5 Easy Ways to Get Your Daily Dose of Veggies

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Our moms and grandmothers were right about making us eat our vegetables! We all know they are a major part of a healthy and well-balanced diet. They offer vitamins, nutrients, fiber, and antioxidants that our bodies need to function.

But with our busy schedules and sometimes grabbing whatever we can find at the time, incorporating five servings of veggies into our diet can often seem like a daunting task.

Try these quick tips to get your veggies in on a daily basis and never worry about eating healthy again! Warning: This may appear too easy, and your friends and family may become envious of you. Simply tell them to transform their green jealously into a quick and easy green smoothie and join the very easy veggie club! Read more  »

Hair Today, Gone Tomorrow


Are you starting to see a few extra hairs on your comb? Although it is more pronounced in men, hair loss also affects women and can start as early as your teens. Losing 100 hairs daily is normal because they are usually replaced within days. But as we age, the hormone fluctuations can weaken follicle strength. Physical and emotional stress, medications, disease, and diet can all contribute to losing hair. Today, various treatments are available to combat hair loss, but you may also want to try some natural options to help you stimulate growth. Read more  »

How Botulinum Toxin Can Help Your Health (Not Just Your Wrinkles)


Recently, I was asked in an interview to comment on a small, but growing trend in New York City where women wish to receive botulinum toxin (such as Botox) injections throughout the scalp to reduce sweating thereby keeping their hair (and blowout) fresh. While the results can last for months, those who try this trend may be subject over 100 injections to get the desired results. Although I am sure this treatment will help reduce scalp sweat, the cost and discomfort associated with the treatment will most likely make the injections appealing to only a small number of women. But the question from the editor got me thinking about the wide variety of uses for botulinum toxin in medicine. In fact, the medical uses for botulinum toxin outnumber the cosmetic uses and for some people, the results from treatment can be life changing. Here are a few notable indications for botulinum toxin because the effects are so helpful for people struggling with these common conditions. Read more  »

Easy Ways to Be Dairy-Free


While some people can’t imagine their morning bowl of cereal without soaking it in milk, others forego milk and dairy completely. Whether you are allergic, intolerant, or simply choose to go dairy-free for other health concerns, you still have plenty of delicious and nutritious alternatives available. Here is some more information to guide you on your dairy-free journey. Read more  »

3 Things to Keep in Mind as Summer Ends

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For many, summer marks a shift from a more structured and work-focused schedule and mind set to a much heavier emphasis on fun, leisure, travel, recreation, and socializing. As summer and all that comes with it draws to a close, the transition back to a more serious-minded and work-laden lifestyle can be sometimes be a bit tricky to navigate.

Here are some tips to avoid end-of-summer doldrums and help create a smoother, more effective transition into fall: Read more  »

How to Pause, Rest, and Reset

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In addition to making dietary, herbal, and daily routine recommendations, Ayurvedic practitioners also give behavioral rasayanas. These are recommendations that prolong life and increase vitality. Behavioral rasayanas are ideas, habits, and attitudes that promote health.

One of my favorite behavioral rasayanas is to pause, rest, and reset your mind and body in the midst of activity. In the modern world, and particularly in American culture, we’re always on the go. Even when we are taking a break, our minds are still plugged into some form of technology (whether it’s our phones, laptops, or tablets) and we are actually never giving our minds a chance to stop and relax. Read more  »

What Do Your Nails Say About Your Health?


Summer is the perfect time to let your feet have some fun in the sun! Between sandals and being barefoot on the beach, our feet finally get a little air after months of being shoved into heavy boots and sneakers. Although polished nails for many might be considered part of your regular beauty regime, our natural nail condition may provide valuable clues to our underlying health. Medical issues typically do not always first appear in the nails, but abnormal growth or discolorations of our nails could indicate an underlying condition of which we are unaware. Here are some warning signs to look out for: Read more  »

Sharecare Top 5: Summer Health Hazards, Tips for a Healthy First Trimester, and Ways to Stick with Psoriasis Treatment


This week on Sharecare we’re revealing insider health info from top ER docs, helping you live longer with some tips to get happy and offering a useful guide for a healthy pregnancy.

1. Pregnancy is such an exciting — and sometimes scary — time for new parents. Don’t let it worry you. Check out this pregnancy guide that will explain your baby’s growth, as well as the aches, weight gain, morning sickness and other changes that occur during the first trimester.

2. Summer’s long days and warm temps mean fun outdoor activities for everyone. But the season may also bring special health hazards — think nasty bee stings and overheating. Get advice from emergency room docs about the summer’s top dangers and what to do about them.

3. If you have psoriasis, getting effective treatment is a must — not just to relieve your symptoms and boost your quality of life, but also to protect your overall health. Find out what you need to know about being on a consistent psoriasis treatment plan.

4. Your happiness right now doesn’t just affect your life in the short term; it can also impact your longevity down the road. Learn how happiness can boost your life satisfaction and get tips to improve your outlook.

5.A recent Harvard Medical School study reviewed the accuracy of symptom checkers, but still some in the media question the results. Darria Long Gillespie, MD, sets the record straight and fills you in on what it means for your health.

With Age, the Arc of Sleep and Memory Changes

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When you sleep well, you’re making a long-term investment in the health of your memory as you age. That’s one important takeaway from a significant new study on the relationship of sleep to cognitive function. Scientists at Baylor and Emory universities reviewed a wide body of research—roughly 200 studies conducted over more than 50 years—that examined the role that sleep plays in memory and other cognitive processes. Their analysis found that making high-quality sleep a priority during youth and middle age may help guard against age-related cognitive decline, including problems with memory, many years later. Read more  »