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 Work Out With Yard Work http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47365_work_out_with_yard_work Work Out with Yard Work<br>Your Yard & Your Body Will Thank You!<br><br> By Liz Noelcke, Staff Writer<br> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/250c7f3e-3ec8-467e-a9db-8992120a5589.jpg"><br>Ask anyone who has spread mulch in their yard, and they’ll tell you that yard work is quite the workout! Whether hauling mulch, spreading soil, raking leaves, or pulling weeds, you’re guaranteed to break a sweat. That's because gardening works all your major muscle groups. Even something as simp... Sat, 30 Jul 2016 09:28:00 EST Tackling Sleep Apnea, Beer Belly, & Testosterone http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47358_tackling_sleep_apnea_beer_belly_testosterone "But a big new study called the Testosterone Trials, which was published this year, provides some hope that older men with low testosterone levels and specific complaints that may be related to testosterone deficiency may benefit from hormone replacement," says Anawalt.<br><br>Researchers from the University of Pennsylvania and other institutions recruited 790 men aged 65 or older who had consistently low blood levels of testosterone (below 275 nanograms per deciliter). The men, who reporte... Fri, 29 Jul 2016 21:23:00 EST Never Give Up http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47353_never_give_up I just keep it very simple by just Eating healthy and being active and enjoying life. I use to workout every single day for over an hour and it burned me out. I ended up getting sick and ended up in the hospital with Asthma. I was pushing myself too much. Running myself down and my body was paying the price. Doctors said I had to change and start taking it easy and taking care of myself. So I talk it over with my hubby and he gave me great advice. All he said was honey you are beautiful and I... Fri, 29 Jul 2016 15:45:00 EST Astaxanthin: The Most Powerful Nutrient Ever Discovered for Eye Health http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47350_astaxanthin_the_most_powerful_nutrient_ever_discovered_for_eye_health Astaxanthin: The Most Powerful Nutrient Ever Discovered for Eye Health<br><br><br>Scientists long ago discovered that a class of naturally-occurring pigments called carotenoids held powerful antioxidant properties that are crucial for your health. But only recently has one particular carotenoid jumped to the forefront in terms of its status as a "super nutrient," becoming the focus of a large and growing number of peer-reviewed scientific publications.<br><br>This carotenoid is called astaxan... Fri, 29 Jul 2016 11:38:00 EST Vitamin K2 Deficiency Is a Significant Cause of Cardiovascular Disease http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47349_vitamin_k2_deficiency_is_a_significant_cause_of_cardiovascular_disease Vitamin K2 Deficiency Is a Significant Cause of Cardiovascular Disease<br><br><br>Your body is a complex organism, dependent upon the interactions and interrelationships of organs, enzymes, vitamins and hormones. Anytime you take a nutritional supplement, especially at high doses, you affect the balance of others.<br><br>For instance, if you take a zinc supplement, you must be wary of a copper imbalance in your body. These two nutrients balance each other, meaning you may suffer from either z... Fri, 29 Jul 2016 10:42:00 EST Healthy Diet and Moderate Exercise http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47343_healthy_diet_and_moderate_exercise You know the funny thing is that we all read stories on the news or watch reality shows like "The Biggest Loser" or even know friends or family that have taken drastic measures to diet and lose weight. We think, "Wow, these people have got their game on because they've lost 50 pounds in 3 months!"<br>But this is simply not healthy. Drastic measures are sometimes necessary for medical reasons, but otherwise they tend to over-stress the body and then people go right back to their former selves.... Fri, 29 Jul 2016 06:52:00 EST Tackling Sleep Apnea, Beer Belly, & Testosterone http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47340_tackling_sleep_apnea_beer_belly_testosterone Testosterone typically declines slowly and steadily after about age 30, just as complaints about energy level, libido, sexual performance, and muscle weakness pick up.<br><br>Despite the controversy over testosterone, there's still huge interest in it, says Bradley Anawalt, an endocrinologist at the University of Washington.<br><br>"It's the elixir of youth du jour for men right now," says Anawalt. "We see patients all the time asking about testosterone."<br><br>Some have low hormone levels ... Thu, 28 Jul 2016 23:22:00 EST The Surprising Health Benefits of Unripe Banana, Papaya and Mango http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47336_the_surprising_health_benefits_of_unripe_banana_papaya_and_mango The Surprising Health Benefits of Unripe Banana, Papaya and Mango<br><br><br>Are you getting enough fiber in your diet? If not, your health may suffer in more ways than one. A common sign your diet is lacking in fiber is constipation and irregular bowel movements, but that's really just the tip of the iceberg.<br><br>Fiber-rich foods like vegetables promote optimal gut health by nourishing beneficial gut bacteria. Certain fruits are also high in fiber, including underripe bananas, papayas and... Thu, 28 Jul 2016 12:29:00 EST How to avoid burnout http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47331_how_to_avoid_burnout It can be very hard caring for family, job, aged parents, and woman inevitably put themselves last. The risks of burnout are real, then come tears, anger, resentment. It all still has to be done, we cannot run away, but there are a few things you can do to minimalize the risk of burnout. <br><br>Burnout is a state of emotional, mental, and physical exhaustion caused by excessive and prolonged stress. It occurs when you feel overwhelmed, emotionally drained, and unable to meet constant dema... Thu, 28 Jul 2016 08:40:00 EST Tackling Sleep Apnea, Beer Belly, & Testosterone http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47327_tackling_sleep_apnea_beer_belly_testosterone As weight loss progresses, people typically begin to lose equal amounts of subcutaneous and visceral fat.<br><br>An exception may be people in their late 70s or early 80s, says Jensen. "We think that fat cells only live about three to seven years," he explains. "After that, we need new ones to replace the old ones that die."<br><br>But older people may run out of some of the precursor cells in their subcutaneous fat, notes Jensen.<br><br>"So they lose some of their subcutaneous fat depot an... Wed, 27 Jul 2016 22:08:00 EST Tips for bicycle safety http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47312_tips_for_bicycle_safety More and more people are enjoying the pleasures of bicycle riding, both for the health benefits, and for the sheer joy of being out on two wheels. It can be dangerous to mix bicycles with traffic but many steps can be taken to protect yourself as much as possible. 200 pounds versus 6000 is a given loss, so here are some bicycling tips:<br><br>PAY ATTENTION<br>First of all, pay 100-percent attention, just as you would while driving. Use your senses—often you can hear an engine in advance of ... Wed, 27 Jul 2016 07:34:00 EST Tackling Sleep Apnea, Beer Belly, & Testosterone http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47307_tackling_sleep_apnea_beer_belly_testosterone "Another advantage of visceral fat is that it's got a lot of immune cells and responds very vigorously to injury," notes Jensen. "Visceral fat can actually wrap itself around abdominal organs that are damaged during hunting or fighting and ward off infections, increasing the chances of surviving."<br><br>But few men today need to move quickly to survive. And few suffer life-threatening abdominal injuries from hunting or fighting.<br><br>In lean men, visceral fat is useful. It efficiently r... Tue, 26 Jul 2016 23:29:00 EST Eat an Energizing Breakfast http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47297_eat_an_energizing_breakfast Whether it be for weight loss, weight Maintenance, depression, anxiety, or all manner of ailments - Eating a Healthy, Energizing Breakfast cemented with Good Carbs and Protein - Starting my day off with an Energizing Breakfast has made such a difference in each of my days. I skipped breakfast for over 35 years - I have made it my #1 goal and stuck to it for 3 months so far - and it has been life changing. Those Breakfasts set the tone for my entire day. <br>For the Typical Monday-Friday - ... Tue, 26 Jul 2016 14:06:00 EST Top Tips to Keep Fruits and Veggies Fresh Longer http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47294_top_tips_to_keep_fruits_and_veggies_fresh_longer Top Tips to Keep Fruits and Veggies Fresh Longer<br><br><br>It's happened before. You brought home too many fresh carrots, cucumbers and fancy mesclun lettuce, didn't get to them as quickly as you thought you would and they spoiled. Rubbery carrots, slimy cucumbers and rusty lettuce can definitely make you lose your sense of humor.<br><br>The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND) says Americans dispose of 19 percent of the vegetables and around 14 percent of the fruits they buy due to spoi... Tue, 26 Jul 2016 09:58:00 EST Tackling Sleep Apnea http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47288_tackling_sleep_apnea It's probably not news that men are twice as likely as women to have not seen a doctor for at least two years. So it's no surprise that of the 15 leading causes of death in the United States, only one---Alzheimer's Disease---claims more women than men.<br><br>Endangered Males<br><br>Beginning in the womb, males are more likely than females to die at every age.<br><br>Among the diseases more common in men:<br><br>***heart disease<br><br>***lung cancer (men smoke more)<br><br>***bladder cancer... Mon, 25 Jul 2016 23:33:00 EST It really is a lifestyle http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47286_it_really_is_a_lifestyle I saw Dr Oz talking about his "Day Off Diet," and I thought I didn't need a full day off, just an occasional meal off like the weekly dinner with my dad that's a little higher in calories and fat than a single meal should be for me, and the occasional meal out with my girlfriends which usually involves my favorite Mexican foods. Then it hit me...those "occasional meals" are how normal, healthy people do it. I don't have to plan for an overeating day, I just have to make adjustments for spec... Mon, 25 Jul 2016 21:38:00 EST The Back Nine. http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47277_the_back_nine <br>THE BACK NINE <br> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/e30efcc2-3cc6-41aa-8f60-3ae301bc8a2f.jpg"><br> <br> <br>AND THEN IT IS WINTER <br> <br>You know ... Time has a way of moving quickly and catching you unaware of the passing years. It seems just yesterday that I was young, just married and embarking on my new life with my mate. Yet in a way, it seems like eons ago, and I wonder where all the years went. I know that I lived them all. I have glimpses of how it was back then... Mon, 25 Jul 2016 14:52:00 EST Health benefits of having close friends http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47271_health_benefits_of_having_close_friends The value of friendship is something that few people take time to really appreciate. When you need a friend, you realize just how important it is to have a strong relationship to another person. value of friendship, good friends Everyone values friendships, but it's especially important when you are a teenager and a young adult, and good friendships last through adulthood. A special friendship provides someone to talk to and hang out with, laughter, advice and so much more.<br><br>Friends ha... Mon, 25 Jul 2016 04:44:00 EST Tackling Sleep Apnea http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47266_tackling_sleep_apnea If a doctor suspects that you have sleep apnea, you'll probably spend a night at a sleep clinic, where you'll be attached to electrodes and sensors that record your sleep as well as the frequency of any apnea episodes.<br><br>The gold standard treatment is a CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) machine. You wear a mask over your nose while you sleep, and the machine supplies pressurized air to keep your throat open.<br><br>"Those who use it regularly have the greatest likelihood of eli... Sun, 24 Jul 2016 23:08:00 EST Diabete, Sleep & Life Control http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47262_diabete_sleep_life_control Insomnia was the original reason I joined SparkPeople. I have to admit it was the wisest decision I've made toward obtaining a healthy and happy lifestyle. However, I soon discovered there were many Teams I could join to help with various other health issues I was also dealing with at the time.<br><br>I recommend that you check your blood sugar every day before or after each meal and record the results on a chart. Also, add the amount of insulin or whatever was used. It helps to visualize... Sun, 24 Jul 2016 17:53:00 EST Become a Morning Person: http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47256_become_a_morning_person Become a Morning Person: 8 Tips from a Former Night Owl<br><br> <br>By: Stepfanie Romine, SparkPeople Blogger <br> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/5df619c7-7424-4290-a759-26cc8e30672a.png"><br>I spent most of my early and mid 20s working the second shift at newspapers. I loved working as a copy editor, and I loved the hours, too. My shifts began at 4 p.m. and ended at midnight, which meant I could stay up late, sleep until noon, and still have time to run errands and go to the... Sun, 24 Jul 2016 11:50:00 EST Tackling Sleep Apnea http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47245_tackling_sleep_apnea "Obesity plays a big role in the development of apnea," says Chervin. Extra weight can mean more fat deposits in the soft tissue that surrounds the throat, which can obstruct breathing.<br><br>Among 690 randomly selected middle-aged Wisconsin residents, those whose weight increased by 10 percent or more over a four-year period were six times as likely to develop moderate-to-severe sleep apnea as those who didn't gain weight.<br><br>While putting on pounds can make apnea worse, shedding them ... Sat, 23 Jul 2016 22:48:00 EST Hydrate while eating! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47235_hydrate_while_eating Whether the weather forecast has you dreading sweat-soaked tees or looking forward to pitchers of lemonade, staying adequately hydrated has to top your list of priorities this season.<br><br>These eight foods, in peak season during summer months, are either rich in necessary electrolytes like magnesium and potassium, or boast high water content to help you do just that. Even better—most are low in calories. So stock your picnic basket with these healthy eats if you want to keep that beach bod... Sat, 23 Jul 2016 10:17:00 EST Tackling Sleep Apnea http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47228_tackling_sleep_apnea On the night Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia died last February, his CPAP machine was on the nightstand next to his bed. It wasn't plugged in.<br><br>Scalia was one of an estimated 25 million Americans with obstructive sleep apnea. Most don't know they have it.<br><br>People with sleep apnea stop breathing for 10 seconds or more at a time, as many as 300 or 400 times a night. Each bout usually ends with a snort, as breathing begins again.<br><br>What causes it? In obstructive apnea, ... Fri, 22 Jul 2016 22:54:00 EST What are some of the best food sources of vitamin D? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47207_what_are_some_of_the_best_food_sources_of_vitamin_d What are some of the best food sources of vitamin D? <br><br><br><br>The conversation about which foods contain vitamin D can be a bit challenging because the WHFoods list for vitamin D is quite short. Furthermore, one of the best dietary sources of vitamin D (milk) is only vitamin D-rich because of fortification that occurs at the time of processing. (While whole milk from grass-fed cows with plenty of tim... Fri, 22 Jul 2016 01:34:00 EST Hot Flash In The Pan? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47204_hot_flash_in_the_pan Beyond The WHI<br><br>Q: The Women's Health Initiative aside, what can women do to lower their risk of disease?<br><br>A: We know from a number of studies that about 80 percent of heart attacks and strokes and up to 90 percent of cases of type 2 diabetes may be preventable by lifestyle modifications. But only about 5 percent of the population has adopted all of those practices.<br><br>Q: Like what?<br><br>A: Moderate-to-vigorous exercise at least 30 minutes a day, not smoking, maintainin... Thu, 21 Jul 2016 20:38:00 EST 10 Ways Growing an Organic Garden Can Help Your Health and Budget http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47195_10_ways_growing_an_organic_garden_can_help_your_health_and_budget 10 Ways Growing an Organic Garden Can Help Your Health and Budget<br><br>Get the nutrition you need & enjoy tastier food<br>Many studies have shown that organically grown food has more minerals and nutrients than food grown with synthetic pesticides. And there’s a good reason why many chefs use organic foods in their recipes -- they taste better.<br>Save money<br>Growing your own food can help cut the cost of your grocery bill.<br>Protect future generations<br>The average child receives four ... Thu, 21 Jul 2016 12:37:00 EST Are You an Active Couch Potato? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47194_are_you_an_active_couch_potato Are You an Active Couch Potato?<br>Taking Steps to Stay Healthy Despite a Sedentary Lifestyle<br><br> By Ellen G. Goldman<br> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/81ca06fa-985c-4914-bb54-e975126e00fb.png"><br>My life has always been full of movement. As a fitness coach and former owner of a personal training business, I know the importance of being active throughout the day and have never been concerned about my activity level. Even with many of my working hours spent at a desk, I... Thu, 21 Jul 2016 11:50:00 EST Hot Flash In The Pan? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47183_hot_flash_in_the_pan Vaginal Atrophy<br><br>Q: What else should women know about menopause?<br><br>A: Low doses of vaginal estrogen are safe and effective to prevent vaginal dryness and discomfort with sexual activity---or what's now called genitourinary syndrome of menopause. It occurs in at least 45 percent of women.<br><br>This syndrome, which we used to call vaginal atrophy, is progressive. Unlike the hot flashes and the night sweats, which tend to get better within a decade after menopause, vaginal altro... Wed, 20 Jul 2016 23:28:00 EST The Cost of Multitasking: 6 Health Risks You Should Know http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47174_the_cost_of_multitasking_6_health_risks_you_should_know The Cost of Multitasking: 6 Health Risks You Should Know<br>7 Tips for Changing Your Juggling Ways<br><br> By Ellen G. Goldman<br> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/96e40b4b-0f3a-4b73-b381-22735887fd44.png"><br>Wet laundry that's been sitting in the washing machine for three days. A blog post riddled with spelling errors. An annoyed boss who is still waiting on the report that you were supposed to complete by day's end. What do all of these unfortunate scenarios have in common?... Wed, 20 Jul 2016 11:25:00 EST Hot Flash In The Pan? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47166_hot_flash_in_the_pan Q: Why do women go the bio-identical hormone route?<br><br>A: They're being misled by unsubstantiated claims of greater safety and effectiveness. Since the WHI, many physicians are no longer up to date on prescribing FDA-approved hormones or won't prescribe them at all. To fill that void, women are turning to alternative remedies including compounding pharmacies.<br><br>Q: Why do women think that compounded hormones are safer?<br><br>A: They often don't receive a package insert telling... Tue, 19 Jul 2016 23:30:00 EST cycling for health http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47162_cycling_for_health <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/45a740cb-c8cf-4c5e-b932-60b88c8d9628.jpg">I love riding bikes. I love building bikes. And it all costs me nearly nothing. For example, I built a recumbent bike 10 years ago for less than $4. Just sawed some old junkers apart and welded them back together in the recumbent configuration. Cost: my time and some welding rods and a can of paint. I have rode that bike over 11,000 miles. I just explained the building because it added the incenti... Tue, 19 Jul 2016 20:11:00 EST What Is Matcha Green Tea Good For? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47131_what_is_matcha_green_tea_good_for What Is Matcha Green Tea Good For?<br><br><br>One of the most in-demand drinks on the planet, green tea is outrageously good for you. You may have heard about its benefits, such as increased ability to lose weight and combat heart disease.<br><br>The interest lately is so hot that an exodus from the coffee camp to a mass of matcha groupies has made matcha “the drink” of choice during New York Fashion Week for the past few years.1<br><br>The trend is gaining ground for several reasons. One is ... Mon, 18 Jul 2016 10:11:00 EST What Is Matcha Green Tea Good For? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47130_what_is_matcha_green_tea_good_for What Is Matcha Green Tea Good For?<br><br><br>One of the most in-demand drinks on the planet, green tea is outrageously good for you. You may have heard about its benefits, such as increased ability to lose weight and combat heart disease.<br><br>The interest lately is so hot that an exodus from the coffee camp to a mass of matcha groupies has made matcha “the drink” of choice during New York Fashion Week for the past few years.1<br><br>The trend is gaining ground for several reasons. One is ... Mon, 18 Jul 2016 10:11:00 EST Here's Why You Should Celebrate Sweat http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47129_heres_why_you_should_celebrate_sweat Here’s Why You Should Celebrate Sweat<br>A Little Perspiration Does the Body Good<br><br> By Melissa Rudy, Health & Fitness Journalist<br> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/47274e12-d1fb-4865-aa92-36a985d69fb1.png"><br>Regardless of weight or fitness level, we all sweat (although some more than others). For many, it's welcomed as physical proof of exertion. Whether you prefer running, spinning or hot yoga, there's just something exhilarating about finishing a grueling, sweaty w... Mon, 18 Jul 2016 09:55:00 EST Healthy While Traveling http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47126_healthy_while_traveling 1. Pack your own snacks. Ironically for someone who travels as much as I do, I dislike actually having to get on a plane to do so. Besides my claustrophobia and fear of flying, I’ve become increasingly less patient in dealing with layovers, flight delays and expensive airport food. I refuse to spend $10 on a veggie and hummus sandwich or $6 on a miniature cup of fresh fruit. No thanks, not happening. So, I pack my snacks ahead of time. Yes, it takes a little bit of planning but the rewards ar... Mon, 18 Jul 2016 07:49:00 EST Hot Flash In The Pan? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47122_hot_flash_in_the_pan Menopause<br><br>Q: Have the WHI results led doctors to stop treating symptoms of menopause with hormones?<br><br>A: The use of hormone therapy has declined by about 80 percent since the WHI, but the trials' results have been misunderstood. The hormone therapy trials were designed to answer a specific question: What is the balance of benefits and risks of hormone therapy when used to prevent heart disease and other chronic diseases?<br><br>The balance was not favorable for the average wom... Sun, 17 Jul 2016 22:25:00 EST Maintain a Good Healthy Diet http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47119_maintain_a_good_healthy_diet Now that we have came so far and maybe your starting out Spark People is all about learning a healthy way of eating and incorporating exercise into each day... Change is hard... especially for those with a weakness for salty or sugary snacks... But it is not impossible... once you know all of the options that can actually help get your health in shape you will see that it is not so bad... and the changes you make now can help undo years of unhealthy eating.... and a better check up at th... Sun, 17 Jul 2016 19:42:00 EST Hot Flash In The Pan? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47103_hot_flash_in_the_pan Q: Should women eat less fat?<br><br>A: This study suggests that there may be benefits for women who have been diagnosed with breast cancer and for women who have an increased risk of breast cancer. But overall, I don't think there's strong evidence yet that all women should be going on a low-fat diet.<br><br>Q: Why not?<br><br>A: It could be that what mattered wasn't less fat, but a reduction in red meat or an increase in fruits and vegetables, or even a small amount of weight loss. I... Sat, 16 Jul 2016 21:41:00 EST The health benefits of fasting http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47098_the_health_benefits_of_fasting A number of studies have suggested intermittent fasting has numerous health benefits, including weight loss, lower blood pressure and reduced cholesterol. <br> One of the most well-known intermittent fasting diets is the 5:2 Fast Diet - a plan that involves eating the recommended calorie intake for 5 days a week but reducing calorie intake to 25% for the remaining 2 days - to 500 calories a day for women and 600 a day for men.<br> Studies of intermittent fasting show that not only do pe... Sat, 16 Jul 2016 14:25:00 EST Hot Flash In The Pan? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47088_hot_flash_in_the_pan Breast Cancer<br><br>The initial results from 2006 showed that women assigned to a low-fat diet had an 8 percent lower risk of developing breast cancer than those assigned to eat their usual diet. It wasn't a statistically significant reduction, but rather was borderline.<br><br>However, additional information has come to light since then, and our follow-up has been extended. Among the women who were diagnosed with breast cancer during the trial, it looks like there was a 35 percent statist... Fri, 15 Jul 2016 23:16:00 EST Secrets That Can Help You Live Longer http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47080_secrets_that_can_help_you_live_longer Secrets That Can Help You Live Longer<br><br><br>The search for "the fountain of youth" has a long history, from tracking down sacred, life-giving water sources in the days of antiquity, to the invention of "miracle pills" and stem cell research in the modern age, the fascination with extreme longevity is an enduring one.<br><br>One of the most recent studies1 on this topic investigated the blood of a woman who lived to be just over 115 years old. At her death, she only had two blood stem cel... Fri, 15 Jul 2016 12:06:00 EST Hot Flash In The Pan? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47070_hot_flash_in_the_pan Bottom Line<br><br>***Lose (or don't gain) excess weight.<br><br>***Shoot for 30 to 60 minutes a day of moderate-to-vigorous aerobic exercise.<br><br>***Eat at least five servings of fruits and vegetables a day.<br><br>***Drink alcoholic beverages only occasionally.<br><br>***If you have severe symptoms in early menopause, consider taking hormones for five years or less.<br><br>***If you're more than a decade past the onset of menopause, avoid starting hormones. But low-dose vaginal estrogen... Thu, 14 Jul 2016 23:15:00 EST Nine Ways to Make Yourself Smarter http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47059_nine_ways_to_make_yourself_smarter Nine Ways to Make Yourself Smarter<br><br><br>Looking for ways to boost your intellect, stave off mental aging, and maybe even live a longer life? You might be surprised to learn that not only do such strategies exist, but many are easily attainable by making simple tweaks here and there to your daily routine. Embracing the strategies that follow may give a hearty boost to your brainpower, help you keep mentally healthy and ultimately even make yourself smarter.<br><br>Nine Tips for a Smarter... Thu, 14 Jul 2016 12:45:00 EST Doctor Warns: Eat Soy and You’ll Look 5 Years Older http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47058_doctor_warns_eat_soy_and_youll_look_5_years_older Doctor Warns: Eat Soy and You’ll Look 5 Years Older<br><br>In the early 1990's, soy and soy products exploded onto the supermarket scene with promises of bountiful health benefits.<br><br>This "new miracle food," soy, was supposed to lower cholesterol, take the heat out of hot flashes, protect against breast and prostate cancer, and offer a filling alternative to earth-loving vegetarians.<br><br>The problem with these claims?<br><br>Most of them are false.<br><br>Sadly, most of what you have ... Thu, 14 Jul 2016 12:02:00 EST Hot Flash In The Pan? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47044_hot_flash_in_the_pan "Clinically proven soy isoflavones for hot flash relief," says Estroven, a soy and black cohosh supplement. "Clinically tested formula shown to help relieve hot flashes, night sweats," says Promensil Menopause, which contains red clover. <br><br>Many woman look for "natural" supplements to treat hot flashes and night sweats. Do they work? Here's the evidence for some popular supplements, as well as for exercise and muscle relaxation.<br><br>Soy. Four trials of supplements that contain at... Wed, 13 Jul 2016 13:11:00 EST my way of seeing things http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47043_my_way_of_seeing_things consistency. <br><br>i have dieted over and over again. sometimes losing 15 to 25 kilos of weight sometimes not being successful. <br><br>I ate paleo, low carb, did weight watchers and counted calories. all these systems work. but i need to think longterm.<br><br>often the same amount of kilos get lost and gained. to step out of this diet circle of hell, i need to change only those habits i am willing to keep for the rest of my life.. the rest is CONSISTENCY!!!!! <em>381</em> <br><br>i pray... Wed, 13 Jul 2016 13:07:00 EST Make Small Changes http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47042_make_small_changes It took me a long time to decide that I needed to do something to lose the weight and to regain my health, why? It seem so daunting I was sure I was going to fail.<br><br>But then I started changing small things little by little. First, I started watching what I ate: choosing what I thought was better for me.<br>Then, when I felt my eating was better and felt a bit easier I started to move a little more. My first day was awful and I couldn't breathe, so I knew I had to quit smoking if I want... Wed, 13 Jul 2016 12:36:00 EST Important Facts About Cholesterol and Heart Disease http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47041_important_facts_about_cholesterol_and_heart_disease Important Facts About Cholesterol and Heart Disease<br><br><br>Cholesterol is a wax-like fatty substance found in almost every cell of your body. You need cholesterol to make hormones and vitamin D, digest your foods, protect your nerves and for the production of cell membranes.<br><br>Although it has been vilified, it is essential to your health. Your liver manufactures most of the cholesterol you require from the nutrients in your food.<br><br>Levels of cholesterol are not higher in fatty m... Wed, 13 Jul 2016 12:23:00 EST Melatonin Regulates Our Cycles, Mood, Reproduction, Weight and May Help Combat Cancer http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47012_melatonin_regulates_our_cycles_mood_reproduction_weight_and_may_help_combat_cancer Melatonin Regulates Our Cycles, Mood, Reproduction, Weight and May Help Combat Cancer<br><br><br>Melatonin is a hormone your body produces at night, and one of its primary roles is to help you sleep. But this benefit, for which it is arguably most widely known, is only one of many.<br><br>Did you know, for instance, that melatonin may help protect against heart disease, diabetes, Alzheimer's and migraine headaches? Or that it may help with weight control and strengthening your immune system? ... Tue, 12 Jul 2016 11:13:00 EST What you need to know about over the counter medications and supplements http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=47009_what_you_need_to_know_about_over_the_counter_medications_and_supplements Over-the-counter (OTC) medicines are medicines you can buy without a prescription from your doctor. OTC medicines can help you feel better by helping to treat or prevent health problems, such as allergies, constipation, cold and flu (influenza), and nausea. However, sometimes OTC medicines can cause unpleasant effects (also called adverse effects). These adverse effects include side effects, drug-drug interactions, food-drug interactions, and allergic reactions. It is best to be aware of the ... Tue, 12 Jul 2016 08:13:00 EST 2015 Dietary Guidelines for Americans Makes Strides Toward Better Nutrition, But Fallacies Remain http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46996_2015_dietary_guidelines_for_americans_makes_strides_toward_better_nutrition_but_fallacies_remain 2015 Dietary Guidelines for Americans Makes Strides Toward Better Nutrition, But Fallacies Remain<br><br><br>Every five years, the US Departments of Agriculture (USDA) and Health and Human Services (HHS) convene a 15-member panel to update the nation's dietary guidelines.<br><br>The panel's stated mission is to identify foods and beverages that help you achieve and maintain a healthy weight, promote health, and prevent disease. These guidelines also serve as the foundation for national nutrit... Mon, 11 Jul 2016 15:15:00 EST 6 Tips to Stay Healthy This Summer http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46995_6_tips_to_stay_healthy_this_summer Steps to better your health during summer months<br><br>Summer is officially upon us, which for many of us means extra time outdoors, basking in swimming pools, enjoying hikes, and much more. However, it also means you’re more exposed to certain illnesses, allergies, and infections. Wondering how you can take advantage of the summer sunshine while being in charge of your health at the same time?<br><br>Protect Yourself From Skin Cancer<br>While staying lathered up may seem obvious to some, it... Mon, 11 Jul 2016 15:11:00 EST You Got A Friend http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46993_you_got_a_friend Have you tried to diet, but it failed; and you couldn't figure out why? Well the problem could be that you are trying to do it alone. I had that problem. I thought that I didn't need anyone. I thought I could do it all on my own, but I was wrong. I would try to eat healthy, but everywhere I looked, everyone was eating all these unhealthy foods (that I love). When I saw everyone eating those foods; I wanted to eat those foods too! When I would exercise; I would see people sitting on the couch ... Mon, 11 Jul 2016 14:28:00 EST Staying The Course http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46992_staying_the_course Not really any secrets of success, I decided to stay the course that inevitably yields long-term results.<br><br>What I have discovered, particularly, over the past nine months, it's a matter of choice. You can have all the support in the world; have all the right and or proper tools; motivation from many sources and yet not do absolutely nothing but keep stating that you want to make a change.<br><br>Well having a desire to and wanting to make a change is simply not enough and without quest... Mon, 11 Jul 2016 14:21:00 EST Weighing In On The Value Of The Body Mass Index http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46975_weighing_in_on_the_value_of_the_body_mass_index People with a healthy BMI (18.5 to 24.9) tend to have better blood sugar and blood lipid levels compared with people whose BMI values fall above that range. They're also more likely to have normal blood pressure,, which puts less strain on the heart and circulatory system. They're also more likely to have normal blood pressure, which puts less strain on the heart and circulatory system. They're less prone to joint and muscle aches and may even have more energy---factors that make heart-hea... Sun, 10 Jul 2016 23:00:00 EST Drop the Pop http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46970_drop_the_pop I have found that if you drop the pop that you will notice a lot of differences. Once you stop drinking pop, you will notice that your skin will start to clear up because the sugar from the pop isn't there. You will also notice that you will start to lose weight, again this is because we lose the sugar content from the pop and all the additives. You will also feel better if you are drinking diet pops and stop drinking them. The reason for this is the aspartame that is in the drinks. Aspartame... Sun, 10 Jul 2016 16:49:00 EST Average US Woman Now Weighs as Much as 1960s Man http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46967_average_us_woman_now_weighs_as_much_as_1960s_man Average US Woman Now Weighs as Much as 1960s Man<br><br><br>Today, about 75 percent of US men and 67 percent of US women are either overweight or obese. This has risen significantly from figures gathered between 1988 and 1994, when "just" 63 percent of men and 55 percent of US women were overweight or obese.2<br><br>Fewer Than One-Third of Americans Are at a Healthy Weight<br><br>The NHANES data revealed that about 35 percent of men and 37 percent of women are obese, while another 40 percent ... Sun, 10 Jul 2016 12:25:00 EST Stay Hydrated - It's all about the water!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46958_stay_hydrated_its_all_about_the_water My Secret of Success is to get as much water in as possible throughout the day -- Stay Hydrated!! I drink an average of 64 oz a day, minimum. Sometimes more, sometimes a little less in a day. <br><br>I can tell when I'm not close as close to that 64 oz and don't enjoy that feeling of being thirsty. Nowadays, it feels less about being thirsty and feels more about being a healthier version of me. I can tell the effect it has on other parts of my body and body functions. <br><br>Getting enou... Sun, 10 Jul 2016 00:22:00 EST Atrial Fibrillation: The Latest Treatment Trends http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46956_atrial_fibrillation_the_latest_treatment_trends Mechanical Solutions<br><br>Even with the newer, safer drug options, there are still some people who cannot safely take anticoagulants on a regular basis. For example, older adults who are prone to frequent falls or people who have trouble sticking to the proper dosing schedule could be at risk for serious complications. For this group, there is an effective, new, nondrug option. A tiny basket-like device called the Watchman that is implanted in the heart can block clots that form in the l... Sat, 9 Jul 2016 23:44:00 EST The Power of Protein http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46950_the_power_of_protein My personal weight loss journey has been a very slow and inconsistent one that I have been on and off of for a few years. I have always had wonderful tools for effective weight loss, such as SparkPeople, but a few things would disrupt my process. A large disruption of losing weight for me was overeating and not listening to my body when it no longer needed food. <br>One thing that has recently been very helpful for me is incorporating more protein into my diet. At the beginning part of my wei... Sat, 9 Jul 2016 17:32:00 EST Atrial Fibrillation: The Latest Treatment Trends http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46933_atrial_fibrillation_the_latest_treatment_trends The Role Of Anticoagulation:<br><br>The go-to solution for lowering stroke risk involves clot-preventing drugs known as anticoagulants or blood thinners. For decades, the standby in this arena has been warfarin (Coumadin). Although it works very well, warfarin can be tricky to manage in real-life situations because blood levels have to be kept within a narrow range to avoid side effects such as unwanted bleeding. Because many common drugs, foods, and dietary supplements affect the anti-clo... Fri, 8 Jul 2016 22:00:00 EST Drink Your Water http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46927_drink_your_water Drinking plenty of water is one of the best ways I've discovered to feel full longer, have healthier looking skin, and stay hydrated!!!! My go to tricks...I drink at least 16 ounces of water BEFORE having a cup of coffee every morning! Then I drink one cup of coffee, followed with another glass or two of water! During the school year my early morning goal is to have at least eight-eight ounce glasses of water before I leave for school at 7:00AM. I also take a water filled MUG with me in t... Fri, 8 Jul 2016 13:22:00 EST Benefits of Juicing: Your Keys to Radiant Health http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46923_benefits_of_juicing_your_keys_to_radiant_health Benefits of Juicing: Your Keys to Radiant Health<br><br>Congratulations! You have made some great changes to your life. The last step will be to implement a juicing plan. I am firmly convinced that the benefits of juicing are the keys to giving you a radiant, energetic life, and truly optimal health.<br><br>I've said this in the other levels of this nutrition plan, but it's so important I'll say it again - valuable and sensitive micronutrients become damaged when you heat foods.<br><br>Cookin... Fri, 8 Jul 2016 11:10:00 EST Depression can be painful http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46918_depression_can_be_painful Symptoms of depression go beyond feelings of sadness and may include pain. Besides headaches, symptoms can also include back pain, joint pain, and stomach pain, Since these can be symptoms of other conditions as well it's important to be seen by your medical care provider. Depression may not be diagnosed when pain is present which means you may not get the help you need.<br> It's important to recognize other symptoms of depression, including:<br><br>Feeling blue, sad, weepy<br>Feeling ... Fri, 8 Jul 2016 08:22:00 EST Atrial Fibrillation: The Latest Treatment Trends http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46910_atrial_fibrillation_the_latest_treatment_trends About one in six strokes can be traced to atrial fibrillation. Doctors now have newer and better options to lessen this risk.<br><br>Close to one in 10 people ages 65 or older have atrial fibrillation (afib), the most common heart rhythm disorder. During a bout of afib, the usually rhythmic contractions of the heart's upper chambers (the atria) are replaced by an ineffectual quiver. While the symptoms, which include a racing heartbeat, dizziness, and shortness of breath, are troublesome fo... Thu, 7 Jul 2016 21:50:00 EST How to clear your sinuses http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46904_how_to_clear_your_sinuses Many people suffer from stuffed sinuses on occasion, especially due to allergies. Many people think a stuffy nose is the result of too much mucus in the nasal passages. However, a clogged nose is actually caused by inflamed blood vessels in the sinuses. These irritated vessels are usually triggered by a cold, the flu, allergies, or a sinus infection. Here are a few suggestions: <br> 1. Humidifier. A humidifier provides a quick, easy way to reduce sinus pain and relieve a stuffy nose. Th... Thu, 7 Jul 2016 18:38:00 EST Never Give Up http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46901_never_give_up My journey is a tricky one, but aren't they all. My tangled web began with love for fitness and competitiveness with a slight propensity toward healthy eating. The nature of my mind is to continually improve. I didn't realize at that time, by continually challenging myself; holding myself to a more unachievalbe bar and to eat more and more "clean", I was actually beginning to do myself a disservice.<br><br>My loving family stood by my side supporting my racing, in awe at my achievements, and ... Thu, 7 Jul 2016 16:03:00 EST Reversing fatty liver http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46870_reversing_fatty_liver Some fat in your liver is normal. But if it makes up more than 5%-10% of the organ's weight, you may have fatty liver disease.<br> Fatty liver occurs when excess fat accumulates inside liver cells. This means normal, healthy liver tissue becomes partly replaced with fatty tissue. The fat starts to invade the liver, gradually infiltrating the healthy liver areas, so that less and less healthy liver tissue remains. The fatty liver has a yellow greasy appearance and is often enlarged and swo... Wed, 6 Jul 2016 08:12:00 EST How to help prevent Alzheimer's http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46856_how_to_help_prevent_alzheimers Many people are concerned about the possibility of developing Alzheimer's disease and the devastating consequences. About 4.5 million people in the United States are affected and millions more family members have had their lives severely disrupted by this debilitating illness. Several studies in the past few years have demonstrated that age doesn't cause decreased brain function, and that there are several things we can do to help prevent this devastating problem.<br> First, control you... Tue, 5 Jul 2016 15:39:00 EST Keep Healthy While at Work http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46849_keep_healthy_while_at_work Eight hours in a chair in front of a computer, five days a week can take a toll on your body. From avoiding eye strain and tension neck syndrome to passing on those extra calories that co-workers leave invitingly on their desks, experts give WebMD 10 tips that will help you stay healthy and in shape at work.<br><br>1. The snacks that your co-workers so nicely place on their desk can add a few hundred calories to your daily diet if you're not careful, and they can leave you with unwanted pound... Tue, 5 Jul 2016 06:30:00 EST Research That Is Being Watched http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46847_research_that_is_being_watched Researchers compared three groups of heart patients: people who did cardiac rehab for 12 weeks, those who did cardiac rehab plus stress reduction, and those who chose not to participate in cardiac rehab. The stress reduction group engaged in weekly, 1.5 hour-long sessions that included small group discussions and training in stress reduction, coping skills, and relaxation techniques.<br><br>After a follow-up of about three years, the rate of cardiac events (heart attacks, strokes, recurrent... Mon, 4 Jul 2016 23:24:00 EST Research That Is Being Watched http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46823_research_that_is_being_watched Can Mammograms Help Reveal Heart Disease?<br><br>Mammograms, which are widely used to detect early breast cancer, may also be an effective tool for spotting early signs of heart disease, a small study suggests.<br><br>The study, in the April JACC: Cardiology Imaging, involved nearly 300 women free of heart disease. All underwent both a mammogram and a computed tomography (CT) scan of the chest. The mammograms showed calcifications (which look like a chalked line) in the arteries within the... Sun, 3 Jul 2016 22:06:00 EST Lend A Hand, Help Your Heart? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46806_lend_a_hand_help_your_heart Another large, ongoing study of volunteerism, Experience Corps, has also documented physical, social, and cognitive improvements in volunteers. Begun in 1995 and now operating in multiple cities across the United States, Experience Corps pairs adults ages 50 or older with public school students who struggle with reading. While the tutoring improved classroom behavior and boosted the students' reading scores, the experience also helped the adults. A recent study in the American Journal of P... Sat, 2 Jul 2016 22:54:00 EST How Gluten and Modern Food Processing Contribute to Poor Health http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46798_how_gluten_and_modern_food_processing_contribute_to_poor_health How Gluten and Modern Food Processing Contribute to Poor Health<br><br><br>“Gluten: A Gut Feeling” investigates the health effects of gluten. In recent years, the benefits of a gluten-free diet have become widely recognized, its popularity fueled by celebrity endorsements and an increasing number of books.<br><br>This includes The New York Times Best Seller, “Grain Brain,” written by Dr. David Perlmutter, a neurologist, in which he reveals how processed grains can trigger neurological dysfunc... Sat, 2 Jul 2016 11:51:00 EST The importance of rest! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46791_the_importance_of_rest Exhaustion, lack of sleep, sleep-deprivation, it's all in the same category. We need rest and our bodies cannot function properly without it. Tired minds are much more likely to make serious mistakes. In most first-world countries of the world today a significant percentage of the population is sleep-deprived. In the United States alone, fatigue is one of the top ten reasons people are visiting their care providers.<br> We need rest but there seems to be no time to get it. Without re... Sat, 2 Jul 2016 07:33:00 EST Lend A Hand, Help Your Heart? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46782_lend_a_hand_help_your_heart People who do volunteer work may reap benefits beyond the satisfaction of helping others.<br><br>If you volunteer on a regular basis, perhaps you've experienced the emotional rewards of donating your time. What you might not realize, however, is that volunteering may offer some added advantages for your heart.<br><br>"There's a growing body of research showing that volunteering is associated with better physical and mental health outcomes," says Eric S. Kim, a research fellow at the Harvard ... Fri, 1 Jul 2016 15:36:00 EST New Science of Living Longer and How to Achieve It. http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46780_new_science_of_living_longer_and_how_to_achieve_it New Science of Living Longer and How to Achieve It.<br><br><br>The Immortality Edge explains how telomeres play a role in protecting your chromosomes from critical damage. When telomeres shorten, this disrupts vital cellular function and causes the onset of aging and various diseases such as cancer and Alzheimer's -- a progression that may not be inevitable after all.<br><br>According to Life Extension:<br><br>"Drawing from the groundbreaking discoveries about telomeres that won the 2009 Nobe... Fri, 1 Jul 2016 12:35:00 EST My Garden, My World http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46763_my_garden_my_world <em>214</em> <em>214</em> <em>214</em> <em>214</em> <em>214</em> <em>214</em> <em>214</em> <br>A single rose can be my garden - a single friend, my world. <br>Leo Buscaglia <br> <em>220</em> <em>220</em> <em>220</em> <em>220</em> <em>220</em> <em>220</em> <em>220</em> <br><br>As we get longer in the tooth (a poetic way to say "older") doctors become a part of our lives. It seems that every week I am going to see some sort of "ologist". Fact of the matter is, our parts ha... Thu, 30 Jun 2016 13:18:00 EST How to drink more water http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46757_how_to_drink_more_water In the past I have had a hard time drinking water. There are days when I just don't feel thirsty at all and no matter how hard I try, I just can't even swallow the water that I know I should drink. I can get down a soda pretty easily, but not water. I don't remember exactly how I came across this idea, but I discovered it about a year ago. <br><br>If you have trouble drinking water, not even feeling thirsty, or not being able to force yourself to swallow enough water, try this little trick. A... Thu, 30 Jun 2016 09:50:00 EST Aspartame and Excess Pregnancy Weight Puts Baby at Risk for Obesity http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46748_aspartame_and_excess_pregnancy_weight_puts_baby_at_risk_for_obesity <br>Aspartame and Excess Pregnancy Weight Puts Baby at Risk for Obesity<br><br><br>The decisions you make before your baby is born have a significant impact on his or her health for years to come. It's only been recently that researchers have begun to fully understand the complexity behind the human genome and the extent to which it is expressed for generations in the future.1<br><br>Both mother's and father's genetic material have an impact on the health of their offspring, including the lik... Wed, 29 Jun 2016 12:01:00 EST Staying Healthy at Work http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46714_staying_healthy_at_work 1. Make hydration benchmarks<br><br>Like any other goal, your mission to stay hydrated becomes more easily attainable when you break it into small, specific tasks you can start tackling immediately.<br><br>Your mind (and your bladder) might be daunted by the challenge of chugging 64 ounces of water a day…but drinking 8 ounces of water every few hours, on the other hand, sounds perfectly manageable.<br><br>We found this awesome trick to drink enough water throughout the day from Chris Freytag ... Mon, 27 Jun 2016 06:26:00 EST To snack, or not to snack? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46712_to_snack_or_not_to_snack We all have deeply ingrained habits that can cause us to stumble in our quest for a healthier lifestyle. One of these areas for many of us is snacking. While using snacking as a small meal to keep energy levels even during the course of the day is a good thing, the action of mindlessly munching while distracted by other activities is not. What to do? As we all know, changing old habits is hard! That is why it may be time to think outside the box, or the bag, when it comes to snacking! <br>Do ... Mon, 27 Jun 2016 01:39:00 EST 15 Ways To Keep Cool When It's Hot http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46694_15_ways_to_keep_cool_when_its_hot Keeping cool when temperatures reach record highs isn't just about comfort. Dangerously high temperatures can result in heat-related illnesses ranging from heat cramps to heat exhaustion and heat stroke. The following tips can help you keep cool all summer long.<br><br>1. Alter your pattern of outdoor exercise to take advantage of cooler times (early morning or late evening). If you can't change the time of your workout, scale it down by doing fewer minutes, walking instead or running, or dec... Sat, 25 Jun 2016 19:31:00 EST What Are Sprouts Good For? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46676_what_are_sprouts_good_for What Are Sprouts Good For?<br><br><br><br>Sprouts Nutrition Facts<br><br><br>You may have seen them in a gourmet sandwich shop or the produce aisle, looking like loose tangles of little pale threads with tiny unopened peas at the top. You may even have tasted them and decided "Not bad," because of their fresh, lively taste and texture.<br><br>What are sprouts exactly? Well, there are a lot of different types – almost as many as there are edible plants. Bean sprouts, sunflower sprouts, rye spr... Fri, 24 Jun 2016 11:23:00 EST The benefits of sunshine and exercise http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46671_the_benefits_of_sunshine_and_exercise We all know we need to be exercising. We were designed to move, and everything about us benefits from regular, moderate exercise-physically, emotionally, mentally, and spiritually. <br> The sun provides energy to our planet. Much of its radiation promotes health and well-being. It is necessary for the growth of vegetation, plants, and photosynthesis, the food-production mechanism. This provides us with the food we eat. Sunlight also powers the recycling of water through evaporation ... Fri, 24 Jun 2016 09:41:00 EST Should I Take A Potassium Supplement? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46617_should_i_take_a_potassium_supplement This is a great question that comes up all the time-----and with good reason, because potassium can be tricky. The short answer is no, you should not take potassium supplements unless your doctor prescribes them. Let me outline why below.<br><br>To start with, you're much better off getting potassium from foods instead of pills. Many fruits and vegetables are rich in potassium, including spinach, sweet potatoes, cantaloupe, bananas, and avocado. Potassium-rich diets help control blood pre... Mon, 20 Jun 2016 22:54:00 EST the vegan truth http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46587_the_vegan_truth I know most people don't like to think about vegan, vegans, or veganism but it saved my life and saves many more animals each day. I have been a vegetarian since the age of 9 because of my love of animals. I saw the movie Earthlings and realized the horrors of dairy and became vegan. At this point in my life I had been diagnosed with Hashimoto thyroidis and gained over 120 pounds though I had been fit and thin my entire life prior. After going vegan the tumors on my thyroid dissolved, I've lo... Sun, 19 Jun 2016 02:04:00 EST Lowering Cholesterol: Can Supplements Help? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46555_lowering_cholesterol_can_supplements_help ***Supplements: Here's how to avoid being fooled by the labels:<br><br>1. Get the right phytosterols. You can buy either free phytosterols or phytosterol esters. The esters are free phytosterols that have fatty acids attached to them. That makes them disperse more readily in the intestinal tract, says the FDA. It has proposed that only suppoements with phytosterol esters can claim that they help reduce the risk of heart disease, assuming they provide enough. (Fortified foods can make t... Thu, 16 Jun 2016 22:54:00 EST Better Health and a better you.. http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46548_better_health_and_a_better_you Keep in mind that your on a journey that you will be for the best way to health..Eating a balanced nutritious diet and being physically active is the best way to stay healthy and help reduce your risk of disease... To maintain a stable weight your intake needs to equal to the intake you use. If you use more calories than you consume working out you will lose weight... On the other hand.. if you eat more than you us... you will gain weight... So that is where Spark People comes in.. It will... Thu, 16 Jun 2016 10:48:00 EST Blogging for change http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46544_blogging_for_change Sometimes, the answers that we seek are right inside our hearts. We just need to take the time to listen to our own heart.<br>I have been blogging for a few years now. Every morning, I get up and I write for 5 minutes. It is not a tough thing to do, but it takes discipline. I find that by writing, I have more direction in my journey towards greater health. I also find that many people go through exactly the same thing as I am going through.<br> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/... Thu, 16 Jun 2016 07:13:00 EST Lowering Cholesterol: Can Supplements Help? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46539_lowering_cholesterol_can_supplements_help Policosanol<br><br>Ineffective.<br><br>Why do some companies still use this discredited extract of sugar cane wax? After Cuban researchers published studies 15 years ago claiming that policosanol was as powerful as statins, 11 trials in the United States, Canada, Italy, Germany, and South Africa all found that it didn't lower LDL any more than a placebo. <br><br>Phytosterols<br><br>Effective. Phytosterols are plant extracts that keep some cholesterol from being absorbed from the intestinal ... Wed, 15 Jun 2016 22:48:00 EST Lowering Cholesterol: Can Supplements Help? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46527_lowering_cholesterol_can_supplements_help Statins CAN SLASH LDL ("bad") cholesterol by 40 to 60 percent. But some people prefer to avoid prescription drugs. While no cholesterol-lowering supplement can match the potency (or purity) of a statin, a few offer modest help. Others promise to but don't.<br><br>Red Yeast Rice<br><br>Effective, but dosages unpredictable.<br><br>Red yeast rice contains small amounts of naturally occurring statin-like compounds. In four good studies, LDL cholesterol dropped by an average of 20 percent in pe... Tue, 14 Jun 2016 22:50:00 EST Hair health for your scalp http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46504_hair_health_for_your_scalp Using a baby shampoo for your dry scalp is healthy for your hair. Washing your hair too often is not healthy. Hot water is also not wise. There are oils that you can buy but they are very expensive. Baby shampoo is often on sale during baby week. I've asked my hair dresser. She thought that tee tree oil would be good. I asked my doctor she recommended baby shampoo. Taking care of the scalp is important to your health in general. Exercising to point of sweating is also a good thing fo... Mon, 13 Jun 2016 15:43:00 EST Staying Healthy While Traveling the Globe http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46437_staying_healthy_while_traveling_the_globe <br>Vacations are a time to rest, rejuvenate and explore — a time for travelers to experience the sights, sounds and culture of the town they are visiting without the stresses of everyday life. For many people, trips can also provide a unique opportunity to indulge in all kinds of amazing local cuisines and drinks. Unfortunately, while travelers typically look forward to the culinary joys of a vacation, they also worry about balancing all that fun with a healthy lifestyle.<br><br><br>The good... Thu, 9 Jun 2016 08:11:00 EST Benefits of Prostate Massage Therapy http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46428_benefits_of_prostate_massage_therapy Regular exercising and maintaining a healthy diet are considered the two most significant issues that lead to a healthy body. This is true for both males and females.<br><br>However, there exists one routine that is exclusive for males. This is prostate massage. It is a procedure which will cleanse the interiors of your prostate gland. This is actually the target of this article: the key benefits of prostate gland massage for men’s health.<br><br>It is known as prostate gland milking or prost... Wed, 8 Jun 2016 16:47:00 EST What Are Lima Beans Good For? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46424_what_are_lima_beans_good_for What Are Lima Beans Good For?<br><br>Lima Beans Nutrition Facts<br><br><br>Lima beans are a legume, as are split peas and lentils. Until recently, it was thought they originated in Brazil, but new discoveries have pinpointed Guatemala. References to lima beans began showing up in ancient literature in the 1500s. Now known for their buttery texture and flavor, numerous varieties are cultivated worldwide in bush and pole vine varieties. In the U.S., lima beans are abundant mostly along the Cali... Wed, 8 Jun 2016 11:31:00 EST How to clean out your lungs in 3 days http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46408_how_to_clean_out_your_lungs_in_3_days <br>How to Clean The Lungs In 3 Days.<br>Posted: 07 Jun 2016 05:53 AM PDT<br><br><br>Drinking 300 milliliters of juice of grapefruit in the snack. If you don’t like the taste of the juice, mix it with a bottle of mineral water or replace it with pineapple juice. These juices contain natural antioxidants that promote a healthy respiratory system.<br><br>Drinking 300 milliliters of pure carrot juice between breakfast and lunch. Carrot juice will help alkalize your blood during the 3 days of cle... Tue, 7 Jun 2016 15:41:00 EST What Is Lavender Good For? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46403_what_is_lavender_good_for What Is Lavender Good For?<br><br><br>Lavender Nutrition Facts<br><br><br><br>Fragrant, beautiful, and versatile, lavender is typically added to bouquets or to bathwater for a purifying and uplifting effect. A close cousin of mint, it grows as a small shrub that has lovely violet flowers and green or pale grey leaves. It’s native to northern Africa and the mountainous Mediterranean regions, although it also grows throughout southern Europe, Australia, and some parts of the United States today... Tue, 7 Jun 2016 11:57:00 EST Thrive on Routine http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46396_thrive_on_routine I am not a boring person. I just thrive on routine. And in the process, I have discovered that my body also loves routine. No doubt, like me, the body enjoys a few diversions from a routine....but these diversions enhance the routine. They do not change it!!!. Here's what works for me:<br>Monday to Friday : exercise every morning followed by a healthy breakfast. Off to work and do not skip lunch - just try and keep it as healthy as you possibly can. Dinner - also healthy and a routine to... Tue, 7 Jun 2016 06:39:00 EST Blood Sugar, Omega-3s & Depression & Berries http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46375_blood_sugar_omega3s_depression_berries Omega-3s and Depression<br><br>Number one on the "Top Five Anti Depression Supplements" list at betterhealthstore.com: fish oil. But a new review says that omega-3 fats may not help.<br><br>Researchers with the "Cochrane Collaboration looked at 26 studies that tested omega-3 fats against a placebo (or, in one case, an antidepressant) in people with major depressive disorder.<br><br>The results: evidence that was "low or very low quality" and a benefit so small that it "is unlikely to be me... Sun, 5 Jun 2016 21:57:00 EST Blood Sugar, Omega-3s & Depression & Berries http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46355_blood_sugar_omega3s_depression_berries Blood Sugar.....Not So Simple To Predict<br><br>How much does a food raise blood sugar levels? The answer varies widely from person to person.<br><br>For one week, Israeli scientists continuously monitored blood sugar levels in 800 people aged 18 to 70 who did not have diabetes (though some had pre-diabetes).<br><br>The participants used smartphones to track every food they ate as well as their activities (like eating or sleeping).<br><br>The researchers didn't tell the people what to eat, e... Sat, 4 Jun 2016 22:27:00 EST Mind, Walnuts, Arthritis & Vitamin D & Prostate Cancer http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46342_mind_walnuts_arthritis_vitamin_d_prostate_cancer Diet and Prostate Cancer<br><br>Which foods are linked to a higher risk of advanced prostate cancer? (That's the only kind that matters.)<br><br>Scientists pooled data from 15 students on more than 842,000 men in North America, Europe, Australia, and Asia.<br><br>Those who ate at least four eggs a week had a 14 percent higher risk of advanced prostate cancer than those who ate less than three eggs a month. In contrast, those who ate at least four (3oz.) servings of poultry a week had a 17 p... Fri, 3 Jun 2016 23:37:00 EST Get enough sleep http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46331_get_enough_sleep I find that getting enough sleep is critical to weight loss and good health. I tend to be a night owl and I have to make a real effort to get to bed at a reasonable hour, but when I do, I feel much better overall. Going to bed earlier also means less late-night snacking! I often work in the evenings, and it can be hard to shut everything down and go to bed. Mornings are busy, though, and there's always a lot to do, so a good night's sleep is essential if I'm going to be able to get up when th... Fri, 3 Jun 2016 13:02:00 EST Check out Menu's before heading out http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46319_check_out_menus_before_heading_out Many of us are worried that they'll never be able to go to a restaurant again if they're going to lead a healthy life... Not so.. Now we have all kinds of things at our finger tips.. Most Restaurants have menu's online and you can check out the calorie count and make a choice and know just what your going to order.. Less time... and let your fingers do the walking.. Keep that basket away..That dreaded basket of grainy goodness will be the disaster of eating out healthily...You may be thinkin... Fri, 3 Jun 2016 01:35:00 EST Mind, Walnuts, Arthritis & Vitamin D & Prostate Cancer http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46316_mind_walnuts_arthritis_vitamin_d_prostate_cancer Walnuts: Healthy But Not Magic<br><br>All three groups were told to limit saturated fat, to choose healthy carbs like fruits, vegetables, and whole grains, and to exercise for an hour a day.<br><br>After six months, all three groups lost about 15 pounds. (Earlier studies had suggested that insulin-resistant dieters would lose more weight on a lower-carb diet, but in this study they didn't. However, women who were not insulin resistant when the study started lost more weight on the lower-fa... Thu, 2 Jun 2016 22:04:00 EST Keeping Yourself Going http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46306_keeping_yourself_going Experts explain how small steps can help you stay on track to meet your diet and exercise goals.<br><br>Find yourself losing interest in exercising and eating a healthy diet? Maybe you were gung ho for a few weeks and then your get-in-shape determination quickly faded -- and you went back to your old, bad health habits.<br><br>What if instead of making mega-changes with the all-or-nothing approach to weight loss and good health, you resolve to tackle a few simple changes at a time? Studies sh... Thu, 2 Jun 2016 06:34:00 EST Mind, Walnuts, Arthritis & Vitamin D & Prostate Cancer http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46300_mind_walnuts_arthritis_vitamin_d_prostate_cancer Mind Over Body?<br><br>Mindfulness-based stress reduction and cognitive behavioral therapy may reduce lower-back pain.<br><br>Researchers randomly assigned roughly 340 people with chronic lower-back pain to one of three groups:<br><br>***Mindfulness-based stress reduction. For two hours a week for two months, instructors led participants in stress-reduction techniques like yoga and meditation. A key goal: help people accept physical discomfort and difficult emotions.<br><br>***Cognitive be... Wed, 1 Jun 2016 22:04:00 EST Eating Slowly and Chewing Thoroughly http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46232_eating_slowly_and_chewing_thoroughly The key to successfully losing weight, keeping it off, and enjoying blissful satisfaction during meals may be as simple as taking your time and chewing as thoroughly as possible. During the last week I have committed to putting everything I eat only a pretty plate, eating it as slowly as possible, and chewing each bite at least 30-50 times. What I've discovered is really incredible.<br><br>The truth is, it's hard to build a habit to eat more slowly. It's hard to build any new habit after year... Sun, 29 May 2016 11:42:00 EST Sugar Coated vs Reality (Your Liver will Thank-you) http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46230_sugar_coated_vs_reality_your_liver_will_thankyou <link>sugarcoateddoc.com/ </link> <br><br>"If you want to know how sugar politics really works, see this film!" -Marion Nestle<br><br>The food industry seduced the world, one spoonful at a time. The IRN is proud to be involved with Sugar Coated, a documentary by award winning Michele Hozer, documentary producer and her production company, the Cutting Factory. <br><br>Sugar Coated explains how the food industry convinced our government and the general public to stop asking the question: is su... Sun, 29 May 2016 09:27:00 EST Why You Should Never Let Anyone Kiss Your Baby On The Lips http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46204_why_you_should_never_let_anyone_kiss_your_baby_on_the_lips When you are a parent, you are doing everything in your power to protect your newborn baby, so many people can make you feel you are being over protective.<br><br>For example, when your friends say that their children have a cold, but nothing major, they can still come and visit you and your baby.<br><br>Or when you go for a play date in the park, and some kid has a cough and green snot running at full steam from both nostrils.<br>Even when your dinner date comes over and says that the kids w... Fri, 27 May 2016 14:53:00 EST How to Stay Healthy During Summers http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46187_how_to_stay_healthy_during_summers There are many people who are not perturbed by the arrival of the summer season . For them, it means fun in the sun. Their kids’ schools are shut, they can go on a vacation and it’s time for outdoor activities like cycling, gardening and much more.<br><br>While summer provides us with opportunities to get outside and increase our activity, it also holds risks such as heatstroke, allergies, dehydration, tetanus and even cancer. The hot and humid days are capable of taking a toll on your health... Thu, 26 May 2016 19:50:00 EST the healing power of onions http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46166_the_healing_power_of_onions The Magical Healing Power Of Onions: Put Them Under Your Feet & See Its Benefits.<br><br><br><br>Onion, like garlic, comes from Allium family. It is rich in sulfur-containing compounds that are responsible for their pungent odors and for many of their health-promoting effects. Recent research indicates that onions contain quercitin, a bioflavonoid with antioxidant properties. Sulphur compounds and flavanoids in onion provides a natural antibiotic effect.<br><br>1. FIGHT OFF FEVER<br>onion soc... Wed, 25 May 2016 18:21:00 EST Benefits of Sex http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46123_benefits_of_sex 1. Helps Keep Your Immune System Humming<br>“Sexually active people take fewer sick days,” says Yvonne K. Fulbright, PhD a sexual health expert.<br><br>People who have sex have higher levels of what defends your body against germs, viruses, and other intruders. Researchers at Wilkes University in Pennsylvania found that college students who had sex once or twice a week had higher levels of the a certain antibody compared to students who had sex less often.<br><br>You should still do all the o... Mon, 23 May 2016 11:24:00 EST KEEP ON BIKING! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46122_keep_on_biking 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, 23 May 2016 11:07:00 EST The Safety Of Vaccines http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46092_the_safety_of_vaccines I know that this may seem like a strange secret to success story and that it has nothing to do with fitness, but it has everything to do with health and be healthy.<br><br>And I know that this is controversial topic. But I am a voice for vaccines, a pro-vaxxer and an advocate for vaccines. My opinion on this matter is just that. MINE. And, believe it or not, I have ZERO tolerance for those who are anti-vax. And to be honest, I have nothing to say to those who don't vaccine their kids because ... Sat, 21 May 2016 21:59:00 EST Massage is nice http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46075_massage_is_nice Having a massage is one of the things I enjoy more than anything else on the world. I wish I could have one every day! I hadn't had a massage in the longest time when my wonderful husband decided to surprise me with a treat of a massage today. I simply didn't realize how much this could help me in my weight loss journey. That short hour had me feeling relaxed and recuperate do and, most importantly, less Hungry! I am not sure what made me less hungry, but , wow, it is amazing! A bunch... Fri, 20 May 2016 23:18:00 EST Massage is nice http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46074_massage_is_nice Having a massage is one of the things I enjoy more than anything else on the world. I wish I could have one every day! I hadn't had a massage in the longest time when my wonderful husband decided to surprise me with a treat of a massage today. I simply didn't realize how much this could help me in my weight loss journey. That short hour had me feeling relaxed and recuperate do and, most importantly, less Hungry! I am not sure what made me less hungry, but , wow, it is amazing! A bunch... Fri, 20 May 2016 23:18:00 EST Massage is nice http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46073_massage_is_nice Having a massage is one of the things I enjoy more than anything else on the world. I wish I could have one every day! I hadn't had a massage in the longest time when my wonderful husband decided to surprise me with a treat of a massage today. I simply didn't realize how much this could help me in my weight loss journey. That short hour had me feeling relaxed and recuperate do and, most importantly, less Hungry! I am not sure what made me less hungry, but , wow, it is amazing! A bunch... Fri, 20 May 2016 23:18:00 EST Prevent Bad Health by Staying Healthy.. http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46064_prevent_bad_health_by_staying_healthy You always here "A apple a day Keeps the Doctor Away.." but that is a little bit off but to keep Healthy is what you need to do.. Make changes to better your Health as you get older and set a good example to your Children or Grands.. They do watch you...How we live our lifestyle choices is the key to long-term health quality of life and vitality in our later years.... So start as soon as you can.. Old habits are hard to break but you can do it.. We need to keep all these things in Mind..Diet... Fri, 20 May 2016 14:04:00 EST Consistency to healthy lifestyle http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46039_consistency_to_healthy_lifestyle Be consistent with your daily health habits. Nothing sabotage the journey to healthy lifestyle more than un-consistency . . ... Thu, 19 May 2016 03:12:00 EST Sunscreen is a must! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46038_sunscreen_is_a_must Sunscreens are topically applied products that protect the skin from the sun's damaging ultraviolet (UV) radiation. <br>Sunscreens work by including active ingredients that remain on the surface of the skin that absorb, scatter, or reflect the UV radiation before it reaches the skin. By filtering out the harmful UV radiation, sunscreens help to reduce the risk of skin cancer and early skin aging, as well as help prevent sunburn. However, only products labeled with “Broad Spectrum” and SPF 15 ... Thu, 19 May 2016 01:56:00 EST Probiotics: Are They Safe? http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=46024_probiotics_are_they_safe Probiotics' safety has not been thoroughly studied scientifically. More information is especially needed on how safe they are for young children, elderly people, and people with compromised immune systems. Therefore, probiotics should NOT be taken or used until further research by scientists has been done to prove just how safe they truly are. In my opinion, they are NOT safe and should be avoided.<br><br>Probiotics' side effects tend to be mild and digestive, such as gas or bloating. More se... Wed, 18 May 2016 11:02:00 EST How do you stay healthy after 60! http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45993_how_do_you_stay_healthy_after_60 On February 9, 2009, I turned 60. Ever since, staying healthy has been on my mind.<br><br>Staying healthy is not only good for me and my family, but it is also good for our country, because a healthier older population means lower health care costs.<br><br>So, here is my list.<br><br>1. Getting adequate sleep: I have started to get more sleep (I try for 7-8 hours/night plus a daytime nap if possible) because of all that has been written on sleep recently and better sleep can help in many ways... Mon, 16 May 2016 18:56:00 EST Krill Oil Supplementation Lowers Your Triglycerides http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45970_krill_oil_supplementation_lowers_your_triglycerides Krill Oil Supplementation Lowers Your Triglycerides<br><br>Most Americans are seriously deficient in animal-based omega-3 fats. If you're among them, this means you are missing out on many health advantages that these fats offer.<br><br>Maintaining a high dietary omega-3 intake throughout your life is essential for optimal health, and the research continues to pour in that krill oil, in particular, is the preferable source.<br><br>Lower Your Triglycerides: Krill Oil for Your Heart<br><br>Trig... Sun, 15 May 2016 13:35:00 EST Getting my body checked out http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45945_getting_my_body_checked_out You may or may not know that I have had two difficult winters because of upper respiratory infections. Not only was I sick, but the illness lasted for weeks. My family has a history of pulmonary problems, so needless to say, this was very concerning to me. I do have what are termed environmental allergies: trees, grass, mold, dust mites, dogs, feathers, horse hair. So, I went to see a pulmonary specialist. She was very thorough, and ordered additional tests. I did have pneumonia 15 years ago.... Sat, 14 May 2016 09:02:00 EST STAYING ON TRACK http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45915_staying_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... Thu, 12 May 2016 12:06:00 EST When you travel http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45900_when_you_travel This past weekend, we traveled to my in-laws and for whatever reason, they don't own a weight scale. So what we did was we packed our weight scale! I know it sounds silly, but you won't believe how much it helped and how much it comforted us. It's like we never left our "diet comfort zone".<br><br><br>We routinely weigh ourselves everyday and the thought of missing a few days' logs, was enough to drive us into dangerous territories, i.e. mindless eating!<br><br><br>However, this time it was d... Wed, 11 May 2016 15:32:00 EST Apple Cider Vinegar http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45899_apple_cider_vinegar 1. Non-Toxic Cleaner:<br><br>It’s no secret that vinegar is an excellent household cleaner. What some people don’t know is that raw, unfiltered vinegar contains all the bacteria fighting benefits that some commercial vinegars lack. To make your own cleaning solution, simply mix equal parts water and apple cider vinegar, plus a little elbow grease, to get your home free of dirt, bacteria, and toxins cleaners. Don’t worry, the vinegar smell goes away as it dries.<br><br>2. Weed Killer:<br><br>A... Wed, 11 May 2016 15:30:00 EST Wi Fi A silent killer that kills us slowly http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45882_wi_fi_a_silent_killer_that_kills_us_slowly <br><br><br>Nowadays, everyone is addicted to the internet and the revolution of Wi-Fi network made it possible for us to use internet whenever we want and wherever we go.<br>Eventhough the company producing the mobile phone as well as Wi-Fi routers has to follow certain norms in order to make these devices harmful for our health, we are not completely sure if it’s totally safe to use it. Look in details what impact the wireless device and Wi-Fi routers have on our health.<br>WI-FI: A SILENT ... Tue, 10 May 2016 15:34:00 EST Wings and Roots http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45880_wings_and_roots <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <br>"The greatest gifts you can give your children are the roots of responsibility and the wings of independence."<br>~ Denis Waitley<br> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <br><br>The other gift you can give your children is to hang around and be a part of their life for many years. It should go without saying that staying healthy is paramount to your han... Tue, 10 May 2016 13:40:00 EST What to do ... Staying Healthy while traveling.. http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45878_what_to_do_staying_healthy_while_traveling Just went through this and I Pray it gives you ideas that you can use while on Vacation or a unexpected trip..When it comes to going on vacation and traveling, sometimes our health can take a bit of a back step... Flying or Driving.. Traveling knocks your body sideways due to a change in environment, an altered diet, a different time zone and a deviated routine.. not to mention the effects of being at high altitudes in order to get to your chosen destination... Riding in a car is about the sa... Tue, 10 May 2016 12:37:00 EST Brain Gain News For Your Noggin http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45847_brain_gain_news_for_your_noggin DASH DIET<br><br>A DASH diet keeps a lid on blood pressure, which may protect your brain's blood vessels. Here's a 2100-calorie version.<br><br>Vegetables & Fruit<br>(1 serving: 1/2 cup or 1 cup greens or 1 piece of fruit)<br>11 Daily Servings<br><br><br>Grains<br>(1 serving: 1/2 cup pasta or rice or cereal or 1 slice of bread)<br>4 Daily Servings<br><br>Low-Fat Dairy<br>(1 serving: 1 cup milk or yogurt or 1-1/2 ounce cheese)<br>2 Daily Servings<br><br>Legumes & Nuts<br>(1 serving: 1/2 cup... Sun, 8 May 2016 23:28:00 EST Brain Gain News For Your Noggin http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45832_brain_gain_news_for_your_noggin And hearing loss is more common than you may think.<br><br>"The percentage of people with hearing loss doubles every decade," says Lin. "By the time you look at adults 70 and older, nearly two-thirds have a clinically significant hearing impairment."<br><br>Poor hearing may not affect your blood vessels or your risk of Alzheimer's. "Hearing loss may be an independent hit on the brain," says Lin.<br><br>The key theories:<br><br>***Cognitive load. "When you have hearing loss as you age, the... Sat, 7 May 2016 20:26:00 EST Brain Gain News For Your Noggin http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45814_brain_gain_news_for_your_noggin They recruited 1260 people aged 60 to 77 who had average or slightly below average scores on memory tests and had risk factors for vascular dementia like high blood pressure, high cholesterol, high blood sugar, excess weight, or a sedentary lifestyle.<br><br>Half (the control group) got general health advice. The other half (the intervention group) had their blood pressure, blood sugar, and other risk factors monitored and received training to:<br><br>***Eat a DASH-like diet, with fruits and... Fri, 6 May 2016 17:33:00 EST Brain Gain News For Your Noggin http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45798_brain_gain_news_for_your_noggin The 10 "brain healthy" food groups: green leafy vegetables, other vegetables, nuts, berries, beans, whole grains, fish, poultry, olive oil, and wine. the five unhealthy groups: red meats, butter and stick margarine, cheese, pastries and sweets, and fried and fast food.<br><br>The problem: researchers have observed less dementia in people who eat a MIND-like diet on their own. But no one has told people to eat either a MIND diet or some other diet and then tested to see if one group has b... Thu, 5 May 2016 22:36:00 EST Once You Read THIS You Will Never Throw Away This Part of the Banana http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45788_once_you_read_this_you_will_never_throw_away_this_part_of_the_banana <br><br>The benefits of bananas are well known, but the potent properties of their peel are no less important. We all throw it away after eating the banana, but people in some countries, such as India use the nutritional benefits of the banana skin by eating it for decades.<br>Here is now to use the banana peel:<br><br><br>1. Banana peel for teeth whitening<br>Rub your teeth with the inner side of a banana peel every day for two weeks. Soon you will notice the positive results.<br>2. Remove s... Thu, 5 May 2016 08:29:00 EST Tips for Healthy Eyes http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45785_tips_for_healthy_eyes Tips for Healthy Eyes<br><br>Your eyes are an important part of your health. There are many things you can do to keep them healthy and make sure you are seeing your best. Follow these simple steps for maintaining healthy eyes well into your golden years.<br><br>Have a comprehensive dilated eye exam. You might think your vision is fine or that your eyes are healthy, but visiting your eye care professional for a comprehensive dilated eye exam is the only way to really be sure. When it comes to ... Thu, 5 May 2016 02:54:00 EST Within reach at all times http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45780_within_reach_at_all_times Water, Water, Water. Keep a water bottle within reach at all times. In your hand, on the desk, in the car, next to your favorite chair and wherever you are.<br><br>I once got by on a morning coffee or two. Then would go the rest of the day without drinking anything until dinnertime. That would most likely be a Diet Coke. I felt fine or so I thought.<br> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/5024f926-a072-4ec5-badb-5fea33dceb11.JPG"><br>I never really enjoyed water. the touch of lemo... Wed, 4 May 2016 21:29:00 EST Brain Gain News For Your Noggin http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45778_brain_gain_news_for_your_noggin 5. Using your brain delays symptoms.<br><br>"If you've had a more intellectual lifestyle throughout life-----higher education, occupation, and cognitive activities-----does it delay your symptoms of cognitive decline?" asks the Mayo Clinic's Prashanthi Vemuri. "The answer is yes."<br><br>The delay ranges from three to eight years, depending on how much education, etc., you've had.<br><br>"And the protection is the same whether you have vascular or Alzheimer's pathology or both," adds Vemur... Wed, 4 May 2016 15:50:00 EST Brain Gain News For Your Noggin http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45766_brain_gain_news_for_your_noggin "People who started out with greater thickness in the walls of their carotid arteries seemed to experience a greater improvement in cognitive function," says Smith. "The carotid artery wall is a barometer of cardiovascular risk, so those are people who were at greater risk for stroke or future heart problems."<br><br>"One thing that we've learned over the past few decades is that progressive cognitive problems happen over the course of decades," adds Smith. "So controlling your cardiovascul... Tue, 3 May 2016 19:09:00 EST Brain Gain News For Your Noggin http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45748_brain_gain_news_for_your_noggin 3. Blood pressure matters.<br><br>Why does damage to small blood vessels in the brain-----starting in your 40s and 50s-----matter so much for thinking abilities?<br><br>"The areas in the frontal lobe of the brain that are most important for executive function, planning, and learning are particularly vulnerable to damage caused by blocked blood vessels," says Patrick Smith, assistant professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at Duke University School of Medicine.<br><br>That's less of a... Mon, 2 May 2016 22:49:00 EST Brain Gain News For Your Noggin http://www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=45731_brain_gain_news_for_your_noggin Alzheimer's. The hallmark of Alzheimer's is abnormal fragments of protein called amyloid.<br><br>"Amyloid plaques collect in the brain," explains Vemuri. But amyloid alone doesn't cause Alzheimer's.<br><br>"Roughly 30 percent of people aged 70 to 90 have amyloid in their brains, and they're cognitively normal," she says.<br><br>"Amyloid causes trouble when the brain also has abnormal tangles of a protein called tau.<br><br>"Amyloid is the trigger and tau is the bullet," says Vemuri. "Amylo... Sun, 1 May 2016 20:25:00 EST 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=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 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 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