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How Crossing Your Legs Hurts Your Heart

You eat well, you exercise, and you even get the right amount of sleep (most nights, anyway; no one’s perfect). But chances are, you’ve got some other little habits that are costing you in the health department—without you even knowing. Check out these 10 hidden health risks, and simple ways to fix them.

Crossed LegsYou cross your legs

Sitting with legs crossed at the knee can bump up blood pressure, according to a study published in Blood Pressure Monitoring. Leg crossing increased systolic blood pressure nearly 7% and diastolic by 2%. Frequent crossing of the legs also puts stress on the hip joints and can cause pooling of blood in the legs when the veins are compressed.. This could predispose you to inflammation of the veins of the lower legs and possibly a blood clot. To avoid crossing your legs for longer than 10 to 15 minutes, and to get up and walk around every half hour or so.

You stand with locked knees

It may feel easier to stand with your knees locked, but it increases stress on the knee joint. All of our joints are stabilized by activation of the surrounding muscles. When you stand with knees locked, you are no longer efficiently using the muscles that surround the joint. Consequently, forces to the joint are increased. When you stand, do so with your knees slightly bent.

You sleep on your stomach

Snoozing on your stomach puts your neck in a tilted-back position, which can lead to pain or numbness in your upper extremities. Nerves become compressed in this area when the head tilts back, which can lead to pain or numbness. Simply change sleeping positions such that the neck is no longer tilted backward during sleep. See a doctor if symptoms remain.

You wear your belts tightbelt too tight

A tight belt may cinch your waist, but it can backfire on you in the form of digestive issues: Your snug belt creates intra-abdominal pressure, which can result in acid reflux (GERD). Symptoms of GERD can range from something as small as a bitter taste in the mouth, to a burning or pain in the chest or upper stomach region, chronic cough, or even difficulty swallowing. Try wearing your belts no tighter than the waistband of your pants. You should be able to inhale and exhale comfortably with the belt tightened.

You slouch

Slouching can lead to shoulder pain or impingement when the rotator cuff muscles (shoulder stabilizers) become compressed against the shoulder blade. Poor posture could also lead to a muscle imbalance that can contribute to further compression. Check your posture: While standing sideways to a mirror, you should be able to run an imaginary line through the center of your ear, shoulder, hip, knee, and ankle.

You drive long distances without a break

Motoring for many miles without stopping can have a similar effect to crossing your legs, where you get blood pooling in the legs that can lead to clotting. After driving for about 100 to 150 miles, stop the car and go walk around to improve blood flow and reduce inflammation. Do the same when flying long distances. Getting up and going to the bathroom is one of the healthiest things you can do on a flight.

You stretch as soon as you get up

Back stretches first thing in the morning can put the discs in your back at risk. Spinal discs become hydrated during the night, which creates more pressure on them when you first wake up. This also makes them more prone to stresses such as stretching. Warm up with small activities (getting coffee, brushing your teeth) for about 10 minutes before stretching.

You hold off on usirestroomng the restroom when nature calls

If you delay using the bathroom for prolonged periods of time, you may be putting yourself at risk for developing urinary tract infections. UTIs can result due to a woman’s shorter urethra and close proximity to the vagina. Bacteria in the urine can multiply very quickly, so holding urine for prolonged periods can lead to infections. Listen to your body.

You chew gum

You may want to ditch the gum if you find yourself with a sore jaw at the end of the day. The jaw joint is designed to chew food, not gum. The time you spend chewing food each day is much less than the many minutes some people chew gum. Like any overused muscle, constant chewing can lead to pain and problems. Pops and clicks in the jaw joint can indicate jaw joint damage. Give it a rest, especially if you hear sounds or feel tenderness in the jaw.

 

~courtesy of Prevention Magazine and OMG

Scientific Food Studies for OMG Health

We hear all the time of foods helping us better our health and building our immune system but having a scientific study to prove this is correct makes it even better. Here are a couple of studies done on various foods that will boost you health to an OMG status of 100% Enjoy the holiday with a smile and a winter wellness attitude.

~41% is how much your risk for a stoke is lowered if you regularly use olive oil in cooking and dressings as compared with people who never use olive oil according to a new study published in  Neurology.

~Coconut oil’s lauic acid may ward off illness by boosting your immune system. Preliminary research suggest it could cut your cholesterol levels. Chrissy Barth, R.D., a dietitian in Scottsdale, Ariz.

~Freeze dried foods aren’t just for astronauts anymore-they’re a healthy way to increase your fruit consumption. Unlike traditional drying methods which can involve exposure to nutrients and antioxidant damaging heat, freeze drying involves getting produce at peak ripeness and then removing its moisture and oxygen in a low-temperature vacuum chamber. The end result: light and crispy morsels of goodness with nutrients intact.  Research by Matthew Kadely M. Sc., RD

~New research from the Veterans Affairs Puget Sound Health Care System in Seattle found a link between diet and Alzheimer’s disease risk. For four weeks, elderly test subjects dined on high saturated fat and high glycemic index foods or low saturated fat and low glycemic index foods. Eating the former foods increased levels of a protein often found in brains afflicted by Alzheimer’s but the latter were linked to lower levels of the protein, plus reduced brain inflammation and better problem solving abilities.

~Good news for nut lovers: Research published in the British Journal of Nutrition found that pistachios have 5.9% fewer calories than previously thought. Studies also indicate that people who eat in-shell pistachios consume 41% fewer calories than those who buy them shelled.

~A diet rich in calcium and vitamin D may help decrease your risk of developing premenstrual syndrome research shows. Women who drank the equivalent of about four servings of low-fat milk per day decreased their PMS symptoms by up to 46%. Fortified orange juice and yogurt were also shown to decrease risks.

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