Noninvasive Treatments for Excessive Sweating

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Excessive sweating is a common experience when the weather is hot and humid or when we’re nervous before a big presentation or performance. But for some, excessive underarm sweat is a constant problem that affects all aspects of daily life. Hyperhidrosis, or excessive sweating, is a benign disorder in that it poses no danger to a person’s health. However, it can have huge implications on a person’s quality of life and social well-being. According to some experts, 3% of the population deal with sweating that bothers them on a daily basis, with women affected more often than men. This is probably an underestimate since those affected may not seek medical advice for their condition. Read more  »

Top Warning Signs You Could Be Dehydrated (and Why It Matters)

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Many of us walk around in a state of mild to moderate dehydration because we often don’t consume enough liquids to supply our bodies with the hydration it needs to function at its best. Chronic dehydration stresses our organs and can interfere with bodily functions leading in some cases to illness, irritability, fatigue, difficulty focusing and more. Hot weather and physical activity deplete our body’s water, making drinking water essential in warm climates, especially during summer months, and before, during and after exercise. So unless you’re on a fluid-restricted regimen prescribed by a healthcare professional, you should be drinking up on a regular basis. Read more  »

How Much Sleep Do We Really Need?

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Eight hours. That’s the nightly sleep recommendation you hear most frequently, the gold standard for a healthy sleep routine. But what if it isn’t? I read this article in The Wall Street Journal with great interest, for it points to recent research that suggests the eight-hour model may not be the ideal one for most healthy adults. Read more  »

4 Ways to Ease Your Aching Back

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Summer is a big time for tackling heavy-duty home projects and lugging outdoor gear all over the place, which can sometimes be more than your back bargained for. Your lower back especially is a very vulnerable area prone to injury, particularly as we age. The wear and tear of living eventually weakens the skeletal structure, causing bone loss and disintegrated or displaced discs. And you’re not alone: eight out of 10 Americans experience back pain at some time, making it the fifth most common reason to visit the doctor. Read more  »

The One Place You Never Thought to Check for Melanoma

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It goes without saying that you need to routinely check your back, legs, arms and any other exposed area of your body for questionable moles if you want to stay skin-cancer-free. But body parts that seem to be hidden from the sun’s rays are just as important to inspect regularly. One that you probably never thought to check but deserves equal attention from your critical eyes: your toenails. Read more  »

How to Make and Use Natural Bug Repellant

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Nothing ruins the outdoors during the summer with family and friends like a little mosquito bite on your neck. Suddenly, a beautiful sunset turns into a buffet dinner for the mosquitoes. But spraying chemicals on your skin to keep pests away may not feel like a good option either. Not to worry: Mosquitoes aren’t a new phenomenon and Ayurveda has been repelling them for over 5,000 years with great success. With the help of some amazing essential oils you can enjoy these fleeting summer moments without biting insects, while enjoying some additional benefits for your skin. Read more  »

4 Low-Cal, Low-Cost Nutrients to Eat This Summer

black beans Want a surprisingly simple way to optimize your health and cut your grocery bill at the same time?  Here are four summertime foods that promise the top nutritional value per penny and deliver high quality nutrition in every bite. Add them to your next shopping list or look for them on your next trip to the farmers’ market this week. Read more  »