With cold and flu season on the horizon, you may be wondering what you can do to strengthen your immune system to prevent getting sick, or recover more quickly if you do come down with something. You have probably already heard plenty of advice on eating well, getting enough sleep and exercise, and avoiding smoking and too much alcohol. But here are some surprising additional ways you can up your resistance to getting sick:More
With some medical conditions, you can wait for a routine doctor’s appointment to be checked out. Asthma check ups, chronic conditions and contraception discussions can all be had with your regular doctor, but some conditions just can’t wait days or weeks for treatment when you’re finding it difficult to book an appointment with your regular doctor. If you suspect you have any of the following conditions, consider seeking urgent care at a walk in clinic to avoid further complications.More
Weighing too much is a matter of energy balance, a matter of calories going in verses calories going out, right? Maybe not. New research and new thinking in nutrition has started shifting this idea of energy balance to a view centered on food as a whole. It may be that getting rid of those pounds does not require hours of pounding on a treadmill as much as it requires rethinking what you eat.More
If you’re a coffee drinker, you’ve probably heard people say that coffee is bad for you. In the past, many people suspected coffee of causing health problems like heart disease. Good news: modern research says that coffee is actually healthy. As long as you keep your intake under six cups a day and avoid drinking so much you get the jitters, coffee has no serious negative health effects, and it may protect you from a number of diseases. Here are just a few of the reasons you should be drinking more coffee.More
A sprained ankle is a common injury that can happen to even the most careful of people. Although it’s best to allow medical experts to treat any injuries, it’s always good to know what to do until you can get help. Experts suggest treating a sprain with the R.I.C.E. method, an acronym for rest, ice, compression, and elevation.More
Some destinations such as Asia or Mexico may pose health risks to children. Here are steps that parents and caregivers should take to ensure that their children stay healthy on the trip.
Arthritis sufferers can experience joint pain and stiffness, swelling and redness around the affected area and a loss of mobility. The pain can start as soon as you wake up in the morning and get worse throughout the day. For many people, life with this debilitating disease is extremely limited. But where does it come from and what can you do if you suffer from arthritis?
Following a consistent exercise regimen is one of the best investments you can make for your health. Once your body has adapted to a new healthier way of eating, you may notice increased energy levels and fewer aches and pains. This is the perfect time to begin incorporating an exercise program into your lifestyle.More
Many people seem to mistakenly believe that wheat intolerance (also called gluten sensitivity) and celiac disease are the same thing. Many more believe that gluten sensitivity simply does not exist. However, gluten sensitivity is a very real problem, and doctors are only beginning to understand it. This type of sensitivity is formally called non-celiac gluten sensitivity, and Beyond Celiac estimates that around 18 million Americans suffer from this condition.
Gluten sensitivity differs from a wheat allergy in that a person’s immune system is not activated and that symptoms are often less severe. Celiac disease is also different from this type of sensitivity. Celiac disease is a much more severe autoimmune disorder that damages the small intestine and can be triggered by gluten. However, as mentioned previously, you do not have to have celiac disease to be sensitive to gluten. It can be hard to self-diagnose non-celiac gluten sensitivity, so you should always talk to your doctor about any symptoms you might be experiencing, but there are some things you can watch out for.
Not everyone is blessed with a flat, drum-tight belly. For some people, it’s common to hear “when are you due?” or to go up 3 trouser sizes in a single day. If feeling bloated, uncomfortably full or gassy is becoming a problem for you, you might start to wonder what on earth is going on with your body. Luckily this health issue isn’t just a random curse. Here are 7 likely reasons you’re bloated right now.
Bloating is essentially excess gas in the intestines. You could unintentionally be introducing this extra gas into your system when you chew gum, smoke, use a straw or drink carbonated beverages. In addition to cutting these habits from your life, make a point to chew more slowly and focus on breathing deeply and regularly throughout the day.