Skip the Hand Sanitizer and Wash Your Hands

Antibacterial hand sanitizers are marketed to the public as an effective way to wash your hands when traditional soap and water are not available. These “waterless” products are particularly popular with parents of small children. Manufacturers of hand sanitizers claim that the sanitizers kill 99.9 percent of germs. Since you naturally use hand sanitizers to cleanse… Read more »

Healthy Holiday Travel Tips

If you’re traveling this holiday season, you already know you’re walking into the cold and flu battle zone. Here are some tips that might help you avoid getting sick while trying to get to and from your destination. Stay Hydrated – Water is your best option, but apple or orange juice work too since they’re high… Read more »

Wash Your Hands and Stay Healthy

A study published in The Journal of Environmental Health found that after using the bathroom, many of us don’t wash our hands properly – or even at all! Researchers discreetly watched 3,749 people, 60 percent of them women, after they used public restrooms in a Michigan college town. In total, 10.3 percent did not wash… Read more »

How B Vitamins Combat Holiday Stress

‘Tis the season for feeling stressed. There is so much to get done, and not nearly enough time. But if you don’t get that stress under control, you’re going to deplete your supply of B vitamins. B vitamins help with stress by working with brain chemistry and balancing neurotransmitters, helping to achieve balance over stress…. Read more »

Reduce Stress by Gift Giving

The holiday season is in full swing. If you’re scurrying around doing last minute 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 to reduce stress. So spread… Read more »

It’s the Most Stressful Time of the Year

While the holidays should be a time of great joy, they can also be extremely stressful. The hustle and bustle of shopping, preparations, family gatherings, and more can cause your blood pressure to rise just thinking about it. A recent Stress in America survey showed that 24 percent of adults report extreme stress and more than one-third… Read more »

Got Heartburn? Skip These Foods!

Heartburn is a painful condition affecting roughly 20% of the population every week. The symptoms of heartburn are a tight, painful feeling through your chest. Heartburn is actually caused by acid reflux, which happens when stomach acid is released into the esophagus. The stomach acid eats away at the lining of the esophagus and can… Read more »

Holiday Eating Without Heartburn

If you suffer from gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) or heartburn, Thanksgiving can be a painful holiday. Overeating tends to exacerbate both of these conditions and it’s almost an American tradition to stuff yourself as well as the turkey. But by making some better choices, you can enjoy the feast without feeling miserable later. Start with… Read more »

Avoid Holiday Overeating

The most wonderful time of the year is here. But let’s face it. While these upcoming celebrations will be full of good cheer, they can also make our waistbands feel uncomfortably snug and the dreaded heartburn flair. Did you know that during the holiday season, the average American gains roughly 10 pounds? Yikes! The holidays… Read more »

Sleep Deprivation Leads to Fatty Food Consumption

Ever wonder why you’re more likely to crave junk food after a poor night’s sleep? A recent study has found that skipping just one night of sleep leads to a shift in brain activity that increases the desire to consume more fat the following day. Researchers say the study offers more insight into the relationship… Read more »