October 15-21, 2012 - Original Health Articles

Allergy Treatments: 10 to Carry With You

You can't always predict when and where your indoor and outdoor allergies will hit. But when they do, the sneezing, coughing, and itchy eyes, nose, throat, and skin can be hard to miss. Whether you take prescription medications for severe or ongoing allergies or find over-the-counter treatments enough to manage occasional mild flare-ups, you'll want to have the right allergy tools on hand to help you feel better.

Prevent the "Toasted Skin Syndrome" Mistake

If you crank up your car seat heater, you should take note of a study published in the Archives of Dermatology that reveals a downside to this luxury feature. Doctors have discovered that car seat heaters can mark your skin—for life. Erythema ab igne (aka EAI) is a condition caused by chronic exposure to infrared radiation.

Natural Homemade Hair Fixes

Did you know that the following contents typically found in your kitchen could help your hair? Apple Cider Vinegar An excellent clarifying solution, a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar can be diluted in water and applied to hair after conditioning. Leave it in for awhile, then rinse.

Exercise in the Morning: 4 Motivating Reasons

Want to feel more energetic in the morning? A cup of coffee may be a non-negotiable part of your a.m. routine, but something else you should try is exercise. If the thought of breaking a sweat when you're barely alert makes you want to crawl back under the covers, consider the following reasons for lacing up your sneakers early in the day: 1.

Safe Neti Pot Usage: Dos and Don'ts

When allergy medications alone aren't enough to provide the relief you seek, consider practicing nasal irrigation to clear your blocked nasal passages. A neti pot is an inexpensive tea-pot-like container with a long spout that's sold over-the-counter in most drugstores.

How to Enhance Your Eyelashes

Worried that your eyelashes seem light, short, or too fine? You're not alone. The practice of eyelash enhancing dates back hundreds of years. Luckily there are many modern options. Eyelash Anatomy Eyelashes are designed to help protect your eyes. Most people have 100-150 lashes that are more coarse and pigmented than the hair on your scalp.

5 Bizarre Sleep Behaviors

For some people, the wee hours are anything but restful. Here's a rundown of some of the wackiest sleep-related behaviors that can occur, and what to do about them: 1. Sleepeating Imagine waking in the morning and discovering that you had raided the fridge—maybe more than once.

How to Feel Full With Fewer Calories

You've laid out your daily meal plan and stuck to it dutifully—until the mid-afternoon munchies hit. Here are some ways you can stay full without the need to add extra calories. Go For Volume It may seem counterintuitive, but you can eat more of certain foods and still shed pounds.

Does the Paleo Diet Work?

While it sounds like another fad, proponents of the Paleolithic Diet (also known in some circles as the Primal Diet) maintain it has existed since the time of early man. According to thePaleoDiet.com, the diet seeks to "[mimic] the types of foods every single person on the planet ate prior to the Agricultural Revolution," which include "fresh fruits, vegetables, lean meats, and seafood.

How Can Humor Help Arthritis?

Medical researchers have documented that people with rheumatoid arthritis who have a greater sense of humor feel less pain than those who don't laugh or smile as much. A good laugh lifts your spirits, reduces stress, and increases the release of hormones in your body known as endorphins, which are considered nature's natural painkillers.

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