Health & Wellness

Maintaining a Healthy Mind in Uncertain Times

If you’re stressed about the pandemic, you aren’t alone. According to June 2020 data from YouGov.co, 46% of Americans say they’re “very worried” or “fairly worried” they could suffer serious illness or death from COVID-19.[1] Health anxiety is perhaps the primary stress, but other stresses are significant too. The fear of losing your job. The fear of relatives contracting the coronavirus. The fear that your childrens’ education will suffer. Significant chunks of the global population are feeling these fears, and many are caused by one thing: Uncertainty. Nobody knows what’s coming next, or when and if things will return to …

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PERSPIRATE. MOTIVATE. FEEL GREAT!

What’s your motivation for getting a good sweat session in each day? Maybe it’s the overall health benefits of daily workouts. Or keeping your health in check to keep up with your growing family. Or maybe it’s the euphoric high you feel after you’ve completed your workout. Whatever your motivation is to sweat, getting started and being in the right mindset isn’t as easy as it sounds. Imagine it’s a peaceful Sunday afternoon, you’re sitting down on your living room couch watching TV, when all of a sudden your phone unexpectedly starts vibrating. You never get random calls like this …

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Lyme Disease, the Great Imitator

A Few Basics About Lyme Disease Lyme Disease is the most common vector-borne multi-systemic disease in the USA and Europe, caused by the bacterium Borrelia burgdorferi. This is only one of many species in the worldwide family of Borrelia. It is transmitted by: Mosquitos and fleas Biting insects Blood transfusions Sexual intercourse Trans-Placental to Fetus Unpasteurized Mild Breast Feeding Food Symptoms of People Diagnosed with Lyme Disease Severe headaches and neck stiffness Erythema migrans (EM) rashes on the bite sight or other areas of the body Facial palsy (loss of muscle tone or droop on one or both sides of …

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Tips and Tricks to Boosting Your Mental Health

Daily life with the COVID-19 pandemic has increased stressors—stressors most Americans have no experience dealing with. In fact, in a review of 3,166 papers examining the psychological impact of quarantine on mental health, 24 of which were included in an article published in the Lancet in March 2020, most studies reported negative psychological effects from quarantine including post-traumatic stress symptoms, confusion, and anger. Stressors included longer quarantine duration, infection fears, frustration, boredom, inadequate supplies, inadequate information, financial loss, and stigma. Some researchers have suggested long-lasting effects1. According to a report from the pharmacy benefit management company, Express Scripts, between mid-February …

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Spring Detox Tips for Your Body and Home

Stuck at home because of the recent stay-at-home orders issued in communities across the nation due to the COVID-19 pandemic? Look at the bright side. This is a great time to take stock of your health and do a “spring detox” for your body and home, reducing the impact of the long winter months and the stress we’re all under right now. Here are some tips that can help you take charge of your health today, and rid your body of toxins. Body and Mind 1. See the sun? Get some. With spring officially here, the days are longer and …

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How to Strengthen Your Immune System in the Face of the COVID-19 Virus

It’s hard to miss the headlines about the novel coronavirus called COVID-19. But do you know how the virus originated, who’s at risk, and most importantly, what you can do to prevent getting sick? According to the World Health Organization (WHO), the 2019 novel coronavirus outbreak was first identified in Wuhan, China, and linked to a live animal market. The official name of the disease is coronavirus disease 2019, abbreviated as COVID-19. In COVID-19, “CO” stands for corona, “VI” for virus, and “D” for disease. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), coronaviruses are a large family of viruses. …

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Five Ways Gardening Boosts Your Mental Health

It’s no secret that your state of mind has a huge impact on your health. Mental health issues, such as depression and anxiety, affect people of all age groups and demographics. Our mental state also affects our social lives. So how do we make mental health a priority in our everyday lives? The answer could be as close as your backyard. Here are five ways gardening boosts your mental health. Sunlight for Stress Relief Getting out in the sun to work on your garden feels great. But don’t take our word for it. There’s science to back us up! Sunlight …

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Importance of sleep and how to get the most of it

Whether you want to optimize health and performance or beat a health problem, sleep is a key ingredient. With the modern lifestyle and technologies, we are getting less sleep and worse sleep quality—over 35% of US adults get less than seven hours every night1. Since March is sleep awareness month, we explore the in’s and out’s of better sleep and how infrared sauna sessions can help. What happens when you sleep Sleep isn’t just laying still through the night. Rather, sleep is when your body performs many vital functions as it cycles through different stages, including rapid eye movement (REM), …

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Q&A with Dr. Will Cole: How to Recover from Holiday Overindulgence

The New Year is upon us and now is the time when we are supposed to be jumping on the resolution bandwagon. Getting into the healthy resolution spirit can be challenging when deep in the aftermath of holiday overindulgence. All of the social gatherings with festive cocktails and other high-sugar, high-fat indulgences may have you feeling sluggish as you kick off the new decade. It can be helpful to take a few moments to reflect on the last decade and think about what you would like to change to help your overall well-being. So often New Year resolutions are all …

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Save the Planet with a Healthy Diet

Save the planet with a healthy diet? It may sound strange, but changing the way we eat can improve our health and the prognosis of the planet we call home. A report by the EAT-Lancet Commission says we need to act fast. The group of 37 scientists from 16 countries studied the issue of global pollution for three years. Its January 2019 report says “without action … today’s children will inherit a planet that has been severely degraded and where much of the population will increasingly suffer from malnutrition and preventable disease.” It goes on to say that current farming …

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