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LADIES (AND GENTS) WATCH THOSE HEELS OVER CHRISTMAS…

Heels are getting higher and higher, but they can lead to everything from an ankle sprain to chronic back pain. LA Spine writes – “Your calf, hip, and back muscles play a role in how your spine lines up. Without heels, your spine is fairly straight, calf muscles will be relaxed, and your body weight is evenly distributed. With heels, your chest and lower back are pushed forward. These two movements automatically throw your hips and spine out of alignment. Express pressure on your knees can further offset spinal alignment.”

Nerves in the legs that extend to the spine, namely the sciatic nerve, can be affected by the misalignment this motion causes, often resulting in back pain.

Pressure from high heels can also lead to blisters, swelling, bursitis, bunions and Achilles tendon pain.

Switching to lower heels will help avoid the problem. The lower you go, the more natural your foot position will be.

Cure Back Pain also points out that “some men choose to wear heeled shoes or boots of various styles and might also suffer dramatic symptoms as a direct result of their choice in footwear. Remember that back pain is not a gender-discriminating health issue.”

If you have to wear heels then wear a chunky heel as they have more surface area and this distributes your weight more evenly.

However, completely flat ballet pumps can also cause problems with poor arch support. You can have insoles with ballet pumps which is something I always use.

And don’t forget those very pointed toes can leave you with bunions and possible surgery when you get older.

Many women are unwilling to trade style for comfort but it’s up to you what you decide to wear. A pinched nerve which is essentially a thickened nerve tissue can also result in the foot from repetative stress, a deformity in the foot, or ill fitting shoes or high heels.

Another common foot or heel pain that can cause back pain is a “pinched nerve” which is essentially a thickened nerve tissue, oftentimes called a neuroma. A common one is Morton’s Neuroma.

These are often a result of an injury to the foot, repetitive stress, a deformity in the foot or, most commonly for women, ill fitting shoes or high heels.

I’m a short 5ft in height and would love to wear the high heels I used to wear, but I know I can’t possibly wear them. Trainers are also good to wear but I just do not like myself in trainers and tend to wear ballet pumps with insoles.

Whatever you wear over Christmas, take care and watch out for those slippy streets when the ice and snow come our way.

Source: Cure Back Pain  LA Spine  

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HOW TO LOOK AFTER YOUR LIVER OVER CHRISTMAS AND 5 TIPS ON HOW TO GIVE IT SOME TLC…

We all tend to overindulge over Christmas and with the year we have had this year we may be tempted to overdo our drink and eating.

The British Liver Trust wrote, “did you know that 9 in 10 cases of liver disease could be prevented?”

You only have one liver, so it’s important to know how to look after it. Your liver is the largest organ inside your body and does hundreds of essential jobs. It works hard and can take a lot of abuse, but it is like an elastic band – it can only stretch so far before it breaks.

According to a report by the Royal College of Psychiatrists, it’s thought that nearly double the amount of people in the UK drank “high-risk” amounts of alcohol in the first lockdown—that’s a whopping 8.4 million people—let alone what the stats will show from the second lockdown. Add this to the fact that liver disease is now the third biggest cause of death in those aged between 18 and 65 (despite 90% of the cases being preventable), and how alcohol already costs the NHS billions every year, it’s no doubt that the UK is set to see big fallout health issues from COVID-19 long term.

The British Liver Trust say regularly drinking more than the recommended amount over a long period can damage your liver. This can lead to alcohol-related liver disease (ARLD) and liver cancer.

What you can do to reduce liver damage from alcohol

  • Men and women should drink no more than 14 units per week.
  • Give your liver a regular break and have 2 to 3 alcohol free days each week – try to have them all in a row.

Read more about alcohol and the liver here: https://britishlivertrust.org.uk/information-and-support/living-with-a-liver-condition/liver-conditions/alcohol/

The best gift you could give your liver this Christmas is some TLC.

  1. Try to reduce or eliminate caffeine from your diet – the liver considers caffeine as one of the toxins it needs to deal with and remove from the body. If you really can’t live without your daily fix, try having it with food to give your body a better chance of breaking it down in the digestive process.
  1. Consider taking supplements – they are a good way of ensuring that your body and liver get good quality nutrients, that are essential for the repair process and may be lacking in the food we eat. Remember that nutritional products are a supplement to the diet and not a replacement. But always make sure products contain lots of antioxidant vitamins and minerals, flavonoids, B vitamins, and amino acids.
  1. Keep hydrated – it is the liver’s job to cleanse the body. An obvious but important tip is to drink water on a regular basis to help flush away waste and toxins. Adding a slice of lemon further helps enhance the liver detoxification process.
  1. Add variety into your diet – there are several foods that are great to eat to help your liver such as:
  • Beetroot: rich in plant flavonoids and beta carotene, which stimulate healthy liver function.
  • Turmeric: a source of curcumin, which helps cleanse carcinogens.
  • Garlic: rich in allicin to encourage liver enzyme activity.
  • Green Tea: rich in antioxidants contributing to a liver flushing function.
  • Grapefruit: high in the antioxidant vitamin c, take either as juice or fruit
  • Leafy Greens: spinach, kale and lettuce all help with bile production and are also rich in plant chlorophylls which naturally help liver detoxification.
  • Avocado: high in amino acids, especially glutathione for detoxification.
  • Artichoke: a fibrous plant, rich in Caffeoylquinic and Cynarin, both phenolic acid compounds which help maintain proper bile production and distribution, encouraging the removal of toxins and the repair of the liver.
  1. Take a break – the liver’s job is to detoxify alcohol and eliminate harmful waste products. The more alcohol that is in your system, the harder the liver has to work to keep you healthy. Excessive drinking can cause a build-up of triglycerides which can lead to fatty liver disease. If you give your body a break from the booze, the liver will repair itself, providing there is no permanent damage.

Simon said: “There is no question that 2020 has seen us all face exceptional circumstances and, as such, some of us have certainly upped our alcohol intake. Our concern is, with the public already drinking more than normal, and then Christmas naturally being a time for over-indulgence, what effect it will have on our bodies, and already strained NHS, long term. With just a few simple steps people can really help their bodies – the liver is an incredible organ that, in most circumstances, can repair itself, so a bit of TLC is the best gift we can give ourselves this year.”

Veganicity offers Liver Kind – a comprehensive unique vegan combination of key lipotropic nutrients, helping people safeguard their nutrient intake and protect the health of the liver. It’s high in vitamins, minerals, artichoke and key amino acids, which help detoxify the body and eliminate harmful chemicals. Products are available from www.veganicity.comwww.amazon.co.uk and all good independent health shops nationwide.

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PLEASE LOOK OUT FOR SOMEONE IN PAIN THIS CHRISTMAS…

The difference between chronic and acute is just a matter of ‘time’ really. An acute attack of pain is something new that arrived and (hopefully) went. A chronic attack of pain is something that has been there for a long time, constant, like a toothache gnawing away at you come rain or shine.

 

If someone falls over and breaks a leg they are in immediate acute pain, and by the time they have been looked after in the hospital, they usually leave with their pain under control. If someone is in chronic pain due to a toothache or back pain, there is usually nothing that you can actually ‘see’ that is causing it. Treatment for this type of pain can be a combination of things with the help of your GP and Pain clinic.

The average person will cope with some type of acute pain in their lifetime but most won’t have to suffer from chronic pain, so unless they have been in this sort of pain they have no idea what it is like.

Time and time again I get told how ‘well’ I look as if I must be making up how I am actually feeling. I’ve often felt despair, rage and profound disappointment that I could not do specific jobs. My life has changed so much over the years that I can hardly believe it.

But staying positive, which I think I do, helps you through the dark days when the only people who know how much you are suffering are your loved ones. At this time of year everyone, in particular, women (sorry fellas) just doesn’t seem to stop so there will be many of us suffering in silence.

Soooooo, if you know someone in pain just remember to give them a helping hand at this busy time of year.