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Body Articles Q1 2012(4)

Around the bend

Around the bend

Mar 5, 2012

Your active lifestyle may be putting your joints at risk. Four preventive moves you need to do now. If you run, garden or even walk the mall on a regular basis, you've probably experienced a random twinge in your knee joints now and then. Or, perhaps you've felt an ache in your hips and chalked it up to that extra set of tennis (or chasing after your child) over the weekend. But when the occasional "ouch" becomes a consistent "ow!" it could mean your knee or hip joints are wearing out well before their time. Article describes that maintaining healthy and pain-free knee and hip joints begins with watching your waistline. When your body is forced to carry excess weight, it puts additional strain on your knees, ankles and hips. It's also important to stay active. The program that is detailed in the article is said to help prevent weakening muscles and joints.

Source: Natural Health Magazine

Finding Dr. Right

Mar 5, 2012

More and more Americans are looking for practitioners who will approach their health from a holistic, whole-person perspective. Too many people right now are just being treated. Treating is not the same as healing, which means helping physically, emotionally and spiritually. Integrative practitioners and holistic physicians work to understand a person’s unique medical, family and occupational history; lifestyle; and emotional and physical symptoms in order to get to the root cause of an illness. If more personalized health care sounds appealing to you, you’re in luck because there are a growing number of integrative options to choose from. Read the article to explore a few of the various schools of healing and find out which most resonate with you.

Source: Natural Health Magazine

15 Sneaky Sleep Stealers

15 Sneaky Sleep Stealers

Mar 5, 2012

You know you should avoid caffeine at night and other obvious sources of sleeplessness. But if you are still suffering form insomnia this article reviews some of the new thinking about what’s keeping you from getting the shut-eye you need. Winding down before you hit the sheets can help soothe you into a state that’s conducive to sleep, but for many people, the standard advice isn’t sufficient. Luckily, integrative and holistic practitioners have some helpful things to say about why, exactly, so many of us can’t get the sleep we need. We need to look at sleep from the perspective of body, mind and spirit. The article then details 15 culprits, many of them surprising, that could be to blame for your sleep problems, along with changes that can help resolve them. If, after addressing the issues that apply to you, you’re still having trouble, consider visiting a sleep lab.

Source: Natural Health Magazine

The Real "Fat Trap"

Jan 4, 2012

The Real "Fat Trap" Why must the path to health entail fighting against our bodily selves? The real fat trap, however, is not biological or genetic. The real fat trap is conceptual and perceptual. The real fat trap is a tendency to think that we are mental minds living in material bodies. The real fat trap is a tendency to experience our bodies and their desires as enemies against whom "we" must battle if we want a svelte health. The real fat trap says that diets work, that losing weight requires a mere correction in calories, and that our best resource on the path to health lies in exerting the power of our minds over and against our bodily selves. Clearly, our bodies betray us. Clearly, "we" must take charge. But who is fighting whom? Clearly, this way of thinking about and perceiving ourselves is the problem--not the solution. Diets don't work. They don't work because they reinforce the real fat trap: they teach us to ignore our bodily sensations and thus exercise the same split from our sensory selves that allows us to eat when it isn't giving us pleasure. How can we spring ourselves free from the real fat trap?

Source: Phychology Today