Healthy Living Blog

Is it an Allergy …or a Cold? How to tell the difference

ALLERGIES OR COLD? Spring and early summer have brought a round of sniffles and unrelenting cough. High pollen counts and dry weather can make it difficult to distinguish if your symptoms are due to allergies or a cold. While many cold and allergy symptoms overlap,

Diet and Kidney Stone Prevention

Portions of this newsletter have been adapted from the National Kidney Foundation (NKF) article “Blood Pressure-Reducing Diet May Also Diminish Kidney Stone Risk” WHAT IS THE DASH DIET? The Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension (DASH) diet was originally designed to decrease blood pressure, however, it

Just do it: Workout Motivation Tips

The winter blues have melted away and with the long, sunny, summer days, there are so many opportunities to get outside and be active! This is the best time of the year to establish a new workout routine – more sunshine elevates Vitamin D levels

Sun Safety for Your Eyes

“Sunscreen, sunscreen, sunscreen” is the traditional battle cry of those concerned about the health effects of heading out for hours of fun in the summer sun. But, equally important as skin protection is eye care. Invisible UVA and UVB rays, the same ones responsible for

Belly Fat and Adiposity

As summer heats up and beach and bikini season arrive, some of us may be looking at our winter “hibernation belly” with more than a little trepidation. However, it is important to know that abdominal fat can have a detrimental impact on much more than

Choosing the Right Probiotic

We’ve written before on the merits of probiotics: supplements of “good” bacteria that complete, enhance or mitigate the bacteria already living in your body. These supplements have gained popularity in recent years, and for good reason. They can cure or treat a variety of gut

Eating Seasonally For Year Round Health

The trees have begun to wake from their winter slumber, the ground is thawing, and it is nearly time to plant gardens and fields. For much of our history the human diet was restricted by the seasonal availability of grains, fruits, and vegetables. Not until

Are You Blue? Seasonal Affective Disorder…What Is It? How To Treat it?

With the arrival of winter comes the much hyped cold and flu season, but also another less discussed condition called seasonal affective disorder, appropriately acronymed SAD. Nearly everyone has days when the chilly, cloudy weather gets them down, or they get a little lethargic or

Probiotics and Your Health

  Probiotics are the naturally occurring “good” bacteria that live in your gut and play a significant role in your total wellness. When you’re healthy, your intestinal tract hosts over 5 pounds or 100 trillion friendly bacteria. (That’s 10 times more than the number of