Articles by Health Concern

  1. 10 Quick Tips to Soothe Dry Chapped Hands

    Winter brings snow…and hot cocoa…and cuddling by the fire…and dry, chapped hands that you just want to hide.

    Dry, cracked, maybe even bleeding hands are more than unattractive.

    They hurt! And exposure to the dry indoor heat and cold temperatures of winter will just make it worse.

    But you don’t have keep your hands hidden beneath the blankets or behind mittens!

    Soothe your dry, chapped hands with these ten quick tips that will do the trick and have you back to holding hands in no time.

    1. Wash your hands the right way. One of the causes of dry, chapped hands is exposure to water and soap. But another cause is the dirt and debris your hands are exposed to all day long. Washing your hands the right way can help balance out those two causes, so your hands get clean without stripping all the natural oils from your skin. When you wash, choose a mild soap or even a non-soap cleanser. Once your hands are clean, skip the hot air dryer and pat dry with a towel, napkin, or even toilet paper if necessary. Moisturize immediately.

    2. Skip the wash occasionally. If you find yourself washing your hands several times a day – think a dozen or more – buy a hand sanitizer and use that a few times during the day, rather than washing. While they can be drying, alcohol-based hand sanitizers still aren’t as damaging as washing with soap and water that many times.

    3. Invest in a humidifier. Odds are good that if your hands are dry and chapped, the rest of your skin is getting there, too. A humidifier will help moisturize every inch of you to alleviate dry skin all over your body. Follow the instructions on keeping it clean in order to maintain your health all winter long.

    4. Wear gloves when you go out – and sometimes in. This one may be a no-brainer, but it’s still important. If you’re going for a long walk through the mountains, or just running to the store, make sure you pull on a pair of gloves. Keeping your hands protected from the cold outside will help keep the skin healthy. But remember to wear gloves when you wash dishes or clean house, too. You should be doing that year-round to protect your hands from damage, but it’s especially important during winter.

    5. Remember to exfoliate. You probably exfoliate your face. Maybe even your legs and arms. However, most people don’t think about exfoliating their hands. But your hands benefit from a gentle scrubbing just as much as the rest of you. Plus, getting rid of the dead skin will help them absorb moisture – which is key to keeping them soft and supple. You can buy an exfoliant, or just mix sugar with some olive oil until it makes a paste. Smooth it onto your hands and rinse well.

    6. Check out the pantry #1. If you think oatmeal is only good for breakfast, think again. Oats have been respected as a skin softener for generations. Add them to warm water and soak chapped hands for 10-15 minutes. For an even more luxurious experience, add warm olive oil to the mix.

    7. Check out the pantry #2. So help soften skin, rub vinegar into your hands and cover with cotton gloves for a few hours, or overnight. Be sure to rinse well. And consider other alternatives if your hands are so dry and chapped that they’ve cracked or are bleeding.

    8. Check out the pantry #3. The last of the ingredients you probably have in the kitchen, reach for corn starch or baking soda. Dissolve four tablespoons of either into warm, but not hot water. Soak your hands for thirty minutes then pat dry.

    9. The overnight sensation. For truly chapped hands, this tip can’t be beat. Slather your hands with petroleum jelly. Wrap them in plastic wrap or a latex glove. Then pull on a soft cotton glove. Now go to bed. When you wake up in the morning, your hands will be smoother and softer already.

    10. Embrace the moisturizer. If you’re looking to soothe dry, chapped hands, or if you’re looking to prevent them from ever getting that way, the single most important thing you can do is moisturize. A moisturizing lotion can be your best friend in the cold, winter months. And it’s practically impossible to overdo. Every time you wash your hands – moisturize. Go outside and come back in – moisturize. Before you put gloves on, after you take gloves off, when you’re out of the shower, and before bed – moisturize. And make sure that you find a lotion specially designed to work in the harsh environment of winter, like IncrediCream, so that you can be certain your maximizing every drop!

    Summer shouldn’t be the only time you get to show off beautiful soft skin! Get rid of dry, chapped hands all winter long, with these easy tips and IncrediCream.

  2. Is Your Nighttime Routine Helping or Hurting You?

    Routine nighttimeYou’re tired every day. You’re stressed every night.

    You toss and turn, unable to turn off your brain long enough to get to sleep.

    Or you wake up in the middle of the night, unable to get back to sleep.

    If any of these sound familiar, maybe the problem isn’t you – maybe the problem is your nighttime routine.

    After all, we know a healthy morning routine can make or break your day. Once you think about it, it makes sense that a nightly routine can be just as important.

    These suggestions can help make up a nighttime routine that will have you sleeping like a baby in no time. Not all of them may work for you, but feel free to pick and choose the ones that do.

    Think About Starting Early

    You could be forgiven for thinking that a nightly routine would only take place at night – but you’d be mistaken. A helpful routine can start as early as when you wake up!

    If you’re having problems sleeping at night, it could be because your sleep cycle is out of balance. The first step to restoring that balance is to expose yourself to bright light during the day.

    As soon as you can after you get up in the mornings, find yourself some sunlight. Sit next to a window, step out for some coffee, even invest in a UV lamp if necessary. Sunlight will help your body register that it’s daytime and time to be awake.

    But what that has to do with a nightly routine is getting ahead of myself, because there are still more things you can do during the day to make your nightly routine easier.

    Pay close attention to what time you nap – or even if you nap at all. Taking a quick nap can be a great way to reinvigorate your day. Or, it can be a way to sabotage your nighttime routine before you’re evening thinking about it.

    If you nap, make sure you do so early in the afternoon. If you get tired midday or later, move around and stay busy until you’re over the energy slump.

    And the last daytime step you can take to improve your nightly routine is to stop drinking caffeine about six hours before you go to bed. Some people still feel the effects of caffeine ten and twelve hours after they drink it!

    So figure out what time bedtime is and have your last coffee, tea, or soda at least six hours before then.

    Making the Nighttime Routine Work at Night

    As important as those three things can be, it really is nighttime where your nightly routine matters most. This schedule will work best if you try to go to bed at the same time every night, and do your best to schedule that between six and eight hours before you have to get up in the mornings.

    Three hours before bedtime – Make sure you’ve finished dinner and are done eating heavy meals no later than three hours before you want to be falling asleep.

    Also, stop drinking alcohol by this time as well. Yes, some people like a nightcap to help them sleep, but it really can backfire if you drink it too late.

    Two hours before bedtime – You should begin to wind down physically at this point. Finish your walk, any aerobic exercise, and any heavy housekeeping.

    One hour before bedtime – This is when your nightly routine really starts. Even if you can’t do any of the others, try these. After all, you can’t stay busy and racing all day and then expect to fall asleep in five minutes. Give yourself time to relax.

    Stop whatever work you’ve been doing during the evening. Turn off the computer, close the files. It’s time to start to let your mind relax, as well as your body.

    Tidy up. This isn’t a major housecleaning. The dishes should be in the dishwasher and the laundry out of the dryer by now. Instead, make your lunch for tomorrow if you’ll need it in the morning, prep the coffee maker, and wipe down the kitchen. This way, you aren’t stressed about any big mess you might have left.

    Make notes for tomorrow. Take the time to write down anything you might be stressed about and a step or two you can take to resolve the issue. This isn’t to make you anxious, but to get the worry out of your head for a little while. Once you write it down, you can assure yourself you won’t forget anything and you already have a plan in place to address the stress.

    Make notes about today. Once you’ve made notes for the next day, take the time to write a few things that went really well today. If it was a hard day, write something that you’re thankful for, no matter how small. This will allow you to end your day on a peaceful, thankful note, rather than a stressed one.

    Turn the lights down. Remember your nightly routine started as soon as you woke up with finding sunlight? Here’s where that comes into play! Your body recognizes the difference between the daylight, when you should be awake, and the dimmer lights, when you should start relaxing. Your body produces melatonin, which is a hormone that helps regulate sleep. Dim lights helps your body know it’s time to start producing, so you can get some rest.

    Have a relaxing ritual. Maybe it’s a hot bath by candlelight. Maybe it’s a cup of chamomile tea. Maybe it’s meditation or deep breathing. Whatever relaxes you and helps you transition from busy day to peaceful night, find time to do it.

    If you read, choose carefully. Once you get in bed, feel free to read or listen to music until you drift off. But if you’re reading on an e-reader instead of a book, avoid the ones with backlights. Same goes for television and computer screens. Now isn’t the time for electronics that trick your brain into thinking you should be awake.

    It’s time to stop tossing and turning. Improving your nighttime routine very well may help improve your nights!

  3. Make Joint Relief Your Ultimate Goal for 2016

    relief jointWhen it comes to New Year’s resolutions, joint relief may not seem all that interesting or exciting – unless you’ve struggled with sore, achy, stiff joints. At that point, you know that this is more than just a worthy New Year’s resolution – it’s the ultimate goal. So we’ve collected the twelve ways for you to achieve relief in your joints for 2016 – and beyond. Continue reading →
  4. The REAL Truth About Ergonomic Desk Chairs

    desk chairs ergonomicalHave you heard the hype about ergonomic desk chairs and standing desks? Because they are all the rage. But what’s the truth and what’s just marketing? We decided to look closer and report back. So here’s the real truth about ergonomic chairs, standing desks, and alternative work spaces. Continue reading →
  5. 6 Fun Exercises to Improve Joint Stability

    Technically, joint stability is defined as “the ability to maintain or control joint movement or position” but that doesn’t come close to capturing what joints stability really means. Because you know that stable joints means living with more. More mobility, more balance, more living life to the fullest. Having stable joints is about being steady on your feet whether you’re walking a golf course or walking through the grocery store. It’s about knowing you can lift, bend, and reach so that you’re able to keep up with the activities of daily living and stay independent. In fact, joint stability, balance, and mobility are intricately linked. So much so that you can’t talk about one without talking about the other two. In other words, having stable joints really is about so much more than just stability. But here’s the twist - joint stability is also about living with less. Less pain. Less fear of falling. Less stiffness. Less isolation. So give these six exercises a try to increase stability, balance, and mobility. Continue reading →
  6. The Shocking Everyday Item That Helps with Joint Lubrication

    lubrication jointWhen it comes to joint lubrication, there are a lot promises being made. But the truth is far more mundane than any promise. No miracle pills from the Far East. No obscure ointments rediscovered after centuries. Not even an ointment used since the time of Cleopatra. For help with joint lubrication, all you need is… Water! If you get it from your tap or buy it from the store – sparkling, or still – water is one of the best things you can do for joint health and lubrication. Continue reading →
  7. Reduce Joint Swelling in Under 30 Minutes

    swelling jointBy the time you need to reduce joint swelling, you’re not looking for long-term solutions. You’re looking for relief from the swelling and discomfort and you’re looking for it right now. I get that. But it’s important that you treat the cause of your swollen joints properly in order to not make it worse. Continue reading →
  8. 11 Essential Immune System Vitamins

    vitamins immune systemIt’s winter and that means it’s winter cold and flu season. At the grocery store, the mall, in the office – everywhere - people are coughing, sneezing, and sniffling. But you don’t have to be as concerned about it if you’re giving your immune system the vitamins it needs to function at peak efficiency! Take a look at these important immune system vitamins, and work them into your daily diet and supplement routine for the healthiest cold and flu season yet! Continue reading →
  9. 9 Shocking Health Benefits of Eating Beets

    Eating beets benefitsYou know the superfoods: Kale…chia seeds…pomegranates…beets? I know, that last one may be shocking but there really are incredible health benefits to eating beets! So before you pass them by in the grocery produce section, read on. It’s time to start reaping the benefits of eating beets. Continue reading →
  10. 4 Quick Ways to Improve Posture for Joint Health

    Improve posture waysWhen it comes to joint health, you’ve got it covered. You eat right, you take the right supplements. You’re even getting enough sleep, so your joints can repair themselves. But have you thought about ways to improve your posture in order to help improve your joint health? If you have, good for you! If you haven’t, don’t feel bad. People don’t usually think about posture being linked to joint health. So let’s look closely at how joint health is affected by posture – and ways to improve posture and your joint health. Continue reading →
  11. The Ultimate Prostate Cancer Diet: Can You Prevent Prostate Cancer With Food?

    Diet prostate cancerThe topics are all over your television, news stream, and radio: how can you prevent prostate cancer? Is there a prostate cancer diet? What are your risks for prostate cancer? If you’re a man – or a woman who loves a man – you’ve probably realized prostate health should be a major focus of overall health. There’s a good reason for that. Prostate cancer is the second most common cancer among men, coming in behind skin cancer. And it’s the second deadliest cancer in men, as well. In fact, 1 in every 7 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer at some point. Sadly, 1 in every 38 of those men will die from it. However, that doesn’t mean that prostate cancer is inherently a death sentence. More than 2.9 million men diagnosed with prostate cancer are still around, living life to its fullest. And perhaps the easiest way to prevent prostate cancer, and increase your odds of beating it, is through diet. Simple, healthy, and delicious changes to your diet can help you help your prostate! Continue reading →
  12. A Cheat Sheet for Treating Sciatica

    sciatica treatingOfficially, sciatica is “pain in the lower extremity resulting from irritation of the sciatic nerve” – but that doesn’t come close to capturing how sciatica feels, what it’s like to live with it, or just how important treating sciatica can be. Because that “pain in the lower extremity” can mean a constant, nagging ache that never seems to completely go away. Or a shooting pain that radiates through your buttock and down your leg. It can mean never being able to roll over in bed because you can’t sleep on the affected side. Or not being able to sit for a long time, because the discomfort becomes too much. And it really means that treating this pain can become a top priority, so that you can have a reprieve from the constant ache and shooting pains. Continue reading →
  13. Alcohol and Skin: What Everyone Should Know

    skin and alcoholMost people have the occasional beer, glass of wine, or cocktail. But what happens if you have more than that? It’s easy to think that, so long as you don’t have a drinking problem, alcohol isn’t a health issue. After all, it’s even recognized that a glass of red wine a night can be good for your health! The truth, though, is that alcohol can have a real impact on how quickly you age. And alcohol especially affects your skin and how old – or young – you look. So much so that alcohol and skin health are directly related. Continue reading →
  14. The Dangers of Natural Supplements

    supplements naturalHave you seen the recent sensational headlines about natural supplements sending people to emergency rooms in staggering numbers? They certainly caught our attention. So we read more. Sure enough more than 23,000 emergency room visits are caused by supplements every single year. The headlines definitely had our attention. So we read more. They certainly got us to read their articles, I’ll concede that point and give them credit for it. But I’m also glad that I took the time to read the information presented and didn’t just take the headline at face value. Continue reading →
  15. Can I Have Sex After a Heart Attack?

    heart attack afterAfter a heart attack, it can feel like everything is different. Your diet, your activity level…your sex life… Heart attacks tend to have emotional consequences, not just physical ones. Even once your doctor has cleared you for physical activity after a heart attack, you may still be nervous about having sex. That’s okay. In fact, it’s understandable. The bedroom is the last place you want to have another heart attack! The good news is that less than 1% of all heart attacks take place during sex, so once you’ve been cleared by your doctor, you’re no more likely to have a heart attack in that moment than anyone else. Continue reading →
  16. Joint Pain and Fatigue: Is My Joint Pain Causing Fatigue?

    fatigue and joint painYour joints hurt. And you’re tired. But is your joint pain and fatigue related? Could your joint pain actually be causing fatigue? And what – if anything - can you do about them? You’ve got questions. Luckily, I’ve got some answers… Continue reading →
  17. Do You Have Unexplained Nerve Pain? Nerve Pain Symptoms, Causes, and Treatments

    nerve pain unexplainedYou’re not 100% sure when it started, but you know it’s happening more often. The unexplained nerve pain that have changed your life. Skin burning and tingling. Feeling like you’ve got pins and needles running up and down your arms or legs. Even an electrical sensation under your skin. Some days it may be so bad that even a loving hug or a supportive touch can be too much. But what causes nerve pain? And more importantly, what can you do about them? Continue reading →
  18. Ease Your Dry Winter Skin with 9 Simple Treatments

    Skin winter dryIf you have sensitive skin, then you know that dry winter skin is the worst. Because, let’s be honest, dry skin the winter is no fun even if you don’t have sensitive skin. The cold, dry air outside and the hot, dry air inside work together to make your skin dry, cracked, and itchy. Not only is it uncomfortable, but it’s unattractive as well. Luckily, there are nine simple ways that can work together – or separately - to ease dry winter skin. Continue reading →
  19. 5 Amazing Remedies for Tinnitus

    tinnitus remediesTinnitus. That constant low-level ringing in your ears. It’s easy to think it couldn’t possibly be all that bad – if you don’t have it. But if you do have it, you know it can be that bad. And since it’s often related to aging – it’s most common in people over 40 - just because you don’t have it now doesn’t mean you won’t have it later. Which is why we’re looking at remedies for tinnitus you might not know about.  Continue reading →
  20. 10 Unknown Myths and Truths About Joint Replacement Surgery

    surgery joint replacement When it comes to joint replacement surgery, there’s so much misinformation out there. It’s hard to tell what’s myth and what’s true. In this article, we’ll tackle some of those myths, differentiate between the myths that have arisen based on legitimate concerns and those based in fear or resignation, and finally weed out the fact from fiction of replacing joints. Continue reading →

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