Changing seasons are often followed by changes in mood or healthy habits. And while biology and behavior vary naturally from season to season, that doesn’t mean there aren’t strategies to combatting the winter blues in all its forms. Whether it’s ice on your running route, that lowering darkness that creeps in around 4 o’clock each day, or the temptation [...]
Thanksgiving is over and we are well on the way to a holiday season full of visitors, gatherings, events, treats, and end of year reports. Over the last three years, The Whole U has published many articles on meditation and mindfulness, so I thought I would draw on some of the best tips and strategies from two [...]
Whether you have diabetes or have been told by your health care provider that you are “pre-diabetic” or at risk for diabetes, there are steps you can start taking now to help control your blood glucose levels. Limit or avoid simple sugars/sweets: These include juices, regular sodas or any sweetened beverages; syrups; candies such as [...]
Diverticulosis is a condition that develops when small “pockets” protrude out of a weakened colon wall. As people age, they become more at risk of developing this condition. By the age of 80, close to 70% of population could be affected. In most cases, diverticulosis remains asymptomatic unless these “pockets” are infected or inflamed. It [...]
Congratulations on making huge strides to a healthier you during the Summer Throwdown! As someone who is working hard to lose baby weight and get back into shape, I know how tough it can be to stay consistent with healthy eating and exercise habits. Your skin, hair, and nails may not have gotten the memo about your new workout routine, but don’t let that hold you back from achieving your overall goals! Here are my best tips for healthy skin while you work out this summer and beyond!
Have you ever felt great after working out? Not just proud of yourself, but physically great? Chances are you have. That's because moving your muscles releases chemicals in your brain. But there’s more benefit to your brain cells when you work out than just those sweet, sweet endorphins many people crave. When people feel happy, their productivity increases, their relationships improve, and they get better at coping with the challenges and unpredictability of life. For week five of the Summer Throwdown challenge, we're going to look at how working out can boost our brain health.
Stand up straight, keep your head up, and take pride in yourself. That's what a man named Luther used to tell my dad, a slouching 19-year-old, when they served in the military together. It was 1973, at Clark Air Force Base in the Philippines, and Luther didn't put with poor posture.
Herbal remedies can prevent sickness, boost energy, and round out a healthy diet. They’re free from artificial chemicals and ingredients, and best of all, you can grow them at home! Let’s start with the basics: green tea. It’s so common that it may already be part of your daily routine. If it’s not, it’s easy [...]
It takes guts to live in this world. That’s why we have a GI tract, an essential but often overlooked system of digestive organs. “We take it for granted until it doesn’t work,” said Dr. Christina Surawicz, a clinical gastroenterologist at Harborview Medical Center. “If we have stomach pains or diarrhea, we start to pay attention.” [...]
“They took great care of me during a very scary time.” UW Medical Center Patient Can you think of that nurse that made your hospital stay more comfortable, helped deliver your baby, took care of your parent or child, or even saved your life? The Whole U would like to celebrate all of the incredible [...]
I am woefully unprepared for an earthquake. This is a problem because all three UW campuses are near a surface fault. And as the infamous New Yorker article warned, “we now know that the odds of the big Cascadia earthquake happening in the next fifty years are roughly one in three. The odds of the [...]
The Whole U highlighted UW’s advocacy services in honor of Sexual Assault Awareness Month. But before you refer someone to one of UW’s advocates, you may want to know who they are. Meet Natalie Dolci (pictured left), who works with faculty, staff, and students at UW Tacoma and UW Bothell, and Dana Cuomo (pictured right) [...]