Scientists Explain 6 Things That Cause Swollen Legs (And How to Fix It)

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Having swollen feet and legs is the worst! You feel puffy, and it’s hard to feel comfortable in your skin. If you’re worried about your health, naturally it’s always advisable to meet with a trained medical professional to treat the cause. Here we have just a few tips that might alleviate your symptoms quickly and…

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Homemade Turmeric & Ginger Iced Tea for Your Heart, Brain, and Cells

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Love iced tea and want to do something great for your health? You can support your heart, brain and each cell in your body with this delicious and refreshing beverage. This is a fantastic way to ensure that your body is getting enough liquids and helps to battle dehydration. If you allow yourself to become dehydrated, which…

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This 6-Ingredient Elixir Can Kill Infections in the Body and Destroy Viruses

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As the temperature drops, the rate of colds and flu skyrockets. You will most likely be a victim of an attack by these pesky germs this cold season. Rather than instantly reaching for store bought cough syrup (make your own instead!), over-the-counter cold pills, or prescription antibiotics, how about downing something a little closer to…

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This 6-Ingredient Elixir Can Kill Infections in the Body and Destroy Viruses

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As the temperature drops, the rate of colds and flu skyrockets. You will most likely be a victim of an attack by these pesky germs this cold season. Rather than instantly reaching for store bought cough syrup (make your own instead!), over-the-counter cold pills, or prescription antibiotics, how about downing something a little closer to…

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Implants ‘Made of Your Own Cells’ Could End Back Pain

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Back and neck pain are often the result of the progressive damage of the discs that separate the spinal vertebrae. Thanks to new multidisciplinary research, we may soon have a better solution to this problem: bioengineered discs grown out of a person’s own cells. Intervertebral disc degeneration is a common problem that affects a large segment of…

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These 10 Essential Oils Can Kill Persistent Lyme Disease

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Research just published in the journal Antibiotics shows that a range of essential oils can effectively kill persistent forms of Lyme disease. Some essential oils have strong antibacterial properties. Lyme disease is an infection caused by the bacterium Borrelia burgdorferi (B. burgdorferi), which is transmitted to humans by ticks. In the United States, Lyme disease is the most prevalent…

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The 14 Best Foods to Increase Blood Flow and Circulation

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Poor circulation is a common problem caused by a number of conditions. Peripheral artery disease (PAD), diabetes, obesity, smoking and Raynaud’s disease are some of the many causes of poor circulation (1, 2, 3, 4, 5). Reduced blood flow can cause unpleasant symptoms, such as pain, muscle cramps, numbness, digestive issues and coldness in the hands or feet. In…

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13 Easy Stretches to Fix Your Tight Shoulders

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Are you looking for stretches to relieve tight shoulders? Whether your shoulder tightness is from sitting at a desk all day, working out intensely, or from your daily activities (like too much texting), these easy moves will loosen up tight shoulders. Even if you don’t have a full-time desk job, chances are you spend the…

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How to Do Squats: 8 Reasons to Do Squat Exercises

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If you’re looking for a powerful way to boost your overall fitness and get some serious results — fast — from your workout routine, look no further than performing squatting exercises. This is one exercise that should be a part of virtually everyone’s routine, as it’s relatively simple to perform, requires no equipment, and can be done just about…

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Plantar Warts: Why You Should Never Shower Barefoot in Gym Showers

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Do you remember having to wear those silly looking water shoes growing up? Parents or grandparents would always warn that it was because community splash pads or public pools are filled with germs. Well, today we’re adding another place to that list. In April 2017, an anonymous listener from Texas contacted “The Rod Ryan Showâ€�…

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Lady Gaga Shines a Light on Fibromyalgia: “Chronic Pain Is No Joke”

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How has fibromyalgia affected one of the best-selling musical artists of the 21st century? In “Gaga: Five Foot Two,â€� a documentary released on Netflix this month, Lady Gaga describes the pain that’s characterized her life with fibromyalgia for the past half-decade. “I have chased this pain for five years,â€� Gaga said. “I can still be me, and…

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Brain Inflammation May Hold Key for Fibromyalgia Sufferers, Study Says

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Fibromyalgia is a condition that is associated with widespread chronic pain and tender points all over the body. The pain can be in a specific area or move to different areas throughout the body. It also occurs in people of all ages, including children. Pain can range from mild to severe to debilitating, in addition…

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The Link Between Childhood ADHD and Sleep Disorders That Can’t Be Ignored

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On October 24, 2018, Melody Yazdani, mother of 8-year-old Kian, posted a Facebook status that has caused ripples all over the internet. It was around a year in the making and came after a health scare her son endured because of something seemingly harmless – breathing through your mouth. Since he was born, Kian fulfilled…

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Basal Cell Carcinoma: How Carrie Doles’ Tanning Bed Habit Caused Skin Cancer

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Winter is coming… For some people, that means hopping on a plane or cruise and chasing the sun! Others will take a faster route and opt for their local tanning salon to get their dose of artificial sunshine. You might want to think twice, however, after hearing this story from a 34-year-old mother-of-two from Chicago,…

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Why Fragrance Is the New Secondhand Smoke

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You’ve seen it on the label of your laundry detergent. You’ve seen it on the label of your personal care products such as lotion and shampoo. You’ve seen it on the label of your dish soap, perfume, and bug spray. Simply the word “fragrance.â€� But what exactly does this word mean? And why should we…

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Why Fragrance Is the New Secondhand Smoke

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You’ve seen it on the label of your laundry detergent. You’ve seen it on the label of your personal care products such as lotion and shampoo. You’ve seen it on the label of your dish soap, perfume, and bug spray. Simply the word “fragrance.â€� But what exactly does this word mean? And why should we…

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How the Bacteria in Our Gut Influences Our Minds

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We know the basic steps to keeping a young, healthy brain: eat healthy, exercise, and get a good night’s sleep. Our brain health may also be influenced by an unexpected source — our second brain. Within the walls of our digestive system is the gut, or the “second brain,â€� which contains bacteria that could help mold our brain…

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The Exact Probiotic Strains You Should Take for Anxiety, Constipation, Eczema, Weight Loss, and 4 More

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In recent years, probiotics have become increasingly popular. While once an unknown ingredient for improving your health, probiotics can now be found everywhere from your favourite yogurt to a pack of gum. One of the key reasons foods and supplements containing a variety of probiotic strains has become so popular is that the health benefits…

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6 Simple Stretches to Eliminate Foot and Leg Pain for Good

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Plantar Fasciitis is the most common cause of heel pain and one of the most common foot conditions. It is a painful inflammatory and degenerative condition of the plantar fascia, the band of connective tissue that connects the base of the heel bone to the toes, and whose function is to help support the arch…

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10 Natural Remedies to Soothe Chronic Pain in the Lower, Middle, and Upper Back

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I’ve had two major surgeries (knee and breast cancer), two wisdom teeth extracted, and one broken rib (mountain biking), so I’ve been given my share of prescription opioids to help with pain management. I don’t like how I feel on opioids, so I always take one dose after surgery, then drop the remainder off at…

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Can Heavy Backpacks Cause Chronic Back Pain?

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Back pain is the single leading cause of disability in the world, according to the World Health Organization. The unfortunate truth is, adults aren’t the only ones affected. Children and adolescents also commonly suffer from back pain (some estimates are up to 1 in 3!) Can Heavy Backpacks Cause Chronic Back Pain? The Spine Health…

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List: Worst Laundry Detergent Brands Linked to Allergies, Cancer, and More

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Laundry detergent can be a lot like a rich, decadent dessert. You can smell it from down the street and it’s baked to absolute perfection. But, deep down inside, you know that those refined ingredients and cups of sugar can have both short-and-long-term effects on your health. In the same way, just because laundry detergent…

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Paraphenylenediamine: 7-Year-Old Girl Suffers Chemical Burns from Black Henna

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Unwanted skin infections, metal toxicity, and even cancer… Those are just some of the reasons we remain wary of tattoos and their health risks. One thing we can go easier on is temporary tattoos. Kids love them, they’re risk-free, and only last a few days – at least that’s what 7-year-old Madison Gulliver’s father thought….

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Gua Sha: Surprising Health Benefits of The “Red Dragon” Massage

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Vacations are meant to be a time for relaxation, which is exactly what South Australian couple Matthew and Candise Raison were looking for on their sixth day in Bali. Too fatigued to leave their hotel after almost a week filled with adventures, the Raisons ordered in – a massage, that is. The masseur massaged Candise…

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The Connection Between Fibromyalgia and Leg Pain

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If you’re reading this, it’s because you want to more about the F-word no one likes talking about – fibromyalgia, the mysterious chronic pain disorder that many people suffer from, silently. Because the list of symptoms varies so widely from person to person, doctors run the risk of misdiagnosing the problem or even overlooking it…

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No Drugs Required: Hand Exercises That Reduce Arthritis Pain Fast

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Painful hands Arthritis wears away at the cartilage of a joint, which is the cushioning material between bones. This can cause inflammation and irritation of the synovial lining, which produces the synovial fluid that helps protect and lubricate the joint. When arthritis affects the joints of the hands, it can cause pain and stiffness. That pain can get worse whenever you use your…

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10-Year-Old Girl Almost Dies After Painkiller Triggers Stevens-Johnson Syndrome

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We often share eye-opening stories and talk a lot about the potential side effects of many medication – especially ones that have become commonplace and are prescribed so freely. The story we’re sharing today further highlights the potentially fatal dangers of painkillers that are currently on the market. In January 2017, then-8-year-old Alexa Juckiewicz-Caspell from…

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Chronically Ill Man Releases Audio of Hospital Staff Offering Assisted Death

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Can you imagine having an incurable brain disorder that has left you bed-ridden, unable to feed yourself or speak properly, and limited your ability to move your arms and legs? How about being in that circumstance and only being given two options: (1) pay $1,800 a day to keep your hospital bed or (2) medically…

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FDA Warns About the Dangers of Epidural Steroid Injections for Back, Neck Pain

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Excruciating back pain can make living seem impossible… After trying countless stretches, attending expensive yoga classes, eating anti-inflammatory foods, and even taking risky prescription painkillers, some back pain persists, making life miserable. Left with little to no other options, many people choose to get steroid injections, but they come with some terrifying risks. In a…

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8 Foods Linked to Ongoing Outbreaks That Might Make You Sick

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We’re not exactly sure why, but there have been in alarming number of dangerous food outbreaks over the last year or so. Cases of food contamination are becoming more commonplace and stealing headlines, which is why everyone needs to know how to keep themselves and their families safe. Remember the nationwide listeria outbreak in October…

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Top 6 CBD Oil Uses Every Woman Over 39 Needs to Know

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Did you notice it? The very day you blew out more than 39 candles on your birthday cake, things started to take a subtle shift. You used to be able to sleep through the night, and now you’re suddenly dealing with insomnia. You thought painful periods were a thing of the past? “Think again,” says your…

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CBD Oil: The Quickest and Safest Way to End Cramps, Migraines, Joint Pain, and More

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Sometimes popping an Advil extra strength when you’re experiencing pain simply doesn’t cut it, and the unwanted side-effects of using NSAIDs can make you feel even worse over time. Luckily, there are alternatives out there that can help relieve your chronic pain. One alternative, in particular, has worked especially well – cannabidiol (CBD) products. The…

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7 Drug-Free Fixes for the Most Common Types of Chronic Pain

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Today we’re living in a world full of aches and pains, physically, mentally and emotionally.  I too often hear the words ‘getting old sucks’ as people reach for the closest pill bottle. While getting older does change the dynamics of our bodies, there’s more influences than just that for most of our complaints.  Even more…

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OxyContin Maker, Purdue Pharma, Fires Sales Employees 1 Day After Losing In Court

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In case you haven’t been following the latest news about North America’s opioid crisis, Purdue Pharma LP (the makers of OxyContin) made an attempt to throw out a multitude of lawsuits that would hold them and other opioid makers responsible for the havoc their addictive products have wreaked on the country. But on June 19th,…

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Stop Throwing Out The Leftover Pickle Juice. Here Are 7 Unexpected Ways To Use It At Home

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For those of us that love pickles, it can seem like a waste to throw out all the leftover juice when they’re gone. And you’d be right! Pickle juice can be just as healthy and even more useful than the pickles themselves. Pickle juice usually contains salt, sugar, vinegar, garlic and onion, but it can…

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Science Proves This Cabbage Leaf Wrap Will Bring Joint Pain Relief

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I’ll be the first to admit that there are some strange natural remedies out there. Whether it be coconut oil under-eye cream or healing turmeric body scrub, it can sometimes be hard to recognize the good remedy from the bad. That’s why it’s always encouraging to see that research is being done to scientifically prove…

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This 11-Pose Yoga Sequence Is Backed by Science to Heal Brittle Bones

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According to the International Osteoporosis Foundation, more than 75 million people worldwide are suffering from this condition. Women are often diagnosed with osteoporosis, the prevalence increasing with age. The same statistics have revealed that this condition increases the risk for fractures, especially of the hip and spine. Millions of people suffer from low bone density…

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Reiki 101: Benefits and How to Practice at Home

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It is estimated that in 2018 alone there will be over 1.7 million new cases of people being diagnosed with cancer. With this and other health complications like anxiety, diabetes and arthritis on the rise people are searching for alternative ways of relieving their symptoms. For many, the solution is to turn to medication, but…

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18 Proven and Natural Remedies to Treat Psoriasis

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It is estimated that psoriasis affects 2-2.6% of the population.  Psoriasis is thought to be a chronic autoimmune skin condition. It is characterized by silvery yellow thickened skin patches, typically found on elbows, knees scalp, hands and feet, although it can affect other areas of the body.  (1, 2) Psoriasis is not a contagious illness….

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Lady’s Mantle for Menstrual, Gastrointestinal Relief, and Other Benefits

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Lady’s mantle — it’s such an interesting name for an herb that has so many possible health benefits. What is lady’s mantle used for? Given its namesake, it’s probably not surprising that women use it to help with painful or heavy menstrual periods and menopause symptoms. But this herb is also highly acclaimed for its use in…

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