Health

  • Flush Those Germs!

    GARGLING
    It isn’t just for fresh breath. In a Japanese study, gargling with water three times a day was found to dramatically reduce the incidence of upper respiratory infections.

    NASAL WASH

    Three simple steps to protect your nose and throat from invaders this cold and flu season.
    by Kate Hanley
  • Stick to Your Resolution (For Real This Year)

    Every New Year, it’s the same story: You pledge to make one positive change in your life, but when the hectic pace of real life sets in that resolution gets left in the dust. No sugar for a year? Yeah, right. Come February you’re grabbing two-for-one pints of Ben and Jerry’s at the grocery store.

    By Kimberly Rodrigues
  • Is Your Pet Packing on the Pounds?

    According to the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention, more than 50 percent of dogs and cats are overweight or obese. Cats, however, hold the record for pet obesity, with about 21 percent battling the bulge (compared to about 8 percent in dogs). Obese pets are at higher risk for developing type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, heart and repertory disease, and kidney disease.

  • TV Ups Kids' BP

    The school bully may not be the only reason Junior’s blood is boiling. New research from Michigan State University shows that children who watch protracted amounts of TV have higher blood pressure than those who don’t, regardless of individual body weight.

    By Sarah Toland
  • Lower Your Diabetes Risk

    Growing up in Mississippi, Herman L. Kemp, Jr. dined on fried chicken and biscuits for breakfast, sometimes with a side of macaroni and cheese. These eating habits continued into adulthood, where it wasn’t unusual for him to regularly splurge on a buffet-style breakfast, then hit another buffet for lunch or dinner.

    You can prevent the onset of type 2 diabetes. Here’s how.
    By Joel Warner
  • Making Sense of Multivitamins

    When we were kids, multivitamin choices seemed so simple: Do I want the yellow Pebbles or the purple Bamm-Bamm? But now that we’ve outgrown Stone Age chewables, our options have expanded. We can get our vitamins and minerals in tablets, liquids, or gummies. We can take one, two, or even five per day. We can opt for natural, food-based formulations or synthetic versions.

    By Vicky Uhland
  • From Crazed to Calm

    You’ve spent ages prepping for the big end-of-the-year meeting, only to arrive without your notes (which are in a pile on your kitchen counter). On the way home, you stop at the store to pick up a gallon of milk and leave with everything but.

    Tips, Tricks, and A Daily Action Plan For Keeping Your Mental Clarity During the Holidays
    By Cara McDonald
  • Throat Soothers

    In medieval England, physicians would treat inflamed, croaky throats by placing a live frog into a patient’s mouth. Hence, the phrase “a frog in your throat.” Today, thankfully, the remedies are much less cumbersome—and much more effective. Paul Anderson, ND, chair of clinical sciences at Bastyr’s School of Naturopathic Medicine, likes to use herbs.

    Cure a sore throat with these four healing herbs.
    By Kris
  • Lower Your Diabetes Risk

    Growing up in Mississippi, Herman L. Kemp, Jr. dined on fried chicken and biscuits for breakfast, sometimes with a side of macaroni and cheese. These eating habits continued into adulthood, where it wasn’t unusual for him to regularly splurge on a buffet-style breakfast, then hit another buffet for lunch or dinner.

    You can prevent the onset of type 2 diabetes. Here's how.
    By Joel Warner
  • Heal Your Skin

    As if people with diabetes didn’t have enough to deal with, those managing this blood-glucose imbalance also face special skincare challenges. The small capillaries close to a diabetic’s skin often become narrowed, which slows circulation and makes skin more prone to problems.

    For diabetics experiencing inceased skin sensitivity, here's help.
    By Lindsey Galloway