Travel Often? This App Helps You Adjust to Different Time Zones!

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Do you feel like you lose valuable vacation time because of jet lag? Is it hard for you to adjust to new schedules? Blame your circadian clock.

The circadian clock is, to put it simply, your internal clock. Powered by light, your metaphorical clock controls your sleep patterns. A new app called Entrain developed by the University of Michigan researchers can utilize what makes you tick to adjust to jet lag faster.

How does it work? Entrain’s app developers explain: your body is based on a number of rhythms, circadian rhythms, which regulate repeated patterns in your body such a temperature, immune system and sleep. 

The app uses answers you provide based on a number of questions, and then it tells you where you are in your daily rhythm based on a number of factors. Then, it provides suggested schedules so you can adjust to a new time zone faster.
"The schedules are computed using techniques from the theory of optimal control," the Entrain website states. "The big idea is that, given equations describing the human circadian clock, we can ask what light stimulus moves that clock from one ``phase'' to another in the least amount of time."

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4 Natural Ways to Treat Arthritis

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Do you have arthritis? If so, you are one of 54 million Americans (one in 4), according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). So even if you don't, chances are you know somebody who does. 

While many doctors can prescribe to eliminate bothersome symptoms such as inflammation and pain, some natural remedies can provide the same amount of effectiveness without risk of addiction or side effects. 

There four natural ways to treat arthritis could lead to relief for someone who has been diagnosed:

  1. Physical Activity: The remedy for many ailments, fitness is part of an essential health and wellness lifestyle. Low-impact activities such as swimming, biking and walking all can aid in reducing arthritis symptoms, according to the CDC.
  2. Ginger: First used in Asian medicine centuries ago, ginger alleviates inflammation, similar to ibuprofen and prescription medications such as Celebrex, according to the Arthritis Foundation.
  3. Chiropractor: Although visiting a chiropractor may realign joints that are out of place due to arthritis, it is not a treatment for the symptoms. Organizations such as the Rheumatoid Arthritis Support Network support it as long as active joints are not swollen/inflamed during a visit, which might worsen arthritis.
  4. Glucosamine: Arthritis wears down joint cartilage, and glucosamine supplements could slow the process, according to the Arthritis Foundation. In addition, joint mobility significantly can improve.

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