more about: health

Use Lift to Help New Habits Stick

I didn’t make big resolutions this year. Instead I focused more on creating good habits. (My three main ones were: drink more water, floss, and moisturize every day.) To keep myself motivated and to keep track of whether or not I’m meeting my goals, I’ve been using the Lift app. (I’m a total sucker for a progress bar.) Basically, once […]

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How to Keep Your Health Resolutions

Between the long weekend and other social obligations, sticking to a diet- or fitness-related resolution isn’t always easy. Luckily, there’s a solution that combines both health and friends.

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Wednesday Trivia: The Length of the Average Cough

If you’re like most Americans, you head to the doctor for antibiotics when a hacking cough persists more than a week. But a new study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine shows that we should be much more patient when it comes to coughing. The average acute cough (caused by a common cold, or other respiratory illness—like bronchitis) actually last for […]

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Why You Should Follow Dosage Instructions for Over-the-Counter Medicine

When you have a cold or come down with the flu, it’s tempting to load up on over-the-counter medications to make yourself feel better fast. But taking more than the recommended dose won’t land you back on your feet any faster. Why? Because the determined dosage is based on the “therapeutic index” of the medicine, which is the sweet spot […]

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Why You Should Buy Yourself Flowers

Next time you’re at the supermarket, go ahead and treat yourself to a bouquet of fresh flowers. It’s no secret that flowers look pretty, but flowers may actually have a positive impact on your emotional well-being.

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Berries Linked to Lower Heart Disease Among Women via Time.com

One of my New Year’s Resolutions is to eliminate some of the processed foods from my diet. It’s not a total eradication, although that would be nice, but more of a “diet cleanup,” so to speak. I would love to be healthier about the food choices I make—for example—instead of reaching for a handful of chips at 5 p.m., choose […]

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Is an Electric Toothbrush a Better Option?

Yes, and no. Both a manual and electric toothbrush will do a good job of getting your teeth clean. But an electric toothbrush—with it’s automatic shutoff feature—will help you brush for the recommended amount of time. Studies have shown that people who use manual toothbrushes on average brush their teeth for less than a minute instead of the recommended two […]

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Is Sitting the “Smoking of Our Generation?”

There’s been a lot of discussion this week about a blog post on the Harvard Business Review website that claims “sitting is the smoking of our generation.” The author, Nilofer Merchant, cites some worrying statistics: – Americans sit an average of 9.3 hours per day. (We only sleep 7.7 hours.) – Obesity is responsible for 35 million deaths annually. (Tobacco […]

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How to Eat Healthier With Takeout

Though most people cook dinner—yes, even on busy weeknights—you don’t have to feel guilty about leaving the cooking to someone else. A recent study conducted by Seamless found that, even though ordering delivery or takeout is on the rise, people are trading greasy food for healthier options (last year, customers ordered salads four times more than pizza!).

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How to Stay Healthy During Flu Season

If you’ve noticed a few sniffles or a stomach bug going around, it shouldn’t come as a surprise considering the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) reports flu season typically peaks in January or February.

So how do you keep yourself healthy this winter?

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