Wellness

Whip Up a Cold Smoothie for a Light Summer Meal 

  • Blueberry Smoothie

Smoothies are cold, creamy, and nutritious options for a light meal on a hot day. While it’s possible to find any number of recipes, and even no-cooking smoothie “cookbooks”, there are only four standard classes of ingredients necessary to make a smoothie: a liquid, something creamy, a fruit or vegetable, […]

Household Poisons 

  • Household cleaners

Have you ever wondered if some of the common substances you have around the house might be poisonous to children? Here are a few things you might not suspect:   An overdose of dietary melatonin supplement can actually be fatal for children.   Less than a fifth of a teaspoon […]

National Brown Bag-it Day 

  • Sandwich in a container

Taking your lunch to work can sound like a great idea, but it isn’t always easy to put into practice. It takes planning and preparation, which means taking time you may not have. Brown bag lunches can also get pretty boring if creative meal prep isn’t your thing,   Here are […]

5 Tips for Managing Carsickness

  • Woman riding in car

With vacation time just around the corner, it’s a good time to talk about car sickness. Not everyone gets car sick, but for those who do, it can make for a miserable trip. Here are five tips to help prevent it, or at least keep you more comfortable.   If […]

Why Take Your Blood Pressure at Home?

  • Woman checking her blood pressure at home

Some patients take their blood pressure at home because they have concerns about potential high blood pressure. Others take it because they are vested in their health and just want to keep an eye on their blood pressure. More commonly, however, people take their blood pressure at home because their […]

Foods that Pack an Extra Punch 

  • Dark Chocolate

Healthy foods contain the standard nutrients: proteins, carbohydrates, fats, etc., but some of them pack an extra punch. They contain “bioactive compounds”, substances that boost our health in ways that have little or nothing to do with nutrition. Learning about bioactive compounds helps us find natural ways to stay healthy.  […]

How to Maximize Weight Loss with Intermittent Fasting 

  • Upclose photo of woman standing on scale

“Intermittent fasting” is a weight loss program that involves alternating set periods of fasting with set periods of eating.  There are four basic schedules of intermittent fasting:   “Time-restricted eating” involves eating a limited number of hours each day, with a minimum 12-hour period of fasting.   “The 5:2 diet” involves eating […]

Vitamin D Helps Fight Winter Illness

  • Person holding vitamin D in the sun

Vitamin D helps us fight infections, which is especially important during the winter months, when colds and the flu are being passed around. Vitamin D is called the “sunshine vitamin”, because our body produces it when our skin is exposed to sunlight. This can create a problem in cold weather. […]

Night Owl to Early Bird

  • Close up of clock and woman working late

If you’re a night owl who staggers into the office late every morning, there’s nothing more irritating than the early bird who waltzes into the office bragging about hitting the gym at 6 am. As you shake your head, you may wonder if you, too, could ever get up at the crack of dawn. […]