15 Things to Bring to a Potluck This Year

Potlucks are a staple of the holiday season – whether it’s an appetizer party where everyone contributes a plate of tiny bites or a family holiday meal that’s gotten so large one kitchen simply can’t feed all the guests anymore. While potlucks may seem easy (“everyone just bring whatever you feel like!”), a truly great potluck requires people to make sacrifices.

Stop the Stigma: The Effects of Weight-Based Bias

People who society deems as overweight are frequently discriminated against in the realms of education, employment, medical care, the media, and personal relationships. But because excess weight is considered to be unhealthy, whether that is true of the individual or not, this discrimination goes unchecked.

Embrace Aging

Positive or negative, how you react to the slow creep of father time determines if it’s good or bad. If you choose to complain about it, forget about it, or let it halt your ambition, growing old may get the best of you. However, should you choose to embrace this natural progression, the possibilities are endless.

Death by Caffeine: The Scary Truth of Caffeine Overdose

Caffeine is a substance that most of us consume daily. It is often used to help individuals stay alert and energized. But, you may not be aware that, in large doses, it can be fatal.

Brain Fog: How to Stop Mental Fatigue

As if there aren’t enough productivity-hindering obstacles in the universe. Though the digital distractions can certainly add up (social media notifications, the 24-hour news cycle, YouTube, etc.), their impact on your productivity is relatively minor when considering the all-encompassing, motivation killing effects of mental fatigue.

Sleeping Well with Back Pain

For many people, back pain can become a chronic problem that interferes with daily productivity and restful sleep. Unfortunately, this can create a vicious cycle as a lack of sleep can cause pain to be experienced on a more intense level. Thankfully, there are several techniques that you can start using tonight to get a better night’s sleep despite chronic back pain.

14 of the Most Common Phobias

As humans have evolved over time, certain people have developed responses to deal with unwelcome situations that we now refer to as phobias. The word phobia comes from the Greek word phobos, which means fear, and is commonly used as a suffix to create a word for an irrational, abnormal, and ongoing fear that affects someone’s life enough to be considered a mental disorder.

A Concise Guide to Bronchitis

Bronchitis is an increasingly common medical condition in the United States. According to reports by the CDC, approximately 9 million Americans are diagnosed with bronchitis each year with as many as 90% requiring treatment by a medical professional. In addition to the troubling physical symptoms that can occur with this infection, many adults affected by bronchitis a significant amount of rest in order to recover.

Everything You Need to Know About Cord Blood Banking

In an age where technology and medicine are closely intertwined, it’s often shocking to realize what primitive practitioners thought was beneficial for curing disease. In the Victorian era, for example, respected physicians believed that removing blood from a sick person would balance their body and lead to better health.

11 Dairy Substitutes You Should Know

If you’re living with a lactose allergy or intolerance, you’re probably aware of the options out there for you. Replacement milks can do similar things as regular cow’s milk, even if the taste isn’t the same. However, when you add in food allergies on top of lactose intolerance, it often gets hard to shop, and you may find your options narrowing significantly.

The Unpredictability of Multiple Sclerosis

Multiple sclerosis is a chronic disease that affects the central nervous system. It’s a very unpredictable condition, and symptoms vary from person to person. For some patients, symptoms are so mild that they don’t require treatment. For others, even the simplest tasks are challenging.

Stock Up: 20 Foods That Don’t Spoil

A whopping 40% of all food in America spoils and gets thrown away. To put that into personal terms, you toss out $2,275 worth of food every year. Stock up on the essential foods we’ve listed below, and you’ll never have to worry about them going bad — these foods basically never expire! You’ll cut your food waste, and you’ll also be well-prepared for when the zombie apocalypse arrives.

23 Gluten Substitutes Everyone Should Know

Today, people view gluten like it’s a James Bond villain — dangerous, and always lurking where you don’t suspect it. Whether you’re allergic to gluten or simply want to avoid it for health reasons, these gluten-free substitutes for some of your favorite foods prove you don’t need gluten to feast like royalty.

9 Hobbies to Help You Decompress

It seems as though we, as a society, are more stressed than ever before. This may be due to the economy, health problems, or a lifestyle that doesn’t prioritize self-care. You probably know that being stressed doesn’t feel good. But, you may not be aware of the many negative health effects of stress.

Strange Bedfellows: 20 Weird but Delicious Food Combinations

Once upon a time, peanut butter-and-jelly sandwiches were edgy and strange. Today, we live in an age of pushing boundaries and going where no chef has gone before. The following food combinations are so wrong, they’re just right. From contradictory flavors to complimentary textures, when you see these strange bedfellows you’ll first raise an eyebrow, then you’ll raise your fork and be unable to put it back down.