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Benefits of Cold Showers

Originally published in January of 2017

I was introduced to the practice of taking cold showers for multiple health benefits by a good friend in graduate school more than 20 years ago. I still remember the shock of giving it a go for the first time in the middle of a harsh winter in a suburb of Chicago. My body immediately began hyperventilating as I summoned all of my resolve to take on that icy cold water from Lake Michigan. Beyond the initial moment of impact, what I remember most was a deep sense of satisfaction afterward for getting through the experience. Read more about Benefits of Cold Showers

 

The Magic of Untethering from My Cell Phone

Earlier this year, I decided to untether from my cell phone. I have a feeling this will rank among a few of the best decisions of my life when my time here is up.

Why untether? Primarily because on careful reflection, I concluded that having my iPhone on me for most of my waking hours was hurting my quality of life in a significant way. In constantly being available for the world to put me into reactive mode, spending my energy on issues that don't need my immediate attention right now or ever, I have far less capacity to be fully present in the moment. Read more about The Magic of Untethering from My Cell Phone

 

How to Deal With Freeloading Moochers

From Our Mailbag:

Hi Dr. Kim,

I read with interest your article on Jason and people like him who frequently take advantage of others. I've been struggling with this very issue for several years, wanting to be helpful to a friend and wanting to see the best in him, but with passage of time and countless disheartening "favors" I've realized that this person will not stop taking advantage of me until I put an end to it. Read more about How to Deal With Freeloading Moochers

 

Exercises for Shoulder Pain and Upper Back Stiffness

This is a routine of mobility exercises that can help address chronic shoulder and upper back pain and stiffness. You can find more details on doing each of the exercises described below by searching for them in our Mobility Exercises Archive.

Start with Cow-Cat, alternating between full flexion and extension of the spine while on all fours. Read more about Exercises for Shoulder Pain and Upper Back Stiffness

 

Dairy-Free Lasagna Recipe

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The quantities listed below make approximately 5 substantial servings.

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White Sauce: Read more about Dairy-Free Lasagna Recipe

 

How to Make Healthy Spring Rolls

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To make healthy vegetable spring rolls, you'll need dry rice paper that comes in flat circles. You can find rice paper in the Asian section of your local grocery store or in most Asian food shops.

Here are a few video clips courtesy of CHOW.com's YouTube channel that show how to work with rice paper: Read more about How to Make Healthy Spring Rolls

 

Touch One Strand And The Entire Web Wavers

I've long felt that a fundamental flaw with conventional health care is to view and treat the body in segments. Can we really compartmentalize parts of our body and fix just one area without considering all of our other tissues? Read more about Touch One Strand And The Entire Web Wavers

 

Spicy Korean Rice Cake Recipe

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The quantities listed make approximately 4 to 5 servings. For more photos of the process, please visit this post: Spicy Korean Rice Cake

Ingredients: Read more about Spicy Korean Rice Cake Recipe

 

Hanging Stretches for Improved Shoulder Mobility

Assuming that you can comfortably use your arms overhead, you can further improve your shoulder strength and mobility by doing the hanging stretches in this video.

The main idea is to allow your shoulders to stretch and move through their natural range of motion while they are gently distracted i.e. while your arms are being gently pulled away from your shoulder sockets. Read more about Hanging Stretches for Improved Shoulder Mobility

 

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