Healthy Body

Caring for Summer Stings

Picture yourself enjoying a pleasant day outdoors. You stumble across a hornet, bee, yellow jacket or wasp, and you get stung. Now what? For most people a sting is just painful, but for a few, it can be lifethreatening. After any sting it would be normal for you to experience pain or burning, redness, and swelling at the site of the sting. Pain or burning usually lasts for 1-2 hours. Then the pain should slowly get better and is followed by itching. Redness and swelling can worsen for up to 24 hours after the sting but should then start to get better.

Head-to-Toe Skin Cancer Check

Reducing your risk of skin cancer begins with getting to know your body and all the birthmarks and moles you already have. It’s important to know the normal look and feel of these marks so you know when something is changing.

Make sure you have plenty of light and use a hand-held or full-length mirror. Things you will want to notice are: a new mole (that looks different from your other moles, a new red or darker color flaky patch that may be a little raised, a change in the size, shape, color, or feel of a mole or birthmark, or a sore that doesn’t heal.

"Six Myths About Gluten-Free Food Products" from

Do you want to know what 'gluten-free' really means? Read this article from

As consumers, we learn to trust food labels — especially when we must follow a specific diet due to a condition like celiac disease or non-celiac gluten sensitivity. But do gluten-free labels really mean what we think they mean? Here are six myths about gluten-free food products, and the truth behind our assumptions.

Myth No. 1: "Gluten-Free" on a label means the food contains zero gluten.

"How to Reduce the Health Hazards of Grilling Your Food" from

Want to learn more about the health hazards of grilling food? Read this article from

While foodies may rave about the grill marks on the burgers or chicken you cook outdoors, you should know that those prized stripes are actually carcinogens that form when meat is cooked over high heat.

The fire, smoke, and effects of grilling cause a chemical reaction and the compounds that form are hazardous to your health. If you love the taste of grilled food, you should recognize that it is not a healthy method of cooking.

Carcinogens form when:

Diabetes and Eye Exams

Why do people with diabetes need eye exams?
Diabetes (also called high blood sugar) can lead to eye problems that cause vision loss or blindness. Everyone with diabetes should have eye exams. The longer you have diabetes, the more likely you will have eye problems. By the time you notice any vision problems, your eyes may already be seriously damaged. A complete exam can help find symptoms early. Early treatment may help protect your vision.

An eye exam can check for common eye problems that can develop over a period of years.

Perfect recipe for today from Cookie & Kate: Spiced Vegan Lentil Soup

This is a perfect recipe for a snowy Colorado spring day from the Cookie and Kate blog.

Vegan Lentil Soup

Author: Cookie and Kate

Prep Time: 10 mins Cook Time: 45 mins

Total Time: 55 minutes

Yield: 4 servings

This simple vegan lentil soup recipe comes together quickly with mostly pantry ingredients. Be sure to have your ingredients prepped and ready before you start cooking! Recipe yields four large bowls of soup, or six more modest servings.


1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil

1 medium yellow or white onion, chopped

Research Corner #2

Research Corner – The latest headlines in Health and Wellness Research!

Sleep and soda:
Researchers examined data on 19,000 individuals and found that adults who sleep 5 hours or less per night drink more caffeinated sugary soda than individuals who sleep more than 5 hours per night. Soda and lack of sleep are independently linked to obesity.