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Importance of Posture

The Importance of Posture

Most people don’t realize the importance of posture and the effects it can have on your overall health. Having poor posture is one of the top three reasons for all visits to the doctor, and worsening posture over the years can decrease your life expectancy. Here are a few reasons why maintaining good posture is important to your health.

Preventing back problems

One of the biggest problems that can occur from poor posture is temporary or chronic back pain due to the pressure put on your joints, nerves, and muscles from slouching. If you have a job that requires you to sit at a desk for most of the day, make sure you are sitting up straight.

Improving athletic performance and preventing injuries

Even if you are a star athlete, poor posture can impact your performance and cause injuries, especially if you spend most of your day sitting for long periods of time. In order to enhance your posture when you are off the field or outside of the gym, make sure to take regular breaks throughout the day that involve some activity. Even taking a 15-minute walk can help improve your posture and ultimately your athletic performance.

Lowering the risk for chronic health problems

The natural height that we lose with age brings a greater chance for having a curved spine, which can cause tightness around many of your internal organs. These restrictions increase the chances for chronic health problems such as digestive issues, stroke and heart disease. In order to reduce the risk for these health-related issues, treat your posture with the same level of care as you would with other habits, like healthy eating, exercise, and brushing your teeth.

Boosting your mood and energy levels

Having good posture can impact more than how you appear. A study from the Journal of Behavior Therapy and Experimental Psychiatry states that “adopting an upright posture may increase positive affect, reduce fatigue and decrease self-focus in people with mild to moderate depression.” The tension caused by poor posture can also decrease your energy levels due to the compression in your spine. In order to keep both your body and mind strong, be sure to incorporate flexibility exercises such as yoga into your workout routine.

Live Well specializes in chiropractic services that improve posture including spinal alignment, decompression therapy, and preventative exercises. We can also help your children improve their posture before bad habits become ingrained. To schedule an appointment, email us at info@livewellcc.com or call at 513-285-7682. If you have general questions, feel free to send us a message.

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Get Creative with Your Herbs

Get Creative with Your Herbs

The kitchen is the heart of the home and creating a fantastic meal for your family or entertaining is even better when you use fresh herbs. Herb gardens can be started and maintained in both indoor and outdoor settings and add some flair to your recipes. But you don’t need to be an experienced chef or gardener to grow herbs yourself. If you aren’t sure where to begin, here are a few tips for growing your own herbs and getting creative in the kitchen.

Choose Your Herbs

When deciding on which herbs are right for you, consider if you want to grow indoors or outdoors based on the climate of your region. If you reside in a cold location, keeping herbs indoors might be best. Also, consider how much time and attention you have to make your herb garden a success. Some of the easiest and most popular herbs to grow are basil, rosemary, chives, parsley, tarragon, lavender, dill and mint.

Starting and Maintaining Your Garden

Once you have chosen your space and which herbs you are going to grow, the gardening process is fairly simple. Herbs need to be planted, watered and harvested frequently for the best results. Many herbs like oregano, chives and parsley can be grown in pots or containers indoors or planted in a well-lit soiled area outside. Deciding when to harvest depends on the herb, but they generally should be harvested before they flower. Removing approximately 1/3 of the growth with scissors will keep herbs growing at a more bountiful rate and better quality.

Get Cooking

Once you have your herb garden up and running, it’s time to head into the kitchen to put your homegrown herbs to use. Knowing which herbs to pair with certain foods can be tricky, but some of our favorites are using basil for making homemade pesto, rosemary herbs for grilled pork loin and dill for salmon. Some other options include using parsley, chives and tarragon for making herb butter to grill steaks or sea bass.

More Than Just Food

Your homegrown herbs can be used for other household items in addition to food. Get creative outside of the kitchen by using lavender and cilantro to make bath bombs, soap, baking soda or decorations, or rosemary to make fresh herbal hair rinses. Rosemary and mint can also be used as an insect and mice repellent to keep unwanted pests out of your kitchen.

We encourage you to stay healthy and safe while gardening by stretching and wearing protection for your knees when gardening outdoors. In addition to our safety tips, Live Well can help you with a variety of nutritional support and services. Contact us by emailing info@livewellcc.com or calling at 513-285-7682 or send us a message.

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