People all over the world are engaging in behaviors that result in spinal injuries and respiratory problems. Most people even do it every day, New Zealand television network TVNZ revealed on April 4. What is it? Hunching over smartphones and tablets is a problem, chiropractor Dr. Tammy Hune tells TVNZ. "Sitting to our spine is like sugar to our teeth -- it causes decay and dysfunction," Hune continues.
There is good news, however. Natural remedies can correct our posture, relieve back pain, and even promote overall health and wellness. Here are some natural ways to feel your best:
Strike a Pose (A Yoga Pose, That Is)
Practicing yoga is extremely beneficial -- to your body and mind! First and foremost, yoga will easily address the problem of bending over your smartphone or computer. "Yoga poses can help counteract your tendency to slouch as well as increase body awareness, improving your posture," About.com writes. Furthermore, U-T San Diego adds, "Yoga’s bends and twists can strengthen areas that are weak and lead to less pain." In other words, yoga can relieve pain from improper posture -- and encourage healthy alignment to prevent future pain. This is welcome news, especially give that musculoskeletal injuries from poor ergonomics account for wholly one-third of all workplace injuries! Yoga also helps ease migraines, relieve stress, and promote restful sleep, The Huffington Post reports.
Put Your Mind At Ease
According to Bloomberg and Harvard researchers, meditation can counteract genes linked to stress and boost immunity to disease. Researcher John Denninger adds that meditation has a whole body effect, benefiting your entire system -- not just your brain. Yoga teacher Mitchel Bleier advises beginners, "The key is to try and be still and focus just on the breath. No moving, no reacting, just stay present."
Eat Better to Feel Better
Eating healthier foods similarly impacts your overall well-being. Balanced diets boost energy, help with weight control, and can even curb depression. Eat plenty of fresh fruits and veggies, and avoid eating processed foods whenever possible. Take advantage of natural super foods, like avocados, chia seeds, and green tea, for an extra kick. Avocados are packed with proteins and healthy fats, helping you stay slim. The protein-packed food also helps maintain healthy, glowing skin. Similarly, drinking two to three cups of green tea per day helps kick start your metabolism. Regular green tea drinkers also decrease heart attack risks by as much as 44%, FitDay adds.
Changing a few habits promotes overall health, eliminates stress, and reduces the likelihood of crippling back pain. Get on the right track by practicing yoga to strengthen your body and relieve aches, meditating to ease daily troubles, and eating healthy for more energy and a trim figure.