Monday, October 17, 2016

Wind Noise May Damage Cyclists' Hearing

FRIDAY, Oct. 14, 2016 (HealthDay News) - Cyclists may be at risk of hearing loss from wind noise, researchers report.

For the study, microphones were attached to cyclists' ears to measure wind noise at various speeds. Wind noise ranged from 85 decibels at 15 mph to 120 decibels at 60 mph.

"These findings are important because noise-induced hearing loss can begin with sounds at or above 85 decibels," said study co-leader Dr. Anna Wertz. She is an otolaryngologist at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit.

How loud is that? Heavy city traffic registers 85 decibels; an ambulance siren or a clap of thunder from a nearby storm can reach 120 decibels, according to the U.S. National Institutes of Health.

"Short-term exposure to loud sounds isn't likely to have a lasting effect on hearing, but prolonged or repeated exposure can lead to permanent damage," Wertz added in a hospital news release.

More information

The U.S. National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders has more on noise-induced hearing loss.

21 Unexpected Things Real People Do To Cure Headaches

Chew a lemon, get pinched, do some push-ups, and more creative ways to feel better.

Please note that these aren't medical recommendations. Be sure to check with your doctor before starting any kind of treatment.

Have someone lend you a hand.

Have someone lend you a hand.

"I've tried to do it for myself, but it's always more effective when someone else does it for you." -hilarykinch

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Catch some rays.

Catch some rays.

-Barbara Boyd, Facebook

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Behold the beauty of binaural beats.

Behold the beauty of binaural beats.

"Hop on YouTube and search 'Instant Migraine Headache Relief (Binaural Beats Migraine Cure).'" -JesTheBest

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Friday, October 14, 2016

These Yoga Poses Are Perfect for the Female Body


The healing powers of a physical yoga practice are well-known and, for those who practice it – undeniable. Asanas, or yoga poses, can help heal both physical and emotional ailments.


While yoga is universally beneficial to both genders, there are specific poses that particularly benefit the female body and mind.


As women progress through life, our bodies go through many phases and changes: puberty, motherhood, and menopause, to name just a few. Yoga can be an incredible support system through all of these changes. It helps you surrender, find courage, obtain inner wisdom, celebrate your body, love yourself, and gain balance – among many other things.


While yoga is universally beneficial to both genders, there are specific poses that particularly benefit the female body and mind.


Here are ten poses that every woman should incorporate into her yoga practice:


1. Supta Baddha Konasana (Reclined Bound Angle or Butterfly Pose):

The nurturing nature of women often means that they do not take enough time to nurture themselves. Reclined Butterfly pose ensures that you do just that. Lay back, close your eyes and melt into a deep, sweet surrender and allow your hips and heart to open and renew.


This pose relieves symptoms of menstruation, intestinal/digestion conditions, heart disease, insomnia, and asthma.




Alignment tips: For those with tighter hips, place a block underneath each knee. For a deeper chest opening, place a block between the shoulder blades (long side of the block along the spine). This pose can be held from 5 breaths, or up to 5-10 minutes for Yin/Restorative. For longer holds, use a bolster beneath the torso to reduce the pressure on the hips.


2. Utkata Konasana (Goddess Pose):

This pose is great for stretching the hips and strengthening the lower body. Goddess is also good for letting go of frustrations and finding inner strength. This pose can be very challenging, especially when held for 30 seconds to a minute, or even longer.

By staying put and breathing through the discomfort, you prove to yourself that you are a goddess capable of staying calm in rapid waters. While in the pose, visualize your worries and fears leaving your body with each exhale.




Alignment tips: Bend your knees deeply so that they are directly over your toes and your body is in a squat position. Tuck your tailbone slightly while pressing your hips gently forward. Hands can come to the hips or you can cactus your arms.


3. Eka Pada Rajakapotasana (Pigeon Pose):

Pigeon is a wonderful pose to open the hips and engage the sacral chakra where most of us store a great deal of emotion and stress. Folding your torso forward in Pigeon pose is an ideal variation to find deep relaxation and surrender.


Women tend to be emotional creatures, but in our busy world it can be difficult to find time to let it all go. Take time out in Pigeon to notice where you are holding tension, and breathe into those areas. Reconnect with your breath and your heart, and become aware – of your emotions, and of how you feel in this pose.




Alignment tips: Begin by planting your palms on the mat, lifting your heart, and then hinging forward, coming to rest on a block, forearms, or all the way down to the mat. If the hip of your bent leg is off the ground, you can place a blanket or block beneath it to find support and stability. The closer your front shin is parallel to the mat, the deeper the stretch.


4. Apanasana (Knees to Chest, or Energy Freeing Pose):

This gentle pose is wonderful for helping us feel connected and centered. Apanasana also helps to eliminate the body of impurities through the lungs and excretory systems. By slowly drawing the knees into the chest and giving yourself a gentle hug, you help the body let go of what it no longer needs (tension, stagnant energy, etc).

In addition to helping to relieve menstrual cramps, indigestion, and bloating, Apanasana is great for stretching the lower back.




Alignment tips: Keep your spine and tailbone lengthened and pressing down into the mat. Your hips should press firmly down into the mat. For more spinal lengthening, you can lift your head and round your forehead in towards your knees.



5. Salamba Sirsasana (Supported Headstand):

Inversions are one way to not only reduce the symptoms of menopause but also stimulate hormone production. The inverted position of Headstand flushes and detoxifies the adrenal glands, bring fresh oxygen to the head, scalp, and face, and improve circulation – all of which can help women at various stages of life. This is why Headstand is commonly referred to as the “King of Asanas.”




Alignment tips:Instead of trying to kick your legs into Headstand, engage your core to lift your legs with control. Practice against a wall until you're steady and confident. Once you're in position, engage your legs and flex your feet. Note: If you have neck injuries, uncontrolled high blood pressure, ear or eye problems, or are menstruating, headstands should be avoided.


Learn more about Headstands in our article All About Headstands & 7 Tips to Do Them Safely.


6. Salamba Matsyasana (Supported Fish Pose):

Our sedentary lifestyles are a growing health concern in the West. Between driving, typing at the computer, desk jobs, school, and watching TV, it is no surprise that the front side of our bodies are often tense and closed off. Matsyasana can be practiced supported or unsupported and with a number of prop variations to increase or decrease the intensity of the front body stretch.


A more open chest and front body allows us to be more open in our interactions with the world around us, making for better relationships and a more positive outlook on life. Physically, Fish pose helps counteract the hunching we do while driving or sitting, so this pose improves your posture overall.




Alignment tips: By lifting the chest with a bolster and/or blanket, you can move the intensity of the stretch up into the chest and allow for a more gentle hip stretch. Legs can either be stretched out in front of you or knees bent and the soles of the feet touching (to make this a supported Reclined Butterfly pose).


7. Ardha Matsyendrasana (Half Lord of the Fishes Pose):

According to ancient yoga texts, Half Lord of the Fishes pose destroys deadly diseases and awakens the cosmic Kundalini energy up and down the spine. By lengthening and twisting the entire length of the spine, this pose can help treat infertility and digestive conditions by massaging and detoxifying the lower abdominal organs.


For women who suffer from bad cramps, Half Lord of the Fishes pose can also help reduce the aches and bloated feeling that often accompany menstrual periods. This pose can also help calm the nervous system, reduce lower back pain, and increase energy. Twists detoxify, realign, and rehydrate the spinal column.




Alignment tips: Allow the back of your neck to be soft and balance your head gently over your spine. Never lead the twist with your head – instead, twist from the base of your spine. Don't force or push the pose – instead, move with your breath – inhaling to lengthen your spine, and exhaling to twist deeper.


8. Virabhadrasana II (Warrior II):

Warrior II is a wonderful pose to increase and focus on your inner strength and wisdom. Root your feet into the earth and feel the energy and power rise through you from the ground up. The beauty of this pose is that you can step into it feeling worrisome and weak, and five breaths later, step out of it feeling like the brave warrior princess you are.


There is just something about the infamous Virabhadrasana II that reminds us just how strong we are – on and off the mat.




Alignment tips: Be sure to keep your back leg engaged by keeping the knee cap lifted and quadricep engaged. Keep the front knee aligned directly over your front ankle. Your arms stretch out wide and at shoulder height, directly over the hips, and keep your tailbone slightly tucked.


9. Bhujangasana (Cobra Pose):

Women tend to be naturally nurturing individuals who often give a lot of themselves. Sometimes, too much, which can leave you feeling drained and hardened. The best thing you can do in these situations is to counter them with a soft and open heart. Cobra pose is a gentle heart opener that helps to both strengthen and improve the flexibility of the back and abdomen.


Coming into this pose when your heart feels sad and closed off can be challenging, but once there and breathing deeply and smoothly, your chest and heart will open and begin to heal.




Alignment tips: Palms should be flat with fingers spread wide, directly underneath the shoulders. Engage your core and quadricep muscles while lifting the chest forward and up. Everything below the waistline is pressing into the mat, and your elbows are slightly bent.


10. Vrksasana (Tree Pose):

It can be difficult to find balance in life. The demands of work, school, family commitments, social activities, and chores often create a hectic and stressful daily routine that can leave you feeling off kilter. The beauty of Tree pose is its ability to reign in your energy and calm it down.


Feel your mind begin to slow down and become quiet as you take a moment to reset and root down into the earth. Come into Tree pose when you need to reconnect with your body, breath, and heart.




Alignment tips: Ground down into all four corners of the standing foot. Bend the opposite knee and place the sole of that foot on the inside of the standing leg. Protect your knee joint and never rest the foot onto the knee of the standing leg. Focus your gaze on one spot. For a challenge, look skyward or close your eyes.


As women, we are beautiful, radiant beings with so much light and love to give. Despite the busy chaos of the outside world, never lose touch of your feminine energy and power – that nurturing, caring, and loving side of you.


All this love and nurture starts with y.o.u.! As Buddha said, “You, as much as any being in the Universe, deserve your love and affection.” Remember that as you practice these yoga poses to celebrate your femininity. Namaste, ladies!


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Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Jillian Michaels' 12-Week Post Pregnancy Fitness Plan

In her book, Yeah Baby! Jillian Michaels offers a gentle post pregnancy fitness plan that helps new mothers navigate when and how to re-introduce fitness into their lives postpartum.

Monday, October 10, 2016

Jillian Michaels' Fave Core-Strengthening Post-Baby Exercise

With patience and strength training you can tone your abdominal walls and lose extra belly-fat in the process.

Sunday, October 9, 2016

How Much Do You Know About Basic Psychology?

Do you know your Freud from your Pavlov?

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All questions were adapted or sourced from MIT Open Courseware Introduction to Psychology under Creative Commons.

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

6 Convenient Health and Wellness Supplements From Onnit: Tested + Reviewed


When it comes to product reviews, we don't mess around. All of the items we review are put through the ringer of everyday use. You can trust that our reviews are non-biased and completely honest. Full disclosure: we don't publish negative reviews. If a product doesn't live up to our standards, we simply won't promote it. Everyone has their own opinion – this is ours. Let's get started.


You are active, and you care about your health and wellness, but you have a busy lifestyle. You are constantly on the go, fitting in a yoga class here, a gym sesh there, and even though you're a busy bee, staying healthy is a top priority.


We get it! So we decided to review convenient supplements for on-the-go lifestyles from Onnit, a fitness and wellness brand that we love and trust for their top-notch, high-quality products. The 6 supplements we chose bring you full-body health head to toe, to get you feeling, looking, and preforming your very best.


We handpicked these supplements because they all have one thing in common: convenience!


For those of us with demanding lifestyles, we don't always have the time to sift through all the supplement options out there. We don't always have the ability to make sure we're getting all the nutrients that we need through the food we eat.


Let's take a look at these 6, easy-to-take supplements that support your brain, your gut, your immune system, energy, and health + wellbeing overall:


1. Alpha Brain Instant


The name says it all! Alpha Brain Instant contains a variety of earthgrown nutrients to support cognitive function, and specifically memory, focus, and processing speed. The best part? It's powder form and comes in convenient, individual servings in peach (the flavor we tested – yummmm) and spice and blends easily into water, seltzer water, or a smoothie.


We tried it and the results are in. This stuff works amazingly well! It's a natural and simple way to boost your concentration, creativity, and mental clarity. Alpha Brain is something we'll definitely continue using here at the office.



2. Oatmega Brownie Crisp Protein Bar




14 grams of grass-fed whey protein, 300mg of Omega-3s, and 7g of fiber are packed into these delicious, nutritious, and satisfying protein bars. Other bragging points: gluten-free, non-GMO, and only 5g of sugar makes these protein bars top on our list.


We found these bars to be the perfect pre- or post-workout snack and fuel source. They taste really good, but if brownies aren't your thing, then try the Vanilla Almond (another one of our faves), Chocolate Peanut, or Chocolate Mint.



3. Total Gut Health


By now, you've probably heard that your immune system lives mostly in your gut. That's why gut health is so important for your body's overall performance and wellbeing. This individually wrapped supplement provides everything you need for optimal gut health: pre- and probiotics, digestive enzymes, and betaine HCI.


It's important to remember that not all probiotics on the market are created equal, and that's why we recommend Onnit's Total Gut Health for it's comprehensive ingredient list, which contains everything you need for complete immune and digestive health, including their signature DigesTech blend.



4. Emulsified MCT Oil


Coconut oil is all the rage for its wide range of amazing benefits, and we're definitely on the bandwagon. Coconuts contain Medium Chain Triglycerides (MCT) which are healthy fats that support brain function, and give your body clean, sustained fuel.


What we love most about Onnit's Emulsified MCT Oil is that it's sustainably sourced, comes in three delicious flavors (strawberry, vanilla – our fave, and coconut), and easily blends into hot or cold beverages (which has completely changed our coffee game forever!!).



5. Vitamin D3 Spray


You know how people tell you to get outside in the sun for some Vitamin D? Vitamin D3 is a vitamin that you should make sure you're getting enough of. It supports immunity, heart health, and healthy bones. So this Vitamin D3 Spray from Onnit is literally your sunshine and wellness in a bottle.


This spray is awesome because it's small and so easy to use (just spray it in your mouth) and since it's spray instead of capsule form, it enters your system instantly. Super convenient, plant-based, and 1,000IU per serving makes this spray king.



6. Total Primate Care


This was an exciting discovery. Total Primate Care is the ultimate go-to for your full-body support. Think multi-vitamin on hyperdrive. Onnit makes incredibly high-quality and potent supplements, and you'll find several of them within these packs (individually wrapped: 15 for day, and 15 for night). You'll get brain, mood, and immune system support, plus bone + joint care, and micronutrients.


What we loved most is the individual servings. You can throw each pack in your bag and get everything you need for optimized health, wellbeing and performance without having to think about it, do any research, or make the selections yourself. It doesn't get any more convenient!



From their supplements, protein, and personal care products, Onnit offers a full line for your fitness, health, and wellness. We've had the pleasure of reviewing several Onnit products (search “Onnit” from our homepage to see their past features) and respect this brand for their unparalleled quality and the unique, broad range of wellness products they have to offer.


With pro endorsers ranging from famous comedian Joe Rogan, Olympic gold medalist Bode Miller, Allison Holker of Dancing With the Stars, MMA fighters, and NFL and NHL players, it's safe to say Onnit has seriously good supplements for all forms of fitness.


To learn more, you can visit their website here.


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