Since the average person spends 90% of time indoors—in the US, Canada andEurope—simple changes at home, like using a humidifier and briefly opening windows daily, can reduce cold and flu risks. I prefer to avoid using antibacterial products as much as possible to prevent superbugs and I’m genetically blessed with allergies. These 10 go-to strategies strengthen your immune system and reduce germs in your home naturally, while lowering toxin exposure and promoting clean air.
Holidays are here: one of the the season's biggest pitfalls—overeating. This time of year is notorious for unwanted weight gain (studies show people typically gain about 1.5 pounds or ~.7 kg). Holiday weight gain research shows that people who struggle to manage weight tend to gain more; most people don’t lose this weight, which can add up over the years.
The key to prevent this: use proven strategies to increase awareness, know your triggers and plan ahead.
Do you push yourself to do more and sacrifice that extra hour of sleep? You may be undermining your efforts to keep a healthy weight. While it's good to have discipline and be active, it's also important to give your body and mind the sleep it needs.
When exercise drops off your to-do list, it can be a costly omission. In addition to helping beat stress, “regular exercise strengthens your immune system and boosts your mood, both of which can reduce your risk for colds, flu and more,” says Richard Kratche, MD, medical director for the Cleveland Clinic’s Twinsburg Family Health and Surgery Center. Even bigger, it can prevent, delay or improve conditions and diseases like diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease and arthritis. So those treadmill sessions can trim your thighs and your budget—of prescription co-pays, doctor bills and hospital visits. And workouts can help you be a healthier, calmer parent: priceless. Here’s what you can expect to invest in some common fitness options.