Keep Your Face Looking Young With Easy Facial Exercises

Do you want to keep your face young-looking and wrinkle free, but rebel against the idea of spending thousands on facelifts and other types of cosmetic surgeries?

If so, you’re not alone, and the reality is that many people don’t realize that the muscles in your face are just like every other muscle in your body – they need exercise too! Below, we’ll outline a few different exercises designed to keep your face looking young and vibrant.

• Bewitched! – If you remember the old TV show “Bewitched,” then you’ll probably recall the main character wiggling her nose to cast her spells. Do the same thing. Wiggle your nose as much as you can from side to side. Ten reps for each side equal one set. Do three sets.

• Say Cheese! – Press three fingers firmly against both sides of your face, then smile as broadly as you can, using the muscles in your face to press against your fingers. Hold the smile for a slow five count.

• Surprise! – Pucker your lips in the shape of an “O.” Hold for a slow five count, then smile as broadly as you can and hold that for a five count.

• Quizzical – Raise your eyebrows as high as you can and hold that position for a slow five count.

Your face consists of more than fifty muscles, and keeping them all toned plays a major role in keeping you looking younger. That, in turn, will keep you feeling younger. If you do five sets of each of these exercises every day, you’ll keep your face looking years younger. Your friends and family will be amazed!

While these exercises will do your face a world of good, if you want to take things to the next level, try facial yoga. Believe it or not, that’s an actual “thing!”

Is Drinking Soda Bad For You?

It probably won’t come as a great surprise, but the answer to the question in the title of this piece is, of course, yes. What may surprise you, however, is just how bad soda really is for you.

Not all soft drinks are created equally, but if we use one of the world’s most popular as a baseline, you’ll get a pretty clear picture of what they do. So, let’s take a closer look at Coca-Cola, the most widely consumed soda in the world.

First and foremost, you should know that the drink is actually much sweeter than it seems to your taste buds, containing a staggering ten teaspoons of sugar in every can. That’s’ nearly twice as much as the WHO (World Health Organization) recommends for an entire day’s sugar consumption.

In fact, your body’s first natural reaction to that much sugar is to vomit it back up and purge it from your system, so why doesn’t that happen?

The answer lies in the phosphoric acid included in the drink. This helps mask the sickening sweetness and tricks your brain into letting you keep it down. Once it’s in your system, things go from bad to worse in a hurry.

In less than half an hour after consumption, your blood sugar levels spike, your body releases insulin, and all those calories are turned into fat. Within the hour, your body has fully absorbed the caffeine, which raises your blood pressure as dopamine begins to flood through you.

Dopamine is the “feel good” chemical in the brain, and is the reason Coke is so addictive. It is even more addictive than heroine, according to recent studies, which explains why we can’t seem to stop drinking the stuff, and none of Coke’s competitors are any better.

All of this shows that however bad you thought soft drinks were, it’s worse than you imagined. Kick the soda habit and drink more water if you want to be healthy!

Growing Pains Can Be A Real Bummer For Kids

You may have experienced growing pains when you were younger. If you did, then you probably remember what an agony they were.

Did you know that despite the fact that growing pains account for almost 10 percent of pediatric office visits, no firm cause has ever been established for them?

Unfortunately, it’s an area that there’s been very little research on, and what little work has been done on the topic has focused almost exclusively on the legs. In a way, that makes sense, because that’s where the pain is usually centered, but chiropractors take a different view.

Chiropractors look at the whole body, not just individual parts. Because of that, they take a comprehensive, biomechanical approach to the problem, and the reality is that young spinal cords grow very quickly, stressing a child’s entire body. That stress is bound to put pressure on the rest of the body as it tries valiantly to compensate for the radical changes it’s going through. Unfortunately, that can sometimes lead to the phenomenon we commonly call growing pains.

The good news is that there are viable treatment options, and your child doesn’t have to suffer.

Too often, the go-to solution is to walk up and down the hall with your child, or give them a leg massage, but those things often have limited impact. Your chiropractor can recommend a course of treatment including spinal adjustment (if and as needed), massage and specific exercises that can not only minimize the pain itself, but also minimize the chances of it recurring.

Growing up is tough, and it’s also hard on your body, but your child doesn’t have to suffer. Your chiropractor has the tools, training and expertise to help keep those growing pains to an absolute minimum, and that’s great news for everyone.

Why Do I Get Back Pain When Standing A While?

Back pain is hands down the most common ailment in the country.

Virtually everyone has experienced some form of back pain at one point or another in their lives.

At the end of the day, almost all back pain manifests because there’s too much pressure on your spine.

Standing for extended periods, walking or running can all lead to or exacerbate such pain.

Sometimes, it’s a simple matter of poor posture that stresses your muscles, forcing them to move in ways they’re not accustomed to, or not meant to.

This can lead to small tears, or sprains, which can cause pain.

In other cases, the pain stems from compressed discs in your spine. The compression causes the nerves there to become pinched, resulting in that sharp, sudden pain you may be all too familiar with.

Finally, there are more serious problems such as ruptured discs, which can not only cause severe back pain, but also lead to problems with your legs and numbness over large portions of your body.

The first thing you should do if you experience pain caused by any of the above, is, of course, stop what you’re doing and take it easy for a few days.

Either heat or cold compresses can be used to help alleviate the pain in the short term. If the problem persists long term, a visit to your chiropractor can put you on the path to saying goodbye to back pain once and for all.

Your chiropractor can work with you to identify the root causes of the pain you’re experiencing and design a program that’s custom-tailored to your specific needs.

While that approach isn’t instantaneous, you’ll start feeling better a lot faster than you think, and it won’t be long before your pain is but a memory.