The Dangers of Holiday BingingPosted on November 20, 2014
The Dangers of Holiday Binging
If there's one thing that's most commonly associated with the
better times of the holiday season, it's the food. We like to enjoy turkeys,
hams, dressed up desserts, carb-heavy sides, and a load of other delights that
are all filled with different rations of sugar, butter, and salt. These
traditional foods are great for the winter, because they help us to pack on
pounds that we can use to stave off the cold-- at least, that would be your
approach if you didn't have the miracle of modern heating and gas.
Three Foods for Thyroid SupportPosted on November 7, 2014
Your body gets much of the support it needs for its hormone
production and gland regulation from your diet. The foods that you eat can
greatly help or hinder the efficiency of your glands, which is why there are
many different supplements on the market that are available to support their
function. While these products can be helpful, your diet should also include
the materials that your body will need to stay healthy.
The Season for RagweedPosted on October 13, 2014
Those who haven't dealt with seasonal discomfort
throughout their lives may be lulled into a false sense of security once the
Fall arrives. After all, the wild blooms of the Spring and Summer have long
since faded, and now is the time to watch the leaves turn, the weather grow
colder, and all of those irritating pollen-producers to take a break for a few
months and give us some peace.
The Quick Guide to NapsPosted on October 7, 2014
You should already know that sleep is important to your
mental health, and your physical health. Sleeping helps to regulate your
hormone production, gives your body proper time to check and regulate its own
systems, and also provide you with the much needed mental clarity that you will
call upon to do your work for the day. What you may not know is having the
occasional, or even better, regular, nap can have a lot of benefits.
Avoiding Bad Drinking HabitsPosted on September 25, 2014
people don't set out for the night thinking that it will be a wonderful morning
of headaches, nausea, and general malaise, but that's exactly what happens when
they ingest too much alcohol. Everyone knows the general rule of thumb, “Drink
more water!”, but that isn't the whole story. Here are a few bad habits that
can lead to drinking, and why you should avoid them.
Pumpkins: Health Food in Disguise Posted on September 7, 2014
From pumpkin pie, to pumpkin spiced lattes, this humble
gourd has come to be associated with some of the most sugary and decadent
deserts and delights, racing far beyond its squashier brethren to become one of
America's most beloved holiday comfort food flavors. What you may not know
about these once and future Jack-o-Lanterns is that they are actually jam
packed with some very nutritious substances and minerals. From the flesh to the
seeds, pumpkins are quite secretly healthy. Here's how.
Getting to Know Milk Thistle Posted on August 23, 2014
Milk thistle can prove to be a strong ally in the battle
against a nasty hang over. When the sun comes up, and it's time to take care of
life's many tasks the next day, there's few things that can be worse than the
hangover. With milk thistle on your side, you may be able to overcome it, and
seize the day without the headache, fatigue, nausea, and general discomfort
that last night's drinking has left on your shoulders.
Top 4 Causes of StressPosted on August 5, 2014
Stress is everywhere. From the moment you wake up to the
blaring sound of an alarm clock, to the rush to get ready for work, take care
of the children, or get everything in order for the day, you're practically
bathed in potential stress factors before you even leave your home. For some of
us, those sources of stress have become so commonplace that we barely even know
that they're there. For others, every day holds new, surprising, and stressful
triggers like car parts breaking down, traffic congestion, job challenges, and
Are You Losing Sleep to Seasonal Discomfort? Posted on July 9, 2014
you know that seasonal discomfort can disrupt your quality of sleep,
even if you manage to doze off successfully? One of the more obvious
issues that seasonal discomfort cause to your sleep cycle can be
irritation or blockages in your sinus cavities, both of which can
make it more difficult to get off to a good night's rest, but
seasonal discomfort can continue to disrupt your sleep cycles even
after you've nodded off.
Six Foods That are Rich in IodinePosted on July 1, 2014
to support healthy thyroid function while enjoying some tasty dishes?
There are quite a few options available at your grocery store that
can make that happen. From entree stars, to side course MVPs and
garnishes, here is a list of six different foods that contain iodine
to help you reach the recommended DV of 150 micrograms for adults.
Two Mood Influences We Don't Usually RecognizePosted on June 8, 2014
a lot of factors that can make an impression on your entire day. From
the way that you wake up in the morning, to the amount and type of
food that you eat, to the type of service that you get if you visit a
restaurant. There's so many different factors, in fact, that it can
be difficult to pin down the exact moment where your day can turn
either “good” or “bad” for the remaining hours that you're
Two Common and Dangerous Alcohol MythsPosted on June 2, 2014
Everyone's heard the “beer before liquor, never been
sicker” rule by now. There are some rules about drinking which are just based
on anecdotal evidence, and then there are myths which are more rooted in the
actual feelings you get when intoxicated. Keep in mind, your ability to
actually make judgment calls while you're drunk can get heavily skewed; you may
think that you're sweet talking your way into the heart of someone who's caught
your eye, but the next day, you get the field report from a friend and learn
otherwise. “Common knowledge” about drinking is often not that different.
Gardening With Seasonal Discomfort Posted on May 27, 2014
Your lawn isn't going to take care of itself. Well, it
might, but the end result will be something closer to a jungle than a garden.
When left unchecked, your lawn will sprout a dictionary of weeds that will
redefine your view on “the beauty of nature.” Even more alarming, an unchecked
lawn can bring pests into your home; once there's enough cover from predators,
insects and other wildlife will seek refuge in an unmanaged lawn. The best way
to keep that from happening is to put on your canvas gloves and get to work,
but what do you do if you're one of the many people who grapple with seasonal
discomfort every year?
Better Living Through Solar PowerPosted on May 21, 2014
The sun's good for a lot of things: It produces the
natural light that we use to keep our electricity bills low, keeps the world at
a generally agreeable temperature most of the time, and helps all of those
important trees that supply a good portion of our breathable oxygen to grow. It
can also give you a nice tan, dry out your clothes, and power your calculator
so that you can figure out how much money you'll have left at the end of the
Hangovers and Travel - What You Need To KnowPosted on May 6, 2014
that the weather's warmed up in most parts of the country, and a lot of
students are graduating from college, it may be that time of the year when
vacation is on your mind. Whether you want to take a brief trip to a scenic
locale somewhere in the southern equator, or you've got your eye on a back
packing excursion through Europe, you can leave your home soil behind, but not
your propensity for hangovers.
Pushing Through the Pain: How to Exercise with a Hangover Posted on April 18, 2014
Unless you're one of the few people who can drink
quite a bit without experiencing a significant hangover, chances are that
you'll encounter those days when you're supposed to hit the gym with a prior
night of drinking hanging around your neck.
A Brief History of Nasal IrrigationPosted on April 4, 2014
irrigation has recently garnered a lot of attention in the West, due in no
small part to the television commercials which feature people using small,
plastic, tea pot-shaped devices to pour water through one nostril, and letting
it flow from the opposite nostril. For those of us who have never seen nasal
irrigation products before, this can seem somewhat odd, or even comedic, but
make no mistake; nasal irrigation actually has a very long history that goes
back for centuries.
The Importance of IodinePosted on March 26, 2014
Iodine's got an important part to play in the function
of your thyroids, but that's not the only benefit that it has for your health.
Much like calcium and magnesium, iodine can be found in many different food
The Skinny on SeleniumPosted on March 26, 2014
for selene, which means “Moon,”
Selenium was first discovered in 1817. It is mainly found in ores, and is a
byproduct of their processing. Primarily used in everything from pigments to
computer parts, selenium's characteristics give it a silvery or deep red
appearance, typically in a powder form. It's also toxic in large amounts, so
you may be wondering why you'd want to supplement it in your diet.
How to Boost Your Thyroid Posted on March 26, 2014
importance of proper thyroid function cannot be overstated, but there isn't a
lot of common knowledge about what can be done for thyroid function outside of
a professional, medical environment. For those who want to find ways to boost
their thyroid, and their metabolism, there are actually many different avenues
of interest that may put you on the right track toward healthier hormonal
balance and weight management.
Three Herbal Cocktails and Their Benefits Posted on March 18, 2014
the right cocktail is all about playing to the strengths of your ingredients.
Every aspect of the drink should be, in some part, built on the foundation of
what you put into it. With a little luck and the right measurements, it's easy
to make a drink that both tastes great and leaves you feeling all the better
for having enjoyed it. When you add herbal ingredients into the picture, you
can even get a cocktail that could have surprising benefits.
Three Odd Mood Boosters Posted on March 18, 2014
The human mind is a strange bath of chemicals, wrapped
around a center that stores light, sound, and other forms of information in a
container that is said to be one of the most complex structures in the known
universe. We spend all day thinking of different ways to think, and constantly
contend with holding two opposing ideas at the very same time. It may be no
wonder, then, that human mood and emotion are rarely understood as well.
Mood and Food: Sugar Posted on March 18, 2014
are times when nothing can give you a more effective pick-me-up than something
fast and sweet, but is there any science behind our love of candy and how it
can effect our mood? Sugar's long been a staple in the human diet, dating back
to our hunt for fruits and berries that could give us the energy we needed for
long voyages. We've used sugar for breads, early grain alcohols, and for the
many sauces we use to compliment our meals. We've harvested it from furious
bees, and long fields of cane, but does it effect us in ways we're not aware
Odd Hangover Remedies from Around the WorldPosted on March 10, 2014
You've no doubt heard of the “hair
of the dog,” or the raw egg as miracle remedies for your hangover. How
about the milk of a buffalo, or some old fashioned black magic? From
eating parts of animals that probably aren't meant to be eaten, to a
few odd ideas on how the human body actually works, hangovers are a
battle that humanity has been waging war with for thousands of years.
Two Quick and Easy Changes That Can Improve Your Mood Posted on March 10, 2014
Sometimes, a change in mood can happen
without warning. All it takes is a comment, a new task at work, an
interaction with a friend, or even just a moment of quiet
contemplation to raise or lower your mood seemingly without any
explanation. It can be difficult to know when and where these moments
happen in life, because they're almost always based on a chain of
prior events we may not even be aware of. One comment from a person
may just be a string of other comments that have effected us in the
past, but that single moment pulls the others forward right along
Why Liver Health MattersPosted on March 10, 2014
you're occasionally enjoy a glass of wine, or just enjoy living, a
liver's a good friend to have. It's one of the largest organs in your
body, and handles a lot of the important functions that you need to
stay healthy. The most important of those functions is the filtration
of your blood to detoxify it. Without a healthy, functional liver,
you wouldn't be able to get nutrients from food, or get rid of the
toxins that you ingest on a daily basis. You'd accumulate loads of
negatives, and miss out on all of the positives that come with eating
Three Healthy Comfort Foods to Boost Your Mood Posted on March 10, 2014
The most notorious comfort foods,
however, are full of calories. If you're on a diet, most are out of
the question. Even if you aren't, eating comfort foods consistently
can definitely create an uncomfortable situation for your body. We'll
look at a few healthy comfort foods that you may want to consider, as
well as healthy alternatives to old standards.
Food and Mood: Diet and Exercise Posted on March 4, 2014
A positive attitude is one of the keys to exercise and
losing weight, but changing your diet and your exercise habits can both have an
impact on your mood, whether you realize it or not. We're all familiar with the
stereotype of the neckless bodybuilder screaming, grunting, and generally
popping a vein whenever something goes slightly awry. What's more interesting
is how we've come to that stereotype, and how diet and exercise can actually
improve, or worsen, our mood.
Three Ways to Stay Hydrated While Drinking Posted on March 4, 2014
of the most common tips for avoiding, or fighting, a hangover is to drink
plenty of water. We already know that we should drink water during our regular,
day to day activities. The amount of water that you need to drink can differ
depending on your level of activity, your weight and height, and your
predisposition to certain conditions that may require you to drink more. People who are dieting, living in different altitudes and
temperature zones, and a host of other concerns can all influence just how much
water you need to drink. Throw alcohol into the mix, and it can really up your
Five Fast Foods to Fight a Hangover Posted on March 4, 2014
of the hardest parts of fighting a hangover is dealing with your appetite.
After you've spent hours torturing your gut with all manner of intoxicant, it
often doesn't itself doesn't have the stomach for keeping anything down. If you
do have the ability to partake in some breakfast or brunch, however, there are
a few foods which you can deploy in your battle with the dreaded hangover.
Making Sense of Milk Thistle Posted on February 25, 2014
the healthiest diet will come across certain ingredients or
substances which are toxic. All meat, to some extent, contains
toxins. Organic foods can contain toxins. Even the air that we
breathe and the water that we drink will have some, although often
miniscule, amount of toxic chemicals. While we may not notice these
toxins throughout our daily lives, they can accumulate within the
body. Our liver is part of our bodies' detox engine, which helps to
protect other organs and keep them free and clear of the toxins we're
exposed to. The more that we care for our livers, the better our
overall health will be.
The Benefits of 5-HTPPosted on February 25, 2014
otherwise known as “5-Hydroxytryptophan”, is a
compound that is produced in your body whenever it makes serotonin.
In previous articles, we've discussed the importance that serotonin
has in mood regulation, which is why for some, boosting or regulating
serotonin can often lead to an improved mood. Our bodies naturally
make 5-HTP from tryptophan, which we can help to promote through the
consumption of carbohydrates. It's converted into serotonin.
Food and Mood: IronPosted on February 25, 2014
Whenever Popeye or his friends were in danger, the grizzled sailor would simply pop open a can of spinach and gain both a passion for fighting, and incredible strength. In those days, spinach was promoted as a high source of iron, which was linked to physical strength and a “can-do” attitude. After all, iron is certainly one of the “strongest” parts of our nutritional needs. Inexoriably linked with heavy metals and great feats of engineering, iron is one of the key components of the human diet, and a great source of many benefits
Four Healthy Drink Ideas for the WinterPosted on February 25, 2014
you're living in the parts of America and Canada that are getting hit
with the dreaded “Polar Vortex” phenomena, you already know that
it can put a serious hurting on your ability to go out and enjoy your
evenings. Whether you're someone who only goes for the “once a
month” visit to see friends, or you enjoy a drink after a hard day
at work, some of your personal favorite drinks may not be as
enjoyable as they could be due to the cold weather.
Sleep and How It Effects Your Mood Posted on February 18, 2014
rest” may not be a cute way of describing a restful night of sleep.
When we get the right amount of sleep at night, it helps us to be
more alert, but it also helps our mood and even our physical health.
If you've ever missed a few hours, or even a day of sleep, then you
already know what it can do to the way that you feel, the way that
you look, and the way that you interact with others.
in a day and age when people are expected to work 10 to 12 hour
shifts and balance a family life, it's often your sleep that ends up
getting shortchanged. Most people don't imagine that they need more
than four to five hours, but in reality you may need as many as nine
hours of sleep depending on your age, your physical level activity,
your diet, and other indicators. The trick is to find your sweet
spot, and then to put that as your highest priority. Here's why.
Nasal Irrigation and Seasonal DiscomfortPosted on February 18, 2014
all seen it; that strange little blue pot, sometimes made of plastic,
usually in a bathroom. We've seen the commercials. We may have even
seen someone use it, or try to tell us about how it can make such a
big difference. The real question is, does nasal irrigation actually
work, and can it help people who suffer from seasonal discomfort?
4 Simple Tips to Improve Your MoodPosted on February 18, 2014
are a lot of products out there that will say they can boost your
mood. Some work, but others aren't quite as genuine as they claim.
Apart from supplements, there are day to day things you can do to
improve your mood, here are 10 simple things that can help boost your
Food and Mood: CarbohydratesPosted on February 6, 2014
aren't the dirty word that they used to be. During the early-to-mid
2000's, carbs were seen as the primary cause of weight gain in the
Western diet, and there may be some truth to that. While carbs were
responsible, the main culprit is, and always has been, the amount of
processed food that we eat in the West. Culprits such as white bread
and white rice are stripped of the vital germs and nutrients that
made these foods a staple in the human diet to begin with. The
process is so diminishing that you may have noticed that many on the
shelf are “vitamin enriched” or otherwise enhanced to try and
replace what's been lost in the bleaching process that gives them
their stark white color.
Brown or White, Which Liquor is Right?Posted on February 5, 2014
There's a lot of “common knowledge” about alcoholic drinks that can increase or reduce your chances of being hungover after a night on the town. Some of that advice has survived the test of time simply due to their rhyming qualities, such as “beer before liquor, never been sicker.” Others may seem to make sense just due to the values that we associate with food and drink, such as whether or not brown liquor is actually worse for you in the morning. What may surprise you is that there are some common pieces of advice that actually hold up when examined closely.
Foods That Can Help, or Harm, Your Quality of Sleep Posted on February 5, 2014
is an important part of how we feel throughout our day. If we're low
on the amount of sleep, or the quality of that sleep isn't quite what
it should be, then it can have both physical and mental effects. The
average person needs around 7 to 9 hours of sleep every day, and
while scientists are divided as to whether or not that constitutes 7
to 9 continuous hours, or 7 to 9 hours in total, there are some
measurable negatives if you don't get enough.
Foods that Fight Hangovers Posted on February 5, 2014
nothing wrong with a little alcohol in moderation, but let's be
honest; most people don't do moderation with their drinks. The
trickiest part about a night of drinking is that the more you imbibe,
the more impaired your judgment becomes. When that occurs, you get
hit with a double whammy of not knowing that you've had too much, and
drinks going down much easier. Suddenly, the burn of bourbon turns
into a far easier thing to swallow, beer's like water, and your wine
glass is empty before you know it. At that point, you're probably
going over the edge of Hangover Canyon, a dry and desolate place with
a deep, stark drop.
Food and Mood - What You Need To Know About Omega-3sPosted on February 5, 2014
fatty acids usually refer to ALA, which is found in plants, and EPA
and DHA, which are found in fish and eggs. These acids are one of the
most important to include in your diet, as they have several positive
benefits for both your ability to process and remember information,
and your ability to regulate your mood.
Passion FlowerPosted on November 4, 2013
Many people are familiar with the light, sweet flavor of passion fruit; few are aware that this popular fruit comes from the passiflora, or passion flower, a plant rich in medicinal value and health benefits. The passion flower, with its vibrant purple petals and tentacles surrounding a bright yellow center, was discovered in the middle of the 16th century by Spanish explorers during an expedition to South America. Interpreting the flower’s striking appearance as a representation of the passion of Jesus Christ, the explorers named the plant “passion flower”, and the name has been used ever since. The unique passion flower looks like the kind of plant that could only grow in the most exotic regions. However, species of this hardy and adaptive plant thrives in an astonishing variety of climates, from the Midwestern United States to southern Asia and Australia.
Meditation and StressPosted on August 30, 2013
Stress is a fact of daily life. For most people, it is a constant companion and a serious drain on energy, emotions, and general well-being. Whether you are struggling to succeed in school, climb to the top of your career field, raising children, or dealing with challenging circumstances like financial or health concerns in your family, the stress of your situation can weigh on you and overwhelm you until you feel helpless. Many adults suffer physiological symptoms that result from unhealthy levels of stress and anxiety.
5-HTPPosted on August 30, 2013
If you’re like millions of other people, you know what it’s like to be under stress. With increasing demands and what seems like less and less time to meet them, it’s not unlikely that stress is a loyal (and unwelcome) companion in your life. In addition to being a nuisance, constant stress can actually cause some negative physiological effects. Excessive stress has been proven to deplete serotonin levels and alter the chemical balance in your brain. Serotonin, which is a neurotransmitter, is involved in the regulation of a number of body functions. Low serotonin levels are associated with depression, weight gain, decreased mental function, increased anxiety, and a host of other mental and physiological conditions.