Wellness

4 Things to Know About Artificial and Natural Flavors

Many food labels list natural and artificial flavorings in the ingredients. People often believe that natural is better, but is this accurate? Both have chemicals. The difference is in whether they come from edible or inedible sources. Here are four things to know: Natural flavors – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration requires natural flavors … Read Full Article

Allergy Sufferers Avoid 5 Common Mistakes

Dealing with Allergies: Avoid 5 Common Mistakes

Allergies can be miserable. The constant sneezing, coughing and sniffling, not to mention itchy and watery eyes, makes most allergy sufferers irritable and tired. And they unknowingly may do things that can make their allergies even worse. Review five common mistakes to avoid as provided by the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology. 1. … Read Full Article

4 Ways Smells Affect Your Health and Well-being

4 Ways Smells Affect Your Health and Well-being

Familiar smells, such as coffee, bacon, cookies, or perfume, can trigger memories, affect moods or soothe stress and worries. Aromas also can affect your health and well-being. Here are four ways your sense of smell works as provided by the National Institutes of Health. 1. Deciphering odors Every time you take a breath, you detect … Read Full Article

3 Ways to Improve Brain Power

3 Ways to Improve Brain Power

Can brain cells continue to grow as you age? Yes!  For years, scientists believed people used the same brain cells throughout life. However, researchers affiliated with Harvard Medical School discovered that adults could develop new cells to enhance brain function. Neurogenesis Scientists report that most of our brain cells, called neurons, are formed before birth. … Read Full Article

Can a cold or flu turn into pneumonia

Can a cold or flu turn into pneumonia?

Every year, millions of Americans are diagnosed with pneumonia. Can it be caused by a cold or the flu? Yes. Medical professionals also report that a respiratory virus is the cause for about 33 percent of cases. Symptoms Pneumonia is described as inflammation of the lungs. Often bacteria from a cold or the flu will … Read Full Article

4 Ways to Use Orange Peels for Cleaner Living

4 Ways to Use Orange Peels for Cleaner Living

Looking for a natural product for cleaning and eliminating odors? Try orange peels. People enjoy oranges as a delicious snack that’s rich in vitamin C. When peeled, they release a fresh scent and the peels contain oils good for cleaning. Review four of nine ways to use oranges for everyday living as featured in Reader’s … Read Full Article

8 Tips for Understanding Food Labels

8 Tips for Understanding Food Labels

Organic, natural, heart healthy, fat free, light: Foods are labeled with many terms that often are confusing to shoppers. Review these definitions as featured in Real Simple. Heart healthy – Medical professionals encourage people to reduce the risk of heart disease by eating foods high in soluble fiber, such as legumes, oats and some fruits. … Read Full Article

5 Important Facts About Childrens Vaccines

5 Important Facts About Children’s Vaccines

Parents want to keep their children healthy, but wonder whether vaccinations are safe and necessary to fight viruses and diseases. The American Academy of Pediatrics reports that immunizations have kept children healthy for more than 50 years. Vaccinations have reduced the number of children getting preventable infections by more than 90 percent. Despite these trends, … Read Full Article

5 Cold and Sore Throat Remedies

5 Cold and Sore Throat Remedies

Scratchy throat, watery eyes, sniffles, sneezing: At the first sign of a cold or a sore throat people reach for over-the-counter medications, cough drops or chicken soup in hopes of shortening the illness. While there isn’t an instant cure, medical experts suggest ways to avoid or cope with the symptoms: 1. Get enough sleep – … Read Full Article

New Research on Alzheimer’s Prevention and Detection

New Research on Alzheimer’s Prevention and Detection

Many people worry about being diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, an insidious disease that silently attacks the brain, affecting thinking and memory. Currently, there is no known cure or treatment to stop it. But new studies show that regular exercise may lower the risk and blood tests can detect the early signs. Physical activity Researchers at the … Read Full Article

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