5 Best Workouts to Make You More Flexible

To keep your body limber, it’s a good idea to do exercises specifically focused on flexibility.

As we age, our muscles gradually become shorter and begin to lose some elasticity. Aging can also decrease the range of motion in your hips, shoulders and spine. But if you work flexibility exercises into your routine, it can help offset the effects of aging.

Here are five ways to do it:

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How Treating Varicose Veins Can Make Your Legs Look Young Again

They may be ugly, but varicose veins and spider veins usually are only a cosmetic issue. However, sometimes, these bulging veins on the skin surface can signal a deeper problem.

“Varicose veins and spider veins are a plumbing issue,” says dermatologist Jennifer Lucas, MD. “They’re almost like leaky valves that are not capable of pushing blood back up to the heart.”

Varicose veins

Varicose and spider veins are very common. About half of all women and nearly as many men in the U.S. suffer from abnormal veins in the legs, where varicose and spider veins most often appear. You’re more prone to vein problems if your job keeps you on your feet all day.

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How Can I Get Rid of the Spider Veins on My Face?

When the teeny-tiny blood vessels on the surface of the skin break, they’re called telangiectasias.

The most common cause of telangiectasias is photoaging (aging related to sun exposure). Telangiectasias are also common among people with rosacea, liver disease, or connective tissue diseases like scleroderma, dermatomyositis and systemic lupus erythematosus. Chronic corticosteroid use and pregnancy can also promote their development.

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Can Any Treatments Firm Up My Crepey Skin?

Applying lotion on a daily basis will help minimize a crepey, or papery, look to the skin. I usually tell my patients to lather themselves up with lotion within three to five minutes of getting out of the shower. Doing this will not only prevent dryness; it will also hydrate the skin and minimize the crepey appearance.

In addition to over-the-counter moisturizer, you may want to search for products that add extra moisture into the skin, exfoliate it and enhance collagen production. These can also minimize a crepey appearance.

We recommend products containing alpha hydroxy acids, including glycolic acid, lactic acid and citric or other acids derived from foods. A number of these products are available, either over the counter or dispensed as cosmeceuticals by the physician’s office.

The Best Workouts for Osteoporosis

Ever think of your bones in terms of architecture? Well, health professionals do — bone is a living tissue that is constantly breaking down and rebuilding. Diseases that change bone architecture, such as osteoporosis, spell trouble.

“In osteoporosis, more bone gets broken down than built up,” explains Cleveland Clinic physical therapist Maribeth Gibbon, PT. “Osteoporosis is a major health concern. Half of all women and one-quarter of all men over age 50 will have a fracture caused by osteoporosis in their lifetime.”

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Best Strategies to Prevent Running Injuries: 6 Expert Tips

If you’re a runner, you know it can take a heavy toll on your body. From runner’s knee to shin splints, an injury can sabotage your training or worse — it can take you out during the first leg of a competition for which you’ve spent months training.

Unrecognizable injured runner sitting on a wooden floor background

But you can help stack the odds in your favor. Whether you’re a beginner or a pro, here are six things you can do to help minimize your chances of getting hurt.

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23 Foods That Are Good For Your Skin

Sometimes my patients ask me what foods are good for their skin, to keep it firm and younger looking. I tell them whatever you eat that’s good for you is good for your skin. Your skin is a reflection of your overall health. If you’re healthy inside, you’re healthy outside.

You can’t stop yourself from aging. But here are some foods I recommend that can help firm and protect your skin.

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8 Summer Foods That Will Help You De-Bloat

Bloating can occur to all of us, regardless of how healthy our lifestyle is. Dehydration, overeating, and menstruation are the main causes of bloating.

Maybe it seems unbelievable, but eating more foods can be the solution to this problem. You may wonder how this can be possible, but eating certain foods can boost your digestion and reduce the size of your belly.

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Homemade Protein Powders That Balance Hormones and Boost Workout Performance

If you want to get some extra nutrition, you can try adding protein powder to your smoothie or meal. Well, there are many powders found on the market, but they usually contain artificial flavorings and other unhealthy additives and they are extremely expensive.

Fortunately, you can prepare your own protein powder in your home. The best thing is that you already have all the ingredients in your kitchen and you will not need to spend a fortune.

Today, we have 8 recipes for you. They are very easy to prepare and are plant-based.

Even though they contain less protein per serving compared to commercial powder, they are healthier and they do not use extracts, but whole foods.

If you use tablespoons of powder as one serving, these recipes will make 2-3 servings.

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