Winter weather isn’t just chilly — it’s often downright arid. The harsh weather conditions and low humidity can strip skin of moisture, rendering it dry, scaly, and itchy. Resist the urge to reach for pricey creams and serums, though, and instead heed these tips to soothe skin on the cheap for the rest of the season. BUNDLE UP Dry skin and chapped lips are often the result of prolonged exposure to a cold, dry environment. When temperatures dip and the wind picks up, gloves, scarves, and even sunglasses protect against freezing, dry air. If you have sensitive skin, try to […]
Hooray! You got a solid 8 hours of sleep last night. But then why did you wake up this morning feeling like roadkill? Facing the day refreshed isn’t as simple as logging those elusive 7 to 8 hours in dreamland. We’ve got six surprising reasons you’re not feeling your best—and simple fixes. You read your Kindle before bed. People who read before bed using an iPad or similar device find it harder to wake up bright-eyed and bushy-tailed than those who curl up with a printed book, according to a recent Harvard study. The reason? The blue light emitted from […]
The weather is warmer, the birds are chirping, and the flowers are blossoming. But for you? That means your eyes are itchy, your nose is runny, and your head feels like it’s under more pressure than a batter at the bottom of the ninth, bases loaded, tie game, and a full count. For many, the first signs of Spring come with the riveting joy of being able to break out your shorts and sundresses—and finally being able to shed that winter weight. But for others, it’s the blazing signal you’re about to go to war against your allergies: nasal decongestant […]
Arthritis is amongst the most prevalent ailments today, affecting literally millions around the globe. There are actually over a hundred kinds of arthritis, with the common signs and symptoms of joint pain and inflammation. This causes great discomfort, and often those with arthritis experience it to a degree that it can take over their lives. For this reason, people with arthritis often try to find remedies that will provide effective, long-term relief, in order to enjoy life as normally as possible. Arthritis apple cider vinegar treatments are one of many methods people consider. It’s been in use for many centuries, […]
Aromatherapy is the art and science of treating illnesses through essential oils and/or inhaling herbal mixtures. The sense of smell or olfactory senses are the quickest path to the brain. Once the scent molecules pass the brain, it enters the bloodstream through the lining in our lungs. Once the molecules enter the bloodstream they influence the nervous systems, adrenal glands, stomach, intestines, heart rate, circulatory, and immune systems. Now the scent molecules also stimulate or relax emotions, attitude, energy level, sex drive, concentration, memory and other brain activity. All of that from smelling scents that we already know. Essential oils […]
What you eat can drastically affect how you sleep, so in order to get a good night’s rest, it is essential to choose foods that calm your mind and body rather than those that stimulate you. Certain types of foods will naturally promote rest and relaxation, particularly those that contain tryptophan, the amino acid that the body uses to make serotonin, the neurotransmitter that slows nerve activity within your brain.   Tryptophan Since tryptophan is a precursor of other neurotransmitters in your brain, including serotonin and melatonin, eating foods that are rich in tryptophan will help you feel relaxed and […]
With the New Year finally here many of us are working on ourselves. We are going to the gym, going on diets and trying to be a bit nicer to others (hopefully). Perhaps the most overlooked resolution is improving your mental well-being. The path to happiness is certainly not always clear. But, have you ever considered that maybe you could achieve a happier you by what you don’t do? I’ve compiled a short list of things that mentally healthy and happy people never do. Follow these and you’ll be on the path to being your best.   1. They don’t […]
You don’t need a step monitor to tell you that you’re on your feet quite a bit. You know they take a significant beating every day. Yet, we are quick to forget the importance of our feet. Besides the occasional massage or pedicure, we often ignore one of the most crucial parts of the human body. It is time to change that! Start your New Year off right by heeding the advice of podiatrists and start to be conscious of your feet.   Smelly Feet? Don’t be embarrassed by the scent of your feet. They can spend the whole pounding […]
Traditional holiday mistletoe has a relative that packs more than just a big smooch. Studies indicate that the European mistletoe may actually be a viable cancer fighter. As a common plant in Great Britain, mainland Europe and even Western Asia, the twigs and leaves have been used for centuries as an herbal remedy for common ailments in the body. However, the real potential lies in what’s inside the plant. The extract from the semiparasitic plant has been used in multiple studies. Findings concluded that the extract has shown the ability to kill cancer cells. However, studies have not yet proven […]
It’s that time of year again! The leaves are changing and cold is in the air. I’m not just talking temperature, but disease. Unfortunately, along with apple picking and football comes an increased chance of catching a cold. Everyone is well aware of how annoying a cold can be and it’s not always easy to shake-them-off. Let’s go over some at-home remedies to battle these symptoms this fall. The best defense is a great offense. By making smart lifestyle choices you can greatly increase your chances of avoiding getting sick in the first place! To bolster your health levels, be […]
People are whispering about you. Your breath stinks! Well maybe not, but it is certainly a fear that crosses everyone’s mind from time to time. There are very specific causes of bad breath, scientifically known as halitosis. The good news is there are a few ways to effectively prevent and even treat this embarrassing condition. No, I’m not talking about popping a breath mint or chewing gum. Read on and I’ll show you a handful of simple techniques to make sure your breath doesn’t cause people to run for the hills!   Scrape That Tongue Everyone knows to brush their […]
Everyone is well aware that they should be drinking plenty of water. It is well documented that H2O provides countless physical benefits from healthier skin to increased amounts of energy. Not to mention the fact that it is a zero calorie beverage! However, a new study out of France has revealed a new reason to keep sipping on water: an improved mood. The study included about 50 participants who drank varied amounts of water per day. 30 people who drank very limited quantities of water per day were asked to increase their intake for three days. On the other hand, […]
Researchers throughout the world are reporting intriguing new ways about how sound vibration heals the body, mind, spirit and the environment. The words people choose to speak and the music people listen to have profound power to decrease pain, draw people out of emotional and mental isolation and even clear polluted water. And scientists are discovering that certain deep space sounds are amazingly similar to the sounds of dolphins, Tibetan bowls and human choirs. Quote of the Week: “The best way to predict the future is to create it.” - Abraham Lincoln Why Is this Important to You? Because you can use music, song, vibration and words to dramatically […]
As we get older most of us will suffer from arthritis to varying degrees. Arthritis cannot be stopped but it can be slowed. Here are some easy tips to slow the progression if arthritis. To an extent, we all experience some degree of osteoarthritis as we get older as our joint cartilage wears down from age and use. But, some people have a lot of osteoarthritis at a relatively early age and others have very little at an advanced age. The goal with arthritis, as with other aspects of aging, is to slow the development. This is best begun early […]
If you live with chronic joint pain, chances are that heat therapy has become your best friend. There’s nothing more soothing than a warm blanket or shawl to wrap around your shoulders, and a hot bath to soak aching muscles and joints. You probably also keep a microwavable gel pack or heating pad within close reach, to use directly on sore joints. It’s not just your perception that heat brings relief. There’s scientific proof that heat therapy – moist heat therapy in particular, goes a step further than making you feel cozy. Read on to find out how moist heat […]
Look in your kitchen cupboard, your fridge, or even outside on your lawn. You’ll find plants, herbs, and spices with healing properties. Throughout the ages, people in every culture have taken herbs to stay healthy and heal ailments, in the same way we sip mint tea to aid digestion, or garlic to ward off colds today. In Hippocrates’ time, herbs were the official medicines. Herbs have vital nutrients and many are antiviral, antifungal and antibacterial. Today many of the pharmaceutical drugs we use have their origins in natural plants, and we can still take advantage of these natural forms of […]
If poking needles under your skin doesn’t sound like a fun way to spend the afternoon, consider this story from a woman suffering from arthritis: “I’m in my early 50’s. My knees, ankles, wrists and hands ache all the time. After my physician told me I “just have to learn to live with arthritis”, I decided to try acupuncture. I didn’t notice much difference at first but by the third treatment I was amazed at my improvement. The pain and stiffness in my knees completely disappeared. Over the next treatments, my ankles and wrists significantly improved as well. At this […]
Acid and alkaline foods: you may have heard these terms, but were not sure what they meant. Which foods are acidic, and which are alkaline? What impact do these types of foods have on your health? In “The Acid Alkaline Food Guide”, Dr. Susan Brown and Larry Trivieri, Jr., explain “For good health, your body needs to maintain the proper balance between two types of chemical compounds, acids and alkalis. A serious consequence of acidosis is inflammation, which is the natural response to the body’s need for repair. If inflammation persists, it can lead to various diseases, including arthritis, bronchitis, […]
When you feel run down, do you look for a magic energy pill? It could be a shot of espresso or your favorite coffee or energy drink, dark chocolate, vitamins, or maybe even sweet treats that are not so healthy. When you feel fatigued, dragged out, and out of steam, you have to look at the reasons why. Coffee, snacks and chocolate make you feel great for a few moments, but you have to discover the underlying cause of your lack of energy. You’ve heard the cliché “you are what you eat” and that makes sense. The food you eat […]
We are all looking for the fountain of youth. Whatever our age, we want to feel younger, healthier, and more alive. Maybe you’ve increased the amount of vegetables you eat, added more healthy oils to your diet, and even started eating “superfoods” such as spirulina, cacao, or coconut. But you may be overlooking a vital category of anti-aging nutrition: fermented foods! They may be new to you, but your ancestors relied on them for centuries. Fermented foods, vegetables in particular, are now being looked at as the cutting edge of anti-aging medicine, as researchers dive deep into our guts to […]