For many, summertime means sun, surf and sand, but the season can also bring asthma attacks, ear infections, spoiled foods, and whole different host of health concerns that are unique to this time of the year. Here are some primary health woes that are more likely to occur in the summer months than at other times of the year—and what you can to do prevent them.
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Although Chinese medicine, holistic therapies, and ritualistic shamanism are often viewed as pseudoscience, they are actually ancient practices that have been around for thousands of years. And due to raised interest worldwide, scientists are now running countless research trials to try and discover if there is any truth in these several common ancient practices. In fact, in recent years, advancements in technology (such as brain imaging) has allowed modern science to validate a number of teachings and beliefs rooted in ancient wisdom that, up until now, had been trusted but unproven empirically. Here are 10 ancient practices that have been confirmed by modern science research.
Nothing can throw off the start of a fun vacation faster than jet lag. Travelers who feel groggy in the afternoon or wake up well before sunrise can blame both things on the body’s biological clock falling out of sync with the time on the person’s watch. A “master clock” in the brain called the suprachiasmatic nucleus controls the body’s circadian rhythm. This clock responds to external signals — most notably, sunlight — to sync the body’s internal timing with that of the environment. How far you travel and where you go can affect how well your body responds to these disruptions. Read on to learn more about jet lag.
The official start of Summer is just around the corner, along with sizzling temperatures and record highs. As the mercury soars, it can be harder to feel comfortable. Whether it be trying to fall asleep in the persistent, humid, and sticky weather or just cooling off during a blazing afternoon, we’ve gathered together some tips and tricks to keep you cool day and night – no air conditioner required. You’ll see some food tips that will help you cool off from the inside out, some tips for your house that will keep things cooler inside, and some tips to help you keep cooler at bedtime. So if you’re looking for ways to be more comfortable and cool down during this blazing summer, check out these 25 refreshing tricks and tips to keep cool.
We know the the brain is one of the most amazing and important organs in the human body, yet we surprisingly know very little about it. Even after thousands of years of studying and treating every aspect of the brain, there are still many facets of it that remain mysterious. And because the brain is so complex, we tend to simplify information about how it works in order to make it more understandable. Both our lack of understanding and our tendency to oversimplify the unknown have resulted in the development of many common myths about the brain. Here are 10 of the most common brain myths — and the surprising science to counter them.
The weekend is finally upon us! But after a long and busy workweek, it may be tempting to let your healthy habits slide on the weekend. However, studies show that changes in lifestyle behaviors over the weekend can lead to worse sleep and weight gain. So don’t let the weekend ruin your 2017 health goals and resolutions — here are ten ways to have a healthier weekend.
Terrified of flying? Scared of slithering snakes? Well, you’re not alone. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, phobias affect approximately 10% of American adults. Phobias are distressing emotions initiated by out-of-proportion-fears, both real and imaginary. To the sufferer, a phobia can seem unbearable or even life-threatening, while others might find these strange and bizarre phobias quite fascinating. Phobias are surprisingly common, but what exactly do people fear the most? Are there any phobias that tend to be more common than others? Here are the ten most common phobias, so sit back and be prepared to be equally terrified, amazed, surprised and entertained.
In a year of birth defects from the Zika virus, lead contamination of the water of Flint, Mich., a startling decline in life expectancy and the ever-rising death toll from opioid overdoses, there was, in fact, some good news about health. In keeping with the spirit of the New Year, and in recognition of the vast sums of money devoted to our well-being, please consider some of the bright spots in the health and medical fields from 2016.
We all have them — habits we think are healthy because we heard them somewhere on the news or from a health-conscious friend. And no matter how much we hate them, we just keep doing them because we think they’re good for us. For example, take using BMI to tell whether you’re a healthy weight. Is it really the best measure of fitness? What about only eating fruits and veggies to lose weight? Is that really the best way to drop pounds? Or taking a daily multivitamin. Healthy habit or a little bit of nonsense? The answers to these questions might surprise you! Here are 10 “healthy” habits you should give up this year.
With the annual renewal of the year-long calendar comes a natural renewal of our resolve to be better people: eat better, workout more, call our loved ones regularly, and meet our professional goals. Unfortunately, almost 90% of people who make New Year’s resolutions fail to keep them. One of the reasons why the success rate is so low is that people often set goals that are very difficult (if not impossible) to achieve. To help you be more successful throughout this upcoming year, we have compiled a list of resolutions that are practical and not so unrealistic to keep. If you want to stick to what you resolve, check out these “25 New Year’s Resolutions That You Can Actually Keep.”
The holiday season is an extremely difficult time to stay focused on eating healthfully, exercising regularly and improving wellness. Trust me, I understand. Even if you have superhuman willpower, the holiday season is challenging for everyone. It is indeed a tricky time. But despite the difficulties, with some thought, strategy and determination, it’s possible to survive the holidays with your wellness intact. To help you start 2017 with good health and momentum, rather than a long list of resolutions, here are some strategies for a successful—and healthy— holiday season.
A new poll shows how older Americans fare in terms of their well-being in all 50 states. According to the poll from Gallup-Healthways, older adults living in Hawaii have the best well-being, with an average score of 67 out of 100 on the “Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index in 2015.” Here are the top 20 best states for residents ages 55 and older, ranked according to each state’s well-being score. The rankings of all 50 states are listed at the end.