Showing posts from October, 2016

What Actually Happens To Your Body When You're Scared

Who’s afraid of the big, bad wolf? Well, depending on your age, this may not be something you’re still afraid of. However, with scary movies and haunted houses in high demand during this time of year, being scared has become a staple of the Halloween experience.
Nearly all of us have some type of fear. Whether it’s a fear of creepy crawlies, ghosts or villains, we all know the feeling. And while some of us enjoy being scared more than others, do you actually know what happens to your mind and body when you’re scared?
It starts with the brain… When we hear or see something that we perceive as a threat, our brains respond with fear. Surprisingly, it isn’t only real-life threats that cause our brains to react, even movies and haunted houses can illicit the same response.
…Then the physical reaction. Once we perceive a threat, our brains release two chemicals. The first causes us to have an involuntary physical response. For some people this will cause a jump, for others it may cause them …

Boo! Simple Ways to Keep Trick-or-Treating Safe

Trick-or-treating, bobbing for apples and costume parties are just a few things kids love about Halloween. To ensure that your Halloween is nothing but fun and smiles, utilize these simple safety tips:   Decorate costumes and bags: Use reflective tape or stickers to ensure that cars can clearly see children, especially once it’s dark. Try face paint instead of masks: Some masks can make it difficult for children to see. By opting for face paint, this will ensure that they can clearly see any hazards. Make sure costumes fit properly: If costumes are too big, this could cause children to trip or fall. Light the way: As a way to prevent falls and ensure that children can see where they’re going, have them bring glow sticks or flashlights. This will also ensure that cars can clearly see them.   Keep distractions to a minimum: Don't let children use electronic devices while walking. If they're distracted, they could trip or fall, or miss seeing a car.   Make sure to cross streets safe…

6 Nutritious Reasons To Indulge In Pumpkin

When we think of Halloween, we picture children laughing in colorful costumes, jack-o'-lanterns glowing in house windows, buckets brimming with candy and of course, everyone’s favorite—pumpkin-spice-flavored everything.
And while we all love pumpkin flavored treats; there’s good reason to love the real thing. With an abundance of healthy vitamins that benefit everything from immune health to heart health, you can enjoy pumpkin all season long.
Nutritious & Delicious: The Perks of Pumpkin
Eye health. Just a one cup of cooked pumpkin contains an ample amount of vitamin A—200 percent of the daily recommended amount—and beta-carotene.  These nutrients protect the surface of the eye, help prevent dry eye and support overall eye health.
Heart health. Pumpkin seeds contain phytosterols, a plant-based compound that supports healthy cholesterol levels. In fact, phytosterols can lower the levels of LDL, the bad cholesterol, by about 10 percent.
Skin health. With three different antioxidant…

Why Chilly Weather Really Causes Carb Cravings

As it turns out, you can blame evolution for your tendency to overeat during the winter months…well, sort of. As experience has taught us, the cold weather brings with it an unusually strong urge to overindulge. And if you’ve ever wondered whether or not it was just you who had a hankering for carbs during chilly weather, it definitely isn’t.
In fact, there are many reasons why we may go a little carb crazy in the winter. One reason is our natural drive to maintain body fat, especially during the winter months; which is historically the most difficult time to find food. However, there may be a more fitting explanation for why we crave carbs with Jack Frost nipping at our noses—comfort.
Why do we crave extra comfort?
Winter not only brings colder temperatures, it also brings shorter days. With less daylight, many individuals experience a type of depression known as Seasonal Affective Disorder, or SAD.
So, what causes SAD? It is believed that less sunlight and shorter days are linked to a…

Simple Changes Your Heart Will Love

Your heart is a vital organ that literally keeps your body functioning. Unfortunately, many of us don't treat it that way. Little things, like daily habits and lifestyle add up and can overwork the heart, leading to damaging effects long term. So, take care of your heart and in turn, your heart will love you for it.
Keep in mind that this doesn’t mean your health routine has to make a drastic 180 degree turn; instead start to incorporate these changes gradually. When it comes to heart health, it isn’t a sprint, it’s a marathon. Creating sustainable change that you can really stick with is what matters. Utilize these tips to keep your heart feeling stronger for longer.
Eat Foods that are Helpful, Not Hurtful
Whether you realize it or not, the foods you eat have an impact on your body, especially on your heart. Routine consumptions of fatty foods can contribute to a buildup of fat in your arteries. Over time, this can lead to blocked arteries, thereby increasing your risk of a heart a…

Give Your Veggie Variety A Quick Tune Up

As a child, you may have been scolded for not eating your veggies. As an adult, you may have never truly outgrown that finicky eating. If you’re like most Americans, you don’t eat enough vegetables on a daily basis. Your diet may also be lacking valuable veggie variety. A healthy taste From the bitter bite of arugula to the sturdy carrot, vegetables are a menagerie of flavors and textures. Unfortunately, Americans aren’t adventurous eaters of this food group. In fact, the potato—whether baked, fried, or chipped—is the most commonly consumed vegetable in the U.S. Lettuce and tomatoes top that list, too. This lack of variety means you may be missing out on this food group’s best feature: its nutritional content. Eating many types of vegetables can give your body the healthy boost it needs. Munch on dark greens like spinach for vitamin A and folic acid, a type of B vitamin. Or serve up some beans or peas to give your body a good dose of protein and fiber. Eating more of and a variety of vege…

5 Reasons To Fall Back In Love With Your Weight-Loss Goals This Season

Fall is one of the best times of the year. With brightly colored trees, crisp air and the excitement of upcoming holidays around the corner, what’s not to love? And now there’s another reason to love fall—exercise.

When it comes to beginning or sustaining an exercise program, it all comes down to enjoyment. While experts recommend getting at least 30 minutes of moderate physical activity most days of the week, there are ways to make exercise something you look forward to, instead of dread.
Enter the wonderful fall season. With all of its perks, fall is one of the best and most enjoyable times to make the most of your weight loss goals. As Kristin Crea, ATC, manager of GMC's Sports Medicine Program and Concussion Institute shares, these are just a few of the reasons why fall may be the healthiest season for you:
Walking/Running + cooler weather = perfection.
Fall is the sweet spot between the hot temperatures of summer and the downright cold temperatures of winter. With these near per…

Cutting Through The Crap: Tips To Treat IBS

Whether you’re at work, or out on date night, the last thing that anyone wants to worry about is digestive issues. Of course each of us has experienced a stomachache at some point with all of its discomfort and at times, embarrassing side effects. However for nearly 35 million Americans, stomach issues become a part of the monthly, weekly or even daily routine.
IBS (irritable bowel syndrome) is one of the main culprits behind chronic digestive problems. Unfortunately, IBS can be difficult to diagnose—no simple test can detect it. And it can be even harder to treat as symptoms may vary and be sporadic. The difficulty in diagnosing and treating IBS stems largely from the fact that experts can’t quite pinpoint the cause behind it.
So What Exactly is IBS?
Individuals with IBShave digestive tracts that react abnormally to certain substances or to stress. In other words, they have a very sensitive large intestine and/or colon. This leads to symptoms like cramps, gas, bloating, pain, constipa…

Postpartum, Who Knew?

With an abundance of information about pregnancy and delivering your baby, you may feel prepared for just about anything, right? Well perhaps not. As many women learn the hard way, there are many changes you go through, mentally and physically, during the postpartum period.
To ensure that these changes don’t catch you off guard, let’s take a closer look at some of the basics of postpartum. Typically this period is defined as 6 to 8 weeks, post-pregnancy.
While your body will go through a number of changes that can vary from hours to weeks after childbirth, it’s important to know what to expect. If you experience any of these changes or symptoms, don’t worry, chances are it’s a normal part of the postpartum process.
Keep in mind, every new mom experiences different physical and emotional changes and to be safe, make sure to work with your OB/GYN. Start by attending your 6 week out appointment!
Vaginal Pain & Discharge: After delivery, your vagina may feel stretched and sore, it did …