The Symptoms Good Posture Can Eliminate. With exercises to improve posture.

by Redstone Promotional Communications /

A very good friend of mine, who is only 26 years old, is experiencing numbness in her hands on a daily basis. She thought she was going to have to give up her job because it's very physical, but I told her she should see a massage therapist or osteopath before doing anything as drastic as giving up her job. I was betting she was just having muscle problems, specifically between her shoulder blades and upper back, not skeletal problems, and this was causing poor circulation and possibly pinched nerves.
When she came back from the doctor, I asked her what he said. The diagnosis was that she was actually too buff. Her muscles were so tight that they were indeed causing poor circulation, strain and tendon stress leading to the pain and numbness in her arms and hands. Her doctor recommended doing everything she can to loosen up her shoulder and back muscles as well as her neck.

Proper posture helps to relieve unnecessary muscle and tendon stress, particularly due to repetitive motion, which most of us endure daily on the job. Most people grossly neglect their posture, leading to skeletal problems over a prolonged period of time, which in turn can cause stomach and digestive problems, leg and lower back pain and abdominal muscle atrophy.
Remember what your Mother said: "Sit up straight."

Not to mention, proper posture goes a long way in itself to just making you look better and feel better. Someone who has the proper posture is far more attractive than someone who slouches. Improved posture can also relieve job fatigue and give you an overall better mental state of mind as well. So while most of us neglect our posture, it can be causing many symptoms that can easily be eliminated.

Below are 6 tips to better posture and health as well as some exercises for those stubborn areas in the mid-section, like the stomach and back, that can lead to unsightly bra-bulge, stomach sagging, and overall poor appearance and posture.

The problem:  Stiff muscles in the back of your neck.

The fix: Moving only your head, drop your chin down and in toward your sternum while stretching the back of your neck. Hold for a count of five; do this 10 times a day.

The problem: Weakness in the middle and lower parts of your trapezius (the large muscle that spans your shoulders and back).

The fix: Lie facedown on the floor, with each arm at a 90-degree angle in the high-five position. Without changing your elbow angle, raise both arms by pulling your shoulders back and squeezing your shoulder blades together. Hold for five seconds. That's one rep; do two or three sets of 12 reps daily.

The problem: Tight hip flexors.

The fix: Kneel on your left knee, with your right foot on the floor in front of you, knee bent. Press forward until you feel the stretch in your left hip. Tighten your butt muscles on your left side until you feel the front of your hip stretching comfortably. Reach upward with your left arm and stretch to the right side. Hold for a count of 30 seconds. That's one repetition; do three on each side.

The problem: The muscle under your chest (running from your ribs to your shoulder blades) is weak

The fix: Sit upright in a chair with your hands next to your hips, palms down on the seat, arms straight. Without moving your arms, push down on the chair until your hips lift up off the seat and your torso rises. Hold for five seconds. That's one repetition; do two or three sets of 12 reps daily.

The problem :Weak glutes (butt muscles).

The fix: Lie on one side with your knees bent 90 degrees and your heels together. Keeping your hips still, raise your top knee upward, separating your knees like a clamshell. Pause for five seconds, then lower your knee to the starting position. That's one rep. Perform two or three sets of 12 reps on each side daily.

The problem: Your oblique muscles and hip flexors are weak

The fix: Get into a pushup position with your feet resting on a stability ball. Without rounding your lower back, tuck your knees under your torso, using your feet to roll the ball toward your body, then back to the starting position. That's one rep. Do two or three sets of six to 12 reps daily.

Assess your posture
Wear something form-fitting and take two full-body photos—one from the front, one from the side. Relax your muscles and stand as tall as you can, feet hip-width apart. Then refer to the fix-it plan (below left) to diagnose your posture problems.

1 / Look at your ear. If it's in front of the midpoint of your shoulder, your head is too far forward.

2 / Can you see your shoulder blade? That means your back is too rounded.

3 / If your hips tilt forward and you have a belly pooch (even if you don't have an ounce of fat on your body) and your lower spine is arched significantly, this means you have an anterior pelvic tilt.

4 / Look at your shoulders. One shouldn't appear higher than the other.

5 / Check out your kneecaps. Do they point inward, causing your knees to touch when your legs are straightened?

6 / See if you're duck-footed. Your toes will point outward more than 10 degrees.

It's difficult while working all day behind a computer or desk to think about your posture constantly. This is why the exercises below will do the most good over the long term to improve your posture by strengthening muscles. These exercises only require 50 seconds each for a total of 10 minutes per day and no fancy or expensive gym equipment is required. They are designed to keep your muscles toned, not to make you buff, but they will also slim down that mid section that rarely ever gets worked out.
This is a very good workout, but I will warn you, it takes more stamina then you think, so if you can't do it all at once, work up to it gradually by doing what you can each day.

Obliques, abs and muffin top 10 minute exercise routine.



Foods That Heal: Eggplant.

by Redstone Promotional Communications /

Therapeutic Properties: Used in skin creams as a remedy for skin cell carcinoma. Also used as a substitute for toothpaste. Studies have shown it may also counteract the negative effects that fatty foods have on blood cholesterol. Antibacterial and a diuretic. Eggplant is a member of the nightshade family, which means it should be eaten sparingly.

Acid or Alkaline: Alkaline

Significant Nutrients: Eggplant is mostly water and not a source of many nutrients. It does make a good substitute for starchy foods.

How to Grow: Eggplant likes a warm climate and needs a long growing season, so it is most often grown in the Southern states. However, you can grow it in a greenhouse very successfully.


Easy Baba Ganoush (Roasted Eggplant Dip).

1 large eggplant
2 Tablespoons roasted sesame seeds or tsp toasted sesame oil
Juice of 1 lemon
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 large garlic clove
Sprinkle pepper - ground chipotle pepper is very good.

Preheat the broiler in your oven.
Prick your eggplant several times with a fork so it won't explode in the oven, and place on a baking sheet. Put under the broil and char for 2-3 minutes, or until the skin starts to darken and blister. Use some long tongs to turn it so that each side gets charred. 
Leave them in the oven, turn off the broiler and turn it to bake at 375 degrees. Let it bake for 30 minutes, or until they are very tender. 
Take it out and let them cool until you can handle them comfortably.

Scoop the eggplant flesh out of the skins or peel the skin off and put the flesh into your blender. Add all of the remaining ingredients and blend until very smooth.
Add additional salt or lemon juice to taste if necessary. Garnish with some sesame seeds and parsley if desired.
Serve up with some vegetables, pita chips (bake some pita at 425 degrees for 8-10 minutes or until lightly browned and crisp!), or spread it on a sandwich... mmm!!! 

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Health Circkles Back Issues 2014: For issues before 2014, please use the Google Search at the top of this page and search by topic or go to our Home Tab in the Main Menu and Back Issues.

January 2014: Happy New Year's Hangover Remedies, And Next Comes the New Year's Resolution Diet. Herbs - Don Quai, Foods That Heal-Cocoa, HOME REMEDIES: Upset Stomach, Fullness, Bloating and more.

February 2014: Exercise Your Lymph, Herbs-Echinacia. HOME REMEDIES: Whiten your teeth safely and naturally. Foods That Heal-Cocount, Fact or Fallacy: Skin Tags Are an Indiction of Being Prone to Cancer, Vitamin C: What is it Good for?.

March 2014: Garcinia Cambogia Supplements Compared. Mesquite Meal. HOME REMEDIES: Pamper Your Pups: Your Feet and legs that is. Herbs-Elderberry. Vitamin D. What's it Good For? Foods That Heal-Collard Greens.

April 2014: Some Wart Removers are Flammable. Being Tired all the Time Could be Simple Anemia. HOME REMEDIES: Acupressure for Headache Relief. Herbs-Eucalyptus. Bringing the Stomach Back to Optimal Health. Foods That Heal-Corn is an allergen.

May. 2014: Warning About A New Sweetener That Will Hit Store Shelves Soon. HOME REMEDIES: Natural Sunburn Relief. First They're Bad for Us, Now They're Good For Us? What to Believe About Saturated Fats. Herbs-Eyebright. Here Come Those Springtime Allergies. Foods That Heal-Cucumber. Fuschia Thai Salad recipe.

June 2014: Heavy Metal Toxins Even in Organic. Your Favorite Snack Food May be Killing You Slowly. Foods That Heal: Dates. Herbs: Fennel. Home Remedies: Pimples/Acne. Nutrition: Vitamin E, What's it Good For?

July 2014: Fatty Liver Disease in Children is on the Rise. HOME REMEDIES: Diarrhea, Cramps, Female Complaints.Danger Found With Neti Pots. FOODS THAT HEAL: Figs. Vitamin K, What's it Good For? Herbs: Fennugreek.

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HOME REMEDIES: Eye Puffiness, Dark Circles.

Many things can cause eyes to look tired, puffy and create dark circles. Drinking alcohol, staying up late, not getting enough sleep, poor diet, too much sodium, too much sugar and just rubbing the skin under your eyes too hard when washing you face. The skin under the eye is the thinnest in the entire body and can be easily stretched or damaged just by rubbing it too hard.

Potato: One ingredient you will probably always have on hand is a potato. Take one out of the fridge, slice it very thinly and place the a slice on each eye for about 10 minutes to reduce bags under the eye.

Sweet Potato: A variation of the above potato remedy only substitute a sweet potato. Many people claim the extra beta carotene and other nutrients in a sweet potato make it better for the skin than a plain potato.

Vitamin C: Helps the body create natural collagen. So do rose hips. Try making a strong tea out of organic or wild rose hips. Keep a jar of it in the refrigerator, and every night before bed, wash you face then dip you fingers into the rose hip tea and spread it all over you face especially under the eyes and the top of the eyes. Try not to get any in your eye though.

Allergies: We all know the term "allergy eyes." Getting to the source of your allergies and treating it will help you eyes a great deal.

Nutrient Deficiencies: Dark circles can be caused by a lack of vitamins and minerals. Ditch the junk food and eat more fresh vegetables. Your face and body will look healthier overall.

Water: Drink plenty of water to hydrate your skin. Bags and wrinkles are much worse when the skin is dry.

Grapeseed Oil: on your face at night after you wash it will do wonders for your skin and complexion.. Put a generous amount all over your face and leave it on overnight.



How to use herbs for maximum benefit. Short and sweet descriptions and uses written by our on-staff Nutritional Herbalist. Always remember that herbs should be treated as a medicine. Almost all of our modern-day medicines are derived from compounds found in herbs and plants. If you have not used a particular herb before, try a half dose at first to make sure you do not have an unfavorable reaction to it.

Garlic Allium sativum.

Medicinal Properties: Garlic has been a known panacea for many ailments since the time of Egypt where they used it even then for high blood pressure and respiratory problems (difficult to imagine the Egyptians with high blood pressure). They also used it for headaches, bites, worms, tumors and earaches. What gives garlic its medicinal qualities is a compound called allicin, a strong antibacterial component that is equal to 1% of penicillin. Allicin is activated when garlic is crushed, sliced or chewed. Heat destroys allicin and any medicinal benefits in garlic. Research has shown garlic to be more effective than penicillin for fighting typhus. Garlic works well against almost any type of bacteria, including strep and staph as well as parasites such as worms in people and pets. Tuberculosis used to be treated by inhaling garlic oil or juice and the Chinese have long used it for high blood pressure and cardiac problems due to its reduction of blood platelet clumping.

How to Use: Garlic is really only useful if it is eaten raw. Once cooked it loses all of its medicinal properties. Added to foods is the best way to use it. If I have a cold, my favorite way to eat garlic is to slice it thin and place it on a buttered cracker or bread.

Parts Used: Bulbs, cloves

Warnings: You cannot overdose on garlic, so eat up, however, it may cause upset stomach so always take it with food.

Some Herb Basics: Most herbs work better on an empty stomach. A few exceptions are garlic, goldenseal and cayenne due to stomach upset. Herbs work in a cumulative fashion meaning they are not a "one dose wonder." They need to build up in the system a little, usually within 2-3 doses, before any real affect can be noticed. Fresh herbs always work better than old herbs and science is always proving the fact that a whole herb usually is more effective than one isolated compound of that herb.


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