Health

  • Detox the Right Way

    Raise your hand if you’ve ever dreamed of using a juice fast to lose your love handles or compensate for holiday excesses. You’re not alone. Between October 2008 and October 2009, Americans spent more than $100 million on cleansing and detoxifying products in an effort to lose weight, gain energy, or purify themselves of harmful toxins, according to market research firm Spins.

    Extreme cleanses can deplete your body. Here are three safer ways to lose weight, gain energy, and flush out toxins.
    By Katie Arnold
  • The Hidden Epidemic: Is Your Thyroid Making You Fat?

    When Mary Shomon suddenly found herself exhausted in the middle of the morning, her doctor told her to get more sleep. When she reported that her hair was falling out and she was depressed and moody, her doctor attributed it to the stress of planning her upcoming wedding.

    Millions of Americans have thyroid disease and don't know it. Are you one of them?
    By Vicky Uhland
  • Jump-Start Joint Health

    Hip and knee replacements used to be for “old folks,” but new data from the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons reveals a troubling surge in joint replacement surgeries for the under-65 set. Here are four easy changes to make now so your joints will last a lifetime.


    Try: Food-based antioxidants

    By Cara McDonald
  • Sleep, Interrupted

    Years ago, I went camping with my cousin Mike. At nightfall, we retired to our separate tents to sleep, and an hour later, I startled awake at the sound of a bear growling outside my tent. GggrrRAAWWLL! This terrifying grumble continued until I realized it was, in fact, Mike snoring. And then I heard something even more frightening: total silence. He’d stopped breathing.

    9 holistic ways to treat obstructive sleep apnea
    By Kristin Bjornsen
  • New Hope for MS

    Goldberry McClure’s multiple sclerosis (MS) diagnosis came as a mixed blessing. “In a way, I was relieved because I finally had an explanation for my overwhelming fatigue and muscle pain,” says the Fort Collins, Colorado, resident.

    Get your life back with these alternative therapies.
    By Jessica Cerretani
  • Ask The Doctor: Type 2 Diabetes

    My 42-year-old brother, Gregg, just found out he has type 2 diabetes, and I’d like to help him get healthy. What can he doto avoid taking prescription drugs?

    Answered by Julian Witaker
  • Spot of Tea for Stress

    When the going gets tough, the tough get brewing, a notion legions of tea-loving Brits have subscribed to for centuries. Now, a City University of London study shows that putting a kettle on the stove and sipping tea in times of crisis or unrest can reduce stress—and even make you feel calmer than before the trauma.

    By Melaina Juntti
  • Heart Matters

    If you’re thinking, “Why should I worry about heart health?” here’s a reality check: A third of Americans already have some form of the condition. Even if you don’t have a family history of cardiovascular problems, you should take steps to protect your ticker. Why? Because your heart rules the health of every other system in your body.

    Heart disease is still the No. 1 killer of women. Try these 19 simple ways to lower your risk today.
    By Kate Hanley
  • No More SAD

    Every winter, thousands are affected by Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), a depressive mood condition that sets in during the dark, winter months and lifts in the spring.

  • Achieve Your New Years Health Goals

    Every January 1, it’s the same deal. I’m eager to write out a resolution list and get started on my goals, because this year I will drop 10 pounds, stress less, save more money, and be the most giving person I can be.

    Lose weight, stress less, and find happiness in 2010
    By Erin Quinn