HEALTH TIP AND RECIPE OF THE MONTH

HEALTH TIP OF THE MONTH

BAD POSTURE HABITS TO AVOID

by Chris Adams    about.comergonomics

Keeping a good, dynamic posture can be difficult if you have developed some bad body mechanic habits. Stay aware of your posture throughout the day and strive to avoid these common posture problems.

1. Do not hunch or roll your upper back.  Keep those shoulders back,chin up and chest out. Also, do not droop your shoulders.If you get tired or just loose focus you may stop controlling your arms with your muscles and let them hang freely. Good posture needs muscle support so keep those arms held and those shoulders in place.

2. Do not cock your neck to the side. Unless you are living in the eighties this is probably not a problem due to social pressure. Instead it often comes about with talking on the phone. If you tend to hold the phone between your head and shoulder you should stop. Utilize a speaker phone option if available. If you cannot due that then you should invest in a headset for your phone. At minimum you should attach shoulder support to your handset that limits the amount the neck has to bend to hold the phone to your shoulder.

3. Never lock your knees, or any of your joints for that matter. The joints should always be slightly flexed. Bone on bone, full extension should be avoided. It can damage the joint and reduce fluid flow to the extremities. If you lock your knees while standing it will cause you to eventually pass out. Usually in about 5 to 15 minutes.

4. You should also avoid cocking your hips to the side while standing. A sachet of the hips to the side while walking is not a problem and is often quite normal body mechanics. And a side to side movement or shifting of your weight over your hips can be helpful but cocking the hip well over to the side is not.

Cocking the hips to one side while standing is similar to locking your knees. It can constrict fluid flow around and through the pelvis. It also shifts your balance point over to the side causing more strain than necessary on your body. At the same time it pulls the spine out of a healthy S-curve. And lastly it tends to let the bones rest on bone on the joint instead of having the body held by muscle which can cause irritation and bone damage.

5. Try to keep from raising your shoulders upwards. You probably rise your shoulders hundreds of times a day without realizing it. Every time you raise your elbows or forearms on an armrest that is slightly too high for you it pushes your shoulders up. If you place your hands on your hips it pushes your shoulders up. If you hold hands with someone taller than you it pushes your shoulders up. If you carry a purse or shoulder bag you often shrug your shoulder upwards to keep it on.

Raising your shoulders, especially just one of them, causes a significant imbalanced loading across your upper body. One raised, or dropped, shoulder can throw your posture severely out of whack.

6. Keep your feet healthy and springy. Allow them o keep the natural splaying (where the feet turn out slightly with the toes wide apart than the heels). Feet are not meant to be perfectly straight. They are also meant to be dynamic with motion in the ankle, metatarsals and toes in every  step. Clodhopper, hard soled shoes should be avoided.

RECIPE OF THE MONTH

SIMPLE GINGER CARROT SOUP  by Juli    paleomg.com

This is such a delicious soup and loaded with nutrition from the carrots; and the ginger and onions are very medicinal.

In just 30 minutes you have a very wholesome and filling soup . I use the carrots from my garden!

Prep time/10 minutes     Cook time/15 minutes  Total time/30 minutes

Serves 3 to 4

Ingredients

♦  2 to 3 cups carrots

♦  2 cups vegetable broth or broth of choice (I use chicken)

♦  1/2 yellow onion, finely diced

♦  3 TBL. fresh ginger, minced

♦  2 garlic cloves, minced (I used 3)

♦  2 TBL. coconut oil

♦  salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

1. Place a saucepan over medium heat, add in your coconut oil, garlic and onion. Cook up onion until they are translucent.

2. Then add in your carrots with broth and coconut milk along with ginger and a bit of salt and pepper.

3. Cook until carrots are soft, about 12 to 15 minutes.

4. Once the carrots are soft use an immersion blender to mix until the soup is smooth and creamy. If you do not have an immersion blender, add it to your food processor,like I did. ( I just let the soup cool and used my blender in two batches).

5. Top with more fresh ginger and enjoy.( optional).