Health Matters

  • 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.

  • Goodbye Pale Skin

    We’re all feeling a little pasty-white these days. Here’s how to get that sun-kissed look
    back—no trip to the beach required.

    Self-Taners
    Tip: It helps to exfoliate first to get rid of rough skin patches and then apply a moisturizer

  • Wake-Up Call

    The jury is still out on whether there is a connection between cell phones and health problems. Here’s what we do know. And here’s how to be smarter about how you use your phone.

    The jury is still out on whether there is a connection between cell phones and health problems. Here's what we do know. And here's how to be smarter about how you use your phone.
    By Megan Feldman
  • Chitin-glucan and Gut Microflora

    Chitin-glucan, an Artina-branded ingredient, comes from the Aspergillus niger fungus, and alters microflora within the gut to improve metabolic processes related to obesity.

  • 10,000 Reasons

    Typical household paint contains up to 10,000 chemicals! Many of those are proven to be toxic and some even have links to cancer. Many of the most harmful chemicals are called volatile organic compounds, or VOCs. VOCs are unstable, carbon-containing compounds that readily  vaporize into the air.

    Avoid VOCs.
  • Warm Up Wisely

    Winter is on its way, and many of us spend November through February chilled to the bone, even indoors. Besides making you uncomfortable, low body temperature can leave you susceptible to infection and disease—and signal underlying health conditions.

    by Melaina Juntti
  • 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
  • Don't Be So Defensive

    Better put your dukes down, ladies. Canadian researchers found that women who became defensive in response to stress-inducing tasks showed more signs of stress—higher blood pressure, quicker heart rate, elevated cortisol levels—than those who did not.

    by Melaina Juntti
  • Massage: More Than Meets the Muscle

    We all love a good rubdown. But beyond easing muscle tension and relieving sore spots, massage—even a single session—triggers beneficial biological changes, finds new research from Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles.

    by Melaina Juntti