While choosing healthy foods at the grocery store is habitual and effortless for some, it can be more challenging and even stressful for others, especially if they don’t have much experience deciphering a nutrition label. No matter what kind of shopper you are, there are certain strategies for healthy eating, or healthy eating nudges, that
You might run your home like the tightest ship: Up at 7am, morning yoga, healthy breakfast. But once you step outside, all bets are off. From the minute you leave the house, there are a number of all-too-easy mistakes that can jeopardize your health — and other people’s, too. These are the most common missteps
You can’t drive by a strip mall without seeing a vape shop—they’re everywhere, and spreading faster than a zombie apocalypse. They might be just as dangerous. Vaping—meaning to the use of electronic cigarettes (or e-cigarettes), e-hookahs, vape pens, tank systems, mods, and electronic nicotine delivery systems—first debuted in 2003, and were marketed as a less-harmful
Eating fast food, failing to exercise, smoking a pack of cigarettes per day, avoiding the doctor… Everyone knows that certain habits, practices, and lifestyle choices are seriously bad for your health. However, there are many health mistakes you’re probably making without even realizing it. The good news is, all of them have an easy fix
Carving a pumpkin is quintessential Halloween fun, from picking the perfect pumpkin at the patch (after taking a detour in a corn maze) to choosing a spooky design to etch into your jack-o’-lantern. You’re not even bothered when you’re scooping out those slimy, goopy pumpkin guts—it’s on-brand with Halloween, after all! Whether you’re an amateur
You’re avoiding the worst foods for cold and flu season, right? And loading up on these immune-boosting foods? “But of course,” you reply. Nobody wants to get sick with a cough, headache, fever, runny nose, congestion, the works. To up your cold-and-flu protection game, follow this advice from nutritionists and health experts on the best
There are tons of different waters out there to keep you hydrated—coconut water, seltzer water, watermelon water, and even water to help you sleep. And if you’re looking for a drink infused with electrolytes, you’re probably reaching for a sports drink. But electrolytes aren’t just found in Gatorade. They’re in plenty of foods (and drinks)
You know your etiquette basics: Saying “please” and “thank you.” Arriving on time. Drinking tea with your pinkie up. Having good manners can mean the difference between looking sophisticated and trustworthy or coming off like Son of Shrek. They can also mean the difference between life and death. You may not even know you’re responsible
When you’re sick or feeling bad, telling someone you trust about your issue can be a freeing, essential relief. Your friends and family can help you get through the tough time. Sharing makes it easier for them to care. However, not everyone needs to know about your athlete’s foot, medical trauma or anti-vax petition. Here
It can be incredibly hard talking to family about anything—let alone your health. Whether it’s your parents, siblings, children, or even second cousin, your loved ones have an emotional involvement in your life, which can make the topic of health complications difficult to tackle. What you say (or even what you don’t say!) and how
Cancer can leave you feeling helpless, the very concept an anxiety-inducing thing to read about. But we’re glad you clicked on this story, because the Big C is a health condition in which knowledge truly is power. New research is constantly emerging about how to prevent cancer and catch it early, when it’s most curable.
Imagine living in a world without fresh food—no grocery store in sight—a world where the only meals are from the fast food restaurant down the street. You get your protein from a warmed-up frozen patty; your veggies from a pickle slice; your fiber from a soggy sesame-seed bun. You want to eat healthier, but can’t.
We all have the best intentions when talking to people in our lives who are suffering from an illness, ranging from the common cold or temporary ailment to serious physical or mental health complications. However, even the best intentioned compliments, comments, suggestions or advice we give others can be insulting, hurtful or simply make them
Despite decades of heart-health campaigns, heart attacks are still all too common: Each year, 715,000 people will have a heart attack, or one every 44 seconds, says the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Although the stereotypical symptoms and causes of a heart attack are well known — chest pain and a diet high in
The grocery store seems so innocent: A cabinet-filling cornucopia of sustenance for you and your family. Turns out, it contains an average soap opera’s worth of secrets. As soon as you walk in the door — wait, don’t grab that cart before you read this — you’re presented with some pretty serious threats to your
Ever walk into a room and forget why you went in there? Or stare at a colleague’s face for 20 seconds before you remember his name? Or try to remember the name of that movie, the one you loved, starring that guy—it’s on the tip of your tongue! (It’s Jeff Goldblum. The Grand Budapest Hotel.)
The cool-weather months often bring anticipation of beloved seasonal activities — bundling up in sweaters to see fall foliage, being cozy by the fire, gathering with friends and family to eat and drink, skipping the gym, getting a guilt attack after putting away too much holiday fudge… Yes, often there’s a thin line between a
You’ve seen it in your bathtub, on your sponge or washing machine, and likely in your teenager’s musty sock drawer: It’s mold, the microscopic fungus that loves to live in damp, dark places. But did you know the stuff isn’t just gross? It can be harmful to your health, leading to nausea, comas, even cancer.
When my father wanted to trace his family tree, he locked himself in a monastery with a room full of dusty 300-year-old books. Day after day, he would return to decipher dates of birth, weddings, and deaths—he even figured out the priests’ code for registering children being born out of wedlock (a crossed circle next
You hear a lot about “detoxes” these days. Well, lungs are the original detoxers. Part of the respiratory system, their main job is to bring clean air into your body and help remove waste gas (aka, carbon monoxide), giving you life. That’s why it’s so scary when they don’t work right. You’ve probably heard of
How many times have you bought chicken breasts, thighs, or cutlets from the grocery store for a recipe you planned on making that night but instead, you ended up ordering take-out and stowed the raw meat into the depths of your refrigerator? We’ve all done it and we’re not here to judge you. However, there’s
If you’re seeing this, congrats! You made it past 40! Now keep reading this story so you can make it to 80 and beyond. We asked the country’s top doctors, nutritionists and mental health professionals how you can optimize yourself and live happier, healthier and longer than ever. Click through to discover how. RELATED: 50
Next time you’re standing in a room with eight women, consider this: An estimated one out of every eight of them are diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime. And men, you aren’t immune, either. Every year over 300,000 men and women are diagnosed with breast cancer, and approximately 42,000 lives will be lost to
If your car stopped running, you’d get the engine checked. If your computer stopped working, you’d take it in for repair. So why don’t we treat our hearts as well as our hard drives, or Toyotas? Every day, we’re doing things to tire out our ticker, and may not even know it. The stats prove
If you’ve ever been anywhere near a dessert table, you’ve probably heard a joke about diabetes. Whether it’s someone avoiding an overly frosted cake or trying to assuage their guilt for eating a piece of candy, there’s a pervasive idea that if you eat too many sweets, you’ll develop Type 2 diabetes. But in reality,
Today is the last day of summer, but don’t store away your bug spray quite yet. According to new reports, at least seven people have died from Eastern Equine Encephalitis, a rare but potentially fatal virus spread by mosquitoes. Deaths have been reported in Connecticut and Massachusetts, and EEE has been reported by 27 people
Ever had a vivid dream that felt so real, it was uncanny—and then you forget it the moment you wake up? For years science has been trying to pinpoint how and why our brains retain some knowledge and toss out the rest—including dreams. Many scientists believe that our brain clears itself of useless information to
You never want to think about this when you’re on the operating table, or getting a prostate exam, but the truth is: Doctors are just like the rest of us. They have medical degrees, but put their lab coats on one sleeve at a time. That means, despite their best intentions, they misconstrue, miscommunicate, and
If you worry about a medical misdiagnosis, you have reason to: Unfortunately, they’re pretty common. According to a study published in the journal BMJ Quality and Safety, diagnostic errors affect 12 million—or 1 out of 20—American adults every year. The reality is this: Doctors are human. Medicine isn’t a flawless science, and it’s evolving quickly.
Every year, up to 49,000 Americans die from the flu or from complications with the illness—and every year, flu vaccination reduces the risk by between 40% and 60%, according to the American Lung Association. That’s why the flu shot is so important. However, there are certain times when a flu shot may be more dangerous