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How to Prevent Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

With the rising cost of health care, America’s been turning it’s attention to preventative medicine. Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is a repetitive hand injury that involved pressure on the nerve which runs from the wrist through the forearm. This occurs when our hands are in a flexed position for long periods of time, similar to the position of the hands when you are at the computer or driving.

One of the best ways to prevent Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is to look around your work space, and change anything that could be causing excess strain on the wrists. Purchasing a mouse pad with wrist support, and a foam wrist support for your keyboard will greatly reduce your risk of developing this debilitating injury.

Taking breaks when you feel your hands begin to tire is important in preventing injury. There are also many ways to stretch the hands and wrists in order to keep your hands happy. Here is a video of yoga stretches for preventing carpal tunnel syndrome.

Remember, preventing injury now could help you avoid costly surgery later.

Water as a Health Food?

We hear it all the time, drink 8 glasses of water a day. But who has time for water when there’s an endless supply of juices, infusions and bottled drinks that at least have some flavor to them? When I was browsing the website of the World’s Healthiest Foods, I was shocked to find water listed alongside green tea and Tamari soy sauce.

The Worlds Healthiest Foods were compiled based on (among other things) the ratio of nutrients to calories, and since water from natural sources has a significant number of minerals with zero calories, that certainly puts it on the list.

Not only are our bodies at least 60% water, but water is also used to move nutrients around the body and remove toxins from the body. Drinking water leads to better heart health, proper blood pressure, improved mental performance, increased athletic performance, clearer skin and better digestion.

We all have the temptation to add flavor to our water to make it more exciting. But a lot can be said for getting used to the refreshing feeling of plain water.

If you are trying to cut out juices and sodas, but are having a hard time with water, try adding a lemon slice to the glass. For something a little more adventurous cut a small, peeled cucumber into half, and add into a water jug and refrigerate. Leave the cucumber floating in the water for a few hours and soon you’ll have your own refreshing cucumber water.