Aspirin is probably one of the safest, most used, and well-known painkillers and anti-inflammatory medications around. Most of us grew up with it in the family medicine cabinet.
Let’s face it. Most New Year’s resolutions don’t stick. This isn’t to say that you shouldn’t aim to make healthy lifestyle changes in 2019, but you may want to consider changing your approach. Take, for example, participating in Dry January.
Peppermint may be one of the most versatile and overlooked plants around. Mariah Carey is said to plump her pout with peppermint oil before heading out during the holidays. Simply add a drop of peppermint oil to your favorite lip gloss to give your lips an added ‘oomph.’ Peppermint oil may improve circulation and bring blood to the surface of the lips, thus making them appear fuller. Even models are reaping the benefits of peppermint oil. Ashley Graham beats her bloat by taking peppermint oil orally. Ashley told Style Caster, “I love mixing peppermint oil in my water to help with bloating.”
The mere mention of nutmeg conjures up thoughts of our favorite cold weather treats, like eggnog and apple pie. But nutmeg and its cousin spice, mace, are much more than just dusted-on additions to holiday recipes.
It seems as though we always stress the importance of eating whole, unprocessed nutrient-dense foods such as fruits and vegetables. This is because fruits and vegetables contain many of the nutrients our bodies need to keep us healthy. Remember we need six basic nutrients to live: water, protein, carbohydrates, fats, vitamins and minerals. And many nutrients, especially vitamins and minerals, are present in fresh produce.
Blood. You know you need it. But have you really thought about why you need it? Your blood is made up of both liquid and solids. The liquid part is referred to as plasma and is “made of water, salts, and protein. Over half of your blood is plasma. The solid part of your blood contains red blood cells, white blood cells, and platelets” (National Institutes of Health (NIH)).
If you have type 2 diabetes, the odds are you are taking the prescription medicine metformin to help manage it. Also known by the brand names Glucophage, Carbophage, Riomet, Fortamet, Gluformin and Diaformin, among others, metformin is believed to be the world’s most prescribed antidiabetic medication since it first appeared in scientific literature almost 100 years ago. Metformin became commercially available in the United Kingdom in the late 1950s, in Canada in the early 1970s and in the United States in 1995.
Just when I think I’ve heard it all, I discover that there are people who follow ‘junk food diets’ to lose weight.
Despite many reports to the contrary, the average American does not gain that much weight over the winter holidays.
We are quickly approaching the new year. So, many of us may be trying to schedule last-minute doctor’s appointments in order to get a routine physical, hoping we can enter 2019 with a clean bill of health.
It is my opinion that magnesium is a miracle mineral. It is one of the critical nutrients we need to stay healthy. It is an important cofactor for hundreds of processes and reactions in the body, including energy. It is also important in sugar breakdown and use, blood pressure regulation and muscle and nerve function, including the heart muscle.
Employee wellness programs have become ubiquitous. In fact, over 90 percent of companies, and the majority of government entities, offer some sort of wellness program for their employees. Many companies have installed gyms in the office space, offer employees “stand-and-stretch” breaks throughout the day, and provide healthier food options in cafeterias and break rooms. All have been shown to make a positive difference.
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