Health & Wellbeing

August 2018

Veritas’ monthly e-magazine on health care and wellness

Trouble Sleeping?

Your Phone May Be to Blame

Yes, you read that headline right. According to a new study, using your phone before you go to bed can disrupt your sleep schedule and prevent you from getting a good night’s sleep. Specifically, the study found that those who use smartphones or tablets before bed went to bed later and had a later sleep onset than those who didn’t. The study also found that those who used their phone or tablet before going to sleep had lower levels of the sleep-regulating hormone, melatonin. Lastly, the study found that electronic device usage before bed reduced the period of rapid eye movement (REM) sleep, a vital component in our sleep patterns. So, if you’re having trouble sleeping, try putting your phone or tablet away before heading to bed.

Can You Spot the Signs of a Fad Diet?

Fad diets have been around for decades. New ones surface regularly while some older weight-loss solutions fall in and out of popularity. Popularized by the promise of quick and dramatic weight-loss results, fad diets need to be fully researched before trying. Generally, diets or diet products can be considered a fad if they fit any of the following criteria.

Recipe: Spinach Power Salad

With Mandarin Vinaigrette

5 Things You Can Do Right Now

To Improve Your Mental Health

When it comes to taking care of ourselves, we often focus solely on our physical body. However, maintaining your mind is just as important. While taking care of your mental health can mean seeking professional support and treatment, it also means taking steps to improve your emotional strength on your own. There are a number of easy things you can do every day to improve your mental health — here are 5 you can try right now.

Warning: Sunrays Aren’t the Only Thing

You Can Catch at the Pool

As the temperature climbs, many Americans will flock to the pool to find some relief from the heat. While the cool waters can be refreshing, they could also be contaminated with bacteria that can make you sick. Read on to learn about the three most common illnesses you can catch from spending a day at the pool.

Organize Your Health and Wellbeing Efforts. The Live Well Planner is designed to make living a healthy lifestyle easier. It features healthy recipes and various articles on exercise, diet, and overall wellness. I also provides space for organizing daily and weekly agendas, planning meals, or logging workouts.