Personal Wellness Claymont DE
Personal wellness is all about you and the choices you make, from diet to exercise. Read the following articles to learn how to maximize your personal wellness
By the mid-1990s, St. John’s wort’s reputation as a mood mender had jumped the pond. After spreading good vibes across Europe for centuries, the plant with the perky yellow blooms had finally caught on in America.
A bowl of this juicy, sweet fruit tastes too much like dessert to be such a nutrient-rich food, and yet new research shows strawberries may help prevent cardiovascular disease. In a recent study, women who ate two or more servings of strawberries a week were 14 percent less likely to have elevated levels of C-reactive protein, a compound that signals the presence of inflammation.
Knocking the simple stuff off your to'do list, such as signing your son up for soccer, will provide a sense of accomplishment and the confidence to go after larger, more complicated tasks like drafting that monster proposal you’d been putting off.
For every delight summer promises—sundresses, outdoor activities, warm breezes—it presents a corresponding challenge—exposed skin, itchy ailments, frizz. But with a few thoughtful changes to your self-care routine, you can shed your dull winter skin, protect yourself from the hazards of heat, humidity, and sun exposure, and radiate with vitality from head to toe.
Minimize bruising and bleeding by applying arnica hourly around the incision site the first day. For the rest of the week, apply it four times a day. Control inflammation with 200 mg of grape'seed extract, and protect cells from anesthetics and pain medication with 60 mg of Co-Q10 per day. After surgery, your liver might get a little stagnated and cause some constipation.
Feeling weary or down in the dumps? Or perhaps you-re just looking for a psychological boost. The fragrance of essential oils may be just the pick-me-up you need. It's common knowledge that smell effects how we feel.
When you are enjoying your delicious food, what ingredients do you think is the most important? Well, every part of it is important, including the salt. Few dishes would be complete without a sprinkle of salt. A shake or two can bring out the natural flavor of foods during cooking, and a flourish of coarsely ground salt adds a slightly crunchy flair to any meal.
The slow, graceful "dance" of t'ai chi, invented (according to legend) in the 16th century by a Chinese martial artist, has often been described as a moving meditation.
Are you confused about the T'ai Chi simple exercise? Don't worry. Here are some advice for your reference.
Designed mostly for use on the face (and possibly down to the neck and chest), bronzing powder offers a low-commitment method for giving the skin a sun-kissed boost. Many of the versions from natural beauty companies will contain mineral pigments to impart a glow to the skin.
Today's tanning creams work by performing such an impressive bit of chemical alchemy that within hours of application, the skin can look as if it's been naturally tanned. The active ingredient is a colorless sugar called DHA (dihydroxyacetone), which darkens the skin much the way exposure to air turns a sliced apple brown.
A new study shows tea does more than warm you up on a chilly afternoon. According to research published in the Journal of the American College of Nutrition, women (age 70 to 85) who were regular tea drinkers had a 2.8 percent higher hip bone-mineral density (BMD) than non'tea drinkers.
The doctors became so curious that they decided to test ten teas for fluoride, most of them black instant varieties. A few showed alarmingly high levels: One exceeded, per serving, the maximum EPA-recommended fluoride level for drinking water, and several had more fluoride than the FDA deems safe for bottled water.
It's a beneficiary of the recent boom in yoga and other forms of body work. What distinguishes it is the element of passive stretching, which seems to enhance the effects of both yoga and massage. You stretch deeper (yoga) and as a result, your muscles get more of a working over (massage).
Some consider massage therapy a luxury to be indulged in while vacationing at a spa. But to many athletes, scheduling an appointment for deep tissue work is just as important as lifting weights at the gym.
The thyroid, a small, butterfly'shaped gland below your Adam’s apple, pretty much rules your body. It regulates your metabolism, explains Husbands, and an underactive thyroid (hypothyroidism) slows everything down—from your pulse and temperature to your energy level and the rate at which you burn calories.
Doctors have no treatments or drugs available for healing tinnitus, but suggest decreasing salt and caffeine, both of which may irritate and over'stimulate the ocular nerves. Read on for more information on dealing with tinnitus.
Find yourself standing perplexed in the middle of the toothpaste aisle, trying to find brands that don't contain harmful chemicals like sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS)? Jot down the following guidelines before you return to the store.
Researchers have found that grapefruit increases blood levels and promotes wound healing throughout your body. The megadose of vitamin C found in citrus fruits effectively kills the bacteria that form as a result of sugars, food fragments, and plaque on your teeth.
What about slathering your skin with superfruits? Topical antioxidants seem to have a benefit if you can get them to penetrate. But labels don’t tell you if the superfruit molecules are small enough to slip through pores, or if the pH balance of the cream or serum is optimal for penetration.
Your body can't naturally produce omega-3s or omega-6s, but fortunately, they are easy to find in foods. Since most Americans get far more omega-6s than omega-3s (corn products and packaged foods are packed with omega-6s), dietitians and dermatologists alike will tell you to focus on eating foods rich in omega-3s, such as nuts and oily cold-water fish.
The good news is that you can take in small amounts of toxins without harm—your body either excretes them or neutralizes them in the liver. Any toxin that manages to hang around, generally does so in too minute a quantity to inflict any real damage.
A study has confirmed the first effective treatment for age-related macular degeneration (AMD), the most common cause of vision loss in this country.
With any car accident, it’s important for a medical professional to examine you, since many injuries such as whiplash or other internal injuries are not always readily apparent. Read on to gain more information.
Among holistic treatments for UTI, cranberry has received the most thorough scrutiny. From the first day you suspect a UTI, drink three 8-ounce glasses of unsweetened cranberry juice daily, along with plenty of water to increase urine flow.
Vegetarians of all ages regularly encounter misunderstandings from well-meaning relatives and friends about the diet's nutritional value, especially as it affects growing children (How will they get enough protein? Won't lack of meat lead to iron deficiency? Might it stunt a child's growth?).
The combination of carbs, fat, protein, and fiber helps regulate blood sugar and satiate hunger for longer periods of time. If you're watching your blood sugar, select fruits low on the glycemic index. The glycemic index ranks foods based on how quickly they raise blood glucose levels; pure glucose scores 100 and foods lacking carbohydrates score zero. Typically, fiber-rich, unprocessed foods fall lower on the chart than sugary or refined ones.
Your body needs B12 to produce blood cells, replicate DNA, and form the protective sheath around nerves. Inadequate amounts of this nutrient can cause anemia and nerve damage—which manifest as memory problems, fatigue, poor concentration, depression, and numbness or tingling in the feet or hands.
A study found that a topical solution of 15 percent L-ascorbic acid—the most easily absorbed form of vitamin C—combined with vitamin E, protects the skin from UV damage and reduces cell mutations that may lead to skin cancer.
After analyzing the published literature on vitamin D, experts reported that many people—especially the elderly and dark'skinned individuals—are vitamin D deficient. However, sunbathing or using a tanning bed is not the answer because of their high skin cancer risk. Instead, get your vitamin D from foods or by taking a supplement.
A decrease in muscle strength can increase the risk of falls and bone fractures as we age, but studies have found that supplementing with vitamin D may benefit both muscle strength and balance. Vitamin D also helps the body absorb calcium.
Vitamin E's glowing reputation has rested on several large observational studies, in which people’s health profiles were correlated with what they said they ate and what supplements they took over a given period of time.
The men with the highest concentration of A when the study began were 60 percent more likely to suffer a fracture than those with the lowest levels, and men with the very highest levels—in the top 1 percent range—were seven times more likely to break a bone.
The vitamin appears to be as important as better-known risk factors, including family history and exposure to certain allergens, says Robert A. Wise, the study’s lead author. Wise looked at data on more than 4,000 boys and girls between the ages of six and 17. He found that those with blood levels of vitamin C in the bottom 20th percentile were 40 percent more likely to develop asthma than those with normal or high levels.
B3 (niacin or niacinamide) dilates blood vessels, which can stop a vascular headache brought on by constricted veins and arteries. Take a 50 to 300 mg niacin tablet (not a longer-acting time-release niacin version or niacinamide) at the first sign of a headache and then lie down until the storm passes. To prevent this type of headache, take a 50 to 250 mg time-release tablet once a day with food. Note that niacin sometimes causes hot and itchy skin—a side effect known as the “niacin flush.”
We drink bottled water because it is supposed to be healthier and cleaner. Even though bottled water costs 2,000 times more than tap, many of us happily pony up, believing we’re paying for purity (cue images of picturesque mountain springs and tropical aquifers). But turns out we might not be.
Nothing completes a picnic like a big chunk of watermelon. And while taste alone makes this fruit a standout, it’s a nutritional gem, too: One cup of watermelon delivers more than 21 percent of the daily value of vitamin C and 18 percent of vitamin A—in fewer than 49 calories.
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Whether you’re dieting or simply trying to eat more healthfully, certain foods seem impossible to pass up. But by tweaking your food choices—and your mindset—you can vanquish both the biological and psychological causes of cravings.
Cut down on calorie-laden fast food—and save time and cash—by buddying up with a coworker and taking turns bringing in healthy lunches to share. Think hearty bean soups and hummus sandwiches on whole grain breads—not salad. According to ayurvedic thinking, light, cold, and raw foods create more ama, the sticky waste product of digestion that can lead to weight gain.