Gift Ideas for Family and Friends with Chronic Pain

When shopping for a loved one with chronic pain, some of the standard gift options aren’t always the best choice. Instead, let them know you care by selecting something helpful and comforting. Here are some great ideas to fit any budget. A blanket. Whether it’s warm and fuzzy, heated, or weighted, a blanket is a…

Is it possible to eat healthy at Thanksgiving?

Research shows that some people consume over 5,000 calories on Thanksgiving Day without even realizing it. If you think that number is a stretch, try adding up the calories on some of your favorite holiday dishes like mashed potatoes, stuffing, green bean casserole, and pumpkin pie. Although the traditional holiday favorites are high in calories,…

How Being Grateful can Improve your Health

Over the last decade, it has been well-documented that gratitude contributes to psychological well-being. Being thankful can make people happier, improve their relationships, and even potentially counteract depression. Some recent studies also suggest that grateful people have fewer aches and pains, healthier hearts, and improved sleep. While the research on the relationship between gratitude and…

Not Just A Weeds – The Original Medicine Cabinet

Long before the invention of modern medicine, people relied on plants to cure their aches, pains, and illnesses. Although it can be mistaken for a pesky weed, milkweed has a long history of improving a variety of health conditions. The name, milkweed, comes from the milky white sap the plant secretes when punctured. Within the sap, are steroids called cardenolides,…

Let It Grow!

Pollinators such as monarch butterflies, bumble bees, and honey bees are an important part of healthy ecosystems. Unfortunately, wild pollinators are experiencing declines due to loss of habitat, disease, pesticides, and other factors. Roadside vegetation plays an important role in providing food, shelter, and a habitat to benefit pollinators. In 2015, The U.S. White House released the…

Essential Oils – Fad or Fact?

Whether you have a friend that sells essential oils through a multilevel marketing company, or you've noticed them on the shelves of your local discount store, chances are you've heard the hype about essential oils. Perhaps you've tried rubbing lavender on your temples to help you relax or diffused peppermint to help you focus. Maybe you've…

What Exactly is CBD Oil?

The marijuana extract, Cannabidiol, also know as CBD oil, is being credited with helping to treat a variety of medical problems, from seizures and anxiety to sleeplessness and inflammation. Although the buzz about CBD oil has peaked curiosity among many, experts say the evidence is lacking for more most of these touted benefits. More importantly, CBD…

Stay Healthy Around the 4th!

If you have chronic health issues, holidays and summer vacations can be hectic. Whether you're traveling to the beach or staying local to celebrate the Fourth of July, it's important to stay safe and healthy while enjoying yourself. Here are some tips for feeling your best on Independence Day. Hydrate. The heat and humidity can…

A Good Night Sleep is Essential

A good night's sleep is just as important as eating healthy and exercising. Getting enough quality sleep can help protect your mental and physical health, safety, and quality of life. Unfortunately, sleep deficiency is a common problem for many people. It may be the result of schedules, lifestyle choices, medical conditions, or medications. Here are…

Stressed Out? You Might Want to Unplug!

If texting, emailing, and the demands of social media have you feeling a bit stressed out, it might be a good time to unplug and carve out time for some real self-care. In the age of social media, people often feel pressured to engage in performative wellness with picture-perfect healthy meals, gym check-ins, and decluttered closet…

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