How to Deal With Modern Stress

Under stress, the brain’s blood flow to the hemispheres is unequal, and this makes you have more worry thoughts.

By: Dr. Carol Kershaw and Dr. Bill Wade

We live in a world of information overload.  The words “breaking news” flash across the screen of your smart phone multiple times a day telling your brain that you are in immediate danger and to Pay Attention.  Add to this reality the fact that the country is seriously divided politically and that more people are frightened about their immediate and long-term security, physically, economically, and emotionally than for generations.  When you hit overload, …

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5 Tips for Staying Active in Winter

Our five tips for staying active and healthy in winter will get you up and moving even when the thermometer doesn’t.

By: Helen Carter

It’s tempting to curl up on the couch with a blanket and read books, drink hot cocoa, and watch movies when the weather turns cold, but hibernation is not something we need to pursue, especially if we want to stay healthy during the winter and throughout the rest of the year. It is much better for our health if we maintain an exercise routine and healthy lifestyle year-round, and our five tips for staying active and …

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5 Ways to Find Rest This Holiday

With all the holiday activity that comes with this season knocking on our door—what’s a person to do?  I challenge you to take the road less traveled.

 
By:  Renée Peterson Trudeau

Does the thought of hanging Christmas lights and attending holiday work parties make you want to grab your sleeping bag and run for the nearest cave? 2013 has been intense for many of us.  We felt overscheduled, overworked and we rarely got the chance to unplug.  We navigated big career and life transitions—and had little time to integrate these changes.  Frankly, we’re exhausted. We’re ready for rest. Not …

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Tips for Restorative Sleep

The effects of little sleep can affect our lives in many negative ways, from stress to poor judgment, to heart disease and obesity.

Restorative sleep is crucial for our overall health and wellness. The effects of little sleep can affect our lives in many negative ways, from stress to poor judgment, to heart disease and obesity. But by tweaking our daily habits and routine, we can take control of our sleep and enjoy an energized and happy life.

The Virginia Spine Institute has put together an infographic to guide you to new sleeping habits and a revised routine. Follow these …

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Why Does Chocolate Have a Low GI

If you have diabetes or pre-diabetes, you don’t need to eat low, or reduced-sugar chocolate to avoid high blood glucose levels.

By: Professor Jennie Brand-Miller

Although most chocolate has a relatively high added sugar content, it doesn’t have a big impact on your blood glucose levels. In fact, the average GI is around 45 because the high fat content slows the rate that the sugars are released from the stomach into the intestine, and absorbed into the blood. If you have diabetes or pre-diabetes, you don’t need to eat low, or reduced-sugar chocolate to avoid high blood glucose levels. Two …

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A Little Known Sugar Substiture – Xylitol

Xylitol differs from other sugar substitutes in that it is natural and not chemically produced and it looks and tastes like sugar.

By: Anita Oksa

One of the best sugar substitute products is xylitol which is essentially a sugar alcohol found in many fruits and vegetables as well as some hardwood trees. It is used as a natural sweetener for many confectionary items, baked goods, jams sauces and just as a sugar replacement for example in your coffee. It differs from other sugar substitutes in that it is natural and not chemically produced and it looks and tastes like sugar.…

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How to Streamline Your Rx Mess

Sorting the RX bottles in alphabetical order will make your inventorying much easier when it comes time for renewals later.

 
By: Stefania Shaffer

There are many compelling reasons that surround my move back home to live with my elderly mother—none the least of which is the near accidental overdose from the many Rx prescriptions whose labels she can no longer read.

Ask yourself these 4 questions to determine if you might need a little help in sorting out your own Rx mess:

1. Does your eyesight still allow you to easily read the Rx labels so you know the …

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National Self Improvement Month

Traditionally, “self improvement” is focused on changing physical and personal aspects of yourself that you’re unhappy with.

 
Let’s spread the word on being comfortable in your own skin for Self Improvement Month. It’s so important in this day and age to be a part of a strong, confident community of women!

Traditionally, “self improvement” is focused on changing physical and personal aspects of yourself that you’re unhappy with. Well, let’s change the game! Instead of focusing on “fixing” ourselves, let’s highlight the importance of loving and respecting ourselves just the way we are.

With constant media surrounding body image

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Home Remedies for Treating Dry Skin

If you suffer from severe skin dryness, massage your skin regularly with castor, avocado or almond oil. Regular oil massage will keep your skin moist.

 
By: Dr Marina Gafanovich

Everybody wants to have soft, smooth and plump skin but not all people are blessed with it. Dry skin problems are usually more troublesome during the winter season and hence need to be cared for properly.

An effective remedy for keeping skin dryness under control during the winter season is the use of plenty of moisturizer. If you suffer from dry skin, apply some of the natural remedies given below …

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Understanding Stress

Once you have lowered your stress level, there are techniques you might want to try that will help prevent it from building up again.

 
Stress is a fact of daily life and is the result of both the good and bad things that happen. Too much stress can cause serious health concerns, but there are many ways of dealing with stress that can reduce your risk.

Because everyone is different, there is no single way to cope with stress. However, there are a number of approaches you can try to deal with short and long term stress.

* Identify

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How to Protect Your Spine

Four great ways to help promote a healthy spine including, avoidance of nicotine, maintaining appropriate conditioning, using proper ergonomics.

 
Dr. Schuler emphasizes the connection between spinal health and genetics. He outlines four great ways to help promote a healthy spine including, avoidance of nicotine, maintaining appropriate conditioning, using proper ergonomics, as well as maintaining a healthy body weight and nutritional intake.


Video created by the doctors at the Virginia Spine Institute

Photo of Plastic Spine: Michael Dorausch

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Benefits of Drinking Water

Drinking plenty of  water has many health benefits  and as a bonus, it has no carbohydrates, fat, calories or sugar.

 
The amount of water we drink on a daily basis could play a crucial role in keeping our body healthy. Professionals recommend at least eight to ten glasses of water per day to keep our body well hydrated.

In addition, the Institute of Medicine has determined that the adequate consumption of total
beverages on a daily basis to be about 2.2 liters or 9 cups for women and 3 liters or 13 cups
for men.

Not drinking enough water …

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Boiled Wool Slippers

Slippers made of boiled wool sounds more ominous than the actual product. They are merely super comfortable slippers made of woolen fabric.

 
By: Anita Oksa

A slipper, by definition of the Oxford Dictionary, is a light, loose, comfortable indoor shoe.  Many cultures, notably Asian, routinely grace their feet with slippers upon entry to their homes.  In Northern Italy I visited my friend’s family home and upon entering, was offered paper slippers in exchange for my shoes. Not only are slippers enticing to wear but cleaner and safer for your floors. In one instance, my colleague related to me that …

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Well-Being in Later Life

Well-being is not an either-or-experience, but rather a way of learning how to live with things that are unchangeable. So, how do you find a sense of well-being?

 
By: Deborah Serani, Psy.D

Many people misunderstand the word “well-being”.

Typically, they believe that it means to be well.

It’s true. Those actual words are right in there… well being.

The phrase, however, is actually the experience of learning how to live as well as you can with all the good in your life, but also by accepting all the bad… and everything in-between too.

Well-being is not an either-or-experience, …

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Attempting Suicide

Attempting suicide was like having sex: there was always a lull before having another go. For the moment, Althea might be sick, but she was safe.

 
By: Ashley Prentice Norton

But when she tried to hang herself, the shower rod couldn’t sustain her weight and it slid down the wall, taking her with it. Jesus. Her sole injury was a laceration from smacking her head on the tub. The only upside of this whole fiasco was that she had found something to do from 8:42 a.m. to 9:06 a.m. Filling time was always a bitch during the Tombs.…

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