It is important to keep your body hydrated all year round, but even more so during the heat waves of Spring and Summer.  Beginning in May your body begins adapting to summer mode, so now is a good time to be more aware of your fluid intake.  The average adult should drink approximately two liters of water every day.  This can be expressed as eight 8-ounce glasses, or the 8x8 rule. And the key is to drink good, clean water – not soda, tea, juice, or bottl...
There are foods that you should avoid during allergy season. Any foods that you are allergic to, or have sensitivity to, should be avoided. If you’re not sure how far-reaching your food sensitivities are, an elimination diet can help identify foods that can make your allergies worse. Foods that commonly make hay fever symptoms worse include alcohol, caffeine, dairy, chocolate, peanuts, sugar, wheat, citrus and chocolate. In addition, many common foo...
Mosquito season begins slowly in the spring and intensifies as summer hits.  Whether they’re newborn or fresh out of hibernation, these pests will swarm outside and infiltrate your home.  Use a high quality natural bug spray to avoid mosquitoes, especially to keep away those carrying the West Nile or Zika viruses.  Even if you avoid the nasty diseases, their bites create unsightly welts and bumps that itch and burn for days. Ticks, another group of disea...
Allergy symptoms make you feel simply awful. Congestion, post-nasal drip, itchy eyes and sneezing wear your body down. While the severity of symptoms vary widely from season to season, chances are if you have seasonal allergies, the symptoms impact your day-to-day life. Researchers are at odds as to why seasonal allergy symptoms have worsened over the past 30 years but agree that allergies to pollen, mold and some foods are growing exponentially. According to the Q...
Summer is a great time to show off the work you put into sculpting and maintaining your hard body.   Shorts, leggings, spaghetti straps, and bathing suits are comfy in the warm months - however, all that exposure to the sun puts your body at risk.   A bronze tan may look nice, but it’s common knowledge that sun exposure can be quite damaging for your skin.  The sun’s UV rays can wreak havoc on your body, especially if you’re fair-ski...
What makes spring so beautiful for many people leads to misery for those who suffer from seasonal allergy symptoms. Natural allergy treatments can be as effective and, in many cases, more effective than allergy medications. Fresh cut grass, blooming trees and flowers, and weeds release pollen, causing seasonal allergies in an estimated 40 million to 60 million people each year. Allergic rhinitis is the medical term for hay fever and seasonal allergies that occ...
In addition to avoiding certain foods, and incorporating the foods mentioned above, allergy sufferers can benefit from the addition of high-quality natural supplements. It’s best to start supplements 30–60 days in advance of allergy symptoms for the best results. Recent research shows that spirulina, butterbur and phototherapy hold promise in treating the symptoms of seasonal allergies.  Spirulina — 1 teaspoon per day: Spirulina is one of th...
Just when we feel like things are looking up, we turn on the news or check our email and we hear another bout of bad news.  Between a suffering economy and killer viruses, it's easy to sink into negativity and self pity. But that's no way to live. And when you are feeling negative, you are in no position to find real solutions to your challenges.    Here are essential tips for staying positive when the going get tough.  1. Take care of yourself. I kn...
The foods to avoid list may feel overwhelming, but fortunately, there are great tasting foods that will help relieve your symptoms while strengthening your immune system. Raw local honey is at the top of this list, for good reason. In a randomized controlled study conducted by the International Archives of Allergy and Immunology, patients that consumed honey had significantly better control of their allergy symptoms than those on conventional allergy medications. L...
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