Feeling the Pain of Stress

Research continues to show the detrimental effect that stress can have on our health. Stress over an extended period of time can make existing health problems worse, create bad habits, and increase cardiovascular risk, to name a few. A recent study found another negative affect of stress: it lowers the ability to withstand pain and can also increase pain intensity. Participants were much less able to modulate pain when feeling more stressed. It would be ideal to not feel any pain at all, but for most of us, this isn’t a reality. As a result, the researchers recommend reducing overall …

Freezing Yourself To Better Health

Most people try to stay out of the cold, but some are seeking it out as a medical treatment. Known as whole body cryotherapy, participants step inside a chamber that is often chilled to 184 degrees Fahrenheit below zero or colder for two to three minutes. The method was developed in Europe to treat ailments like arthritis and depression among others, and has been shown to lessen pain and make people look younger. For $90 a treatment, would you try this? Read the full article here: Seen At 11: Stepping Into The ‘Frozen Zone’ For Health And Beauty [sc:mbta]

Make Your Eyes Look Their Best

Valentine’s Day is tomorrow, and wouldn’t we all like to look our best for our special person or even just for ourselves? This post on Underground Health lists numerous natural items we can place over our eyes to help ease tired, puffy eyes. These include sliced cucumbers, tea bags, strawberries, and potatoes—generally cooling these in the fridge will help decrease swelling, too. Most of all, be sure to get sleep and drink lots of water! Read the full article here: Natural Home Remedies for Sparkling Bright Eyes [sc:mbta]

The Health Impacts of Valentine’s Day Gifts

Valentine’s Day is tomorrow, and whether or not you have a romantic love in your life, it’s still a wonderful opportunity to celebrate love for your family, friends, and most of all, yourself. This article is a fascinating look at the health impacts of items associated with Valentine’s Day. For example, it’s one of the most popular days for roses, but did you know that many are grown with pesticides? I did not. And that’s not only bad to keep in the house, but those chemicals are also very harmful to the workers who grow and harvest the flowers. What’s …

How to Clean Your Home Naturally (Without Chemicals!)

There are so many natural cleaning options that can save you money and reduce the chemicals in your home. Baking soda is such a versatile and gentile abrasive that you can use it as part of an oven cleaner or general scouring agent. Things with an acidic quality like lemon juice and vinegar work well in spray cleaners and fresheners. What’s your favorite natural disinfectant? Read the full article here: Natural Cleaning Tips & Recipes for the Entire House [sc:mbta]