SparkPeople Staying Healthy Secrets http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets-category.asp?category=staying-healthy Learn some of the secrets of success for Staying Healthy from SparkPeople members. SparkPeople Staying Healthy Secrets http://www.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/nav_logo_v3.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets-category.asp?category=staying-healthy MINDFULLY DEHYDRATED ??? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45717_mindfully_dehydrated_ Friday was 90 degrees in the shade here.<br>Where was I? At an OUTDOOR antique fair and sweating (glowing)!<br>I drank 3 bottles of water during the 2.5 hours of shopping.<br>Definitely a visit to the loo was in order before the long trip home.(that turned out to be a conditioned response if there ever was one).<br><br>THERE WAS NO FLUID LEFT TO EVEN GO!!!<br> <em>198</em> <br><br>Lesson learned: <br> Drink more water than you ever think you need!! <br><br>No wonder I felt occasionally naus... Sat, 30 Apr 2016 20:17:00 EST Brain Gain News For Your Noggin http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45715_brain_gain_news_for_your_noggin 1. Dementia rates are dropping.<br><br>The news broke in February. Researchers who had followed roughly 5,200 participants in the Framingham Heart Study since 1975 reported that the incidence of dementia had dropped steadily from 3.6 per 100 people aged 60 or older in the late 1970s to 2.0 per 100 in the early 2010s.<br><br>"Our study offers hope that some dementia cases might be preventable, or at least delayed," says Sudha Seshadri, professor of neurology at Boston University School of M... Sat, 30 Apr 2016 19:24:00 EST What Are Sunscreens? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45711_what_are_sunscreens What Are Sunscreens?<br><br>Sunscreens are products combining several ingredients that help prevent the sun's ultraviolet (UV) radiation from reaching the skin. Two types of ultraviolet radiation, UVA and UVB, damage the skin, age it prematurely, and increase your risk of skin cancer.<br><br>UVB is the chief culprit behind sunburn, while UVA rays, which penetrate the skin more deeply, are associated with wrinkling, leathering, sagging, and other light-induced effects of aging (photoaging). Th... Sat, 30 Apr 2016 13:56:00 EST Benefits of Crossword Puzzles http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45696_benefits_of_crossword_puzzles Since they took the U.S. by storm in 1913, enthusiasts have been touting the benefits of crossword puzzles for mental acuity and just good old-fashioned innocent entertainment. In 2006 Wordplay, Patrick Creadon’s documentary about legendary NY Times crossword puzzle editor, Will Shortz was a surprise hit, proving that crosswords are as beloved as ever. In 2007, Bill Clinton, who was featured in Wordplay, created his own Sunday Times crossword entitled Twistin’ the Oldies. If you thought cross... Fri, 29 Apr 2016 14:56:00 EST GETTING HEALTHIER EVER http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45685_getting_healthier_ever I have been dealing with weight issues since I was about five or six years old. I have done lots of diets, exercise, and even a medical fast. I have had many levels of success and failure over the years. However, now I believe that I have a grasp on what I need to do to be successful. I have a compulsive eating disorder. I have to remain very structured in what I do every day. I am not somebody who can just come into work when there are doughnuts, have one and be fine about it. I have to be v... Fri, 29 Apr 2016 00:23:00 EST As We All Age.. http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45680_as_we_all_age As we all age we need to take better care of our bodies.. We only have one and when it goes to pot so will you... Getting enough fiber, water and exercise can help in trying to keep ourselves fit and body running like a well running machine.. Some foods that contain fiber are fresh fruits and vegetables, beans, lentils, peas, 100% whole wheat bread, and whole grain, high fiber cereals. Exercise is one of the best things you can do for your health. Before starting to exercise, talk to your doc... Thu, 28 Apr 2016 16:37:00 EST Choosing Healthy Fruits and Vegetables http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45676_choosing_healthy_fruits_and_vegetables Choosing Healthy Fruits and Vegetables<br><br>Once you start to add fruits and vegetables to your healthy eating plan, you'll want to keep eating them. Learn what to look for when choosing produce as part of a healthy diet.<br><br><br>It probably doesn’t surprise you that most Americans don’t eat enough fruits and vegetables. The American Dietary Guidelines suggest that each person eat four and a half cups, or nine servings, of fruits or vegetables each day. Many people find this difficult to... Thu, 28 Apr 2016 12:46:00 EST Fingernail Health and Happiness http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45675_fingernail_health_and_happiness Eyes may be the windows to the soul, but nails can offer an important glimpse into your overall health. It turns out, having strong, healthy nails isn’t just good news for your manicure—unpleasant nail symptoms could also indicate bigger health problems. The nail symptoms you shouldn’t ignore (and which are totally normal).<br><br>The problem: Yellow nails<br>This can happen naturally with age, but it’s also sometimes due to nail lacquers or acrylic nails. If you often wear acrylic nails or ... Thu, 28 Apr 2016 11:32:00 EST Benefits of Fish Oil http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45643_benefits_of_fish_oil According to a recent study at Harvard University – omega-3 fatty acid deficiency is officially one of the top 10 causes of death in America.<br><br>Fish oil benefits are used in the treatment of many health issues including: heart disease, ADHD, anxiety, depression, high cholesterol, inflammatory bowel disease, arthritis, alzheimer’s disease, eczema, diabetes, cancer, weakened immunity, autoimmune disease and macular degeneration.<br><br>Also, it’s been proven to aid the body in weight loss,... Tue, 26 Apr 2016 13:11:00 EST Why Fruits and Vegetables Are Vital http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45640_why_fruits_and_vegetables_are_vital Why Fruits and Vegetables Are Vital<br><br>Eating a diet rich in fruits and vegetables is important for good health. Find out why experts say Mother Nature's bounty packs better nutrients than supplements.<br><br><br>If we are what we eat, then many of us must be tripping all over the place due to a lack of balance. That's because the average American eats about three servings of fruits and vegetables per day — a stark contrast to the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the U.S.... Tue, 26 Apr 2016 11:30:00 EST Surviving life's catastrophes http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45637_surviving_lifes_catastrophes It's a rare person that hits the century mark who can say, "I had an easy life. My childhood and adolescence were perfect. I married the right person; I had exactly the children I wanted. I never had a life threatening event happen." <br><br>Most of us eventually experience some sort of catastrophe: an unplanned event that changes your life as you know it. <br><br>People who survive these and go on to live more life have some things in common. <br><br>We look around us and assess and m... Tue, 26 Apr 2016 09:39:00 EST Benefits of Mango Juice http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45552_benefits_of_mango_juice Mangos have yellow, green or reddish orange skin and a deep orange interior. The fruit, grown in tropical climates around the world, has been part of the human diet for more than 4,000 years, according to the National Mango Board. Mango juice contains vitamins and minerals essential for good health. Look for mango juice that does not contain added sugar to get the most health benefits.<br><br>Vitamin C<br>Consuming enough vitamin C can help you prevent colds and flu. Vitamin C encourages your... Thu, 21 Apr 2016 11:01:00 EST How to prevent ZIKA while traveling http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45545_how_to_prevent_zika_while_traveling The recent news of ZIKA virus outbreaks has many who travel worried. The virus was isolated in 1947 from a rhesus monkey in the Zika Forest in Uganda and has been found in Brazil. It may be transmitted by sexual contact.<br> The symptoms are of a viral infection--fever, chills, rash, and joint pain--which may have allowed the infection to go unnoticed. The potential damage to babies has gripped world attention with abnormal brain development (microcephaly) in the fetus which may be asso... Thu, 21 Apr 2016 05:54:00 EST Maintain Your Health http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45542_maintain_your_health Do my habits really affect my health?<br>Yes, very much so. All of the major causes of death (such as cancer, heart disease, stroke, lung disease and injury) can be prevented in part by making healthy lifestyle choices.<br><br>Don't smoke or use tobacco.<br>Smoking and using tobacco are very dangerous habits. Smoking causes 440,000 deaths in the United States every year. More preventable illnesses (such as emphysema, mouth, throat and lung cancer, and heart disease) are caused by tobacco use ... Wed, 20 Apr 2016 22:02:00 EST Sinus Headache or Migraine http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45536_sinus_headache_or_migraine Migraine is commonly misdiagnosed as sinus headache.<br>Self-diagnosed sinus headache is nearly always migraine (~90% of the time).<br>Migraine is commonly associated with forehead and facial pressure over the sinuses, nasal congestion and runny nose.<br>In the absence of fever, pus from your nose, alteration in smell or foul smelling breath you likely have a migraine headache.<br>Your diagnosis needs health practitioner confirmation for accuracy and best treatment.<br>Sinus Headache is a com... Wed, 20 Apr 2016 14:11:00 EST Benefits of Crossfit http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45535_benefits_of_crossfit We all know someone who is seemingly obsessed with CrossFit, or has at least attempted it, which is no surprise considering that there are now more than 9,000 CrossFit affiliated gyms worldwide, and the high-intensity conditioning regimen is rapidly acquiring new devotees. As a fellow CrossFitter, I can attest firsthand to the appeal: Every "WOD" (workout of the day) is different, which is great for people who easily get bored with traditional gym equipment. If you often find yourself thinkin... Wed, 20 Apr 2016 14:02:00 EST Staying Healthy While Traveling http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45488_staying_healthy_while_traveling From start to finish, a reusable water bottle will be endlessly useful while traveling. As soon as you get through the airport security line, fill up your bottle at the nearest water fountain to make sure you stay hydrated on the plane. Continue the practice by filling it up before leaving your hotel each day—then you won't need to buy an expensive bottle on-the-go when parched from all your sightseeing.<br><br>We tend to indulge a bit on the finer things in life (ahem, like wine) when we tra... Mon, 18 Apr 2016 06:31:00 EST Are Food Additives Really Safe? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45479_are_food_additives_really_safe Are Food Additives Really Safe?<br><br>Many of today's foods are enhanced by food additives, and some even boost their nutritional content. But others are more questionable and can affect your health.<br><br><br>If you're like most Americans, you read the ingredients list on food packages. But what exactly is alpha-tocopherol? Ascorbic acid? Sodium nitrite? And how do these and 3,000 other approved food additives affect you and your health?<br><br>Food Additives: What Are They?<br><br>A "food... Sun, 17 Apr 2016 16:25:00 EST Are Food Additives Really Safe? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45480_are_food_additives_really_safe Are Food Additives Really Safe?<br><br>Many of today's foods are enhanced by food additives, and some even boost their nutritional content. But others are more questionable and can affect your health.<br><br><br>If you're like most Americans, you read the ingredients list on food packages. But what exactly is alpha-tocopherol? Ascorbic acid? Sodium nitrite? And how do these and 3,000 other approved food additives affect you and your health?<br><br>Food Additives: What Are They?<br><br>A "food... Sun, 17 Apr 2016 16:25:00 EST Pick healthy footwear http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45469_pick_healthy_footwear We all spend a lot of time on our feet, in shoes, so understanding what constitutes healthy footwear is absolutely crucial for building and maintaining optimal foot, toe, and joint health. Indeed, the health of your feet has profound implications on your entire body and life. But what are the key differences between a truly foot-healthy shoe and the industry standard? Quite a bit, as it turns out.<br><br>CONVENTIONAL FOOTWEAR FLAWS<br><br>A typical “conventional” shoe possesses at least a qua... Sun, 17 Apr 2016 01:17:00 EST 7 Reasons To Lace Up Your Sneakers http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45466_7_reasons_to_lace_up_your_sneakers With less or less-effective insulin, blood sugar levels stay elevated for a longer time after a meal, and even fasting blood sugar creeps up over the years.<br><br>"Exercise is very effective at improving insulin sensitivity in the muscles," DiPietro explains. (What's more, when you exercise your muscles contract, which lets them take in blood sugar even without insulin.)<br><br>"So we thought, Why not exercise when it's needed the most, about a half hour after people finish eating?" says Di... Sat, 16 Apr 2016 22:53:00 EST Cancer....do we really know the truth? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45457_cancerdo_we_really_know_the_truth Many of you know that I have long been involved in "natural remedies" such as eating a candida-free diet that mimics a Mediterranean "rainbow" diet , essential oils, kinesthetic body testing, staying away from GMOs, etc. What you may not have know is that for the past 3-4 years, I have done a lot of personal research into why the dreaded C-word is taking over in our population. I have had several friends and family members diagnosed with "cancer". Many of my friends have had their family m... Sat, 16 Apr 2016 09:44:00 EST 7 Reasons To Lace Up Your Sneakers http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45449_7_reasons_to_lace_up_your_sneakers "Ideally, the greater the intensity of physical activity the better," notes Sesso. "So the more you sweat the better."<br><br>But no sweat doesn't mean no benefit. Walking around the block or hitting a shopping mall is better for your heart than sitting around the house.<br><br>And don't worry if you can't do too much at one time. "It's the total amount that matters," says Sesso."If you have time for only a half-hour brisk walk during lunch and then another half-hour walk at the end of the... Fri, 15 Apr 2016 22:26:00 EST Play like you're six years old! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45448_play_like_youre_six_years_old Recently, I had another opportunity to take care of my six-year-old granddaughter while her mom taught a class and her dad was at work. Dad often takes care of her because as a neuro-critical care physician his schedule is pretty odd. But, once a month or so I get to babysit and it is always a joy.<br><br>Usually, my little granddaughter is pretty scattered in what she wants us to do. But, this last time was different and blessed me in so many ways. She wanted to play school. She loves k... Fri, 15 Apr 2016 17:51:00 EST Balance is Key! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45433_balance_is_key I am realizing that for me to feel optimal it is important that I find a balance between my physical health, emotional health and spirituality. Of course eating healthy and making healthy choices each day contributes to my goals. I find that exercise keeps me emotionally balanced; it is a perfect outlet if I am feeling sad, or bored or just not very optimistic. <br><br>I have a smart phone and have downloaded some very motivational songs that I play while I am exercising and walking. I h... Thu, 14 Apr 2016 23:21:00 EST 7 Reasons To Lace Up Your Sneakers http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45431_7_reasons_to_lace_up_your_sneakers During the five-year Women's Health Initiative study, for example, women with breast cancer who walked briskly for at least three hours a week were 40 percent less likely to die of the disease than those who were inactive.<br><br>And in a meta-analysis of five studies that tracked more than 5,500 colorectal cancer patients for five to 12 years, those who exercised the equivalent of walking briskly for at least 2-1/2 hours a week were 35 percent less likely to die of their cancer than those wh... Thu, 14 Apr 2016 22:20:00 EST Heart Goodies For All http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45408_heart_goodies_for_all For years, health officials and dietitians have been encouraging us to cut back on animal fats, such as butter, and replace them with vegetable oils rich in linoleic acid, such as soybean, canola and corn oils. Those oils contain polyunsaturated fatty acids, thought to be good for the heart because they help lower cholesterol levels.<br><br>But while swapping out saturated fat for vegetable oil lowers blood cholesterol, a new study suggests it may not actually cut the risk for heart disease. ... Thu, 14 Apr 2016 06:50:00 EST 7 Reasons To Lace Up Your Sneakers http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45404_7_reasons_to_lace_up_your_sneakers Like psychotherapy, exercise also helps patients feel that they have regained some control over their lives. "Individuals who suffer depression and who exercise report feeling greater self-efficacy and empowerment," says Ekkekakis.<br><br>Since 2010, American Psychiatric Association guidelines have recognized that exercise may be valuable for treating mild depression, notes Ekkekakis. "But exercise is largely ignored by psychiatrists and primary care physicians in the United States."<br><br... Wed, 13 Apr 2016 20:48:00 EST Manage Oily Skin http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45390_manage_oily_skin If you are someone with naturally oily skin, then you are well aware of the ongoing battle between skin that is moisturized and skin that is greasy. Here are few tips to help avoid the oily skin take over and keep skin moisturized without getting greasy.<br><br>If you are someone with naturally oily skin, then you are well aware of the ongoing battle between skin that is moisturized and skin that is greasy. When the hot and humid weather arrives, even those with skin on the dry side can exper... Tue, 12 Apr 2016 21:56:00 EST 7 Reasons To Lace Up Your Sneakers http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45389_7_reasons_to_lace_up_your_sneakers At the end of the study, the exercise-plus-diet group had lost an average of 23 pounds. Nearly 40 percent of them---but just 20 percent of the diet-only group and 20 percent of the exercise-only group---reported little or no pain in their knees.<br><br>And the people in the exercise-plus-diet group, who averaged around 70 years of age, were walking as fast as healthy 40-to-60-year-olds, says Messier. "Increasing your walking speed when you're older is a big deal," he notes, "because it help... Tue, 12 Apr 2016 21:26:00 EST 7 Reasons To Lace Up Your Sneakers http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45374_7_reasons_to_lace_up_your_sneakers 3. Ease Your Aching Knees<br><br>"Mobility is really key as we age," says Stephen Messier. "When you lose your mobility, you lose your independence and things can go downhill pretty quickly."<br><br>Messier directs the J.B. Snow Biomechanics Laboratory at Wake Forest University.<br><br>"Our objective is to help people restore some of their mobility lost because of osteoarthritis and improve their quality of life," Messier explains. <br><br>You can do that, he says, with an exercise like wa... Mon, 11 Apr 2016 15:22:00 EST Benefits of Sudoku http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45370_benefits_of_sudoku A fun hobby that exercises your brain and gives you a sense of accomplishment — that’s the perfect description of the numbers puzzle craze from Japan called sudoku. This great brain game is fun to play, and anyone can do it. Playing can even help delay dementia by teaching your brain to think in a whole new way.<br><br>Sudoku: How to Play<br><br>You’ve probably seen a sudoku in your local newspaper. It’s a puzzle that exercises your brain by getting you to think logically about how to place n... Mon, 11 Apr 2016 12:33:00 EST Keep mixing it up http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45368_keep_mixing_it_up I can find myself in a fitness rut - same old, same old - which always makes it harder for me to keep going and to stay healthy. As I get older there are things that are more difficult to do and pains I never had before but there is always a way to shift things around and enjoy being healthy. Spring is a perfect time - gardening burns calories, works the core (but I have to remember to switch sides constantly) as well as arm and leg muscles and it it outdoors in (mostly) lovely weather. I ... Mon, 11 Apr 2016 11:21:00 EST 7 Reasons To Lace Up Your Sneakers http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45357_7_reasons_to_lace_up_your_sneakers 2. Live Longer<br><br>What if you replaced just one hour of sitting each day with walking or with routine chores that require standing and moving round?<br><br>Matthews and his colleagues took a stab at answering that question by tracking 150,000 people in the NIH-AARP Diet and Health Study who had filled out questionnaires about how active they were.<br><br>"Nearly half were inactive," says Matthews. "They were physically active less than two hours a day. they probably weren't getting out... Sun, 10 Apr 2016 20:52:00 EST Stubborn Belly Fat http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45351_stubborn_belly_fat LOSE THE STUBBORN BELLY FAT HIDING YOUR ABS<br>Have you tried everything to blast that abdominal blubber, all to no avail? Give these tips a try to start seeing results.<br><br>It seems no matter how hard some people work out, or how much muscle mass they put on, one area of the body seems too stubborn to tone up—the belly. It can be really disheartening to spend hours toning up your abs, only for them to remain hidden by a little flabby layer of fat that doesn’t seem to want to shift, no mat... Sun, 10 Apr 2016 14:30:00 EST Benefits of a Regular Schedule http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45341_benefits_of_a_regular_schedule Keeping to a regular daily schedule<br><br>Healthy and long-lived people have regular daily habits. They go to sleep at about the same time every night, and wake at the same time every morning. They eat their meals at the same time every day. Their activities and exercise fit into a regular daily schedule, weekends included.<br><br>Keeping to a regular schedule has both physical and mental benefits. Your body thrives on homeostasis - maintaining internal stability after some outside upset has... Sun, 10 Apr 2016 09:24:00 EST 7 Reasons To Lace Up Your Sneakers http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45336_7_reasons_to_lace_up_your_sneakers 1. Build a bigger, sharper brain.<br><br>"Walking definitely affects the brains of adults in their 60s, 70s, and 80s," says University of Illinois psychologist Arthur Kramer.<br><br>Studies that track people's behavior for years see healthier brains in more-active people.<br><br>"Older folks who walk more, like a mile to two miles a day versus less than a quarter of a mile, tend to have about a 35 percent lower rate of developing alzheimer's disease and other dementias,: Kramer points out.<b... Sat, 9 Apr 2016 18:00:00 EST Keep your list ready and plan out meals.. http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45333_keep_your_list_ready_and_plan_out_meals Keeping on a schedule and staying healthy ... but like many women who are working and raising children you may find it is hard to keeping organized and balance difficult....Change is hard. This is especially true for those with a weakness for salty or sugary snacks. ..it isn’t impossible. In fact once you know all of the delicious options that can actually help get your heart in shape you’ll see that it’s not so bad.... plus, the changes you make now can help undo years of unhealthy eating...... Sat, 9 Apr 2016 13:23:00 EST Benefits of Relaxation http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45317_benefits_of_relaxation You may have heard that a little bit of stress is actually good for you. In the just-right amount, that adrenaline rush can power you through a long day at work, boost your workouts and more.<br><br>But while it feels good to conquer the day, in the end, it just simply feels better — and is more beneficial to your health — to relax.<br><br>Some would argue that stress is our biggest health concern, given that it has been linked to so many other complications, from heart problems to dementia. ... Fri, 8 Apr 2016 14:00:00 EST You Have To Love It! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45303_you_have_to_love_it In order to stay constant in what you're doing, you have to love it. This covers everything in your healthy life style including nutrition, fitness and your lifestyle. So many people can reach goal weights but then struggle with staying at them. Typically people put themselves through grueling "dieting" periods, doing exercise they hate. When they reach the magic number on the scale - they go back to the lifestyle they had beforehand. So why not do what you love the whole time and see the res... Thu, 7 Apr 2016 15:08:00 EST Get a good night sleep http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45292_get_a_good_night_sleep What should a traveler expect from a hotel when it’s time to sleep?<br><br>A hotel should always provide travelers with a quiet sleeping environment that includes a supportive bed and a selection of pillows. If there is outside noise or other disturbances, guests should be given the opportunity to move to a quieter room in the hotel.<br><br>What is your most basic advice for sleep-starved travelers?<br><br>We always advise that guests use their beds only for sleeping and avoid reading, workin... Thu, 7 Apr 2016 01:27:00 EST Benefits of Sole Water http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45288_benefits_of_sole_water Sole water (pronounced so-lay), is not a miracle cure or hip new fad, but rather a life-supporting mixture of mineral rich, unrefined salt and water that supports the body’s natural ability to regulate and heal itself. The term Sole comes from the Latin sol, which means sun.<br><br><br>For years we have been told that salt can be detrimental to our health, and the idea of actually drinking salt water may sound more than a touch counter-intuitive. However, a concentrated salt solution made wit... Wed, 6 Apr 2016 12:34:00 EST Benefits of Quitting http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45271_benefits_of_quitting As soon as you stop smoking your body begins to repair itself. Typical benefits of quitting are:<br><br>Within 6 hours<br>Your heart rate slows and your blood pressure decreases.<br>Within a day<br>Almost all of the nicotine is out of your bloodstream.<br>The level of carbon monoxide in your blood has dropped and oxygen can more easily reach your heart and muscles. <br>Your fingertips become warmer and your hands steadier.<br>Within a week<br>Your sense of taste and smell may improve.<br>... Tue, 5 Apr 2016 11:30:00 EST GETTING BACK WHERE I NEED TO BE http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45269_getting_back_where_i_need_to_be I have been dealing with weight issues since I was about five or six years old. I have done lots of diets, exercise, and even a medical fast. I have had many levels of success and failure over the years. However, now I believe that I have a grasp on what I need to do to be successful. I have a compulsive eating disorder. I have to remain very structured in what I do every day. I am not somebody who can just come into work when there are doughnuts, have one and be fine about it. I have to be v... Tue, 5 Apr 2016 09:06:00 EST Benefits of Regular Sex http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45254_benefits_of_regular_sex It probably won't take much convincing to follow this general rule, but you should know it, anyway—the more sex you have, the healthier you'll be. Not only can it help your general mood (thereby reducing stress), but studies show there are tangible ways sex slows down the aging process, fights disease and even heals wounds. Here, a full breakdown of the ways getting it on can save you a trip to the ER.<br><br>1. Sex promotes heart health.<br>A study in the American Journal of Cardiology sugge... Mon, 4 Apr 2016 10:38:00 EST Herbs and Supplements for Osteoarthritis http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45233_herbs_and_supplements_for_osteoarthritis *** Risks-----Side effects may include mild diarrhea, flatulence, and an increased risk of bleeding and bruising. Talk to your doctor before taking Devil's Claw if you have other conditions-----such as heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, gallstones or peptic ulcer-----as the supplement may aggravate these conditions and may interact negatively with various medications used to treat these illnesses.<br><br>Indian Frankincense (boswellia Serrata)<br><br>Indian Frankincense is a tre... Sat, 2 Apr 2016 22:13:00 EST Herbs and Supplements for Osteoarthritis http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45214_herbs_and_supplements_for_osteoarthritis Turmeric<br><br>Turmeric is a spice popular in India and other countries. It has a characteristic golden color and a warm, bitter taste. It's often used to flavor curries, mustards and cheeses. Curcumin, an active component of turmeric, seems to have anti-inflammatory properties that may help ease the pain and tenderness associated with osteoarthritis.<br><br>*** Benefits-----Studies of a specific turmeric extract called Meriva suggest that it can reduce knee pain and improve functionali... Fri, 1 Apr 2016 20:24:00 EST Herbs and Supplements for Osteoarthritis http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45200_herbs_and_supplements_for_osteoarthritis *** Benefits-----Glucosamine sulfate may reduce joint pain and tenderness, especially knee pain. Some studies also suggest that it may slow or stop the progression of osteoarthritis. Keep in mind that it can take up to eight weeks before glucosamine becomes most effective.<br><br>*** Risks-----Mild side effects may include heartburn, nausea, diarrhea and constipation. If you're allergic to shellfish, avoid use until you talk to your doctor.<br><br>SAMe<br><br>This dietary supplement is... Thu, 31 Mar 2016 21:55:00 EST Stay out of the sun http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45192_stay_out_of_the_sun Protect Your Skin From the Sun<br><br>It’s natural to want to get out in the sun when the days get longer and the temperature gets warmer. It's also a good time to review the latest expert advice about how to protect your skin from damage.<br>Ultraviolet (UV) rays – from the sun and other sources like tanning beds – are the primary cause of skin cancer. Too much exposure can also cause sunburn, eye damage and premature wrinkles. But shielding your skin with clothing, broad-spectrum sunscreen ... Thu, 31 Mar 2016 11:42:00 EST Blood Pressure Information http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45184_blood_pressure_information Description of High Blood Pressure<br><br>High blood pressure is a common disease in which blood flows through blood vessels (arteries) at higher than normal pressures.<br><br>Measuring Blood Pressure<br><br>Blood pressure is the force of blood pushing against the walls of the arteries as the heart pumps blood. High blood pressure, sometimes called hypertension, happens when this force is too high. Health care workers check blood pressure readings the same way for children, teens, and adults.... Thu, 31 Mar 2016 02:04:00 EST Herbs and Supplements for Osteoarthritis http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45182_herbs_and_supplements_for_osteoarthritis You've been managing your osteoarthritis for a while now. You know that the medications your doctor prescribed for you play an important role in relieving pain, making joint movement easier and preventing further damage from inflammation. But like all drugs, arthritis medications also cause side effects, such as upset stomach and gastrointestinal bleeding, and you're worried about the long-term risk of heart, liver and kidney damage.<br><br>Your friend has been telling you about different h... Wed, 30 Mar 2016 23:07:00 EST Sacroiliac Joint Dysfunction http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45165_sacroiliac_joint_dysfunction When Pain Persists<br><br>The vast majority of people find complete---or at least acceptable---relief from following a physical therapy plan. But when pain persists, a referral to a doctor specializing in spine care or sacroiliac joint surgery may be warranted. In addition to confirming an accurate diagnosis, it's important to confirm that conservative therapies have been used and exhausted as possible treatment. When that's been done, consideration may be given to the following options:<b... Tue, 29 Mar 2016 21:12:00 EST Relive Your Dry Skin Tips http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45163_relive_your_dry_skin_tips Dermatologists' top tips for relieving dry skin<br><br>Simple changes can soothe dry skin<br>Following the same skin care routine year round may not work so well when the humidity drops. Without a change in your skin care, dry air can make fine lines and wrinkles more noticeable. Dry skin can itch, flake, crack, and even bleed. <br><br>To help heal dry skin and prevent its return, dermatologists recommend the following.<br><br>1. Prevent baths and showers from making dry skin worse. When your... Tue, 29 Mar 2016 19:04:00 EST Sacroiliac Joint Dysfunction http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45144_sacroiliac_joint_dysfunction Physical therapy exercises are generally designed to develop muscles to help stabilize the sacroiliac joint-----and to work on elements of posture, gait and proper movements so that irritation of the joint is reduced. These groups of exercises are often called core strength exercises. Physical therapy often involves numerous sessions over several weeks, followed by instruction for continuing exercises at home.<br><br>Pain relief is an important goal in its own right, and can help facilitate... Mon, 28 Mar 2016 18:50:00 EST Benefits of Sunshine http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45138_benefits_of_sunshine 1. Reduce risk of Type 2 diabetes. Once considered an adult-onset disease, type 2 diabetes is reaching epidemic proportions in our kids. It’s a lifelong disease, and harder to treat in the young. Some studies suggest that vitamin D can reduce the risk of developing it (one study found that those with high levels were 40% less likely than those with low levels).<br><br>2. Reduce cancer risk. There are lessened mortality rates for 15-20 types of cancer in regions of higher solar UVB exposure, ... Mon, 28 Mar 2016 12:58:00 EST Sacroiliac Joint Dysfunction http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45129_sacroiliac_joint_dysfunction Seeking Help<br><br>If pain persists for more than a week or two despite home care-----or if it recurs after initial improvement-----see your doctor. A prompt visit is warranted if you have numbness or tingling in the legs, pain that's worse at night or when lying down at rest, or if you suspect a fracture may have occurred.<br><br>A physical examination is one of the most important tools in diagnosing sacroiliac joint pain. This will likely involve a number of movements designed to provoke... Sun, 27 Mar 2016 22:01:00 EST Sacroiliac Joint Dysfunction http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45117_sacroiliac_joint_dysfunction Other contributing factors may include having weak muscles in the hip and trunk area, different leg lengths, an off-balance gait or joint degeneration due to wear-and-tear arthritis (osteoarthritis).<br><br>Less common causes of sacroiliac joint pain include inflammation due to autoimmune disorders known as spondyloarthropathies, joint infection or the presence of a tumor. Despite many known potential causes, it's very common that no cause can be identified (idiopathic sacroiliac pain).<br><... Sat, 26 Mar 2016 22:34:00 EST Keep Busy and Stay Healthy http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45112_keep_busy_and_stay_healthy Keeping up with your health is a on going thing.. You have to work at it as you age.. One thing is keeping your brain active .. Just sitting around and doing nothing but watching TV won't help.. You need activity and Stimulate your brain.. I try to read and learn something new each day.. Staying healthy is a combination of a lot of things, but basically it's just health. If you can stay healthy for a long time and enjoy your time here on earth, you're going to have success..Here is just a few... Sat, 26 Mar 2016 13:27:00 EST Sacroiliac Joint Dysfunction http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45104_sacroiliac_joint_dysfunction Hidden Cause of low back pain...........<br><br>Low back pain is a common problem in older adults and can have many causes. but just because the pain occurs in the area of your lower back, doesn't always mean that the vertebrae in your spine are the problem.<br><br>One other cause may be a problem related to your sacroiliac joint, which connects the pelvis to the lower spine. It's estimated that about 15 to 30 percent of people with persistent low back pain have sacroiliac joint dysfunction... Fri, 25 Mar 2016 22:18:00 EST Caring For An Upset Stomach http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45085_caring_for_an_upset_stomach Caring for an upset stomach:<br><br>Queasiness, vomiting and diarrhea can make you miserable. Signs and symptoms such as these are usually due to a virus or other stomach bug that lasts only a few days. Persistent symptoms, which can be due to medications or an underlying problem, deserve your doctor's attention. But for the occasional episode, the following may help you feel more comfortable and prevent dehydration:<br><br>*** Avoid solid foods for several hours until you feel a little ... Thu, 24 Mar 2016 16:50:00 EST Slow and Steady Wins the Race http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45083_slow_and_steady_wins_the_race Although at first it's hard to get motivated toward healthy eating, exercise, and weight loss, there does come a point where it gets addictive and easy to attempt too much too soon. This propensity is understandable, but the problem with it is that "too much too soon" almost always ends up in quitting altogether and returning to our former bad habits. <br><br>So my word of advice for us today is this: remember that slow and steady wins the race. Choose making one or two changes at a time unti... Thu, 24 Mar 2016 14:02:00 EST Benefits of Stretching http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45079_benefits_of_stretching Stretching, in its most basic form, is a natural and automatic action. People often stretch instinctively after waking from sleep or after long periods of inactivity.<br><br>While the benefits of daily exercise are numerous and well known, the benefits of a regular stretching routine are far less emphasized but just as important. Incorporating stretching into your daily workouts or into your regular day on their own is just as important to health and body functioning as regular exercise.<br><... Thu, 24 Mar 2016 12:30:00 EST Nonalcoholic Fatty Liver http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45070_nonalcoholic_fatty_liver *** Choose a healthy diet---People with NAFLD tend to eat more meat and foods high in saturated fats and cholesterol than do their healthier counter-parts. To promote a healthy liver, shift your dietary focus to include more vegetables, fruits and whole grains. These foods not only are good for you but are generally low in calories, which can help you shed pounds. Foods rich in natural forms of vitamin E, a powerful antioxidant, can help counteract oxidative stress. Examples include gre... Wed, 23 Mar 2016 21:38:00 EST Nonalcoholic Fatty Liver http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45055_nonalcoholic_fatty_liver Chronic inflammation of the liver can lead to scarring of liver tissue (cirrhosis) and in severe cases, liver failure or cancer.<br><br>Another important danger posed by fatty liver disease affects your heart. The majority of deaths in people who have NAFLD are caused by heart disease, not liver disease.<br><br>This makes sense when you look at fatty liver as a component of metabolic syndrome, a major risk factor for cardiovascular disease. As with high cholesterol and high blood pressure, ... Tue, 22 Mar 2016 21:29:00 EST Nonalcoholic Fatty Liver http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45040_nonalcoholic_fatty_liver When your body becomes resistant to the effects of insulin, it causes a number of complex imbalances in your metabolism. One such imbalance is the development of high blood sugar that is characteristic of diabetes.<br><br>Another change associated with insulin resistance is in the way your body breaks down fats, including triglycerides. One of the end results of this altered breakdown is a buildup of triglycerides in the liver-----a fatty liver.<br><br>Some scientists believe that while ins... Mon, 21 Mar 2016 21:00:00 EST Benefits of Meditation http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45037_benefits_of_meditation Physical Benefits of Meditation<br><br>With meditation, the physiology undergoes a change and every cell in the body is filled with more prana (energy). This results in joy, peace, enthusiasm as the level of prana in the body increases.<br><br>On a physical level, meditation:<br><br>Lowers high blood pressure<br>Lowers the levels of blood lactate, reducing anxiety attacks<br>Decreases tension-related pain, such as, tension headaches, ulcers, insomnia, muscle and joint problems<br>Increases se... Mon, 21 Mar 2016 13:40:00 EST Nonalcoholic Fatty Liver http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45018_nonalcoholic_fatty_liver The new face of metabolic syndrome----------<br><br>High blood pressure, increased blood sugar, belly fat, abnormal cholesterol levels-----these are all components of metabolic syndrome, a cluster of common conditions that increase your risk of heart disease, stroke and diabetes. Add to the list the newest face of metabolic syndrome-----fatty liver.<br><br>Fatty liver was previously most often seen with excessive alcohol consumption. It now more often occurs in the absence of alcoholic inta... Sun, 20 Mar 2016 15:37:00 EST Uveitis Eye Inflammation (continued) http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45002_uveitis_eye_inflammation_continued Uveitis occurring in the back (intermediate or posterior) of the eye is more likely to be painless, with primary symptoms being the release of "floaters" in the visual field and blurred or decreased night vision. Uveitis that involves the entire uvea may share symptoms of anterior and intermediate or posterior uveitis.<br><br>Signs and symptoms of uveitis may develop in one or both eyes. Symptoms often occur suddenly and get worse quickly, although they can sometimes develop gradually.<br><... Sat, 19 Mar 2016 17:06:00 EST Uveitis Eye Inflammation http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44991_uveitis_eye_inflammation The symptoms came on quickly. Your eye started feeling painful, and it bothered your eyes to look at bright light. Your eyeball was reddish in appearance. When your vision started to blur, you asked your spouse to take you to the emergency department.<br><br>Abrupt vision changes such as these warrant emergency evaluation. They could be caused by any number of problems, including a form of eye inflammation called uveitis.<br><br>Uveitis affects the uvea, which is the middle layer of tissu... Sat, 19 Mar 2016 00:10:00 EST Judge Not Lest You Be Judged http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44980_judge_not_lest_you_be_judged <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <br>"When you judge others, you do not define them, you define yourself"<br>~Earl Nightingale<br><br><br> The aspect of staying healthy that most people neglect is first half of the Latin saying I can't recall at this time but in English is is "Sound M ind in a Sound Body". A sound mind is essential to having a sound body and to maintaining good health.<br><br>Abraham Lincoln said "It has been my obser... Fri, 18 Mar 2016 12:32:00 EST Train Your Brain http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44972_train_your_brain 2. Organize the clutter<br><br>Keeping your environment clutter-free and relatively organized can help minimize distractions and improve memory. For example, make a habit of always returning your keys and purse to a designated place. This makes it simple to find them next time.<br><br>Putting correspondence in order can help you stay on top of the endless stream of mail and paper that enters the home. It can also prevent unpaid bills and missed appointments. One method is to create differ... Thu, 17 Mar 2016 21:46:00 EST Keeping Skin Healthy During the Summer http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44957_keeping_skin_healthy_during_the_summer Do you think of your skin as a beautiful feature to be bared when the weather warms up? Or is it simply a protective shell, an instrument for touch, or a telling clue to your age? While your skin may be all of these things, it is also your body's most prominent organ.<br><br>So it's essential you take care of it, especially during the summertime, when UV levels can wreak havoc on exposed skin. While those killer rays may feel sensational, the effects of sun exposure may not be as agreeable ov... Thu, 17 Mar 2016 06:24:00 EST 7 Ways To Prevent Cancer (continued) http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44929_7_ways_to_prevent_cancer_continued 4. Avoid sun exposure<br><br>Skin cancer is one of the most common kinds of cancer, and incidence is on the rise. Radiation from the sun---or tanning beds or sun lamps---is the primary cause of DNA damage that leads to skin cancer development. Avoiding midday sun, sticking to the shade, wearing clothing that covers the skin or a wide-brimmed hat, and using generous amounts of sunscreen are ways to minimize damage to your skin.<br><br>5. Limit alcohol use<br><br>The risk of certain cancers... Tue, 15 Mar 2016 20:27:00 EST Even when you think that you have no Time.. http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44923_even_when_you_think_that_you_have_no_time As we all know that the rate of Health Care is sky high and the Affordable Health Care Act is going to leave a lot of people in the dust.. People can not afford to stay on Health Care and that is why my Hubby has to work a few extra years.. I think that we all should be aware of the fact we need to eat more healthy and even use the old planters to grow some Tomatoes and herbs that we use each day in them as I am going to do this again this year.. I stock the fridge with fresh veggies and frui... Tue, 15 Mar 2016 14:39:00 EST Hikers are Happy http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44919_hikers_are_happy John Muir was onto something when he said, "In every walk with nature, one receives far more than he seeks." Hikers battle bug bites, blisters and bruises for the sake of overcoming a challenge and enjoying some quality time with nature. But along with the snow-capped mountain tops and ocean views come an abundance of mental and physical perks.<br><br>Here's what hikers can teach the rest of us about leading a happier, healthier life.<br><br>Hikers are creative.<br>Forget the caffeine. Those ... Tue, 15 Mar 2016 11:16:00 EST 7 Ways To Prevent Cancer (continued) http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44913_7_ways_to_prevent_cancer_continued 2. Maintain a healthy weight:<br><br>Researchers estimate that being overweight or obese is the cause of 20 percent of cancers. Another estimate points to excess body fat as being the cause of 14 percent of cancer deaths in men and 20 percent of cancer deaths in women. Although excess weight may increase the risk of many cancers, some of the greatest risk increases appear to be in endometrial cancer and in cancers of the esophagus, kidneys and pancreas. Excess weight may also increase the... Mon, 14 Mar 2016 21:27:00 EST KEEPING ON TRACK http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44909_keeping_on_track I have been dealing with weight issues since I was about five or six years old. I have done lots of diets, exercise, and even a medical fast. I have had many levels of success and failure over the years. However, now I believe that I have a grasp on what I need to do to be successful. I have a compulsive eating disorder. I have to remain very structured in what I do every day. I am not somebody who can just come into work when there are doughnuts, have one and be fine about it. I have to be v... Mon, 14 Mar 2016 14:37:00 EST 7 Ways To Prevent Cancer http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44894_7_ways_to_prevent_cancer Cut your risk in half............<br><br>More than 575,000 people die of cancer each year in the United States. That's a major toll on humanity that's roughly on par with the number of people who die of heart disease each year.<br><br>The causes and development of cancer involve a complex interplay of genetics, biology, lifestyle and environmental factors. Still, it's estimated that about 50 percent---or more---of cancer cases are preventable.<br><br>The root of cancer development appears t... Sun, 13 Mar 2016 20:53:00 EST Stand Up For Your Health http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44882_stand_up_for_your_health New evidence suggests that standing and moving---as opposed to sitting---may be key to keeping yourself young and healthy.<br><br>The supporting data comes from a study originally designed to test the effects of increased physical activity on the health of about 100 volunteers. Increased physical activity did, in fact, lead to weight loss, slimmer waists and lower cholesterol. But contrary to expectations, the researchers found that it made no difference in another key variable linked to me... Sat, 12 Mar 2016 22:00:00 EST Benefits of Lemon Water http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44880_benefits_of_lemon_water By helping flush the body and improve digestion, lemon water can lead to cleaner skin. It also contains Vitamin C which is needed for collagen production for smooth, healthy skin.<br><br>There is evidence that drinking water, especially lemon water, first thing in the morning can help maintain a healthy weight. Researchers in Germany found that drinking enough water increased metabolism<br><br>After drinking approximately 17 ounces of water, the subjects’ metabolic rates — or the rate at whic... Sat, 12 Mar 2016 21:28:00 EST Drink Plenty of Water http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44871_drink_plenty_of_water Americans seem to carry bottled water everywhere they go these days. In fact, it has become the second most popular drink (behind soft drinks). But water lovers got a jolt recently when we heard that a new report had found that the benefits of drinking water may have been oversold. Apparently, the old suggestion to drink eight glasses a day was nothing more than a guideline, not based on scientific evidence.<br><br>But don't put your water bottle or glass down just yet. While we may not need ... Sat, 12 Mar 2016 12:17:00 EST Asthma and Lung Problems http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44860_asthma_and_lung_problems Asthma and Stoves:<br><br>Like woodstoves, all gas-burning appliances emit several invisible combustion byproducts, such as carbon monoxide and nitrous oxides, some of which can irritate the lungs. In one study of 539 adults with asthma, the researchers found that those who used gas stoves daily were twice as likely to suffer severe asthma attacks as those who never used such appliances. Since the offending pollutants are too small to be filtered out of the air, the only way to reduce or el... Fri, 11 Mar 2016 21:50:00 EST Hydration is Key http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44826_hydration_is_key Water Basics<br>Water is one of the most essential components of the human body. Water regulates the body’s temperature, cushions and protects vital organs, and aids the digestive system. Water not only composes 75 percent of all muscle tissue and about 10 percent of fatty tissue, it also acts within each cell to transport nutrients and dispel waste. And, because water composes more than half of the human body, it is impossible to sustain life for more than a week without it.<br><br>Water Los... Thu, 10 Mar 2016 02:47:00 EST Arm, Leg, and Foot Ailments http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44804_arm_leg_and_foot_ailments Steps you can take to prevent Athlete's Foot:<br><br>Athlete's foot is a contagious fungal infection that thrives in damp, warm places. It causes cracked, itchy skin and can lead to thickened, discolored toenails. To minimize your risk, wear flip-flops or sandals in locker rooms or public showers, and dry your feet completely after they get wet, especially between your toes. Avoid sharing towels. Cover any cuts or scrapes on your feet until they heal. Wear clean socks and well-ventilated... Tue, 8 Mar 2016 21:19:00 EST Water: Diet and Safety (continued) http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44786_water_diet_and_safety_continued Well-Water Safety<br><br>Is well water automatically better for my family than city water, or can it be just as dangerous? Also, if you aren't drinking fluoridated water, what should be done to keep your teeth healthy.<br><br>Well water is by no means automatically safer than city water. In fact, for well-run city systems supplied by protected reservoirs, the reverse may be true. <br><br>The quality of well water depends on what's in the underground aquifer from which it's drawn. Among po... Mon, 7 Mar 2016 21:31:00 EST Eat Food and Hike http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44777_eat_food_and_hike Having a set plan and monitoring your caloric intake are overrated if you can't have a lifestyle that you can maintain that is active. <br><br>Find something that you enjoy that you maintain day-to-day. For example, I hate running and bicycling, but I love to get out into nature. Hiking once a week has helped maintain a physique that I can be proud of, while I still pretty much eat whatever I want. <br><br>I ate In-N-Out the other day and gorged myself, but since I go and collect wood for a f... Mon, 7 Mar 2016 11:53:00 EST Water: Diet and Safety http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44765_water_diet_and_safety Tonic Water Temperance?<br><br>My doctor told me to drink tonic water with quinine to help soothe leg cramps. But I have read that the drug quinine is no longer FDA-approved for anything except malaria because of safety concerns. Should I be worried about drinking tonic water?<br><br>The worrisome adverse effects---notably fever, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, auditory and visual hallucinations, and, rarely, potentially fatal allergic reactions---are uncommon and occur only when people consume... Sun, 6 Mar 2016 18:11:00 EST Alleviating Arthritis Pain http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44756_alleviating_arthritis_pain A couple Sparkfriends wrote on the comments on my blog yesterday with questions about arthritis. I have it, in my joints, both osteo and rheumatoid, and have a couple of suggestions.<br><br>The first one is diet. MANY experts think that a diet high in anti-oxidants helps relieve arthritis and it's symptoms. Mono-unsaturated fats, all berries, especially blueberries, cherries, salmon, whole wheat, soy products, lots of vegetables (they suggest organic), and beans. There are also supplements th... Sun, 6 Mar 2016 10:22:00 EST Iron: Diagnosis and Treatment http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44749_iron_diagnosis_and_treatment One reason hemochromatosis is so hard to diagnose is that the organs in which iron builds up can vary from patient to patient. The most common trouble spot is the liver, where the gradual accumulation of iron causes scarring (cirrhosis) and eventually, progressive liver failure.<br><br>Iron accumulating in the skin can impart a golden tone that's difficult to distinguish from a suntan. Iron buildup in the heart muscle can weaken contractions and lead eventually to heart failure. Excess iro... Sat, 5 Mar 2016 17:13:00 EST Honoring God Daily http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44743_honoring_god_daily I am trying to commit each day to honoring God with the choices that I am making. I know that if I eat right, exercise and take care of my body that I will feel better emotionally, spiritually, physically and mentally. God tells us to do all things in moderation. My struggle now is not to be obsessive with my healthy choices. Putting God first in all things because you can take this whole thing to far the other way also. God is faithful and I'm trying to also be with my choices. This di... Sat, 5 Mar 2016 12:34:00 EST Iron Overload: A Common Underdiagnosed Disease http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44739_iron_overload_a_common_underdiagnosed_disease What do these three patients have in common?<br><br>* A 55-year-old man---not a problem drinker---awaiting a liver transplant because of end-stage cirrhosis of the liver.<br><br>* A 42-year-old woman with a year-round tan, worsening diabetes, and premature menopause.<br><br>* A 45-year-old man whose heart failure is causing swollen ankles and severe shortness of breath---but whose coronary arteries and heart valves are normal.<br><br>They all have serious, and probably preventable, symp... Fri, 4 Mar 2016 21:16:00 EST Start A Tracking Journal http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44733_start_a_tracking_journal I've learned what works best for me is to track everything from food to my workouts. Pick up a journal or if you have an empty notebook laying around you can use that. I actually use multiple notebooks to track. I have one that I keep my food and water tracked and I have another one for my workouts. I also have a calendar that I use to plan out my week ahead so I know what foods I will be eating and what workouts I will be doing. This helps make it easier for you if your weeks are crazy busy... Fri, 4 Mar 2016 14:30:00 EST Information on Shingles http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44719_information_on_shingles Shingles Vaccine<br><br>The vaccine reduces not only the risk of getting shingles---a painful, blistering rash caused by the reactivation of the virus that causes chicken pox---but the severity of the illness if you do get it. That's an important benefit, since shingles can cause nerve pain that lasts for months or even years, and in rare cases can lead to vision or hearing loss, infections, and pneumonia. While getting shingles twice isn't common, it does occur, so it makes sense to do wha... Thu, 3 Mar 2016 22:12:00 EST Health Benefits of Prayer http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44712_health_benefits_of_prayer If you want to achieve maximum health, here are a few things that you should do: exercise regularly, eat nutritious and minimally processed foods, drop those extra pounds -- and pray. That's right, regular prayer and meditation has been shown in numerous scientific studies to be an important factor in living longer and staying healthy.<br><br>Prayer is the most widespread alternative therapy in America today. Over 85 percent of people confronting a major illness pray, according to a Universit... Thu, 3 Mar 2016 12:05:00 EST More Information On Vaccinations http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44698_more_information_on_vaccinations Can you tolerate a flu shot?<br><br>I have heard that "anyone who can tolerate a flu shot" should consider getting one. Exactly who can't tolerate a flu shot?<br><br>People who are allergic to eggs, which are used to make the influenza vaccine, should not receive the shot. And people with an acute illness, such as a respiratory, gastrointestinal, or urinary-tract infection, should wait until they recover. Pregnant women should delay a flu shot until after the first trimester, unless they a... Wed, 2 Mar 2016 17:50:00 EST ALL MY LABS HAVE BEEN BETTER SINCE I STARTED http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44689_all_my_labs_have_been_better_since_i_started I have been dealing with weight issues since I was about five or six years old. I have done lots of diets, exercise, and even a medical fast. I have had many levels of success and failure over the years. However, now I believe that I have a grasp on what I need to do to be successful. I have a compulsive eating disorder. I have to remain very structured in what I do every day. I am not somebody who can just come into work when there are doughnuts, have one and be fine about it. I have to be v... Wed, 2 Mar 2016 10:05:00 EST Vaccines---When & Which Ones??? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44681_vaccineswhen_which_ones Adult Immunizations<br><br>How often do adults need to have a tetanus shot?<br><br> All adults should receive a tetanus-diphtheria toxoid booster every 10 years. If an injury that might lead to tetanus occurs more than five years after the last shot, another booster should be given. The next shot would then be given 10 years from that date.<br><br>Flu Shots<br><br>Who should get a flu shot? How effective is it? When is the best time to get one?<br><br>Anyone who can tolerate a flu shot s... Tue, 1 Mar 2016 20:34:00 EST Benefiting by the Sparkpeople Tracker App http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44670_benefiting_by_the_sparkpeople_tracker_app I started again in January and ended up gaining 2 lbs before the month was over but in February started using the Sparkpeople App on my phone for tracking my food and exercise. I have been faithfully tracking my food and went over a few times but mainly staying within or less in my calorie range and have lost around 9 lbs. I used to hate tracking food and looking up all the info but most of the food we eat is already recorded for our convenience and when it isn't, I use quick entry and reco... Tue, 1 Mar 2016 10:10:00 EST Nip Bunions In The Bud http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44660_nip_bunions_in_the_bud If you're a woman and you can remember back to when you were a young girl, you probably remember teetering around in your mother's high heels and then wobbling in your own. You also remember sitting down and rubbing your feet after a few hours, reciting the famous line, "Beauty knows no pain."<br><br>It's somewhat ironic that something done in the name of beauty can result in something as ugly as bunions. Once thought to be the result of genetics, doctors are now pointing the finger at our ... Mon, 29 Feb 2016 18:34:00 EST 6 Ways to Boost Women's Health http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44640_6_ways_to_boost_womens_health 6 Ways to Boost Women's Health<br><br>To look and feel your best at every age, it’s important to make smart lifestyle and health choices. Here are six simple things that women can do every day (or with regularity) to ensure good health:<br><br>Health Tip #1: Eat a healthy diet. “You want to eat as close to a natural foods diet as you can,” says Donald Novey, MD, an integrative medicine physician with the Advocate Medical Group in Park Ridge, Ill. That means a variety of fresh fruits and veget... Sun, 28 Feb 2016 12:37:00 EST Multivitamins: Should You Take One? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44639_multivitamins_should_you_take_one Multivitamins: Should You Take One?<br><br>Our bodies need many different vitamins and minerals to function properly.<br><br>Vitamins and minerals also offer us protection against a host of ailments, including heart disease and some cancers, such as colon and cervical cancer.<br><br>The good news is that we can get most of the vitamins and minerals our bodies need daily by choosing the right foods and eating a wide variety of them.<br><br>Still, many people take a multivitamin daily as an ins... Sun, 28 Feb 2016 12:20:00 EST Prevent Foot Blisters http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44628_prevent_foot_blisters Most runners have had at least one run or race ruined because of a painful foot blister. Here are the symptoms and causes of foot blisters, with tips on how to prevent and treat them.<br><br>Symptoms of Foot Blisters:<br><br>You've probably seen foot blisters before: Small bubbles of skin filled with clear fluid that can appear anywhere on your foot. Some are painless, but others can be extremely painful -- enough to cause you to stop your run.<br><br>Cause of Foot Blisters:<br><br>Blisters o... Sun, 28 Feb 2016 01:24:00 EST Stop Clots Before They Start (continued) http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44623_stop_clots_before_they_start_continued About half the people with deep vein blood clots have no symptoms. When symptoms do occur where the clot has formed, they may include slight swelling of the leg or calf, tenderness, cramp-like pain, chills, fever, a bluish skin color, and protruding leg veins. Here are some things you can do to beat a clot.<br><br>Keep your blood circulating vigorously. When you've been in the hospital, try to get on your feet as soon as possible---ordinarily the day after surgery. If you aren't allowed o... Sat, 27 Feb 2016 18:35:00 EST THEY SAID COCONUT OIL WAS GREAT FOR YOU, BUT THIS IS WHAT THEY DIDN’T TELL YOU http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44620_they_said_coconut_oil_was_great_for_you_but_this_is_what_they_didnt_tell_you THEY SAID COCONUT OIL WAS GREAT FOR YOU, BUT THIS IS WHAT THEY DIDN’T TELL YOU<br><br><br>While traveling through Thailand, by partner and I joked about buying a coconut plantation because it seems that everything now-a-days is coconut based!<br><br>coconut oil<br>coconut butter<br>coconut shreds<br>coconut water<br>coconut milk and cream<br>coconut flour<br>and even coconut soya sauce (try it, it’s actually delicious)<br>Coconut (C. nucifera) belongs to the Arecaceae (Palmae) family and the ... Sat, 27 Feb 2016 11:57:00 EST Stop Clots Before They Start http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44612_stop_clots_before_they_start An 86-year-old man sails through gallbladder surgery like a champ, only to die a week later of a blood clot in his lung.<br><br>On New Year's Day, a 40-year-old bartender watches three consecutive bowl games on television while lying on the sofa and then goes right to bed, spending over 40 hours in a horizontal or near-horizontal position. Next day he is hospitalized with a blood clot in his lung.<br><br>Even a former vice president is not immune. Dan Quayle's doctors attribute the blood cl... Fri, 26 Feb 2016 23:30:00 EST Banish Your Blisters (continued) http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44593_banish_your_blisters_continued Keep feet dry with an antiperspirant. Moist skin, as opposed to very wet or very dry skin, puts you at risk for blisters. Try spraying an antiperspirant or sprinkling baby powder on your feet.<br><br>Wear fitted acrylic socks. Acrylic socks are better than cotton because they are made in layers designed to absorb friction. Recent research has shown that cotton socks produce twice as many blisters in runners as acrylic socks, and the blisters made by cotton socks are usually three times as... Thu, 25 Feb 2016 22:37:00 EST A Diet for Better Energy http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44584_a_diet_for_better_energy A Diet for Better Energy<br><br>Juggling the responsibilities of work, life, and family can cause too little sleep, too much stress, and too little time.<br><br>Yet even when you're at your busiest, you should never cut corners when it comes to maintaining a healthy diet. Your body needs food to function at its best and to fight the daily stress and fatigue of life.<br><br>Energy and Diet: How The Body Turns Food Into Fuel<br><br>Our energy comes from the foods we eat and the liquids we drink... Thu, 25 Feb 2016 11:56:00 EST 5 things not to do before going to bed http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44580_5_things_not_to_do_before_going_to_bed Don't: Pop the Wrong Pills<br>A stuffy nose keeps sleep at bay, but so does pseudoephedrine, the main ingredient in many OTC decongestants (it's been known to cause insomnia). <br><br>Do: Breathe easy with a decongestant formulated specifically for nighttime use. These usually contain antihistamines, which have been known to make people drowsy.<br><br><br>Don't: Finish the Emails Languishing in Your Drafts Folder<br>Researchers have found that before-bed exposure to the blue light from comput... Thu, 25 Feb 2016 08:33:00 EST Banish Your Blisters http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44572_banish_your_blisters Most car owners know warning lights on the dashboard are there for a good reason. When a light comes on, you either stop or risk damage to your car. Your body is the same way. It has wonderful built-in warning lights. One of the most common is the blister---your body's way of saying you've pushed too hard or gotten too hot. Just about everyone has gotten blisters at one time or another. In fact, they're so common most people---especially athletes---assume they're unavoidable.<br><br>For... Wed, 24 Feb 2016 22:12:00 EST Health Benefits of Sex http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44565_health_benefits_of_sex <br>"Having sex regularly can do more than make you feel closer to your partner—it can actually make you physically healthier," says Hilda Hutcherson, M.D., a clinical professor of obstetrics and gynecology at Columbia University and author of Pleasure: A Woman's Guide to Getting the Sex You Want, Need, and Deserve. Check out a few of the surprising perks you can reap from great sex.<br><br>Less Stress<br>If you're freaking out about tomorrow's job interview, slip between the sheets. Research... Wed, 24 Feb 2016 11:08:00 EST Put Out The Fire Of Athlete's Foot (continued) http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44555_put_out_the_fire_of_athletes_foot_continued For soothing relief, consider these effective remedies. Just remember-----if your athlete's foot lasts for more than five to seven days, or seems to be affecting a toenail, see your doctor.<br><br>Relax with an Epsom salt soak. When you have athlete's foot, soak your feet in Epsom salt, 10 to 15 minutes, three times a day for three to five days. You can also soak your feet in a gallon of warm water with two capfuls of bleach. After soaking, make sure you dry your feet completely. After y... Tue, 23 Feb 2016 18:19:00 EST Put Out The Fire Of Athlete's Foot http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44540_put_out_the_fire_of_athletes_foot Joining a gym was a great idea, you tell yourself. But one morning after your gym workout, you wake up and there's a red rash between your toes that itches like crazy. That's athlete's foot, the most common fungal infection. In fact, about 10 percent of the population is scratching away at any one time.<br><br>The ailment got its name because "a lot of people, when they go into the gym or work out, don't dry off their feet completely," says Dr. Chet Evans, dean of the School of Podiatric M... Mon, 22 Feb 2016 21:30:00 EST Benefits of Hiking http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44535_benefits_of_hiking John Muir was onto something when he said, "In every walk with nature, one receives far more than he seeks." Hikers battle bug bites, blisters and bruises for the sake of overcoming a challenge and enjoying some quality time with nature. But along with the snow-capped mountain tops and ocean views come an abundance of mental and physical perks.<br><br>Here's what hikers can teach the rest of us about leading a happier, healthier life.<br><br>Hikers are creative.<br>Forget the caffeine. Those ... Mon, 22 Feb 2016 11:02:00 EST Sleeping With Weighted Blanket Helps Insomnia And Anxiety, http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44527_sleeping_with_weighted_blanket_helps_insomnia_and_anxiety <br><br> Study Finds<br>HEALTH HEALTH PROBLEM & DISORDER LIFESTYLE SCIENCE SLEEP & RESTBY JYSSICA SCOTT<br><br> <br>How can something so simple as sleeping with weighted blankets be a solution to stress, anxiety, insomnia and more? Messed up sleep can create a long list of secondary issues that can quickly become primary concerns if insomnia or other disturbances continue untreated. Lack of sleep, whether it’s medically related or anxiety-driven, can throw off your normal functioning during t... Mon, 22 Feb 2016 09:18:00 EST Fight Adult Acne Flare-Ups http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44521_fight_adult_acne_flareups If you think your days of fighting acne are over simply because you're beyond the teen-age years---guess again. Although acne usually shows up on boys and girls during puberty, those irritating white-heads, pimples, and cysts can plague you when you're an adult too.<br><br>Acne begins under your skin in the oil-producing "sebaceous glands." These glands are usually small and inactive until puberty, when hormone changes cause them to enlarge and secrete an oily substance known as sebum. The... Sun, 21 Feb 2016 18:17:00 EST Stay Sprain-Free And Active http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44509_stay_sprainfree_and_active Put your ankle above your heart. You need to keep your swollen ankle propped above the level of your heart if you can. Stretch out on your sofa with your foot on a pillow.<br><br>Take a "contrast bath." If your ankle is still swollen after a few days, try a contrast bath twice a day. Put your foot in a tub of cold water for one minute, then move to a tub of warm water for two minutes. Do this for 15 minutes, gently moving your foot up and down in the water all the while.<br><br>Give it s... Sat, 20 Feb 2016 20:58:00 EST SPARKPEOPLE .COM & ME http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44497_sparkpeople_com_me Sparkpeople.com is a major life saver for me personally, in my life. If not for this website, not sure where my journey would be at this point and time, was wondering around just talking about it and not being about which is what's needed from me, simply being about it, now I'm completely and wholeheartedly about that life. I love the accountability factor that being on this website brings, the support is through the roof, the resources cannot be matched by any other website , the wealth of i... Sat, 20 Feb 2016 02:57:00 EST Stay Sprain-Free And Active http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44494_stay_sprainfree_and_active Nearly half of all on-the-job injuries in the United States involve sprains and strains. You don't have to be working to suffer the same fate. For example, Carla Lackey and her husband thought they spotted the perfect Memorial Day adventure in their local newspaper---a trip down a nearby river with a community group of canoeists.<br><br>When the Lackey's rented canoe turned over in some rapids, leaving Carla scraped and bruised, she began to feel a little less adventuresome. By the time sh... Fri, 19 Feb 2016 20:35:00 EST The Benefits of Flatulence http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44486_the_benefits_of_flatulence When it comes to flatulence, we've all, at one point or another, proven the "He who supplied it, denied it" saying to be quite accurate. But, according to researchers at the University of Exeter, you may actually want to beam with pride next time you cut the proverbial cheese. <br><br>According to a study published in Medicinal Chemistry Communications, the hydrogen sulfide gas released while farting might actually have positive health benefits. Scientists found that mitochondria — which reg... Fri, 19 Feb 2016 13:37:00 EST Special Diet "Takes Out" Gout http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44473_special_diet_takes_out_gout Some people may not be aware that gout is a type of arthritis. Gout mostly strikes men over the age of 40. It occurs when too much uric acid builds up in the blood and then lodges in a joint, usually the big toe.<br><br>Its symptoms are usually a very sore, swollen big toe. The symptoms can come on very suddenly, virtually overnight. The attack can last for just a few days and go away, but it may come back and be worse the next time.<br><br>You may be wondering why gout prefers the big to... Thu, 18 Feb 2016 15:23:00 EST Flu Shot May Guard Against Irregular Heart Rate http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44455_flu_shot_may_guard_against_irregular_heart_rate <br><br>WebMD Home next page Heart Health Center next page Heart Disease Health Center next Flu Shot May Guard Against Irregular Heart Rate<br>Vaccination was associated with fewer cases of atrial fibrillation, but more research is needed, authors say<br><br>WebMD News from HealthDay<br>By Robert Preidt<br><br>HealthDay Reporter<br><br>WEDNESDAY, Feb. 10, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Along with reducing your flu risk, a flu shot may protect you from a common heart rhythm disorder that significan... Wed, 17 Feb 2016 14:40:00 EST Benefits of Laughter http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44450_benefits_of_laughter One of the best feelings in the world is the deep-rooted belly laugh. It can bring people together and establish amazing connections. Everything from a slight giggle to a side-splitting guffaw can change the temperature of a room from chilly unfamiliarity to a warm family-like atmosphere.<br><br>There is so much to love about laughter that it seems greedy to look for more, but that’s exactly what researchers Dr. Lee Berk and Dr. Stanley Tan at the Loma Linda University in California have done... Wed, 17 Feb 2016 11:08:00 EST THIS HAS HELPED ME LOSE 100 POUNDS http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44443_this_has_helped_me_lose_100_pounds I have been dealing with weight issues since I was about five or six years old. I have done lots of diets, exercise, and even a medical fast. I have had many levels of success and failure over the years. However, now I believe that I have a grasp on what I need to do to be successful. I have a compulsive eating disorder. I have to remain very structured in what I do every day. I am not somebody who can just come into work when there are doughnuts, have one and be fine about it. I have to be v... Wed, 17 Feb 2016 09:01:00 EST Put Your Foot Down On Heel Pain http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44438_put_your_foot_down_on_heel_pain Also, when the heel bone and joints of the feet are not aligned properly to spread the pressure of walking across your foot, the plantar tissue will cause pain in your heel.<br><br>You can probably treat a heel spur yourself, but you should see your doctor in case other more serious conditions are causing your heel pain. Arthritis, nerve damage, stress fractures of the heel bone, or tissue inflammation that doesn't involve bone may need special medical attention. To relieve heel spur syndro... Tue, 16 Feb 2016 18:48:00 EST Put Your Foot Down On Heel Pain http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44415_put_your_foot_down_on_heel_pain In the course of a normal day, you're probably going to pound your heels down on the floor at least 8,000 times. And with each walking step, your feet will be hitting the ground with a pressure equal to three or four times your body weight. Running and other active sports just add to the jarring and stress. Is it any wonder your feet sometimes develop painful problems?<br><br>Foot pain arises for a variety of different reasons---ingrown toe-nails, corns, bunions, fallen arches, fractures, s... Mon, 15 Feb 2016 15:14:00 EST How to prevent colds, flu, or GI illnesses http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44399_how_to_prevent_colds_flu_or_gi_illnesses Medical experts tell us the very best way to prevent colds, flu, norovirus, or other gastrointestinal illnesses-that can be easily transferred through person-to-person contact, is to simply wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water after restroom breaks and again before eating anything, symptoms of gastrointestinal illnesses include upset stomach, comiting, and diarrhea. According the the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Public Health Agencies around the worl... Sun, 14 Feb 2016 21:10:00 EST Home Remedies For Hay Fever (continued) http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44398_home_remedies_for_hay_fever_continued Steer clear of smoke. People with allergies should not smoke and should ask smokers not to smoke around them. Avoiding smoke not only helps your allergies, it also helps prevent other respiratory problems,like lung cancer and emphysema.<br><br>Use pump or roll-on products instead of aerosols. Breathing in the spray of aerosols irritates upper and lower airways.<br><br>Stay away from strong odors. Perfumes, scented soaps and tissues, paints, and insecticides all contain chemicals that can ... Sun, 14 Feb 2016 20:25:00 EST Home Remedies For Hay Fever (continued) http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44381_home_remedies_for_hay_fever_continued Don't let furry or feathered pets inside. You may love Fluffy very much, but she could be the reason you always feel sick. Pet dander ranks with dust mites as a primary cause of hay fever. Keeping fluffy out of your bedroom is not a solution because the hair and dead skin cells can be blown through your house by heating or cooling systems.<br><br>Fleas carried by your pet can also cause hay fever. That's why you can be allergic to some pets but not others---it may be the fleas that make y... Sat, 13 Feb 2016 21:50:00 EST 8 Surprising Ways To Use Vicks Vaporub http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44377_8_surprising_ways_to_use_vicks_vaporub <br>8 Surprising Ways To Use Vicks Vaporub<br>Posted: 13 Feb 2016 03:12 AM PST<br>Vicks VapoRub is an ointment used for decades to relieve cough, cold, flu, headache, congested nose, chest and throat stuffiness. However, there are many other ways to use this inexpensive product. Below are some surprising uses of Vicks VapoRub to solve common health issues.<br><br><br><br>1. REDUCE ACNE & PIMPLES<br>Vicks VapoRub is an effective treatment to get rid of acne and pimples problem. It has several ... Sat, 13 Feb 2016 14:38:00 EST Home Remedies For Hay Fever (continued) http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44365_home_remedies_for_hay_fever_continued The product may not work as well if you keep a cat in your house. Cat dander, allergens that come from the cat's fur, skin, and saliva, seems to interfere with the effectiveness of tannic acid.<br><br>Here are some other tips to help you send dust mites packing:<br><br>* Cover mattresses, box springs, and pillows with airtight plastic casings.<br><br>* Wash your bed sheets, comforters, mattress pads, and pillows in very hot water every week. You should also wash curtains when you do you... Fri, 12 Feb 2016 22:21:00 EST Home Remedies For Hay Fever (continued) http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44348_home_remedies_for_hay_fever_continued Wash your hair. Your hair, especially if it's long, acts as a pollen net. Washing it before you go to bed should help you rest easier.<br><br>Stop dust mites from bugging you. If dust mites are bugging you, sunlight may be the solution you've been searching for. Dust mites are mighty irritating animals, especially to people with allergies or asthma. These tiny insects, which are related to spiders, live in bedding, carpets, and mattresses. They eat small pieces of dead, sloughed-off hum... Thu, 11 Feb 2016 14:46:00 EST Keep yourself Hydrated http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44347_keep_yourself_hydrated Fruits are an excellent source for water. Watermelon is 90% water, so it ranks highest on the list. Oranges, grapefruit, and melons like cantaloupe and honeydew are also strong contenders.<br><br>Vegetables, though not as full of water as fruit, can also provide a nutrient-rich water source. Stick with celery, cucumbers, tomatoes, green peppers, and Romaine lettuce.<br><br>There are plenty of hidden sources of water in your diet, says White. If you want to tap into these foods, reach for oatm... Thu, 11 Feb 2016 14:21:00 EST Get a Dog, or a Horse http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44346_get_a_dog_or_a_horse If you keep horses at home, you know how many times a day they need your attention. Horses require feeding, watering, grooming and clean up. I head out to feed and do horse chores three times per day, including driving home on my lunch break. When the weather allows, it is grooming, riding, farrier and veterinarian appointments to keep your schedule busy. Oh and don't forget hay season. Stacking hay bales is good old fashion sweat making, plus you will feel prepared for a long winter. Grain ... Thu, 11 Feb 2016 13:30:00 EST 3 Things Every Woman Should Do After Sex You know what to do before and during—here are few non-negotiables once the action has ended. http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44338_3_things_every_woman_should_do_after_sex_you_know_what_to_do_before_and_duringhere_are_few_nonnegotiables_once_the_action_has_ended 3 Things Every Woman Should Do After Sex<br>You know what to do before and during—here are few non-negotiables once the action has ended.<br>By Emma Haak<br><br>1. Use the Bathroom—But Only If You Actually Have to Pee <br>You've probably heard that heading to the toilet pronto after sex will help you avoid a urinary tract infection, because it rinses away E. coli bacteria that may have moved toward your urethra during sex. (One in five women deal with the uncomfortable infection at least once... Thu, 11 Feb 2016 12:04:00 EST Home Remedies For Hay Fever http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44329_home_remedies_for_hay_fever There's nothing quite like the splendor of spring, when trees come alive again and flowers bloom---particularly if you are one of the millions who suffer from hay fever. Spending some time outside enjoying nature's rebirth could make you wish you could be reborn---without allergies this time.<br><br>Hay fever, or allergic rhinitis, is an allergic reaction, usually inherited, that causes the lining of your nose and sinuses to swell. Though pollen from blooming trees, shrubs, grasses, and flo... Wed, 10 Feb 2016 16:19:00 EST Exercise at your desk http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44328_exercise_at_your_desk Exercise at your desk<br><br>For most office workers, being glued to their desks while typing away at their computers for an average of 8 hours a day is already a part of their normal routine. However, sitting at the computer all day may not exactly be good for the body, as it can bring about backaches due to poor posture and eye strain, among other effects. On the other hand, being in a desk job does not have to be an ordeal for your health. If you're one of those people who have to be at a ... Wed, 10 Feb 2016 13:56:00 EST Life-and Limb-Saving Frostbite Fixes http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44309_lifeand_limbsaving_frostbite_fixes Our temperature today is WELL below zero and the wind-chill factors make it even worse and dangerous to be outside for any length of time. The following information should be helpful.<br><br>Your goal in treating frostbite is to thaw your frozen fingers, feet, and ears as quickly as possible in warm water. First, make sure refreezing isn't a risk. It's better to keep walking on a frozen foot than to stop and thaw it before you get to a permanent shelter. Tissues that have frozen, thawed, ... Tue, 9 Feb 2016 15:47:00 EST How To Spot Deadly Food Allergies (continued) http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44290_how_to_spot_deadly_food_allergies_continued Do you have a food allergy? If you suspect you have a food allergy, keep a food diary. Write down everything you eat or drink for a two-week period. Note any symptoms and how long it took for them to develop.<br><br>Even though you may identify a reaction you have to certain foods, you will not be able to correctly identify a food allergy without the assistance of a doctor who has specialized training in allergy and immunology. Incorrectly labeling some reaction to food as a food allergy ... Mon, 8 Feb 2016 17:37:00 EST How To Spot Deadly Food Allergies (continued) http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44271_how_to_spot_deadly_food_allergies_continued While people with true food allergies must avoid the offending food altogether, people with food intolerances can often eat a small portion of the problem food without suffering symptoms. The amount a person can eat varies from individual to individual.<br><br>How does your body react? If you have a food allergy, you probably won't have a reaction to the food the first time you eat it. After the first exposure, your body classifies a particular food as foreign and will be prepared to attac... Sun, 7 Feb 2016 20:13:00 EST How To Spot Deadly Food Allergies http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44256_how_to_spot_deadly_food_allergies Do you start itching when you eat peanuts? Does seafood cause your stomach to churn? Symptoms like these cause millions of Americans to suspect they have a food allergy. However, true food allergies affect only about two out of every 100 adults and eight out of every 100 children.<br><br>Food allergies are often confused with food intolerances. True food allergies can be fatal. Food intolerances are not. Obviously, it pays to know the difference. The fact is, these terms actually descr... Sat, 6 Feb 2016 23:05:00 EST Age-Proof Your Skin (continued) http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44236_ageproof_your_skin_continued Tips for healthier skin: (continued)<br><br>Enjoy the humidity. Ever notice that people who live in the tropics have beautiful skin? Today, many people suffer dry skin because of constant exposure to air-conditioned or heated homes, cars, and offices. Heating lowers the amount of relative humidity in the air, and air conditioning actually removes moisture.<br><br>Usually, you can't control the humidity levels in your workplace, but you can alter the air at home. Room humidifiers are effic... Fri, 5 Feb 2016 21:36:00 EST THINGS I DO http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44233_things_i_do I have been working out a minimum of 120 minutes a day. I only do 30 minutes at a time, so I do not get frustrated or burnt out. It has been good so far.<br><br>I have been dealing with weight issues since I was about five or six years old. I have done lots of diets, exercise, and even a medical fast. I have had many levels of success and failure over the years. However, now I believe that I have a grasp on what I need to do to be successful. I have a compulsive eating disorder. I have to rem... Fri, 5 Feb 2016 18:47:00 EST Age-Proof Your Skin (continued) http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44211_ageproof_your_skin_continued Here are some tips for healthier skin:<br><br>Make it quick. Don't linger in the bath or shower. Experts recommend 15 minutes maximum, and keep water temperature warm or cool---not hot.<br><br>Be stingy with soap. Apply soap sparingly and rinse it off well. If you're suffering from very dry skin, wash only your face, feet, hands, underarms, and genital area with soap. Pay special attention to the soap you use. Stay away from deodorant soaps, antibacterial soaps, and products with fragra... Thu, 4 Feb 2016 13:30:00 EST Recovering from the Recoverable http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44206_recovering_from_the_recoverable 3 days of ice chips. Followed by 2 days clear liquid. Then nothing by mouth, and finally abdominal surgery and a liver biopsy. After surgery, it all reverses. Ice chips, clear liquid diet, soft food diet. I have to take it easy and be extra careful what I put down the hatch. No fatty, no spicy, no chocolate, no fun. Whaaaaa!<br><br>Take it one pound at a time, one day at a time. This is not a race. Your weight loss progress should not be measured against someone else's progress. Try your ... Thu, 4 Feb 2016 10:03:00 EST Age-Proof Your Skin http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44197_ageproof_your_skin It cracks easily, flakes, and itches. It's unsightly, and sometimes it even bleeds. That's dry skin. It's a common problem. Unfortunately, it's also one of those minor irritations that can become a serious medical problem if neglected.<br><br>Dry skin might be nothing more than a tight, scratchy sensation on your hands and fingers after washing dishes or spending a long time in your bathtub. Or it can have more serious symptoms, like cracking, scaling, roughness, and redness on your face... Wed, 3 Feb 2016 13:49:00 EST Say "Good-Bye" to Dry Eyes http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44183_say_goodbye_to_dry_eyes Many things can bring tears to your eyes---watching a sad movie, seeing your children graduate, or just chopping a pungent onion. But what if those tears don't come? What if your eyes don't even produce enough tears to keep your eyes moist from day to day?<br><br>If your eyes have been feeling dry, irritated, tired or itchy, you may be one of 10 million Americans who suffers from "dry eye" each year. Dry eye is not any specific disease, but a general term used to describe the symptoms that... Tue, 2 Feb 2016 22:27:00 EST Sunshine on my shoulders (and vitamin D) http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44156_sunshine_on_my_shoulders_and_vitamin_d Vitamin D, also known as the sunshine vitamin, can be produced in the body with mild sun exposure or consumed in food or supplements.<br><br>Adequate vitamin D intake is important for the regulation of calcium and phosphorus absorption, maintenance of healthy bones and teeth, and is suggested to supply a protective effect against multiple diseases and conditions such as cancer, type 1 diabetes and multiple sclerosis.<br><br>Vitamin D has multiple roles in the body, helping to:<br><br>Maintain... Mon, 1 Feb 2016 15:48:00 EST Gifts from God http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44147_gifts_from_god <em>407</em> <em>407</em> <em>407</em> <em>407</em> <em>407</em> <em>407</em> <br>Your talent is God's gift to you. What you do with it is your gift back to God.<br>~Leo Buscaglia<br><br>We all know what we have to do to stay healthy. We have the talent and knowledge to do the things we have to do to become and remain healthy. The first question is "Do we do those things?" and the second, more important question is "Why not?".<br><br>Getting and staying healthy is a simple... Mon, 1 Feb 2016 10:09:00 EST Move Every Hour http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44146_move_every_hour Exercise, exercise, exercise.<br><br>When I started my journey to health I focused on eating healthy most of the time. After 6 months and about 25 pounds gone, I bought a pedometer and started walking. worked up to getting 10,000 steps over the course of the day. Since I was still working I sat a lot but looked to find ways to get up and move around; e.g., going to a colleague's office instead of emailing. Put the printer in the fax room so I had to get up. Walked around the building... Mon, 1 Feb 2016 09:25:00 EST Drinking Warm Lemon Water http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44141_drinking_warm_lemon_water Every morning I drink hot or warm lemon water in the morning to reduce the acidity in my body. <em>271</em> <br><br>Lemons and apples are high in pectin. They both help keep me fuller and aide in digestion and is also a dietetic. I have cut down on coffee and I think I am sleeping better and have cut down on my total caffeine intake. <em>106</em> <br><br>Lemon water is also good for your skin. It may help decrease wrinkles and blemishes as it contains vitamin C component. <br><br>Squeez... Sun, 31 Jan 2016 21:37:00 EST Watch out for your feet... http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44123_watch_out_for_your_feet Watch out for your feet...<br><br>Arthritis is inflammation and swelling of the cartilage and lining of the joints, generally accompanied by an increase in the fluid in the joints. Each foot has 33 joints that can be afflicted with arthritis.<br><br>Diabetes & Cardiovascular Disease<br>Diabetes<br>Today's podiatrist plays a key role in helping patients manage diabetes successfully and avoid foot-related complications.<br>Diabetic Wound Care<br>A diabetic foot ulcer is an open sore or wound th... Sun, 31 Jan 2016 00:54:00 EST How To Care For Burns At Home http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44117_how_to_care_for_burns_at_home Most burns are merely a painful nuisance that will heal in time. But sometimes it's hard to know if a burn is superficial or deeper and more damaging than it appears. You can treat first-degree burns and most second-degree burns at home. For third-degree burns, you must see your doctor. You also need to see a doctor for a burn if:<br><br>* The burn is from electricity or from a chemical. Burns from electricity can cause heart problems and damage to tissues deep in the body. Chemicals,... Sat, 30 Jan 2016 17:28:00 EST Watch out for late night cravings http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44101_watch_out_for_late_night_cravings <br><br>These days, binging late at night is no longer a handy survival mechanism–it’s just unhealthy. Luckily, your circadian rhythms don’t have to have the last word on when you’re tempted to eat. Pam Peeke, MD, author of The Hunger Fix, suggests ways to beat back a powerful craving—or prevent it from happening at all.<br><br>Go to bed earlier The study indicates that people are staying up later, when your hunger levels are at their peak. You may not be able to help being a night owl, depen... Sat, 30 Jan 2016 01:30:00 EST How To Care For Burns At Home http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44100_how_to_care_for_burns_at_home When you stumble into a hot iron or spill boiling water on yourself, your first instinct should be to head for cool water. That's smart-----the sooner you get the temperature of your skin back to normal, the less damage you'll have. You can soak the area in cold water or use wet towels that have been soaked in cold water. You should keep the burned area in cold water until the pain stops.<br><br>For first-degree burns, dry the burn and for the next day or two, keep it covered loosely with ... Fri, 29 Jan 2016 21:20:00 EST Remedies To Halt The Coughing http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44080_remedies_to_halt_the_coughing From a dry tickle at the back of your throat to a gut-wrenching, sputum-producing heave-----coughing is one miserable symptom that seems to accompany a variety of health problems. Colds, flu, heartburn, and even some drugs, such as ACE inhibitors, can cause coughing.<br><br>Coughing can lead to serious health problems, like urinary incontinence and rectal and vaginal muscle strain. But even without additional problems, coughing is irritating enough in itself to warrant some relief. Here ar... Thu, 28 Jan 2016 21:32:00 EST Do not skimp on the water - Do the math to save big dollars http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44074_dont_skimp_on_the_water_do_the_math_to_save_big_dollars SparkPeople (and most diet programs) suggest drinking 8 glasses of water a day. Early in my Spark journey, I learned to drink water instead of anything else. It truly is a vital component to losing weight and keeping it off. Now, almost four years later, I prefer water. The only time I don't have water is for my two cups of coffee in the morning and when I need a cup of hot herbal tea to warm up. <br><br>I usually get in at least nine glasses every day - two glasses in the morning with my vit... Thu, 28 Jan 2016 13:33:00 EST 7 Daily Habits To http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44054_7_daily_habits_to_get_you_going Try these other amazing tips to avoid constipation:<br><br>Exercise regularly. Spend at least 20 to 30 minutes three times a week walking or engaging in some other aerobic exercise you enjoy. Regular exercise helps move food through your intestines faster.<br><br>Go when you gotta go. Try to go to the bathroom as soon as you feel the urge to have a bowel movement. Constantly ignoring the urge leads to hardened stools and constipation.<br><br>Get on a schedule. Pick a convenient time abou... Wed, 27 Jan 2016 15:18:00 EST Benefits of Sleep http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44053_benefits_of_sleep Why Do We Sleep, Anyway?<br><br>At a Glance<br>Our bodies regulate sleep in much the same way that they regulate eating, drinking, and breathing. This suggests that sleep serves a similar critical role in our health and well-being.<br>Although it is difficult to answer the question, "Why do we sleep?" scientists have developed several theories that together may help explain why we spend a third of our lives sleeping.<br>Understanding these theories can help deepen our appreciation of the func... Wed, 27 Jan 2016 14:28:00 EST Its in the Cider http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44048_its_in_the_cider Have had a history of "tummy troubles" and realized alot of it was from the processed foods and things like dairy (which as I age I seem less tolerate of) so have done research and wanted to improve my overall health on a daily basis.<br><br>So I went to Amazon and bought some 32oz glasses and start each morning with filtered water and ice. This is itself is no secret of course giving we all know how much water at a least how much water we should be in-taking.<br><br>What I had found and rea... Wed, 27 Jan 2016 09:34:00 EST Massage is not a luxury... http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44041_massage_is_not_a_luxury Massage is not always a luxury...<br><br>Massage is a manual therapy that manipulates the soft tissues and decreases muscle tension, pain, stress and depression.<br><br>However, when posing the question, "What is massage?" it is common to hear the following replies: “Massage is such a luxury." "Ah, massage, it is so relaxing." "Massage is something I treat myself to on special occasions." While all of these statements capture the idea of massage as a way to relax and to treat ourselves, none ... Tue, 26 Jan 2016 20:32:00 EST Seven Daily Habits To "Get You Going." http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44040_seven_daily_habits_to_get_you_going Do you want to stay regular, stop taking laxatives, and avoid hemorrhoids? Eat a bowl of wheat bran cereal in the morning; make your lunch sandwich out of whole-grain wheat bread; and eat several vegetables at lunch, dinner, and snacks throughout the day.<br><br>That way, you'll get your fill of "insoluble fiber"---the kind that works best to prevent constipation. Fiber is the indigestible parts of plants. The insoluble type of fiber doesn't dissolve in water. When you eat it, it enters y... Tue, 26 Jan 2016 20:10:00 EST My Daily Survival http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44032_my_daily_survival My Daily Survival is the following:<br>1.Join a support group to keep you focus on<br>caring for yourself.<br>2.Take time to prepare your lunch for yourself.<br>3. I eat Fresh organic Ginger at every meal.<br>4. I drink Ginger tea everyday it calms my digestive system.<br>5.walk at least 45 minutes three times a week.<br>6.Make time to be by your self for inner peace.<br>7.and most of all do not get caught up in peoples<br>drama, stay away from stress (focus) on you.<br>8. Love your self firs... Tue, 26 Jan 2016 11:49:00 EST Tips To Comfort Common Cold Sufferers http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=44017_tips_to_comfort_common_cold_sufferers Drinks lots of fluids. It's important to drink enough fluids every day, but when you're sick, fluids are even more important. They can help your body fight the illness. Eight to 10 glasses of liquid each day is a good guideline. Use the color of your urine as an indicator. If your urine is dark yellow, you need to drink more. If your urine is pale yellow, you are drinking enough.<br><br>Get plenty of rest. If you feel tired, your body is trying to tell you something. Take a nap, or ta... Mon, 25 Jan 2016 21:27:00 EST Tips To Comfort Common Cold Sufferers http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=43994_tips_to_comfort_common_cold_sufferers Ventilate your house. Cold germs prefer stagnant, cool air. Keep the furnace going to warm your home and move the air around. Also, consider using a humidifier, since germs don't like moist air. Open pans of water placed near your furnace vents or radiator will also help keep the air moist.<br><br>Wash your hands. Your mother was right when she told you to wash your hands. You touch hundreds of surfaces each day and each one harbors germs. You also touch your mouth and nose, creating a... Sun, 24 Jan 2016 19:34:00 EST Benefits of Water http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=43993_benefits_of_water From the stuff we drink and swim in, to the steam that eases congestion and the ice that reduces swelling, water is all around us (and even in us). Heck, it kind of is us. “Water makes up about two thirds of who we are, and influences 100 percent of the processes in our body,” says CamelBak hydration expert Doug Casa, PhD. That probably explains why we feel better when we’re drinking enough of it. To learn exactly how water is helping us, as well as some creative ways to use it, check out the... Sun, 24 Jan 2016 18:56:00 EST Make Some Appointments http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=43977_make_some_appointments With the opportunities we have in the United States, there are doctor visits available to us at low or no cost. Many times there are eye care and dental care as well.<br><br>Even though I am on Medicare, I have vision care this year. I messed up and don't have dental care in 2016 but I'll work on that. I've already had my vision care checkup for the year and have ordered my new set of contacts for the year. <br><br>I've made my yearly appointment with my primary care doctor already. Plea... Sun, 24 Jan 2016 10:47:00 EST Tips To Comfort Common Cold Sufferers http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=43971_tips_to_comfort_common_cold_sufferers Doctors can transplant organs, put in artificial joints, and use drugs to treat anything from an earache to high blood pressure. Simple childhood vaccinations prevent smallpox and polio. But for all its miracles, modern medicine still can't do much for the illness that affects more people more often than any other-----the common cold.<br><br>Nearly everyone falls victim to the cold virus. Sneezes, coughs, and handshakes send cold germs jumping from person to person in homes, schools, and o... Sat, 23 Jan 2016 21:56:00 EST How to sleep better at night http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=43960_how_to_sleep_better_at_night Without a good sleep behind me my day is difficult. I'm prone to tears when exhausted so when they start running down my face I know I HAVE to get a good sleep that night, without sleep medications. There are a few ways I find helpful.<br>1. Always go to bed and get up in the morning at the same time, now matter if on vacation. Sticking to a consistent sleep-wake schedule helps set your body’s internal clock and optimize the quality of your sleep. Start by setting a realistic bedtime that w... Sat, 23 Jan 2016 08:29:00 EST A Glass Of Infection Protection (continued) http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=43950_a_glass_of_infection_protection_continued Drink Plenty of Water. By drinking water, you may be able to flush the infection from your system before it gets a good grip. Add a teaspoon of baking soda to a full glass of water to help relieve the painful burning sensation. Don't use baking soda for a long period of time, and check with your doctor before using it if you're on a sodium-restricted diet. Don't use baking soda in your water and drink cranberry juice too. The two remedies cancel each other out.<br><br>Go to the bathroom ... Fri, 22 Jan 2016 15:43:00 EST A Glass Of Infection Protection http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=43933_a_glass_of_infection_protection Some old wives' tales are harmful, some contain a kernel of truth, and some hit the nail right on the head. One old home remedy has been proven absolutely correct in recent scientific studies: Drinking cranberry juice can prevent bladder infections, also known as urinary tract infections (UTIs).<br><br>A six-month study of 153 women age 65 or older found that those who drank 10 ounces of cranberry juice every day were much less likely to have a bladder infection than those who drank a simil... Thu, 21 Jan 2016 20:33:00 EST Take Care of Your Body Before It's Too Late!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=43926_take_care_of_your_body_before_its_too_late We take our bodies for granted. I know I do. I know I did, for years and years, right?<br><br>Growing up I did all the reckless kid things (at least what I can remember). I loved to climb on the roof of the garage and jump into the above-ground pool. My brother and I used to ride our bikes and jump off at the end of the garage floor. I never had a broken bone until I was 56. <br><br>I was a sickly baby, but after 6 I never missed a day of school or work until I had my baby at 26. I too... Thu, 21 Jan 2016 12:09:00 EST Flu-Like Symptoms May Spell Bigger Trouble http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=43909_flulike_symptoms_may_spell_bigger_trouble Planning a vacation in the mountains? Dreaming about swooshing down the slopes or blazing new trails in the woods? If this is your first trip thousands of feet above sea level, you may want to keep some things in mind. Altitude sickness affects millions of people each year and turns many dream vacations into nightmares.<br><br>Many people tend to overlook altitude sickness as the reason for their ailments because the symptoms are similar to those of the flu or the common cold. The low oxy... Wed, 20 Jan 2016 17:48:00 EST KEEPING TRACK OF EVERYTHING http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=43895_keeping_track_of_everything I have been dealing with weight issues since I was about five or six years old. I have done lots of diets, exercise, and even a medical fast. I have had many levels of success and failure over the years. However, now I believe that I have a grasp on what I need to do to be successful. I have a compulsive eating disorder. I have to remain very structured in what I do every day. I am not somebody who can just come into work when there are doughnuts, have one and be fine about it. I have to be v... Wed, 20 Jan 2016 09:04:00 EST Make it a Habit http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=43892_make_it_a_habit At the ripe age of 58, as a full-time working woman with 2 adult children and a grandson on the way, I feel very happy to share my secrets of how to become healthy and stay healthy.<br><br>Here's what I know:<br><br>1) The heart muscles have to work 24/7, must be defect-free and be able to carry the person all the way through from birth to death. In order for the heart muscle to work 24/7, one has to work the heart harder every day for about 30 minutes or so;<br><br>2) In order to make the h... Wed, 20 Jan 2016 06:33:00 EST Water and my tooth brush http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=43889_water_and_my_tooth_brush I have lost four pounds in the last two weeks.<br> I attribute this primary success to two changes.<br><br> I have been brushing my teeth after every meal (tooth paste makes cheating less appealing). My fresh mouth reminds me that I am committed to changing some dietary habits in exchange for more health living. <br><br>I am drinking the eight glasses of water without fail and NOT drinking and soda pop. Drinking the water has brought about its own set of rewards. First, the edema, which I had... Wed, 20 Jan 2016 02:00:00 EST Lifting Safely To Avoid Injury (continued) http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=43886_lifting_safely_to_avoid_injury_continued Take a painkiller and take it easy. Aspirin or ibuprofen, gentle massage and bed rest may be the best thing for the first couple of days after you hurt your back. No aerobics, jogging, or tennis until the pain goes away. Just lie in bed on your back with a pillow under your knees or on your side with a pillow between your knees. But don't get too comfortable. Too much bed rest may make your road to recovery longer than necessary. Try to get out of bed as soon as you can---even if it's j... Tue, 19 Jan 2016 16:26:00 EST Tips for Living Healthy http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=43881_tips_for_living_healthy What is your current perception of what “healthy” really means? Is that eating fat free? Is that making sure you workout for 2 hours a day? What about cutting out everything you love that may not be the healthiest choice for you? All of these are NOT things that should even be considered when thinking about changing your lifestyle to be more healthy.<br><br><br>1. I don’t have time to workout.<br><br>My Answer: FOR REAL? You do realize that 1 hour of your day that you could spend wor... Tue, 19 Jan 2016 11:42:00 EST Lifting Safely To Avoid Injury (continued) http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=43857_lifting_safely_to_avoid_injury_continued Lifting Techniques<br><br>5. When handling objects with others, make sure everyone involved understands the direction and purpose of the necessary movements. Discuss the task plans step by step and designate someone to "coach" the lift so that movements are coordinated.<br><br>6. If your muscles aren't warmed up before the lift, take time to move around, get the blood flowing and gently limber up muscles that you'll be using for lifting.<br><br>Lift Mechanics<br><br>When the actual lifting... Mon, 18 Jan 2016 18:01:00 EST Lifting Safely To Avoid Injury (continued) http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=43858_lifting_safely_to_avoid_injury_continued Lifting Techniques<br><br>5. When handling objects with others, make sure everyone involved understands the direction and purpose of the necessary movements. Discuss the task plans step by step and designate someone to "coach" the lift so that movements are coordinated.<br><br>6. If your muscles aren't warmed up before the lift, take time to move around, get the blood flowing and gently limber up muscles that you'll be using for lifting.<br><br>Lift Mechanics<br><br>When the actual lifting... Mon, 18 Jan 2016 18:01:00 EST Flavoring the water http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=43833_flavoring_the_water One of the ways weight loss is supposed to be enhanced or sped up is by consuming water. I know here at Spark People eight glasses a day is encouraged. But I have recently read that adult women need eleven glasses a day and men need 15 glasses a day! It has been suggested as well that you should drink a glass of water before each meal to help curb your appetite and to help with digestion. Getting the water in can be tough some days! I have found my weight loss is more successful when I d... Sun, 17 Jan 2016 19:14:00 EST Lifting Safely To Avoid Injury (continued) http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=43831_lifting_safely_to_avoid_injury_continued As you consider how best to lift an object:<br><br>Think about how much the object weighs---or test the object with a light push or tip to get a feel for how much it weighs. Also consider how awkward the object will be to carry.<br><br>Err on the side of caution and underestimate your capabilities in terms of lifting or moving an object. If you don't think you can move the object yourself, or if you think that moving the object will put you at even a slight risk of injury, think of alternat... Sun, 17 Jan 2016 18:59:00 EST The Only Secret to Fitness http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=43826_the_only_secret_to_fitness Eat Better, Move more... it is that easy... and why I need 1637 more characters for a secret boggles ones mind... People make health too complicated... and it is crap like this that is the reason for failure... health is easy... all of this is easy... you don't need a fad diet book... you don't need fancy watches or any of that bologna... if you want to build muscle it can start as easy as instead of just getting up out of your chair... get up twice... then do what you wanted to do to begin w... Sun, 17 Jan 2016 14:32:00 EST Lifting Safely To Avoid Injury http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=43807_lifting_safely_to_avoid_injury Protecting your spine:<br>The movers got the large items out of your old house and into your new condo. All that was left was for you to move the smaller boxes. It was an all-day project that was going well---until you lifted a box of books and felt a jolt of pain through your lower back<br><br>There are many potential causes and contributors to lower back pain or injury. Aging contributes to degeneration of tissues of the spine such as vertebrae, vertebral joints and the cushioning disks ... Sat, 16 Jan 2016 15:03:00 EST Benefits of Relaxation http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=43806_benefits_of_relaxation You may have heard that a little bit of stress is actually good for you. In the just-right amount, that adrenaline rush can power you through a long day at work, boost your workouts and more.<br><br>But while it feels good to conquer the day, in the end, it just simply feels better -- and is more beneficial to your health -- to relax.<br><br>Some would argue that stress is our biggest health concern, given that it has been linked to so many other complications, from heart problems to dementia... Sat, 16 Jan 2016 14:18:00 EST Older Women & Exercise & Vaccinations for Grandparents http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=43791_older_women_exercise_vaccinations_for_grandparents Older women who exercise and eat healthy live longer. Researchers who studied a group of more than 700 women in their 70s found that the women who ate the most fruits and vegetables and were the most physically active were eight times more likely to survive a five-year follow-up period than the women who were least active and consumed the fewest fruits and vegetables. The study, which was published in the June 2012 issue of the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, demonstrates that i... Fri, 15 Jan 2016 20:52:00 EST Stay away from the Wal-Mart deli http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=43734_stay_away_from_the_walmart_deli I do so much better when I stay away from all the fried foods at the Wal-Mart Deli. The only thing they roast there is the rotisserie chicken. Another option is to buy some bread and peanut butter for a very satisfying snack along with some celery sticks. We just need to hang in there and also shop the frozen food aisle for some healthier options. When I do that I seem to keep the weight down. <br><br>I think writing here will be a challenge for me. But I think I'll try a few times a w... Wed, 13 Jan 2016 06:43:00 EST Knowledge is Power! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=43724_knowledge_is_power I have had many ups and downs throughout my life but my ups were amazing and my downs… well they came with each baby. Ive had abs of steel but I've also had cellulite out the wazoo! With each child I would gain weight, lose it, gain it, lose it and so on. But with each child there were a few extra pounds to start with and a few extra pounds added. So I topped myself out at 190 when I was pregnant with my 3rd and I swore I would never hit that 2…0…0 number! And I didn't, thankfully. But over t... Tue, 12 Jan 2016 15:41:00 EST Priorities on the road to health http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=43707_priorities_on_the_road_to_health Recently I was thinking about what you need to be healthy. I know there are many healthy habits, but I was looking for what I find essential. I did not focus on things like stress and so, because I think that they will follow from the basic habits. <br><br>In my mind there are 4 habits that should form our basic habits, and I like to implement them in the order of which I think is the order of importance. <br><br>What do you need to be alive? The first thing that comes to my mind is: WATER. W... Tue, 12 Jan 2016 05:02:00 EST Staying Healthy and winter http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=43685_staying_healthy_and_winter Now that winter has arrived, it reminded me that I need to take extra precautions for the season. Diet has to be considered. Due to lack of outdoor sunshine, Vitamin D is taken. I try to make sure that I plan and eat healthy meals. I find winter a better time to eat healthy. I eat out less in the winter and we entertain more in the winter so meal planning takes place and we can make better decisions and eat healthier. Our life style is slower and there is less tempting to grab fast food... Sun, 10 Jan 2016 21:50:00 EST Hitting the Reset Button http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=43681_hitting_the_reset_button I've been on spark people for quite some time and most of us have a day(s) when all we see is failure. Often times it makes just give up at least for a whole other times it makes us try and figure out where fault lies..............<br><br>Truth is the fault lies within our desire to succeed in seeing results after 1-2 workouts or eating right for a few days. In reality we did not gain weight overnight. We thought as we aged we could keep simply eat like when we were youths and look the same... Sun, 10 Jan 2016 18:06:00 EST 10 Secrets to Living a Vibrantly Happy, Healthy http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=43675_10_secrets_to_living_a_vibrantly_happy_healthy 10 Secrets to Living a Vibrantly Happy, Healthy Life<br>Top tips to help you stay healthy, feel happy, and fulfill your potential.<br>Posted Oct 23, 2013<br>SHARE<br>TWEET<br>EMAIL<br>MORE<br<BR>><br>It was my birthday yesterday, and it caused me to reflect on what I've learned about life as I've gotten older. In addition, I asked my community on my professional Facebook page what they appreciate most about aging. I got a wonderfully long list of wise and inspiring responses (to read them and... Sun, 10 Jan 2016 15:16:00 EST Keep a Written Journal http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=43659_keep_a_written_journal I have been keeping a written journal not only of what I eat each day but also medication doses, positive, motivational quotes, water consumption, and other daily occurrences. In addition, I also log my exercise, new weigh-ins, daily calorie differential. I swore I'd never write down what I eat because I thought it would make me focus too much on what I eat and make me more hungry. However, I've come to believe we should be more aware of what we're eating. I have a stack of notebooks now ... Sat, 9 Jan 2016 22:41:00 EST Keep a Written Journal http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=43660_keep_a_written_journal <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/2b896d7c-9c3c-4535-beeb-db68af4d9c1c.jpg">I have been keeping a written journal not only of what I eat each day but also medication doses, positive, motivational quotes, water consumption, and other daily occurrences. In addition, I also log my exercise, new weigh-ins, daily calorie differential. I swore I'd never write down what I eat because I thought it would make me focus too much on what I eat and make me more hungry. However, I've come... Sat, 9 Jan 2016 22:41:00 EST Dogs Are Good For You http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=43654_dogs_are_good_for_you Get a dog, lose weight<br>Numerous studies have linked dog ownership to weight loss:<br><br>One year-long study found that walking an overweight dog helped both the animals and their owners lose weight. Researchers found that the dogs provided support in similar ways to a human exercise buddy, but with greater consistency and without any negative influence.<br>Public housing residents who walked therapy dogs for up to 20 minutes five days a week lost an average of 14.4 pounds in a year, witho... Sat, 9 Jan 2016 14:32:00 EST How to drink 8 cups of water per day http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=43636_how_to_drink_8_cups_of_water_per_day To form a habit of drinking water, schedule it.<br><br>1. Start with 8 oz. first thing in the morning (6:45) this is a good time to take daily supplements or meds.<br>2. Grab a 16 oz. bottle as you go out the door, this is to be drank by the end of morning break (about 10:15)<br>3. Drink 8 oz. with lunch.<br>4. Grab a 16 oz. bottle to be drank by the end of afternoon break (2:15)<br>5. Drink 8 oz. at the end of your workday, on the commute or when you get home.<br>6. Drink 8 oz. with dinner.<... Sat, 9 Jan 2016 01:15:00 EST Science Says Knitting Makes Humans Warmer And Happier, Mentally http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=43621_science_says_knitting_makes_humans_warmer_and_happier_mentally <br>BY ROBERT LOCKE<br><br> <br>“Properly practiced, knitting soothes the troubled spirit, and it doesn’t hurt the untroubled spirit either.” – Elizabeth Zimmermann<br><br>My mother was a great knitter and produced some wonderful garments such as Aran sweaters which were extremely fashionable when I was young. She also knitted while my father drove, which caused great amusement. I often wondered why she did that but I think I know the answer now.<br><br>Knitting is good for your mental health... Fri, 8 Jan 2016 11:29:00 EST Slow and steady changes http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=43612_slow_and_steady_changes Making slow changes overtime will help with long-term success. Don't try to do everything in a day or a week! Drink more water during the week, add a little more exercise etch week, cut down on soda during the week. So many people try to overhaul their diet by binging on the weekend and "starting on Monday" but that is too overwhelming and won't work. Also, give yourself time to adjust to the changes and try to rid yourself of the idea of perfectionism! That does more harm than good! <br> ... Thu, 7 Jan 2016 18:00:00 EST Keep On Keeping On http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=43583_keep_on_keeping_on I think the bottom line to straying healthy is a two- step solution. Step One, find a combination of eating and exercise that is not totally incompatible to you and Step Two, stick with the program!<br><br>This is astonishingly simple and yet astonishingly difficult. Perhaps the biggest roadblock to success is well-meaning relatives, friends, acquaintances and talk-show hosts and guests. Actually talk-show hosts and guests are not so well-meaning as their sole goal is usually to get people... Wed, 6 Jan 2016 11:50:00 EST Watch Your Liquid Intake http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=43579_watch_your_liquid_intake I almost always only drink liquids that have low to no calories at all. You would be surprised at how fast these will bulk you up.Watch the sugar content of many drinks. This is what gets people the most. A small can of pop can have upwards of 72 grams of sugar (think fruit flavors like orange soda, grape fanta, pineapple soda or anything along those things are giant gut busters.) Diet pops are not the best for you but they are way better than their full calorie counter parts. I would persona... Wed, 6 Jan 2016 11:27:00 EST getting all your water into day http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=43578_getting_all_your_water_into_day I start my morning with a 8oz glass of water, <em>91</em> before my coffee, and as I walk on my treadmill I drink another 4 oz glasses, <em>91</em> <em>91</em> <em>91</em> <em>91</em> before each meal I have 8oz of orange spa water (organic orange washed and sliced put into pitcher of cold water and drink as desired) and again before bed. <em>91</em> I end up with at least 8 glasses and the norm is 9-10. <em>91</em> This has made it much easier for me and is helping with t... Wed, 6 Jan 2016 10:48:00 EST Making water easier http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=43576_making_water_easier We are repeatedly told to drink our water, but sometimes it's difficult during a busy lifestyle to keep a track of what you have drunk. Counting glasses, ticking boxes, little rubber bands... really there is an easier way.<br><br>My secret to achieving my water every day... currently I have a steak going of nearly 2400 days! Yes really, I have kept this easy habit going through stomach illness and even having a baby! Still got my water in because after a while your body is used to the decent ... Wed, 6 Jan 2016 08:31:00 EST Drink 8 Glasses of Water Each Day for a Variety of Health Benefits http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=43573_drink_8_glasses_of_water_each_day_for_a_variety_of_health_benefits I have recently begun to discipline myself to drink 8 glasses of water each day, and was surprised to notice a number of health benefits. I have also been doing some reading about water and was surprised to discover a few more health benefits that I didn't know about:<br><br>1. Increases Energy and Relieves Fatigue – <br>I've been doing some reading on the benefits of drinking water and was surprised to learn that the brain is mostly water, so therefore, drinking water helps a person think, ... Wed, 6 Jan 2016 06:09:00 EST 9 Nutrition Tips http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=43571_9_nutrition_tips Read this on Marc and Angel Hack Life....<br><br>1. Limit junk food or don’t eat it at all. – Whatever junk food you have in your kitchen, throw it out and replace it with healthy foods and snacks. Look into other ways to comfort yourself and think of food as nutrition, not entertainment or emotional fodder.<br><br>2. Go on a healthy food shopping spree. – Don’t look at prices. Buy items that are healthy and appealing. Fill your cupboards, pantry and fridge with healthy foods so you will n... Tue, 5 Jan 2016 23:59:00 EST Drink lots of H2O!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=43570_drink_lots_of_h2o Drinking water! That is my secret!! I really like cold water now, in fact, I crave water a lot! My body craves it! I was a big time diet soda drinker, drinking 3 plus cans a day. I was reading about the possible effects of soda on your body and brain and decided...enough was enough!! I was trying to get into shape, eat healthier and have a better attitude...and as I was reading about water, water was one of the answers to improve. I stopped drinking all but one can a day. The one can I drink ... Tue, 5 Jan 2016 22:58:00 EST Avoid The Energy Roller Coaster (con't.) http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=43569_avoid_the_energy_roller_coaster_cont Roller coaster foods. The amount of fat you consume also affects your energy level.<br><br>"Foods high in fat are absorbed slowly and can weigh you down, causing you to feel sluggish," says Rumsey.<br><br>Many animal foods that provide protein, such as fatty cuts of meat and full-fat dairy foods, also are high in fat. Your body needs protein to function optimally, so don't cut back on protein; simply choose items that are lower in fat, like lean cuts of meat, skinless poultry, fish, and red... Tue, 5 Jan 2016 20:43:00 EST Reading Has Benefits http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=43566_reading_has_benefits Reading gives muscle to your memory.<br><br>Reading gives muscle to your memory.<br>Reading gives your brain a different kind of workout than watching TV or listening to the radio. Whether you’re absorbed in a page-turner or simply scanning an instruction manual for your coffee maker, “parts of the brain that have evolved for other functions—such as vision, language, and associative learning—connect in a specific neural circuit for reading, which is very challenging," Ken Pugh, PhD, president... Tue, 5 Jan 2016 14:25:00 EST Tips from the Mayo Clinic on sleep http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=43547_tips_from_the_mayo_clinic_on_sleep 1. Stick to a sleep schedule<br><br>Go to bed and get up at the same time every day, even on weekends, holidays and days off. Being consistent reinforces your body's sleep-wake cycle and helps promote better sleep at night. There's a caveat, though. If you don't fall asleep within about 15 minutes, get up and do something relaxing. Go back to bed when you're tired. If you agonize over falling asleep, you might find it even tougher to nod off.<br><br>2. Pay attention to what you eat and drink<... Mon, 4 Jan 2016 11:32:00 EST 6 Secrets for a Faster Metabolism http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=43528_6_secrets_for_a_faster_metabolism Get in your best shape ever<br>by Courtney RubinIf Metabolism 101 were a class, you'd be the teacher's pet: You never skip breakfast—you know a little food in the a.m. kick-starts the day's calorie burn. And you don't crash diet, either, because that leads your body to hang on to Every. Last. Calorie. Ready for the advanced course? We found out what real people with high metabolism do right. Adopt their ways to shrink your waist and get in peak shape.<br><br>Eat the correct number of calories... Sun, 3 Jan 2016 11:29:00 EST No More Excuses http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=43524_no_more_excuses <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/cd3188b2-bff4-4bd9-adbb-6a0fc7c83a5b.png"><br>What is an excuse? In short - an excuse is an explanation or reason given to defend or justify a fault (error or offense). <br><br>There are times when excuses are appropriate - for instance, you were late for work because you were involved in a car accident. Or you didn't get enough sleep because you were up with your sick child all night. <br><br>However, when it comes to health and fitness we... Sun, 3 Jan 2016 10:36:00 EST The Secret to a Healthy Body http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=43504_the_secret_to_a_healthy_body The secret to a healthy body is simple and actually not too difficult, but all the same it does take daily discipline. In addition, it doesn’t need to cost you a lot of money. There are five areas of focus that will keep your body in shape, healthy, flexible, and strong. This article will outline the 5 areas to work on and will include a sample weekly workout regimen that you can start using today.<br><br>1. Aerobic Exercise. The simplest way to meet this need is walking. Walking is the one o... Sat, 2 Jan 2016 13:46:00 EST Common sense helps http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=43407_common_sense_helps Staying healthy is a continuous project. And a multi-faceted one. You start by eating and drinking wisely. Making good food choices fuels the body, and when nutrients are missing, then the body's defenses break down. Eating balanced meals, with fruits, vegetable, proteins arm you with the vitamins and minerals that lead to good health. Limiting you sugars in what you drink will also lead to staying healthy. Drinking natural juices and sugar-free drinks and limiting sodas and alcohol wil... Mon, 28 Dec 2015 22:20:00 EST Poop! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=43395_poop Most people don't want to talk about it, but your poop is a huge predictor of how healthy you are. So don't forget about it! Is it brown? Is it green? Does it float or sink? Does it break into little pieces?<br><br>All of these things will tell you if you are hydrated, eating food that is too greasy, how well you are actually processing your food...<br><br>So don't be afraid to look in the toilet after you go! When you are healthy, your poop will surely show it! Let it go, let it go, let it g... Mon, 28 Dec 2015 11:22:00 EST CATAMARAN RIDE http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=43387_catamaran_ride As I sit on my sixteenth floor balcony overlooking the ocean in Puerto Rico, I am feeling very blessed this holiday season. I know that I am very lucky. I have my health, loving family, fantastic friends, a rewarding job that I love, financial security that most people do not have at this time, and the personality that enables me to go on a trip like this. My wish for the season, is that everyone is happy, healthy, and has everything they need. <br><br>I am watching these surfers in the water... Sun, 27 Dec 2015 22:18:00 EST 7 Habits That Really Do Protect Your Health http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=43382_7_habits_that_really_do_protect_your_health You may be wondering if there's really anything you can do to improve your heart health. Back in 2010, the American Heart Association introduced "Life's Simple Seven," steps people could take to reduce their risk of heart disease. Now a new study reports that these lifestyle changes actually work: Over 11 years, people who met three or four of the heart-health criteria had a 55% lower risk of cardiovascular mortality than those who adhered to two or fewer.<br>Says Alice H. Lichtenstein, DS... Sun, 27 Dec 2015 18:59:00 EST Rest is Important http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=43370_rest_is_important Every now and then during the workweek—usually around three in the afternoon—a familiar ache begins to saturate my forehead and pool in my temples. The glare of my computer screen appears to suddenly intensify. My eyes trace the contour of the same sentence two or three times, yet I fail to extract its meaning. Even if I began the day undaunted, getting through my ever growing list of stories to write and edit, e-mails to send and respond to, and documents to read now seems as futile as scali... Sun, 27 Dec 2015 09:40:00 EST Benefits of Drinking Water http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=43323_benefits_of_drinking_water I drink 12 -8oz glasses of water per day for weight management. It helps me maintain a cheerful and positive attitude throughout the day. I have high blood pressure and arthritis in my back and knees. <em>194</em> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/48dee46f-330e-44c5-bf6b-56caef0ddaf6.jpg"><br><br>I can now walk and lift weights, without pain or strain on my knee joints and lower back.<br><br> It stopped me from eating junk foods between planned meals and snacks. I do not add a... Wed, 23 Dec 2015 19:19:00 EST Sleep http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=43313_sleep I'm 56, almost 57 so I guess about 17 years ago I had a midlife crisis. I found a doctor who prescribed phen-fen for me and I lost a lost of weight through not eating and being hyper to the point of not sleeping and exercising 3-5 hours a day 7 days a week.<br><br>I kept that little routine up for two years, losing 150 pounds, my sanity, my daughter and my marriage. Oh and my job too. But the point of this secret is that I never slept more than about 2 hours a night for more than 2 years. ... Wed, 23 Dec 2015 13:59:00 EST Staying optimistic http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=43305_staying_optimistic Sometimes we all feel "down in the dumps" but it's important for our mental and physical health to stay optimistic even in bad times. Optimism has to be one of the most valuable traits that you can cultivate and it's something that will make you happier, more popular and even potentially 'luckier' or "blessed" if you can maintain that attitude; and never is this more important than when you are going through hard times and when you are facing up to challenges. being positive is something tha... Wed, 23 Dec 2015 08:54:00 EST Bedtime Protein Drink http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=43282_bedtime_protein_drink Do you wakeup starving? Do you wake up in a fog of wakefulness and head for the refrigerator and instead of taking time to fix a meal grab a fruit drink?<br><br>Put an end to that routine. It is a well known fact that Protein curbs hunger. When your starving after a night of fasting chances are you may not think about eating healthy and just grab the first thing at hand.<br><br>There is a simple solution for that. Fix yourself a Bedtime Protein Drink.<br><br>Muscle structure is built with pr... Tue, 22 Dec 2015 10:06:00 EST Drinking 8 8oz glasses of water daily http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=43275_drinking_8_8oz_glasses_of_water_daily One of the keys to promoting and maintaining healthiness is staying hydrated, and keeping your digestive system in great working order. The COLORLESS, ODORLESS, and TASTELESS substance called WATER can do this better than any other liquid. I know it is difficult for many to drink ONE glass of water, not to "torture" you with EIGHT! But read this, and see if it's possible for you...<br><br><br>Drink a glass of water in the morning. During the day, each time you are thirsty, drink 1 glass of wa... Tue, 22 Dec 2015 00:54:00 EST Fitbit http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=43237_fitbit I bought my fitbit last year, through my employer! It was the best buy in a long time. It was so motivating and continues to be every day. I am pretty obsessed with it, but do not feel it is a bad obsession. It gets me off of my couch and moving. I will not go to bed without at least 10,000 steps and most days I am well over 15,000 steps. I teach Physical Education but sometimes would sit against the wall more than walk around...I know..lame...but..now I am walking all the time. I have always... Sun, 20 Dec 2015 21:18:00 EST Yoga http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=43219_yoga Yoga is not just for stretching. It can also be meditative.<br><br>I love the mind body connection with yoga.<br><br>There are a lot of different types of yoga. I happen to love the following types of yoga:<br><br>1. Kundalini - where you do a lot of fire breathing.<br><br>2. Hatha - where it is more flowing.<br><br>3. Restorative - where you are holding gentle stretches for a long time.<br><br>When I first tried yoga it was torture for me since I am a Type A personality. For my exercis... Sun, 20 Dec 2015 11:05:00 EST The importance of sleep http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=43197_the_importance_of_sleep We are all very busy these days. The first thing to go is sleep. That is a very big mistake. The more studies about sleep show that lack of sleep can be a serious health problem.<br><br>I try to get between seven and eight hours of sleep each night. It is not easy. I have stopped watching so much television at night and I read instead. That relaxes me so much more than watching some mindless television show would do so.<br><br>I also try to maintain the very same sleep schedule on the we... Sat, 19 Dec 2015 14:19:00 EST Routine http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=43172_routine Routine, Routine, Routine<br><br>TRACKING EVERYTHING!!! EXERCISE, FOOD, WEIGHT!!!<br><br>HONESTY WITH SELF AND OTHERS HAVE A SUPPORT SYSTEM, REPORT TO THEM <br><br>I think this time I might be making it work because I hold myself accountable for tracking.<br><br>I also think I am still in this because of my desire to be with my loved ones !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!<BR>!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!<BR>!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!<BR>!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!... Fri, 18 Dec 2015 20:19:00 EST Ways to get in more water http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=43170_ways_to_get_in_more_water Plain water is the best. As much as I know that plain water is the best for me, I don't like water, so I have had to find ways to sneak more glasses of water into my day.<br><br>Here is what has worked for me:<br><br>1. Drink a glass of water as soon as I get up, before I do anything else. I am still half asleep so this first glass goes down even before I am aware of it.<br><br>2. Drink lots of water during your exercises session. I work out the first thing in the morning, so this part is... Fri, 18 Dec 2015 17:27:00 EST Drink apple cider vinegar to help digestion http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=43134_drink_apple_cider_vinegar_to_help_digestion To help with your digestion, drink 2 tablespoons of unpasteurized, unfiltered and organic apple cider vinegar. It is very important that this type of apple cider vinegar be used. The pasteurized versions have all the good stuff destroyed. I personally use the Bragg's brand. You can find this brand at Whole Foods stores. I have also seen it in my local supermarket in the small size bottle, but believe it or not, it is a lot more expensive than it is as Whole Foods.<br><br>I also use 8 ounce... Thu, 17 Dec 2015 13:41:00 EST regular check ups http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=43125_regular_check_ups Regular check ups: physicals, eye and dental exams help keep our health in check. Even if a problem is detected, it will be easier to solve if discovered early on w/regular checks. Use your calendar to remind you when your due for checks! <em>104</em> <br><br>Follow the instructions of your health care provider as well. And don't be shy about asking questions! That's what they're there for. <br><br>If a health care provider doesn't want to answer your questions -- time to find another... Thu, 17 Dec 2015 10:36:00 EST are you drinking enough water http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=43115_are_you_drinking_enough_water <br>It’s shaping up to be another summer of record-breaking high temperatures and the news media is beginning to sound like a broken record, too – over and over again we’re reminded to keep ourselves well hydrated by drinking plenty of water. But it’s an important message – not just during a heat wave, but also throughout the year because water serves so many critical functions in the body. <br><br>I’m sure you will agree that there’s nothing more refreshing than a nice ice-cold glass of wate... Thu, 17 Dec 2015 06:12:00 EST Strength in strange places http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=43066_strength_in_strange_places Two years ago, I was exercising and fairly healthy, but a freak fall (throwing the ball with my german shepherd), fracturing my spine followed by cholecystectomy resulted such a weak core that I could not even feel an ab muscle. I had issues with urinating when I sneezed and when I my bladder was slightly full...straight up incontinence. I was faced with incontinence briefs. I chose to fight, no way was I going to join that group of people and "old age". The spine doctor had no recommenda... Wed, 16 Dec 2015 15:45:00 EST Dark chocolate http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=43061_dark_chocolate Over the years I have earned that cutting out chocolate is dangerous. I have tried to be very strict. No chocolate. No sugar. What happened when I did that was I binged on chocolate. I would start to shake and get fuzzy brained. I would lose focus and people would accuse me of being a space cadet. I'd find myself in the candy aisle of whatever store I was in, and they all have candy aisles. I could inhale a pound or two of chocolate candy in next to no time.<br>I decided I had to deal with th... Wed, 16 Dec 2015 14:53:00 EST Walnut Health Benefits http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=43031_walnut_health_benefits salads, vegetable dishes, yogurt, fruits, and desserts. Here's why you should get more of these healthy nuts in your everyday diet. <br><br>Walnuts Help You Feel Fuller Longer<br>While walnuts are calorie-dense, the combination of Omega-3 fats, protein, and fiber work to help keep you feeling full longer. Caloric intake should be a consideration in any weight-management plan, but not all calories are created equal. Because of their high protein and fiber, a meal that includes walnuts can help... Tue, 20 Oct 2015 11:14:00 EST Getting Up http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=43026_getting_up I'm a shift leader at a telecommunications site and spend most of my time in from of a terminal. We rely on alarm systems to alert us to system problems. I find getting up once an hour to tour the facility is not only good for me but is helping me find problems that don't have an automatic reporting system. Sun, 4 Oct 2015 11:58:00 EST Computer Fix http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=42979_computer_fix When using my laptop - I place it on a 1 foot high table or box then place that table on top of my dining room table. This lets me comfortably use my laptop standing up! I spend way more hours standing then sitting now. We all know how bad sitting is for us! Sat, 11 Jul 2015 10:06:00 EST My Secret http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=42941_my_secret I like to sneak in workouts while I am working to burn a few extra calories for the day. Sometimes I take a walk with the child that I watch everyday or sometimes I do a workout video or use my bosses elliptical when he is napping. Whatever I do I try i stay as active as I can through out the day instead of just sitting at my desk all day. Wed, 6 May 2015 06:37:00 EST Drinking Water http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=42883_drinking_water Going to the bathroom Wed, 28 Jan 2015 15:40:00 EST Stay Active http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=42798_stay_active I try to stay off my butt as much as possible. There are so many activities to take part in such as: walking, riding the bike, work with the dogs, work in the yard, etc. Mon, 6 Oct 2014 08:40:00 EST No more yeast to promote a healthier digestive track! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=42684_no_more_yeast_to_promote_a_healthier_digestive_track If you have problems with common yeast infections, depression, anxiety, thrush, and cannot lose weight, keeping the yeast away might help. If you have been a person that has been on antibiotics for long periods of time, then your body may not have been able to stop some of your good yeast from turning into a fungus in your digestive system. Thu, 24 Jul 2014 13:30:00 EST Maintain Soft Hair and Skin with Coconut Oil http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=42526_maintain_soft_hair_and_skin_with_coconut_oil Use Coconut oil for hair and skin: I put 1 tbsp of Coconut Oil to about a cup of my hair conditioner inside a bottle. Then I put it in my hair and on my skin. It hasn't made my hair oily either, but instead, leaves it very soft and supple. After I applied the coconut oil conditioner to my hair (and left it in and didn't wash out) I curled it in sponge curlers before bed then when I woke up, I had softly coiled hair. Very nice hair and pretty style if curled right. Sat, 24 May 2014 16:27:00 EST How I got rid of a cold without the doctor http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=42492_how_i_got_rid_of_a_cold_without_the_doctor Steam from boiling water healed my cold within two days. Sat, 17 May 2014 17:36:00 EST Make a veggie, fruit, and protein drink to get all nutrients easily without eating three squares a day. http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=42448_make_a_veggie_fruit_and_protein_drink_to_get_all_nutrients_easily_without_eating_three_squares_a_day To stay healthy, I mix in a blender two fruits, two veggies, or even five sometimes, pinto beans (protein), one egg (protein), a sugar substitute, and greens. This makes about 2 cups. <br><br>Instead of worrying all day how I'm going to get all my nutrients from all my meals, I drink only this one drink, then the rest of the day, I eat one or two small meals. Wed, 7 May 2014 14:42:00 EST Water, water everywhere http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=42288_water_water_everywhere Keep water in your car, T your bedside and everywhere you will be Mon, 10 Mar 2014 11:05:00 EST Ways I Deal with Stress http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=42267_ways_i_deal_with_stress After work I have a long commute home, to relieve the stress I crochet. Not only am I distressing before arriving home but I am accomplishing/creating something at the same time. At home when things become stressful, I play video games, listen to my favorite music, dance, crochet or talk a long brisk walk. Any hobby you enjoy can be relaxing and help with relieving stress. Fri, 28 Feb 2014 07:52:00 EST Healthier Than Breath Mints... http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=42235_instead_of_breath_mints Instead of using gum and breath mints...that have additives and various forms of sugar try whole cloves or a tiny piece of cinnamon bark for fresh breath. (no need to chew or swallow).<br> Added benefit: Save money! <br> <em>148</em> Wed, 19 Feb 2014 09:43:00 EST Meeting my water goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=42177_meeting_my_water_goals When I decided to cut out soda and drink more water, I bought a couple of brightly colored water bottles. I know it doesn't sound like much, but when I see the bright colors, my mood perks up a little bit-especially when I'm having a rough day at work! I also used to think water was so boring, but now I have the bright colors to distract me ;) Wed, 5 Feb 2014 11:38:00 EST Finding quiet time for stress reduction http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=42176_finding_quiet_time_for_stress_reduction I allow myself one hour each day, usually in the early morning, to have quiet time by myself. I use this time to do my SP coaching,and I think about my day ahead. After my quiet time, I feel ready to take on the challenges of the day. Wed, 5 Feb 2014 11:10:00 EST Drinking Water, Staying Hydrated http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=42128_drinking_water_staying_hydrated I keep a bottle of water with me everywhere I go. I drink at least 3 bottles a day and then other fluids, like hot/cold tea, etc to keep me hydrated daily. I don't drink soda anymore and notice I don't even crave. I actually don't like how it makes me feel when I drink even a small amount. <br>So stay hydrated throughout the day. <br><br> <em>194</em> Wed, 22 Jan 2014 12:22:00 EST Add up the cups of water http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=42116_add_up_the_cups_of_water Each time I take a trip to the restroom at work, I stop off in the kitchen on my way back to my desk to drink one cup of water. By making it part of the "routine" I know I am staying hydtrated Sun, 19 Jan 2014 21:17:00 EST Morning Affirmations http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=41988_morning_affirmations I have learned that my morning affirmations help reduce stress and start my day with a positive note. I get up a few minutes earlier each day and spend time with SparkCoach or a devotional book. I do this just before my morning workout or just after (depends on the day.) This is quality time I spend with myself. This only takes about 10 minutes and prepares me for the day ahead. Sun, 8 Dec 2013 06:45:00 EST Hi look http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=41986_hi_look Take a "Caffeine Nap"<br>Never heard of a caffeine nap? You down a cup of coffee right before you take a 15-minute nap. The 15 minutes is long enough for the caffeine to take effect, and your nap is short enough that you don't wake up groggy. Click here for a complete how-to! <em>4</em> Sat, 7 Dec 2013 12:20:00 EST Breathing Into My Body http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=41978_breathing_into_my_body I have some serious problems with stress, and when I encounter a mega stressful situation, I first walk away (if possible physically, if not then mentally). Then I deep breathe into each part of my body, and thank that body part for supporting me. When you realize how much holds you, and is behind you all the way (strong legs, hard-working hands), you can conquer anything. Wed, 4 Dec 2013 22:17:00 EST Food Gifts http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=41938_food_gifts When someone gives you a gift of food, thank them graciously. Then quickly give it to someone who has a family and will enjoy it without guilt. Enjoy that someone gave you a nice gift, enjoy that you gave someone a nice gift, enjoy that they eat and enjoy the gift - more enjoyment for you, fewer calories for you, too! Everyone wins! Sat, 16 Nov 2013 20:59:00 EST Try using an acupressure mat http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=41843_try_using_an_acupressure_mat I discovered the acupressure mat. I use it on the soles of my feet, and sometimes other areas of the body. It relaxes and stimulates at the same time. We started a SparkPeople group for those of us trying out the mat, and we welcome you! Tue, 22 Oct 2013 23:58:00 EST Drink lots of water and dance during housework http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=41780_drink_lots_of_water_and_dance_during_housework If you feel hungry and you know it is not real hunger, drink a lot of water and put on your favorite music and dance as much as you can. It will take your mind off whatever emotion is prompting you to eat. Works for me every time. <em>381</em> Fri, 4 Oct 2013 14:16:00 EST Healthy Heart, Healthy Body http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=41778_healthy_heart_healthy_body Fact: Heart Attacks are the #1 killer of Americans. Check out the American Heart Association's web-site. The food we consume affects our LDL cholesterol levels (the bad) and our HDL (the good) Foods high in saturated fat, & hydrogenated fat cause plaque to build up in our arteries...which in turn can cause angina (pain) in your heart and possibly even a heart attack. We not only have to worry about the amount of calories we consume, but the quality. Complex carbs=good, Simple carbs=bad. Fri, 4 Oct 2013 00:33:00 EST Healthy Heart, Healthy Body http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=41777_healthy_heart_healthy_body Fact: Heart Attacks are the #1 killer of Americans. Check out the American Heart Association's web-site. The food we consume affects our LDL cholesterol levels (the bad) and our HDL (the good) Foods high in saturated fat, & hydrogenated fat cause plaque to build up in our arteries...which in turn can cause angina (pain) in your heart and possibly even a heart attack. We not only have to worry about the amount of calories we consume, but the quality. Complex carbs=good, Simple carbs=bad. Fri, 4 Oct 2013 00:22:00 EST Centering http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=41721_centering Close your eyes and take 3 long slow cleansing breaths. It brings you to center....brings you to aware...then begin eating. It releases pent up energy that drives you to eat mindlessly and brings you to smell, see, and take pleasure in your food. Mon, 16 Sep 2013 19:39:00 EST Reducing Stress http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=41712_reducing_stress Reducing stress, as we have all been told, keeps us healthy and helps us lose weight. I do one or more of 3 things daily to reduce stress. Pray the Psalms. Meditate. Listen to quiet music and read. <em>88</em> Fri, 13 Sep 2013 18:59:00 EST Consistency http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=41701_consistency Weight maintenance comes from consistency - making the right-for-you choices every day. Wed, 11 Sep 2013 09:43:00 EST Get your 8 glasses of water http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=41700_get_your_8_glasses_of_water Every morning on the way to work I stop at McDonald's and purchase a Large (32 oz.) UNsweet tea; it only costs me $1.08. After I finish my tea (I commute 50 miles one way) I refill that same 32 oz. cup with water a minimum of 2 times per day. On average, I drink over 100 oz. of water a day that way.<br><br> <em>306</em> Tue, 10 Sep 2013 14:17:00 EST Joint Pain? Corn Syrup...WHY NOT? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=41616_joint_pain_corn_syrupwhy_not CORN SYRUP CAUSES INFLAMMATION AND WILL CAUSE JOINT PAIN. Stay Hydrated and lessen joint pain. Tue, 20 Aug 2013 10:13:00 EST Reducing stress from neck & shoulder pain http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=41460_reducing_stress_from_neck_shoulder_pain I have found that the warm up neck movements in my Tai Chi class are helpful in eliminating my neck pain. The slow deliberate neck movements help even my stiff arthritic joints. Sat, 13 Jul 2013 20:32:00 EST Eat meals on time http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=41442_eat_meals_on_time Energy stays even when you eat on schedule. Thu, 11 Jul 2013 16:19:00 EST You deserve it! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=41332_you_deserve_it Sometimes spending a little extra money on a bag of apple slices or a kit with hummus and pretzels is okay. If these smaller portion sizes (or convenient yet healthy foods) allow me to stay on track, it's worth it! Plus, it can actually save me money because they don't end up in the trash! <em>4</em> Mon, 24 Jun 2013 05:28:00 EST Use Iodized Salt http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=41290_use_iodized_salt Of course, you shouldn't over-do salt, but when you use salt, make sure it's IODIZED. Iodine is necessary for your thyroid to make it's main hormone, thyroxine. Without enough iodine in your diet, you can develop hypothyroidism. Sat, 15 Jun 2013 17:12:00 EST Get a Colonoscopy http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=41289_get_a_colonoscopy If you're over 50, you should get a colonoscopy to check for colon cancer. The doctor removes any polyps he finds so the procedure actually PREVENTS colon cancer from developing. Sat, 15 Jun 2013 17:08:00 EST Mocktail Anyone? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=41276_mocktail_anyone I used to always drink alcohol on "date night". Now I enjoy a "mocktail" made of Club Soda on the Rocks with a wedge of fresh lime. It has Zero Calories and no artificial sweeteners which always make me hungrier and thirstier. I feel like I'm enjoying a special drink - but so much healthier than alcohol. Wed, 12 Jun 2013 13:54:00 EST Second Nature http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=41245_second_nature I used to think that if I ate healthy, I would get into the habit of eating healthy and it would "become second nature." But now I think it isn't the healthy eating that becomes second nature. It is the vigilance, creating healthy opportunities, insisting on healthy options, bringing your own snacks and lunch to work, modifying orders in restaurants, etc. that becomes second nature. What becomes second nature is putting your health first and doing what it takes to maximize it. Fri, 7 Jun 2013 17:43:00 EST Working toward kicking the Diet Soda Habit to the curb! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=41241_working_toward_kicking_the_diet_soda_habit_to_the_curb I have to admit that I am addicted to Diet Soda. For years, I have regularly drank 2-4 cans a day.. sometimes more. For sure this isn't good for my body or my pocketbook. Since I can't quit cold turkey, I have told myself that I can have one only after I drink 8 oz of water first. It is working! The past two days I have only had one... If you have issues with soda you might want to give this strategy a try. Spark on!!<br> <em>244</em> Fri, 7 Jun 2013 00:10:00 EST Enzymes in check ? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=41084_enzymes_in_check_ Having a clear understanding of how the enzymes work in my body is a key element for success my weight loss. Enzymes are just a pieces of the digestive puzzle. For enzymes to actually perform thousands of tasks , they need help from vitamins and minerals (co -factors) . For getting my digestive track in good working order has helped me to eliminate disease and pounds. I have abundance of Energy - all due to some reading , research and changing my eating habits. No processed food . Wed, 15 May 2013 15:53:00 EST Water + Exercise = Daily For Optimum Health! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=41038_waterexercisedaily_for_optimum_health When I drink enough water and exercise daily, I tend to EAT HEALTHY ; when I don't , I just do not FEEL as healthy and generally that is the case! Thu, 9 May 2013 11:07:00 EST It's OK to rest! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=40937_its_ok_to_rest We often have days when we don't feel like working out, but usually once we get going we get in a groove and are in for the long haul. However, if your body is sending a stronger-than-usual signal that it's just not up for a workout today, it's ok to listen once in a while and take a break for a day. Sometimes we need a day of rest so that we're at our best when tomorrow comes. Wed, 17 Apr 2013 20:58:00 EST grab and go exercise http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=40909_grab_and_go_exercise <em>250</em> Prepared your gym clothes for the week so you can grab and go and keep water everywhere you mostly are. I use a water app when it goes off I know its time for another cup and i do it immediately as if it was a phone ringing to answer. <em>224</em> Fri, 12 Apr 2013 12:49:00 EST Water! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=40872_water Filling my 32-oz Nalgene bottle with water when I start the workday, I finish it often mid-day, and sometimes I go for a re-fill. Fri, 5 Apr 2013 17:22:00 EST JOINT PAIN? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=40834_joint_pain Did you know that avoiding sugar will help you reduce joint pain greatly Thu, 28 Mar 2013 11:18:00 EST Drink Water http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=40785_drink_water Whenever I feel "hungry" between meals, I reach for my water bottle and drink at least 8-12 oz. <br><br>This practice has helped me to get beyond the cravings and taken my mind off my so called "hunger". Drinking water fills the void, helps you feel fuller longer, so that you can make it to your next meal without cheating on sweet or salty snacks loaded with empty calories. Water is completely calorie free! And it's healthy! <em>274</em> Thu, 21 Mar 2013 16:31:00 EST Drink plenty of water http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=40769_drink_plenty_of_water When I'm hungry, I reach for my water bottle first. Sometimes I realize that I'm just thirsty - not hungry. Before eating meals, I drink water so that I don't eat more than I have used to... <em>9</em> Also, drinking more water has helped my energy level, reduced my headaches, and cleared my skin. Mon, 18 Mar 2013 12:44:00 EST Running from Stress http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=40744_running_from_stress Last year I trained for my first marathon, quite an undertaking for someone who is overweight and leads a busy life. However, I found that the more I ran the lower my stress was. I was working crazy overtime, raising 2 small children, maintaining a relationship and running 10-15 hours per week, between 4 and 22 miles at a shot. I found that my Sunday 20-mile run wasn't leaving me exhausted for the work week. On the contrary, I was more alert at work and more energized with my family. Thu, 14 Mar 2013 01:16:00 EST The Power of Prayer! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=40672_the_power_of_prayer I want to share to you the power of prayer! <em>306</em> Fri, 1 Mar 2013 19:21:00 EST De-stress http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=40600_destress Each day I make time to sit for at least 20 minutes in either silence or with soft music, clear my mind and listen to the silence. After that period of time I am relaxed and ready to take on whatever comes next. Oh yes, and I feel better physically as well. <em>335</em> Wed, 20 Feb 2013 21:16:00 EST Free MD. Consult http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=40489_free_md_consult I found a great MD who is helping me with a nutritional program to help my body detox, cleanse, balance hormones, and nourish. She has offered FREE PHONE Consults. All she needs is you to email me your name so I can forward it to her assistant. Her assistant will contact you. If you provide a phone number she will call you to schedule an appointment. She has helped me to get back on my feet after being very ill. Now I have energy and improved strength. I posted about her in my blog. Tue, 5 Feb 2013 18:01:00 EST Staying on the Defense for Fighting Infections! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=40472_staying_on_the_defense_for_fighting_infections One of my Sparkfriends has an infected foot and as I was reading The Doctors Book of Food Remedies {by Selene Yeager & the Editors of Prevention Magazine} I came across on p.350~ a garlicky soup recipe{it is a published work so I can't post recipe} and Eating for Immunity~Vit A ~carrots,spinach,kale,yellow & orange squash & mustard greens{that provides the immunity defense } and Vit .C ~oranges and broccoli provide the offense{words used in the book~though I know Super Bowl Sunday is tomorro... Sat, 2 Feb 2013 14:42:00 EST Healthy Way to Deal W/ Craving a Cigarette http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=40390_healthy_way_to_deal_w_craving_a_cigarette Replace a bad habit with a good habit. When I'm at home I exercise for fifteen minutes every time I feel the urge to smoke. Mon, 21 Jan 2013 13:03:00 EST Hand Sanitizer http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=40230_hand_sanitizer Buy some small little hand sanitizers to keep around the house. Scented is good if you're not sensitive. I find it helps me to remember to use them more. Also keep them in your purse or on your keys with a keychain that you can get with them. I even get the small ones to leave around the workplace for coworkers to take. The less time that you're sick, the more time you have to get healthy and exercise! Mon, 7 Jan 2013 00:29:00 EST My Morning http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=40173_my_morning <em>30</em> Fri, 4 Jan 2013 10:53:00 EST Relaxation recordings for stress reduction http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=40121_relaxation_recordings_for_stress_reduction Besides exercise for stress reduction, I use relaxation recordings. You can find a lot off different ones based on your needs. I find that it helps turn the excessive churning of my brain when I worry. Tue, 1 Jan 2013 08:02:00 EST Secret Beverage http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=40048_secret_beverage When dining out or at home make, "water" your beverage of choice. When dining out you'll save on the overpriced soft drinks, coffee, etc., not to mention the excess calories. Also, if you ask, they'll serve your water with a slice of lemon or lime. Yum! No empty calories here, and water is just what your body needs. Wed, 12 Dec 2012 19:00:00 EST Stress reducer http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=39957_stress_reducer Prayer is my most effective method to reduce stress anywhere, anytime. Sat, 24 Nov 2012 01:33:00 EST Plan ahead and you will be prepared for the tempation (s). http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=39931_plan_ahead_and_you_will_prepared_for_the_tempation_s I have found over the years that if you set out your morning by making decisions to eat right and act upon them you will do better. I make my lunch along with snacks everyday for work. I make sure I have enough snacks that will carry me over after lunch and when I drive home. This has helped me maintain my focus. Wed, 14 Nov 2012 17:49:00 EST what works http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=39843_what_works find what works for you and stick with it... Fri, 2 Nov 2012 06:06:00 EST Flaxseed For Men http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=39759_flaxseed_for_men The Johns Hopkins Prostate Disorders Bulletin...One study published in the Journal of Urology found that tumor cells from men taking flaxseed in combination with a lowfat diet appeared to be growing more slowly and dying more quickly than those of the control group. Sun, 14 Oct 2012 05:17:00 EST Quit Smoking In 10 Days Without Repressing To Smoke http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=39712_quit_smoking_in_10_days_without_repressing_to_smoke Quit Smoking Within Days Without Even Have To Stop Smoking Or Using Any Device. Mon, 8 Oct 2012 03:54:00 EST Stress reduction secret for success http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=39610_stress_reduction_secret_for_success I have combined two stress reduction techniques - meditation and spirituality. Every night before I go to bed I listen to the day's installment of the Daily Audio Bible. (I set a goal of listening to the entire Bible in one year. So far, the streak is alive.) I follow that with Yoga Nidra meditation, leading me to sleep. It allows me to reflect on the day in positive terms, plan the next day, and sleep soundly. Mon, 24 Sep 2012 21:11:00 EST Fountain of Youth in a bottle- Nerium http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=39596_fountain_of_youth_in_a_bottle_nerium I have found the best night cream money can buy. No more turkey neck, fine lines, wrinkles, sun damage, sun spots, acne, saggy skin, chest lines, and more. You can log on and see all the photos that real people like you and me submitted. The are untouched photos. You will not believe the results and in such a short time frame. It will take years off your face. This works well for men also. You get a money back offer and you can't buy it in any store. www.cassylee.nerium.com Fri, 21 Sep 2012 11:24:00 EST Headaches? Migraines? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=39570_headaches_migraines Severe headaches can be triggered by certain foods however a magnesium deficiency could be the cause.<br><br>Magnesium migraines treatment is becoming more and more popular with migraine sufferers. If you suffer from migraines, you might be deficient in magnesium, an essential dietary mineral, notes the University of Maryland Medical Center.<br><br>Ask your doctor about the dosage that's right for you before taking the supplement. He/she can take a blood test to see your magneium levels. Sun, 16 Sep 2012 07:50:00 EST Take a Multi-vitamin! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=39527_take_a_multivitamin Take one every day to make sure you are getting everything you need.<br> Tue, 11 Sep 2012 14:14:00 EST fighting hunger http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=39523_fighting_hunger I have several ways to fight hunger. Eat a big breakfast that is high in whole grains and fiber such as oatmeal or shredded mini wheats cereal. If you start getting hungry before it meal time drink some water and some fruit of veggies to snack on. Still wanting something to chew on? try some gum. Min flavor seems to curb my appetite better. Tue, 11 Sep 2012 13:15:00 EST Can you tell me the secret of.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=39489_can_you_tell_me_the_secret_of Not being bitten by mosquitos? I react badly when bitten, and last Friday was bitten 20 times whilst at boot camp, so please share your secret mossi-tips <em>198</em> Sun, 9 Sep 2012 15:39:00 EST Keep feet blisters at bay http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=39396_keep_feet_blisters_at_bay Before putting on your socks, rub your feet with a decent layer of foot cream, be it petroleum jelly, or Gold Bond foot cream, or cocoa butter, or something sort of thick. Once you put your socks over it, the socks stay put and keeps them from rubbing against you. It's helped soften up my feet quite a bit and keeps the rubbing to a minimum. I know it seems like it would feel weird, but you don't even notice it once the socks are on! Fri, 24 Aug 2012 15:44:00 EST How do you like your WATER! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=39291_how_do_you_like_your_water Everybody's bodies are different...some like it hot...some like it cold. It's no different with the water we drink. If you're struggling to drink your water quotient for the day maybe it's because of the temperature! I love hot foods and hot drinks...the thought of drinking cold water freaks me out...so I drink hot water (with a wedge of lemon, if possible) or room temperature water when I'm not near a kettle! It goes down so much easier than cold water!!<br><br> <em>91</em> Mon, 13 Aug 2012 13:38:00 EST Kick In the Metabolism Early http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=39235_kick_in_the_metabolism_early I begin my day by drinking ICE water--(Keep a thermos by my bed) and drink abt 6-8 oz. when I rise. This gives a 'kick' to the metabolism and gives a nice flush to the bladder! ..... (Plus water does wonder for the complexion!) ..... <em>194</em> (I always keep ice water with me and drink all day) .......... Fri, 10 Aug 2012 07:42:00 EST