Health

  • Spa Savvy

    If you have already cut back on lattes, shopped your closet, and started that home yoga practice, all in an effort to trim your budget, monthly spa treatments will hardly enjoy top billing on your necessary-expenses list. Still, if you can possibly swing it, a well-chosen spa treatment can provide irreplaceable benefits to your body and your mind.

    Make the most of your next visit by choosing the right facial for your age.
    By Kate Hanley
  • Forget Me Knot

    Whether you overdid it at the gym or lugged a much-too-heavy bag, your body will let you know when you’ve pushed it too far.

    By Meghan Rabbitt
  • What's My Alternative: Epidural

    When Chandra Lund discovered she was pregnant, she faced a dilemma. She wanted a natural labor, but media images of women screaming in pain haunted her, and the “horrible, painful” birth stories her friends told made her think twice.

    By Diana Reynolds Roome
  • Move Through Arthritis

    Every morning, Angie steps onto her yoga mat and struggles to push herself into Downward-Facing Dog. Three breaths later—on a good day—she comes down and rests in Child’s Pose, rolling her wrists and flexing her fingers. Angie, at 32 years old, has osteoarthritis in her hands and her hips. But in spite of the pain, she says yoga actually makes her feel better.

    Recover your full range of motion with yoga.
    By Jennifer Lang
  • Get Growing!

    My fascination with growing food started in the third grade, when the entire class grew tiny tomato plants on the windowsill of our classroom. The plants died before sprouting any fruit, but my interest in gardening took root. Since then, I’ve had many more successes in the garden: strawberries, melons, fresh salad greens, and yes, even tomatoes.

    Big or small, a garden can hlp you cultivate a healthy body and calm mind.
    By Jodi Helmer
  • Sexual Healing

    Most of us have no problem casually mentioning, say, our high blood pressure or diabetes to perfect strangers. But when it comes to sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), most of us would rather crawl into a dark cave than discuss these types of anatomically awkward conditions with our close friends or doctors.

    Naturally effective treatments for those all-too-embarrassing STDs
    By Kris Kucera
  • Ask The Doctor: Dizziness

    Absolutely it could. If springing to your feet causes you to feel light-headed, see black or white spots, or nearly keel over, you may have orthostatic hypotension. Put simply, orthostatic hypotension—orthostatic means “standing upright” and hypotension means “low blood pressure”—is the body’s temporary inability to adjust to changes in gravity.

    My doctor told me I have low-blood pressure; could that be causing my dizziness when I stand up?
    Answered by Stephen T. Sinatra, MD
  • Destination Health: Fearless Healing

    Coming to terms with cancer is never easy, yet a new study supports what many women already know: Yoga helps. Published in the journal Psycho-Oncology, the study confirmed that women with breast cancer had a 50 percent reduction in depression and a 12 percent increase in feelings of peace following yoga sessions. If you or someone you love needs some yogic healing, head to the mountains.

    By Nora Simmons
  • Dirty Laundry Cleans Up Its Act

    We’ve always found that newly dry-cleaned clothes smell noxious, and now we know why. The most common solvent used in dry cleaning—perchloroethylene, aka perc—causes major problems for both people who work with it and the planet. Besides being a carcinogen, perc is a classified hazardous waste, spewing its guck into the atmosphere, landfills, and aquifers.

    By Elizabeth Marglin
  • Play Ruff

    Unlike many of us, our dogs can’t wait to work out—go for a run, sprint up and down the stairs, or just chase their tails. They know it’s fun, and we know it keeps them healthy, burns calories, and increases muscle tone. But daily exercise plays a role in their emotional well-being (read: sanity) too.

    By Kelli Rosen