10 Tips to Help You Manage Your Stress This Holiday Season

0 December 15, 2017

We know how magical the holiday season can be. It’s the “most wonderful time of the year”…. or is it really?! This time of year people are rushing around getting their Christmas lists checked off, fighting colds, watching their bank account go down, and STRESSING. Don’t kid yourself – the holiday’s are a stressful time of year!

Here are 10 tips to help you manage your stress this holiday season.

#1. Avoid Caffeine, Alcohol, and Nicotine

Caffeine and nicotine are stimulants and so will increase your level of stress rather than reduce it. Alcohol is a depressant when taken in large quantities, but acts as a stimulant in smaller quantities. Therefore using alcohol as a way to alleviate stress is not ultimately helpful. Swap caffeinated and alcoholic drinks for water, herbal teas, or diluted natural fruit juices and aim to keep yourself hydrated as this will enable your body to cope better with stress.

#2. Indulge in Physical Activity

Stressful situations increase the level of stress hormones such as adrenaline and cortisol in your body. These are the “fight or flight” hormones that evolution has hard-wired into our brains and which are designed to protect us from immediate bodily harm when we are under threat. However, stress in the modern age is rarely remedied by a fight or flight response, and so physical exercise can be used as a surrogate to

0 November 22, 2017

Don’t bust your diet plan this holiday season – Tips from dieticians and fitness experts to avoid holiday weight gain.

Even though you might be someone with superhumanly willpower to control your urge to gorge on fatty foods, the holiday season might break you. Staying on the right diet track can be so intimidating and daunting that you might feel like diving into the delicious food sending off your routine diet into hibernation. Those added pounds don’t disappear with your Christmas and New Year celebrations, as no one wants to start the New Year with a bad figure. So, as the holiday season is all about merry-making and celebrating, togetherness and indulging in moderation, make sure to measure the calories that you take. It’s high time you pass the eggnog and handle navigating food spreads, gym routines, and hectic schedules. Here are few tips to avoid holiday weight gain during the holiday season.

#1. Eat Before You Celebrate and Drink

Skipping your lunch or breakfast to save your appetite is never considered as a good way of maintaining your weight. While there have been too many posts on the importance of the first meal of the day or the breakfast, not eating till afternoon might force you to binge later on. Therefore, you should stick to a breakfast that’s sized reasonably so that you can feel fuller for a longer period of time and keep yoursel

0 October 27, 2017

Some people think twice about getting a flu shot.

This article will explain the pros and cons of getting a flu shot, how effective a flu vaccine is, and what happens if you decide to skip it. Here are some pros and cons of flu shots,

Pros

  • A flu shot protects you for around a year against the strain of the flu added to your shot.
  • Even if you contract a different strain of the flu, a flu shot still makes your case less severe.
  • 50-60% of the population are less likely to develop flu shot if they get the seasonal flu vaccine.
  • Getting flu shots doesn’t necessarily mean that you actually get infected with the flu virus,  they use a dead flu virus.
  • If you get sick after getting a flu shot, that could mean that your body already had it before you received the vaccine as flu viruses can live in the body for up to a week before you start feeling the symptoms.
  • You can lessen the possibility of flu-related hospitalization and even death.

Cons

  • Flu shots may have side effects, like a low-grade fever, aches, redness, and soreness, especially at the injection site.
  • Some allergic reactions could happen although very rarely.
  • If you’re getting the intradermal flu shot, the injection site may experience itching and toughness.
  • The flu s

0 October 13, 2017

October is the national month for supporting women who have been impacted by the fatal disease, breast cancer.

For all those who are still living with this disease, or have loved ones fighting this disease, the month of October has been designated just for breast cancer awareness.

Breast cancer is a disease which has been an epidemic in itself and sees a yearly rise of 3.4%. Now is the time to come together and take action to help change the survivor statistics that we hope to reduce. If you take a look at the entire world, almost 35% of the global diagnoses are from young women. In 2017, the united states reported more than 13,000 women below the age of 40 diagnosed with the disease. This is exactly why all women should know about breast cancer and should be aware of how common the disease is. Here are some interesting things to know about breast cancer:

#1. Research reveals that breast cancer is the most common type of cancer found among women between the age of 15 and 39.

Despite young women, breast cancer is very rarely studied. There are current researchers, doctors, and oncologists who are making incremental strides towards comprehending the environmental factors which ultimately cause this type of cancer among women.

#2. Majority of women under 40 years old, can find breast tissues that are dense and can sometimes be prevented by an

0 September 29, 2017

Have you been fighting a cold and now have a nagging cough that just won’t go away?

If answered yes, you might be suffering from acute bronchitis. Whenever your bronchial tubes take oxygen to your lungs from your windpipe, they can become inflamed which therefore can result in bronchitis. When this occurs, the lining of the bronchial tubes produces mucus which makes your cough even worse. Often times you can even suffer from bronchitis side effects including wheezing, which makes it hard for you to catch a breath. In order to know whether or not the illness is acute bronchitis or allergy, you should immediately meet your doctor. Even though there are other bronchitis symptoms that can disappear on their own, there are some that still need to be treated.

How to differentiate between chronic and acute Bronchitis?

It’s vital to determine the timeline of the health issue that you’re suffering from. If you’ve been suffering from breathing problems and a cough that has lasted for almost a month or maybe even a few years, that is considered to be called chronic bronchitis. This becomes a long-term cough issue which demands long-term treatment. There are some who suffer from very serious bronchitis which they have throughout their lives. If you are an active smoker, you’re more likely to get this disease. Besides taking a combination of medici

0 September 14, 2017

Looking for some sleep remedies to get you thru the night?

Careers, kids, and cash are 3 reasons that can cause stress, resulting in keeping us up all night. If you are having a difficult time with the following, then it’s time to start looking into some sleep remedies. Do you have a hard time:

  • Falling asleep?
  • Have feelings of exhaustion?
  • Intestinal Distress?
  • Tension Headaches?
  • Can’t focus very well?
  • Dizzy?
  • Always feeling on edge?

If any of these questions are sounding too familiar, then it’s time to start trying something new. There are many different foods, smells, and behaviors that can help aid a better more comfortable night of sleep for you.

Foods to Eat & Not Eat

#1. Tart Cherry Juice Why? Because studies show that it may help with insomnia, improve melatonin levels, and reduce inflammation to promote restful sleep. It may even help improve how long we sleep. Try drinking a tablespoon of tart cherry juice at night to help with sleep quality, especially on days with intense workouts since it also se

0 September 1, 2017

Should you, or should you not be concerned about chickenpox?

What is chickenpox?

Its an infection that is characterized by itchy red blisters that appear all over the body that usually affect children. It’s also very uncommon to have the chickenpox infection more than once, although it has happened before. The chickenpox vaccine was introduced in the mid- 1990s and since then, there has been a huge decline in cases.

Is it possible to prevent chickenpox?

The chickenpox vaccination only prevents 98% in people. It is recommended that your child should get the shot when they are between 12 and 15 months old, followed by a booster between ages 4-6. Older children and adults who haven’t been vaccinated or exposed may receive catch-up doses of the vaccine. As chickenpox tends to be more severe in older adults, people who haven’t been vaccinated may opt to get the shots later. If you are not able, or have never received the vaccine, you will want to avoid the virus at all costs by limiting contact with infected people. Be careful because chickenpox can’t be identified by its blisters until it has already been spread to others for days.

How to treat chickenpox

Most treatments for chickenpox are aimed at decreasing the amount of severe itching. Tylenol can be used to decrease fevers and aches.

0 August 25, 2017

Are you curious about preventing common colds just like we are? Keep reading because we have some great information that you will want to hear.

It’s getting close to that time of year again. Kids are going back to school, fall is right around the corner, and the germ scene is in FULL bloom. The big question is, “how do I prevent my child and myself from catching the common cold?” We have a few tricks that you’ll never want to go back to your old ways! Arguably the most common illness in humans is the common cold. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), it is also one of the most common causes of work and school absenteeism, with up to 22 million school days lost each year in the U.S. Colds are caused by viral infections. Over 200 different viruses can cause cold symptoms of varying severity. Viruses that cause colds are spread from person to person through tiny droplets of mucus that enter the air from the nasal passages of infected persons and are inhaled by others. Colds can also be spread by touching surfaces that have been contaminated by contact with infected persons and then touching your mouth, nose, or eyes.

#1. Wash your hands

  • Make sure to wash your hands after shopping, going to the gym, or spending time in public places.
  • Carry a small tube of hand sanitizer or sanitizing hand wipes w

0 August 4, 2017

How do you treat your asthma?

Is your Asthma interfering with your life?

Believe it or not, but there are 3 million diagnosed cases of asthma a year. Asthma can be minor or it can interfere with daily activities. In some cases, it may lead to a life-threatening attack. Asthma may cause difficulty breathing, chest pain, cough, and wheezing. The symptoms may sometimes flare-up. It is most common in ages 3-40 and is a condition in which a person’s airways become inflamed, narrow and swell, and produce extra mucus, which makes it difficult to breathe. Asthma is not curable, though it can be managed with rescue inhalers to treat symptoms. Severe cases may require longer-acting inhalers that keep the airways open, as well as oral steroids. Depending on the severity of your asthma, wouldn’t it be nice to know that there might be some at home remedies to help with your illness?

At Home Asthma Remedies

#1. Best foods to eat for Asthma

Eating a healthy diet supplies asthma sufferers with antioxidants and nutrients to combat environmental toxins, control inflammatory responses and reduce dietary triggers. Eating a wide variety of foods can ensure that you or your child gets all the nutrients needed to support strong immunity. There have been numerous studies that show consuming the right foods can be the one of the best home remedies

0 August 1, 2017

Is there really such a thing as gluten-free benefits? Or could all of the gluten talk just be a myth?

Let’s get some things straight first; gluten is just another term used to describe the proteins found in wheat, rye, barley, and triticale. If you suffer from the following,

  • Fatigue
  • Diarrhea
  • Gas
  • Constipation
  • Dermatitis
  • Bloating
  • Abdominal Pain
  • Migraines
  • Iron Deficiency
  • Joint and Muscle Pain
  • Mood Disorders
  • Peripheral Neuropathy
  • Osteopenia & Osteoporosis
  • Reproductive Health Issues
  • Weight Gain or Weight Loss

Then cutting gluten back from your diet may alleviate or eliminate these symptoms. To be gluten-free is a choice, but individuals who suffer from Celiac Disease will only get better by being on a gluten-free diet. Why is that? Well, Celiac Disease is an autoimmune disease that leads the body’s immune system to attack the small intestine when gluten is ingested. Only 1% of the population has celiac disease AND, is 4X’s more common today than 60 years ago. This is because so many foods nowadays are being produced more processed than ever beforewhich is extremely unhealthy for your body. Processed foods contain chemicals, artificial flavors, etc. The food industry is doing this, to help pus