July 15-21, 2013 - Original Health Articles

Top 5 Diet Mistakes

See if you're guilty of any of the following behaviors, and learn how to easily correct them: Mistake 1: You go too long without eating. Perhaps you wake up and you aren't hungry, so you skip breakfast and go straight to lunch. What happens is that your metabolism slows down to compensate for the lack of fuel (food) put into your body.

Ouch! How to Handle a Paper Cut

As common as they are paper cuts always seem to come as a quick and painful surprise. Though usually nothing more than a minor injury, these tiny cuts sting, bleed, and can even become infected. As with any injury, when you get a paper cut, your body directs white blood cells to the injured area, releasing antibodies that fight and prevent infection and, in the process, causing inflammation.

5 Foods That Deserve More Love

You hear a lot about the benefits of super foods like dark chocolate, red peppers, blueberries, and other superstars of the nutrition world. You don't hear so much about these five edible beauties, but you should. They're nutrition-packed, easy to prepare, and don't get as much attention as they deserve.

Go Greek for Better Sex

If you'd like to enjoy a richer, more satisfying sex life (and who wouldn't?), put down the Viagra and pick up your fork! Incorporating elements of the Mediterranean diet (think olive oil, not butter; whole grains, poultry, fish and a lot less red meat) into your mealtime regime is also a delicious way to improve your overall health.

Nagging: Just What the Doctor Ordered

Leading a sedentary life isn't healthy—we all know that. Articles touting the benefits of exercise are everywhere we look and your doctor has told you repeatedly that regular workouts stave off chronic conditions like heart disease, diabetes, and obesity.

Overactive Bladder & Sex

Having an overactive bladder can affect many aspects of everyday living, but it can take a particularly hard toll on your sex life. Physical symptoms such as pain during intercourse and urine leakage during sex or orgasm are not uncommon, and it's often a difficult topic to discuss with a partner.

Will A Little Booze Help You Snooze?

Calling all sheep. Keep those fluffy tails out to pasture. When it comes to catching some z's, wine rules the roost. Alcohol's sedative properties relaxes the body and summons the sandman way faster than counting those common (albeit cute) barnyard animals ever could.

Home Safety: Prevention and First Aid for Burns

More than 2 million Americans suffer from burns each year. Burns are also one of the greatest causes of accidental injury in children. The good news is that most burns are preventable. Burns are most often caused by electricity, chemicals, and scalding from hot liquids (especially in children).

Gear up for Warm Weather Workouts

After months of pounding the indoor pavement, it feels great to take it outside. Exercising day in and day out on the same, old treadmill (or bike or elliptical) with the same, old view can get, well, old. Step outside and you'll get more than a dose of fresh air.

3 Ways Women Sabotage Relationships

You probably know a woman who has it all together professionally, but hasn't managed to create a satisfying romantic love life for herself. You may even be that woman yourself. It's not an uncommon scenario in this day and age to see smart, accomplished women without happy love lives.

Reputations: Hard to Build, Easy to Destroy

Building a good reputation takes hard work. It takes time to demonstrate integrity and develop solid relationships. It's also vital to establish trust, but "these days, people aren't all that willing to trust," says Elizabeth Waterman, PsyD, of Morningside Recovery Center in Newport Beach, California.

Less Is More: The Truth About High-Intensity Interval Training

For many of us, the typical gym workout consists of logging an hour jumping from machine to machine, and barely breaking a sweat. It's no wonder that with this kind of boredom and results, so many people find excuses to avoid working out. Carving out...

Your Menopause Fitness Plan

The secret to avoiding the weight gain, mood swings, and fatigue that many menopausal women endure may be lacing up your sneakers. The average age for women to hit menopause—defined as going a full year without a period—is 52. Most women spend their forties in perimenopause, when hormone levels become erratic, periods and spotting come and go, sleep becomes disrupted and emotions fluctuate like a roller coaster.

Alzheimer's Disease: Nature or Nurture?

Can you control whether you get Alzheimer's disease? The answer is...maybe. In some cases, there is nothing a person can do to stop the illness. In other instances, lifestyle and environment may play a part. Here's what you need to know about the things that increase your Alzheimer's risk The Role of Genetics in Alzheimer's Disease After advancing age, the greatest risk factor for developing Alzheimer's is a family history.

The Easy Way to Eating Well: A Guide for Busy Cooks

You probably know you should cook healthy meals, but it can be tough to decipher recipes: Some very nutritious-sounding dishes actually contain a load of calories, fat, and sodium that you and your family just don't need. So how can you be sure that what you're cooking is not only delicious but good for you as well? It's simpler than you think.

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