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Many people believe that tea is reserved for those who live in the Mother Country, the elderly or those with a seasonal illness, however, drinking tea on a regular basis has health benefits that your morning coffee or daily soda can’t provide. From herbal teas to black teas, this drink is full of antioxidants that may prevent cancer and even help increase your metabolism. Tea has been enjoyed for thousands of years and was first steeped and traded in Eastern countries. It was believed to give one happiness and wisdom, and is now believed to have health benefits with which… Read more...

Wintertime Calorie Busters

Monday, 30 January 2012 08:44
Do you look out the window at sleet and snow and instantly lose motivation to work out? Or maybe you have a treadmill that acts as more of a storage unit. Use these winter-friendly tips to keep your heart rate up this season. Shovel instead of snow blowing. Sure snow blowing requires a certain amount of exertion, but when you shovel, you use your own motor (aka your heart) to heave the snow off the sidewalk. Protect your lower back while shoveling by using your leg muscles to lift a shovel-full of snow. Put the remote away. Whether your T.V.… Read more...
West Michigan winter is in full force. The snowmobiles are out of the garage and full of gas, the skis are down from the attic, dusted, waxed, and ready. Sleds sprinkle the hill, and leave laughing children in their wake. Snowy sports bring out the best of Michigan's winters, until someone gets frostbite. Any of the four stages of frostbite can cause severe discomfort and require special attention. The symptoms of this cold-induced ailment are most commonly seen in the deep months of winter, especially among those who spend extended periods of time outdoors. Guard your skin against frostbite this… Read more...

Boost the Immune System with Echinacea

Monday, 16 January 2012 16:16
Echinacea is an herbal remedy that can be backed by most old wives' tales. While boosting the immune system, Echinacea can promote healthy white blood cell stimulation in the body to ward off viruses and bacterial growth. While there may not be a cure for the common cold, Echinacea is surely a tough component to this wide-spread illness. Externally, Echinacea is used to treat eczema and psoriasis. Also an effective combatant against acne, asthma, bee stings, dog bites, ear infections, fever, mumps, poison ivy, poison oak and prostate cancer. You may have seen it growing in a garden, the woods… Read more...

Beat Wintertime Illness

Thursday, 12 January 2012 12:09
Germs are lurking everywhere, cell phones, credit cards, door knobs and steering wheels. Beat wintertime illness this season by equipping yourself with knowledge, rest and lots of hand sanitizer. Strep throat is one of the most common illnesses treated during the winter months, says Nicki VanKampen, a clinical nurse manager and urgent care registered nurse at Holland Hospital. And hygiene is the best way to combat it. "Utilize great hand washing," she says. The signs of strep throat are a fever and white spots on the back of the throat and tonsils. Sometimes the signs will clear up on their… Read more...

Give Your Skin a Drink

Friday, 23 December 2011 10:32
Your Skin Doesn't Have to Go Thirsty this Winter. When winter zaps moisture out of the air, it affects your skin. As Jack Frost nips at your nose, and hands, elbows, feet, etc., you'll be ready by hydrating. Drink plenty of water: Doctors recommend that women drink an average of 64 ounces of water per day. Here's a hint, if you can't remember your last trip to the bathroom, you need to drink more water. Your skin will suffer from insufficient amounts of water too. When we drink water, it hydrates our most vital organs first, which leaves skin pretty… Read more...

Bacteria Prevention Wards Off Illness

Friday, 23 December 2011 10:28
Bacteria can be both helpful and harmful to people. Many bacteria are harmless and needed. They coat our skin, which helps protect us, and live in our intestines to help fend off bad bacteria. For example, it is the bacteria in our stomachs that help us digest food. But when we come into contact with harmful bacteria and they take over, that’s when we become sick. Potentially harmful bacteria can be found virtually anywhere in the home, although any warm and moist place will grow bacteria. The two most prevalent places are the kitchen and bathroom. In the kitchen, bacteria… Read more...

Winter Health: Yoga

Wednesday, 14 December 2011 16:08
You’ve made it through the holidays, now take some time to relax your subconsciously scrunched up shoulders, and remember to breathe. If you’re looking for a way to give yourself a little me-time while staying fit this winter, yoga could be your perfect catch all. Improve your over all health with yoga this winter. Practitioners of yoga will gain a better sense of self with each workout. The practice improves circulation and increases metabolism, says East Grand Rapids’ own yogi, Amber Kilpatrick. “Yoga can improve health by allowing the practitioner to become more in-tune with their own body. From a… Read more...

Have You Done a Breast Self Exam?

Wednesday, 14 December 2011 16:06
According to the American Cancer Society, one in eight women will have breast cancer in their lifetime. While the organization suggests that women more than 40-years-old see a doctor annually for a mammogram, there are things women can do more frequently at home to detect irregularities. Dr. Susan Ervine is a Radiologist and the Medical Director of the Holland Hospital Breast and Bone Health Program. She says awareness is paramount to early detection. “Breast awareness and breast self exams provide an opportunity for women to become familiar with what is normal for them, and provide an opportunity to detect changes… Read more...
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