Thinking about adding a vitamin to your diet? Want to know your at-home options for facials? Here are some useful health and beauty tips for busy moms.

Six Things to Know About Migraines

  1. Nearly 30 million Americans suffer from migraines.
  2. 75% of people who have migraines are women.  
  3. Migraines are most common in females between the ages of 20 and 45.
  4. More than half of migraines in women occur right before, during, or after she has her period.
  5. Migraines often become less severe and less frequent with age. 
  6. It helps to identify migraine triggers by keeping a diary. Note the date and time, and where and what you were doing when it started, as well as what you consumed during the past 24 hours.

facialFace Time Pays Off

Facials offer many benefits: deep cleansing, improved circulation, stress relief, and anti-aging. So one done by a pro might be worth the splurge. Not all facials are created equal, though, so don’t be afraid to insist on experienced staff, a hygienic facility, quality skincare products, and treatments geared to your specific age and skin condition. If your budget’s tight, new at-home options promise similar results at a fraction of the price. Products to try: Olay Pro-X System ($29); Aveda Tourmaline Charged Skincare Starter Set ($45). 

Smart Holiday Snacking—>

 

chamgagneSmart Holiday Snacking

Worried you’ll over-indulge this season? Skip high-fat dips and desserts and fill your party plates with these healthier options. You can celebrate without the guilt—and still fit into your jeans on January 2!  

  • Champagne
  • Salsa or hummus
  • Shrimp cocktail
  • Smoked salmon
  • Honey-glazed ham
  • Ginger snaps
  • Dark chocolate

vitamins and mineralsRisky Minerals

If you’re thinking about adding a vitamin to your diet, check out the Food page of the FDA website which includes warnings and tips, as well as the answers to FAQs such as, “Are there risks in taking supplements?” The FDA’s response, in a word: “Yes.” For example, the following actions could lead to harmful—even life-threatening—consequences.

  • Using supplements with prescription or over-the-counter medications
  • Substituting supplements for prescription medicines
  • Taking too much of some supplements, such as Vitamins A and D, and iron
  • Some supplements can also have unwanted effects before, during, and after surgery. So be sure to inform your healthcare provider about any supplements you are taking.

​Compiled by Cathy Ashby, a freelance editor and writer from Harrisburg, PA.