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Health Hacks!

Posted by Vicki on 11/17/2015

Holiday Health Hacks!


During the holiday’s life can be hectic and the last thing you need is to have an ache or pain that keeps you from being able to get things done. The most common ailment is back pain from standing to shop, bending to wrap presents, or spending too many hours cooking. Here is a simple thing that will help you last longer when you have to be on your feet too long. When you are in the kitchen cooking or washing dishes, simply open the bottom cabinet door and put one foot up on the cabinet shelf. That will take some of the stress off your lower back. About every 5-10 minutes change legs. This will make a huge difference on the amount of strain you have placed on your lower back and allow you more time to finish that last bit of clean up pain free.

After a long day of shopping, run a warm bath and place some Epsom Salt in the bath and enjoy a soak in the tub. Epsom Salt is absorbed through the skin and begin to relieve stress by promoting the production of serotonin and reducing the effects of adrenaline which promote stress relief. Magnesium also plays a critical role in the production of energy in cells, helping us to feel invigorated without causing feelings of restlessness or anxiety.

Foot pain is the next most common complaint during the holidays. Whether it’s from wearing those cute heels at the company Christmas Party, or just plain walking endless miles in the mall to find the perfect gift, foot pain is the usual result of the holiday activities. You can get relief of pain from using that rolling pin in your kitchen to roll across the arch of your foot. Since I buy my pies from the store, my rolling pin gets much better use on my feet. To get the most benefit, sit down on a low chair and put the rolling pin on the floor under your feet. Roll the pin from you heel to the ball of your foot putting as much pressure as you can tolerate through the arch of your foot. I keep a rolling pin just for me feet and I have purchased a separate one for baking. (Just in case you ever come to my house for dinner and get served pie!).

Tension headaches are the third most common complaint. Sometimes from the shear strain of trying to get everything done in a timely manner and sometimes from too much holiday cheer! Either way, a headache can really put a kink in your holiday mood. I recommend placing two golf balls in a sock and securing them with a knot into the toe of the sock. Lay down on your back and place the two golf balls at the base of the skull. You will notice that the muscles are very tender and may even send pain to the top of the head or the back of the eye. Press the back of the head down onto the golf balls for 30 seconds to a minute and release. Continue to press and release for about 3-5 minutes. This will begin to allow blood flow into the tightened muscles at the base of the skull reducing the headache.

Remember to take time to take care of yourself during the holidays. When you are healthy and happy it is often the best gift you can give to your family. If you have any nagging problems consider getting a free screen to have them taken care of soon. If you yearly deductible has been met, now is an excellent time to take care of yourself while saving money for the holidays.