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12 Brain-Training Apps to Keep Your Mind in tip-Top Shape

We can do just about anything and everything on our phones, even improve our daily lives. With so many brain-training apps on the market, it’s hard to pick just the right one — so we did the work for you! Here are our top picks for sharpening your hippocampus, one day at a time! 1. Happify combines effective [...]

Man’s Best Friend

By Delia Albert We’ve all heard that dogs are “man’s best friend.” But maybe there’s more to this phrase than we think. Can having a dog actually improve your health? Many experts believe that dog owners are happier and healthier when compared to individuals who do not own any pets. Here’s why owning a dog might be one of the healthiest [...]

Understanding Cryotherapy: Put Some Ice on That!

By April Tisher If you twist your ankle during your evening run, the first thing everyone will tell you to do is “put some ice on it.” Why? It has been proven that cold slows down blood flow and circulation to an injury site, which in turn reduces pain, swelling and inflammation. Serious athletes and weekend warriors [...]

Ask the Dermatologist

By Dr. Miranda Whitmer Miranda Whitmer is a Florida native and grew up in Pensacola, Florida. She graduated with honors earning a B.S. in Biology at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. After successfully completing her medical degree at the University of Florida, earning honors and election to the National AOA Honor Society, she completed her residency in Dermatology at the University of Florida. Dr. Whitmer is Board [...]

Food That Does The Body Good

By Taryn Tacher Some people are born with 20/20 vision, never teased in elementary school for having four eyes. Some people are born with a metabolism speed that is unparalleled, never needing to count calories or eliminate scoops of Ben & Jerry’s ice cream from their diet. Some people are born heart healthy, never having to worry about contracting diabetes or maintaining their blood sugar. Genetics plays a key role in [...]

Ted Talks: The Humorous Side of Health – Quitting Time

By Ted Spiker Ted Spiker (@ProfSpiker) is the chair of the University of Florida department of journalism, as well as a health and fitness writer. He is the author of DOWN SIZE, a book about the science and soul of weight loss and dieting. I think I can put my gastrointestinal résumé up against most folks’. When I was [...]

Confessions of A Coffee Convert

By Nicole Irving  Growing up, my dad always had coffee in hand. Each morning, he would shuffle down the hallway, his eyes barely open, boil water and wait. Then, gingerly, he would add it to his heaping teaspoon of instant coffee that had been plopped at the bottom of his overly loved cup. Milk, no sugar, strong — perfect. I, on [...]

Tabata What? A Workout That’s Always Changing

By Delia Albert As the popularity of programs like INSANITY and P90X has grown, most workout enthusiasts have become aware of HIIT, or high intensity interval training. Welcome Tabata! This intense, ever-changing workout will leave you wanting more. The HIIT workout method burns fat quickly and can be less time consuming than traditional cardio workouts, such as running on the treadmill. Many experts say [...]

I’m Allergic to What?

By Allison Raber The American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology reports that skin allergies account for approximately 5.7 million doctor visits each year. The allergic reaction that occurs when your immune system has an unusual reaction to a harmless substance is called allergic contact dermatitis. Common signs of a skin allergy include rash, itching, redness, swelling, raised bumps and scaly or cracked skin. [...]

Going Gray

By Taryn Tacher Aging is inevitable. No three-hour daily skin product regimen can prevent wrinkles entirely, and no sip from the Fountain of Youth can obliterate the onset of menopause. As we grow, our bodies change — our skin becomes looser, our veins more visible, and we start to sprout gray hair. As much as we may want to avoid it, there’s [...]