Showing posts from March 18, 2018

How to Get Your Best Sleep Ever

To Bed With YouYou may know how important a consistent bedtime and exercise routine are for a good night’s sleep. Maybe you have your alcohol and caffeine use down to a science, too. But what happens when you actually get to bed? What else can help you sleep better? Try these tips and tricks. Swipe to advance 2/15 Get the Right Mattress for YouThere are several types. Whether you have back pain, night sweats, sleep apnea, or you just want a good night’s sleep, there's not just one perfect choice. Your mattress should be firm enough to support your back and sleep position, but soft enough to fit the shape of your body. This isn't always easy to figure out. Some stores will let you test a mattress for several weeks and change it out if you’re not comfortable. Swipe to advance 3/15 Innerspring MattressesThis is the most common type. It uses from 300 to more than 1,000 springs covered in cushioning. These mattresses can be hard or soft, depending on what they're made of. Some say the…

Symptoms That May Signal Vitamin Deficiency

Are You Getting What You Need?Tired, dry skin, or fighting a cold again? If you feel like something is a little off, you may lack some key vitamins or minerals. They help your cells and organs work the way they should and boost your immune system, among other things. Usually, the best way to get them is through foods that have a lot of them.
Fight FatigueIf you’re tired after a full night’s rest, it could be from a lack of iron (found in lean meat, beans, and fortified cereals) or vitamin B12 (in beef liver and clams). They’re both important for healthy red blood cells, which get oxygen to your body’s tissues.
HeadachesIf you have these a lot, talk to your doctor about magnesium, found in beans, nuts, and green leafy veggies. This mineral helps your nerves work the way they should and keeps your blood sugar levels in check. The Association of Migraine Disorders says 400 milligrams a day can help some people who get migraines.
Dry EyesIt might be from allergies or from wearing contact l…

Subtle Signs of Glaucoma

What Is Glaucoma?It's a condition that can damage your optic nerve, usually because of too much pressure in your eye. The optic nerve does an important job. It sends signals from your eye to your brain, which turns them into an image you can see. When the optic nerve isn't working right, you'll get problems with your vision. You can even lose your sight. Swipe to advance 2/14 What Causes Glaucoma?Your eyes make a fluid that bathes and nourishes tissue in them. Normally the liquid flows through a channel called the drainage angle. When you have glaucoma, the channel stops working well. Fluid backs up and causes pressure to build up inside your eye. Swipe to advance 3/14 Who Gets Glaucoma?You're more likely to get the condition if your parent, brother or sister, or another close relative has it. Your chances of getting it are greater if you're over 40, are African-American or Hispanic, or because of things like: High pressure in eyesEye injury or surgeryThin cornea (clear …

A Fifty-Year Friendship Catalyzed By Kindness

"My parents came to the U.S. in the 1960s, along with the first wave of immigrants from India. My father came to Kansas, which is where he was getting his Ph.D. Six months later, my mother came with the three of us kids -- my sister, my brother, and me. We were just two, four and five years old. It was the very first winter we were in Kansas. It was cold. We didn't yet have heavy coats. We didn't yet have a car or anything like that, and my Dad didn't have a US driver's license yet. Back then, there were few Indians anywhere around." What follows is the story of a neighborly act of kindness that catalyzed a fifty-year friendship between two families.

Do Young Kids in America Have Racist Beliefs?

New research suggests we aren't born bigots. Racial prejudice is something we learn.BY TOM JACOBS

Given the extent to which fear and resentment of other races is driving our politics, it’s an excellent time to revisit a key question: Are such attitudes inherent, or learned? A 2017 study from China suggested the former, finding infants as young as nine months show preferences for people with skin tones that resemble their own. A new, much larger study offers more hope for humanity. It reports that American five- and six-year-olds largely reject the belief that an individual’s personality and abilities are determined by one’s skin color. The results suggest such beliefs—which are potential precursors to prejudice—“are the product of protracted developmental processes, and require ample cultural input,” writes a research team led by Tara Mandalaywala of New York University. In other words, bigotry is an acquired attitude. The study, in the journal Child Development, featured 203 five- an…

Betsy Damon: Living Water

"Water is Betsy Damon's passion, living water -- water, as the Chinese say, that has gone up and down the mountain ten thousand times. After many years of studying water her question became, "How can we teach people how nature takes care of water?" Fast forward a few years and she's in China, an unattached visitor. But she's talking with everyone she meets about water. And where this story leads, well, I'll just say its mind-blowing." This riveting interview shares more.

19 Foot Problems and What They Might Mean

Cold Feet, Many CulpritsIf your toes are always cold, one reason could be poor blood flow -- a circulatory problem sometimes linked to smoking, high blood pressure, or heart disease. The nerve damage of uncontrolled diabetes can also make your feet feel cold. Other possible causes include hypothyroidism and anemia. A doctor can look for any underlying problems -- or let you know that you simply have cold feet. Swipe to advance 2/19 Foot PainWhen feet ache after a long day, you might just curse your shoes. After all, eight out of 10 women say their shoes hurt. But pain that’s not due to sky-high heels may come from a stress fracture, a small crack in a bone. One possible cause: Exercise that was too intense, particularly high-impact sports like basketball and distance running. Also, weakened bones due to osteoporosis increases the risk. Swipe to advance 3/19 Red, White, and Blue ToesRaynaud’s disease can cause toes to turn white, then bluish, and then redden again and return to their natural…