I’m beginning this article with a confession: I’ve never had a “green thumb.” In fact, I couldn’t keep plants alive if my life depended on it. Until, that is, I learned how to create an indoor garden. This works for me for a few reasons:
➀ I forget about my plants, so unless they are right under my nose, I won’t remember to water them. (Thank goodness I don’t have this problem with my dog!)
➁ An indoor garden doesn’t require a lot of real estate or resources to start – just an area you’re willing to devote to your garden and the natural light (or an artificial lighting system) to grow your leafy goodness.
➂ It’s very rewarding, especially if you are like me and [...]
First, some real talk: The only way to avoid a hangover is to limit your alcoholic intake. But there are still some steps you can take to avoid getting too turnt up while still enjoying yourself. And drinking smart is something you can really raise a glass to.Before Happy Hour
Take Your Vitamins – It isn’t just dehydration that leads to the dreaded hangover. Part of the problem is inflammation. Head the effects off at the pass by popping an extra multivitamin or getting in some antioxidants in the form of some pomegranate juice before you hit the bar.
Get Some Sleep – A strong immune system is better equipped to deal with a night of drinking and getting a good night’s [...]
So you are a regular at hot yoga and Pilates, but what are you doing to exercise your mind? As we age, our bodies deteriorate and our brains are no exception. A regular physical fitness routine helps keep us healthy and agile, and working out our brain can keep us fit, mentally. Here are a few small things you can do on a daily basis to limit the number of “senior moments” in your future.
1. Master the Brain Basics: You can combat cognitive decline and even decrease your susceptibility to dementia by practicing some pretty basic healthy habits. Eat a well balanced diet, get plenty of good sleep and limit smoking and drinking.
2. Learn New Things: While your job may [...]
Humans tend to view their canine buddies – no matter how much they love them – as… well… a littler dirtier than they are, a little stinkier.
They get that “dog smell” and it’s time to head for the groomer’s or backyard for bath time.
Only… a smelly dog isn’t always a normal thing. In fact, a healthy, vibrant dog eating quality whole foods really shouldn’t have much of a foul odor – unless, of course, he decided his afternoon would be best spent rolling around in some dirt and fresh dog pooh he was completely captivated by.
If you notice an unpleasant smell coming from your dog, don’t ignore it. It’s telling you that his body is off in some way and he may need [...]
I don’t know about you, but when I hear “gut bacteria,” I get a little grossed out. Anything with the word “bacteria” has to be bad, right? Wrong.
Aside from their name, gut bacteria are pretty awesome.
“Why are they awesome?” you ask. They are microorganisms in our intestines that help our digestive and immune system, says Dr. David Dragoo, M.D., a health expert at Money Crashers. In fact, we can’t survive without gut bacteria, says Kristi King, senior dietician at Texas Children’s Hospital.
Gut bacteria, a.ka. gut flora, also help make B vitamins and vitamin K. “You can think of it as another ‘organ’ in the body – it is just as important to keep healthy as the [...]