This is one of the most common questions I am asked (It goes right up there with, "is it ok if I crack my own neck/back.")
This is the age old question. Was Mom right about the dangers of cracking your knuckles, or is it really not that bad?
Sorry mom's around the world. According to the research, cracking your knuckles is not associated with arthritis of the hands. Let's take a closer look.
First of all, what is the popping sound we hear when someone cracks their knuckles?
All joints contain a fluid called synovial fluid that holds oxygen, nitrogen, and carbon dioxide gas. When the ends of a joint are separated the joint space increases by 15-20% creating a temporary vacuum and the gas is rapidly released. This causes the popping sound.
Contrary to popular belief, it is not actually the "bones cracking or popping", in fact it isn't the bones at all. The noise you hear is the gas being released from the joint.
The question still remains: Does it cause...
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Much scientific research has been dedicated to looking for an underlying cause of headaches and, throughout this endeavor, has lead to overwhelming evidence that the pain experienced as a “headache” may NOT be due to any problems occurring in the head, but rather is a problem occurring within the structures of the upper neck.
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What you do for the majority of your day is more telling about your health than if you exercise or not. Most people believe that if you want to lose weight, feel happy, and be healthy then daily exercise should be on your agenda? New science is showing us that our daily exercise routine cannot counter the effects of some habits, and in fact, it’s the other choices you make throughout the day that will determine how healthy your body is.
SITTING IS THE NEW SMOKING
In today’s world it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to tell us that exercising 30-60 minutes a day will never offset the detrimental effects of smoking for the rest of the day. However, it is taking a rocket scientist to tell us that prolonged sitting is just as bad as smoking, and in fact your daily exercise habits, if you are fortunate enough to have one, will not counter the damaging, life sucking effects of prolonged sitting any more than it would counter the effects of smoking.
Just like our body has organs; heart, lungs, liver, spleen, stomach and so on, each one of our cells has little tiny organs called organelles. The organelles have very specific functions just like our organs do. The organelle that supplies all the energy demands for the body is called the Mitochondria, or as I like to call it, the MIGHTYchondria! This little tiny structure inside all our cells takes the food we eat and the air we breathe and converts it into energy (in the form of a molecule called ATP). This molecule is then dispersed throughout the body to provide all the energy we need to keep us alive and functioning.
Obviously this happens without our having to think or do anything. But thankfully someone did think about it and research has shown us that the way our MightyChondria breakdown food is not equal. Specifically when we are talking about fats vs. carbs.
When our cells break down food, in addition to creating the energy molecule ATP, it also...