Feeling Bloated? These 5 Natural Suggestions Can Help

This post was originally published on this siteMany of us are familiar with the abdominal bloating and swollen fingers that accompany water retention. Whether you retain fluid due to hormonal changes or after eating too much salty food, don’t reach for prescription or even over-the-counter diuretics, both of which can put a strain on the […]

5 Ways To Minimize Cold Feet

This post was originally published on this siteYou don’t have to be getting married to experience cold feet. Often this condition is simply due to cold weather combined with exposed feet and toes, but some people can experience cold feet even when the weather is very warm – leading to suffering year-round. If you tend […]

Air Pollution & Glaucoma

This post was originally published on this siteThe chances of developing glaucoma were six percent greater among people living in neighborhoods with higher amounts of fine particulate matter in the air. These new findings were based on eye tests performed among 111,370 participants in a UK study between 2006 and 2010. All were asked if […]

Olive Oil For Your Brain

This post was originally published on this siteNew research suggests that extra virgin olive oil can help protect against the buildup of an abnormal form of tau, a protein in the brain. Unchecked, too much tau can lead to dementia, but investigators performing studies in mice at Temple University previously reported that extra virgin olive […]

Feeling Congested? Steam Inhalation May Help

This post was originally published on this siteSteam inhalation is an effective way to remedy respiratory problems such as chest congestion, sinusitis, bronchitis and bronchial cough. Inhaling steam is easy to do and very cost-effective: simply bring a pot of water to boil on your stove, then stand over it and drape a towel over your head […]

Ultra-Processed Foods & Your Heart

This post was originally published on this siteResearchers from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have reported that ultra-processed foods now account for more than half of an average American’s daily calories. The study team also found that there was a decrease in overall cardiovascular health for every five percent increase in […]

Did You Know Black Pepper Can Be Good For You?

This post was originally published on this siteBlack pepper is the most popular spice in the world. Black, green and white peppercorns all come from the black pepper plant (Piper nigrum), native to Asia. Black pepper is the whole, partially ripened fruit; green is the unripe fruit; and white is the peeled seed. Black pepper can provide […]

The Legacy Of Light In Dark Times

This post was originally published on this siteReflection: Here we are at the beginning of the darkest month of the year. It isn’t surprising that in December we celebrate light. In Christian and Jewish tradition, the holidays of Christmas and Chanukah celebrate light – lighting candles and decorating trees and homes are ways we add […]

Got Leftovers? Try These Meal Suggestions!

This post was originally published on this siteDid you end up with holiday leftovers? Don’t let them go to waste – try these five healthful and delicious recipes that even company will enjoy! Stuffed Potatoes A staff favorite, we like to add any and all leftover veggies to this versatile recipe! Barley and Vegetable Soup […]

Muscles & Your Heart

This post was originally published on this siteNew research from Greece indicates that maintaining higher muscle mass can help prevent heart disease and stroke later in life, particularly in men. The researchers noted that muscle tissue volume begins dropping in our mid-thirties and then declines by three percent per decade. To investigate the link between […]

More Beans = Less Heart Disease

This post was originally published on this siteThis finding comes from a study that looked at the effect of consumption of legumes on the risk of heart disease. Results showed that people who eat the most of these foods can reduce the incidence of cardiovascular disease, coronary heart disease and high blood pressure by as […]

Diet To Lower Lung Cancer Risk

This post was originally published on this siteA new study from Vanderbilt University that looked at the diets of 1.4 million adults in the U.S., Europe and Asia found that those with the highest consumption of fiber and yogurt had a risk of lung cancer that was 33 percent lower than that of people who […]

A Cure For Anxiety?

This post was originally published on this siteThis news comes from the University of California, Berkeley where researchers found that after a night of no sleep, brain scans showed a shutdown of the part of the brain that normally keeps anxiety in check. A good night’s sleep has the opposite effect, the study found, one […]

How To Prevent Depression

This post was originally published on this siteStudy results from Massachusetts General Hospital have shown that people who spend several hours a week working out were less likely to be diagnosed with depression even when they are a high genetic risk for it. This finding comes from health data on nearly 8,000 patients who were […]

How Sleep Affects Women’s Bones

This post was originally published on this siteThis new finding about inadequate sleep adds to what we’re learning about the effect of sleep on women’s health. It comes from a study that included 11,084 postmenopausal women who reported on the amount of time they slept nightly. Researchers from the University of Buffalo found that women […]

Exercise To Stay Alive

This post was originally published on this siteA team of Brazilian researchers interviewed 1,451 seniors over age 60 about their health and rated how well they could perform such normal activities as bathing, dressing, getting from bed to a chair, going to the bathroom and feeding themselves. They also queried the participants about whether or […]

Exercise To Boost Memory

This post was originally published on this siteYou can improve your memory up to 30 percent if you’re willing to put some time and effort into exercise. Researchers at Canada’s McMaster University report that healthy seniors between the ages of 60 and 88 who completed three weekly sessions of high-intensity interval training for 12 weeks […]

Why You Do Have Time To Exercise

This post was originally published on this siteResearchers from the CDC and the Rand Corporation looked at how 32,048 Americans age 15 and older actually spend their time and concluded that there’s plenty available for exercise. Results showed that most people have more than five hours of free time daily, much of which is spent […]

Are Scented Candles Harmful to Health?

This post was originally published on this siteBurning candles is a convenient, inexpensive way to add ambiance, calm and serenity to a home or office throughout the year. Their warm, soothing touch creates an inviting and comforting atmosphere. For everyday indoor use, you should opt for unscented candles. Some researchers note that unscented candles create […]

Testing Alzheimer’s Risk

This post was originally published on this siteThe tests are used to predict the risk of developing dementia, but they also can be used to help rule it out. One of the two assesses mental functioning. The other is a smell test, which assesses the ability to identify odors. Researchers from Columbia University found that […]

Avocados & Your Cholesterol

This post was originally published on this siteEating one avocado a day may do the trick, according to Penn State researchers. The investigators recruited 45 obese or overweight adults for a study to compare three low and moderate fat diets, one of which included a daily avocado. Results showed that the avocados helped reduce LDL […]

Soft Drinks Can Ruin Your Teeth

This post was originally published on this siteA new study from the UK has found a link between being overweight or obese and bad teeth. Researchers from King’s College London have linked the increased consumption of sweetened soft drinks to the erosion of tooth enamel and dentine in obese patients (dentine is the tooth layer […]

Concerned About Mid-Life Transition?

This post was originally published on this siteMid-life transition is a natural process, and a normal part of maturing. It happens to many people, usually around age 40. Common issues that arise with mid-life transition include discontent, boredom or confusion with your current life/lifestyle, the questioning of the meaning of life, and a yearning to […]

How Weather Affects Pain

This post was originally published on this siteThe findings linking weather and pain come from a University of Manchester study that recruited people throughout the UK suffering from arthritis, migraines, and other types of chronic pain to record their daily symptoms on their cell phones. At the same time, the researchers were collecting information on […]

Can Blue Light Shorten Life?

This post was originally published on this siteA study from Oregon State University suggests that blue light from smart phones, tablets and laptops can shorten life, possibly by damaging cells in the brain and retinas. So far, the researchers have demonstrated this effect only with common fruit flies, which share cellular and developmental mechanisms with […]

How Not To Break A Hip

This post was originally published on this siteThe research, which included 77,206 women who were followed for an average of 14 years, concluded that those who regularly walked briskly or jogged had a 12 percent lower risk of hip fracture than less active women. The more often the women walked at any speed, the lower […]

The Legacy Of Silence & Moral Injury

This post was originally published on this siteReflection: If we don’t write a legacy letter to accompany our wills (our material valuables) and fail to share the contents of the letter in conversation with our families… If we don’t write a legacy letter to accompany our living wills/health directives (our values and requests regarding our […]

4 Foods To Boost Your Metabolism

This post was originally published on this siteAs we age, our metabolism slows down, which may lead to weight gain. But small dietary adjustments can help minimize unwanted pounds in our middle years. Try these suggestions: Choose healthy carbohydrates. Replace refined, high-glycemic index carbs with unrefined, low-glycemic choices such as sprouted grain breads or beans and […]

Addressing Seasonal Depression

This post was originally published on this siteThe shorter daylight hours of the autumn and winter seasons can affect sleep, productivity and state of mind. Light therapy (also known as phototherapy) may help. It uses specially designed boxes that emit full-spectrum light to simulate sunlight. While still a relatively unknown treatment, light therapy has been […]

When To Take Your Vitamins & Supplements

This post was originally published on this siteIf you take daily supplements, vitamins or herbs, the following guidelines can help to lessen or prevent any side effects – and help to promote the full benefits supplements can provide: Take your supplements during or right after a meal, unless directed otherwise, and drink plenty of fluids […]