4 Things to Know About Sugar-Free Labels

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Move over, gluten. It’s still early, but I’m predicting that sugars will earn the top spot for hottest nutrition topic of 2014. There are controversial cupcake bans in schools, popular diet books and films promoting sugar-free challenges and a flurry of science that continues to connect the dots between sugar consumption and health. Plus, the latest National Survey indicates Americans are consuming far more empty calories from hidden sugars in our diet than is conducive to optimal health.

As a result, “sugar free” claims are popping up everywhere, from food packaging to foodie blogs, restaurant menus and on social media. But there’s an important catch. In reality, sugar-free has many different meanings in the marketplace and it can be sticky business to decipher it. Read more  »

How to Choose the Right Acne Spot Treatment

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Waking up to discover a fresh zit in the middle of your forehead is guaranteed to ruin your day. And even those with dry and normal skin types are not immune to the occasional eruption.

According to the American Academy of Dermatology, acne is the most common skin disorder, affecting up to 50 million Americans and nearly 85 percent of people experience it at some point in their lives. Breakouts can occur on any skin type, especially when hormones fluctuate during stressful events and menstruation. Read more  »

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  »