Salt—sodium chloride—isn’t inherently bad. It enhances flavors and has important functions in binding, stabilizing, and preserving food.
It’s afternoon, and your alertness has taken a nosedive. What you really want to do is find a quiet spot and take a nap. But should you?
For all its perks—sightseeing, visiting far-flung family—traveling comes with its share of challenges.
It’s wise to be finicky about fats. Choosing foods high in “good” fats—monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats—may benefit your heart. But giving in to “bad” fats—trans and saturated fats—could do your heart harm.
When the lights go out, your brain makes a hormone called melatonin. This signals to your body that it’s time for sleep. Soon, you’re drifting off to dreamland.
Among the many spoilers of a good night’s sleep, leg cramps in the calf or small muscles of the foot are all too common. They affect about half of people ages 60 and older.
Talk openly with a health care provider about your risk for HIV and other STIs—and how to lower it.
When it comes to reaping the rewards of exercise, “no pain, no gain” has worn out its welcome. You don’t have to push yourself until it hurts. But to lose weight, build strength, or gain health, it can help to gauge your efforts and progress.
If you’ve had chickenpox before, then you’re at risk of developing shingles. In fact, 1 out of 3 people in the United States will develop shingles at some point in their life.
Elder abuse occurs when people ages 60 and older are mistreated by others. This can be by family members, caregivers, friends, and even strangers. Anyone can be a victim of abuse, but it is more likely to happen to those who have dementia or a disability, or who don’t have a strong social network.
The term meatless suggests going without. But choosing alternative protein sources for a meal or two per week isn’t really a sacrifice. In fact, setting aside chicken, pork, and beef can benefit your health.
If you want to lose weight successfully, slow and steady progress is your best bet. Experts recommend aiming to lose 1 to 2 pounds per week for the first 6 months. Once you’ve made it that far, continuing to your final goal may seem like a snap.