Protect Your Lungs from COPD and COVID-19

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Never take breathing for granted. It’s a gift that should be protected. (Photo courtesy Canva)

Do you ever feel short of breath, or find yourself wheezing or tired when you attempt to exercise? Perhaps you have a chronic cough you just can’t seem to shake. Have you ever noticed that your fingernails or lips turn blue? Or maybe you’ve noticed that your legs, ankles and feet swell? Although these problems are common with asthmatics, they can also be indications that you have chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), a condition which puts you at risk of contracting the new coronavirus. Read more of this post

Five Houseplants to Boost Your Health

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Add houseplants like rosemary to your home and you may just notice your mood lift and your health improve! (Photo courtesy Canva)

I’m crazy about houseplants. They bring nature into my home, brighten my living space, and replenish my oxygen supply. But more than that, their simple beauty brings me joy, and I love nurturing them along and watching them grow. But did you know that they have other health benefits too? Here are five plants you should add to your windowsill today to improve your life. Read more of this post

Remember to Take Care of Your Health by Scheduling Annual Exams Early

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Visits with your medical team are important for continued well being. (Photo courtesy Canva)

Have you scheduled your health and wellness appointments for the new year? Remember to do so now to ensure you stay healthy and nip any problems or ailments you might face in the bud early before they become a bigger problem. Not sure which doctors to schedule appointments with? Check out the list below. Read more of this post

Six Ways to Chill Out on National Relaxation Day

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Take time to chill out and relax. Your heart deserves it. (Photo courtesy Canva)

If you’re like us, you like to get things done. Whether we’re managing people on the job site, delegating tasks, streamlining processes, and plowing through our email inbox or at home cleaning the house, organizing the closets, bathing the dog and ironing the clothes, we all have those check lists of chores we feel compelled to accomplish before we fall in bed utterly exhausted. And while there is satisfaction to be gained from those accomplishments, finding time to relax, unwind, and chill out is actually still quite productive. Read more of this post

‘The Psychobiotic Revolution’ Scientifically Reveals Why Food Changes Our Mood [REVIEW]

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Discover why we need to eat with purpose in National Geographic’s The Psychobiotic Revolution: Mood, Food, and the New Science of the Gut-Brain Connection by Scott C. Anderson with John F. Cryan, Ph.D.. and Ted Dinan, M.D., Ph.D. (Photo by Joshua Rappeneker, Flickr)

Most of us realize that when we eat well, we feel better. But if the food we eat is too rich or sugary, it can make us feel sick to our stomachs. National Geographic’s new book, The Psychobiotic Revolution, helps us make sense of this gut-brain connection and shows us how to use it to our advantage.  Read more of this post