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Don't you just love GPS!

I love that movie Patch Adams.  There's a part in the movie where a guy keeps asking Patch "how many fingers am I holding up?"  The point was that he got him to see beyond the problem and see the answers: to bring hope, inspiration and possibility.  

If you had set your sights to get to a particular destination but found out you were driving in the wrong direction, what would you do? 

Or what if you found 2 roads to take: one was really rough terrain and the other one was smooth sailing.

Relief for back pain

Here are some common causes of back, especially low back, pain:

  • weak psoas muscle
  • overweight/obesity, especially around the middle
  • too much physical work
  • living a sedentary lifestyle
  • Muscle strains or tight hamstrings
  • Poor posture
  • Arthritis
  • Non-supportive shoes
  • Pregnancy
  • Emotional stress
  • Sleeping on a poorly made mattress
  • Constipation

Here are some better and safer alternatives to medications:

1. Chiropractic Treatments
Regular  have proved to be very effective at helping provide back pain relief, especially when combined with other treatments like physical therapy (if needed), exercise, or soft tissue therapies.

Increasing your libido naturally

Many factors affect our sex drive so if you have a low sex drive, it's important that you think about what it might be for you.  Regardless of age, a low libido can be caused by variety of reasons, including depression, stress, relationship issues, prescription medications, low testosterone, being overweight, too little exercise, our thought life and perception and drug or alcohol use.  As you work to correct the ones that affect you, not only will your libido increase but so will your health in general.

Your body will whisper before it screams

Our bodies give us warning signs long before it becomes a bigger problem and even a more severe illness.  Our bodies speak softly and if we don’t listen, our bodies can start to yell.  The surprising thing is most of these can be halted or even reversed with proper adjustments in nutrition, specific supplementation and particular lifestyle changes.

Here are a few signs to look out for:

Painful, swelling or stiff joints.  This could be a sign that there is too much inflammation in your body.

Tips that may help with allergies

Tips that could help with your allergies:

1. Limit Pollen Exposure
To minimize your allergy symptoms, reduce your exposure to pollen by:
Avoiding clothing made of synthetic fabrics, as they can produce an electric charge when rubbed that attracts and makes pollen stick to you. Better options include natural fibers like cotton.

Exercising outdoors before dawn, in the late afternoon, and/or early evening, as pollen counts are at the lowest at these times. Intense exercise may be best done indoors, as your increased breathing rate could make you inhale more pollen.

Looking through the right lens

I heard this story on the radio where a couple had pulled up to a full service gas station and asked the attendant to clean the front windshield… but kept asking to clean it since it still seemed dirty.  Finally the attendant reached in the car and took off the mans glasses, cleaned them and put them back on him. Low and behold…clean! :)

The way we choose to view life makes all the difference especially during the most difficult of times.  If we see the world through eyes of distrust, negativity, a distorted view we get from others, viewing it from the past and magnifying it through our past mistakes, etc then even the best of times won't hold the meaning that they could and can hold us hostage from having the life we deserve.

Help with headaches and migraines

Even though this was written more for migraines, both headaches and migraines have common triggers and treatments. The most recent research is showing migraines and headaches to a lessor extent, may be caused by one of the following:

Blood flow. A sharp decrease, but usually a sharp increase in blood flow. Changes in the brain chemical serotonin. When levels drop, blood vessels including those in your brain become swollen and inflamed, which can lead to migraine pain. A disruption of the subtle energies circulating throughout your body, along with unresolved emotional issues that manifest in your body as headaches.

The link between nutrition and depression

Read what a prominent doctor and researcher has to say about the link between taking care of your gut and depression.

Research shows that the food you eat can have a profound effect on your mental health. So, regardless of your mental health problem, the importance of addressing your diet simply cannot be overstated.

In a very real sense, you have two brains — one in your head, and one in your gut. Both are created from the same tissue during fetal development, and they’re connected via your vagus nerve, the tenth cranial nerve that runs from your brain stem to your abdomen.

Empower yourself with goals

I believe that empowerment is about having goals and our actions being in align with those goals to help us achieve our dreams and aspirations; being the best version of yourself you can be. Whether you are a parent, own a business, trying to run a marathon, or figuring out where you want to go in your life, goals can help give us direction, motivation and purpose. The best starting point then is sitting down with paper or computer in hand to get in touch where we want our lives to go.

Without at least some defined goals and an action plan we can be a tumble weed where we are easily distracted or choosing things that take us on a different course never realizing and connecting with our true purpose.

Common traits of people who live the longest

The Blue Zones
A study and a book written by Dan Buettner, he discovered common denominators of various groups of people that not only lived well over 100 but did so with vibrant health and few incidences of disease.

Here is my summary of those 9 common denominators:
1. Move naturally. It's not about marathons or pumping iron but rather it's about working around the house, gardening, walking, cycling, and walking when talking on the phone.
2. Know your purpose. Have a reason for waking up in the morning.
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