You may have outgrown the daily chewable multivitamin tablet, but you never outgrow your need for vitamins. In fact, as you grow older, your body may need even more of some vitamins to help you stay healthy. Women over 50 face special challenges in getting enough of some essential nutrients because of the changes brought on by menopause, and also require some different nutrients because of other changes in their bodies. If you’re approaching 50 or caring for someone who is older, you may need to adjust your diet to add more vitamins or consider taking a daily multivitamin.
Toddlers get their little hands into everything. It’s part of how they learn about the world. In the process, their hands pick up lots of visible and invisible dirt. While it’s not possible to keep your little one’s hands spotless at all times — and chasing him around with a washcloth could make you both crazy — proper and timely hand washing helps cut down on both sticky hand prints and icky colds in the house.
Many factors come into play when deciding what to name your baby. You may consider how the name sounds, how it looks on paper or what the name means. Some parents choose to honor a specific person by naming a child after her, while others want to choose a name that recognizes the family’s nationality or cultural heritage. If you’re looking for a baby girl name of Germanic origin, you’ll find that many of them are among the most popular names of the last century and the first 10 years of this one.
Dealing with baby rashes may be one of the least fun parts of being a mom. That red, sore-looking bottom can seem like an indictment of bad parenting. It’s easy to believe that your baby wouldn’t have diaper rash if you’d remembered to change his diaper more often or used the right cream or ointment or powder to protect his delicate skin from irritation. Cornstarch is an old home remedy to help keep skin dry and reduce friction that can cause heat rashes and diaper rashes. It may, however, cause as many problems as it heals.
Counting calories is no fun, especially when you’re doing it on behalf of your child. Before you decide that your child needs to lose weight, though, talk to his doctor. In most cases, say the experts at Baylor College of Medicine, the goal for an overweight child should be keeping his weight the same as he grows taller and more muscular. Whether your child needs to reduce his weight or keep it steady as his body matures, though, the best way to help him is to serve healthy meals in appropriate portions to the entire family.
Going green is the new black — everyone’s doing it, and everyone has their favorite way of giving back to Mother Nature. Every little bit of energy savings adds up — or rather, subtracts from your carbon footprint, but few things you can do will have as great an effect on the environment as using mass transit systems on a regular basis.
Sniffling, sneezing, watery eyes and runny nose — ah, the joys of seasonal allergies. While Americans spent over $11 billion in 2005 in an effort to control allergy symptoms, some holistic and homeopathic practitioners suggest relief could be as close as the nearest beehive. Anecdotal evidence suggests that eating honey may help reduce seasonal allergy symptoms, but some dangers are associated with eating honey, according to Samuel Welch of the University of Arkansas for Medical Science.
Don’t let gray hair make you feel drab and dowdy — some of the most fabulous women in the world sport gorgeous silver, white and gray manes. Diana Lewis Jewell, author of “Going Gray, Looking Great!” features on her website profiles of beautiful, powerful women whose locks run the gamut from iron gray to pure white. Her profiles include actress Diane Keaton, Dolce & Gabbana model Cindy Joseph and U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services, Kathleen Sebelius, so if you’re going gray, you’re in great company. Jewell also points out that embracing your gray hair may mean changing your fashion palette and choosing colors that make the most of your skin, eyes and hair.
Mother Nature may not have endowed you with the goods to fill out that bathing suit top, but that doesn’t mean you have to resort to surgery to get what you want. In fact, Mother Nature herself may provide the ingredients for improving upon the bounty she gave — or didn’t give — you. While few scientific studies support claims of breast enlargement for nonsurgical methods, anecdotal evidence suggests that some home remedies may help increase your breast size. Be sure to discuss your plans with your health care provider.
The kids, the phone, the daily grind and all the tensions that build up — it’s no wonder that when you fall into bed at the end of the day, sex and intimacy take a back seat to sleep. If your love life is suffering from a loss of libido — yours or your partner’s — herbs that nudge your sex drive into overdrive may provide the spark you need. Remember to consult with your health care provider before you begin taking any herbs.