Christmas is an Isolating Time for People With

Christmas is an Isolating Time for People With Mental Health Problems

JS Bamrah and Kailash Chand

JS Bamrah and Kailash Chand

Christmas is a time for joy, celebration and bringing together family and friends to share this merriment. While taking nothing away from this much needed festivity, spare a thought for those who are less advantaged – particularly those with mental health problems. Mental illness transcends all ages and backgrounds. Almost one in four adults..

Christmas is a time for joy, celebration and bringing together family and friends to share this merriment. While taking nothing away from this much needed festivity, spare a thought for those who are less advantaged – particularly those with mental health problems. Mental illness transcends all ages and backgrounds. Almost one in four adults have a mental illness at some point in their lives, such..

Christmas Trees Can Impact Your Health

Christmas Trees Can Impact Your Health

Haley Hernandez

Haley Hernandez

Whether you have a real Christmas tree or a fake tree, Dr. Sujata Sharma from AFC Doctors Express says the dust and pollen could be filling your home with allergens. So the cold symptoms you're experiencing this time of year might not be a cold at all, but it could be Christmas tree syndrome. "Dust can collect even if we don't see it and if..

Whether you have a real Christmas tree or a fake tree, Dr. Sujata Sharma from AFC Doctors Express says the dust and pollen could be filling your home with allergens. So the cold symptoms you're experiencing this time of year might not be a cold at all, but it could be Christmas tree syndrome. "Dust can collect even if we don't see it and if you just put your tree up and dusty ornaments up," Sharma..

Stay Fit For Christmas

Stay Fit For Christmas

Craig Wilson

Craig Wilson

Christmas is approaching fast, and lots of people not only tend to ruin their usual diets, but they also gain a few extra pounds. Based on studies, the majority of people tend to gain additional weight during the holiday season that starts at the Thanksgiving Day and ends with the New Year celebrations. Excessive eating is claimed to be the..

Christmas is approaching fast, and lots of people not only tend to ruin their usual diets, but they also gain a few extra pounds. Based on studies, the majority of people tend to gain additional weight during the holiday season that starts at the Thanksgiving Day and ends with the New Year celebrations. Excessive eating is claimed to be the main cause for the additional weight gain, but it is also..

Giving Thanks is more than just for Thanksgiving

Giving Thanks is more than just for Thanksgiving

Dr. Gregg Steinberg

Dr. Gregg Steinberg

This Thursday is the day we give thanks. According to my eighth-grade history teacher, Thanksgiving represents our thanking the Native Americans for helping the Pilgrims to have a bountiful meal when they were on the verge of starvation. But this holiday has grown much greater than its origins and acts as a day when we place thankfulness front..

This Thursday is the day we give thanks. According to my eighth-grade history teacher, Thanksgiving represents our thanking the Native Americans for helping the Pilgrims to have a bountiful meal when they were on the verge of starvation. But this holiday has grown much greater than its origins and acts as a day when we place thankfulness front and center in our minds and hearts. While giving thanks..

The Secrets to a Super-Happy Winter

The Secrets to a Super-Happy Winter

Leslie Barrie

Leslie Barrie

Embrace the season Freezing temps? Check. Gray skies? Check. Crabby mood? Check again. But not for long! It may be gloomy outside, but your outlook doesn't have to be. "There are simple things you can do to stay positive," says Sonja Lyubomirsky, PhD, a professor of psychology at the University of California, Riverside, and author of The How..

Embrace the season Freezing temps? Check. Gray skies? Check. Crabby mood? Check again. But not for long! It may be gloomy outside, but your outlook doesn't have to be. "There are simple things you can do to stay positive," says Sonja Lyubomirsky, PhD, a professor of psychology at the University of California, Riverside, and author of The How of Happiness. "It's important to keep your mood up because..

Negative Effects of Rainy Weather

Negative Effects of Rainy Weather

Emily Beach

Emily Beach

A good rainstorm nourishes plants, replenishes local water supplies and provides the perfect backdrop for curling up with your favorite book. Of course, as with anything else, too much rain can lead to a host of problems, many of which can linger long after the storm ends. In addition to the obvious impact on mood and outdoor activities, excess..

A good rainstorm nourishes plants, replenishes local water supplies and provides the perfect backdrop for curling up with your favorite book. Of course, as with anything else, too much rain can lead to a host of problems, many of which can linger long after the storm ends. In addition to the obvious impact on mood and outdoor activities, excess rain brings negative effects for wildlife, the environment..

Fall Into Healthy Eating

Fall Into Healthy Eating

Charles Stuart Platkin

Charles Stuart Platkin

It's that time of year when it starts to get dark early, the days get cooler—in other words, it's the fall. And something else happens as well—we start eating more. People show a marked seasonal rhythm with increased total caloric consumption, especially from carbohydrates, in the fall, associated with an increase in meal size and a greater..

It's that time of year when it starts to get dark early, the days get cooler—in other words, it's the fall. And something else happens as well—we start eating more. People show a marked seasonal rhythm with increased total caloric consumption, especially from carbohydrates, in the fall, associated with an increase in meal size and a greater rate of eating. (Interestingly, alcohol intake has a different..

Bodybuilder Died from Drinking Too Many Protein Shakes

Bodybuilder Died from Drinking Too Many Protein Shakes

Sara G Miller

Sara G Miller

A 25-year-old woman in Australia died after consuming too much protein, in the form of shakes, supplements and protein-packed foods, the New York Post reported yesterday. The woman, a bodybuilder named Meegan Hefford, was found unconscious in her apartment and was taken to the hospital. Hefford was declared brain-dead by doctors and died two..

A 25-year-old woman in Australia died after consuming too much protein, in the form of shakes, supplements and protein-packed foods, the New York Post reported yesterday. The woman, a bodybuilder named Meegan Hefford, was found unconscious in her apartment and was taken to the hospital. Hefford was declared brain-dead by doctors and died two days later. After Hefford's death, the doctors discovered..

Ways to Transition Your Kitchen to Fall

Ways to Transition Your Kitchen to Fall

Leslie Bonci

Leslie Bonci

The days are shorter, the trees are changing colors and pumpkin is in coffee cups, candles and cupcakes. In other words, fall is here. But with the change of seasons – and the closing of farmers markets and community-supported agriculture programs – can come a reduction in the number of fruits and vegetables you eat. It doesn't have to..

The days are shorter, the trees are changing colors and pumpkin is in coffee cups, candles and cupcakes. In other words, fall is here. But with the change of seasons – and the closing of farmers markets and community-supported agriculture programs – can come a reduction in the number of fruits and vegetables you eat. It doesn't have to be that way. Instead, embrace the convenience and tastiness..

The Truth About Belts, Lifting Shoes, and Straps

The Truth About Belts, Lifting Shoes, and Straps

Dr. John Rusin

Dr. John Rusin

Tools or Crutches? What's the deal with weight belts, lifting straps, and Olympic lifting shoes? Are they good tools or are they doing more harm than good? Many "functional training" coaches will tell you not to use them. But many strength coaches will tell you they're a necessity. So which is it? Unfortunately, the answer is not so cut and..

Tools or Crutches? What's the deal with weight belts, lifting straps, and Olympic lifting shoes? Are they good tools or are they doing more harm than good? Many "functional training" coaches will tell you not to use them. But many strength coaches will tell you they're a necessity. So which is it? Unfortunately, the answer is not so cut and dried. 1 – Lifting Straps Wrist straps (not wraps) have..

Stay Lean, Live Longer

Stay Lean, Live Longer

Steven Reinberg

Steven Reinberg

Researchers found slimmest people had lowest chances of dying in two studies. Keeping trim throughout your life could help you live longer, while being obese might do the opposite, two new studies show. In the first study, U.S. scientists found that slim people had the lowest risk of dying over a 15-year period—12 percent for women and 20..

Researchers found slimmest people had lowest chances of dying in two studies. Keeping trim throughout your life could help you live longer, while being obese might do the opposite, two new studies show. In the first study, U.S. scientists found that slim people had the lowest risk of dying over a 15-year period—12 percent for women and 20 percent for men. Meanwhile, obese men and women had the highest..

Foods That Fight Stress

Foods That Fight Stress

Keri Glassman

Keri Glassman

Rethink your comfort foods What makes a food calming? Too often, a client will wave me off when I bring up this topic and say, "Oh, Keri, all foods are calming foods. Whenever I'm eating, I feel better." But there's a huge difference between tapping into a food's inherently calming properties and using any food as a kind of emotional anesthesia...

Rethink your comfort foods What makes a food calming? Too often, a client will wave me off when I bring up this topic and say, "Oh, Keri, all foods are calming foods. Whenever I'm eating, I feel better." But there's a huge difference between tapping into a food's inherently calming properties and using any food as a kind of emotional anesthesia. That kind of eating may buy you a temporary sense of..

Sports Drinks and Exercise

Sports Drinks and Exercise

Diana Rodriguez

Diana Rodriguez

If you've worked up a good sweat at your gym or health club and need to rehydrate, which should you reach for: water or a bottled sports drink? Sports drinks, or energy drinks, contain electrolytes (usually sodium, chloride, and potassium), carbohydrates (sugars), and calories. Electrolytes are essential to ensuring that your body's cells..

If you've worked up a good sweat at your gym or health club and need to rehydrate, which should you reach for: water or a bottled sports drink? Sports drinks, or energy drinks, contain electrolytes (usually sodium, chloride, and potassium), carbohydrates (sugars), and calories. Electrolytes are essential to ensuring that your body's cells are working properly. When you sweat, you lose only a few electrolytes,..

Is the Truth Out There?

Is the Truth Out There?

Susan Krauss Whitbourne

Susan Krauss Whitbourne

We've been hearing a lot in the last week about who is lying when "facts" and "alternative facts" are presented by government spokespersons. This focus on truth-telling leads to the question of how to figure out whether any of the people you know are providing you with so-called alternatives to the truth. Psychologists suggest all sorts of..

We've been hearing a lot in the last week about who is lying when "facts" and "alternative facts" are presented by government spokespersons. This focus on truth-telling leads to the question of how to figure out whether any of the people you know are providing you with so-called alternatives to the truth. Psychologists suggest all sorts of ways to figure out how to sniff out a fibber, but so far these..

The Power of Love

The Power of Love

Ellen McGrath

Ellen McGrath

Love is as critical for your mind and body as oxygen. It's not negotiable. The more connected you are, the healthier you will be both physically and emotionally. The less connected you are, the more you are at risk. It is also true that the less love you have, the more depression you are likely to experience in your life. Love is probably..

Love is as critical for your mind and body as oxygen. It's not negotiable. The more connected you are, the healthier you will be both physically and emotionally. The less connected you are, the more you are at risk. It is also true that the less love you have, the more depression you are likely to experience in your life. Love is probably the best antidepressant there is because one of the most common..

Adult-Onset Allergies

Adult-Onset Allergies

John Donovan

John Donovan

Let's be clear: Allergies aren't kids' stuff. Well, they're not just kids' stuff. That scratchy throat you thought was just a cold? The runny nose you figured was the flu? That run-down feeling you just can't shake? Sure, you may be paying into Social Security or have a kid in college. You might even have grandkids. But even though you're..

Let's be clear: Allergies aren't kids' stuff. Well, they're not just kids' stuff. That scratchy throat you thought was just a cold? The runny nose you figured was the flu? That run-down feeling you just can't shake? Sure, you may be paying into Social Security or have a kid in college. You might even have grandkids. But even though you're an adult, you could have allergies even if you've never had..

Why Full Body Detox

Why Full Body Detox

Jon Barron

Jon Barron

Why We Need A Full Body Detox Jon Barron and The Baseline of Health® Foundation have touted for years that regular detoxing your body - ALL major organs - is essential to maintaining health. It is simple: you can down all the vitamins, herbs, and antioxidants but you won't see your health turn around if your colon is filled with putrid fecal..

Why We Need A Full Body Detox Jon Barron and The Baseline of Health® Foundation have touted for years that regular detoxing your body - ALL major organs - is essential to maintaining health. It is simple: you can down all the vitamins, herbs, and antioxidants but you won't see your health turn around if your colon is filled with putrid fecal matter or if your liver can't clean toxins out of your blood..

Hydrotherapy

Hydrotherapy

Paul Ingraham

Paul Ingraham

Hydrotherapy is an oddball assortment of ways to use water to relieve pain and assist rehabilitation from injury, mostly by heating and cooling. Methods range from conventional to kooky, and many seem quaint and old-school today, strongly associated with early physical therapy and the spa retreats that thrived about a century ago. But hydrotherapy..

Hydrotherapy is an oddball assortment of ways to use water to relieve pain and assist rehabilitation from injury, mostly by heating and cooling. Methods range from conventional to kooky, and many seem quaint and old-school today, strongly associated with early physical therapy and the spa retreats that thrived about a century ago. But hydrotherapy is far from dead — you're doing it every time you..

Alternatives to Drugs for Treating Pain

Alternatives to Drugs for Treating Pain

Jane E Brody

Jane E Brody

Many years ago I was plagued with debilitating headaches associated with a number of seemingly unrelated activities that included cooking for company and sewing drapes for the house. I thought I might be allergic to natural gas or certain fabrics until one day I realized that I tensed my facial muscles when I concentrated intently on a project...

Many years ago I was plagued with debilitating headaches associated with a number of seemingly unrelated activities that included cooking for company and sewing drapes for the house. I thought I might be allergic to natural gas or certain fabrics until one day I realized that I tensed my facial muscles when I concentrated intently on a project. The cure was surprisingly simple: I became aware of how..

Staying Fit in Mind and Body

Staying Fit in Mind and Body

Marcia C. Martin

Marcia C. Martin

Learning to maintain health (both physical and mental) is one of the most important things you can teach your child. What's more, many studies suggest a link between a child's mental and physical health with successful learning. Overall fitness affects everything from a child's behavior to his ability to focus on tasks. Children take great..

Learning to maintain health (both physical and mental) is one of the most important things you can teach your child. What's more, many studies suggest a link between a child's mental and physical health with successful learning. Overall fitness affects everything from a child's behavior to his ability to focus on tasks. Children take great satisfaction in caring for themselves: feeding themselves,..

Why Fall is the Best Season

Why Fall is the Best Season

Erica Murphy

Erica Murphy

I don't know about you, but something happens to me when fall hits. It could be because I'm still on the school year schedule instead of the calendar year, or that the crisp fresh air fuels an energy in me, or simply because hot apple cider and all things pumpkin bring me pure joy. But it's like I get to start over; I have a new perspective..

I don't know about you, but something happens to me when fall hits. It could be because I'm still on the school year schedule instead of the calendar year, or that the crisp fresh air fuels an energy in me, or simply because hot apple cider and all things pumpkin bring me pure joy. But it's like I get to start over; I have a new perspective on my life; and I'm willing to challenge myself and take risks...

Autumn Foods That Will Improve Your Health

Autumn Foods That Will Improve Your Health

Charlotte Harding

Charlotte Harding

As the seasons change so do our tastes in food. Even the healthiest eater will feel less tempted by a salad at this time of year. But just because we crave different dishes as the weather turns colder does not mean they have to be unhealthy. In fact much of the produce traditionally harvested at this time of year is incredibly good for our..

As the seasons change so do our tastes in food. Even the healthiest eater will feel less tempted by a salad at this time of year. But just because we crave different dishes as the weather turns colder does not mean they have to be unhealthy. In fact much of the produce traditionally harvested at this time of year is incredibly good for our health. Did you know, for example, that pumpkins and squashes..

Fall Cleaning: A Spiritual Ritual

Fall Cleaning: A Spiritual Ritual

Mackenzie Wright

Mackenzie Wright

Every spring, one thing that probably comes to mind is that it's time for spring cleaning. Many people feel automatically driven to take part in this ritual, as though it's in our very nature. Many people don't stop at the physical cleaning; they also take the opportunity for a spiritual cleansing. All winter you're cooped up in a closed-up..

Every spring, one thing that probably comes to mind is that it's time for spring cleaning. Many people feel automatically driven to take part in this ritual, as though it's in our very nature. Many people don't stop at the physical cleaning; they also take the opportunity for a spiritual cleansing. All winter you're cooped up in a closed-up house and that pent-up energy that builds in there becomes..

Benefits of Exercise

Benefits of Exercise

Heather Jones

Heather Jones

1. Exercise is great for your brain. It's linked to less depression, better memory and quicker learning. Studies also suggest that exercise is, as of now, the best way to prevent or delay the onset of Alzheimer's disease, a major fear for many Americans. Scientists don't know exactly why exercise changes the structure and function of the brain,..

1. Exercise is great for your brain. It's linked to less depression, better memory and quicker learning. Studies also suggest that exercise is, as of now, the best way to prevent or delay the onset of Alzheimer's disease, a major fear for many Americans. Scientists don't know exactly why exercise changes the structure and function of the brain, but it's an area of active research. So far, they've found..