Since I have started my blog, I have spent much more time on the computer, and try as I might, it’s hard to keep your posture perfect. The result?-neck strain. I’ve found that by taking breaks every 30 minutes or so, and doing these three exercise/stretches, I can keep ahead of the strain in the neck. Try these: Rotation stretch. Turn your head side to side until you feel your neck stretch-hold for a two count. Side stretch. Tilt your head toward your shoulder until you feel a stretch on the opposite side-hold for a two count. Neck strengthener. Place your right hand on your right cheek, keeping your chin relaxed and slightly down. Without moving, try to turn your head against the resistance of your hand, as if you are trying to look over your right shoulder.

Astaxanthin for inflammation. For those of you suffering from inflammation, there is a supplement called called astaxanthin, derived from microalgae. Its reddish-orange color gives it away as a carotenoid (same family as beta carotene, lycopene, and lutein), and it is what gives shrimp, salmon, and flamingos their pinkish color.

Recent human trials have shown that it reduces symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis, carpal tunnel syndrome, and muscle soreness. It is also an excellent antioxidant: 11 times more activity than beta carotene and 55o times greater than vitamin E. The suggested dose is 4 mg/day, which is equal to a salmon fillet or a pound of shrimp. Astaxanthin by Twinlab is a good brand.

Stay well, John R. Blilie, M.S.