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Mid Back Strengthening for Neck Pain

In normal posture, the center of the shoulder joints should be vertically in line with the mastoid processes (the part of the skull just behind the ears). Unfortunately, excessive device use (laptop, tablet, etc...) can lead to forward head posture where the head rests forward of the shoulders, which can lead to a condition called upper cross syndrome (UCS). This condition is characterized by weakening of the back muscles (rhomboids, serratus anterior, and lower trapezius) and shortening of the … [Read more...]

Best Vegetables for Container Gardening

  An increasing number of gardeners have growing space that’s limited to a small area, such as a patio garden, a raised bed, or containers. Because of this, plant breeders and seed companies have dedicated much effort toward increasing the number of pint-sized fruits, veggies, and herbs available to home gardeners, while also paying careful attention to flavor, disease resistance, and productivity.   All the plants on the following list require a minimum of 6 to 8 hours of full sunlight per day, … [Read more...]

Health Benefits of Zinc

What is Zinc? Zinc is an important mineral that is found in many foods. It is an essential mineral that becomes more important depending on certain factors. For example, people who do not eat enough zinc-containing foods or who sweat a lot may have higher zinc requirements or be at risk for lower levels since zinc can be lost through sweat. Insulin resistance can also suppress the body’s zinc levels.Zinc is also important for healthy fetal growth and development during pregnancy, but also in … [Read more...]

Poor Seated Posture and Low Back Pain

  We’ve all been told—especially as children—to stop slouching and to stand or sit up straight. As it happens, this is great advice to keep the spine healthy and reduce the risk for a painful low back condition. A landmark 1981 study calculated the amount of pressure placed on the intervertebral disks in the lower back in various positions. A neutral standing position places about 100 pounds per square inch (lbs/in2) of pressure on the disk in the low back and laying supine (facing up) cuts the … [Read more...]

Edible Flowers from the Garden

  Nothing brightens up a salad or serves as a better garnish than edible flowers. Who can resist smiling when served a plate complete with the happy faces of some pansies or violas looking up at you? Many restaurants are taking advantage of this phenomenon and including chives, calendulas, clovers, nasturtiums and marigolds in their meals. If you want to truly astonish your guest at your next dinner party, it might be time to include some edible flowers in the menu.   There are actually quite a … [Read more...]

5 Container Gardening Tips to Successfully Grow Produce

  If your yard is not that big, container gardening is a good option! Container gardens can include flowers, fruits, vegetables, herbs, and even small trees and shrubs. Here are some tips to get you started on this year's container garden.   Assess Your Sunlight You need to take notes on how much area receives full sunlight and for how long each day. Some plants do better in shade than others. So, you need to know how much exposure your containers are going to receive before you start your seeds … [Read more...]

Neonicotonoids Found in Rivers Around the Great Lakes

  A recent study found controversial neonicotinoid insecticides in tributaries of the Great Lakes system. Neonicotinoids are the most heavily used insecticides on the planet-designed to attack the nervous systems of insects and protect crops from damage. They are also used by non-farmers in garden and landscaping sprays and products. Once thought to be relatively innocuous to wildlife higher up the food chain, scientists are increasingly reporting toxic effects. Neonicotinoids are … [Read more...]

New Report Exposes Deceptive Marketing in the $9 Billion-Dollar Snack Bar Industry

  A new report by the Cornucopia Institute exposes misleading marketing practices by food industry giants that market unhealthy snack and energy bars as wholesome and nutritious. The report further exposes leading natural/organic brands for including cheap, conventional ingredients instead of creating nutritive products that qualify for the USDA organic label. The report, and an accompanying scorecard details how snack bar quality varies widely among brands, even among the many … [Read more...]