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Modern era has brought new dangers to human society, and only few of us are fully acknowledged with the disadvantages of hi- tech improvement and its use in everyday life.

As the newest research conducted on the Weizmann Institute of Science in Israel discovered, we are exposed to harmful levels of electromagnetic radiation by using certain cell phones.


A study published in the Biochemical Journal found even more devastating news; namely, a single use of specific cell phones for just 15 minutes can trigger brain cell changes associated with cancerous cell division.

The Associate Director of the National Institutes of Health, National Toxicology Program, Dr. John Bucher said: “As of now, with only 10-12 years exposure, and use increasing dramatically, there is a concern of increase in brain cancer, related to use.”

In addition, he stated that even more threatening is the fact that skull allows deeper penetration of radiation and could pose a greater risk.

The following are the top 5 phones with the highest radiation:



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Have you ever met someone you would consider a fully authentic person? It seems rare in this day and age to find a truly authentic person who can unabashedly live and be comfortable in their own skin, but although it may be a challenge, it is absolutely possible to become such a person. Authentic people are secure in themselves and do not doubt their instincts. They aren’t strongly influenced by societal and peer pressures and they don’t worry about changing themselves in order to please others.


Initially, deciding to live in a way that allows you to be an authentic person may be daunting and seem uncomfortable.

Big changes may have to be made, some habits will be hard to let go of, and you might find that you simply can’t relate to certain people in the same way anymore.

Parts of your old life may just not fit who you are any longer, but that’s okay.

All of these sacrifices will be easy in the long run once you experience the liberation and happiness you can feel living as your most authentic self.

It’s all a process, and here we will give you 10 things that authentic people do differently to help you decide what’s best for you along your own journey.

What do authentic people really do differently?

* They firmly and plainly state their opinions and openly speak their minds. They speak with authority and certainty, but never in anger.

* They decide what to do with their lives based on their own passions and interests. They choose careers that are personally fulfilling, not just lucrative or pleasing to parents and partners.

* They don’t shy away from the unknown. They take that initial fear reflex and they use it to their benefit, see it as an exhilarating challenge rather than a scary obstacle to be wary of.

* They practice self love and self forgiveness. They don’t ask for approval or permission to be exactly who they are, and it makes them better partners when they’re ready to share all that with someone else.

* They do whatever works best for them, whether that means going against the grain or using the tried and true method. They don’t rebel simply for the sake of rebelling, but they don’t conform for the same reason either.

* They don’t get negative or emotional about criticisms or even judgments. It isn’t that they don’t care what anyone has to say, they just know how to take it all with a grain of salt and to trust in their own self image and confidence. They know the difference between constructive criticism and personal insults that have no bearing.

* They want partners and friends who are people of substance. Deep and honest conversations are what authentic people look for in companions, frivolous gossip and superficial small talk need not apply.

* They follow the beat of their own drum. If you want to walk along beside them on their journey, you can, but don’t expect to change their direction. They’ve chosen their path, and they’re going to stick to it.


* They aren’t just looking out for number one. Authentic people want to thrive and be happy in their own lives, and they know that helping the ones they care about achieve the same goal will benefit everybody. If they want success for themselves, you can be sure they want it for you too.

* They see others for what’s inside, not just the physical or surface traits. They aren’t drawn to others because of a pretty face, a nice figure or even pleasant light conversation. They are attracted to a beautiful character, a strong soul… A complex human being with depth, darkness and light.

This article was republished from dailyvibes.org. You can find the original post here.


Within Islam there are many herbs, plants and fruits that are believed to have medicinal and healing properties. Olive, pomegranate, dates and figs are amongst those that are directly mentioned in the Qur’an as blessed foods. However, there is only one that can stake a claim as a super food and that is Black cumin or ‘Habbat ul Sawda’ as it is known in Arabic. According to hadith, the Prophet Muhammed (pbuh) is believed to have said: “In the black seed is healing for every disease except death.” (Sahih Bukhari)


Indigenous to the Mediterranean region, the black seed plant (Nigella Sativa) has been used medicinally by Muslims and non-Muslims alike for hundreds of years. In fact the earliest written reference to the black cumin is in the book of Isaiah in the Old Testament where Isaiah talks of the harvesting of the black seed. It was also mentioned in the Bible as the curative ‘black seed’ and has been used by Asian herbalists and the Romans for culinary purposes. However it never really held any place of importance until the rise of Islam.


A CURE FOR ALL THINGS

Within Arabo-Islamic culture, the black seed has been prescribed for various ailments including fever, asthma, chronic headaches, diabetes, digestion, back pain, infections and rheumatism. In fact, since its rise in popularity in the Seventh century the black seed has remained a staple of family medicine within the Muslim world. The black seed is believed to have 100 components and is a significant sources of fatty acids, proteins, carbohydrates, vitamins and minerals.

Studies have confirmed numerous pharmacological benefits. Black cumin seeds are also called Nigella sativa seeds. These seeds have anti-diabetic and anti-cancer properties. They can be used to regulate the immune system, reduce pain, kill microorganisms, reduce inflammation, inhibit spasmodic activity, and open the tiny air passages in the lungs. Black seed oil protects the liver, the kidneys, and the stomach/ digestive system. It is a powerful antioxidant. [1]

This article will review some of the recent studies that show how black cumin seed oil can benefit your health.

I will be reporting on several recent black cumin seed studies covering other important health topics. I will review studies that investigated the use of black cumin seed oil for helping with obesity, balancing blood chemistry, reducing inflammation, supporting healthy immune system functioning, and alleviating nasal dryness and discomfort.

BLACK CUMIN SEEDS ARE HIGHLY RANKED AS A POWERFUL HERBAL MEDICINE

Researchers from Saudi Arabia recently reviewed scientific research on the benefits of using black seeds as an herbal medicine. They discussed the miraculous healing power of Nigella sativa and its prominent position among herbal medicines. Its high ranking is based on scientific evidence. Most of the therapeutic properties of this plant are linked to thymoquinone which is the major bioactive component of the essential oil contained in the seeds and in black cumin seed oil. [2]

BLACK SEEDS ARE USEFUL AS AN ANTIOXIDANT AND ANTI-INFLAMMATORY TREATMENT

Black seeds have been employed for thousands of years as a spice and food preservative.

Black seed oil and seed constituents have shown potential medicinal properties in traditional medicine.

Scientific research provides clear evidence that both the oil and its active ingredients, such as thymoquinone, possess antioxidant effects. This is accomplished by enhancing the oxidant scavenger system, which has a detoxifying effect.

The oil and thymoquinone have potent anti-inflammatory effects on several experimental models of inflammation. These include: encephalomyelitis (inflammation of the brain and spinal cord after infection) colitis (inflammation of the colon), peritonitis (inflammation of the membrane which lines the inside of the abdomen and all of the internal organs), edema (the swelling of soft tissues as a result of excess fluid accumulation), and arthritis. [3]

Black seed oil and certain of its active ingredients showed a beneficial ability to regulate the immune system. It supported T-cell and natural killer cell-mediated immune activity. Most importantly, both black seed oil and its active ingredients expressed antimicrobial and anti-tumor properties toward different microbes and cancers. [4]

Many diseases involve inflammation, for example, cystic fibrosis, allergies and cancer.

The free radicals produced during inflammation can induce gene mutations and modifications of cancer related proteins.

The seeds and the oil have many pharmacological effects including antibacterial, antifungal, anti-tumor, analgesic and antipyretic activity.

This study investigated the anti-inflammatory and antioxidant activity of black seeds used with acute inflammation. An animal model was used. They induced a strong inflammatory response and then measured the different effects for the group that were treated with black seed oil and those who were not treated. They concluded that black seeds had therapeutic and antioxidant effects. [5]

BLACK SEEDS ARE USEFUL FOR TREATING OBESITY

Obesity is closely associated with an increased incidence of cardiovascular diseases, cancer, insulin resistance, and immune dysfunction.

Thus obesity-mitigation strategies should take into account these secondary pathologies in addition to promoting weight loss. Recent studies indicate that black cumin (Nigella sativa) has cardio-protective, anti-cancer, anti-diabetic, antioxidant, and immune-modulatory properties.

Given the growing interest in and the use of functional foods and nutraceuticals, as well as the increase in obesity and chronic diseases worldwide, further research into the therapeutic/preventive effects of black cumin will be beneficial. [6]

Researchers identified obesity as being the most prevalent health problem affecting all age groups. It leads to chronic heart disease, diabetes mellitus type 2, and stroke. Researchers reviewed the abstracts for 33 scientific articles related to obesity, herbal medicine, and traditional medicine. They found that black seeds, green tea, and black Chinese tea had anti-obesity effects. [7]

A study conducted by Iranian researchers examined the effects of long-term Nigella sativa supplementation and the use of aerobic training on the lipid profile and oxygen consumption of sedentary overweight women.


This was a randomized double-blind controlled trial. Twenty sedentary overweight females were divided into two groups and assigned to black seed supplementation or a placebo for the 8 weeks of the study. Both groups participated in aerobic training 3 times per week. Blood lipids and VO2 max were determined before the experiment began and at the end of 8 weeks. VO2 max is a measurement of the maximum amount of oxygen that a person can use when exercising. Higher levels of oxygen consumption are associated with higher levels of physical fitness. The women who took the placebo and who did aerobic training experienced reductions in total cholesterol and LDL cholesterol, and increased VO2 max. The women who used Nigella sativa supplementation and aerobic training experienced reductions in total cholesterol, triglyceride, low-density lipoprotein, and body mass index (ratio of fat to muscle). The women lost body fat and gained muscle. Black seed supplementation also increased high density lipoprotein and VO2 max. The researchers concluded that the combination of 8-weeks of aerobic training and Nigella sativa supplementation had a synergistic effect, and the combination of black seed consumption and aerobic training produced the greatest health benefit. [8]

BLACK SEEDS ARE USEFUL FOR NASAL DRYNESS AND NASAL DISCOMFORT

Turkish researchers worked with geriatric patients who had nasal dryness and related nasal symptoms.

They compared the effects of using black seed oil in the nasal passages of the nose to the use of a salt water solution.

Researchers found that nasal dryness, obstruction and crusting improved significantly with the use of black seed oil compared to salt water treatment. They noted that there was no significant difference between the effect of black cumin seed oil and salt water on nasal burning and itching. Researchers concluded that black seed oil is a better alternative for treating nasal mucosal symptoms due to aging. [11]

Black cumin seeds have been used in the Middle East for thousands of years, and it is easy to see why the seeds and oil are gaining popularity today in Western countries as well.

You can buy organic black seeds here, or you can buy cold-pressed black seed oil here.

REFERENCES:

[1] Ahmad A1, Husain A, Mujeeb M, Khan SA, Najmi AK, Siddique NA, Damanhouri ZA, Anwar F, Kishore K.; “A review on therapeutic potential of Nigella sativa: A miracle herb,” Asian Pac J Trop Biomed., 2013 May, PMID: 23646296.

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[3] Salem ML.; “Immunomodulatory and therapeutic properties of the Nigella sativa L. seed,” Int Immunopharmacol. 2005 Dec, PMID: 16275613.

[4] IBID.

[5] Entok E1, Ustuner MC, Ozbayer C, Tekin N, Akyuz F, Yangi B, Kurt H, Degirmenci I, Gunes HV.; “Anti-inflammatuar and anti-oxidative effects of Nigella sativa L.: 18FDG-PET imaging of inflammation,” Mol Biol Rep. 2014 May, PMID: 24474661.

[6] Vanamala J1, Kester AC, Heuberger AL, Reddivari L.; “Mitigation of obesity-promoted diseases by Nigella sativa and thymoquinone,” Plant Foods Hum Nutr. 2012 Jun, PMID: 22477645.

[7] Hasani-Ranjbar S1, Jouyandeh Z, Abdollahi M.; “A systematic review of anti-obesity medicinal plants – an update,” J Diabetes Metab Disord., 2013 June 19, PMID: 23777875.

[8] Farzaneh E1, Nia FR2, Mehrtash M2, Mirmoeini FS3, Jalilvand M1.; “The Effects of 8-week Nigella sativa Supplementation and Aerobic Training on Lipid Profile and VO2 max in Sedentary Overweight Females,” Int J Prev Med., 2014 February, PMID: 24627749.

[9] Oysu C1, Tosun A1, Yilmaz HB2, Sahin-Yilmaz A3, Korkmaz D1, Karaaslan A1.; “Topical Nigella Sativa for nasal symptoms in elderly,” Auris Nasus Larynx. 2014 Jun, PMID: 24398317

Reference / Sources: Green Prophet; Health Impact News; | Via: Simple Capacity


Do you know someone who seems to be happy all of the time? Do you ever wonder how they do it? How in the world can they be so happy all of the time?  Well, chances are they practice all or most of the 10 habits listed below.


1. Don’t Carry Grudges

Forgiving and forgetting is necessary for your own happiness. Holding a grudge means you’re also holding onto resentment, anger, hurt and other negative emotions that are standing in the way of your own happiness. Letting go of a grudge frees you from negativity and allows more space for positive emotions to fill in.

2. Treat Everyone With Kindness

Kindness is not only contagious, it’s also proven to make you happier. When you’re kind to others, your brain produces feel-good hormones and you’re able to build strong relationships with others, fostering positive feelings all around.

3. Think Of Problems As Challenges

Change your internal dialogue so that anytime you have a problem you view it in a different way.   Just eliminate the word “problem” from your mind altogether and instead think of them as challenges and learning experiences.

4. Be Thankful

People who are thankful for what they have are better able to cope with stress, have more positive emotions, and are better able to reach their goals.

Keeping a daily list of what you’re thankful for has been linked to happier moods, greater optimism and even better physical health.

5. Don’t Sweat The Small Stuff

If what you’re upset about will be irrelevant a year, a month, a week or even a day from now, why sweat it? Happy people know how to let life’s daily irritations roll off their backs.

6. Speak Well of Others

Talking negatively about someone is like taking a bath in negative emotions; your body soaks them up. Instead, make it a point to only say positive, nice words about other people, and you’ll bring more positive thinking into your own life as well.

7. Don’t Compare Yourself To Others

You’re unique. So don’t measure your own worth by comparing yourself to those around you.  Measure your own success based on your progress alone, not that of others.


8. Surround Yourself With Positive People

The saying “misery loves company” is entirely true. That’s why you need to choose friends who are optimistic and happy themselves, as you will be surrounded with positive energy.

9. Realize That You Don’t Need Approval From Others

It’s important to follow your own dreams and desires without letting naysayers stand in your way. It’s fine to seek others’ opinions, but happy people stay true to their own hearts and don’t get bogged down with the need for outside approval.

10. Accept What Can’t Be Changed

Everything in your life is not going to be perfect, and that’s perfectly all right. Happy people learn to accept injustices and setbacks in their life that they cannot change, and instead put their energy into changing what they can control for the better.

This article was republished from dailyvibes.org. You can find the original post here.


Many experts recommend the consumption of warm lemon water every morning, as it offers numerous health benefits.

This is due to the fact that water keeps the body hydrated and removes the dangerous toxins.

On the other hand, lemon contains numerous essential nutrients, like calcium, iron, potassium, vitamin C, A and B-complex, pectin fiber, carbohydrates and proteins.


It also has citric acid and powerful antibacterial, antiviral and immune-boosting properties. Therefore, all you need to do is to cut the lemon in halves, and squeeze its juice in a glass of lukewarm water. In order to enrich its taste, you can also add honey, which will contribute to its health value.

Consume this drink as soon as you wake up in the morning, half an hour before your breakfast. These are the top 10 most important health benefits of this health drink:

1. Boosts Immune System

This beneficial drink boosts the immune function, as the lemon is rich in vitamin C and it prevents flu and colds. Furthermore, it enhances the absorption of essential numerous for the health of our immune system. Also, lemon contains saponins, which have strong antimicrobial properties.

2. Cleanses the Urinary Tract

The lemon water cleanses the urinary tract and stimulates the production of urine, as it acts as a diuretic. Also, this refreshing drink changes the pH level of the urinary tract and thus reduces bad bacteria.

The citric acid in lemon detoxifies the body and prevents infections in the urinary tract. Therefore, this water is especially useful in women who suffer from frequent urinary tract infections, since it prevents their re-occurrence.

3. Improves Digestion

Lemon contains ingredients which trigger the bile production in the liver, which is of great importance for digestion. It also aids the digestive system in the removal of toxins and other harmful compounds in the body.

Hence, the consumption of lemon water every day will reduce the symptoms of indigestion, such as bloating, heartburn and belching. It also prevents constipation and diarrhea, as it encourages a healthy bowel function.

Since it encourages smooth functioning of the bowel, it prevents diarrhea and constipation. The American Cancer Society advises the use of lemon water as an effective cancer prevention method.

4. Increases Skin Health

The regular consumption of lemon water will enhance the appearance of your skin, as it purifies the blood and stimulates the growth of new blood cells.

It is also rich in antioxidants, like vitamin C, which will prevent the appearance of wrinkles, blemishes and skin spots, and fight damage caused by free radicals.

Furthermore, if you add honey to the lemon water, it will gain powerful restorative, antibacterial and collagen-boosting effects that will provide even stronger beneficial effects to the skin.

5. Helps Weight Loss

If you are trying to lose excess weight, you should definitely drink lemon water with some honey on a daily basis. Lemon is extremely rich in pectin fiber which will stop hunger cravings and provide a feeling of satiety longer. You will also accelerate the weight loss process, since the ingredients will make the environment in the stomach more alkaline.

6. Controls High Blood Pressure

Lemon water is extremely beneficial in the case of high blood pressure, as it hydrates and cleanses the lymphatic system. Lemon is high in potassium, so it will also improve your sleep and mental functioning, it will reduce stress and control your blood pressure.

Since lemon is rich in potassium, it will help to reduce your stress, sleep better, and improve your mental functioning, thus control your blood pressure.

7. Boosts Energy

Since it is rich in vitamin C and B, phosphorus, proteins, carbohydrates, and other nutrients, it will naturally boost your energy levels, and it will make you revitalized and refreshed, as it hydrates and oxygenates the body. As soon as it enters the digestive system, it provides instant energy, as it contains more ions with a negative charge, and its smell is also energizing and improves your mood.

8. Balances pH Levels

The ascorbic and acidic acid in lemon balance the pH levels of the body, as it is one of the best alkalizing foods. Namely, excessive acidity may have an inflammatory effect on the body.

The consumption of lemon water in the morning will reduce the acidity and the uric acid in your joints, which is often the major reason for pain and inflammation.


9. Treats Throat Infections

Lemon has strong antibacterial properties which are extremely effective in the treatment of tonsillitis, throat infections and sore throat. Therefore, you will successfully lower the risk of throat infections, as well as respiratory issues and asthma. Note that in the case of a sore throat, you can also gargle with warm lemon water in order to accelerate the healing.

10. Treats Bad Breath

The combination of lemon and honey will eliminate bad breath, due to the lemon’s acidic nature. It cleanses the mouth and triggers the production of saliva, which will kill bacteria which are the reason for the unpleasant odor.

Lemon will also remove the top white layer formed on the tongue during sleeping, which includes decaying food and bacteria.

Therefore, the regular consumption of lukewarm lemon water in the morning will greatly enhance your health and energize your body, so you should definitely make it a habit.

Reference / Sources:

www.top10homeremedies.com;
www.healthandlovepage.com;

Via: www.healthyfoodhouse.com;

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If you are one of those who believe that over-the-counter mosquito repellents are the best solution against the bites of these pesky insects, we need to inform you that many of them are loaded with harmful ingredients and toxins, which may significantly damage your health if ingested or absorbed into the skin.


Even though it is not scientifically proven which type of people are more prone to the bites of these insects, apparently, certain odors are believed to be the main culprit.

Namely, those with higher concentrations of steroids or cholesterol on the surface of the skin attract more mosquitoes, as well as those who produce higher amounts of certain acids, like uric acid. Thus, these substances stimulate the sense of smell of these insects.

Moreover, experts also believe that people who give off larger amounts of carbon dioxide, like in the case of pregnancy or excess body weight, attract mosquitoes.  those who are overweight or pregnant, are mosquito magnets.

Also, if you sit by a fire, or play kickball outside, you give off higher amounts of carbon dioxide.

Additionally, despite the annoying itching caused by these bites, mosquitoes may also carry severe diseases, and spread them to humans, including:

* Yellow Fever – can cause chills, jaundice, and vomiting

* Chikungunya – causes rashes, joint pain, and nausea

* Snowshoe Hare Virus – can cause vomiting, rashes, dizziness

* La Crosse Encephalitis – leads to nausea and fever

* Malaria – leads to vomiting, fever, chills

* Zika – related to birth defects

* Jamestown Canyon Virus – can cause flu-like symptoms

* Dengue – may cause hemorrhagic fever

* West Nile – leads to rashes, fever, joint pain, and vomiting

* Rift Valley Fever – leads to eye damage, dizziness, weakness

Only in the United States, there are 175 different kinds of mosquitoes, so you need to learn how to protect yourself and your family from these harmful insects.

What you may not know is that vitamin B1, or thiamine, is a water-soluble vitamin, which is essential for your overall health, it boosts immunity, reduces stress, but it is also useful as it repels mosquitoes!

It can be found in foods like kale, eggplant, sunflower seeds, onions, broccoli, green beans, summer squash, spinach, and cabbage.

The thing is that, in the case of sufficient amounts of this vitamin in the body, it will release a “yeasty” smell to mosquitoes, and make you unattractive to them, and they will stay far away from you.

What’s more, people are not able to smell this odor.

Furthermore, you can also eliminate these insects and keep them at bay with the use of a natural, homemade bug spray. There are various ways to make your homemade sprays, and the one we suggest includes organic apple cider vinegar and fresh parsley. This is how to prepare it:


Add a handful of fresh parsley to a mortar and pestle, and pour 4 oz of apple cider vinegar. Mash them and leave the mixture for several hours. Next, strain it, and pour the resulting solution into a spray bottle, in the fridge. If you want to enrich its smell, you can add some essential oil to your smell.

This repellent spray is completely safe for use, and it can cause no adverse effects. The following video will provide the needed instructions to make it:


Reference / Sources: www.davidwolfe.com; | Via: www.healthyfoodhouse.com;


Everyone wants to achieve big things in their lives, but only few are actually able to do it. Most people think that if they do nothing, that if they just let destiny take care of it, those big things will happen automatically. This is almost never the case.


Even if destiny does have major plans for your future, that future only exists if you actually want those major plans; you have to be willing to work for them. It’s equal parts knowing what you want to do, and then having the drive to go out and do it. If you think you’re destined for big things, check out these five signs that will tell you if you’re meant for something bigger.

1. Your Terrible When You Work for Others.

Some people work for others extremely well, and they don’t even question the authority that drives them. Then there are other people who cannot take direction at all.

When someone tells you that you need to do something, it almost makes you feel like doing the complete opposite. If you’ve ever wondered why this is the case, it could be because you aren’t supposed to work for anyone else; you’re supposed to do your own thing.

2. You Don’t Do Something Until You’re Inspired.

Often, people mistake you for a procrastinator, but you know this isn’t true. You don’t like to start a project until you feel like you’re really inspired to do it. If you were to start something without feeling that perfect amount of inspiration, you know it wouldn’t be your best work.

Don’t listen to the people telling you that you shouldn’t procrastinate; find that inspiration you’re looking for, and get that next project done right.

3. When You Were Young, Work Seemed Crazy.

As a kid, work just didn’t make any sense to you. This is because you aren’t supposed to work. There are plenty of children who can’t wait to go to work with their parents on those special days when it’s acceptable, but you wanted to stay home and do your own thing.

This doesn’t make you weird, it just means that the normal 9 to 5 living ritual doesn’t appeal to you. You don’t want to wear a suit every day.

4. You Don’t Know How You Know, But You Do.

Sometimes, you can’t explain where you get your inspiration, it just sort of comes to you. This is because your internal drive is a strong force.


You don’t need to necessarily be inspired by the outside world because you have your own voice that you’re listening to. Don’t worry about not being able to explain an idea or inspiration, just trust that you know what you’re doing.

5. You Get Strong Feelings.

Having strong feelings is a sign you need to do bigger things with your life. Whatever you’re feeling, you need to trust and listen to. Don’t explain away your feelings as irrational; take the time to listen to what they’re telling you. It could just be what you were always destined to achieve.

This article was republished from dailyvibes.org. You can find the original post here.

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If you suffer from a stiff neck, you know that it is an unpleasant issue which has a great impact on the everyday activities.

The following video gives a thorough explanation of the mechanism of this problem, and will provide several excellent stretches that will help you treat the issue and soothe the pain, in only 90 seconds!


WATCH IT OUT!


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