Gone are the days when essential oils were found solely in grandma’s purse and the odd medicine cabinet. These aromatic, calming oils have grown especially popular with the younger crowd, thanks to magazines and bloggers sharing their experience with trendy diffusers. And while lavender and eucalyptus oils can fill a room with a calming scent to create a relaxing atmosphere, these oils are much more than natural fragrances. Not only can you use essential oils to clean your home, they also provide various health benefits
We all get lonely every once in a while—it’s a normal human emotion. But when every once in a while turns into all the time, this could be detrimental to your health and even increase your risk of mortality. Researchers presented two analyses of 218 studies at the American Psychological Association’s annual convention, where they concluded that loneliness could pose a threat to public health.
Living until 100 may not be as challenging as you think. There’s just one key ingredient that you need in your recipe for longevity—legumes. Beans, peas and lentils can aid your efforts to live a long and healthy life, and we have the evidence. According to Blue Zones, Power 9 legumes are “the cornerstone of most centenarian diets.”
The class bells are ringing, the school buses have hit the pavement, and before you know it, the leaves will start to turn. Yes, it’s that time of year again—already! School’s in session for some, and fast approaching for others, which means summer is coming to an end.
Even if the kids indulged in a few too many campfire s’mores, and rarely hit the sheets before midnight, it’s not too late to start reintroducing healthy habits. The start of the school year is a great time to make that transition back to normalcy.
You’d never think lathering your hair with shampoo or accenting your home with a scented candle could be harmful to your health, but you may be wrong. It’s unfortunate that these everyday items, and many more, contain phthalates, a family of chemicals used as plasticizers. Phthalates are used in plastics to make them more transparent, durable and flexible. They can be found in personal hygiene products, children’s toys and even some medical devices—go figure!
You provide the health, dental and vision plans, a retirement plan, generous amounts of paid time off and even healthy snacks in the break room. You’ve covered it all, right? Think again. There’s one very important aspect of your employees’ life that can cause stress on and off the job—finances.
It’s 6 am and your alarm is buzzing, but your brain is not, so you hit the snooze button. Your alarm sounds off again 20 minutes later, and you’re forced to face a harsh reality; you need to be at work in 30 minutes.
We’ve all experienced mornings like this more than we care to admit, whether it’s due to a sleepless night of tossing and turning, or staying up until 2 am binge watching your new favorite show the night before. But the fact remains, you need to use that mushy brain of yours to get some work done. So what do you do?
When it comes to weight loss, many of us have tried it all: The Paleo diet, low-carb diet, dairy-free diet, and on and on. Weight loss comes easier for some than others, and there are several factors that affect this such as heredity and health conditions. But what if we told you that tea could be the healthy weight loss aid you’ve been looking for, without compromising your dietary intake?
The days of chocolate shaming are finally over, hooray! A new study reveals that eating chocolate—in moderation of course—could help prevent atrial fibrillation (A-fib), a condition that causes an irregular heartbeat. Researchers who studied over 55,000 Denmark adults found that eating two to six ounces of chocolate per week could reduce your risk of the heart condition by a fifth. So, the next time someone wants to shame you for devouring some chocolate, just let them know you’re mending your broken heart.
It’s much easier to slip up on workouts and have a few too many cheat days per week during the wintertime. Layers of sweaters and scarves can help hide the pounds we’ve gained since last fall and the annual pumpkin spice revolution, but what do we do now that summer is breathing down our pasty necks? After all, summer usually means beach days, vacations and a lot less clothing.
Not to worry, we have a few tricks to help you get the results you’re looking for this summer, as well as the remainder of the year.
What’s all the hoopla about Health Savings Accounts recently? Well, with the AHCA being continuously debated in Congress, and the ACA here to stay for the immediate future, employees and employers alike are searching for ways to cut healthcare expenses. And the Health Savings Account, accompanied with a High Deductible Health Plan, accomplishes that while providing some tax savings.
“Everything in moderation! Too much of a good thing, can be a bad thing.”
Most things in life benefit from a bit of balance, including our eating habits. The only problem is, not many of us know how to eat in moderation. What do we eat? How much of it do we need? How often should we be eating? These are questions that many people don’t know the answers to, so they end up eating much more than their body really needs.
“I’ll sleep when I’m dead.”
How many times do you hear this term being thrown around by people who think calling it a night before 11 pm makes you weak, somehow? Little do they know, they’re speeding up their aging process as well as increasing their likelihood of developing cardiovascular disease and even alcoholism.
You know those people who brag about getting three hours of sleep per night and still wake up with the ability to function like the rest of us? No need to be jealous of them anymore. Sleep plays a vital role in our physical and mental health; it’s our body’s way of rebooting itself. When our heads don’t hit the pillow enough, it can significantly lower our quality of life. According to Harvard Medical School, sleeping less than five hours per night increases the risk of death from all causes by 15 percent. The first step to protecting your body is understanding how it works. Get to know the serious consequences of sleep deprivation.
Buddha was on to something when he said, “The mind is everything. What you think, you become.” Negative thoughts impact our brains to an extent that most of us don’t fully understand.A study published in the Journal of Clinical Psychology reveals that negative thoughts can prevent you from processing information and thinking clearly. Researchers asked subjects to sort objects into two categories. They found that subjects who admitted to worrying over 50% of the time significantly struggled to sort the objects as the difficulty of the task increased.
It’s no secret that garlic works wonders for our immune system. Despite leaving you worried about your breath—which we’ll tell you how to avoid in a bit—garlic is a magical antioxidant. In honor of National Garlic Day, April 19, 2017, we’re spreading awareness of these perks and how to use it to your advantage.
It’s no secret that washing down a half a dozen donuts with a liter of coke every day can lead to obesity and diabetes. Unfortunately, you can now add Alzheimer’s disease to that list. Researchers at the University of Bath in the U.K. have found that high blood sugar levels can contribute to Alzheimer’s disease, one of the top ten leading causes of death in the United States.
Fish oil can be a lifesaver—literally! Research shows that the omega-3 fatty acids found in fish oil reduced the risk of death in patients who have experienced heart attacks. We hear the recommendations from our doctors, medical journals and blogs just like this one, but how many of us actually increase our intake of fish oils to improve our health? Whether you’re battling with the stress of a job, or something as serious as a cardiovascular disease, we break down how fish oil can help mitigate some major health problems.
Americans spent $3.2 trillion on healthcare in 2015, and that figure is predicted to rise at a rate of 5.6% per year for the next ten years. However, thanks to the advancement of technology, physicians and medical professionals now have a less costly way to see patients without having them physically visit the office or emergency room.