Health & Wellness

 

 

Fire and Ice

Heat and cold are both used to treat many injuries, like sprains, strains, and mus­cle pulls. But which should you use, how often and for how long? Here’s a quick break­down. Ice, Ice, Baby Cold is an effec­tive method for treat­ing many acute injuries, or injuries that hap­pen sud­denly. Cold stops bleed­ing inside a tis­sue, helps […]

 

Eating for Healthy Teeth

What you eat goes a long way towards deter­min­ing how healthy your mouth is. It’s easy spit­ting out a list of things that don’t do our teeth any good: soft, chewy, sug­ary snacks, and hyper-sweetened soft drinks. Those can wreak havoc on your teeth and gums, caus­ing cav­i­ties and gen­eral mis­ery. You can fight back […]

 

Cage Match – Antihistamines vs. Decongestants

You’re snif­fling and mis­er­able and you’ve had enough. You have two main options to choose from: anti­his­t­a­mines and decon­ges­tants. Which one is right for you? Let’s check the tail of the tape. How Do They Work? Anti­his­t­a­mines and decon­ges­tants may treat sim­i­lar symp­toms, but they go about in dif­fer­ent ways. Anti­his­t­a­mines work by block­ing his­t­a­mines, chem­i­cals pro­duced by […]

 

Block the Sun

Inci­dents of skin can­cer have been on the rise over the past three decades, and many of those cases could have been pre­vented had the vic­tim taken one very sim­ple step: apply­ing some sun­screen. Sun­screen is a phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal prod­uct intended to safe­guard the skin against expo­sure to dan­ger­ous solar radi­a­tion. To that end, sun­screen employs […]

 

Outfoxing a Fever

What is a Fever? This may sound like an idi­otic ques­tion, but if you’re going to beat a fever, you need to know what you’re up against. On the sur­face, a fever is sim­ply an abnor­mally high body tem­per­a­ture, usu­ally accom­pa­ny­ing an ill­ness or other med­ical con­di­tion. A tem­per­a­ture of greater than 100.4 degrees is considered […]

 

Healthy Mouth = Healthy Body

It’s been said that the eyes are the win­dows to the soul. More and more research is show­ing the mouth is the win­dow to good health. Links have been estab­lished between poor oral health and mal­adies rang­ing from car­dio­vas­cu­lar dis­ease to osteo­poro­sis. More and more infor­ma­tion is com­ing to light, indi­cat­ing that one way to […]

 

Good Germs

Did you know that you and I are not com­pletely human? That’s right. If you go strictly by cell count, then you find that the human body is 90% bac­te­ria. There are some­where on the order of 100 tril­lion bac­te­ria liv­ing on or inside your body, and most of them live in your gut. Now it’s […]

 

Fighting the Flu

Influenza, com­monly known as the flu, is a viral infec­tion of the res­pi­ra­tory sys­tem that can really ruin your day. It man­i­fests itself through symp­toms such as nasal con­ges­tion, sore throat, cough, body aches, fatigue, and occa­sion­ally, diar­rhea and vom­it­ing. Fight­ing the flu is a fairly sim­ple process. First, you need to be sure you […]