Category Archives: Health

Tips on Healthy Eating While Studying

While studying for exams, tests, and quizzes, it’s easy to reach for unhealthy snacks. In fact, it’s a lot of people’s first response to stress. Science has proven time and time again that “stress eating” is a real-life phenomenon. However, you can do something to control it. Here are our tips on healthy eating while studying.

Buy healthy choices
The issue starts at the grocery store, vending machine, gas station, and, for many college students, the dining hall. In most cases, we have the power to choose what we eat. That means it’s on us to make healthy choices. You can’t eat an entire bag of chips while studying for an exam if you make the choice not to buy them in the first place. Push yourself to avoid buying the junk, and you will inevitably be unable to eat it, even during your frantic cramming sessions. If you’ve already gotten into the habit of buying unhealthy snacks, considering purging your cupboard altogether or donating it to your local food bank.

Take breaks
Eating while you’re studying may seem like a good idea to keep the flow of learning going, but it can distract you to the point where your body can’t recognize when you’re full. Instead, take short breaks to snack to ensure you will feel satisfied after eating.

Portions are one of the biggest problems with snacking on unhealthy food while studying. In your stressed state, you might not even realize how much you’re eating. While it’s best to avoid junk food altogether, you may feel that you can’t cut it out completely. Keep in mind that it should be consumed in very small portions due to the high concentrations of fat, sugar, and sodium it contains. Even with healthy snacks and meals, portion size is hugely important for everyone to keep in mind.

Avoid candy and foods high in sugar
Candy and sugary foods are problematic for several reasons. First, they can get stuck in your teeth, leading to cavities and other issues. Second, they have no nutritional value and will not keep you full and focused. Third, they will provide an initial burst of energy, but shortly thereafter, you will experience a sugar crash. Avoid these foods and choose options that have natural sweetness instead to curb your cravings, such as fruits.

Keep your liquids simple
The liquid you consume matters, too. During exam times and even when you’re just studying for a big quiz or practical exam, it’s tempting to try to force your body to stay awake with caffeine-infused beverages like coffee, soda, and energy drinks. However, most of these are poor choices for your health. Soda and energy drinks are often very high in sugar and create a coating on your teeth, which can lead to damage. Coffee is okay, as long as you keep the sugar and add-ins to a minimal and brew it at home. Above all, drink lots of water, and keep in mind that your body needs sleep to function properly.

Healthy snack ideas
Instead of giving your body what it wants, try giving it what it needs. Eat snacks that will help your brain and give you energy. Choose whole grains, nuts, seeds, yogurt, fruits, and vegetables.

This is a guest post contributed to by Derksen Dentistry, a dentist in Lansing, Michigan that specializes in general dentistry and cosmetic dentistry.

Common Causes of HVAC Emergencies

HVAC problems can be an extraordinary hassle. Who wants to go through a hot summer day without a functioning cooling system? Or lack heating in the middle of the brutal winter months? If you want to minimize your chances of experiencing HVAC emergencies of any kind, it can help to be aware of their possible causes. A wide range of factors can trigger HVAC troubles that are pressing and urgent.

How to Kep your Teeth Healthy During the Holidays

It’s that time of year again when there are sugary baked goods and homemade food everywhere you turn. This may be good for your taste buds but not so much for your teeth. Eating too much excess sugar can cause cavities which can lead to even more dental problems in the future. We’re here to help you and your teeth through the holidays with our holiday dental tips.

Where to Get Exercise in Juneau, AK

Juneau, AK has various places to exercise, ranging from studios, gyms, mountains, and parks. Find a place to exercise close to your Juneau hotel and get active while having fun on vacation.

Reasons Why Traveling Is Good For Your Health

We all catch the travel bug once in a while even if we’re prone to being a homebody. We see beautiful destinations on television and on the internet and immediately start arranging for our next vacation. Traveling has been proven to be good for your health too! Here are some reasons why traveling is good for you in more ways than one.

Cayman Island Vacation Safety Tips

The beauty of the Cayman Islands is unquestioned. Consisting of three islands (Cayman Brac, Little Cayman, and the Grand Cayman) these islands are quite popular for the cruise ship crowd as well as couples and families looking for an amazingly relaxing vacation.

How To Make Healthier Breakfasts

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. The worst way you can do it is to wake up your body with a greasy fast food breakfast sandwich. There are so many healthy breakfast recipes out there that are both affordable and delicious. You can also put a healthy twist on traditional breakfast foods. Here are some tips to make your favorite breakfasts healthy.

The Importance of Using The Right Sunscreen On Vacation

Many of our childhoods included sunny days in tank tops and shorts, running and playing outside at home or on vacation to a sunny destination. As years have gone by and science has progressed, we are even more aware of the harmful effects of UV rays on the skin, but still, Americans fight against the wise advice to use sunscreen. A study found that even many melanoma survivors are back to tanning sans-sunscreen once they have completed treatment.

The problem of sunscreen is even more complicated for those who do choose to wear it. The concept of SPF is misunderstood, and finding the right sunscreen is more and more difficult as there are more options on the shelves. Between SPF level, application method, and ingredients, consumers are very confused about how to select the right sunscreen. Here’s a three-step guide to purchasing sunscreen for everyday use and vacation:

How To Stay Healthy During A Napa Valley Vacation

Napa Valley is a mecca for wine and food enthusiasts, and it’s really no wonder why so many visitors tend to pack on the pounds during their relatively short stays. However, a visit to the country’s most renowned wine region doesn’t have to leave you with some unwanted souvenirs. Here’s how to stay healthy during a Napa Valley vacation without sacrificing a good time.

Air Conditioner Safety Tips

Summer is almost here. Well, maybe it’s already here for states that aren’t Michigan. As the weather begins to heat up, you’re most likely turning on your air conditioning unit more often. Air conditioners are a great way to beat the heat, but you still need to take precaution when running them. Here are some safety tips for air conditioner use this upcoming summer.