August 8-14, 2015 - Original Health Articles

8 Ways to Boost Your Creativity

Feeling uninspired? Try these tips—you may be surprised by how many fresh ideas start percolating! 1. Get Moving Believe it or not, one of the most overlooked ways to unleash your creative inner genius is to become more physically active, says San Francisco-based Laura Putnam, CEO of Motion Infusion, a consulting firm and the author of Workplace Wellness that Works: 10 Steps to Infuse Well-Being & Vitality into Any Organization.

4 Steps to a Successful Surgery

If you or a loved one is scheduled for surgery now or in the near future, you’re probably wondering what to expect. Educating yourself as much as you can in advance can help you be prepared for the emotional, physical, and financial aspects, says Frederick L.

The Benefits of Pet Therapy

Studies suggest that people who have pets are likely to be healthier and happier than people who don’t live with animals. Furry friends provide companionship and a sense of purpose, and can even motivate their owners to get more exercise. Dogs, cats, horses, and even bunnies offer unconditional love, a calm and quiet presence, and a willingness to accept us as we are.

Is Sugar Really That Bad for You?

For many years, fat was considered the nutritional bad guy, and most people were advised by health experts to cut back on the amount they were eating. But tides change, and dietary fat is no longer thought to be as unhealthy as it was back in the 1980s.

Dealing With Envy and Jealousy

Have you ever fallen prey to jealousy or envy? Pretty much everyone has at one time or another. A lucky few rarely experience these feelings, while others live with them on a regular basis. It’s quite human to have them, and while they’re not pleasant, these feelings can be learning experiences—and perhaps spur more positive emotions—if you’re willing to examine yourself and your life.

5 Tips to Look Your Best in Photos

Photographs—the very word can strike fear into the heart of normally confident people. Whether you need a new professional head shot for work, are having pictures taken for a family event, or just want to be seen in your best light on social media, figuring out how to shine in photos takes a little forethought and planning.

The Relaxation Response for IBS and IBD

Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), a common gastrointestinal problem, affects between 25 and 45 million people in the United States, according to the National Institutes of Health. And 1.6 million Americans are living with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), in which inflammation in the gastrointestinal tract hinders its ability to function properly.

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