Sharecare Top 5: Eating Well on a Budget, Best Apps for Your Health, Adult Vaccines You Need

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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.

1. You don’t have to choose between eating healthy and saving money. Now you can do both. Robin Miller, MD, shares three simple grocery shopping tips that won’t break the bank.

2. Still trying to figure out how to lose weight or why you have that lingering cough? Find answers to your health questions in the palm of your hand – with your smartphone. From fitness trackers to symptom checkers, emergency room physician Darria Long Gillespie, MD, gives you a roundup of the latest health and wellness apps.

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.

4. There’s a lot of misinformation about lice, from how they spread to how they’re treated. We’re here to separate fact from fiction and show you the most effective ways to treat and prevent a lice infestation this back-to-school season.

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.

Sharecare Top 5: Healthy Treat Swaps, Smart Parenting Tips, What You’re Doing Wrong with Your Contact Lenses and More

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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.

2. The emergency room is probably one of the last places you’d expect to learn parenting advice. Yet, after years of being an emergency room physician, Darria Long Gillespie, MD, picked up a few lessons of her own. Now she’s sharing them with you.

3. If you wear contacts, you probably rely on contact solution to keep your lenses clean. However, a strain of bacteria that causes eye infections can survive longer in solution than previously thought, according to a new study. Find out more and get tips for safely storing and handling your contact lenses.

4. Many hospitals and doctors’ officers have implemented electronic health records (EHRs) to make it easier to track your medical history. But what happens when there’s a computer glitch? Are your records – and your health – still safe? Here are five ways to reduce your risk of EHR-related errors.

5. You don’t have to try elaborate diets or workouts to torch extra calories. Barbara Ficarra, RN, reveals how the push of a button can save you 100 calories a day – no sweating necessary.

Sharecare Top 5: Must-Know Facts About Ebola, Worst Skin Care Mistakes, Help for Sore Knees and More

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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.

1. Ebola has been all over the news this week, but many of us still have questions about the virus. What are the symptoms? How does it spread? Is there a cure? We’ve got all those answers and more from emergency room physician Darria Long Gillespie, MD.

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.

5. Does your focus fade as the hours tick away? Keep your brain and memory sharp all day long by following these five tips from Michael Roizen, MD.

Sharecare Top 5: The Latest Road Risk, Everyday Habits that Age You, What NOT to Spray on Kids

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If you didn’t check out Sharecare.com last week, we’ve got you covered. From surprising agers to heartburn remedies to sunscreen safety, check out our tips to help keep you and your family healthy.

1. If you talk or text while driving, you could be putting yourself and your kids in serious danger. Check out these four musts to follow behind the wheel.

2. Are you adding years to your life without even realizing it? Check out what everyday habits could be aging you prematurely, according to the science of the RealAge®Test.

3. The aggravating pain of heartburn can stop you in your tracks. Learn how to sidestep it with these easy food swaps in this video with Kevin Soden, MD.

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.

 

Sharecare Top 5: Surprising Benefits of Ice Cream

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.

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Sharecare Top 5: Natural Mosquito Repellents That Really Work

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.

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Sharecare Top 5: Fun Summer Workouts

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.

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Sharecare Top 5: Sensational Summer Salads

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.

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Sharecare Top 5: Tips for a Safe, Fun Fourth of July

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.

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Sharecare Top 5: Smart Ways to Exercise in the Heat

Long summer days give us plenty of time to exercise outside after work (or before work, for you early risers). And those summer bike rides, trail runs and laps in the pool are extra healthy: Research shows that outdoor workouts can reduce stress and boost mood better than indoor ones. But physical activity in summer heat also has some risks, including overheating and dehydration. So while you’re out there working up a sweat, remember these tips for staying safe.

1. Drink early and often.
This one may seem obvious, but be sure to have plenty of water when you exercise outside. Dehydration does a lot more than make you thirsty: It can cause fatigue, crankiness and brain fog, and even lead to heat exhaustion and heat stroke. Experts recommend 14 to 22 ounces of cold water two hours before you get started, and 6 to 12 ounces for every 20 minutes of exercise. Learn more about the importance of staying hydrated from Sharecare fitness expert Lisa Lynn.

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