What’s green, ancient, helps prevent cavities, AND lowers blood pressure? Why green tea, of course! For centuries, traditional Chinese medicine has acknowledged the health benefits of green tea. It’s been used as a stimulant, diuretic, astringent; an aid to digestion, mental health, and blood sugar regulation; and more. So, let’s take a closer look at […]
Laughter as Medicine: The Health Benefits of Laughter
Would you rather spend 15 minutes pedaling on an exercise bike, or laugh 100 times? Research tells us some of the health benefits are the same. Gelotology is the study of laughter and its effect on the body. (Yes, there are people whose job it is to study laughter. That must mean that laughter is […]
Go Outside. It’s Good for You.
It’s no surprise that nature has healing properties. But how, and to what extent? Health researchers and psychologists are constantly learning about the effect that nature can have on our physical and mental well-being, and there has been enough evidence that some doctors are now prescribing “nature” as a therapy. Just two hours a week […]
4 Whole-Body Benefits of Riding a Bike
May is National Bike Month! Need a reason to ride a bike? Ask any kid and they’ll say — it’s fun! Fun is definitely important, but believe it or not, the simple act of riding a bike can be revolutionary! As the League of American Bicyclists puts it: when you make a habit of biking, […]
Should You Visit the Doctor During COVID-19?
A casualty of COVID-19 that can be just as dangerous as coronavirus itself is neglecting to visit the doctor when you need to. Due to fears of contracting coronavirus, people are suffering at home for critical needs, some that result in worsening conditions, and sadly, even death. Doctors around the country have reported substantial decreases […]
Nutrition and Your Immune System
Ever wondered why some people rarely get sick? There are lots of factors that contribute to a healthy immune system. There are steps you can take to bolster your body’s defenses. The most important thing to do is live a healthy lifestyle. Eating lean protein, lots of fresh veggies and fruit and limiting processed foods […]
How Safe is Your Food?
Food recalls are on the rise. The FDA recalls almost a hundred million units of food every quarter. That’s an incredible number, and for many, it’s understandably a cause for concern. In such an environment, how can you minimize the risk of getting ill from unsafe food? What should you do if you suspect food […]
Why Am I Gaining So Much Weight?
As we age, we lose precious muscle mass. Age-related sarcopenia can have devastating effects. This starts in your 30s. It goes down exponentially with every decade that passes. There are things you can do to help. Stay active. It will help you maintain the muscle mass you already have. Lift weights. Weight training can build new muscle […]
The Need for Sleep
Sleep is a vital component of your health. Lack of quality sleep can lead to detriment in many ways. To live your best life, get 7-9 hours every night. You’ll be glad you did! Sleep helps balance your hormones. If you don’t get sufficient sleep, your levels of ghrelin (hunger) goes up and your leptin levels […]