Give a Gift – It’s Good For You

The holiday season is in full swing.  If you’re scurrying around doing last minute gift shopping and feeling slightly stressed, there’s good news.  It truly is better to give than to receive.  Recent research suggests several ways in which giving (of both time and gifts) benefits our hearts, minds and bodies.  So spread the joy… Read more »

Outsmart Your Holiday Sweet Tooth

The holidays are right around the corner and the sugary sweets are staring you in the face.  Perhaps your sweet tooth is already craving the pumpkin pie and sweet rolls that will soon be on your table.  Not to mention the upcoming neighborhood cookie exchange, the boxes of chocolate from clients at work, and taste… Read more »

Beat the Holiday Blues

The holidays are here and it can be a stressful time of year for many.  It’s supposed to be a joyous time of gathering friends and family.  But sometimes our anticipation and excitement can turn into feelings of sadness, stress and depression referred to as the “holiday blues.”  Here are ten ways to beat those… Read more »

Naturally Fight Cold and Flu Symptoms

If you’ve already caught the latest bug going around, you might have gone for the nearest over-the-counter solution.  But those cold medicines can often leave you feeling groggy and like your head is in the clouds.  Try these natural solutions instead. Coconut Oil – Oil pulling is all the rage right now, but maybe that’s because… Read more »

Why You Should Pack Probiotics During Holiday Travel

We all know what it’s like to get sick when traveling. Whether it’s a cold or the stomach bug, being sick can really put a damper on your holiday vacation plans. You can try to build up your immunity before you leave, but often times we’re exposed to different germs and environments, leaving us defenseless.  Probiotics to… Read more »

7 Ways to Avoid Catching the Latest Bug

Cold and flu season is here.  Are you doing everything you can to avoid the latest bug?  Make sure you’re at least following the seven tips below: Wash AND Dry Your Hands – It takes a good scrub with soap and water to actually rub a virus off your skin. Don’t skimp. Try singing the lyrics to… Read more »

Rheumatoid Arthritis Patients Need Vitamin D

Everyone needs the sunshine vitamin. It helps your bones grow properly and stay strong. Vitamin D also helps your body absorb calcium. But it may be even more important for people with Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) to get enough vitamin D, especially during the darker, winter months. Recent research has found that some RA medications can cause… Read more »

Cold Weather Arthritis-Friendly Foods

During the colder months, we often crave comfort foods.  While you can’t cure arthritis with food, growing evidence suggests that following a healthy diet and adding in specific foods and spices could help fight inflammation and joint pain.If you suffer from painful arthritis and your symptoms are worse in the winter, try adding these cold… Read more »

Arctic Air and Arthritis

The cold temperatures blanketing much of the country can be wonderful: beautiful snowfall, sipping hot chocolate and snuggling up by a cozy fire. But stiff and sore joints can be a definite downside to the cooler months; plenty of people suffering from arthritis and osteoarthritis find that cold weather makes their condition worse. Barometric Pressure… Read more »

The Calming Effect of Calcium and Magnesium

Does the holiday season stress you out?  The anticipation of spending time with relatives, the financial strain and the craziness that comes with it all.  You need to relax, but it seems almost impossible.  Let’s talk about the calming effect of calcium and magnesium. Calcium is an essential nutrient for maintaining total body health.  It’s necessary not just… Read more »