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06/22/2018 01:00 PM
The Diet that Helps Protect Against Air Pollution
The diet that has been hailed for its ability to reduce the risk of heart disease, cancer, diabetes and premature death, now has a new offering: the ability to protect against air pollution. The Mediterranean diet, hailed as a powerhouse when it comes to disease prevention, consists of plentiful amounts of fruits and vegetables, along […]
06/22/2018 12:00 PM
What Modern Baby Poop Can Tell Us About Human Health
At Care2, we’ve written extensively about how food allergies are on the rise, especially among children. It’s alarming how quickly food allergies and sensitivities seem to be increasing in frequency, but scientists may have discovered a connection, and it’s found in baby poop. First, it’s important to note that many scientists believe the rise in […]
06/22/2018 09:00 AM
The Surprising Action of Resistant Starch on Colon Cancer
Colorectal cancer is the third most common cause of cancer death in the world. Thankfully, the good bacteria in our gut take the fiber we eat and make short-chain fatty acids, like butyrate, that protect us from cancer. We take care of them, and they take care of us. If we do nothing to colon […]
06/22/2018 06:00 AM
The Silent Killer: Dangers Lurking in Above Ground Pools
In the time it takes to pick up a phone call or sign for a package at the front door, your child could lose consciousness and suffer brain damage in a pool. According to the CDC, over 3,000 people die each year from unintentional drownings. One in five of these victims are children who are […]
06/21/2018 06:30 PM
Surprising Toothpaste Ingredient Linked to Colon Cancer
You may be getting more than you bargained for when you brush your teeth: you could be absorbing triclosan, a chemical that has been linked to colon cancer. Triclosan is a suspected endocrine-disruptor and a well-known antibiotic known to contribute to the rise of antibiotic-resistant pathogens. Sadly, the toxin is added to many common household […]
06/21/2018 04:00 PM
Study Finds Drinking Baking Soda May Combat Inflammation
A recent study found that drinking baking soda every day may help reduce inflammation over time. Researchers suggest this could be a potentially cheap and simple method to help combat inflammation-related diseases, such as rheumatoid arthritis or cancer. Inflammation itself is not unhealthy. It’s a natural process that helps your body heal and recover after […]
06/21/2018 12:00 PM
Loneliness is Linked to an Early Death
The human connection is vital for survival. Bouts of solitude can be good for the soul, but our species depends on its social structures for support and overall health. The American Psychological Association states that the use of solitary confinement in prison settings puts people at risk for severe psychological risks – and there is […]
06/21/2018 10:00 AM
5 Resistance Band Exercises to Tone Your Butt
Resistance band exercises can take your butt workouts to the next level. This cheap and portable workout equipment helps you tone your glutes more effectively.
06/20/2018 09:00 AM
Should You Take Iodine Supplements During Pregnancy?
Although severe iodine deficiency was eliminated in the United States nearly a century ago after the introduction of iodized salt, iodine intake has declined in recent decades. “Public health efforts to limit salt intake to decrease cardiovascular risk, in conjunction with increasing use of kosher salt and sea salt (neither of which contain iodine),” may […]
06/19/2018 10:00 AM
20 Amazing Uses of Dandelions
You've probably pulled dandelion in your garden, thinking it's a weed. It turns out that the yellow plant actually has some amazing medicinal uses!
06/19/2018 06:00 AM
How Much Turmeric Should You Take Per Day?
Turmeric supplements are now widely available for medicinal use, but how much do you need? Here’s everything you need to know about taking turmeric supplements.
06/18/2018 04:00 PM
Is ‘Period Brain’ a Thing?
We’ve all been there: Aunt Flow shows up and all of the sudden we feel exhausted, cranky, bloated and a little forgetful. Maybe we walk into a room and can’t remember why a few more times than usual. Maybe it’s difficult to come up with creative solutions for work issues during those few days. Maybe […]
06/16/2018 06:30 PM
10 Blood Sugar-Balancing Snacks to Keep Hangry at Bay
The food we eat has a remarkable impact on our physical and mental wellbeing. Our diet affects how we look, how we feel, whether we experience acne, bloating or any other number of symptoms—even our emotional state. Good foods like spinach, blueberries or avocado are likely to give us renewed “awakeness” or a full, energized feeling, while something […]
06/16/2018 04:00 PM
How to Do an Elimination Diet
It seems like Americans’ digestive issues and food sensitivities are getting more and more dire with each passing year. Take, for example, too now-common ailments: Irritable Bowl Syndrome (IBS) and food allergies. According to the International Foundation for Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders, 10 to 15 percent of the population now has IBS, while Food Allergy Research […]
06/15/2018 04:00 PM
Is Vaping Really Any Better Than Smoking?
The health risks of vaping are becoming harder to ignore. More and more studies are revealing the detrimental side-effects of this supposedly innocuous habit.
06/15/2018 12:00 PM
Xenoestrogens: What They Are and How to Avoid Them
The human body is incredibly skilled at using hormones — basically chemical messengers that trigger specific biological responses — to coordinate and regulate everything from your metabolism to your mood. Hormones are the reason your legs are the same length, why your body changes at puberty, and the reason you start craving carbohydrates. But what happens when outside chemicals […]
06/15/2018 09:00 AM
What Does Science Have to Say About the Paleo Diet?
There have been about a half dozen studies published on Paleo-type diets, starting around 20 years ago. In what sounds like a reality TV show: ten diabetic Australian Aborigines were dropped off in a remote location to fend for themselves, hunting and gathering foods like figs and crocodiles. Kangaroo meat causes a significantly smaller spike […]
06/14/2018 06:30 PM
Why is Vitamin D Deficiency So High? It’s Not Lack of Sun
We don’t often think about whether we’re getting enough vitamin D in the sunnier spring and summer months but we should. That’s because 41.6 percent of all Americans and 1 billion people worldwide are believed to be deficient in vitamin D, causing some researchers to refer to the situation as the “ignored epidemic.” Blacks and […]
06/13/2018 06:30 PM
Plant-Based Diet Cuts Risk of Death from Heart Disease by 40%
We all know we need to eat our vegetables. Parents around the world have been asserting the “eat your vegetables” mantra in unison for decades. But, research is showing us that there is more reason than ever to eat your vegetables, and that eating a plant-based diet could even save your life. A new study […]
06/13/2018 09:00 AM
Is Canned Fruit Healthy?
Food cans used to be soldered with lead compounds—so much so that people living off of canned food may have died from lead poisoning. Thankfully, this is no longer a problem in the United States. Lead contamination was one of the first priorities of the Food and Drug Administration back in 1906, before it was […]
06/12/2018 06:00 AM
Why You Should Try a Mud Run
Raised in pristine white dresses, I've finally learned the value - and joy - of getting dirty. Here's why I love mud runs (and you should try one, too!).
06/11/2018 04:00 PM
Surprising Summer Fruit Feeds Good Gut Bacteria
Who doesn’t love a delicious plate of pasta with tomato sauce? I love a bowl full of brown rice noodles smothered in homemade tomato sauce made from my organic tomatoes fresh from the garden. Taste alone is enough reason to love this Italian favorite. But now there is more reason than ever to love a […]
06/11/2018 02:00 PM
Beginner’s Guide To The Therapeutic Lifestyle Changes (TLC) Diet
Has your doctor told you to change your eating habits? One heart-healthy lifestyle plan that they may recommend is the Therapeutic Lifestyle Changes Diet, or TLC diet for short. It was created by the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute and endorsed by the American Heart Association. Health experts ranked it number 5 out of […]
06/10/2018 06:30 PM
8 Evidence-Based Reasons to Take a Nap Today
There’s no need to feel guilty about napping. You're not lazy. Naps are actually good for you. Here are eight reasons (backed by science) to indulge in a good nap today!
06/10/2018 04:00 PM
5 Weight Loss Side Effects We Need to Talk About
Don’t let potential weight loss side effects derail your health journey. Instead, let's talk about them, so you can be prepared for possible challenges you might face after reaching your goal weight
06/10/2018 12:00 PM
10-Minute Morning Workout to Supercharge Your Day
When done consistently, short workouts can be very effective. They can build your discipline, tone your muscles, and keep you energetic all day. Use this quick, 10-minute morning workout to jumpstart your day.
06/09/2018 06:30 PM
Want To Live Longer and Healthier? Adopt These 5 Blue Zones Practices
For those of you who think that Blue Zones (demographic regions of the world where people commonly live active lives past the age of 100 years) just have better genes, consider that only about 25 percent of genes determine longevity. And while of some of us do possess longevity genes, the remaining 80 percent is […]
06/08/2018 06:30 PM
10 Conditions Turmeric Helps Fight
From boosting memory to alleviating pain and inflammation, turmeric has been shown to help a whole host of health issues. The delicious, brilliant-yellow-colored curry spice deserves a place in your daily diet thanks to its many health-boosting benefits. Here are some of the many reasons to eat more turmeric: Tendonitis A root similar to gingerroot, […]
06/08/2018 09:00 AM
Eliminating Conflicts of Interest in Medical Research
Who funds most of the studies that show drugs are safe and effective? The drug companies themselves. “It is self-evidently absurd to look to investor-owned companies for unbiased evaluations of their own products…One result of the bias in this literature is that physicians learn to practice a very drug-intensive style of medicine. Even when lifestyle […]
06/07/2018 06:30 PM
How Much Coffee is Too Much?
For many years, coffee and its accompanying levels of caffeine were demonized by health experts. But now, it’s starting to seem like coffee is almost a health food! From its antioxidant content to its link with increased longevity, coffee (we’re talking about good, old-fashioned black coffee, not sugary flavored lattes!) is enjoying a good reputation […]
06/07/2018 10:00 AM
10 Sweet Foods that Lower Blood Pressure
If you're worried about hypertension, you may think that sweet foods are off the menu, but that's not completely true. These are some sweet foods that actually help lower your blood pressure.
06/06/2018 06:30 PM
Natural Ways to Alleviate Heart Palpitations
Do you ever feel like your heart skips a beat or starts racing for no apparent reason? Heart palpitations are surprisingly common and, while they have multiple causes, are often the result of electrolyte imbalances in the body—which is not surprising because the heartbeat is electrical in nature. Electrolytes are four minerals that include: calcium, […]
06/06/2018 09:00 AM
What You Need to Know Before You Trust a Health Study
One of the critical questions to ask whenever reading a medical journal article is, “Who funded the study?” In most journals, researchers are required to identify their sources of funding, so what’s the problem? Well, researchers can obscure the true origin of financial support: They can hide it, disguise it, or even launder the money […]
06/05/2018 06:00 AM
A Guide to Exercise at Every Age
Whether you're 19 or 99, you can live your best, most active life. How that looks will vary from decade to decade as your lifestyle and unique biology play out.
06/04/2018 06:30 PM
The Problem with Activated Charcoal
Foods and drinks infused with activated charcoal have surged to popularity on the wellness scene, but are there is a problem with this chic trend.
06/04/2018 04:00 PM
Why You Should Be Eating Your Sunscreen
For close to 100 years, people have been applying commercial sunscreens to protect their skin from the sun’s harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays, preventing burning, premature aging and even carcinoma. But did you know that sunblock is just one method by which you can avoid burning? You can eat your sunscreen too — no joke! Your diet has a […]
06/03/2018 04:00 PM
5-Minute Dynamic Warmup for Runners
Do you usually just lace up your sneakers and run off without warming up? This habit could be increasing your risk of injury and lowering your workout performance.
06/03/2018 12:00 PM
9 Amazing Health Benefits of Limes
Lemons get so much love, it's easy to forget that limes are healthy, too! Discover how limes can improve your health and fight off disease.
06/02/2018 06:30 PM
12 Foods to Eat for a Healthy Heart and Blood Vessels
Food truly is the best medicine if you’re trying to maintain a healthy heart and blood vessels. Research shows that certain foods are better than others. Here are some of the best foods to eat to maintain or improve your heart health: Almonds Snack on almonds instead of unhealthy snack options and you’ll likely see […]
06/02/2018 02:00 PM
5 Easy Ways to Get Your “Beach Body” Ready for Summer!
Summer is creeping right around the corner and that means it’s beach season! Fun in the sun, toes in the sand and wind in your hair… it’s an exciting time. But, to properly prepare for the festivities, we must make sure our beach bodies are in tip-top shape. Instead of buying into the b.s. messages […]
06/01/2018 06:30 PM
Do You Have a Vitamin E Deficiency? Top 10 Food Sources of Vitamin E
Since vitamin D was discovered, vitamin E has largely been ignored, yet the nutrient is no less essential to our health. It is required for healthy reproduction, skin, vision, blood and brain. Like other antioxidants, it plays a critical role in protecting us from aging and disease by neutralizing free radicals. Because vitamin E is […]
06/01/2018 12:00 PM
The Dark Side of Having Morning and Nighttime Routines
You’d be hard pressed to browse any health or wellness website these days without coming across the advice to start implementing morning routines and nighttime routines. And indeed, engaging in an energizing ritual in the morning and a calming series of activities at night can be great for health and wellbeing. But rely too heavily on […]
06/01/2018 09:00 AM
What’s the Best Source of Protein After Age 65?
A study that purported to show that diets high in meat, eggs, and dairy could be as harmful to health as smoking supposedly suggested that “[p]eople under 65 who eat a lot of meat, eggs, and dairy are four times as likely to die from cancer or diabetes.” But if you look at the actual […]
05/31/2018 06:30 PM
Massive Study Yields Exciting Findings about Gut Health and the Microbiome
Gut health could be the biggest trend in the health field right now. Everywhere I turn people are discussing the importance of their gut health and how it is linked to their overall health, as well as the benefits of probiotics. And, for good reason: a growing body of research shows that what happens in […]
05/30/2018 06:30 PM
8 Lesser-Known Medicinal Herbs You Should Add to Your Garden
Are you looking for something different to plant in your herb patch this year? Many lesser-known medicinal herbs make easy-to-grow, attractive additions to any herb garden or container. They also come with a variety of unique uses and health benefits. The following are some under-used herbs that deserve recognition. You can generally find seeds or […]
05/30/2018 09:00 AM
Is Eating Animal Protein Just as Harmful as Cigarette Smoking?
Only about 1 in 10,000 people live to be a 100 years old. What’s their secret? In 1993, a major breakthrough in longevity research was published about a single genetic mutation that doubled the lifespan of a tiny roundworm. Instead of all worms being dead by 30 days, the mutants lived 60 days or longer. […]
05/28/2018 04:00 PM
Cholesterol Linked to Alzheimer’s Disease
As a 20-time book author and long-time blogger, I spend a lot of time online, so it’s probably no surprise that I routinely come across health blogs telling people that cholesterol is harmless. Touting cholesterol as innocuous seems to be the mantra of many bloggers and health coaches these days. But, new research has something […]
05/27/2018 06:30 PM
What’s the Healthiest Cooking Oil?
A new Australian study looked at 10 common cooking oils to see which is healthiest. The results could change the type of oils you use for cooking.
05/26/2018 06:30 PM
Top 10 Vegetables with the Highest Amount of Protein
When you think of protein you may think that meat, poultry and fish are the only sources. After all, the high animal protein diets out there will have you believing that these foods are the only good sources of the macronutrient. If you’re keeping up on plant-based diets, you may realize that nuts, seeds and […]
05/25/2018 06:30 PM
8 Triggers That Could Be the Cause of Your Chronic Daily Headaches
Headaches can be so mysterious…one moment you feel totally normal and the next you’re out of commission, head in your hands wondering what brought it on in the first place. For unlucky chronic daily headache sufferers this is an everyday event. While headaches may seem to come and go at random, in truth, there are a number of […]
05/25/2018 02:00 PM
7 Gluten Myths You Should Stop Believing
Did you know that most of the information out there about gluten is not backed by science? Here are some common gluten myths you should know about.
05/25/2018 09:00 AM
Ginger for Nausea, Menstrual Cramps and Irritable Bowel Syndrome
Ginger is most famous for its role in preventing and alleviating nausea and vomiting. There are now so many studies that there are reviews of reviews. Just a half teaspoon of powdered ginger “is associated with a 5-fold likelihood of improvement” in morning sickness in early pregnancy. Ginger has also been shown to help with […]
05/24/2018 06:30 PM
The Top 13 Food Sources of Vitamin K
Most people try to get enough calcium or vitamin C in their daily diet, but few people give any consideration to vitamin K. Perhaps that’s because most people haven’t even heard of this essential nutrient. So What Exactly is Vitamin K? Vitamin K is a vitamin, obviously. And what that means is that it is […]
05/24/2018 04:00 PM
Ground-Breaking New Lawsuit Against Monsanto
Monsanto faces yet another lawsuit. Unlike the thousands of people who have been involved in recent lawsuits against the corporate pesticide giant, this one is different. That’s because 46-year old DeWayne Johnson who has received a cancer diagnosis and has been advised he has only months to live is taking a unique approach to suing […]
05/23/2018 02:00 PM
DIY Alternative to Vick’s VapoRub
When congestion strikes, you may want to reach for your tried and true Vick's VapoRub. But is this actually the best solution?
05/23/2018 09:00 AM
Pomegranate vs. Placebo for Prostate Cancer
The pomegranate “has been revered through the ages for its medicinal properties”—so much so that it’s been used as a symbol for some medical organizations. The pomegranate is thought to be beneficial for a wide range of diseases, including several types of cancer, cardiovascular disease, and rheumatoid arthritis. Most of the attention over the last […]
05/22/2018 06:30 PM
Foods You Can Eat to Repel Mosquitoes
Mosquitoes find you primarily by your scent. Although, the chemical compounds that create your personal scent are very complex, and researchers have barely scratched the surface of what makes one person smell better to mosquitoes than another. What we do know is that mosquitoes are extremely sensitive and can smell a potential meal from over […]
05/22/2018 04:00 PM
New Study Shows EPA ‘Safe’ Levels of Glyphosate Not Safe at All
A new study, called The Global Glyphosate Study, was just released about the safety, or more accurately the lack of safety, of the primary ingredient found in weed killers like Monsanto’s Roundup and other similar products. The study assessed the effects of glyphosate, which has been classified as a “probable carcinogen” by the World Health […]
05/22/2018 02:00 PM
How to Treat Swimmer’s Ear Naturally
Swimmer's ear can be an unpleasant visitor during the summer months. Here's how to treat swimmer's ear naturally or - even better - prevent it altogether.
05/22/2018 10:00 AM
7 Habits that are Bad for Your Thyroid
You can improve thyroid function with lifestyle changes. Ditching these habits is a good place to start, if you are having thyroid issues.
05/21/2018 02:00 PM
Six Years of Exercise (or Inactivity) is Enough to Affect Heart Failure Risk
It should come as little surprise that exercise is associated with better cardiovascular health. Some may assume that, to get the benefits of physical activity, one must have been physically active their whole life. New research is illustrating how beginning an active lifestyle can significantly reduce risk of heart failure in as little as six […]
05/21/2018 10:00 AM
Could Spirulina Be Linked to Alzheimer’s?
Many of us have heard about the health benefits of spirulina. Whether you buy it in the grocery store, take it as a supplement or grow your own, spirulina promises a number of healthful effects. Spirulina is a type of cyanobacteria (blue-green algae) that is commonly consumed not only by people, but animals as well. […]
05/21/2018 06:00 AM
#metoo Needs to be a Male Movement
Before you click away from this article, hear us out. By now we should all be very familiar with what the #metoo movement stands for. From the numerous allegations against people like Harvey Weinstein to the movement being named Time’s Person of the Year in 2017, it seems like every day a new allegation surfaces. […]
05/20/2018 10:00 AM
Health Benefits of Okra
Okra, also known as ‘lady fingers’ or ‘bhindi’ in India, is not a well-known vegetable, but it is a nutritious and delicious one. It is often dismissed because of its sliminess, but it all depends on how you prepare it. My first experience eating okra was in India. More recently I enjoyed a yummy vegan […]
05/19/2018 06:30 PM
A Brief History of Pads and Tampons
Ever wondered how women handled periods before pads and tampons were around? This is the fascinating story of the evolution of menstrual products.