When is the last time you explored a new nature trail?
Research says spending time outside and being close to nature is good for your health. As a matter of fact, simple walks in green parks can lift your mood considerably and help with treating mild depression… perfect reasons to start planning some hikes, even if they are short, one-day hikes.
Each day’s adventure requires some real work and preparation. Once you’ve picked the trail, you can easily make a list of essential items to bring along. For me, that list always starts with the same five things. I will never go without these items for safety reasons, as well as to ensure an enjoyable and memorable trip.
Parents can turn disagreements with their teens into teachable moments by being fair and not losing their cool.
“Even though teens tend to be unreasonable, don’t let your teen push your buttons in those heated moments,” says Brittany Barber Garcia, PhD, a pediatric psychologist at Spectrum Health Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital. “Their raging hormones, egocentric world view and developing brains can put them on a collision course with adults.”
So what’s a parent to do? Dr. Barber Garcia offers these 10 tips for parents...
It’s officially high summer and people are taking to the skies for vacation and business travel.
You know the drill. You’re given some peanuts, the drink cart makes a couple of rounds and before you know it, it’s wheels down.
You're regretting not drinking more water during the flight and feel your skin is tight.
However, drinking water on a longer flight is a double-edged sword, if you don’t, your entire epidermis dries up. If you do, your lower body retains the liquid. So how can you fly without the ankle swell or the skin dehydration?
Dr. Christopher Calapai, DO, an anti-aging and stem cell expert and long-time health advisor to the New York Rangers hockey team, explains how to fight the dryness with foods.
Most of these myths have been perpetuated for centuries to a point where they are treated as facts.
As a mother in waiting, there's nothing that can upset and irritate you more than a pregnancy myth. For instance, some people think eating eggplant while pregnant will turn your baby purple. This is an outrageous rumor, obviously, and there are endless others that are nowhere close to being true. While they may seem like harmless stories or “old wives’ tales,” they can ruin a woman's experience and create even more discomfort in an already uncomfortable state.
Let's take a look at some of the more common myths and help you separate fact from fiction.
Technology has many benefits. Unfortunately, it also has detriments, including the condition known as "tech neck."
Here are some tips to prevent tech neck from happening to you.
1. Be Aware of the Tech Neck Problem
The act of holding your head flexed and forward while looking down places your cervical spine in a tenuous position. Repeated too frequently and over long periods of time can lead to muscular strain, disc injury, arthritic changes of the neck and lead to neck and shoulder pain, headaches, and symptoms down the arms. Understanding that poor posture while you are using handheld devices can create many unwanted health issues involving your cervical spine is critical to so that you can use tips 2-5 to keep safe.
Whether you have pain occasionally or experience chronic debilitation, here are some tips to manage pain while traveling.
Get Up & Walk Around When Possible
Contrary to popular belief, sitting is actually much worse for back pain than standing. Especially if you have a pre-existing spine condition or injury, sitting for extended periods of time may create worsening back pain symptoms.
Bio-mechanical studies have demonstrated that pressures within the disc peak in the seated position and improve with standing (and even more with lying down). So, get out of your seat and move around the cabin at least once an hour as a preventative step.
Cholesterol, in general, is not the bad word many of us perceive it to be.
It’s only when you have excessive levels of bad cholesterol that you’re at risk.
Dietitian Jyoti Chabria suggests these easy ways to lower bad cholesterol and reveals some simple secrets to reduce your cholesterol with the help of foods.
When a patient has a cholesterol problem, the whole lipid profile needs to be considered. A low-density lipoprotein (LDL) indicates higher levels of bad cholesterol. If not treated in time, this can lead to grave problems like heart disease and stroke. The main method of countering bad cholesterol is with weight loss, which will help to keep bad cholesterol at bay.
However, that’s not as easily done as said. Cholesterol hampers weight reduction and may result in failed attempts at weight loss.
Apart from weight loss, there are certain foods that help in keeping cholesterol under control.
The balance for physical fitness is 80% nutrition and 20% exercise.
Well, that’s what most health professionals agree on. There are slight variations in those figures, but they all agree that what you eat has the largest impact on your health and fitness. Nutrition plays an integral part in your health, and there is no question that staying active is also important.
As a matter of fact, while some nutrients tend to gain endorsements (vitamin D, for example), others fall short of their promised values (such as excessive amounts of protein). Controversial food groups are added or eliminated from diets often. However, exercise continues to be a constant in all plans for healthier living.
Doctors and nutritionists agree that increasing your heart rate via exercise at least five times weekly is one of the best ways to prevent serious chronic diseases. Along with an exercise routine, it is crucial to have the adequate nutrients to support your body throughout the process. Each time you exercise, your body will have some muscle breakdown which requires fuel to rebuild.