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Sárka-Jonae Miller

Sárka-Jonae Miller is a health and fitness expert. She began working in the fitness industry in 2000 while pursuing a BS in journalism at Syracuse University. She became certified as a personal fitness trainer and group exercise instructor in 2003. She has also received training in massage therapy. Sárka also writes fiction. She is the author of the chick lit novel, Between Boyfriends. Get more health and wellness tips on Sárka's Natural Healing Tips blog or join her on Facebook and Twitter

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Partner Workout

by Sárka-Jonae Miller

(The Best Years in Life) Somedays you need someone else to help motivate you to wok out and other days you simply want something completely new. Fix both problems with a partner workout. This routine requires another person but no more equipment than a medicine ball, allowing you exercise in a gym or get a change of scenery by going to a park.  Read More.

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Intermediate Core Blasting Routine

by Sárka-Jonae Miller

(The Best Years in Life) Blast your core with this intermediate workout designed to bring beginners up a level or give regular exercisers something new to try. Do not try this workout if you cannot hold a plank position for at least 30 seconds or have difficulty maintaining a flat lower back from a crunch position.  Read More.

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Total-Body Medicine Ball Workout

by Sárka-Jonae Miller

(The Best Years in Life) The previous partner workout included a medicine ball, an often under-used piece of exercise equipment. You can get a total-body workout for your major muscle groups using a medium-weight medicine call. A good place to start is to use a ball equal to around 10 percent of your body weight, and then adjust as you go. He ball should never be so heavy you cannot control your movements.  Read More.

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Anaerobic Cardio Workout

by Sárka-Jonae Miller

(The Best Years in Life) Anaerobic exercise is a proven method for building muscle, increasing power, and torching calories. Anaerobic means “without air,” making it the opposite of aerobic (with air) exercise. This type of short duration, high-intensity training gets your heart rate up by using explosive movements that engage your muscles, increasing overall strength. The trick is to work as hard as you can during the short periods of activity.  Read More.

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Workout With A Pillow

by Sárka-Jonae Miller

(The Best Years in Life) Increase your core strength, add difficulty, and improve your balance in the comfort of your home using just a pillow. Try this three-move routine for a total-body workout. All you need is a little space and a pillow or two, making this the perfect routine to try in your bedroom or hotel room.  Read More.

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Lower Body Kettle Bell Workout

by Sárka-Jonae Miller

(The Best Years in Life) Using a kettle bell is an excellent way to build explosive lower body strength. With these three intermediate kettle bell moves, you can work the large muscle groups that make up your thighs and glutes. Use a heavier kettle bell when working the lower body and make sure you really push with each exercise for eight to 10 repetitions. Beginners should start with an easier routine and work up to this one. Advanced exercisers can use this workout with heavier weights and more sets.  Read More.

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Upper Body Kettle Bell Workout - Beginner/Intermediate

by Sárka-Jonae Miller

(The Best Years in Life) Kettle bells are a great way to work the upper body with little equipment or space requirements. Using simple moves and a wide range of motion you can easily target your biceps, triceps, shoulders, back and chest with a short workout. Start with a kettle bell heavy enough to require some effort to lift, but light enough you can make it through a minimum of 12 reps per set.  Read More.

 

Full-body Kettle Bell Workout in 3 Moves

by Sárka-Jonae Miller

(The Best Years in Life) Grab a kettle bell and get ready for full-body toning. With these three simple moves, you can target all your major muscle groups and make the most of your time. Choose a kettle bell that is heavy enough to require moderate effort to finish a repetition range of 8 to 12 reps for each move. Read More.

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Having a Ball with a Bosu Series – Chest Workout

by Sárka-Jonae Miller

(The Best Years in Life) Last time I described how to perform a back workout with a Bosu ball. Now, we'll discuss how to target the opposing muscle group – the pectorals. People commonly work opposing muscle groups on the same day when doing full-body workouts. You can use these exercises in conjunction with the back exercises or mix it up on days dedicated to chest exercises only.  Read More.

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Having a Ball with a Bosu Series – Back Workout

by Sárka-Jonae Miller

(The Best Years in Life) Although often labeled as one area in workouts, the back has several major muscle groups. The lats, or latissimus dorsi, compromise the largest back muscles, but there are also the rhomboids in the upper back and the muscles of the lower back and spine. A Bosu ball offers a few exercise choices for targeting the back muscles while also improving balance and core strength.  Read More.

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Having a Ball with a Bosu Series – Cardio Workout

by Sárka-Jonae Miller

(The Best Years in Life) Bosu balls are most often used for performing core or balance exercises because of their unstable surfaces, but they can also be effective for cardiorespiratory workouts. Instead of marching on a flat surface like the floor or stepping onto and off another stable surface like an aerobic step, use a Bosu ball. Not only will you burn more calories but you'll get some extra core training too. Why would you burn more calories? It's like hiking on a trail or walking on the beach versus walking on a track – your body has to work harder to keep you upright and moving.  Read More.

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Having a Ball with a Bosu Series – Shoulder Exercises

by Sárka-Jonae Miller

(The Best Years in Life) The time of year for sun dresses and tank tops is approaching, but there's still time to get your shoulders in shape before anyone sees them. In this continuation of the Bosu Ball workout series, you'll find the exercises you need to tone you deltoids and work your core.  Read More.

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Having a Ball with a Bosu Series – Glute Workout

by Sárka-Jonae Miller

(The Best Years in Life) Continuing with our Bosu series, here is a targeted workout for all the muscles in your derriere, including the gluteus maximus, the gluteus medius, and the gluteus minimus. Known together as the glutes, these muscles are primarily responsible for hip extension, abduction, and external rotation. More simply put, they move the hips backward, out to the side, and rotate them in a clockwise direction. As always, adding a Bosu ball to your exercise routine increases the difficultly of the workout in a way that leads to a greater activation of your entire core.  Read More.

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Having a Ball with a Bosu Series – Core Workout

by Sárka-Jonae Miller

(The Best Years in Life) If you're like most people who had an exercise-related New Year's resolution, by March you may have found yourself with a shiny new gym membership and/or home equipment you haven't touched in weeks. A Bosu ball might now be your new ottoman! There are better uses for that versatile piece of exercise equipment. Kick your core routine up a notch by doing it on the Bosu.  Read More.

 

Safely Squat Your Way to a Better Body

by Sárka-Jonae Miller
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(The Best Years in Life) A video posted by Bryce Harper of the outfielder doing squats on an exercise ball is all over Facebook and Instagram, but before you try this there are much safer ways to tone your legs, improve hip flexibility, and challenge your core. Squats on an exercise ball are an advanced version reserved only for athletes like the National League's 2015 MVP. Yet, regular floor squats will fail to keep you progressing to your goals overtime. Here's a safe way to progress assuming you have no injuries.  Read More.

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Do You Need to Shower or Bathe Daily to be Healthy?

by Sárka-Jonae Miller

(The Best Years in Life) When former Glee star Naya Rivera called daily showering a “white people thing” it made me wonder if what I was taught in health class was true, that bathing every day was hygienic. In California, we have a severe drought, so I wondered if maybe showering every other day is the right thing to do. So, what does an environmentally, socially, and health conscientious person do?  Read More.

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Ripe Bananas Fight Cancer, But “Ripe” Isn't What You Think

by Sárka-Jonae Miller

(The Best Years in Life) When I was a kid you couldn't pay me to eat a spotted banana. I wasn't trying to be a diva, I just hated the taste of a spotted, bruised, or otherwise “imperfect” banana. Now that I pay my own bills, I could probably be bribed to eat a banana that is, in my opinion, past its prime. According to research, if you're like me you are eating bananas the wrong way – or at least at the wrong time. Unless you eat with the peel on, and then that's just plain wrong.  Read More.

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Stuffy Nose Remedies

by Sárka-Jonae Miller

(The Best Years in Life) It is a common misconception that stuffy noses are caused by excess mucus in the nasal passages. No matter how much you blow, nothing comes out. That's because the feeling of a stuffy or clogged nose actually comes from inflammation in the blood vessels of the nasal passages. The inflammation might be traced to allergies, a sinus infection, or a regular old cold or flu. Fortunately, there are some natural ways to find relief from a stuffy nose.  Read More.

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Step Your Way to a Bikini Butt

by Sárka-Jonae Miller

(The Best Years in Life) Step aerobics is one of the best types of cardio exercise, but it can also be a great way to tone your hips and get you ready for bikini weather. The July 2004 edition of Harvard Heart Letter named high-impact step aerobics the second best type of gym exercise for losing weight after high-intensity stationary cycling. However, unlike stationary cycling, you don't need a large, expensive piece of equipment to do step aerobics. Also, an aerobic step and a few risers can easily slide into a closet or under your bed when not in use.  Read More.

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Lose Weight With Dark Chocolate and Tequila?

by Sárka-Jonae Miller

(The Best Years in Life) What could be better than chocolate and tequila as weight-loss aids? Thinking of empty calorie sources like junk food and alcohol being recommended to people wanting to shed pounds sounds like a joke, or at least too good to be true.  Read More.

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The Best Stretches You Aren't Doing

by Sárka-Jonae Miller

(The Best Years in Life) Stretching is boring. You don't need to do it. If you did, everyone would, right? This way of thinking is prevalent in society. While people lose range of motion and the ability to stand up straight, you have to wonder if stretching is really just for teens and athletes. Hint, it's not.

But the average person doesn't need the flexibility of a contortionist, not unless you play to audition for a brothel scene in Game of Thrones. The average person does need to stretch certain areas of the body that often get tight in modern living. Tight muscles leads to changes in their length-tension relationship. To simply, your muscles at rest remain in a shortened position, thereby pulling their opposite muscles into a weak and lengthen position. Next thing you know, you're walking with a stoop and you cannot touch your toes.  Read More.

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Should New Moms Eat Their Placenta?

by Sárka-Jonae Miller

(The Best Years in Life) A new trend in parenting is eating the placenta, a practice known as placentophagy. Most land-dwelling mammals eat their afterbirth, a process that animals might do in an effort to bond with newborns. Although traditionally humans and domesticated animals have not engaged in this practice, researchers are looking into the possible benefits. There is already some basis for the belief that placenta consumption could positively impact health. Practitioners of Chinese medicine have long considered eating dried placenta a restorative practice; however, consuming a placenta in any form is a new concept in the West.  Read More.

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Florida Keys Might be Getting Millions of Genetically-Modified New Residents

by Sárka-Jonae Miller

(The Best Years in Life) British researchets are hoping to let millions of mosquitoes with genetically-modified DNA loose in a residential area of the Florida Keys in the spring of 2015. The US Federal Drug Administration is considering approving what would be an experiment to see if maybe these GM insects could act as a preventative measure for two viral diseases carried by mosquitoes: dengue and chikungunya.  Read More.

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The Best Cardio for Your Calves

by Sárka-Jonae Miller

(The Best Years in Life) One of the frustrating things about cardio exercise is it can slim your thighs and shrink your waist, but it doesn't often give you shapely calves. In some cases, people notice their butts and thighs taking on a toned appearance with no change in their lower legs at all. The popularity of recumbent cycling, walking on treadmills, and using low-impact aerobics to lose weight and improve cardiorespiratory function could be the problem. If those sound like your favorites, you'll be happy to know that with a few tweaks to your cardio routine, your calves can experience the same improvements as other areas of your body.  Read More.

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Exercises for the Multifidus, the Other Back Muscle

by Sárka-Jonae Miller

(The Best Years in Life) When it comes to back muscles, the lats get all the glory. It's the largest back muscle and it's closest to the surface of the skin. The giant “V” shaped muscle is what bulges when people do pull-ups and rows, making other exercisers drool with envy. But there is a smaller more powerful muscle in the back that rarely gets any credit or attention, the multifidus.  Read More.

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The Rotational Exercises You Need to be Doing

by Sárka-Jonae Miller

(The Best Years in Life) Take a glance over most workouts and you'll see that none of the exercises involve rotation. Most people work out with motions that are up and down or side to side But the human body isn't designed to stay within those limits. We twist and turn, engaging muscles that are often left out of a typical workout. The one exception is the obliques, which people might target by rotating at the waist. That's all well and good, but it's only the tip of the iceberg.

Adding rotational exercises to your repertoire will increase your strength and range of motion, improve your balance, and enhance sports performance. Even the least athletic person could benefit from these types of exercises because improved strength and range of motion also means reduced risk of injury. Plus, who couldn't do with better balance and coordination?  Read More.

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Exercises You Can Do at Your Desk

by Sárka-Jonae Miller

(The Best Years in Life) If you've been considering buying yourself a Bowflex or similar machine for Christmas, consider a cheaper alternative: a desk. A Bowflex machine and it's competitors work with bendable cables that create resistance, but you can buy exercise cables that work the same way for a lot less.  The only advantage a machine like the Bowflex has is that it comes with a seat and something to hold the cables. Your desk can do most of that and more. There are also many effective exercises you can do with your bodyweight.  Read More.

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Exercises to Prevent Core Instability

by Sárka-Jonae Miller
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(The Best Years in Life) Ask most people what core exercises are and you'll likely get an answer pertaining to six pack abs. In reality, working one's core has little to do with muscle definition and everything to do with stability, specifically of the torso. Even more specifically, the spine.

If you allow the muscles that support the spine to get weak, you might see diminished posture and balance, but more likely than not you risk significant back pain and injury. A few simple exercises will help prevent instability and give you a foundation for a truly strong core. Building a six pack on top of that is completely optional.  Read More.

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Are You Sitting Your Way to Heart Disease?

by Sárka-Jonae Miller

(The Best Years in Life) Most people consider that getting in a few workouts a week and meeting standard exercise guidelines for general health lowers their risk of heart disease and other killers linked to a sedentary lifestyle. But not everyone agrees that the time you spend sweating at the gym is independent of how much time you spend on your tush.  Read More.

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Exercises for Strong Feet and Ankles

by Sárka-Jonae Miller

(The Best Years in Life) Everyone knows that a structure built on a weak foundation is not sturdy, but most people don't realize this principle applies to the human body. Weak feet and ankles create instability, leading to poor posture and slow movements. Performing exercises to make your feet stronger and more flexible will enhance sports performance, improve balance, increase range of motion, and reduce risk of injury.  Read More.

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Fight the Slump: Exercises for the Upper Back and Shoulders

by Sárka-Jonae Miller

(The Best Years in Life) Few things make me cringe like seeing an older person with slumped shoulders and a rounded upper back caused by years of having weak muscles and bad posture. With the advent of computers, time spent with one's shoulders unconsciously rounded forward has gone up dramatically, making it seem likely that many more of us will display the unfortunate inability to stand up straight when we become seniors. Except for instances on spinal abnormalities, a perfect slump to one's shoulders is avoidable. If you want to escape this fate, simply do exercises to strengthen your upper back and rear shoulders, as well as stretches for the chest.  Read More.

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Get a Grip! The Benefits of Grip and Wrist Training, and How to Do It

by Sárka-Jonae Miller

(The Best Years in Life) Only the most dedicated exercisers consider working out their hands and forearms, but wrist and grip training offers many benefits, most that have nothing to do with bodybuilding. For example, you'll be able to open jars without asking for help. If that isn't enough, these exercises will allow you to give better shoulder rubs and will reduce the chances of injuries like carpel tunnel syndrome.

Since yours wrists don't actually have muscles, you have to strengthen the muscles in your hands and forearms. A simple way to do that is to get a flexible resistance bar, which is a short, lightweight exercise tool that is actually a lot of fun.  Read More.

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Easy Ab Workout With an Exercise Ball

by Sárka-Jonae Miller

(The Best Years in Life) Ab workouts can get stale quickly as muscles strengthen ad adapt. To counter this eventuality, try adding an exercise ball to the mix. These inflatable balls are inexpensive and come in medium to extra large sizes to match people's heights. Be sure you read the box and buy the right size. Also, use a measuring tape to ensure you inflate the ball to the exact size it is meant to be for safety purposes.  Read More.

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Travel-inspired Core Workout for the Abs and Back

by Sárka-Jonae Miller

(The Best Years in Life) For people who travel frequently for work or for some other reason have to find creative ways to exercise. Considering how much it costs to bring heavy luggage on a plane, traveling with a set of dumbbells isn't the answer. Fortunately, there are several exercises you can do to keep your core muscles strong using only your luggage or your bodyweight.   Read More.

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Can Exercises Give You Firmer, Bigger Breasts?

by Sárka-Jonae Miller

(The Best Years in Life) If you're a child of the 80s, you may recall a funky, butterfly-shaped piece of exercise equipment that women would push together with their arms in hopes of getting bigger breasts. Although a completely ridiculous idea, the hope that by targeting the chest with strength training a person could somehow go up a cup size. If you can get big biceps with weight lifting why not a big rack?  Read More.

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Exercises for Sexy, Sculpted Calves

by Sárka-Jonae Miller

(The Best Years in Life) If you're fortunate enough to live in a warm climate, your lower legs are on display year round. Even in colder areas your bare calves have to be seen sometimes. Show off sculpted, beautiful calves after by performing a few easy exercises.  Read More.

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Simple Exercises to Strengthen and Shape Your Derrière

by Sárka-Jonae Miller

(The Best Years in Life) Whether it's twerking competitions or Nicki Minaj's Anaconda album cover, the world is obsessed with the booty. Although it seems everyone likes big butts these days, it's still shapely rear ends that are getting the attention. Some simple exercises can get your derrière worthy of an album cover. And if you seem to be missing some junk in your trunk, muscle-building exercises for the glutes could give your butt a fuller appearance. Strong butt muscles also improve posture and balance, and reduce the chances of injuring your back. But don't run off to the gym just yet. There is plenty to do at home.  Read More.

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Walk Away a Pound a Week

by Sárka-Jonae Miller

(The Best Years in Life) Eating well is crucial for long-term health and wellness, but it's not enough to keep you trim and toned. For people who don't have time or money to hit the gym every day, walking offers a free and enjoyable way to lose weight and stay in shape. Walking is also one of the gentlest forms of cardiovascular exercise yet is still weight-bearing, so it's good for maintaining bone density.  Read More.

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The Importance of Balance Training Exercises

by Sárka-Jonae Miller

(The Best Years in Life) At some point in their lives nearly everyone has done a bicep curl or a squat but many people neglect an important component of fitness training: balance exercises. You don't have to be a bodybuilder, athlete, or yoga enthusiast to get significant benefit from simple balance training. Everyone tests their balance regularly. Each time you go up stairs or step off a curb you're relying on some measure of balance to keep from falling over. Balance training not only gives you the confidence to stand on one leg as you reach for something high above you but according to research exercising decreases your chances of falling and getting hurt from falls.  Read More.

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Improve Posture to Cure Tension Headaches

by Sárka-Jonae Millerr

(The Best Years in Life) If you suffer from tension headaches, your posture may be to blame. Around 90 percent of people in the United States experience at least one tension headache during their lives that could last for a whole week. Tension headaches are the most common type, leading to pain in the neck, forehead, and behind your eyes. The exact reason why people get these mild to moderate headaches is unknown, but poor posture, stress, and a lack of exercise are believed to be contributing factors that are within your control.  Read More.

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Herbs That Alleviate Menstrual Cramps

by Sárka-Jonae Miller

(The Best Years in Life) Almost all women experience menstrual cramps, even if their premenstrual symptoms are relatively mild. It's normal to feel pain in the lower abdomen as well as in your lower back and even as far down as the thighs. An excess of the hormone-like substances called prostaglandins could be the cause behind these cramps. Prostaglandins are linked to inflammation and pain, but instead of popping an over-the-counter pain pill to deal with uncomfortable menstrual cramps, you might try an herbal remedy instead. Research has shown that certain herbal medications are even more effective at relieving pain than medication.  Read More.

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Keep Cool with the Right Ayurvedic Foods

by Sárka-Jonae Miller

(The Best Years in Life) When the weather starts to heat up the natural tendency is to go for the iced beverages and cold foods, but both Ayurveda and Traditional Chinese Medicine caution against this approach. Instead, consider foods with cooling properties to help you beat the heat. These cooling foods could also be beneficial if you have a fiery constitution, such as what is known as being a Pitta in Ayurveda. Pittas are often people of average or athletic build. Some health conditions, from acne to bowel conditions, are also attributed to an imbalance arising from too much heat in the body. Cooling foods are thought to bring the body back into balance.  Read More.

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The Nutrients You're Likely Missing and What You Should Be Eating

by Sárka-Jonae Miller

(The Best Years in Life) Whether you're an omnivore or an herbivore, you're likely missing out on some important nutrients. Some diets and certain populations have specific risks, such as women being at a greater risk of calcium deficiency than men, but there are some across-the-board nutrients that almost everyone should watch out for. Due to the plethora of processed foods, fiber is a big problem for most people. Both vitamins and minerals can be lacking. And don’t think your multivitamin has got you covered either. The daily recommended amounts are often too low.  Read More.

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Big Trouble in Little Supplements: Risks of Overdoing It

by Sárka-Jonae Miller

(The Best Years in Life) Many people are worried about not getting the nutrients they need from a modern diet. You see cereals, breads, pastas, energy bars, sports drinks, and other products that are “fortified” or otherwise have added vitamins and minerals. The issue becomes that although most regular diets cannot possibly overdo it on nutrients, when you combine a multivitamin and enriched foods, you could. Those little pills could put you at risk for serious side effects.  Read More.

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Natural Ways to Wake Up Energized

by Sárka-Jonae Miller

(The Best Years in Life) If getting out of bed in the morning is tough for you, research says there are things you can do to wake up feeling more refreshed. And once you're awake, a few simple tweaks to your wake-up routine could give you a burst of energy without coffee or other stimulants.  Read More.

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Are Your Supplements Early Birds or Night Owls?

by Sárka-Jonae Miller

(The Best Years in Life) More than fifty percent of adults in the United States take dietary supplements, but many people don't consider when is the best time to take them. Among the most popular supplements – including multivitamins, B-complex vitamins, calcium, and vitamins C, D, and E – are ones that offer more benefits when taken in the morning while others are best taken at night. Some vitamins and minerals should also be taken with meals.  Read More.

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Make Your Own Natural Products to Style Your Hair Without Chemicals

by Sárka-Jonae Miller

(The Best Years in Life) It isn't vain to take a little pride in your appearance, but if you're trying to live a healthy, natural lifestyle you don't want to spritz and smooth chemical-based hair products into the sensitive skin on your head and near your face. You don't have to. There are simple, easy-to-make products that will smooth frizzy hair and hold your style in place. You can even customize your products to your type of hair, all without spending a lot of time or money, or using toxic products.  Read More.

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Stay Healthy While Traveling with Immune-Boosting Spices

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(The Best Years in Life) Whether traveling for business or pleasure, the accompanying stress combined with the difficulty of finding healthy food and the increased contact with new people and places puts you at risk for getting sick. Many people have a hard time sleeping in a new bed or adjusting to a new timezone. Add reduced quality sleep to the stress and poor diet, and you've got a lowered immune system unprepared for the germs thrown at you.

You can't take a magic pill for jet lag or to fix the physical and emotional discomforts of traveling, but one solution to fight off illness is to cover your meals with immune-boosting substances, many of which you can buy dried and take with you. So, whether you're planning an epic Spring Break, an upcoming business trip, or a family vacation, consider adding these common spices, herbs, and condiments to your meals to strengthen your immune system.  Read More.

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More Than Just Weight Loss: Walking Could Prevent the #1 and #2 Causes of Death

by Sárka-Jonae Miller

(The Best Years in Life) Walking is a simple pleasure that many people use to stay fit or boost their mood without considering just how much benefit they might actually be getting from the activity. In addition to combating depression, burning calories, and maintaining bone density, regular walking could significantly lower your chances of dying from both the first and second leading causes of death in the United States: heart disease and cancer. Heart disease claims the lives of around 600,000 people in the US annually, accounting for one in four deaths. Cancer kills nearly as many, taking about 575,000 people.  Read More.

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Healthiest Afternoon Snacks for Energy and Weight Maintenance

by Sárka-Jonae Miller

(The Best Years in Life) Even if you eat breakfast and lunch, if you're like most people you feel hungry or low on energy in the afternoon. The obvious answer is to have a snack, but if you're trying to lose weight or maintain your figure you might be tempted to power through. If you're unfortunate enough to have food allergies, you could also have a reason to put off your nutritional needs until you can get home and raid your stash of acceptable foods.

Yet an afternoon snack can boost productivity, let you think more clearly, keep your mood up, and actually contribute to weight loss by preventing overeating. But don't just grab something out of the office candy bowl or nearest vending machine. Consider the perfect snack to meet your needs, whether you need an energy boost, are trying to lose weight, or have to work with a restricted diet.  Read More.

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A Cup of Coffee a Day Keeps Cancer Away?

by Sárka-Jonae Miller

(The Best Years in Life) In the late nineteenth century and early twentieth century, whistling was a popular way to entertain people in the United States and Europe. In music halls and Vaudeville, professional whistlers would whistle tunes and imitate bird and wildlife calls. Whistling was popular mainly with the working class, but today is more often associated with Disney dwarfs. But whistling while you work shouldn't be a dwarfs-only activity. The once popular pastime offers several health benefits, from boosting your mood to attracting new friends.  Read More.

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Whistle Your Way to Better Health

by Sárka-Jonae Miller

(The Best Years in Life) In the late nineteenth century and early twentieth century, whistling was a popular way to entertain people in the United States and Europe. In music halls and Vaudeville, professional whistlers would whistle tunes and imitate bird and wildlife calls. Whistling was popular mainly with the working class, but today is more often associated with Disney dwarfs. But whistling while you work shouldn't be a dwarfs-only activity. The once popular pastime offers several health benefits, from boosting your mood to attracting new friends.  Read More.

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Now You Can Relax: Natural Cures for Tension Headaches

by Sárka-Jonae Miller

(The Best Years in Life) Tension headaches are most common kind, so chances are that either from stress, overexertion, or a really bad night's sleep you've experienced the sensation of feeling like someone put your head in a vice. The University of Maryland Medical Center states that as many as 78 percent of people have experienced these headaches. A tension headache is caused by a simple contraction of muscles in the skull, but it doesn't take complicated to cause massive discomfort. Fortunately, you don't have to choose between suffering and popping pills. There are many gentle, natural ways to fight tension headaches, though going back to bed or taking a relaxing bubble bath aren't bad ideas either.  Read More.

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Improve Indoor Air Quality by Making Natural Cleaning Sprays

by Sárka-Jonae Millerr

(The Best Years in Life) Research by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has found that indoor air quality is two to five times as bad as the air outdoors. In some instances, it has been shown to be more than 100 times worse. Air pollutants indoors is considered one of the top five public health threats. These findings indicate that once released into your home, air pollutants mostly hang around where they can make you sick. You can improve your air quality with items such as houseplants, air purifiers, and crystal salt lamps, but these things only filter out some of the toxins and pollutants. Introducing fewer contaminants into your home in the first place could help improve indoor air quality. Ironically, the cleaning products you use, particularly sprays, introduce toxic chemicals into your air. By ditching the commercially-made cleaning sprays and filling new spray bottles with homemade solutions you can keep your surfaces clean without sacrificing air quality.  Read More.

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The Healthy Teeth Diet

by Sárka-Jonae Miller

(The Best Years in Life) Could what you're eating be unhealthy for your teeth? It's common knowledge that sugary foods can rot your teeth and dark liquids like cola coffee stain your pearly whites, but there are other foods that threaten your oral health. Knowing what to avoid as well as recommended foods to prevent problems can lead to fewer painful problems with your teeth and gums, and fewer trips to the dentist.  Read More.

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Top Foods for Healthy Hair

by Sárka-Jonae Miller

(The Best Years in Life) You probably know that eating carrots is good for your eyes and drinking enough water helps maintain your skin's healthy glow, but did you know that what you eat affects the health of your hair? Eating a poor diet might not show in your hair as quickly as in your skin, but bad eating choices will eventually result in lackluster locks. The good news is that a balanced diet rich in certain foods will give you the shiny, strong hair you've always dreamed of, as long as you wash it regularly too.  Read More.

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How Intermittent Fasting Can Improve Health and Lower Weight

by Sárka-Jonae Miller

(The Best Years in Life) Every diet that actually works has one thing at its core: calorie reduction. Whether eating certain foods increases fat burning or scheduling your meals at different times actually improves digestion is widely debated, but the fact that eating less causes weight loss is indisputable. And what provides greater calorie reduction than fasting? Many religions include periods of fasting, saying it is good for the soul. Proponents say that fasting is a healthy way to rid the body of toxins and maintain control of cravings. But not everyone has the discipline to fast, plus there is always a real risk of putting your body into starvation mode, which means it won't give up its fat stores. Enter a reasonable and healthy solution to natural weight loss: intermittent fasting.  Read More.

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Natural Cures for Adrenal Fatigue Syndrome

by Sárka-Jonae Miller

(The Best Years in Life) You want to take advantage of the long summer days – enjoy the barbecues, fireworks, road trips, and everything that summertime offers – but it seems that the more fun stuff you do, the more you want to crawl into bed. Some people simply cannot handle the normal stimuli that others around them process just fine. The loud noises, the crowds, the increased conversations and activities can exhaust people with adrenal fatigue syndrome.

The brain constantly reacts to information and signals, working with the adrenal glands and other parts of the body to make sense of everything. Some people's adrenals are overloaded from processing information. Exhausted adrenals not only mean you are tired often and easily overwhelmed, by they also open the door to serious health concerns, such as type 2 diabetes, hypothyroidism, and heart problems. Thankfully, there are natural ways to manage the condition before it worsens.  Read More.

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Natural Summer Survival Kit

by Sárka-Jonae Miller

(The Best Years in Life) Stock up on herbs and natural products to help you survive the summer. Summertime brings a welcome change that boosts the mood, gives you longer days, and for many means summer vacations. But summer can also bring dehydration, heat stroke, and sunburns if you aren't careful. Beat the heat and save your skin by creating a summer survival kit with all-natural ingredients.  Read More.

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Summer Breathing Exercises to Keep You Cool, Energized and Free from Allergy Attack

by Sárka-Jonae Miller

(The Best Years in Life) Summertime is many people's favorite time of the year, but for some people summer means overheating, exhaustion from outdoor work projects and trying to keep up with the kids, and asthma and allergy attacks. Take control this summer with one simple change: change the way you breathe. From stimulating breaths when you need a pick up to cooling breaths when you need to cool down, you can control much of your summer experience with breathing exercises. Research even shows that people can reduce their dependence on asthma inhalers and allergy meds with Buteyko breathing, a simple and counterintutitive breathing style that could give you fewer attacks as well as more energy and less anxiety.  Read More.

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Natural Summer Survival

by Sárka-Jonae Miller

(The Best Years in Life) Stock up on herbs and natural products to help you survive the summer. Summertime brings a welcome change that boosts the mood, gives you longer days, and for many means summer vacations. But summer can also bring dehydration, heat stroke, and sunburns if you aren't careful. Beat the heat and save your skin by creating a summer survival kit with all-natural ingredients.  Read More.

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Protect Your Skin from Cold Weather

by Sárka-Jonae Miller

(The Best Years in Life) Although summer may be approaching, late winter to early spring still brings harsh weather that threatens the health of your skin. Dry, cold air steals the protective layer of oil that keeps your skin moist. The lack of oil causes dry, itchy skin that is prone to cracking. Any trauma to the skin could cause flare ups of conditions such as psoriasis and eczema. Even being indoors does not help because heaters dry out the air too, robbing your skin of moisture. Although you cannot completely prevent dry skin, you can minimize the potential trauma and reduce the likelihood of flare ups and cracking.  Read More.

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Lower Your Blood Pressure With Yoga and Lower Your Risk for Major Health Conditions

by Sárka-Jonae Miller

(The Best Years in Life) Around one in every three people in the United States has high blood pressure, a condition that can slowly damage the body overtime. High blood pressure can cause disabilities, kidney failure and stroke. It is often a precursor to cardiovascular disease, which kills more people in the US than anything else. Lifestyle changes can control high blood pressure. Yoga can actually lower it.  Read More.

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A Plant-based Diet Could be Beneficial for Uterine Fibroids

by Sárka-Jonae Miller

(The Best Years in Life) Many women may have uterine fibroids and not know it. Although uterine fibroids are not usually cancerous, they can still lead to complications like excessive menstrual bleeding and anemia. Around one in 800 fibroids become cancerous and some grow to become even larger than a grapefruit.

When a woman has symptoms are usually related to the fibroid or fibroids’ size. They usually don’t cause much in the way of symptoms until they result in the uterus growing to the size of a about a 14 week pregnancy.  Read More.

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Urinary Tract Infection Home Remedies: Herbs to Prevent a UTI Recurrence

by Sárka-Jonae Miller

(The Best Years in Life) If you have ever had a UTI, you are probably not keen on experiencing the symptoms of urinary tract infection again; yet nearly half the women who get a UTI experience another one within a year, including women who take antibiotics. There are natural ways to cure a UTI, but you should also consider herbal support from home remedies to prevent a future urinary tract infection.  Read More.

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Cosmetics and Animal Testing: Avon, Mary Kay and Estee Lauder Are Not Cruelty Free

by Sárka-Jonae Miller

(The Best Years in Life) Many caring individuals rely on labels that state that products are cruelty free to make compassionate decisions. When companies like Avon, Mary Kay and Estee Lauder put that label on their products, they are making a promise to consumers that their money will not go toward supporting cruel testing on animals. More than two decades have gone by since these three companies made that promise and now they are breaking it. Even worse, they are not changing their labels to truly reflect their shift away from being cruelty free.  Read More.

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Adopting a Gluten-free Diet Could Be a Treatment for Rheumatoid Arthritis

by Sárka-Jonae Miller

(The Best Years in Life) Eating foods containing gluten could lead to rheumatoid arthritis, a disease characterized by inflammation and pain in the joints. Gluten allergies lead to damage in the small intestine when people eat gluten, which is a protein found in most grains. Breads and pasta are just some of the common foods that contain gluten. People who are gluten intolerant or allergic may experience side effects from eating gluten, but some people do not have symptoms and could be unknowingly increasing their risk of rheumatoid arthritis.  Read More.

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Natural Weight Loss Supplements That Really Work

by Sárka-Jonae Miller

(The Best Years in Life) All weight loss plans have one thing in common: you have to start using up more calories than you consume to lose weight. Cutting back on calories creates a deficit so you can achieve fast weight loss, but eating less is challenging when your dietary choices are habitual. Weight loss supplements that suppress your appetite may give you a fighting chance for sticking to a healthy diet. Although not a long-term solution, certain supplements provide the assistance people need to get through a period of adjustment when beginning a natural weight loss routine. Read More.

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