When we’re in the womb, our ears are the first sense organ to develop. When we die, it is said that our hearing is the last to go. So it should come as no surprise that humans have found tools and tricks to appeal to our sense of hearing for at least 35,000 years, in every cultural enclave across the globe.
Yoga does some amazing things for your mind and body, including your reproductive organs. According to research, yoga can increase circulation, enhance libido and engage the kegel muscles for better sex. So, what are you waiting for? If you’re feeling stressed out and need a little help in the bedroom, head on down to your nearest yoga studio and give these yoga poses a try!
If you suffer from frequent urination at night — also called nocturia — chances are you’re probably not getting enough restful sleep, leaving you cranky and frustrated with your body. Here’s how to get your overactive bladder under control, naturally.
With bathing suit season just around the corner, you may be hoping to take your derriere to the next level and show off some skin. Forget butt-lifting underwear and girdles! If you can spare a few minutes a day, you can tone your tush for the summer in no time. While not exactly easy, these steps are simple once you get the hang of them.
Are you a gluten-free dieter? Seafood aficionado? Fan of commercial deodorant? Chances are, you’ve got heavy metals in your system. Lead, arsenic, mercury and other metals are often found in processed food items and pesticides used to grow our food. And while you may be consuming these metals in trace amounts, over time they accumulate in our bodies and make us sick. Here’s what to watch out for and how to detox from heavy metals.
Vitamin D, also known as the “sunshine vitamin,” isn’t just necessary for your bones. Turns out, it’s vital for a wide range of functions in the body. If you’ve been feeling run down lately, here’s why you need more vitamin D in your life and where to get it naturally.
A lot of people ask how I finally managed to quit smoking after nearly a decade of sucking back 20-plus cigarettes a day and dozens of failed attempts to quit. Now on my way to four years clean, I can honestly say that quitting cigarettes was the best thing I ever did for my physical, mental and spiritual health. Here’s how I quit cigarettes cold turkey and got rid of that pesky nicotine monster — for good.
Even without dementia, my dear 87-year-old uncle couldn’t keep track of all of his medications even if he tried. That’s because his med list covers a whole page — front and back. He’s got pills for just about every major organ system in his body, a confusing mass of medication that’s quietly been accumulating over the years. Does this sound familiar to you?
Do you know what your tongue is trying to tell you? It may seem odd, but a quick glance at your tongue can help you gauge your overall health. Here are some of the more common tongue concerns and what to do about them.
Do your eyes need a little TLC? Whether it’s for better sleep or better skin around the eyes, there are some things you should put on (or in) your eyes and some things you absolutely shouldn’t. Here are a few to remember.
When something is amiss, sometimes our bodies will let us know in an obvious way, like a headache or upset stomach. But all too often we forget that our bodies give us more subtle signs, too — like the lines on our fingernails. Read on and take a good look at your nails to find out what the lines say about your health.
Of more than 5,000 species of mammals, the majority eat their placenta after giving birth to babies. Scientists think animals do this to readily absorb valuable nutrients and vitamins that would otherwise be lost. It turns out, humans may reap some of the same benefits. Eating placenta is touted to do everything from easing postpartum depression to improving breastmilk supply. If you knew it was that good for you, would you eat your own placenta, too?
Turmeric is all the rage right now, but many of us don’t quite know how to squeeze this golden, health-boosting spice into our everyday lives. With this 21-day turmeric challenge, you’ll see just how many ways you can incorporate it into your daily routine. Your body and mind will thank you!
Essential oils can change an entire space in a matter of minutes — and the people in them! Aromatherapy is used to treat a range of conditions, from relieving tension to promoting sleep to healing infections. Here are some of the best essential oils to diffuse and how to do it right.
Sometimes the best remedies in life are the simplest ones. This is certainly true for an ancient skincare trick known to close pores, balance oil production and rejuvenate the skin. You won’t need fancy skin creams filled with chemicals and preservatives to achieve a youthful glow after this. You can start improving the quality of your skin with only two things: purified water and high-quality salt.
Is there anything worse than an aching ear? Recently while traveling in Mexico I came down with a nasty virus. It stole my energy for weeks, clogged my sinuses and left me with a raging ear infection. Fortunately, I was given a local age-old remedy using three simple ingredients commonly found at home: garlic, rubbing alcohol and a cotton ball. Here’s how to try it, along with other natural remedies for ear pain.
If you’re one of the millions of Americans suffering from chronic pain, you’re probably at your wits end about how to help your poor body cope. The good news is, there are several foods that can be as effective as over-the-counter pain medications, without all those nasty side effects. And when these superstar ingredients are combined, you’re looking at one seriously powerful elixir.
When a headache strikes, seemingly out of nowhere, it can ruin your entire day. But rather than reach for harmful over-the-counter medications, it’s important to do two things. First, listen to what your body is trying to tell you and change your lifestyle accordingly. Secondly, soothe symptoms with a natural remedy, like this homemade headache balm.
Health trends come and go, but turmeric’s place in the limelight is here to stay. You’ve probably seen it just about everywhere, from golden lattes to DIY face masks. And if you’ve dismissed this ancient Indian spice as just a health fad, it’s time to take a closer look at its wonder ingredient: curcumin. A tablespoon (or two) could be just what the doctor ordered.
Say the word “cancer” and most people feel one thing: fear. That’s because, now more than ever, cancer seems to strike across such a broad range of categories — young, old, thin, fat, athletic, stationary and everything in between. With cancer’s prevalence, so too are its “cures,” many of which are wishy-washy in the name of science. But there’s one all-natural remedy for cancer that’s surprising scientists and patients alike: cannabis.
If you’re like me, your dentist drilled into you to brush and floss your teeth every morning right when you wake up and every night before you go to bed. There’s no question that brushing and flossing are the best ways to remove bacteria, strengthen your gums and protect against oral diseases. But there’s one more thing you should add to your morning routine, and it may seem a little strange.
If you thought coconut oil was just for cooking, think again. Coconut oil is one of the most versatile ingredients out there. Whether it’s in your food, on your hair or even “down there,” coconut oil can give your body some TLC from the inside-out. Take our 10-day coconut oil challenge to revamp your beauty routine and improve your overall health.
Michael’s was recently forced to recall 80,000 pink Himalayan salt lamps for fire risk, illustrating the sheer popularity of the trend. There’s little doubt that pink salt lamps add a peaceful ambiance to any room. But consumers say they do way more than that — from clearing up sinuses to curing insomnia. We’re left wondering, are these salt lamps everything people believe them to be?
There are several delicious duos in nature, like chocolate and peanut butter or carrots and hummus. But what about a food pair that can help you lose weight, fight off infections and clear up your skin all at the same time? As far as we know, there’s only one culinary combo that can do all that: lemon and raw honey.
As a native Californian, I can attest to the fact that we’re simply obsessed with avocados. Perhaps it’s the fact that they come from sun-kissed fields and taste like a perfect blend of savory and sweet, or the fact that they contain healthy saturated fat that’s great for the waistline. In any case, avocados are life. And, it turns out, the oil from this humble fruit is just as beneficial to use in your cooking. Here are six reasons why you should get on board with avocado oil.
In an ideal world, we’d all eat 100 percent organic, 100 percent of the time. But is that really necessary with the higher cost of items? Here’s your guide on what to purchase organic and when to save your precious pennies and spend them on the non-organic versions instead.
When it comes to a bedtime routine, a warm glass of milk or a soothing cup a tea may be just the ticket before dozing off. But wouldn’t it be great if while you slept your body could simultaneously rest and burn stubborn body fat? Just because you’re asleep at night doesn’t mean your metabolism has to be, right? Here’s a nighttime elixir to help boost your metabolism and aid weight loss.
They say “food is medicine” — and research shows it’s the truth. When it comes to building up your immune system, the foods in your kitchen may be the best prescription out there. Here are some delicious, whole foods to try the next time you start to feel a little run down.
If your mornings are hectic, it can be difficult to remember to slow down and take care of your basic needs, like hydration. Perhaps you rush out of bed, hop in the shower and scarf down whatever you can find before running out the door. That’s one way to do it, and many of us find ourselves in this position day after day. But what if slowing down and drinking this elixir before you even got out of bed could improve your morning routine, your mood and your waistline?
There’s a lot of hype about bone broth. Some nutrition experts say it can promote healthier hair, improve digestion and even reduce inflammation. But is it really the miracle food people say it is? Here’s what you need to know.
There’s a common misconception out there that meat is the best source of protein to help you build muscle and burn fat. While lean and well-sourced meat in moderation may be healthy, the overconsumption of processed meats is making us heavier and sicker than ever before. Instead, try to improve your muscle-building and weight loss efforts with sources beyond meat and dairy. Here are some delicious and nutritious foods to pick up the next time you’re at the grocery store.
I first heard about intermittent fasting back in grad school, when a fellow student and rugby player told me that it was the key to his six-pack and muscular physique. I admired his fortitude, but brushed it off as just as health fad. Turns out, according to research, he might have been onto something. If you’re trying to lose weight or your fitness efforts have plateaued, here are a few reasons to give intermittent fasting a try.
When it comes to meat, the general consensus for health-conscious consumers is that the leaner the better. That’s why chicken breast is a popular choice. But if your chicken breast has white stripes, it may not be as healthy as you think. One group called Compassion In World Farming has an important message for consumers, so it’s best to read on before chowing down.
If you’re not already eating Brussels sprouts and walnuts, now may be a great time to a start. Researchers believe that the vitamin A and antioxidants contained in these foods may fend off the symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease, the sixth leading cause of death in the United States.
Emma Morano, the oldest person in the world, turned 117 this week in lake-side Pallanza, Northern Italy. She credits her longevity to being single, drinking homemade brandy and eating a certain staple every day: two raw eggs.
Wouldn’t it be great if you could eat a burger and fries every day? Well, with this recipe, you might just be able to get away with it. Just because summer is over doesn’t mean you need to put burger season behind you. With sweet potatoes in peak season between now and December, it’s a great time to make these superfoods the focal point of some of your entrees.
When it comes to pumpkin, most of us have a pretty simple policy: the more, the better. Unlike store-bought products, these homemade pumpkin bars are as natural as can be, free of gluten, dairy and refined sugars so you can forget about all that guilt.
The months of autumn are a favorite among many — and for good reason. It’s the season of warm colors, delicious aromas and a myriad of flavors to keep things interesting in the kitchen. Many of these foods just happen to be orange, and they come loaded with vitamins and minerals to keep you healthy during the holidays. Here are seven orange foods that you should eat more of, and not just during autumn!
If you’re reading this article, chances are I’ve caught you in a sweatpants and froyo-devouring phase listening for your ex’s car outside. Trust me, I was just there. Over the last few months, while going through a breakup from my former girlfriend of four years, I honestly wondered if it was possible to keel over from a broken heart. But here I am writing this, obviously still alive, and now I’m here to tell you: put down the froyo spoon.
If you’re one of the 40 million Americans suffering from anxiety, you know how uncomfortable it can be. Even though it’s awful while it’s happening, anxiety serves an important function. Here are a few reasons to think of anxiety as a superpower and how to manage it naturally.
It’s a well-known fact that relationships are hard work. Marriage and family experts say that even the best couples have arguments now and again, and that’s totally normal when different points of view are expressed in a healthy way. But if you’re stuck in toxic relationship patterns, your body might be trying to tell you something.
Spring is in the air, which means it’s time to start spring cleaning. Here’s a 14-day decluttering challenge to help you spruce up your physical space, clear your mind and improve your overall health. Ready, set, go!
When the alarm clock goes off, most of us either hit snooze or groggily get out of bed without much thought about how we’re starting the day. But if you can spare 10 extra minutes, you can make a world of difference to your mental and physical health — all before leaving your bed in the morning. Use these tips to get up on the right side of the bed from now on.
In just one dose, the active ingredient in “magic mushrooms” — called psilocybin — can alleviate anxiety and depression in cancer patients, according to two separate studies published this week. For some patients, it can be downright life-changing.
If there’s one thing everyone should have in their home, it’s a box of baking soda. It’s great for way more than just baking! Here are 22 ways to use it around your home and on your body.
We have a plastic problem. It’s at work, at home and even hiding in our hygiene products in the form of tiny beads. When it comes to pollution on a global scale, there’s no doubt that plastic is one of the biggest offenders. Here are 27 easy trades you can make in order to use less plastic in your daily life.
The quality of our seafood has been in the news a lot lately. First, we reported that Washington salmon contained cocaine and 80 other contaminants. Next, we covered the North American salmon that contained a Japanese tapeworm. Now, a new study has found that people who eat seafood are also eating plastic — 11,000 pieces of microplastic per year to be exact.
With the holiday season upon us, companies everywhere are vying for a chunk of your hard-earned cash. The average American will spend close to $1,000 on gifts for the holidays this year. Instead of finding the trendiest items and helping just one recipient, why not help an entire village while you’re at it? This holiday season, bring out your inner hippie and shop to make an impact.
Animals are remarkable in their ability to process complex information, react to physical and emotional stressors, respond to social cues and even mimic human behavior. It’s precisely for these reasons that scientists use animals — large and small — for a broad array of research purposes. From cosmetic testing to pharmaceutical trials, it’s estimated that 115 million animals are used each year in scientific labs around the world. But are we taking it too far?
How are you spending Cyber Monday? While we’re shopping for the best deals on holiday gifts after Thanksgiving, it’s easy to forget that there’s an ongoing fight for indigenous rights currently taking place on our own soil. Right now there are thousands of peaceful protesters — the majority Native Americans — at the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation in North Dakota.
Great news! You’ve located your dream work-at-home job. Now it’s time for the next hiring test: your remote interview.
Do you feel like your resume is mediocre compared to others in your field, or perhaps on paper you don’t shine as bright as you do in person? Here’s what to do.
Although The Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967 prohibits age discrimination in the workplace against professionals over the age of 40, as many as 64% of workers report they have witnessed or suffered age discrimination in their place of employment, according to AARP.
A little stress on the job is a proven motivator, but take on too much of it and you’re looking at the biggest productivity killer of all: job fatigue.
Effective December 1, 2016, new federal overtime regulations under the Fair Labor Standards Act will extend overtime protections for millions of workers, ensuring fair wages for going above and beyond the 40-hour work week. But how will these new regulations impact your life as a remote worker?
In this digital age, we’re obsessed with food. Millennials, the demographic largely responsible for the growing digital food movement, spend $174 million a month on restaurant food. The Instagram hashtag #instafood has more than 57 million posts at time of writing. The numbers don’t lie — we’re foodies.
Telecommuting opens up a world of possibilities for millennials. From a higher sense of purpose and greater work-life balance to long-lasting bonds with their employers, more and more millennials are opting to work remotely.
Disturbing reports are coming out of Baku, Azerbaijan, where gay, lesbian and transgender citizens are being rounded up by police, beaten and handed jail terms.
A devastating 7.1 earthquake struck Puebla, Mexico on Tuesday afternoon, the deadliest tremor in three decades.
As Hurricane Irma nears Florida, Palm Beach County Animal Care and Control has been receiving reports of abandoned dogs chained up to trees and parked cars, with their owners nowhere to be found.
When it comes to LGBT rights, the “Golden State” means business. Just weeks ahead of Donald Trump’s inauguration into the White House, California passed a bill prohibiting state-funded business travel to states that discriminate against the LGBT community. So, if you’re a government employee in California, don’t expect to visit North Carolina, Mississippi, Tennessee or Kansas on the state’s dime anytime soon.
For years, all neighbors heard was incessant barking from the 20-acre property next door. But now the Liberty County Sheriff’s Department and Houston SPCA have teamed up to rescue 150 dogs, six cats and one horse from Puppy-Dogs-R-Us — a self-proclaimed animal rescue property in Dayton, Texas.
Residents in Southern Florida know to stay far away from alligators. Found in lakes, swamps and even golf course ponds, wild alligators can easily outrun humans and small pets if they feel so inclined. But there’s an even bigger predator to look out for in these parts — like this 15-foot long Burmese python.
A historic fire is sweeping through Gatlinburg, a mountain town in eastern Tennessee, due to high winds and the area’s worst drought in a decade. So far, the fire has destroyed more than 150 homes and businesses.