Browsing: Health & Wellness

Your skin is your first line of defense against the outer world. As the body’s largest organ, it protects you from bacteria, viruses and other environmental hazards, including pollution, ultraviolet (UV) rays from the sun and more. It also helps regulate body temperature, recognizes pain sensations and alerts you to potential health problems, making it one of the body’s ultimate multitaskers. While some factors that impact your skin – like genetics, aging, hormones and certain health conditions – are out of your control, there are steps you can take to support and maintain your skin’s health. Protect Yourself from the…

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A walk is not just good for your body, it’s also good for your soul. Physical activity, like walking, is one of the best ways to reduce stress and boost your mood. However, reports show walking rates are declining steadily in the United States. On average, 1 out of every 4 U.S. adults sits for longer than eight hours each day, per research from the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention, which can have negative consequences on physical and mental health. Regular exercise improves mood, boosts energy and can even help you sleep better. Staying active is one of the…

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6 Small, Kind Gestures to Make a Big Impact for Random Acts of Kindness Day and Everyday Everywhere you look, you can see moments of kindness. From a friend sending a thoughtful text message to a stranger holding the bus for someone running late or a person paying for someone else’s coffee, acts of kindness happen every day. While these moments can have a monumental impact on the person on the receiving end, they often go unrecognized. In fact, a study published in the “Journal of Experimental Psychology” found that performing acts of kindness improves individual well-being and leads to…

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(Family Features) For many people, changing seasons are about resetting routines and adjusting to a different pace of life. With fall activities in full swing, families should be intentional about their sleep routines to avoid missing the magical moments ahead. According to SleepScore, people lose an average of 15 1/2 hours of sleep (about 10 minutes each night) during summer months due to the “summer sleep slump.” Addressing this challenge, Natrol, a leading sleep, mood and stress supplement brand, along with behavioral sleep specialist Shelby Harris, intend to help people gain control over their sleep and mood to be more…

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Navigate cough, cold and flu season like a pro Cooler weather inevitably means cough, cold and flu season isn’t far behind. Now is the time to take precautions and set yourself up with healthy habits. “As much as we try, avoiding viruses, bacteria and germs to prevent getting sick can be a challenge,” Dr. Tim Tiutan, MD, said. “However, being prepared with the right remedies, listening to your body and its symptoms and remaining diligent with a healthy routine is just as important as treating symptoms head on.” To help navigate this cough, cold and flu season, consider these tips…

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Resolving to commit to better self-care can happen any time of the year, but there’s something about the calendar flipping to a new year that signals a fresh start. It’s the perfect starting point for new habits and a new approach to protecting your overall wellness. Self-care takes many forms. Maintaining a well-balanced diet and getting plenty of exercise are some ways to promote your physical health. So is taking good care of your body’s largest organ: your skin. When it comes to mental health, getting organized is a surprisingly effective way to manage stress and keep your goals on…

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As the year comes to a close, the weather gets colder and indoor festivities ramp up. Keeping children and their families healthy during the holidays should be a priority for everyone. (Family Features) “While gathering with friends and loved ones is an exciting and important part of the holiday season, staying healthy should still be on top of your ‘to-do’ list,” said Drs. Tress Goodwin and Joelle Simpson, KinderCare medical advisors. “Simple actions can be some of the most effective at keeping everyone healthy to ensure this season is a joyous one.” Consider these five tips from KinderCare’s medical experts…

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If you aren’t relaxing enough, then you can develop an assortment of health issues that can undermine your well-being. The stress from work, school, and/or home life can lead to mental health problems in addition to physical problems, so you should understand the best ways to calm down by using some of these relaxation techniques. Meditation You don’t need to sit in an uncomfortable position for several hours to enjoy the benefits from meditation. Find a quiet place to sit in a chair or to recline on the floor, making sure to close your eyes. Relax your tense muscles by…

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National Fitness Day is a great opportunity to celebrate fitness and encourage people to adopt a healthier lifestyle. Working out helps manage your weight, improves your mood, and helps strengthen your bones and muscles to do everyday activities. Here are some fun exercises you can do to celebrate: Group Fitness Class: Join a group fitness class with friends or family members. It could be a dance class, yoga class, or any other form of group exercise. Hiking: Hiking is a great way to get outdoors and enjoy nature while getting a good workout. Find a local hiking trail and explore…

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There’s no denying the negative health risks associated with the typical American job that involves sitting for extended periods of time. Prolonged sitting is defined as more than three hours a day. However, it is estimated that over 80% of U.S. workers sit for the entire day at their job, typically anywhere from 6 to 12 hours.Extensive periods of sitting on a prolonged basis have been linked to increased risk of cardiovascular disease, obesity, type 2 diabetes, spinal stress, weak muscles, certain types of cancer, and a wealth of other negative health effects. There are simple exercises you can do…

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