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Why You Should Avoid Touching Your Face

The average person touches communal surfaces like door knobs and railings three times an hour and their own face even more than that, according to Women’s Health magazine. This can transfer viruses and bacteria to the body via the mouth, nose and eyes, or , in other words, mucus membranes. Every time you scratch your nose or rub your eyes, you’re transferring the germs you got from that common surface—say, an elevator button or even money—into your body, upping your risk for infection. To decrease your risk of infection to contract things like the common cold, the flu and worse, it’s time you not only started washing your hands more, but touching your face less often. (more…)

Essential Vitamins and Supplements for Seniors

Supplements are the source of much of our daily vitamin intake, as many of us can’t or don’t always eat the most nutritious foods. Other times, we may eat healthy overall but lack the 100 percent daily value needed of a particular vitamin, such as iron and calcium for women, so a supplement is needed. Seniors in particular need dietary supplements in addition to their regular food and exercise plan. More than 40 percent of adults in this country use multivitamins, with supplemental calcium in women over the age of 60 seeing big increases, according to US News and World Report. (more…)

What is Autism?

Autism is a complex, spectral, developmental disorder which effects the mental functionality of those who have it. Much of the current research suggests that signs and symptoms of autism are revealed in the first few years of life, with the disorder developing through early childhood in to the teenage years and beyond. Because it is a spectral disorder, there are huge differences between someone suffering from a mild form of autism, such as Asperger’s Syndrome, and someone who is severely autistic, and may even be a savant. While there is no known cure for autism, there are behavioral treatments which have shown to improve the cognition of those diagnosed. Early intervention seems to be the most important factor in to successful treatment and improved development of an individual. (more…)

Sleeping Better in Your Car

If you go on a lot of road trips across the country, you’ve probably been in a situation where you’ve had to sleep in your car. It may not be comfortable or ideal, but sometimes it’s the only option available to you if you can’t afford a hotel room, you’re in the wilderness without camping gear or you’ve been driving all night and need to pull over and get some sleep. If you find yourself in this kind of scenario, here are some things you can do to make the best out of an unfortunate situation. (more…)

Easy Ways to Stay Fit Without Breaking the Bank

Exercise and physical fitness are a necessity if you want to live a healthy, rewarding life. According to the National Institute of Health, regular exercise lowers your risk of heart disease, controls your weight, and lowers your risk of some cancers. It also strengthens your muscles and bones. Regular exercise greatly improves your overall mood and mental health. While expensive gym memberships may seem like the way to go to stay fit, you can easily maintain physical activity at little to no cost and without breaking the bank. (more…)

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