Health

  • 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
  • Cold School

    We know: You thought you’d be safe from cold and flu season this year. You ate your immune-boosting sweet potatoes, got plenty of sleep, and hit the echinacea at the first sign of a scratchy throat.

    'Tis The Season For The Sniffles. Bone Up With Our Feel-Better-Fast Cheat Sheet.
    By Brooke Benjamin
  • Phyto Power

    Chemical warfare isn’t always a bad thing: Fruits and vegetables use their phytochemicals for protection as they grow, and once inside us, these same compounds have potent antioxidant and anticancer properties, says Michael Seidman, MD, director of wellness at the Henry Ford Health System’s Center for Integrative Medicine in Detroit.

    By Matthew Kadey, RD
  • Yeast Infection Protection

    If you’ve ever had a vaginal yeast infection, you’re all too familiar with the telltale symptoms that make it so miserable: itching, burning, swelling, painful urination, and an unpleasant white discharge.

    Natural ways to prevent and cure Candida
    By Larissa Long
  • The Back Story

    A good friend of mine summed up back pain accurately and concisely: “I had it once and prayed to the heavens that it would never happen to me again.”
    On my couch, flat on my back, ice pack covering my lower back, barely able to move without torment, I could relate.

    One woman's mission to cure her aching back - without surgery or drugs.
    By Meghan Rabbitt
  • Weather the Storm

    A few months ago, beset by a mounting sense of “It’s all too much,” I signed myself up for what I hoped would be a transformative yoga retreat at a monastery in upstate New York. I extracted myself from busy New York City life and spent the entire weekend sitting quietly at sunrise, blissing out in Lotus Pose, and eating three vegetarian meals a day prepared by kindly nuns.

    How to get out from under the stress cloud, for good.
    By Penny Wrenn
  • Work Out Your Headache

    Does the holiday hustle make your head hurt? Forget the Tylenol and hit the gym instead: A recent study shows that after exercising three times a week for 12 weeks, people prone to headaches experienced fewer occurrences and less pain. But don’t skip the warm-up—diving right into a hard workout can actually trigger migraines.

    By Celia Shatzman
  • The Beauty Bar: Lutein

    If you already take lutein for optimum eye health, you’re likely getting a bonus benefit: youthful skin.

    By Lindsey Galloway
  • Nurse A Hangover, Naturally

    Overindulged at a holiday soiree? Here are five ways to ease your post-party pain:

    1. Honey. Studies show the sweet stuff can speed your body’s alcohol metabolism because of its high fructose content.

    By Marcy Franklin
  • Ask The Doctor: Bloating, Gas, and Abdominal Discomfort

    Bloating, gas, and abdominal discomfort are common yet annoying symptoms of a digestive system that has fallen off track. Weak digestion, slow-working intestines, and imbalanced flora (bacteria, yeast, and other intestinal microorganisms) can all cause post-meal pain and protruding bellies.

    Every time I eat a full meal, I get bloated and uncomfortable. How come? What can I do to ease these feelings and prevent them in the future?
    By Nancy Lonsdorf, MD, an Iowa-based integrative physician with 23 years’ experience in ayurveda for women’s health.