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NATURAL CURES - MORE THAN HOME REMEDIES

On these pages are natural cures for the feet and legs that we have used ourselves or have verified with health books. Cures without chemicals or toxins are better for your health and for our environment. These are also convenient since many of the ingredients can be found in your kitchen or garden, especially when emergencies come up and you can't get to a store or doctor. Natural remedies will also save you money.

Be very careful where you scratch ... Athlete's foot can be spread to other areas of the body, such as the armpits, knees, elbows, and the groin. Not everyone realizes this because doctors use a different name for the infection on each part of the body.

Talk to your doctor before making any major change. Starting a natural remedy may require your doctor to change the dose of your prescription medicines. You can read more about this in our articles.

RUNNING SURFACES AND YOUR FEET

Your running surface may be creating damage to your body.

GRASS OR SMOOTH DIRT

Grass or smooth dirt are the best surfaces. They offer the least impact to your joints and the most shock absorption. Still, contact with the occasional sprinkler or hole can cause sprains.

ASPHALT

Running on asphalt is terribly hard on muscles and tendons, and your lower back. Not only does it cause greater impact, it does not offer much absorption at all.

SAND

Sand offers low impact but it is very hard on the muscles, and the back and shoulders. The wetter the sand, the less it absorbs shock. Running sessions on sand should be kept very short.

CONCRETE

The worst surface for running is concrete, which is even harder than asphalt on muscles and tendons (up to 10 times more), and it can even damage connective tissue.

If your only available surface is concrete, it would be advisable to invest in your own treadmill or joining a gym to use theirs. The treadmill could be used for the bulk of your running schedule, if not all.

NOTE: If your dog runs with you, a poor surface will also damage his joints and muscles.

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