How many nights do you stare at the ceiling hoping to fall asleep – or wake up at 3 a.m. and can’t fall back asleep? If this happens often, you’re one of millions of Americans who suffer sleep problems. And as Daylight Saving Time begins and you lose that precious hour of sleep, your sleep woes can get even worse. Fortunately, we’ve got five natural sleep remedies that can help.
1. Try valerian Can’t get your eyes to shut when your head hits the pillow? Sip some valerian tea. It contains natural sedative compounds that may reduce that time it takes for you to fall asleep. If you’re not much of a tea drinker, Dr. Oz recommends taking a 300 mg of valerian root instead. Watch this video with “Medicine Hunter” Chris Kilham to find out three other herbs that are proven to help you catch some zzz’s.
Next time you find yourself at a party or wandering the snack aisle at your local grocery store, skip the chips and dip and head for the nuts. A handful of nearly any variety – from walnuts to pistachios – can arm you against chronic disease and add years to your life. In fact, the cities where people eat the most nuts are some of the healthiest. Read on for five more reasons to go nuts for your health.
1. They can keep you slim. Despite being relatively high in calories, nuts can actually help you keep pounds off. In part, that’s because nuts are filled with healthy fats, plant-based protein and dietary fiber – all of which help keep you full and help you curb sugar cravings. Find out more reasons why eating healthy snacks like nuts can help you lose weight, from Sharecare expert Arthur Agatston, MD.
This time of year has its perks: snowmen, hot cocoa and this year, the Sochi Olympics. But let’s face it, winter has downsides, too. Frigid temperatures, dry air and lack of sunshine can do a number on your body and your mood. Fortunately there’s hope for all that. We’ve got five tips to help you survive the negative effects of winter, and more.
1. Relieve dry skin You already know that cold weather can severely dry out your skin. But aside from washing with a mild cleanser and applying moisturizer, there are other ways to protect against dryness. Cut down on alcohol and caffeine, which can rob your skin of moisture. Another option for keeping skin moisturized is coconut oil, which contains strong antioxidants that help soften your skin. Watch this video with dermatologist Rosemarie Ingleton, MD, to find out which products can make dry skin even worse.
Flowers and chocolates are typical expressions of love on Valentine’s Day – but why rely on this special occasion to be romantic? You can keep the sparks flying year-round with a few simple tricks to boost libido and have better sex. Dim the lights and check out our tips to spice up your love life.
1. Say No to TV (and Twitter, too) Looking to spark that lovin’ feeling? Turn off your television. In fact, take it out of the bedroom. Research has shown that people who have a TV in their bedroom have 50% less sex than those who don’t. Other research suggests TV viewing could increase the risk of erectile dysfunction and lower sperm count. But don’t replace your late-night shows with Twitter, Facebook or other social media. Find out why in this video from sex therapist and Sharecare expert Ian Kerner.
Who doesn’t want to keep his or her heart in tiptop shape? You probably already know that exercising and eating a healthy diet can substantially reduce your risk of heart disease. But we think keeping your heart healthy can be a lot more fun than that. In honor of February being American Heart Month, we put together five surprising and entertaining ways to show your ticker some extra love.
1. Have more sex Preventing heart disease could be as easy as spending more time between the sheets with your partner. Yep! We said it. Sex triggers the release of a hormone called DHEA, which helps relax arteries and improve circulation. One study found than men who reported having three or more orgasms a week experienced 50% fewer strokes and heart attacks than men who didn’t. Watch this video with cardiologist Suzanne Steinbaum, DO, to discover more about why sex can help you maintain a healthy heart.
The Super Bowl isn’t just about cheering on your favorite sports team, checking out the halftime show or watching hilarious Super Bowl commercials. It’s also about socializing and, of course, eating. But you don’t have to take a time-out from good nutrition on Super Bowl Sunday. Whether you’re hosting a party for the big game, or bringing a dish to someone else’s party, we’ve got five delicious and healthy recipes that are sure to score you a touchdown.
1. Portobello Mushroom Mini Pizzas Don’t want the usual carbs from eating pizza? No problem! This recipe uses portobello mushrooms instead of pizza dough. Plus, these mini “pizzas” only take five minutes to make. That means less time in the kitchen and more time watching football and socializing with guests. Check out this video with nutritionist Kimberly Snyder to learn about the health benefits of portobello mushrooms.
The winter weather outside might be frightful, but your skin can stay delightful. That’s right! Say goodbye to chapped lips and dry, cracked skin. We’ve got five tricks to take your skin from drab to fab all season long.
1. Seal in moisture Between the cold air outside and the dry air inside (the unfortunate drawback of running your heater), your skin loses a lot of moisture. Couple that with the fact that 80% of the sun’s UV rays can reflect off the snow, and it’s a perfect storm for wrinkles. To help keep your skin looking youthful, use a double-duty moisturizer that contains a broad spectrum SPF of at least 30 that contains these key ingredients. Your fingers, especially around the nails, are also vulnerable to winter weather. To protect your hands, try using a heavy moisturizing cream that’s free of perfumes and other additives that may irritate your skin. Watch this video with dermatologist Rosemarie Ingleton, MD, to find out the best time to slather on the moisturizer.
Cold and flu season is here, but that doesn’t mean you have to stock up on tissues and wait for the inevitable. We’ve got five all-natural prescriptions to boost your immune system and help keep a fever, sneezing, runny nose and other awful symptoms at bay.
1. Catch your zzzs
Skimping on sleep won’t just hurt your productivity — it can also make you sick! That’s because sleep deprivation dampens the production of antibodies needed to fight infection. A study from the Archives of Internal Medicine evaluated 153 people who were exposed to a cold virus via nose drops. Those who slept less than seven hours were three times more likely to catch the virus and get sick than those who had more than eight hours of sleep. Worried you’re not getting enough shuteye? Take our free AskMD consultation to find out what’s stealing your sleep. And watch this video with sleep expert Michael Breus, PhD, to find out more about how sleep deprivation can affect your immune system.
Exercising is one of the best – and simplest – things you can do to lower your RealAge, the age your body thinks it is. It can reduce your stress, lower your blood pressure, improve your cholesterol, boost your energy and help you fend off diabetes. But there’s a catch: The wrong approach to exercise can slow you down and lead to pain and injury. In the spirit of the New Year and for all of us who’ve made resolutions to get fit, we’re sharing our top 5 fitness faux pas to help you get the most out of your workouts.
1. Doing too much, too soon You’re excited to turn your resolution into action and begin working out, but don’t expect to run marathons or lift weights like the Hulk right away. Building strength and endurance takes time – and trying to rush the process could sideline you. Make sure to listen to your body and back off when you sense a problem. Signs that you may be overtraining include fatigue, chest pains, dizziness, muscles strains and weakness. If you’ve been sedentary for a while, start with 10 to 15 minutes of walking a day. Over time you’ll be able to increase your walking distance, endurance and intensity. Watch the video to find out what Dr. MehmetOz’s personal trainer, Donovan Green, recommends before heading to the gym.
What’s your New Year’s resolution? Is it to start exercising? Lose weight? Quit smoking? Stop stressing out? Chances are you’re already taking the right steps to make your resolution happen. But how do you stay motivated to reach your goal after January is over? We’ve got five expert tips to help you make your resolutions stick all year long.
1. Start tracking. Now that you’ve come up with your New Year’s resolutions, it’s time to track your progress. Write down your accomplishments in a journal or on a calendar. Or you can log in to Sharecare and track your activity and calories on the Fitness tab of your profile. Research shows that keeping a record of your journey ups your chances of keeping your resolution. Watch this video to find out fitness trainer Chris Powell’s secret to keeping your resolutions.