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March 5th, 2019
Many of us don’t realize how sedentary out lifestyles are. Spending hours working at a desk, sitting on the couch at home, watching TV—all of these things keep us off our feet and not moving much. You may think these are harmless activities, but studies have shown that having a sedentary lifestyle is associated with increased risk of health problems such as obesity and high blood pressure. One study has even found a link between this lifestyle and early death. It’s a fact—not getting active and moving our bodies throughout the day is bad for our health.
So how do we fix this? The good news is that there are countless fun ways to incorporate more movement into your life, regardless of your job or time constraints. Let’s take a look at a few options:
- Get a standing desk. If your
February 1st, 2019
Though everything can be enjoyed in moderation, it’s no secret that there is a proliferation of unhealthy beverage options widely available nowadays. We reach for many sodas for their fizzy, refreshing quality and sweet taste, but the sugars and other substances in them can harm our bodies if consumed in excess, leading to conditions like diabetes, heart disease, and obesity.
The good news is that you can satisfy your cravings for refreshing drinks that taste good without having to turn to soda and other unhealthy options. There is a wide array of choices out there that any sweet tooth can love. Here are five possibilities to explore that are as good for you as they are flavorful.
- Green tea. Studies suggest that drinking three or more cups of green tea a day can lower your risk for stroke and cancer. Green tea especially is full of powerful antioxidants that improve heart health. If you crave sweetness, try
December 27th, 2018
As the weather grows colder, you’re likely to see fewer people out for those early morning jogs. Once winter begins in earnest and snow comes into the picture, your motivation to head outside for your daily bit of exercise will probably go down with the temperature. But wintertime isn’t any reason to let wellness goals fall to the wayside.
And though you should always consult with your physician before beginning a new exercise routine, there are still many options for you to try without ever going outdoors this winter. The best part? All of these exercises aren’t particularly time-consuming, so the busy stay-at-home parents or workaholics among us can still fit them into their days. Here are five simple, quick exercises to try at home during the cold winter months:
- Squats. There are many different types of squats for the novices and seasoned fitness junkies among us. For the most basic kind, stand with your fe
December 6th, 2018
The dreaded flu season is upon us, which means it’s time to prepare the best defenses for yourself and your family. Affecting more than three million people per year, the flu is one of the most prevalent illnesses, right up there with the common cold. They share similar symptoms, and may sometimes be mistaken for each other, but the flu (or influenza virus) can lead to extremely dangerous complications.
Flu symptoms include fatigue, body aches, cough, sore throat, and more. The flu spreads incredibly fast, mostly from air contaminated with the virus through sneezing and coughing. The onset of flu symptoms can range anywhere from one to four days, and you can spread it without even knowing that you’ve contracted it. In flu season, taking preventative steps before you’ve fallen ill is the best course of action, though there are some practices that can ease the burden of the illness after it’s contracted. Here are five tips on beating t
November 30th, 2018
Our planet is comprised of about 70% water, yet less than 1% of freshwater is safe for humans to drink. And since the human body is majorly comprised of water, from our cells to our organs and even bones, not having enough water to drink means trouble. In countries like the U.S., water may seem abundant, but not every nation shares the same access. Not only do we need to work together to conserve water, but we must be more aware of the ways we take our access to water for granted.
If we all took a moment to take stock of our households and calculate the amount of water we let go to waste, we could make a big impact, and ensure that water is available for when we really need it. There are many reasons to fight water waste, and with so many countries across the world dealing with water shortages, it is our duty to make sure this vital resource i
November 7th, 2018
Thanksgiving has many meanings to different people around the world. But in America, Thanksgiving is a time of gathering with family and friends to eat good food, celebrate each other, and consider all the things we have to be thankful for. Whether you’ll be visiting family for the holiday, or having a ‘Friendsgiving’ gathering instead, or spending the evening alone, this time of year can become stressful for many people. Here are four tips for surviving this holiday and making the most of whatever kind of Thanksgiving you celebrate.
- Make smart but delicious substitutions. Traditional thanksgiving dinner foods are often full of fats and sugar. But some simple substitutions and tweaks to certain recipes can ensure that these Thanksgiving staples are good for you as well as delicious! For the turkey, roast instead of frying, and stick to the white, skinless meat. The protein will make you feel satiated, so you don’t overstuff yourself
October 22nd, 2018
In conversations about hydration, chances are you've encountered the age-old question of whether it's safer to drink bottled water or tap water. While both forms are treated and have regulations surrounding their production, there are many misconceptions about the safety of tap and bottled water. We've already discussed how tap water makes it to your home, but there is still a wealth of information concerning tap water available. Here are ten interesting facts about tap water that you may not know!
- 47% of Americans get their tap water from surface water sources, while 53% get their water from the ground. Tap water taken from the ground is generally considered to be safer than surface water, because of the natural filtration processes that occur there. However, pollution can counteract this form of n
September 29th, 2018
The fall season has begun and kids are back in school. But just because the weather is cooling doesn't mean that you should stop paying attention to proper hydration. A lot of factors can contribute to dehydration, and because parents are unable to closely monitor their children's water drinking when they’re in school, other measures must be taken to keep them hydrated.
Because their bodies are still growing, kids are at risk of becoming dehydrated faster than adults. Even a slight loss of hydration can impact kids' cognition. Often, they depend on adults and guardians in their lives to keep them healthy with nutritious food and drinks.
Even if you can't stay with them during school, you can provide them with the resources to stay hydrated and feeling their best. Here are three tips to keeping kids hydrated, even when they're away at school.
- 1. Send them to sch
August 30th, 2018
Though aging is a process that everyone must go through at some point, some of the more harmful and debilitating factors of the aging process can be managed through the drinking of water. We have all heard that drinking water is good for you, but do you really know how vital it is to your body? About 60% of our body weight is water, and about 80% of our brain is water! Losing even a small amount of the water in our bodies to dehydration can drastically affect our cognition and the processes of our cells.
Many of the main symptoms of aging can also be traced to cell-based processes that depend on water. Water is a key means of transportation in our bodies. From carrying nutrients and genetic information throughout our cells, to flushing toxins from the liver and kidneys, to providing cushions for our joints, water does most of the work that keeps us feeling energized and strong. It even boosts our memory—one of the biggest concerns related to aging.