Being stuck in the house can feel mighty isolating and frustrating, even if you’re a homebody, like me. I mean, there comes a time when it’s nice to get a change of scene and see that a world outside your own four walls truly exists. But for now, that world is a scary one, filled with unknown pathogens and dangers. (Sorry for the strong words, but from time to time my spirits sag a bit; I’m … [Read more...] about Your At-Home Survival Kit
What is metabolic syndrome? According to the American Heart Association, it’s a condition that affects around 34% of U.S. adults.1 Read on to learn the basics of metabolic syndrome and to find out if you might be at risk. Metabolic syndrome (also known as Syndrome X) is an increasingly common condition closely linked to inactivity and obesity. It’s not a disease, per se, but rather a group of … [Read more...] about What is Metabolic Syndrome and What are the Risk Factors?
The number of infected people from this virus that originated in Wuhan, China is swiftly rising, as are the number of deaths from it. Currently there are 830 people who are sick with the virus and 25 who have died. What is the coronavirus? These viruses are known are known as a large family of viruses called zoonoses. What this means is that they can infect certain animals and spread to … [Read more...] about What You Need to Know About the Coronavirus (2019 nCoV
Feeling sad lately? As the days get shorter and colder, you may feel tired and moody, depleted of energy or enthusiasm. That sad feeling is officially known as SAD, or seasonal affective disorder, and it's quite common, especially in wintertime. Although experts aren’t sure, one theory is that the seasonal changes disrupt your body’s circadian rhythm, your body’s 24-hour internal clock … [Read more...] about The Ultimate Guide to Surviving the Winter Blues
It's hard to ignore all the pink going on in October. Even without the tribute, as women, we're all aware of breast cancer. Either we've had it ourselves, have had a scare, have a friend or relative with it or have had reason to worry (like having a genetic mutation, dense breasts or a strong family history). One of the other risk factors for breast cancer - one we can't control - is getting … [Read more...] about 5 Things Every Woman Must Know About Lowering Her Breast Cancer Risk
With its longer days and warmer weather, summer gives you the perfect opportunity to develop good habits that will carry you into the colder months. 1. Eat a Healthy Diet Summer gifts us with a bountiful selection of fresh fruits and veggies. When they’re grown and eaten in season, fruits and veggies are richer in flavor and nutrients and less expensive to purchase. Take advantage of … [Read more...] about Five Easy Ways to Get Healthier This Summer – and All Year Long
With the hotter weather upon us, I thought it would be a good time to dive into the sometimes-confusing topic of water consumption. Drinking eight glasses of water a day is so ingrained in our minds, and so many of us use it as one of our golden rules of health. But it is one rule you can pour down the drain. Fact: Individual needs for hydration vary. The eight-glasses-of-water-a-day … [Read more...] about Myth or Fact: Is Eight Glasses of Water a Day Really Necessary?
It's been called both dangerous and harmful, and we're told we are, as a society, doing way too much of it. And that it can hurt our health in a big way. When you hear these descriptions of sitting – something we all do from infancy all the way through to old age – it's hard to believe something that seems so, well, harmless is instead so harmful. Since physical inactivity is the … [Read more...] about 6 Scary Side Effects of Sitting
I've been reading a lot lately about how harmful our phones can be to our health. And these articles aren't referring to the long-debated concerns about radiofrequency radiation and cancer risk - though if you want to read more about those, Click Here. No, this time they're suggesting a different animal. There's an increasing body of evidence that suggests the time spent on our smartphones … [Read more...] about So This is Why We Can’t Let Go of Our Cell Phones
Pop quiz: What, besides sex and sleep, change with age? "It's not just sex and sleep that change with age," wrote Frank Bruni in a recent New York Times article. "It's supper." If you're over 50 there's no doubt you understand perfectly well what he's referring to here. Never mind the type of food you prefer. Forget about the popularity of the restaurant. Or its raving reviews. And how … [Read more...] about How to Hear Better When Your Hearing Goes South