On Sharecare we’re giving you the 411 on ways to deal with medication mix-ups, tips to avoid the ER this Labor Day, some surprising foods that are packed with sugar and more. Check out five of our latest posts.
1. Ever pick up your medication from the pharmacy only to realize at home that it doesn’t look like what you usually take? Spare yourself from pill-refill anxiety with these practical ways to avoid future medication mix-ups.
4. Ladies, check out this new study that explains why the different qualities you look for in your man may be based on your ovulation cycle. Men, find out what you can do to understand and successfully deal with these changes in your partner – all month long.
On Sharecare we’re dishing out tips to eat a nutritious diet on a budget, the best health apps for your busy lifestyle, why you’re not done with vaccines just yet and more. Check out five of our latest posts.
3. Thought you were done with immunizations just because you’re an adult? Think again. From the flu shot to the vaccine that protects against whooping cough, we’ve got the scoop on which immunizations and booster shots you need – and when.
5. Managing inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) can be hard. If you or someone you know has Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis, the two most common forms of IBD, check out this guide for advice on healthy food choices, important warning signs, treatment options and everyday tips to lead a more comfortable life.
Last week on Sharecare we gave you: permission to eat sweet treats, parenting advice from our resident ER expert, smart ways to take care of your contact lenses and more. Check out five of our latest posts.
1. Indulging in sweet treats like ice cream and pie can certainly make you pack on pounds. Keep your waistline trim and your taste buds happy by swapping out high-calorie offenders with these healthier options.
Not sure what to make of the Ebola outbreak? Wondering if your sunscreen offers enough protection? We at Sharecare have all kinds of health information and tips for you. Check out five of our latest posts.
2. It’s the season of fun in the sun, but too much exposure to harmful UV rays can lead to sunspots, wrinkles and skin cancer. Find out if you’re making these seven skin mistakes, and what to do instead.
3. Don’t let knee or hip pain keep you down. Instead, hit the dance floor – really! A small study found that slow dancing can help relieve joint pain. Find out why, and discover other fun ways to manage chronic pain.
4. Have you or a loved one been diagnosed with hepatitis C? We’ve got good news. With a doctor’s help, you can find ways to control symptoms, prevent liver damage and possibly even be cured. Use this guide for ways to fight back against hep C.
4. Slathering sunscreen on squirmy kids can be a challenge – but you should think twice before using spray sunscreen as an alternative. See why and get sunscreen tips for kids from emergency room doctor Darria Long Gillespie, MD.
5. Ladies, you may want to skip the juicy steak or hamburger for dinner. A large study found that women who eat a lot of red meat have a higher risk of breast cancer. Find out more and get tips on what to eat instead.
There’s nothing like a refreshing scoop of rocky road or very berry strawberry on a hot summer day – but if you’re very health conscious, you might pass on ice cream no matter the season. Well, what if we told you it isn’t so bad for you after all? In fact, if eaten in moderation, ice cream has some surprising health benefits. We’ve got the scoop on five reasons to treat yourself.
1. It may help you lose weight. If you avoid ice cream because you don’t want to gain weight, this might just change your mind: A study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that women who ate at least one daily serving of full-fat dairy products, such as ice cream, gained less weight than those who didn’t. Now, that doesn’t mean you can sit down with a tub of ice cream every night and expect to lose weight. But a half-cup serving of vanilla or chocolate ice cream – which has about 140 calories, 7g fat and 14g sugar – can be a reasonable part of your diet. (Slow-churned is a bit healthier.) Wondering if frozen yogurt is a smarter choice than regular ice cream? Watch this video with registered dietitian Samantha Heller to find out.
Summer is in full swing, and that means you’re probably spending lots of time outside. But while outdoor activities like camping, hiking and backyard barbecues are a lot of fun, chances are you’re also dealing with something else a bit unpleasant: Pesky mosquitoes. They can turn a perfectly good time into an uncomfortable, itchy nightmare. Not to mention, mosquitoes can carry diseases like malaria and West Nile virus. Now, you could reach for some DEET, which has been found to be both safe and effective at repelling mosquitoes. But, what if you’re worried about putting pesticides on your skin – or your child’s? That’s where these five natural mosquito repellents come in.
1. Go herbal Want a natural bug repellent that you can grow in your very own garden? Try lemon balm. It has high levels of citronellal, a compound that mimics citronella, which gives the herb a lemony scent and flavor that mosquitoes find unpleasant. Just crush some lemon balm leaves in your hand, rub them on your skin and let the mosquito-repelling powers kick in. Watch this video with naturopathic doctor Pina LoGiudice to find out what else lemon balm can do.
When the weather is gorgeous, who wants to work out in a gym? Not only does outdoor exercise give you the health benefits of vitamin D, the “sunshine vitamin,” it can also increase your likelihood of sticking to a weight-loss plan. The keys to a successful sweat session in summer are adequate hydration, sunblock and a really fun activity – so you’ll be excited to get out there even when it’s hot. Check out these great ideas for summer workouts.
1. Outdoor yoga Mix up your next yoga session by taking it outdoors. Yoga is known for its stress-relieving effects, but it can also improve memory, relieve chronic pain and even help you sleep. Taking your yoga practice outside – on your own or in a class – provides an even greater sense of calm and relaxation. New to yoga? Grab your mat and do this beginner routine outside.
A fresh salad is the perfect quick and easy summer meal. It takes minimal preparation and fills you up without weighing you down. Plus, it’s a great way to use the produce that’s in season: Think juicy berries, refreshing melons and sweet peppers. Now that summer’s in full swing, we’re sharing our five favorite summer salad recipes that are sure to be a hit with you and your family.
1. Indian-inspired salad Chicken salad can be high in fat and calories, but this curried chicken salad with grapes and walnuts is diet-friendly and packed with health benefits. Sweet grapes help keep your blood pressure in check. Crunchy walnuts are a good source of omega-3 fatty acids, which have been shown to reduce bad (LDL) cholesterol. And flavorful curry powder can help improve digestion. Learn more about curry powder’s health benefits in this video with Sharecare expert Kulreet Chaudhary, MD.
The Fourth of July is a blast: What’s not to love about grilling, friends and fireworks? But if you’re not careful, minor mishaps can sideline your Independence Day celebration. Ensure your holiday is a happy one with these five tips for a fun, safe Fourth of July.
1. Danger-proof your grill. Planning to fire up the grill this July 4? If you’re using propane, first check the tank for leaks, cracks, dents or corrosion. If you’re using charcoal, keep water handy to extinguish the hot coals. Always grill out in the open, away from structures that could catch fire – and light the match before turning on the gas! You should also take steps to reduce the cancer-causing substances on grilled meat, chicken and fish. Find out how in this video with Sharecare expert Samantha Heller, RD.