• Helpful Health Habits

    Compiled by Sydney Sleep, Spearfish High School senior, as part of her internship project. Benefits of Stretching When thinking about fitness, most people automatically think of running, walking or lifting weights, but rarely think of flexibility. However, flexibility is an important component of physical fitness. Flexibility is needed to perform everyday activities, not just to… [Continue Reading]

    Helpful Health Habits
  • Don’t Just Sit There

    Make movement a priority every day. By Steve Howard Many of us sit too much. I have even heard some in the exercise world say that ‘sitting is the root of all evil,’ and I can’t really disagree. We sit to drive, watch television, play video games, use a computer, and often while we work.… [Continue Reading]

    Don’t Just Sit There
  • For Better Health, Rethink the Foods you Eat

    Guest Opinion By Dr. Eric Kuyper Humans are the only species on earth that has fundamentally changed our diet away from what we genetically require. And as a result, the argument could be made that we have also become the most unhealthy animal species. In addressing the issue of diet, we each must understand that… [Continue Reading]

    For Better Health, Rethink the Foods you Eat
  • Tips to Keep Cholesterol in Check

    Avoid trans-fat. Stay away from items that list “partially hydrogenated oil” on the label. Reading all food labels is essential, even if the nutrition facts states 0 trans fats. Use fresh garlic when cooking. Garlic has been shown to help lower cholesterol levels. Brew some green tea. The antioxidants in green tea help lower cholesterol… [Continue Reading]

    Tips to Keep Cholesterol in Check
  • True Health Care: The Future for America

    By Dr. Robert Kuyper According to the World Health Organization, America spent more on health care per capita ($8,608), and more on health care as percentage of its gross domestic product (17.2%), than any other nation. You might think that America ranks number one in overall health care in the world, but it doesn’t. America… [Continue Reading]

    True Health Care: The Future for America
  • Recommended Reads

    Take these Steps to a New You It’s never too late for a new beginning, believes Christian speaker and author Joyce Meyer. In her newest book You Can Begin Again, she points to that theme throughout the Bible, in which God turns tragic endings into new beginnings. If you’re stuck in a rut, disappointed by… [Continue Reading]

    Recommended Reads
  • Making a Difference

    Spearfish Community Coalition shares messages, activities to promote drug free youth Tobacco use, alcohol, drugs. Peer pressure can often prompt adolescents and teens into experimenting with these substances – sometimes leading to tragic consequences. The Spearfish community has taken a proactive approach toward encouraging youth to stay healthy and drug free. Since the early 1980’s,… [Continue Reading]

    Making a Difference
  • Don’t Diet: Instead Adopt These 8 Healthy Habits

    Have you ever tried to lose weight on a diet – only to find it doesn’t work, or you simply gain the weight back? That’s why Zonya Foco, a registered dietitian, author and certified health and fitness instructor, says people need to lose the diet mentality. Instead, she recommends people focus on incorporating healthy habits… [Continue Reading]

    Don’t Diet: Instead Adopt These 8 Healthy Habits
  • Five Things To Know About Probiotics

    Perhaps you’ve heard people talk about probiotics – what are they and what do they do? Here are five things you need to know: 1. Probiotics are live microorganisms that are similar to beneficial microorganisms found in the gastrointestinal tract, or gut. Probiotics are also called ‘friendly bacteria’ or ‘good bacteria.’ These friendly bacteria perform… [Continue Reading]

    Five Things To Know About Probiotics

Natural Beauty Fixes With Tea

tea-438480_1280Sipping tea might be your go-to routine to help you unwind after a hectic day, but did you know that tea can also be used for several homemade beauty recipes?

Green, black and red teas have been used to improve the overall health and appearance of skin and hair for centuries. Rich in antioxidants and anti-aging and anti-inflammatory properties, tea is one of the most powerful grocery store staples that can be used topically. Here are several suggestions:

1.  Add shine to dull, lackluster hair. Rinsing hair with green or black tea can boost brassy and blah strands. Simply steep tea bags in boiling water for 15 minutes and allow to cool for a few hours or overnight. Pour it onto freshly-washed hair and leave on for ten minutes. Be sure to shampoo and condition afterwards to seal in the shine.
2.  Soothe a sunburn. Cold compresses made out of tea bags can relieve pain and reduce redness. Likewise, if your legs are itchy and red after shaving, try pressing a cool black tea bag onto your limbs. The tannins work to provide immediate relief from razor burns.
3.  Minimize bug bites. To take down the sting and bumps, apply a used cold chamomile tea bag directly to the affected area.
Reduce puffy eyes and dark under-eye circles. It is believed the caffeine in tea helps to shrink blood vessels underneath the skin and eliminate darkness around the eye area.
4.  Stop smelly foot odor. Soak your feet in a cool solution made out of boiled tea. The tannic acid in tea is both antibacterial and antifungal, so it stops feet from sweating and smelling funky.
5.  Moisturize dry skin. Spritz cool green tea onto your face (you can also apply it with a cotton ball) twice a day to draw out impurities, shrink large pores and get a healthy glow.

Editor’s Request: What’s your best health tip? Share it with us for the next issue by emailing dee.sleep@chickencreek.net.