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Hanging and Swinging Exercises for Improved Shoulder and Spinal Mobility

If you can comfortably hang from an object overhead, you can use simple swinging drills to improve shoulder and spinal mobility.

To generate momentum to swing from side to side, you can slightly bend one arm at a time. The focus should be on feeling a solid stretch through the shoulder of the arm that is fully straight and outstretched, and swinging from side to side in a rhythmic pattern. Read more about Hanging and Swinging Exercises for Improved Shoulder and Spinal Mobility

 

Sun-Dried Tomatoes

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My love for sun-dried tomatoes began many years ago when they came with a vegetarian pasta dish at an Italian eatery in a suburb of Chicago. Chewy, mildly sweet and tart - what were these delectable morsels of goodness?

Beyond their lovely flavor and unique texture, one cup of sun-dried tomatoes offers abundant quantities of the following health-enhancing nutrients: Read more about Sun-Dried Tomatoes

 

Unilateral Modified Bridge to Improve Spinal Extension

This is an excellent exercise for improving extension through the spine. Insufficient extension is a common root issue for those who experience chronic back stiffness and recurrent pulls throughout the back.

Start on your back with your knees bent and your feet flat on the ground. Read more about Unilateral Modified Bridge to Improve Spinal Extension

 

Six Questions to Consider in Choosing a Life Partner

I've long felt that choosing a life partner should be a subject that is thoroughly discussed sometime in high school and perhaps even in university. It amazes me that so little time, if any, is given to considering this topic on a meaningful level in school. Read more about Six Questions to Consider in Choosing a Life Partner

 

Full Body Cleanse: The Basics

Originally published in January of 2010

Here are some of the most common questions that I receive on a weekly basis from people seeking guidance on how to cleanse and detoxify their bodies: Read more about Full Body Cleanse: The Basics

 

How to Make Your Own Strep Throat, Cold and Flu Tonic

In experimenting with a number of tonics over the years, I've whittled my favourites down to a simple concoction of six ingredients that are highly effective in offering protection against strep throat, colds and flu.

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Here's what you need to make this simple and highly effective sore throat, cold, and flu tonic: Read more about How to Make Your Own Strep Throat, Cold and Flu Tonic

 

Traditional Methods of Preparing Staple Foods

In mentioning traditionally fermented sourdough bread in a previous post, I received a number of thoughtful messages on this topic, including the following from my friend Myra in Oaxaca, Mexico:

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Hi, Ben!

Thank you for your post about sourdough bread (and all your other great posts, also!). It's good to hear about how an ancient process can transform whole grain into a more generally useful foodstuff. Read more about Traditional Methods of Preparing Staple Foods

 

German Hang for Shoulder Extension and Arm Strength

The German Hang is excellent for improving shoulder extension and strength through the arms, including grip strength. Read more about German Hang for Shoulder Extension and Arm Strength

 

Around the World

Often used in gymnastics, Around the World is an effective way of improving spinal mobility and hamstring flexibility.

Each time you bend down to your side or straight forward, when you reach the end of your natural range, gently bounce two or three times to induce a little more downward movement. Read more about Around the World

 

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