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Harmonizing with Your Knees

Knee pain is a very common complaint, and unfortunately most of the treatment options are very nearsighted.

Most with chronic knee pain try the route of injections and pain medication, unsuccessfully; then they are told that they have arthritis, as if that’s some kind of final explanation, usually implying that there is no hope to improve without surgery

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Water Consumption

There's much concern about what to eat or not eat but water, an absolutely fundamental substance for bodily function and well-being, is grossly overlooked. And then there's confusion about what is the best water to drink; many believe that any liquid qualifies as hydration.

The excuses for not drinking water vary. “I’m not thirsty.” “I’ll just have to go to the bathroom if I drink all of that water.” “Water doesn’t do anything for me; I will just grab a coke.”

The Institute of Medicine determined that an adequate intake for men is roughly 3 liters (about 13 cups) and for women 2.2 liters (about 9 cups) of total beverages a day. Some nutritionists actually advise that just because the average person needs about two liters of water a day, to replace what is lost through normal biological functions, does not mean that they need to drink two liters of water a day. In fact, you do not have to drink any water at all because you can easily get a liter or liter and a half of water just from the food that you eat, especially if you eat lots of fruits and vegetables.

Meanwhile, books and medical-journal articles have declared there's no scientific evidence for claims that "8 x 8" -- eight ounces of water, eight times a day -- can bring a wide range of benefits, from speeding weight loss to ridding the body of toxins, fighting constipation, fatigue, dry skin and hastening recovery from colds and flu. Headlines have jeered that 8 x 8 "doesn't hold water" and "water advice doesn't wash", according to the Wall Street Journal.

So what is it? All this information and misinformation about the benefits and the consequences on health of not drinking enough water, its hard to know what is correct. Let us take a hard look at the facts. Continue reading Water Consumption

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What is “in shape”?

It all begins with the self-talk, "I want to get in shape" or "I need to work out".  Then we look out into the world and see the media definition of what "in shape" is.  Have you ever really stopped for a moment and asked yourself what is “in shape”?  You know…. “Fit”.  What is that?  Better yet, have you ever wondered why we call it a “work-out”?  Is it necessary?  What is the objective?  Walking – Running – Weight lifting – Pilates – Rock climbing – Yoga – Swimming – Dance Class – couch potato – beer curler, why do we do that; is there more to it? Continue reading What is “in shape”?

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Our Inherent Recuperative Powers

Think about it, what if you had a partner you lived with.  Things were going fine for a while, no problems.  Then suddenly they decide not to communicate with you.  Oh, but you love them, I mean really love them, so you let some time go by.

Three months goes by, you are concerned but you do not want to crowd; more time goes by.  Six months later, they decide to communicate with you.  They say to you, “ok we can communicate, but only on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, from 7 to 8:30pm”, because that is all the time their schedule will allow.  Continue reading Our Inherent Recuperative Powers

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Elements for Well Being

Well-being goes beyond the age old idea of the absence of illness and healthcare implies a proactive stance towards achieving optimum physical, mental, and emotional well being.

In contemporary times, there is much concern about what one should and should not eat. Quality of food, no doubt, affects and reflects quality of life. Food choices are shaped by upbringing and culture, and influenced by where one lives, personal needs and daily activity. Lifestyle choices, cultural standing and acute or chronic illnesses all have their significance in creating and sustaining long health.
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