Yoga Isn’t the Only Way to Clear Your Mind, Try Tai Chi

When it comes to combining meditation and mind-body exercise, most of us might immediately think of yoga and perhaps all the excuses that come with it—“I don’t know the poses,” “I’m not that flexible” or “I’m too old for that.” Sound familiar?

How Much Iron Does Dad Need? Not as Much as You Think

Some of us celebrate Father’s Day by firing up the grill and sharing a home-cooked meal with our meat-and-potatoes kind of guy. While catering to dad’s classic meal is okay on occasion, there is actually a nutrient that we need to make sure he doesn’t have too much of all year round. It’s iron.

I Used to Think Dandelion was a Pest, Until I Discovered its Many Health Benefits

Dandelion, also known as “lion’s tooth” and part of the daisy flower family, is often the biggest nuisance to gardeners and people trying to keep their lawns clear of this rapidly growing yellow flower.

You Need to Hear this Before You Let Your Kids Just “Lounge” Around the House All Summer

School’s out, but before you let the kids “relax,” a.k.a. lounge around and play video games, binge watch TV or text all day, you may want to consider the benefits of less sedentary hobbies. Keeping a healthy routine of physical activity may help protect children from certain diseases, according to a new study.

Don’t Let Your Shoe Sole Stamp Out Your Good Health

I grew up in an Asian household, which meant I was asked to remove my footwear prior to entering the house. Chances are you have been asked to do the same, since many people in North America prefer to wear house slippers or go barefoot in their homes. Whether it is for cleanliness or for various cultural traditions, it may also be for the best. We all know that shoe soles are dirty, but what you may not know is that they actually carry bacteria that can make you ill.

Don’t Go Nuts, but Listeria May Be Hiding in Your Cashews and Macadamia

When you hear “Listeria,” you may think of food poisoning linked to dairy products, meat, seafood or raw vegetables. While these are among the most risky foods that can be contaminated with the foodborne disease-causing bacteria, another culprit just popped up with a possible case of contamination: nuts.

Why it “FIGures.” All the Health Benefits of Eating Figs

Figs are one of the oldest fruits known, and California ranks first in the nation for fig production. It has been reported Franciscan monks, who started missions from San Diego to Sonoma, brought figs to California from the Mediterranean around 1768. The name Black Mission Figs was created, because figs were planted in all the missions along the Camino Real.

Even if You're Not a Tattoo Lover, These Health-Tracking Tattoos Could Change Your Mind

Tattoos are a form of art and self-expression. And according to Johnny Depp, “[m]y body is my journal, and my tattoos are my story.”

Navigating Hospitals: Teaching Hospital vs. Non-teaching, Does it Matter?

A recent study reported major teaching hospitals may have lower mortality rates than minor teaching and non-teaching hospitals.

What Makes Some Vitamins More Dangerous than Others

As a young adult, I used to get obsessed with whether I was eating well and taking an appropriate amount of supplements. The problem was I rarely concerned myself with whether I was taking too much of certain vitamins and minerals. I now know there may be health consequences to getting more than the recommended daily amount (RDA) of any of the six nutrients, which include minerals, vitamins, proteins, fats, carbohydrates and water. I discussed the problems associated with over-consuming minerals in “Minerals: The Forgotten Nutrient.”

If You're Going to Get Inked, Do it Without Risking Your Health

If you are a parent, you may not want your child to get visible tattoos out of fear your child may look unprofessional or regret making a permanent body change. However, the real concern is much deeper than physical appearance or having regrets in life.

5 Reasons You Should Dance to This Beet

I think beets are underrated and deserve more credit. They are root vegetables harvested all through summer and late fall. Don’t throw away the leaves! You can throw them in a salad or smoothie to mix up your greens. Beets are delicious, nutritious and store very well. You can actually keep them for months! Just remember when you have eaten them, so you don’t think you have blood in your stool the next day, as they may give your stool (and urine) a reddish color.

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