Understanding Bruxism

Bruxism is a fancy word for gnashing, grinding, or clenching teeth. That’s not very complex, but diagnosing and treating the disorder can be complicated.  In honor of National Sleep Awareness Week, we’re explaining this common but confusing problem. Read on for the details. You might not be aware that you grind your teeth while you’re […]

3 Things You Didn’t Know about Exercise and Heart Health

When it comes to heart health, exercise is one of the biggest favors you can do for yourself. You probably have regular exercise on your list of goals, or at least of things you want to do someday. But there are always new discoveries in health. Here are three important pieces of information about exercise […]

National Wear Red Day

It’s National Wear Red Day! February is American Heart Health Month, and the first Friday of February is Wear Red Day, for women’s heart health in particular. All day, people seeing a bold wave of red clothing all across the country are reminded of the importance of heart health. Why is heart health so important […]

How to Add Fiber to Your Diet

Working toward a healthy diet is always a good choice. A decision to add fiber is one of the simplest and most powerful changes you can make. More fiber means more vegetables, fruit, and whole grains — all choices correlated with lower risk of chronic diseases, cancer, and many more health problems.  Eating plenty of […]

How to Make Every Bite Count

USDA and HHS released the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, 2020-2025 on December 29, 2020. Two of the big changes were the new guidelines for infants and new limits for sugar. The video above introduces another change in focus. Pointing out that most of us don’t actually follow the guidelines for health eating, the USDA asks […]

Enjoy the Festival of Sleep

January 3 is a little known holiday, the Festival of Sleep. Today, as you recover from New Year’s Eve and plan your New Year Resolutions, consider celebrating the Festival of Sleep. Sleep in (a little) Adults need seven to nine hours of sleep, according to the American Academy of Sleep Medicine. During the pandemic, a […]

Sleep Apnea and COVID-19

Sleep apnea is a fairly common condition in which people stop breathing for seconds or even up to a minute when they are sleeping. This can lead to snoring or to noticeable catches in breathing which a spouse or roommate may notice. Often, people who live alone don’t even know that they have sleep apnea. […]

Holiday Plans and COVID-19

Updated December 10, 2020 It’s time to make holiday plans — but COVID-19 can make that difficult. Here is some expert advice to help.  Avoid travel The safest option is not to travel this year. Put off your holiday travels until next year, when the virus should be under better control. There may be cases […]

Is Coffee Good for Your Health?

“Who knows whether it’s good for us or bad for us? You can find evidence either way!” This is a common complaint when we’re trying to figure out what lifestyle choices to make, and a common excuse for doing what we want in spite of the evidence. In many cases, it’s just an excuse — […]

Have You Heard of GERD?

GERD, or Gastroesophageal reflux disease, is a chronic condition in which acid from the stomach comes up into the esophagus. You may be familiar with this experience under the name “acid reflux” or “heartburn,” since an estimated 44% of American adults have at least one episode every month. GERD, however, is a chronic disease with […]