prefer to make healthy decisions on a smaller scale, like taking the stairs instead of the elevator. But between exercise and lifestyle activity, how active are you really? Here is what you need to know. Today, experts recommend 150 minutes of exercise each week […]
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27Dec, 2017

Health Risks for Frequent Flyers

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In the early days of commercial flights, flying was a costly, exclusive and elegant form of travel. Passengers dressed in their best clothes, as flight attendants treated them like celebrities. Most frequent flyers, however, would tell you that those days are long gone. Even as air transportation has become far less expensive and more widely available over the years, the experience itself has generally become less pleasant. Extensive security checks, crowded planes and airline cost-cutting all play a part. However, did you know that there are a number of aspects to […]
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28Nov, 2017

The Benefits of Calcium

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Most people already understand the importance of calcium in maintaining strong bones and teeth. In fact, our bones store 99 percent of the body’s calcium. However, did you know the remaining one percent is located in our blood and cells? This means calcium not only gives us strength, but also a wide range of health benefits. These benefits include facilitating steady heart rhythm, muscle contractions, wound healing, blood clot prevention and the transmission of messages between nerves and cells. In addition to helping prevent osteoporosis, calcium may also reduce the […]
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6Nov, 2017

Choosing the Right Lumbar Back Support

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Lumbar back support products serve to prevent neck and back pain, which can lead to pain in other parts of the body. Products include pillows and cushions that offer additional support when you stay seated for long periods of time. The lumbar region of the spine is usually referred to as the lower back. It is the area just above your tailbone and below the thoracic (middle back) region. The lumbar area includes your spine and all the muscles, ligaments and tendons surrounding your spine. If you pull or tear […]
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18Oct, 2017

Obesity Facts and Figures

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Obesity is quickly becoming the number one health problem in the world. Not only does obesity put individuals at a higher risk ofobtaining other diseases, but also puts a strain on national health budgets. The following list introduces some interesting obesity facts and figures: Treating obesity and its related diseases consumes about 17% of the United States’ total medical costs. In other words, the nation spends an estimated $168 billion each year on obesity-related health issues. Obesity adds roughly $2,800 to a person’s medical bills annually. Obesity causes about 300,000 […]
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28Sep, 2017

Anatomy of the Core Muscles

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In order to make the most of each workout and avoid a serious injury, it’s vital to understand the anatomy of the core muscles. Basically, “core muscles” are those responsible for giving us strength and stability when we bend or twist. They can be broken down into seven different sets: the rectus abdomens, external obliques, internal obliques, transversus abdominis, multifidus, quadratus lumborum and lumbar erector spinae. Each set of muscles then performs a different function, as follows: Rectus abdominis This set of muscles is responsible for flexing and rotating the […]
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21Sep, 2017

How Coffee Affects Your Health

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Throughout the past few years, the medical community has discussed the diverse effects of coffee on our health. Although many advise us to avoid this form of caffeine, others argue that coffee is actually beneficial to our bodies. So what is the latest news? Is coffee good or bad for your health? The answer, in short, is that it’s a little of both. Basically, the downside of coffee is that it can lead to high blood pressure, anxiety, and an upset stomach. Not to mention it is highly addictive. The extent […]
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