Creating a health lunch that your kids want to eat is a challenge most parents face. Giving your kids easy categories to fill and the independence to pack their own lunch will go a long way to help them eat a healthy lunch. Here are some ideas on how to make their lunches healthier and your life easier.
Seasonal allergies are one of the most common health complaints in the United States. An estimated 50 million Americans have allergies to airborne triggers. For allergy sufferers, this means red, itchy eyes; runny nose; sneezing; scratchy throat; sinus congestion, and sinus headaches. Fortunately, there are many preventative measures and natural treatments that are effective for improving allergy symptoms and addressing the underlying terrain that can promote allergies.
Heart disease is the leading cause of death for men and women worldwide. Often labeled the “silent killer” heart disease can progress for decades with little to no symptoms. There are several ways to assess the health of the heart and arteries years before a devastating event disrupts your life or those of your loved ones including a Carotid Intima-Media Thickness test or CIMT.
Cold and flu are likely terms you have used numerous times throughout your life to describe an illness, but what really defines a cold or a flu? You may have described a stomach illness as "the flu," a runny nose as a “cold,” or seen the terms lumped together as in “cold and flu season” to further confuse you that there’s actually a difference. The differences between the two illnesses elude many people, but there are some important distinctions.
As the Spring brings weather warms up we are all excited to get back out in the sun. It has been a long dark winter and as we transfer into warmer sunnier days it is important to protect yourself for the sun's UV rays. UV rays have been linked to the development of premature aging and skin cancer. Skin cancer is the most common cancer in the U.S. and using sunscreen is one of many ways to help protect your skin from potentially harmful sun exposure.
Though sad to think about, we live in a sea of toxic chemicals that can harm our health. Our bodies are regularly exposed to toxins in the air we breath, water we drink, food we eat, and the products we use. Many of these toxic chemicals are classified as endocrine disruptors, or chemicals that interfere with our bodies natural hormones and can lead to a wide array of health issues including cancer and inflammatory conditions in the body. Fortunately, there are a number of things you can do to help minimize or avoid exposures and support your body.
The spring season officially began on March 20th with the vernal equinox. The name “equinox” derives from Latin, meaning “equal night” and refers to the roughly equal length of daylight and darkness this time of year. This is a time of celebration and in many traditions it marks the beginning of a new life cycle. Spring is the time when life awakens from its winter slumber and new vitality surfaces.
As much as fevers can be uncomfortable they are very helpful in fighting infections and are generally safe if well managed. When your immune system is responding to an infection the body raises its temperature in an effort to fight off the infection. Fevers not only kill infectious organisms but they also optimize our bodies ability to fight these infections.
Back pain is one of the most common health concerns in the United States. It is estimated that 85% of people will suffer from back pain at some point in their lives. New guidelines by the American College of Physicians advise trying alternative therapies like exercise, mindfulness-based stress reduction, acupuncture, massage, biofeedback, and yoga, before patients consider pharmaceutical pain options.
When People think of acts of kindness they usually think of the benefits for the recipients. Weather it is paying the bridge toll for the car behind you, giving a dollar to someone in need, or giving a compliment to a stranger, we see this as a service to the receiver for this kindness. In this post we are going to flip this notion on its head. There is now research to back up the multitude of health benefit for the person giving. So get out there and give your way to better health.