January 25, 2013
Being a student is almost a guarantee that at some point you are going to be stressed out and overwhelmed. When you have a horrible week and are up to your eyeballs in homework, exams and extracurricular activities, how do you make time for yourself? Some things I have done in the past to help get away are taking a nap, going for a run, taking a yoga class and even catching up on my favorite TV shows on Netflix. But one of my favorite things to do for myself is surrounding myself with my... Read More
January 23, 2013
Many people believe that the winter months are not conducive to
growing vegetables. This incorrect notion is not only, but is preventing people
from experiencing the wonderfully nutritious vegetables that are grown during
these colder months.
Artichokes are a great source of Vitamin C, and they also help to
aid in digestion. It is important to remove the thorns before consuming this
vegetable. Artichokes go great on
salads, sandwiches, and almost everything else. They add a yummy, sweet and... Read More
January 22, 2013
activity’s importance has been drilled into our minds since elementary school.
There are so many reasons to fit it into our busy schedules; stress relief and
weight management being just a couple of those reasons. However, recently,
researchers have found even another motivation for us to engage in regular
Research done at the National Cancer
Institute found that people who regularly exercise (at least 1.25 hours a week
of vigorous physical activity) can lengthen... Read More
January 18, 2013
After getting home from class or
work on a dark, chilly night why not warm up with a nice cup of hot chocolate?
Hot chocolate can be a great treat to curb any sweet cravings plus you can add
your own personal twist to it.
The typical “instant” mixes can
contain corn syrup, hydrogenated soybean oil, salt, artificial flavorings, and
many more ingredients that our grandparents have never heard of! The amount of
these ingredients and others depends on the type of mix. Some companies, such
as Swiss... Read More
January 16, 2013
Medical maladies and mishaps are bound to happen to each individual at least once in their lifetime. Whether it is a misdiagnosis, an improper stitch sewn to your wound, or even just the lack of funds to pay for a treatment at that moment.
However, Julie Rovner from NPR states, “there's at least one good thing about the country's inability to control health costs. If you can write a compelling essay about a problem, you could win a thousand bucks.”
Rovner goes on in her article that a non-... Read More
January 14, 2013
It is typically right around now when we look into the mirror and ask, “Who is that pale person staring back at me?” In Durham there are several locations that offer tanning and promote specials that claim to save you money, but will you really be saving money in the long run?
Dr. Harley Haynes, vice chairman of the Department of Dermatology at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston, and a Harvard Medical School professor stated, "There is no evidence at all that you can use UV radiation to... Read More
January 11, 2013
Man’s best friend may be more important to your mental health than you might think. According to Ian Cook, MD, a psychiatrist and director of the Depression Research and Clinic Program at UCLA,
"Pets offer an unconditional love that can be very helpful to people with depression.” Simply petting a dog or being in their presence has been shown to reduce tension and hypertension in some individuals.
Dogs have the ability to show unconditional love for their caregivers, which is a quality that is... Read More
January 9, 2013
In these economically harsh times, sometimes the feelings we get when we look ahead to graduation from college and entering the job force border on dread, rather than excitement. One of the issues that 20-somethings who are just getting on their feet in the career market is the fact that once we hit 25, we can no longer stay on our parents’ health insurance. And things aren’t happening to make this easier for us. In fact, new reports have recently been released, saying that the out of pocket... Read More
January 7, 2013
For some, the first sign of snow means it is time to dig out the wool socks and blankets and go into hibernation. For others, though, it means time to wax those skis and hit the slopes! Skiing is an incredible sport that involves physical, mental, social and emotional aspects of wellness. Often times winter can bring people into a depression called Seasonal Affective Disorder (S.A.D.). Skiing combines the great outdoor air with physical activity and some sunshine exposure that many people... Read More
January 4, 2013
The presence of gluten-free foods has
sky-rocketed across the nation and is causing some confusion. Some think that
it can be used as a new fad diet, while others think that Celiac’s disease and
gluten sensitivity are the same thing. First, let us determine what this
“gluten stuff” actually is.
Gluten is a protein found in wheat, barley,
rye and other grains. The two most talked about issues relating to gluten are
gluten sensitivity and Celiac’s disease. These
two diseases are often... Read More