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May 2015

Summer Irritants: Poison Ivy

We all love spending time outdoors when the weather is warm and sunny. Watching the trees slowly grow full with leaves and colorful flowers coming into bloom makes spring and summer one of the best times of year! There are also some major downsides to to warming weather and blossoming plants that, without preparation, can cause us harm or discomfort. Sometimes it's harmless, such as mild seasonal allergies to tree pollen. Tree, grass, and weed pollen are a widespread allergen to many people in the United States. In most cases, seasonal allergies only lead to mild discomfort, but for others, plant allergies require intervention. Poison ivy, on the otherhand, affects about 85% of the U.S. population, with over 50 million people suffering from the allergic reaction to the...


Healthy Sun Habits

  Summer is finally approaching and the weather is definitely getting warm! Now is the perfect time of year to spend time outdoors with our family and friends, but it's also the time of year to take extra precaution to protect ourselves from sun, insects, and irritants. There has been an increase in awareness of the harmful effects of sun damage as well as a strong new desire to find a skin protectant that will protect our skin effectively without harmful side effects. Sunscreen Applying sunscreen on a sunny day may seem like a no-brainer, but there’s a lot to know about how, when, and what type of sunscreen to apply. It’s also important to know your risk factors for sunburn and skin diseases. Fair, pale skin is much...


Tricky Labels: What Do They Mean?

Heart-Healthy Foods labeled as "heart-healthy" have been deemed to be low in sodium, low in saturated fat, and contain no trans fats. Heart healthy foods contain very little fat in general. The heart healthy check: You've seen this check mark on food labels in the grocery store, but you may have not known what it was for. What exactly does heart healthy food need to have before it can be labeled so?  Foods have to meet a specific set of qualifications in order to be packaged with the Heart Healthy Check on their label. The FDA inspects each product to make sure it meets the standars. You can read more about the qualifications at heart.org: Total Fat: Less than 6.5 g Saturated Fat: 1 g or less and 15% or...


The Dish on Diets: Healthy Eating for a Healthy Life

Fad diets and crash diets come and go, but there are a few diets that have stood strong throughout the years. We will be talking about a few of the most popular and long-standing diets that have come around, emphasizing both the positive and negative aspects of each. Diets don’t work for everybody, and diets are definitely not one-size-fits-all. We are all looking for a balance of food groups, essential vitamins and minerals, and living a healthy and active lifestyle. Steer clear of diets that promote rapid weight loss or have very strict guidelines. A diet is about a lifestyle change, not a temporary fix, and strict guidelines make it difficult for new dieters to stick to their plan! Paleo Description The idea behind the paleo diet is...


About ATP Ignite: Steady, Natural Energy

Energy drinks these days have so many unnecessary ingredients that it takes away from the beneficial, natural energy-inducing ingredients it does have. The added sugars, the artificial preservatives, the inevitable crash in the afternoon; these are the reasons most people steer clear of many of the most popular energy drinks. Even small-dose energy "shot" beverages, pack a strong punch with added sugars, flavoring, and preservatives (and, they are not cheap!). Enter ATP Ignite: Each stick provides a combination of B vitamins, electrolytes, trace minerals, amino acids, herbs, and antioxidants to fuel your body’s energy production. With 95 mg of caffeine in each stick, ATP Ignite is great for daily energy boosts or as a pre-workout drink. With just 5 grams of carbohydrates and 0 sugars, ATP ignite...


Celiac Awareness Month

Each year, May is Celiac Awareness month. One out of every 133 Americans has celiac disease (about three million), yet 95% of those with the disease remain undiagnosed, according to the National Foundation for Celiac Awareness. What is Celiac Disease? Celiac disease is an autoimmune disorder triggered by consuming a protein called gluten, which is found in wheat, barley and rye. It causes the body to attack the small intestine and can cause serious damage if left untreated. Treatment for celiac disease is usually simply abiding to a strict, gluten-free diet. It sounds easier than is, sometimes avoiding gluten in your diet can be a challenge. Long term effects of untreated celiac disease is the susceptibility to other autoimmune disorders such as Type 1 diabetes or multiple sclerosis. Lactose intolerance and...


Oral Hygiene and the Health of the Body

Years ago, a physician who suspected a patient had heart disease would probably not refer him to a gum specialist. The same holds true for diabetes and arthritis. Times have changed. The past 5 to 10 years have seen a growing body of research linking the health of your mouth to the overall health of your body. According to the American Dental Association, 40 percent of people with gum disease also have a chronic health condition. What’s feeding the link? Not taking proper care of your mouth results in bacterial growth, which causes inflammation that not only spurs diseases of the teeth and gums, but can cause problems for other body systems if left unchecked. Oral problems can also be a symptom of other diseases...