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As summer winds down it’s important to continue practicing healthy habits. Continue to apply sunscreen, bug spray and always remember to stay hydrated! These simple tips can protect you from many summertime health-related issues.
Another issue, which is often forgotten about, is our vision ... Views: 4
Ice can be used to chill drinks. Its cold, crunchy texture is particularly refreshing on the hottest of days. Usually, we add some ice to a beverage, allow the beverage to cool and watch the ice melt. For some though, who have pagophagia, their love for ice goes beyond cooling drinks. In fact, ... Views: 3
You’ve probably heard of baker’s yeast that helps bread rise, or even brewer’s yeast that helps beer ferment. In the food realm, these are the good ones.
But there’s a bad kind of yeast too. At least, when it gets out of control. There is a type of yeast called Candida that occurs naturally in ... Views: 3
Fruits are a great source of vitamins that our body uses to stay healthy. Nutrition aside, fruits are just downright delicious. Many different fruits are contained within a peel. To get to the delicious center we remove the skin and toss it. Stop right there! Did you know by tossing out the peel ... Views: 3
We all know that alcohol is bad for our livers but we rarely take the opportunity to explore why. Overall, alcohol is bad for your body, but your liver gets hit first. Here’s what happens when alcohol sucker punches your liver.
Why alcohol harms the liver
Alcohol is made primarily from ... Views: 4
New research suggests strategies to overcome technological limitations to more accurately detect PMS2 – a genetic mutation which plays a role in Lynch syndrome which can lead to colorectal cancer (more commonly known as colon cancer). This can help better diagnose cases of colon cancer and offer ... Views: 7
Whether you drank a fizzy soda too quickly, or swallowed too much air, these habits can lead to hiccups. Not only are hiccups annoying, sometimes they seem impossible to get rid of. The majority of the time hiccups are harmless, but new research suggests that hiccups may be a potential symptom ... Views: 6
Our liver is an important organ that is responsible for many functions in the body. When it becomes damaged we begin to feel ill, but symptoms may often be confused with other illnesses. It’s important to keep our liver healthy as it is a powerhouse for good health.
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Our eyes are very delicate. Even something as small as a minor scratch is enough to cause irritation. A corneal abrasion occurs when the cornea – the thin protective layer on the eyes – becomes scratched. It’s best to avoid this kind of damage.
Causes of corneal abrasion
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Staying hydrated is essential for good health. A large percentage of our body is made up of water so keeping that supply full is important. It seems easy enough that to stay hydrated you should drink, but you could be hydrating yourself incorrectly.
Here are the four wrong ways to hydrate:
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Sugar has a bad reputation, and for good reason. Not only can sugar contribute to type 2 diabetes, but it has been linked to many other health complications. The verdict is in and sugar is definitely out. But new research suggests this oil is worse for you than sugar. So what’s the biggest food ... Views: 10
We all know that drinking too much can be harmful to our health. In the United States consuming a lot of alcohol is a leading cause of death according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Statistics show that 88,000 deaths occurred every year from 2006 to 2010 due to drinking too ... Views: 7
More than half of senior Americans have prediabetes, according to the American Diabetes Association. Prediabetes puts people at a higher risk of developing diabetes because they have elevated blood sugar. The good news is that prediabetes does not have to result in type 2 diabetes as long as ... Views: 11
Our two kidneys are vital organs that perform many powerful functions. Most people know that they remove waste products and excess fluid from our body, but they also release hormones that regulate blood pressure, produce an active form of vitamin D, and control the production of red blood ... Views: 9
Now that you’re older you’re probably noticing a few more aches and pains. These aches and pains can make completing everyday tasks more difficult. If you’ve noticed that when you’re walking your heel in particular is causing you pain, it’s probably plantar fasciitis.
Plantar fasciitis is the ... Views: 9
Not only will understanding how to eat a balanced diet improve your health, but you may see benefits such as weight loss, too. So here is our guide on how to enjoy a balanced diet.
How to enjoy a healthy balanced diet
The basis of a balanced diet it to ensure you are receiving adequate ... Views: 11
Picking out the right contact lenses is an important decision that will affect how you see the world. Many people pay too much attention on the color and design factors when shopping for their first contacts, and have little to no regards at all to more important factors like size, frequency of ... Views: 13
Nothing can ruin you summer nights more than getting bit by mosquitoes. Not only do they leave your skin itchy and irritated, but mosquito bites can carry some serious illnesses. If up until now you’ve accepted them as inevitable, you may want to reconsider and work harder to avoid bites from ... Views: 13
Calcium is required in the body as an essential mineral. Its main use is I the bones and teeth to keep them strong. But when an excess amount of calcium is found within the body it can lead to a condition called hypercalcemia. In this case, when there is too much calcium, it can play an opposite ... Views: 11
There are many factors that can contribute to high blood pressure such as being overweight, diet and lack of physical activity. But there is another condition that can also lead to high blood pressure, it’s called primary aldosteronism.
Primary aldosteronism is a hormone disorder that can ... Views: 11
In many heart-healthy and even brain-healthy diets they rave about the use of olive oil. Olive oil, especially the extra virgin type, has been shown to be beneficial to overall health, but is typically advised not to cook with.
Although drizzling the golden oil on top of food seems to be ... Views: 15
According to the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, knee replacement surgeries are on the rise – they have more than doubled since 2000. Obesity plays a factor, as more Americans living with worn-out, painful knees. Knee replacement surgery seems like a one-time fix to ease the ... Views: 14
The heart has many valves and chambers to allow blood to enter and be released in order for the body to work. Some major valves in the heart are the aortic valve, tricuspid valve and the mitral valve.
These valves play important roles and if there is a problem with one of them, it can affect ... Views: 12
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The little things can make or break life. Something like a cool breeze can allow you to fondly remember a certain night, while something like sensitivity to a cold glass of water can make you want to forget your problems.
From cosmetic imperfections to functional issues with your teeth, there ... Views: 20
The hormone cortisol is commonly associated with stress. By now we know stress, over a period of time, can be detrimental to our health. But there is another condition associated with excessive cortisol. It’s called Cushing’s syndrome.
Causes of Cushing’s syndrome
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Sleep serves both physical and psychological functions. We all need sleep. Sadly, in our culture, work and social pressures don’t always allow us to get enough sleep. The National Sleep Foundation reports that most Americans suffer from sleep deprivation. While many joke about it, Swedish ... Views: 20
By now you probably have a good idea of what it means to eat healthy. Fruits and vegetables get the top score, followed by whole grains, protein and even dairy. A good resource is the American Food Guide, which helps clarify serving sizes. But sometimes it gets tricky to eat well and we often ... Views: 19
A heart attack occurs when there is not an adequate blood supply to the heart. This can be caused due to a blockage. Damage can occur in the heart, and depending on how long the heart goes without blood will determine the severity of the damage.
Heart attack can impair a person’s life, but ... Views: 17
It’s uncommon to associate eating disorders with the elderly, but sadly these conditions plague older Americans as well. The largest demographic of seniors with eating disorders are women. But eating disorders and the elderly are not often discussed so getting exact statistics and information is ... Views: 17
Chances are you had the chicken pox as a child. You can probably remember the red spots along with the non-stop itching. Worse yet, you were told not to scratch, so you were left suffering in your own skin.
A common belief is that you can only get the chicken pox once in your lifetime. You ... Views: 18
Think about the last time you were hungry. It might have been after intense exercise, or maybe you had skipped a meal. You might have eaten more to quell those hunger pains, but eventually you likely felt full. But if you’re always hungry, and can’t seem to get full, you could be showing a sign ... Views: 15
Are you feeling fat, flabby, flaky, foggy, fatigued or forgetful, maybe even frumpy?
Welcome to hormonal havoc. Women have very complex and interconnected systems that regulate hormones. There is no need to worry because a lot is under your control. While hormones control everything such as ... Views: 22
Take a second to look at your feet and legs. How do they look? Do they appear to be swollen? If so, does this happen often? Swollen feet and legs are often overlooked as symptoms because we associate them with aging. But ignoring swelling could be detrimental to your health.
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Menopause is the time in a woman’s life when menstrual periods end. It is a process that happens gradually and includes a lot of different symptoms, but recent research suggests those symptoms can be worse if you suffer from incontinence.
You are not truly in menopause until you have gone ... Views: 21
Previously we told you about the Paleo diet – a regimen that essentially mimics the eating habits of our cavemen ancestors. And we have already addressed the benefits of going vegan, which means eating no animal products. Well now, there is another diet that merges these two diets together. It’s ... Views: 23
There are many reasons to eat besides the obvious fuel for our body. Food can help us in many ways. But what we eat really can have an impact on our bodies.
Generally, we eat food to make us better, but did you know that some foods can make us feel worse? It’s true. In fact, there are some ... Views: 22
Chest pain is always taken seriously as it can be a strong indicator that something is wrong with your heart. You may notice when you go in for a check-up the doctor will usually ask if your symptoms include chest pain as they try to rule out heart issues. But sometimes chest pains don’t ... Views: 23
Picture a door hinge that moves to allow the door to open fully and close shut. When the door hinge is working correctly the door moves freely, if it becomes rusted or damaged, the door may no longer open to its full capacity. What does a door hinge have to do with health?
Our jaws have the ... Views: 20
Wildfires have become an all too common occurrence in the United States. So far this year there have been more than 29-thousand wildfires in the U.S. Daily news reports often focus on how wildlife, natural resources and property are at serious risk during these wildfires; however, there is ... Views: 21
Keeping cool during the warmer months is essential to prevent illnesses such as heat cramps and heat exhaustion. But did you know you can get sick by trying to cool down? Unfortunately it’s true – if you’re cooped up in air conditioned (AC) environments you’re increasing your risk of a ... Views: 18
You may have been hearing more and more about Lyme disease as the summer presses on. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently put out a report indicating cases of Lyme disease are on the rise in certain parts of the U.S.
Lyme disease is an illness caused by being bit by a deer ... Views: 21
It’s very rare that one condition affects only one part of the body. The body is made up of many connective systems and so when one system goes, others suffer. Case in point, hearing loss doesn’t solely affect your ability to hear. It can affect your entire body.
Hearing loss, as of yet, ... Views: 28
You wake up in the morning, roll out of bed and head to the bathroom to complete your morning routine. When you look up into the mirror you notice your eye is inflamed and looking pink. What gives?
Conjunctivitis, or pink eye, is the inflammation or infection of the conjunctiva. This is the ... Views: 21
If we say the term calcification, it probably brings to mind the build-up around your faucet or shower head. Unfortunately, this isn’t the only kind. Calcification can occur inside your body, too.
Calcium is an essential mineral that the body requires. Calcium is most commonly used in the ... Views: 23
If I asked you now to rate your level of stress from one to 10, what number would you pick? If you have a lot going on in your life you may rank your stress level above five. If you feel calm you may rank it below five. But if you’ve been ignoring these symptoms of stress, you could be scoring ... Views: 26
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), sometimes called Lou Gehrigs disease, is a rapidly progressive, invariably fatal neurological disease that attacks the nerve cells (neurons) responsible for controlling voluntary muscles (muscle action we are able to control, such as those in the arms, legs, ... Views: 25
Uveitis is a form of eye inflammation. It affects the middle layer of tissue in the eye wall (uvea).
Uveitis (u-vee-I-tis) warning signs often come on suddenly and get worse quickly. They include eye redness, pain and blurred vision. The condition can affect one or both eyes. It primarily ... Views: 22
The thyroid, a butterfly-shaped gland in the neck, can have a dramatic impact on a huge variety of bodily functions, and if you’re a woman over 35 your odds of a thyroid disorder are highmore than 30%, by some estimates.
At least 30 million Americans have a thyroid disorder and half15 ... Views: 22
It’s a pain that runs from your lower back, through your buttocks and down the back of your leg. It hurts to sit, it’s uncomfortable to lie down, and it seems stretching doesn’t help. That pain you’re experiencing is an effect of your sciatic nerve and it can be severe.
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