Best Ways to Treat Overactive Bladder

Best Ways to Treat Overactive Bladder

  In line at the grocery store. At your son’s baseball game. In the middle of a conference call for work. All throughout the night. All of these scenarios are fair game for when the urge to urinate hits. In fact, the symptom is so bothersome, you find yourself retracting from daily events or making sure there is a public restroom around wherever you go. The term is “overactive bladder,” or “OAB” for short, and you are wondering why you have this and what options are available. You may have…

10 Things You Need to Know About the Zika Virus Today

10 Things You Need to Know About the Zika Virus Today

  1. The Zika virus is actively being spread in South Florida, more specifically in Miami-Dade and Broward counties. The CDC recommends pregnant women avoid travel to these areas. If a partner must travel to this area or another affected area outside of the US, safe sex practices (such as condoms or other barrier methods) must be used to avoid sexually transmitting the disease. Pregnant who live in or frequently travel to South Florida or another affected area must be tested for Zika in their first and second trimesters. 2….

Supplements May Boost Antidepressants

Supplements May Boost Antidepressants

It is possible that you still may feel depressed while on antidepressant therapy. Researchers found that adding a low-cost supplement to your regimen may help to reduce depressive symptoms. Those individuals battling depression know that some, if not many days feel like a chore. Despite being common, depression can be a finicky state to treat. Many consult with doctors, seek therapy, or are prescribed antidepressants. Antidepressants may not work the first time around, and some may find themselves on 2 or more medications in an effort for the drugs to augment each…

Mostly Organic Recipe for Cough Drops

Mostly Organic Recipe for Cough Drops

A few weeks ago, both of my parents came down with a nasty respiratory infection that had them coughing for days. My dad, being of Indian descent, is always looking for a natural alternative and swears by the power of cloves to help with throat pain and cough. Indeed, cloves have a lot of medicinal properties including antioxidant, anesthetic, and anti-inflammatory benefits. I decided to try this simple recipe for clove cough drops using some organic ingredients. You may even discover that you already have many of these ingredients in…

Natural Ways to Beat Holiday “Blues”

Natural Ways to Beat Holiday “Blues”

Last week, I embarked on a 3,000 mile journey to California with my 13 month old son to celebrate Thanksgiving with family. A long layover in Dallas, hours on a plane, and emerging molars left my typically easygoing son less than thrilled for a (thankfully) small portion of our stay. Yet, the crying and whining was so incessant one night, that it took a dose of ibuprofen and a drive around my sister’s neighborhood to get him settled. Eventually I was able to put my sleeping baby to bed. Yet,…

The Nasal Spray “Addiction”

The Nasal Spray “Addiction”

  Many would agree that nasal congestion is one of the more bothersome symptoms of a common cold or allergies. Congestion can put a heavy burden on work, play, or sleep by making it harder to breath and causing pain and pressure in the sinus cavities. Unfortunately, this time of year gives little reprieve to those suffering from nasal congestion. Fall allergies – whether it be due to ragweed or mold from the dampness – can wreak havoc on the respiratory system. The cold air also drives many people indoors,…

Slow Cooker Butternut Squash Soup

Slow Cooker Butternut Squash Soup

  Nothing is more appetizing than a creamy soup on a crisp, fall day. This butternut squash soup is easy and just begging to be prepared on a lazy weekend with a fireplace crackling and pumpkins on the porch. Not only does this recipe require minimal ingredients, it is loaded with health benefits as well. Butternut squash, once known as the “apple of God”, is jam-packed with fiber, potassium, and magnesium. Both the butternut squash and carrots contain beta-carotene, a compound that has antioxidant activity and can help protect cells…

New Study Shows Benefit for Diabetics

New Study Shows Benefit for Diabetics

  November is widely known as American Diabetes Month – a month that ironically emerges amidst the piles of leftover Halloween candy and remnants of apple cider doughnuts. This time serves as a gentle reminder of the millions of people affected by diabetes every day, and the number is growing. In fact, according to the CDC’s 2014 Diabetes Report Card, about 1.7 million new cases of diabetes are diagnosed each year. Therefore, when a large, well-conducted trial shows a promising benefit with a new diabetes drug, the medical community takes…