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5 tips for healthy skin

Good skin care — including sun protection and gentle cleansing — can keep your skin healthy and glowing. By Mayo Clinic Staff Don't have time for intensive skin care? You can still pamper yourself by acing the basics. Good skin care and healthy lifestyle choices can help delay natural aging and prevent various skin problems. Get started with these five no-nonsense tips. Protect yourself from the sun One of the most important ways to take care of your skin is to protect it from the sun. A lifetime of sun exposure can cause wrinkles, age spots and other skin problems — as well as increase the risk of skin cancer. For the most complete sun protection: Use sunscreen. Use a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of at least 15. Apply sunscreen generously, and reapply every two hours — or more often if you're swimming or perspiring. Seek shade. Avoid the sun between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., when the sun's rays are strongest. Wear protective clothing. Cover your skin with tightly woven long-sleeved shirts, long pants and wide-brimmed hats. Also consider laundry additives, which give clothing an additional layer of ultraviolet protection for a certain number of washings, or special sun-protective clothing — which is specifically designed to…

Back pain at work: Preventing pain and injury

Heavy lifting, repetitive movements and sitting at a desk all day can take a toll on your back. Get the facts about back pain at work and how to prevent it. By Mayo Clinic Staff Whether it's dull and achy or sharp and stabbing, back pain can make it hard to concentrate on your job. Unfortunately, many occupations — such as nursing, construction and factory work — can place significant demands on your back. Even routine office work can cause or worsen back pain. Understand what causes back pain at work and what you can do to prevent it. Common causes of back pain at work A number of factors can contribute to back pain at work. For example: Exerting too much force on your back — such as by lifting or moving heavy objects — can cause injury. Repeating certain movements, especially those that involve twisting or rotating your spine, can injure your back. An inactive job or a desk job can contribute to back pain, especially if you have poor posture or sit all day in a chair with inadequate back support. Back pain and lifestyle factors Of course, factors such as aging, obesity and poor physical condition also can contribute to back pain. While you…

Sleep

By Mayo Clinic Staff It can be tough to get a good night's sleep. Work, household responsibilities and family commitments sometimes take priority over sleep. Factor in a partner's snoring or unexpected challenges, such as financial worries or an illness, and quality sleep might be even more elusive. Still, you're not doomed to toss and turn night after night. To improve your sleep, consider simple self-care tips — such as sticking to a sleep schedule and relaxing before bed. If you're thinking about using a sleep aid, know what you're getting yourself into. Over-the-counter sleep aids can be effective for an occasional sleepless night, but they're not meant for long-term use. Don't assume that a good night's sleep is only a dream. If sleep remains elusive, ask your doctor about other treatment options.

What’s a Ketogenic Diet?

What Is It? “Ketogenic” is a term for a low-carb diet (like the Atkins diet). The idea is for you to get more calories from protein and fat and less from carbohydrates. You cut back most on the carbs that are easy to digest, like sugar, soda, pastries, and white bread. How It Works When you eat less than 50 grams of carbs a day, your body eventually runs out of fuel (blood sugar) it can use quickly. This typically takes 3 to 4 days. Then you’ll start to break down protein and fat for energy, which can make you lose weight. This is called ketosis. It's important to note that the ketogenic diet is a short term diet that's focussed on weight loss rather than the pursuit of health benefits. Who Uses It? People use a ketogenic diet most often to lose weight, but it can help manage certain medical conditions, like epilepsy, too. It also may help people with heart disease, certain brain diseases, and even acne, but there needs to be more research in those areas. Talk with your doctor first to find out if it’s safe for you to try a ketogenic diet, especially if you have type 1 diabetes. Weight Loss A ketogenic…

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5 tips for healthy skin

Good skin care — including sun protection and gentle cleansing — can keep your skin healthy and glowing.… See More

Back pain at work: Preventing pain and injury

Heavy lifting, repetitive movements and sitting at a desk all day can take a toll on your back.… See More

Sleep

By Mayo Clinic Staff It can be tough to get a good night's sleep. Work, household responsibilities and… See More

What’s a Ketogenic Diet?

What Is It? “Ketogenic” is a term for a low-carb diet (like the Atkins diet). The idea is… See More

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5 tips for healthy skin

Good skin care — including sun protection and gentle cleansing — can keep your skin healthy and glowing.… See More

Back pain at work: Preventing pain and injury

Heavy lifting, repetitive movements and sitting at a desk all day can take a toll on your back.… See More

Sleep

By Mayo Clinic Staff It can be tough to get a good night's sleep. Work, household responsibilities and… See More

What’s a Ketogenic Diet?

What Is It? “Ketogenic” is a term for a low-carb diet (like the Atkins diet). The idea is… See More

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