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Are Birkenstocks Good for your Feet’s Health

After their long absence on the forefront of shoes stores, Birkenstock footwear, especially sandals, have become increasingly popular among fashion lovers and began to be worn in various styles. If we want to give a nickname to Birkenstocks we would call them “comfy shoes”. This quality is crucial for the health of your feet, so let’s answer the question whether Birkenstocks are good for your feet or not so much, and why comfort is important.

Birkenstock have designed their orthopedic shoes in a way that your four foot arches could be supported. This is possible because of the special contours they manufacture. To show their interest for foot health, Birkenstock have made a very detailed image explaining the foot characteristics ( bones,muscles, ligaments, movements …etc) they have took in consideration before creating these amazingly comfortable shoes.birkenstocks-explain

Like a footprint in the sand

One of the major features that Birkenstocks have is the ability to take the shape of your feet just like when you leave a footprint in the sand. The cork made footbed is what gives this possibility and which is a great a support for the health of your feet, and the more you walk the more the shoes take the shape of your feet.

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Weight distribution

In addition to the foot shape feature, the natural cork material enables the shoe’s footbed to absorb birkenstocks-walkingshocks and to distribute weight while walking. This is an important health benefit for the feet in the way that they don’t have to carry all your body’s weight at specific area of your feet and which could hurt them, but the weight is rather distributed in a somehow equal manner like on a sponge. This also helps your spine and legs to be aligned nicely due to good weight distribution which reduces the risks of having back pain problems.

In order to help maintaining balance, the toe bar is designed in such a way that toes can grip. In addition to that, stability is provided via the deep heel cup.

 

In conclusion, if you want a nice investment that is good for your feet, your health and is not an ugly medical wear, Birkenstocks are a great choice.

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5 Tips to Deal with Spring Allergy

Spring season is already here, and like in many parts of the United States, it has started as early as February, but it’s not always good news for allergy sufferers. So in order to profit from the green season cheerfully, here are some tips that can be helpful.

Pollen

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If we visualize the allergy mechanism, we can therefore easily spot the areas in which we can implement some habits in order to reduce the effect of pollen on us.

Your cloths

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When you come back from outside, your cloths are probably carying pollen on it.So a good habit to start is to take your cloths off once arrived at home and put it in the washing machine, and do not put it on any of your furnitures. This will install pollen particles on your furnitures and will probably fly everywhere all over your house.

Automatic Sweep

The second habit is related to to first one. In case you couldn’t implement the first habit successfully, or you want to add more security, then you can simply sweep anywhere you sit once you or your pet have come from outside.

Get an Air Purifier

Technology has given us many tools to help us improve quality of our indoor life. Air purifiers are one of them, as it has the ability to catch airborne germs and dust particles in the air. To get an affordable one check the Germ Guardian air purifier, it is one of the best selling in this category.

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You can also profit from natural relief remedies. This is possible by taking some herbal remedies that may help drive back allergy symptoms. Specialists said that this still needs more research, but a hope has arise after a successful extract from a shrub called butterbur.

An Allergy Specialist

Finally, this is what everybody will tell you, and yes if you tried hard or if you have a severe allergy you may try the advices above to reduce your allergy reactions and in addition to that, consult your allergist so he can give you medications to control symptoms.

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A New Way to Quit Smoking

To cope with humans health enemy number one, that is, along with obesity, among the leading causes of morbidity and mortality in the world, namely cigarettes, many methods had been adopted and put to the effectiveness test, from the nicotine patch to the e-cigarettes, but all of these are keeping a foot in the water and the other outside.

Judson Brewer, MD, PhD from UMASS Medical School has found a new way to deal with every kind of addiction, and which he shared on a Ted Talk. The concept of this method is based on cognitive control which allows smokers or any addicted individual to crack down the circle of his addiction by himself after recognizing the unpleasing experience that this addiction provides at the moment, and he calls this phase : Mindfulness.

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This could be described as a high awareness state enabling us to analyze our own actions while doing them.

The best example given by Dr.Brewer ( after a biological example related to eating a chocolate cake) is the one of a teenager of his generation at the time when smoking was a cool stuff to do, and for some it’s stupidly still the case, that the circle of addiction looks like this :

See cool >> Smoke to be cool >> Feel good >> Repeat.

Mindfulness comes into play at the second stage while doing the action. In this example, it is at the moment of smoking and acknowledging the uncheerful disgusting experience of that action. He showed an actual experience of a smoker at the state of mindfulness, or more precisely : “mindful smoking”. The image bellow shows his reaction.

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After this kind of reaction, quitting smoking is a natural following step. In this simple self-therapy, the addicted individual becomes an investigator, an inner scientist that uses curiosity to motivate him to spot the uncheerful action and entering the Mindfulness state to experience unpleasance that will result to a happy letting go of the addiction in question naturally.

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12 Healthy Superfoods for Americans

 

According to NIDDK 68.8% of Americans are overweight or obese, and this issue doesn’t affect only elderly people, but also young ones.This is a serious problem that could have a very negative impact on the heart.

Here are great superfoods to prevent you from falling into obesity and diabetes  :

Acai juice according to researchers Texas A&M University this juice can increase the amount of antioxidants in in the blood.

Walnuts . This one is very helpful your memory hazards contains Omega-3 air can give you a great amount of alpha-linolenic acid.

Brazil nuts One single nut of these is a big source of selenium that any other food can provide.

Tomato sauce. A Harvard study showing that sits can help healthy and also skin look younger thanks to its load with lycopene.

Apples this is one of the favorite fruits that May reduce risk of lung cancer because of an antioxidant called quercetin.

Oranges Almost everybody knows where to find vitamin C, and yes one single orange is sufficient to get the necessary dose of vitamin C , but not everybody knows that it contains also folate and calcium.

Bananas containing polysaccharide that functions as a carbohydrate, They are a good meal that could help you lose weight. In addition to that, it contains fiber that are good for your health.

Mustard greens Here is a nice recipe for this one : gather walnuts, Parmesan, garlic and don’t forget to add olive oil all in a food processor, and empower your body with vitamin K that these greens contains.

Soy milk In addition to vitamin D and calcium that a commun milk has, the soy milk is also a source of vegetable protein.

Sweet potatoes These act as protector of your immune system and your vision as well. One large baked potato could deliver more than 900% of your vitamin A dose everyday.

Broccoli sprouts Unlike the regular broccoli, these ones have a very high dose of  compound glucoraphanin that has the ability to prevent cancer.

Turkey breast In order not to be converted into a vegan, profit from turkey meat, the breast one, to get some good protein  as it has 20 grams of it per 3-oz serving.

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Tips to Improve Your Feet Health

It is very commonly known that people living with diabetes take care of their feet, but this shouldn’t be an exclusive practice. There is even a title that has been given to a private sector dealing with foot care namely the FHP. You should also take care of your feet, here are some tips that will keep your feet in a good shape.

Walking Barefooted

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This is a kind of training that is starting to be adopted among many fitness circles, as it is very beneficial on many levels, as i will discuss later on this articles, one being a practice that decreases the possibilities of ankle sprains and chronic injuries. And this is aws confirmed in a research done that appeared in the Journal of Foot and Ankle Research, it says, “Shoes reduce foot motion and increase the support phases of the gait cycle”.

Calf stretches

This is a good way to allow your feet to be more flexible and do a variety of movement more easily and keep them supple.

Foot Massage

This is a good opportunity to get connected with your wife/spouse, as you can take care of each others feet by doing a gentle massage, with a roller if you have one, and this will refresh your feet.

Wear clean and dry socks

Keeping your feet clean and dry is the first step to avoiding infection. Try always to wear your socks that doesn’t have the biggest stitching and seams. This is very helpful in order to prevent them from infections, and of course they must be dry and clean. Additionally, it is recommended that you invest in comfortable shoes like Birkenstocks so that your feet won’t suffer especially if you are a bit overweight.

Alphabet Exercise

This could be done anywhere, in the office or at home.While sitting on a chair, circle the alphabet with your feet.

Reflexology

This is a therapy that is becoming widely recognized, and which aims to awaken some innate self-healing mechanisms that our body has already.This is not only good for your feet, but it also helps to reduce anxiety and increase efficiency of circulation.

Earthing

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According to  Mercola, this medical practice was discovered by Clint Ober. Grounding is also another name by which it is known, it consists of connecting and benefiting from the ground by walking barefoot. This practice allows certain pressure points on the feet to be activated, it can be painful sometimes, but it’s very beneficial for your health.

To find out more about the two last practices, check this video: