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Carolyn Gretton

Improve your indoor air and breathe easy with houseplants

Houseplants are a great way to bring a little nature inside. A little greenery goes a along way to ease anxiety, improve mood and sleep, and importantly, your oxygen levels. They can also protect you from a dangerously common household gas…

Dr. Adria Schmedthorst

3 household nasties that make asthma worse

Some experts say asthma has become an epidemic in our country. And once you’ve got it, its symptoms hit you again and again. Luckily, researchers have identified the three bigest asthma culprits lurking in your home that if you can tame, could help you get better control of your symptoms.

Carolyn Gretton

Inflammation may make post-COVID breathing more difficult

COVID-19 mainly attacks the lungs, but it can also cause widespread inflammation in the body. And researchers are finding the two may be connected when it comes to lung problems that linger long after COVID-19 diagnosis…

Carolyn Gretton

One reason behind allergies in the wintertime

For some people, allergies can be an issue year-round. Even when there’s frost on the ground and no pollen in the air, they’re still dealing with sneezing, runny nose and itchy eyes. One allergy expert points to weather as a possible cause and what may help…

Joyce Hollman

Why you shouldn’t wait to increase your vitamin D

When you think of vitamin D, you likely think about bone health. But during the pandemic, vitamin D has come to the forefront for another reason… one that proves adequate levels matter not only during infection but before you ever come face to face with the villain.

Virginia Tims-Lawson

Olive oil tied to reduced mortality from 4 major health threats

It’s no secret that olive oil is a heart-healthy alternative. But the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health says it can do even more. How do they know? They followed 92,000 people for 28 years and the results are too good to pass up…

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Dr. Adria Schmedthorst

One more risk of too little exercise: Pneumonia

Winter is here, and you know what that means: Your chances of getting sick and ending up with pneumonia are higher than at any other time of the year. And if you still haven’t gotten the message about the harms of a couch potato lifestyle, you’re missing out on the easiest intervention that works across all age groups.

Dr. Adria Schmedthorst

Women with long COVID may need extra help regaining activity levels

You’ve certainly heard of long Covid, the phenomenon where people “recover” from the virus that causes COVID-19 but are left with a laundry list of symptoms. However, what you might not know is that if you’re a woman living with long Covid, you may have an extra hard time getting back to normal life, especially if you enjoyed an active lifestyle.

Dr. Adria Schmedthorst

The link between vitamin D, inflammation and COVID-19

Researchers are all still learning what can be done to stack the odds against COVID-19. Quite a bit of research has been stacking up — including recommendations about vitamin D. The latest? It may help shut down dangerous inflammation in patients with severe infection…

Easy Health Options Staff

Flurona: What is it and what to watch for

Months and months ago we warned that the fall and winter months were expected to be a little rocky thanks to the combination of COVID-19 and a potentially nasty flu season. There was concern the viruses could muddy diagnoses and delay effective treatment. But things have gotten more confusing…

Dr. Adria Schmedthorst

The heavy metal making your allergies worse

Living with allergies, you might think that the sneezing, runny nose, coughing, irritated stomach and more are just a normal part of everyday life. Hold on to your socks. if you’ve noticed they’re worse than they used to be, it’s likely a sign of your exposure to a dangerous and ever-growing heavy metal contaminant…

Joyce Hollman

COVID-19 and our lungs: Double the viral load and a glitch in the immune system

Early on, the experts saw that COVID-19 was a disease that attacks the respiratory system. But why was this virus especially virulent? Was it the secondary infections? Or was it something they discovered in the worst hit: double the viral load in the lungs and glitch in how their adaptive immune system responded…

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