Health

  • Flora for Every Mom

    This Mother’s Day, skip the cliché bouquet and give her a more personalized “green” gift. We’ve found the perfect botanical option for every type of mom—including you.

    She’s got a green thumb

  • Ask The Doctor: Thinning Hair

     

    Answered by Susan Lark, MD, a women’s health expert and author of the alternative health newsletter Women’s Wellness Today.

    My hair has become thinner lately, and I’m embarrassed—baldness can be sexy on men, but it’s not a good look for me. Why am I losing my hair and how can I stop it?
  • What Your Nails Know

    If our eyes are the windows to our souls, our nails are the screen doors to our bodies. More than just cosmetic annoyances, brittle, ridged, or yellow fingernails and toenails can indicate nutrient deficiencies and health problems ranging from anemia to thyroid disease.

    Health problems? Look to your fingernails.
    By Vicky Uhland
  • Hungry Eyes

    Most of us expect—and accept—the slow deterioration of our eyesight as an inevitable part of aging. But is it? A wealth of research indicates that protecting our baby blues (or browns or greens) could be as simple as eating the right foods or choosing targeted supplements.

    Get these nutrients now for better vision as you age.
    By Erinn Morgan
  • Beauty for Two

    Pregnancy is famously a time of lifestyle choices, such as skipping mouthwatering ceviche and glasses of pinot, that will ensure a healthy mom and baby. But moms-to-be should also scrutinize their personal care products—from soaps to stretch-mark creams—for ingredients, both synthetic and natural, that can harm a developing baby inside.

    Prenatal pampering for you and baby
    By Erinn Morgan
  • Ask The Doctor: Diverticulitis

    Diverticular diseases have become very common in the US, especially among the over-50 set, so you’re certainly not alone. People often develop diverticulosis, a condition characterized by small, pouch-like herniations called diverticula in the lining of the large intestine, small intestines, esophagus, or stomach.

    My doctor just diagnosed me with diverticulitis. What does this mean, and how can I treat this condition naturally?
  • A Healthy Hue

    Forget tanning as the path to beautiful skin color: The skin hues that people find most attractive stem from healthy lifestyles, suggests new research from the United Kingdom. When asked to use computer software to adjust the color of Caucasian faces to make them appear as “healthy” as possible, study participants generally increased the pink and yellow hues.

    By Lindsey Galloway
  • Cat Scratch Fever Relievers


    >> Cover couch bases, end-table legs, and dust shams with aluminum foil, or slap on strips of double-sided tape. Neither make for fetching decor, but crinkly foil noises and tacky adhesive deter scratch-happy cats.

    Does Kitty stratch at your sofa or claw up the chaise lounge? Safeguard your furniture without resorting to the declaw faux pas.
    By Melaina Juntti
  • Bust Buster's Stress

    Ease an anxious pup’s mind with this calming recipe from Made Out of Love: Recipes to Prepare for (and Sometimes Share With) Your Animal Companion (The Honest Kitchen, 2009) by Lucy Postins, founder of The Honest Kitchen natural pet food company.

    1 cup organic oats or millet
    1 chamomile tea bag
    1 cup hot filtered water

  • Supps for the Ages

    Our nutritional needs change as we pass through different hormonal stages. Although every woman should take a daily multivitamin, along with 1,500 mg of calcium and 750 mg of magnesium for healthy bones, also consider these age-specific hormone-balancing supplements.

    Childbearing years
    Omega-3 fatty acids

    By susan Lark, MD