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Vitamins and Supplements to Fight Inflammation

Vitamin A

It boosts your immune system and guards against infectious diseases. Taking 10,000 international units (IU) for 1-2 weeks may help you heal after an exercise-related injury. Vitamin A is easy to find, too. It runs high in liver, fish oils, milk, eggs, and leafy greens.

Bromelain

Got pineapple juice? Then you have this enzyme that packs anti-inflammatory powers and supports your immune system. It’s sometimes used to treat tendinitis and minor muscle injuries like sprains. Some studies have shown bromelain may ease inflammation after dental, nasal, and foot surgeries. More research is needed. Doctors usually suggest taking capsules or tablets. That’s because drinking juice won’t supply enough.

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Why the Pandemic Is Probably Messing with Your Sense of Time

Stressful moments in our lives can change the way we perceive the passage of time, but there are ways you can help your mind feel like it’s back on track.
Periods of stress can distort your perception of time.
Emotions contribute to how fast and slow time passes.
There are ways to take control of time perception during the pandemic.
Feeling like you landed in a time warp the last few months? You’re not alone.

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Why Are My Joints So Stiff? What Can I Do?

As you age, your cartilage - the spongy material that protects the ends of your bones - begins to dry out and stiffen. Your body also makes less synovial fluid, the stuff that acts like oil to keep your joints moving smoothly. The result: Your joints may not move as freely as they used to. It sounds a little crazy, but the best thing you can do is keep on trucking. Synovial fluid requires movement to keep your joints loose. 

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Allergies, COVID-19, Wildfire Smoke Irritation: How Symptoms Differ

Fall allergies, COVID-19, and irritation from wildfire smoke can cause similar symptoms.

  • Overlap of symptoms from allergies, COVID-19, and wildfire smoke can make it difficult to know which you’re experiencing.
  • Treatment for each is different.
  • Exposure to wildfire smoke can increase susceptibility to respiratory infections like COVID-19.

With more than allergens circulating around this fall, it can be difficult to tell what’s causing the symptoms you may experience, like sore throat, runny nose, and headache. Could these symptoms be signs of COVID-19, irritation from wildfire smoke, or simply fall allergies?

“If you take a step back and put the whole picture into perspective, it can be easier to tell the difference. For instance, smoke exposure can be more temporary and include more burning than itching, which typically comes with allergies,” Dr. Tina Sindher, allergist at Stanford Health Care, told Healthline.

However, Sindher adds that some people with severe seasonal allergies can present symptoms similar to those of a viral infection like COVID-19.
“They may have a mild fever, and that’s when it gets confusing,” she said.
To make sense of it all, here’s a breakdown of the differences between each and what you can do about it.

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Can't be away from your phone? Study finds link to higher levels of obsession-compulsion

Feelings of panic when a person is away from their smartphone could be connected to general feelings of inadequacy and inferiority, a new study of young people in Portugal suggests.
The study, published in the most recent issue of the journal Computers in Human Behavior Reports, found that gender has no bearing on whether people will feel apprehensive or anxious without their phones. But people who feel that way tend to be more anxious and obsessive-compulsive in their day-to-day lives than other people, the study suggests.

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Natural Sleep Aids & Supplements

If you’re among the nearly half of Americans who sometimes have trouble with sleep, you may be interested in how to slide into slumber without drugs. Herbal teas, tinctures, and other supplements may help. But talk to your doctor first. Even natural sleep aids can cause side effects or interfere with how your medicines work. And the FDA doesn’t check supplements for safety or quality. So know exactly what you’re taking.

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Bad Foods That Are Good for Weight Loss 

Seductive foods seem to lurk at every turn, especially when you're trying to lose weight. But many foods that have gotten a bad rap aren't so terrible after all. Learn which tempting treats can actually help you lose weight and keep it off.

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Coronavirus Immunity and Reinfection

Because many people who have COVID-19 have mild or no symptoms, antibody tests may be the best way to find out how far the new coronavirus has spread. These blood tests can show who's been exposed to the virus and who hasn't. The hope is that people who've been exposed to the new coronavirus will have immunity to it. When you have immunity, your body can recognize and fight off the virus that causes COVID-19. But it's possible that people who've had COVID-19 can get sick again -- and maybe infect other people. We don't have enough information yet to know which is the case. But national health organizations are doing research to try to find some answers.

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Vitamins You Need as You Age

Older adults have different needs when it comes to vitamins and minerals. For example, the right amount of calcium can help fend off osteoporosis in women. Vitamin D, which helps your body take in and use calcium, also helps prevent bone loss and broken bones in older adults.

It’s sometimes hard to know exactly what you need. But if you have a balanced diet, you’re probably doing OK. If you’re still concerned, Robin Foroutan, a nutritionist from New York, suggests you ask your doctor if supplements might help.

Before you head to the store, though, it’s important to know the term “supplements” includes not only vitamins and minerals, but also herbs and other botanicals, amino acids, enzymes, and other things. Some are so-called specialty products like probiotics or fish oils.

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