Back to School Shopping Tips for Healthier Kids

Are you looking for back to school shopping tips already? It seems like summer just started but according to that pesky calendar, my kids go back to school next week.  That is going to be a seriously rude awakening for my teenagers.  They have been rather sloth-ish this summer and have pretty much grown roots and become addicted to their mobile devices. As you begin your own back to school shopping trips, I would like you to take a few minutes to consider how your back to school shopping can improve your child's health. Not only during the … [Read more...]

Trigger Point Therapy Tools for Muscle Pain Relief

Several years ago, I had a persistent muscle spasm in my shoulder.  I went through the doctor's general treatment guidelines.  Heat, ibuprofen and muscle relaxers.  It wouldn't go away.  We moved on to physical therapy for a year, steroid injections and more muscle relaxers.  They called it a trigger point.  Basically, a muscle spasm that won't go away.  I started investing in trigger point therapy tools and trying a few alternative methods of healing.  Very quickly, I discovered that chiropractors are awesome and that I hate acupuncture. I … [Read more...]

Creative Uses for Eucalyptus Leaves for Home and Health

I have a serious problem.  One that has me looking for uses for eucalyptus leaves and considering buying a koala bear.  What is this problem I speak of?  Well, I can't seem to go into a garden nursery without buying every weird plant that I come across!  Seriously.  One year I bought tarragon even though we had never used tarragon before. And apparently it is a perennial and now I have enough tarragon to outfit a small nation. Last year I bought a eucalyptus plant and now I am wondering what to do with eucalyptus leaves.  Because apparently … [Read more...]

Sauna Tips for Better Health and Improved Well being

Sitting in the sauna is great for your health. These sauna tips will not only allow you to achieve better health but will make the experience much more enjoyable as well. I joined a gym several years ago to start getting more exercise.  But what REALLY draws me to the gym is the sauna!  After I work out, I head right to the sauna and just hang out in there for a few minutes and sweat.  I have found that my time in the sauna really does help with overall chronic muscle pain and stiffness. Should You Install a Home Sauna? A home sauna … [Read more...]

Clean Eating Smoothies Get a Boost With These Simple Tips

Breakfast is one of the most important meals of the day.  I know, you hear that all the time, right?  But who has time to make healthy breakfasts when there are kids shoes to find and a dog puking in the bathroom?  Well, healthy smoothies are the solution to your breakfast needs!  Of course, not all smoothies are created the same!  If you really want a boost of nutrition in the morning, you need to start making clean eating smoothies loaded with a few seriously healthy ingredients like the ones I list below! What is the Clean Eating … [Read more...]

What to Know About Yoga Before Your First Class

Considering yoga classes for fitness?  Let me help you learn what to know what to know about yoga before your first class! For the last several years, I have been trying to make time to do more yoga.  I have invested in more yoga pants, mats, blocks and accessories than I care to admit.  I have tried doing yoga in my family room in front of the television, in our neighborhood fitness class and at the gym.  I have yet to fall in love with it but have come to appreciate it for its' many health benefits.  Before your first yoga class, there are a … [Read more...]

How to Use Dietary Supplements Safely

This post about how to use dietary supplements safely is sponsored by United States Pharmacopeia (USP). All opinions are my own. The older I get, the more health issues I have to deal with.  Parts of my body ache, my hormones are out of whack, and I just seem to be falling apart some days.  I prefer to address my assorted ailments with natural products when I can. This means that I often turn to dietary supplements to support my overall health.  As a scientist (or at least that is what my college degree says!) I am very interested in data … [Read more...]

Magnesium Oil: How To Make It and Why You Need It!

If you learn how to make magnesium oil, you can save yourself a ton of money as you soothe your aches and pains.  Over the last several years, I have suffered from an assortment of physical problems, all of which are muscular in some way.  Muscle knots that won't go away, a bad back, aching feet and a host of other issues.  I have spent countess hours and dollars on doctors, therapists and nutritional supplements for inflammation.  Like most humans, I have Googled my health issues extensively.  Everything I have read indicates that magnesium … [Read more...]

How to Reduce Digital Eye Strain and Improve Eye Health

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Swanson Health Products. All opinions are 100% mine. As a blogger, I spend a lot of time in front of the computer. I also spend quite a bit of time on my phone while I am on the go, and on my iPad reading during my down time. As a result, my eyes are often incredibly tired by the end of the day. We are a very digital society and it is incredibly hard to stay away from screens completely. It is important to learn how to reduce digital eye strain to improve eye health. I thought I would share … [Read more...]

How to Avoid Bee Stings While Enjoying Nature

With the nice weather finally here, I am spending more and more time outside.  If you love activities like hiking, gardening, and nature walks, knowing how to avoid bee stings can make a big difference in how much you enjoy your time outside.  And if you are allergic to bees, avoiding bee stings can save your life! I thought I would share a few tips that may help you have a safer and much more pleasant nature experience this summer. Why Do Bees Sting? Bees sting for a number of different reasons, however, it really depends on the type of … [Read more...]

A Culture of Cleanliness: A Green Society is a Dirty One!

Everywhere you look nowadays, you find people paranoid about germs.  Society is so focused on creating a culture of cleanliness that we are destroying our body's innate ability to protect itself from harmful organisms.  I have a degree in Microbiology and about 15 years worth of experience in the healthcare industry.  I can tell you right now that I am not worried about my dog licking the kids, the dirt on my floor, or whether my bathroom towel touches my face after it touches the rest of my body.  Cleanliness is important, however, not to the … [Read more...]

Making Smarter Snack Choices and a Strawberry Smoothie Bowl Recipe

These tips for making smarter snack choices and strawberry smoothie bowl recipe have been sponsored by General Mills, Cascadian Farm and Annie’s.  All opinions expressed here are my own. Back in the olden days, food was rather uncomplicated.  You grew it, harvested it, cooked it, and put in on your plate for mealtime. Fast forward a few decades and we are busier and lack the space and ability to grow all of our own food.  Eating has become more complicated. Despite time and budget constraints, it is possible to turn back the clock to a simpler … [Read more...]

How to Save on Medical Expenses and SingleCare Card Benefits

This post about how to save on medical expenses and SingleCare card benefits has been sponsored by SingleCare.  All opinions expressed here are my own. In my non blogging life, I have a background in the healthcare field.  I have worked in hospitals and the pharmacy and gotten to know a lot of people with serious health conditions.  The one thing they all want to know is how to save on medical expenses.  There isn't a one size fits all answer to that question.  I wish there was.  Medical expenses can cripple the family budget and leave … [Read more...]

Warm Lemon Water Benefits and Side Effects

When I heard about the warm lemon water benefits being touted by health gurus, I was intrigued. I had heard about the lemon water side effects as well but that didn't stop me from giving it a try. WHY? Because Tthe older I get, the more I feel like an old car that only has a few more miles left to go before hitting the scrap heap.  My body is slowing down, my aches and pains are numerous and I spend a lot of time Googling weird health problems. I am always on the lookout for natural health solutions to my many random ailments.  I came across … [Read more...]

Ginger Detox Bath Recipe to Help You Sweat Those Toxins Out!

If you are looking for a ginger bath recipe, the one I use is incredibly easy to make at home. Over the last few years I have had to deal with chronic pain that is incredibly frustrating.  According to the dozens of doctors I have seen there is nothing 'technically' wrong with me.  Except that I hurt.  All. The. Time.  My neck hurts, I get random muscle spasms, my feet ache...it is incredibly frustrating.  They just tell me to take Advil and a muscle relaxer and get used to it. While I do have to use traditional medicine for my pain … [Read more...]

Omega 3 and Inflammation and Coping With Chronic Pain

This post about Omega 3 and inflammation and coping with chronic pain has been sponsored by Omax3. All opinions expressed here are my own. If you have been following my blog for a while, you may have read previous posts about me coping with chronic pain. I was diagnosed several years ago with something called Myofascial Pain Syndrome. Basically, it is an autoimmune disease that results in muscle stiffness and as a result, I often suffer from chronic pain. While I have found a number of lifestyle factors that help minimize my pain, I am still … [Read more...]

Tips for Healthy Eating on a Low Budget

If your goals for the new year include eating healthier and saving money, these tips for healthy eating on a low budget are just what you need. My husband and I have fairly broad tastes when it comes to the foods we enjoy.  We do most of our cooking from scratch, which allows us some flexibility in terms of the ingredients we use.  Our weekends are often spent at the farmer's market or international supermarket in search of exotic sauces, spices, and ingredients to add to a new recipe.  Of course, some days we are too tired to be creative and … [Read more...]

Preventing Norovirus Infection and Other Nasty Stomach Bugs

So, tis the season of colds, flu and an assortment of other germs meant to wreak havoc with our lives this winter. One of the most common winter illnesses besides cold and flu is the dreaded stomach bug.  Huffington Post just ran an article on the most recent Norovirus outbreak on board a cruise ship.  While Norovirus is often associated with cruises, it is actually the most common cause of gastroenteritis according to the CDC.  Preventing Norovirus infection can be tricky because it is a very hardy organism and spreads very easily.  However, … [Read more...]

Tips for Clean Eating to Help Take Control of Your Health

Go ahead and enjoy the cookies and candies this week but once January hits, these tips for clean eating are going to come in handy.  I am all for enjoying the abundance of holiday food this month but it definitely isn't the norm when it comes to my diet.  Although, I hate the word 'diet'.  I prefer to consider these clean eating tips part of a general healthy lifestyle.  While I follow my healthy lifestyle eating tips, hopefully I will lose a few pounds, tone up, and improve my overall health.  But, it isn't a DIET.  That four letting word is … [Read more...]