Your guide to living healthier and better in Chicago.

Despite the downsides of drinking ginger ale, some people swear it can help with an upset stomach.
How far blood pressure can drop before someone begins to feel the effects varies.
During a panic attack, it’s often helpful to remind oneself that the entire episode will pass quickly and without any lasting physical damage.
It’s hard to go wrong with any kind of bean. Beans are a “nutrition powerhouse,” says one nutritionist.
This seed is rich in unsaturated fatty acids, notably linoleic acid, which has been linked with health benefits.
People who took a type of heartburn drug called proton pump inhibitors for nearly 4.5 years faced a 33% greater risk of dementia. Some over-the-counter versions are sold under the brand names Prilosec, Nexium and Prevacid.
Acupuncture is being used in the treatments of many ailments — from lower back pain and tinnitus to menopause and headaches.
In addition to being the body’s preferred source of energy, carbohydrates are a primary source of micronutrients.
Red-light therapy shows promise as a safe way treating many skin issues, says one Chicago dermatologist.
With highs in the 80s expected this weekend, one medical expert emphasizes the importance of staying hydrated.
If you haven’t tried liquid aminos before, consider adding them to your next meal — they have a salty and savory flavor and are gluten-free and vegan.
Knowing yours can be a helpful way to identify potential health problems and gauge how healthy your heart is.
This tropical cactus fruit traces back to Central and South America and ancient Mayan and Aztec civilizations.
Fresh isn’t always best. Fasting isn’t a good way to lose weight. And frequent eating doesn’t boost your metabolism.
The lauric acid in the oil has been shown nourish hair as it penetrates the cuticle and scalp and is absorbed.
Problems with posture and alignment and deficits in structural support often play a role in the development of bone spurs in the neck.
A single serving is about 49 nuts, more than any other snack nut, and has just 160 calories.
With some people, the inflammation that accompanies a cold or flu persists after the viral infection has ended. This can lead to a cough lasting several weeks more, or longer.
If you’re looking to up your snack game, here are some tips to consider.
They can be used in weight management, for tracking blood sugar readings and in trying to identify food allergies.
They noted that key ingredients needed to make Italy’s iconic dish — tomatoes and mozzarella — were not available when the fresco was painted some 2,000 years ago.
The study looked at a statin alternative called bempedoic acid and found that it reduced levels of LDL cholesterol and also lowered the risk for heart attack, stroke and death.
A number of diseases and conditions can lead to someone developing peripheral neuropathy. It also can be a side effect of some medical treatments.
Though road trips are expected to be the preferred method of travel this holiday weekend with 2.5 million Illinoisans hitting the road, travelers are also catching flights, buses, trains and even cruises, AAA officials said.