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TeddyCanHeal for Business Owners

TeddyCanHeal is an online health service dedicated to helping people get better and stay healthy, especially those who are suffering from a chronic illness. We connect users with the information, answers, and guidance they need to better understand their illness and the options available to them. We also offer great discounts on a variety of medical tests and imaging, including blood tests, x-rays, and MRIs. Our services are available to individuals as well as being offered to employers who are looking for an affordable healthcare solution for their employees.

Why should you choose TeddyCanHeal for your business?

 

  • Employees get Quick, Easy Access to Treatment Information: TeddyCanHeal’s specialized software helps users discover treatment options for a wide variety of diseases. The options are presented in an easy-to-read list where they are ranked in terms of effectiveness, and with the help of TeddyCan’s search engine, more information about them is just a click away. In addition to traditional treatments, these lists include natural and holistic remedies that users might not have been aware of. This information is available online 24/7, allowing users to access it regardless of their schedule or location.

 

  • Reduces Health Care Expenses: While they are not a replacement for a doctor, our online services can help employees get much-needed guidance and answers to medical questions without having to make an appointment. This in turn means that health insurance does not need to be utilized as often, which leads to fewer increases in premiums and lower health care expenses overall.

 

  • Integrates Easily into Existing Healthcare Portals: Our services can be easily integrated into an existing healthcare portal, making it easy to add TeddyCanHeal to your healthcare plan. If you do not already have a healthcare portal in place, our experts would be happy to set one up for you.

 

  • Only Pay for What You Use: TeddyCanHeal strives to offer affordable, accessible healthcare solutions that help our users save money and lead better, healthier lives. With services from TCH, you’ll only be charged for what you actually need. Payment is calculated based solely on usage, and there are no hidden costs or monthly fees. And if you ever have any questions, our search and data specialists are there to help.

 

If you think that TeddyCanHeal is right for your business, or if you have any questions or concerns, visit www.TeddyCanHeal.com or call the company’s founder, Subhankar Ray, at (617) 395-8864.

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Healing Options for ADD and ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder)

“Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is one of the most common childhood disorders. ADHD is a broad term, and the condition can vary from person to person. There are an estimated 6.4 million diagnosed children in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.” [1]

“ADD is an outdated term. It was once used to describe people who have difficulty focusing on tasks or generally paying attention whereas ADHD was used to describe people with trouble focusing compounded by hyperactivity symptoms. Now, professionals distinguish using the terms ADHD primarily inattentive type or ADHD primarily hyperactive type.” [2]

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Healing Options for Liver Cancer

“Liver cancer, also known as hepatic cancer, is a cancer which starts in the liver, rather than migrating to the liver from another organ or section of the body. In other words, it is a primary liver cancer.
Cancers that originate elsewhere and eventually reach the liver are known as liver metastasis or secondary liver cancers, and are most commonly from cancer of the gastrointestinal (GI) tract (colon cancer), lung cancer, renal cancer (cancer of the kidney), ovarian cancer and prostate cancer.
The liver, which is located below the right lung and under the ribcage is one of the largest organs of the human body. It is divided into the right and left lobes. Nutrient-rich blood is carried by the portal vein from the intestines to the liver, while oxygen-rich blood reaches the liver from the hepatic artery.
All vertebrates (animals with a spinal column) have a liver, as do some other animals. The liver has a range of functions, including detoxification (getting rid of toxins), synthesizing proteins, breaking down fats, and producing biochemicals that are essential for digestion. We cannot survive without a liver.” [1]

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Healing Options for Acne

“Acne is the common cause of spots. Most people with acne are aged between 12 and 25 but some older and younger people are affected. Boys are more commonly affected than girls. Acne usually affects the face but may also affect the back, neck and chest. The severity can range from mild to severe. About 8 in 10 teenagers develop some degree of acne. Often it is mild. However, it is estimated that about 3 in 10 teenagers have acne bad enough to need treatment to prevent scarring. Untreated acne usually lasts about 4-5 years before settling. However, it can last for many years in some cases.” [1]

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Healing Options for Autism

“Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and autism are both general terms for a group of complex disorders of brain development. These disorders are characterized, in varying degrees, by difficulties in social interaction, verbal and nonverbal communication and repetitive behaviors. With the May 2013 publication of the DSM-5 diagnostic manual, all autism disorders were merged into one umbrella diagnosis of ASD. Previously, they were recognized as distinct subtypes, including autistic disorder, childhood disintegrative disorder, pervasive developmental disorder-not otherwise specified (PDD-NOS) and Asperger syndrome.” [1]

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Healing Options for Thyroid Disorder

“Thyroid an important gland of the endocrine system looks after the functioning of the human system’s metabolism rate, manufacturing of protein and its overall adjustment and sensitivity to other forms of hormone. With the help of a wide variety of hormones produced by it, the thyroid gland ensures an active participation in the mentioned functions. But if the production of its varying hormones exceeds its normal limit or falls below its standard limit; mal functioning of thyroid gland is caused. Generally referred to as hypo and hyper thyroidism; mal functioning of thyroid gland is marked by either abnormal gain or loss of weight, general sense of lethargy, inertia, fall in the rate of pulse and mood swings.” [1]

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Healing Options for Lower Back Pain

“Low back pain (LBP) is a common disorder involving the muscles, nerves, and bones of the backPain can vary from a dull constant ache to a sudden sharp feeling. Low back pain may be classified by duration as acute (pain lasting less than 6 weeks), sub-chronic (6 to 12 weeks), or chronic (more than 12 weeks). The condition may be further classified by the underlying cause as either mechanical, non-mechanical, or referred pain. The symptoms of low back pain usually improve within a few weeks from the time they start, with 40-90% of people completely better by six weeks.” [1]

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Healing Options for Seasonal Allergy

“Seasonal allergies (commonly called hay fever) are common. They occur only during certain times of the year—particularly the spring, summer, or fall—depending on what a person is allergic to. Symptoms involve primarily the membrane lining the nose, causing allergic rhinitis, or the membrane lining the eyelids and covering the whites of the eyes (conjunctiva), causing allergic conjunctivitis.” [1]

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Healing Options for Inflammation

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1. “Eat more plant-based, whole, nutrient-dense foods.”
“Crowd out the inflammatory foods we discussed above (refined sugar and flour, processed junk, animal products, etc.) by adding a variety of plant-based whole foods to your diet. These foods will flood your body with the vitamins, minerals, cancer-fighting phytochemicals, antioxidants and fiber it needs to recover from chronic inflammation.”

2. “Focus on gut health.”
“Your gut holds approximately 60-70 percent of your immune system, so it stands to reason that it would be a great place to reduce chronic inflammation. And if your gut is in bad shape, you can only imagine that your immune system is in some serious trouble. Check out my tips for improving gut health here. A great way to start is by taking a daily probiotic (just make sure it’s high quality—Dr. Ohirra’s, Primal Defense, Healthforce Nutritionals (Friendly Force) and MegaFood’s Megaflora are good brands).”

3. “Identify and address food sensitivities and chronic (or hidden) infections.”
“You could be fighting a losing battle if you’re ignoring potential food sensitivities and/or infections. If your body is working to cope and fight these challenges everyday, you can bet that you’re stoking the fires of inflammation on a regular basis.”

Link: http://kriscarr.com/blog/5-tips-to-reduce-inflammation

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Healing Options for Food Allergy

“More than 50 million Americans have an allergy of some kind. Food allergies are estimated to affect 4 to 6 percent of children and 4 percent of adults, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.Food allergy symptoms are most common in babies and children, but they can appear at any age. You can even develop an allergy to foods you have eaten for years with no problems.” [1]

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A Look At Glaucoma & Natural Prevention Techniques

With nearly 3 million Americans with glaucoma, it’s surprising that the importance of preventional eye care remains understated.

Glaucoma is an eye condition that can lead to blindness if not caught early. As this disease develops remarkably slowly, many people don’t know they have it until the damage has been done. In fact, glaucoma remains the leading cause of blindness in elderly persons.

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Healing Options for Lupus

“Lupus is a chronic, autoimmune disease that can damage any part of the body (skin, joints, and/or organs inside the body). Chronic means that the signs and symptoms tend to last longer than six weeks and often for many years.

In lupus, something goes wrong with your immune system, which is the part of the body that fights off viruses, bacteria, and germs (“foreign invaders,” like the flu). Normally our immune system produces proteins called antibodies that protect the body from these invaders. Autoimmune means your immune system cannot tell the difference between these foreign invaders and your body’s healthy tissues (“auto” means “self”) and creates autoantibodies that attack and destroy healthy tissue. These autoantibodies cause inflammation, pain, and damage in various parts of the body.

Lupus is also a disease of flares (the symptoms worsen and you feel ill) and remissions (the symptoms improve and you feel better).” [1]

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Healing Options for Rheumatoid Arthritis

“Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is an autoimmune disease in which the body’s immune system – which normally protects its health by attacking foreign substances like bacteria and viruses – mistakenly attacks the joints. This creates inflammation that causes the tissue that lines the inside of joints (the synovium) to thicken, resulting in swelling and pain in and around the joints. The synovium makes a fluid that lubricates joints and helps them move smoothly.”

“If inflammation goes unchecked, it can damage cartilage, the elastic tissue that covers the ends of bones in a joint, as well as the bones themselves. Over time, there is loss of cartilage, and the joint spacing between bones can become smaller. Joints can become loose, unstable, painful and lose their mobility. Joint deformity also can occur. Joint damage cannot be reversed, and because it can occur early, doctors recommend early diagnosis and aggressive treatment to control RA.” [1]

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Healing Options for COPD

“Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a lung disease characterized by chronic obstruction of lung airflow that interferes with normal breathing and is not fully reversible. The more familiar terms ‘chronic bronchitis’ and ’emphysema’ are no longer used, but are now included within the COPD diagnosis. COPD is not simply a “smoker’s cough” but an under-diagnosed, life-threatening lung disease.” [1]

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Healing Options for Type 2 Diabetes

Type 2 Diabetes is a common disease which occurs when your body cannot maintain proper insulin levels.

This results in your pancreas making too much insulin, and then consequently, not having enough. Although the complications from Type 2 Diabetes can be severe, prevention and catching it early make a world of difference.

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Healing Options for Insomnia

“I’ve always envied people who sleep easily. Their brains must be cleaner, the floorboards of the skull well swept, all the little monsters closed up in a steamer trunk at the foot of the bed.”  ― David Benioff

Insomnia is a condition marked by an inability to fall asleep or stay asleep long enough for sufficient rest.

With many different causes ranging from stress, diet, to medication use, insomnia is an extremely difficult condition to cope with. The inability to maintain a healthy sleep cycle results in depression, a weakened immune system, loss of concentration and more. With 60 million Americans battling this condition on a yearly basis, insomnia is a very common occurrence that can result in serious consequences if left untreated.

There are various remedies for insomnia, including many natural, “at home” remedies:

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Healing Options for IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome)

“Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) is the most common functional gastrointestinal (GI) disorder with worldwide prevalence rates ranging from 9-23 percent and U.S. rates generally in the area of 10-15 percent. Functional disorders are conditions where there is an absence of structural or biochemical abnormalities on diagnostic tests.”

The following are some natural remedies for coping with IBS symptoms. 

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Healing Options for Asthma

“Healing doesn’t mean the damage never existed. It means the damage no longer controls your life” – Akshay Dubey

“Asthma (AZ-ma) is a chronic (long-term) lung disease that inflames and narrows the airways. Asthma causes recurring time period of wheezing (a whistling sound when you breathe), tightness, shortness of breath, and coughing. The coughing often occurs at night or early in the morning. The various symptoms and types are discussed at the bottom.

Asthma affects people of all ages, but it most often starts during childhood. In the United States, more than 25 million people are known to have asthma. About 7 million of these people are children.”

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Healing Options for Heartburn

No matter how deep the issue is and no matter how long you have struggled with it, the possibility exists for you to become absolutely free, whole, and healed.” -Brandon Bays

More than 60 million Americans experience heartburn at least once a month and some studies have suggested that more than 15 million Americans experience heartburn symptoms each day.

Symptoms of heartburn (also known as acid indigestion) are more common among the elderly and pregnant women. Chest pain is becoming a natural and normal occurrence nowadays, and most of the time it is chronic in nature.  Fortunately, there are a number of ways heal heartburn.

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Why Healthcare Is Becoming Problematically Expensive & What We Can Do About It

Healthcare is becoming an increasingly controversial topic in the US.

With rates that are only getting more expensive, the consequences of ObamaCare, and hefty premium rates- there is an urgent need for reform in the US healthcare sector. Middle-class workers, students, and self-employed individuals are choosing to forgo traditional insurance and “wing it,” resulting in a steep decline in their overall personal wellness. Not only are people having difficulty in finding affordable solutions for their illnesses, they are also missing a key step in the security of their health: prevention.

So, what are our limitations and how do we solve them to make way for a stronger and healthier country?

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Are Young Adults Able to Predict Their Chances of Developing Alzheimer’s?

Would you want to know?

A recent study  by the American Academy or Neurology (AAN) published on Science Daily, revealed that young adults may be able to anticipate their chances of developing Alzheimer’s disease.

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Everything You Need to Know About Maintaining Good Eye Health

The eyes indicate the antiquity of the soul. –Ralph Waldo Emerson

The eyes are windows to the soul, so it essential to take good care of them.

Like most preventative care, ensuring your eyes stay in shape as long as possible is a multistep process. This involves managing a well-balanced diet, UV protection, as well as avoiding certain external strains. The cautionary thing about eye health is that it tends to become worse rather than better over time.

The following steps will ensure that you are maximizing the quality of your eyesight for as long as possible:

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Cancer Prevention: A Multistep Process Worth the Effort

Cancer is one of the scariest words in the medical field.

With no simple or painless treatment options or cures available, this disease nothing short of a scary cloud looming in the distance. With a broad range of risk factors and genetic predispositions, no one is safe from developing this life-changing condition. Like for all medical conditions, prevention is often times infinitely easier than a cure.

So, how does one ensure that they are lowering their risk for developing cancer as much as possible?

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How to Fall-Proof a Home in Five Easy Steps

The following is a guest post by Max Gottlieb from Senior Planning.

If you’ve ever had a relative who has fallen, then you know just how important it is to avoid falls at any cost.

A fall oftentimes means the beginning of someone’s journey into death. Both of my grandparents, who were otherwise healthy, fell and within three months passed away. My grandfather, recovering from a hospital stay, rolled off of his bed and all the progress of his recovery quickly vanished. Unfortunately, with a fall like this, there is not much you can do to prevent it unless the older person wants to put rails on their bed, similar to a top bunk on a bunk bed. For most people, this is unrealistic. My grandma’s fall, however, could have been prevented.

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All About Lyme Disease

Lyme disease is a serious and complex condition caused by Borrelia bacteria.

The disease itself is attained through a tick bite.  Quickly after the inception of the infection, a series of symptoms will most likely occur between 3 to 30 days. These symptoms include (but are not limited to) an itchy rash that can be up to twelve inches across, fever, and severe joint pain. If treated quickly, the disease can be cured with relatively no complications. However, some people don’t develop symptoms from the infection, which contributes greatly to the severity of the disease in the long run.

More serious complications from Lyme Disease include memory loss, chronic fatigue, severe migraines, heart palpitations, and the most severe being neurological problems that are sometimes irreversible.

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All About Sleep Apnea

Sleep Apnea is a chronic disorder in which an individual has irregular breathing during sleep.

This breathing irregularity occurs at intraverbals, typically lasting seconds to minutes. Although this habit seems negligible, it prevents an effective, healthy sleep pattern from occurring. This results in extreme daytime fatigue, moodiness, and sometimes, even depression.

Since this condition, that nearly 18 million Americans are projective to have, occurs during sleep, it is extremely tricky to diagnose. Individuals can go a very long time without even realizing they have sleep apnea, and struggle to find the cause of their endless exhaustion. Even doctors have a hard time diagnosing sleep apnea, as there are no physical indicators that one has the condition.

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What You Need to Know About Lupus

Lupus is a serious chronic inflammatory
disease
that affects many different organs such as the kidneys, lungs, and even the brain.

Lupus occurs when an individual’s immune system attacks its own tissues, making it an autoimmune disease. It is estimated that up to as many as 1.5 million people are affected by lupus. Because so many systems in the body are damaged from this condition, it can be extremely uncomfortable and difficult to manage. The complications from lupus vary from kidney failure, an increased risk of pneumonia, anemia, strokes and more. It is also important to note that developing lupus also increases one’s risk of cancer.

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Why Gratitude is the Key to Happiness

“Let us be grateful to the people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.”  — Marcel Proust

The ingredient for true happiness is shockingly simple.

Being the complex humans we are, we like to overcomplicate it. We tell ourselves that we need X, Y, or Z before allowing ourselves to be truly happy. We procrastinate happiness. We tell ourselves we will be happy once we get married. We tell ourselves we will be happy once we finally lose that weight, or once we finally buy that house. This inner dialogue seems like it could be motivating, but it toys with a dangerous idea: that happiness is only achieved once certain conditions are met. And this could not be farther from the truth.

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Crohn’s Disease: The Basics & Treatment Options

Crohn’s disease is a chronic inflammatory disease of the gastrointestinal tract.

For those with this condition, their immune systems end up attacking the good bacteria in their intestines . This often results in ulcers and painful inflammation. The symptoms of Crohn’s can be quite uncomfortable, the most common ones being painful cramping, fatigue, diarrhea,  and weight loss. The pain can range from mild to severe, and if left untreated can have serious health consequences.

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A Boomer-Friendly Approach on French Beauty and Aging Gorgeously

“Beauty is not something you turn to in a panic when a wrinkle or pimples appear, but that it’s far more important to see it as a ritual, figuring out what routine works best and carrying that with us through our lives.”  Mathilde Thomas

It’s no secret that french women are universally revered for their ability to flawlessly showcase their natural beauty.

Although it might seem like genetic luck, it really has more to do with their culture’s organic and gentle approach to beauty and skincare. French women radiate confidence, simplicity, and grace- something that is cultivated through their self-loving beauty regime.

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The Deal on Health Supplements: Necessary, Optional, or Useless?

“A healthy body is a platform for flourishing a healthy mind.” Pawan Mishra

If you walk down the health aisle at any drug store, you’ll be amazed at just how many vitamins and supplements there are out there.

Ten years ago, simply taking a vitamin C supplement in the morning would make you feel a step ahead of the health game. In recent history, the market for vitamin supplements has gone through the roof. There seems to be a capsule for any condition out there (even ones you didn’t know you could have!)

Really, there are supplements available that are marked as  “curve-enhancement,” “sharp mind“, and “placenta pills.” Who would have known?

So, in the midst of this colorful and extensive health market, what vitamins do we actually need to be taking?

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Rethinking Menopause & Strategies for a Comfortable Transition

“Our mothers were largely silent about what happened to them as they passed through this midlife change. But a new generation of women has already started to break the wall of silence.”  Trisha Posner

Menopause is perhaps one of the most delicately discussed phenomena in women’s health.

It is very common for women to have feelings of apprehension or shame regarding this life-altering milestone. Menopause is simply the natural evidence of the maturing feminine body, something that has been treated as an unnecessary taboo in our culture. It’s not a secret that growing older holds a lot of social and psychological weight for women. Thankfully, due to the number of emerging female voices and influences, the collective attitude about these deeply personal changes are beginning to become more positive and empowering.

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How Accepting Failure Turns You into a Success

“Incredible change happens in your life when you decide to take control of what you do have power over instead of craving control over what you don’t.”
Steve Maraboli

The most satisfied people don’t necessarily lead better lives than anyone else.

In fact, most of them are remarkably ordinary people with very modest lifestyles. Happy people aren’t always rich, they don’t have perfect relationships and friendships, or even perfect health. They all have their own unique shortcomings, their own family issues, and the same amount of problems that anyone else does. However, satisfied people do all seem to have one thing in common:

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How Soy Consumption Impacts Your Hormone Levels

Most of us regularly consume soy: whether it be through soy milk, vegetarian products, tofu, or protein shakes.

With so many different uses,  soy has been a longtime popular meat product replacement for many vegetarians. Soy has also been known for its high protein content and wide array of health benefits such as controlling cholesterol and managing diseases like type 2 diabetes, thyroid cancer, and prostate cancer.

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Baby Boomers: A Generation of Caretakers

“The closest thing to being cared for is to care for someone else.”

-Carson McCullers 

The baby boomer generation has been put in an exceptionally unique position.

Most of the baby boomers still have dependent children,  and many of them also have the responsibility of being the primary caretaker for their aging parents. This position comes with some very tough decisions, such as: when is it time to consider assisted living? How does one budget new insurance and medical care expenses? How can I be there for my family members in need without completely sacrificing my own goals?

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6 Sneaky Reasons You’re Tired That Have Nothing to Do with Sleep

Mothers talk about sleep the way someone who is starving talks about food. Fatigue can overshadow your life, making everything seem like too much trouble.
― Kathleen A. Kendall-Tackett

We’ve all been there.

There are times that we maintain a balanced, sufficient sleep schedule and still end up exhausted. Our bodies are complex mechanisms that can be quite finicky at times.  It’s a frustrating feeling, not being able to get the energy you need despite a full night of rest.

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The Effects of Creativity on Your Brain

“I never made one of my discoveries through the process of rational thinking.” ― Albert Einstein

The idea that the left-side brain and right-side brain work against each other is a commonly believed misconception.

We all have dominant strengths: some of us are naturally good at mathematics or talented at art from a young age. We all possess unique combinations of skills and qualities that differ wildly, and cannot be simply contained within “he’s just a math guy,” or “she’s a painter.”

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Is There Room for Alternative Medicine in Modern Society?

Herbs As Alternative Medicine

I grew up with a grandma who seemed to have a natural remedy for any of my ailments: honey for a sore throat, lavender to relax me, or ginger to calm my stomach. In a society far too used to popping a pill for a quick fix for any ailment, is there room for the traditional, natural remedies our grandparents have always told us about?

The following are qualities about common herbs that you may have grown up with and may be interested in using instead of prescriptive medication.

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Creative Seasonal Recipes Perfect for Spring BBQs  

As the April sun starts to warm up the ground and our spirit, it makes me feel like eating food that’s as uplifting as I feel walking in the sun without frostbitten spring-1223479_1280fingers and toes. With the warmer weather making the out of doors more tolerable, thus begins the season of BBQs with family and friends!

Here are some unique, spring-themed recipes that are perfect for bringing to a family gathering or cooking at a BBQ. I chose these outside-of-the-box recipes to challenge the norms of BBQ food with produce that is plentiful.

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The New Adult Night Light That Helps You Get To Sleep

blur-1261019_1920That’s right, you read the title correctly. A night light. For adults. Though vastly different than the conventional
light that plugs into an outlet and offers comforting, guiding light to nervous wanderers of the dark. The new nightlight I’m referring to changes your nighttime experience in a different way.

Allow me to introduce you to the Night Shift mode on your iPhone.

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Coping with Loneliness: A Quiet Epidemic of the Senior Community

Retirement is a complex and bittersweet milestone.

This change is met by many new opportunities and time to develop personal interests. However, when the hustle and bustle of the rest of the world carries on, it’s very common for feelings of loneliness to develop. Even with a supportive network of family and friends, the solitude that accompanies some later in life can be difficult to bare.

This problem seems to be so quietly ignored that people who find themselves in this position find it difficult to seek help.

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Recipes that Uphold Taste & Throwaway Waste: Classic Dinner Edition

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If you’re like me, you’re stubborn with your eating habits. I get particularly defensive if someone tries to tell me that something I’ve been eating for years might not actually be that great for me. With our society’s evolving definition of a healthy diet, my commitment to eating delicious food is constantly at war with my commitment to being healthy.

Recipes that Uphold Taste Throwaway Waste Classic Dinner Edition

 

Fortunately, for those who don’t want to completely write off comfort food as a weekly dinner, there are ways of discreetly tweaking these classic recipes into healthier versions that are better for you and your family to consume.

So, here are some recipes for those of you, like me, who are trying to create meals that simultaneously benefit your health and uphold a certain standard of taste.

The Recipes

Shepherd’s Pie

  • Serves 6-8
  • Gluten free
  • Healthy potatoes that actually taste good

This recipe still uses potatoes in its mashed potatoes, but the secRecipes that Uphold Taste Throwaway Waste Classic Dinner Edition 2ret to this healthy version: use half potatoes and half cauliflower.

Have you ever tried substituting cauliflower into a recipe to try and cut back on calories, but felt taste was sacrificed too much to justify the reduction in calories? One would be remiss to try to pretend this white vegetable can pose as a hearty cream sauce or fluffy dough, but that doesn’t mean cauliflower cannot be successfully (and deliciously) used.

Personally, I think cauliflower is the chameleon of vegetables and can be cleverly disguised in all kinds of recipes, which is why I suggest this recipe to start your cauliflower endeavors. Research shows that it’s more effective to start change in small doses to build a lasting habit, so take your cauliflower on a coffee date before committing to a weekend vacation with the family.

Meat Lasagna

  • Serves 4
  • Total cooking time: 1 hour 20 minutes

Swapping in whole-wheat noodles and substituting low-fat cottage cheese and lean ground sirloin can quickly turn this dish into a healthier option for the whole family, while still preserving its classic cheesy allure.

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Eating quality meat is also a good habit to get into when trying to be healthy. How do you know what’s “good” meat? In a FRONTLINE interview, author and food activist Michael Pollan advises, “We always say, “You are what you eat.” But that’s only half the story. We’re also what what we eat eats, too. And cows that eat corn are different meat. So when we’re eating that corn-fed, oil-fed meat, we’re incurring another kind of cost as well.” Bottom line: try to buy meat that eats well so you can too.

Shrimp Scampi

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  • Serves 4
  • Total cooking time: 35 minutes
  • 226 calories per serving

This lemon-garlic shrimp and vegetable recipe is a mock version of the traditional shrimp scampi favorite. Serve on its own or pair with a grain like quinoa, brown rice, or farro to make this meal more filling. There is nothing small about the benefits of eating shrimp; packed with protein, shrimp also has a low fat content with a not-so-low amount of omega-3 fatty acids. If you get sick of shrimp, consider substituting scallops or a white fish to this recipe to change up your protein game.

Check back next week for some seasonal recipes to inform your taste buds that spring has sprung!

Happy cooking!

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Why We Should All Learn to Be Comfortable with Solitude

“The greatest thing in the world is to know how to belong to oneself.”  ― Michel de Montaigne

We spend most of our days in constant contact with other people.

Technology has made us available to others at all times, so even our “alone time” is interrupted by communication from friends and family. While maintaining strong bonds with others is important for our physical and emotional health, there is also something to be gained from the ability to sit alone from time to time.

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5 Reasons to Learn a New Language Later in Life

One language sets you in a corridor for life. Two languages open every door along the way.” ― Frank Smith

Learning a foreign language can seem like an intimidating task.

However, the process of learning a language is just as enriching as mastering one. Studying a language not only gets you closer to being bilingual, but has life changing benefits you might not expect. Culture is deeply embedded into language, and by exploring that, you are exposing yourself to having a more enlightened, diversified worldview.

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How Retiring at an Older Age Prolongs Your Life

The trouble with retirement is that you never get a day off.  -Abe Lemons

The desire for a long and happy retirement is universal.

The freedom of enjoying the simple pleasures of life after years of hard work seems to be the bright light at the end of a long tunnel. However, it is becoming more and more common to see people continuing to work past the typical retirement mark. In many cases, it’s not even financially necessary. So why are they doing this?

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The Science of Sentimentality: How Nostalgia Can Help Us

“I am suddenly consumed by nostalgia for the little girl who was me, who loved the fields and believed in God, who spent winter days home sick from school reading Nancy Drew and sucking menthol cough drops, who could keep a secret.” — Audrey Niffenegger

We all share a strange relationship with memory.

Bits and pieces of the past tend to float to the surface when we least expect it. Sometimes, they are unwanted reminders. Upon recognition, we immediately push those memories down again, locking the door behind them, wiping away the trace of dust left behind on our hands.

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Health Comes First

dreamstime_xl_15726474 - Copy - CopyTeddyCan takes pride in all of our the health-related resources. We offer a variety of cash-back rebates to an extensive amount of various health-related tests. All testing is done through QuickLabWork, and above all else are affordable. Not only are the prices of these tests inexpensive, but health insurance is not a requirement. These are simple procedures that do not require a doctor’s order, and can also be ordered right online! Your test results will remain confidential, and when using TeddyCan, so will your searches.

Here’s a sample of some of our latest health tests:

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Solutions for Osteoporosis: From Mainstream Medicine to Chinese Herbal Cures

Bone mass inevitably decreases as we age, making us more susceptible to bone fractures and back pain. This is a condition known as osteoporosis, which over 10 million americans struggle with. Women are much more likely to develop osteoporosis, and having a family history also increases your likelihood. One of the biggest factors in this condition is lies in how much bone mass you had to begin with, which usually reaches its peak in your early twenties. Other risk factors include: lack of calcium and vitamin c, a high sodium intake, smoking, and an inactive lifestyle.

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Intestinal Microbiota: How Your Health Depends on Microbes

Our bodies require a healthy amount of microflora to run smoothly. This healthy bacteria is essential in digestion, nutrient absorption, mental health, and energy levels. Without a substantial amount of good bacteria, destructive bacteria flourishes and wrecks havoc on our health.

The bacterial balance in our gut can get out of whack for a few reasons: using antibiotics, consuming too much sugar or processed foods, stress, and lack of sleep. Most people don’t even realize their gut is out of balance until it is too late.

Here are some ways to ensure your gut is in good shape:

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The Link Between Depression and Coronary Heart Disease

Does being diagnosed with Major Depressive Disorder put us at risk for developing cardiovascular disease?

Recent clinical studies have shown that there is in fact a correlation between Major Depressive Disorder and Coronary Heart Disease. Those that have been diagnosed with Major Depressive Disorder are at a much higher risk of developing Coronary Heart Disease, accompanied by a higher mortality rate. Research has shown that 15-20% of those who experience a myocardial infarction met the criteria for having Major Depressive Disorder.

The tricky part lies in determining if one condition is a primary trigger for the other.

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Is Candida Silently Destroying Your Health?

Candida is a fungus that lives in your digestive tract, and in small amounts, does a good job of absorbing essential nutrients. Also known as yeast, candida is found in an abundance of foods we consume, such as bread, beer, wine, pretzels, and cakes.

An overgrowth of candida can have extremely insidious effects on our health that most people are completely unaware of. In fact, the symptoms of candida overgrowth mimic symptoms of other common illnesses like depression, diabetes, and irritable bowel syndrome. If left untreated, candida can wreak havoc on our immune systems, gastrointestinal system, and our mental health.

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Meatless Monday Recipe Ideas for the Whole Family

A Monday Without Meat?

Meatless Monday is a movement with the slogan, “one day a week, cut out meat.” Sounds simple enough, right? With observed health, environmental, and cost benefits of cutting out meat for one day a week, why not try it out?

The recipes below should inspire your Meatless Monday to be as delicious and filling as possible. Who says you have to eat meat to have a satisfying meal?  Wait, what’s Meatless Monday?

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The Meatless Monday Phenomenon

Not Another Health Fad…

In the midst of what seems to be endless health food trends, there is one movement that stands out above all others that you should stop to consider. Meatless Monday is an idea that originated in the U.S as a way to aid the war effort in World War I and II. In 2003, health advocate Sid Lerner reintroduced the idea as a campaign for public health The Meatless Monday Phenomenon-cowawareness.

Meatless Monday slogan, “one day a week, cut out meat,” has become a global practice that is simple to follow and has proven health benefits. Intrigued? You should be.

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Hypothyroidism: Managing Your Symptoms Wisely

Hypothyroidism is a condition marked by an under active thyroid, making the metabolic processes in the body extremely inefficient. Though this condition is not typically life threatening, it is accompanied by many uncomfortable and painful symptoms that can be depressing to cope with. Conventional treatment for hypothyroidism usually involves hormone therapy and/or surgery. Continue reading Hypothyroidism: Managing Your Symptoms Wisely

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Coping with Heart Disease: Prevention Tips & Alternative Medicine

At Teddycan, we believe in the importance of approaching our health from a holistic viewpoint. This means using multiple sources as a way to get the best, most well-rounded advice. We know that you know the basics, so we are eager to share some interesting, alternative advice for you.

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Living with Arthritis: How Do I Stay Active?

Rheumatoid Arthritis is an inflammatory disease that is marked by pain and swelling in joints. This discomfort can make it tough to be as active as you would like. However, a little bit of exercise goes a long way, and can actually improve your symptoms greatly. So, the question is, how do you do this without making your condition worse?

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Gym-timidation

Intimidated by the gym? Let’s address some other options out there that will still provide you the same benefits from the gym, without the membership. According to the 2008 Gym-timidation-1Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans, adults should get at least 150 minutes of moderate aerobic activity a week and muscle-strengthening activities at least twice a week. Don’t worry; you can achieve all this with or without a gym membership!

 

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“Going Clean”: Advantages of a Traditional Diet

Ever heard of Nutritional Psychiatry?

Eating healthy food is not a revolutionary idea, but Nutritional Psychiatry is a relatively new and growing field that’s beginning to change the way we look at food. Nutritional psychiatry is the evolving study of how dietary intervention can reduce rates of psychiatric disorders. There have been many recent studies that have found evidence of associations between diet quality and health. These studies found how a good diet can prevent depression, influence mental health outcomes in children, and even affect brain plasticity.

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A Day of Diabetic-Friendly Deliciousness

Food should always taste good. Even if you have dietary challenges, there are still ways to get creative and make delicious meals. One of the more common issues that impede diet in our society is diabetes. Since many of us know a friend, loved one, or personally struggle with diabetes, I thought a day of diabetes-friendly meals would be useful to all.

The Recipes

The following are taste-approved recipes guaranteed to satisfy any diabetic:

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  • Makes 4 servings
  • Serving size: 2 slices of toast and 1/3 cup of maple-apple topping
  • Carb grams per serving: 35

 

 

 

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Type 2 Diabetes: What You Need to Know

Type 2 Diabetes is a common disease which occurs when your body cannot maintain proper insulin levels. This results in  your pancreas making too much insulin, and then consequently, not having enough. Although the complications from Type 2 Diabetes can be severe, prevention and catching it early make a world of difference.

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Preventing Type 2 Diabetes at Home

If you have read our post on the basics of Type 2 Diabetes, than you are familiar with the risk factors and complications that can occur from this common disease. The most promising aspect of Type 2 Diabetes is that is entirely preventable.

These are our tips for maintaining a healthy lifestyle that will keep you far away from Type 2 Diabetes:

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Healthy Fats That Supplement Your Diet

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Fats actually play a significant role in maintaining a healthy diet. Healthy fats, also known as monounsaturated or polyunsaturated fats, help keep your heart healthy, support mental alertness, and play a vital role in managing your moods!

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5 Eco-Friendly Shopping Tips

There are so many different variables that go into a consumers purchase. Not only in the mind and preference of the consumer, but also in any given supply chain of any given brand. Being a consumer is a pretty hefty duty, and there are ways we can responsibly and sustainably go about our purchasing and consumption habits!

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It’s That Time of Year Again…

Whether we like to admit it or not, allergy season is about to swing into full force very shortly. People who don’t even consider themselves to have a true “allergy” will begin to sneeze, get congested, and most likely constantly complain. The number one colporate that is going to affect us is our dear friend pollen. There’s just absolutely no way of getting around it. Every time you walk out to your car, pollen will be waiting for you, when you go to kick your feet up on the coffee table, pollen will be joining you, even when you go to crack a window in your house, guess who, pollen will have no problem making itself at home. It’s inevitable, with the warm weather comes the sniffles, but no need to worry TeddyCan has you covered! Continue reading It’s That Time of Year Again…

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Can Certain Foods Make You Sleepy?

Not getting enough sleep, but don’t want to take a pill?

Sleep is like a cold glass of water on a hot summer day. Refreshing, essential for life, and something you just can’t seem to get enough of. Unfortunately for many sleep isn’t as easy to obtain as a glass of water, yet remains a necessary component of life.

Many people resort to supplements like melatonin or prescribed medications for additional sleeping aid, though little or no scientific evidence to date has proven that melatonin improves sleep. Interestingly enough, there are some natural ways to make yourself drowsy before bed that don’t involve taking a pill.

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5 Recipes to Get You Through a Busy Day

Breakfast: Overnight Oats

Overnight oats are a quick, tasty way to jumpstart your morning. Making your breakfast the night before will save you time in the morning and allow your oats to saturate overnight for a more
flavorful bowl. Heat in the morning or eat cold, then add any toppings you’d like; the possibilities are endless! Personally, oats can do no wrong in my book, so feel free to get creative.

For flavor inspiration like almond joy and banana nut oats, see here.

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Trying to Shed a Few Pounds? Try These Healthy Habits

Trying to lose weight and get in shape can seem like a daunting, long-winded process. However, it does not have to be! If you are looking to lose weight and feel better, the best way to start is with baby steps. Here are some healthy tips that will get you feeling healthier, happier, and more productive about your overall wellbeing!

Drink water

Though it seems like a given, most people aren’t consuming enough water on a daily basis. Being dehydrated leads to water retention (making you bloat), over-eating, and fatigue. Continue reading Trying to Shed a Few Pounds? Try These Healthy Habits

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Coffee & Your Health: Friends or Foes?

We can all admit it: we just want some good justification for that second  third cup of coffee of the day.

I come to you with (mostly) good news.

Coffee is a stimulant, meaning it speeds up our nervous system. This contributes to the invigorating energy boost it gives us- it get things going.  Continue reading Coffee & Your Health: Friends or Foes?

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How Mindfulness Can Improve Your Health: A Scientific Explanation

The word mindfulness might conjure images of meditation, yoga, and other mainstream new age trends. At a first glance, that wasn’t for me or my lifestyle. But the more I learned about mindfulness and how simple it was, my health improved dramatically!

So what is mindfulness, anyway?

Mindfulness is defined as: a mental state achieved by focusing one’s awareness on the present moment, while calmly acknowledging and accepting one’s feelings, thoughts, and bodily sensations, used as a therapeutic technique.  Continue reading How Mindfulness Can Improve Your Health: A Scientific Explanation

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The Vitamin Guru: 5 Ways to Get Your Daily Dose of Vitamin C

Vitamin C plays a bigger role in our health than we give it credit for. This vitamin is essential in our digestion process, it serves as a powerful antioxidant, and it is directly related to our cardiovascular health. If you are tired of forcing yourself to drink a glass of orange juice after brushing your teeth, you might be interested in these alternative foods that will also meet your vitamin C quota: Continue reading The Vitamin Guru: 5 Ways to Get Your Daily Dose of Vitamin C

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Exercising your Brain: 4 Free Apps to Train your Memory

Your brain is like any other muscle in your body- you have to actively use it in order for it to stay strong. There are lots of fun ways to stretch your mental muscles that won’t feel like work and that may help prevent Alzheimer’s.

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Natural Remedies Series: 4 Antidotes for Arthritis You Can Use at Home

Rheumatoid arthritis can make doing even the smallest tasks around the house unbearable. The good news is that you have natural remedies for your joint pain sitting in your own kitchen! The bad news is that… you still have to do your housework. If you have a few days before you can see your doctor, or experience short periods of soreness, check out these natural remedies: Continue reading Natural Remedies Series: 4 Antidotes for Arthritis You Can Use at Home

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TeddyCan Partner: QualityHealth

Nowadays, being fit and healthy is a huge priority in most people’s lives. It seems like there’s a million, constantly changing “dos” and “don’ts” of a healthy diet, which makes it hard to stay motivated and on-track.

Thankfully, TeddyCan provides quality resources I can use for the guidance on all my health questions. QualityHealth, a proud partner of TeddyCan, is a health information website that offers articles, videos, and recipes on health and wellness. Continue reading TeddyCan Partner: QualityHealth

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Honey: Sweet Relief?

 

With spring around the corner, allergies are the last thing you want to worry about. Both my sisters and my mom suffer from terrible seasonal allergies, so I began to wonder what kind of natural remedies might help them. I had heard of the common belief in using raw honey from a local hive as a home remedy to help relieve allergy symptoms, but I wanted to do some research myself to see if this was true before recommending it to my family. Continue reading Honey: Sweet Relief?

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TeddyCan Partner: Love With Food

“Snack Smart. Do Good.”

This is the philosophy behind one of the exciting partners of TeddyCan: Love With Food.

Love With Food originated from the founder and CEO Aihui Ong’s experiences of pain and loss, but most importantly, from her experiences of love and friendship. Demonstrating love through food was Ong’s inspiration for her to combine her two greatest passions, food and technology, to create a website to help food makers of quality food connect more effectively with consumers.

From traveling the world, Ong witnessed poverty and people struggling to have clean water or food—images that stayed with her even after her travels ended. Reflecting on this, Ong realized she could use her website as a platform to help more than 16 million underprivileged children in America. Thus, Love With Food was born.

TeddyCan Partner Love With Food

 

Love With Food provides:

  • Organic or all-natural snacks conveniently delivered to your door each month!
  • Snacks with no artificial flavoring or coloring, transfats, hydrogenated oils, or high fructose corny syrup
  • Gluten free, vegan, and paleo options!
  • Boxes are different each month with snacks based on seasonal themes
  • Memberships as low as $7.99/month with member discounts
  • Free shipping

Why you should feel good about using Love With Food:

  • For every box sold, a meal is donated to food banks across America, like the Feeding American Network and Share Our Strength – No Kid Hungry
  • So far, over one million meals have been donated to food banks! (In celebration of hitting one million meals, there’s currently a promo code for $5 off any box!)

 

Love With Food provides a unique experience of giving for the consumer by donating a meal to food banks around America for every box of unique, delicious snacks they sell.

TeddyCan is proud to be partners with this amazing organization!

 

 

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The Path Less Traveled: Underrated Cities to Visit this Spring

With Spring right around the corner, most of us are taken over by the desire to shake off our winter boots and celebrate the warmer weather with a short trip. With so many destinations within reach, it can be a daunting task to narrow down a choice. During this busy travel period, a lot of popular destinations are crowded with college students and can quickly become loud and chaotic. Here are some beautiful, more secluded destinations for those of you that are looking to travel, but also wish take it easy and keep relaxation a priority.

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Spring Into Action

Sick of being cooped up from all this cold weather? With temperatures rising, snow melting and birds chirping, spring is about to be in full bloom. It’s time to get outdoors and shake off that winter weariness!

It’s hard to find something to do outside when the weather isn’t warm, but studies show that it’s incredibly important for your health. Business Insider reviewed the results of multiple studies from scientific journals that found some of the benefits from experiencing nature might include:

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A Hearty Way to Start Out Your Day

Growing up, my parents always echoed the classic household motto: “breakfast is the most important meal of the day.” After many brainwashing years of hearing this, it’s safe to say I’m a lover of all things breakfast. I’ll use any excuse to extend breakfast into all hours of my day. Brunch? Breakfast for dinner? Why not?
Currently, breakfast as “the most important meal of the day” seems to be a hotly debated topic. While studies have found that breakfast may be overhyped in previous claims to assisting with weight loss, other studies have found numerous beneficial aspects of eating breakfast. In a recent study done by the Harvard School of Public Health, the participants who ate breakfast were observed to have a lower risk of coronary heart disease than those who skipped out on breakfast. To eat or not to eat—studies have found there are potential benefits and drawbacks either way.Gym-timidation-4
If you do choose to partake in (what I still see) as the most important meal of the day, breakfast foods like eggs, oatmeal, and fruit smoothies are packed with essential nutrients that the American Heart Association, one of the nonprofits Teddycan supports, recommends as part of a healthy diet. The American Heart Association endorses a diet of fruits, vegetables, and whole grains to help maintain healthy blood cholesterol, cholesterol, and weight.
For my fellow breakfast enthusiasts, one of my favorite breakfast foods is oatmeal! Here’s a link to a hearty oatmeal recipe that I love, and a recipe for DYI instant oatmeal packets for portion control. Enjoy!

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How Flowers Help Your Health Blossom

How Flowers Help Your Health Blossom

“Where flowers bloom, so does hope.” -Lady Bird Johnson

Flowers have been a symbol of love and beauty for as long as humans have been able to convey emotion. Recent research has shown that the positive benefits of flowers reach beyond an aesthetic pleasure, they also have substantial impacts on our mental and physical well-being. In conjunction with a healthy lifestyle, flowers have been shown to enhance our health in the following ways:

Lower blood pressure. It seems like a stretch, but the increase in a positive mood and decrease in stress from the presence of flowers has shown to have an affect on blood pressure and pulse rates.

Alleviate depression. Studies have shown that the presence of flowers have an immediate boost on one’s emotional state. Flowers inspire feelings of happiness and gratitude: especially if given by a loved one.

Lower pain levels. In an extraordinary study by Dr. Roger Ulrich, it was discovered that patients who were recovering from surgery and had flowers in their rooms took less potent analgesics for their physical pain than their flowerless peers.

The benefit from filling our surroundings with natural beauty is remarkable. Flowers are a gentle reminder of health and love. Our bodies respond to the physical presence of plants and nature with an abundance of positive feedback. With so many products on the market designed to reduce stress and illness, it becomes easy to overlook the natural alternatives that are readily available. Now that darker, colder days are with us this winter, treat yourself to a bouquet of tulips or lilies! Take note of how these colorful beauties warm up a room and give your mood a gentle nudge towards happiness and relaxation.

Beautiful, hand crafted arrangements don’t have to be expensive. At our search engine Teddycan, we have a great partnership with 800florals.com (up to 17% cash back rebates!)

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Best wishes,

Hannah

 

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