Health January 2014

The latest healthcare options for your clan's well-being.

Jordan Brueckner

Sleep Better

Do you suffer from aches and pains, headaches, or insomnia? The Proper Pillow is designed to alleviate these symptoms by optimizing support of the head, neck, and spine while allowing the body to remain cool during the night. The Proper Pillow is optimal for an athlete, an everyday traveler, or a busy mom. Get a better night’s sleep through www.properpillow.com.

Out in the Cold

The winter brings days full of snow and sleigh rides for youngsters, but it also brings nights full of cough and cold symptoms. The Vicks Starry Night Humidifier regulates air at a comfortable humidity to temporarily relieve your child’s nasal and chest congestion. It’s available in several colors at Babies “R” Us and Walgreens.

Easy Degrees

Say, “Hello!” to the accurate and non-invasive way for determining the body’s temperature with the Braun Forehead Thermometer. The new design allows you to measure temperature over the forehead skin and provides more accurate results. The Braun Forehead Thermometer works with infants, children, and adults and can be purchased at Rite Aid.

Sleep in Peace

Owlet Baby Care has revolutionized the infant care industry with the creation of the Owlet Vitals Monitor. This smart sock device has the capability to track and transfer an infant’s vital signs to your smartphone. This foot-based, wearable technology reads the infant’s heart rate, sleep position, skin temperature, and oxygen levels. To track your infant’s safety visit www.owletcare.com and purchase the Owlet Vitals Monitor.

Sleep the American Way

Novosbed is a memory foam mattress that provides superior quality and comfort for restful nights. Made in the United States, Novosbed incorporates Novosflow Airflow Technology to provide excellent air circulation, which may help alleviate back pain. To get free shipping and learn more about this product, visit www.novosbed.com.

Delicious Drinking

Protect your infant from heavy metals and pharmaceuticals in tap water by switching over to the PUR Baby Faucet Water Filter. This helps to eliminate 61 contaminants found in tap water, including chlorine, lead, and microbial cysts. PUR Baby is also valuable because it costs less than bottled water. For more details, visit www.purwater.com.

Post-Partum Recovery

The Band Specialist has created a nine-month plan for new moms to get them physically and mentally into shape. Cinch Essentials and Cirqulate Active have been worn by celebrities such as Julie Moran, Kyle Richards, and Nancy O’Dell. The Cinch Essentials collection items have a hidden waist compression that is built into the garment. As the post-pregnancy woman shrinks in size, so does the band. The Cirqulate Active collection includes Power Mesh and Breezy Top linings to encourage women to get active but remain comfortable. Start shopping today at www.thebandspecilaist.com.

The Smart Snack Alternative

Are you searching for a healthy snack to suppress hunger between meals? The new line of food by Veggie Patch offers several options to curb cravings. The Spinach Nuggets and Broccoli Bites are excellent go-to snacks from Veggie Patch that are made with real vegetables. Head to www.veggiepatch.com to check out new recipes and vegetable creations.

Kitchen Must Have

Are you looking for an easy and clean way to prepare, store, and transport food? Then the Poppy Lid is the perfect choice for you. The lid creates a vacuum seal that adjusts to any smooth-rimmed bowl to maintain freshness and avoid spills. Since it is microwave- and oven-safe up to 425 degrees, the Poppy Lid is an easy replacement for aluminum foil and plastic wrap. To purchase the Poppy Lid, visit www.productswithstyle.com.

Be Kind to Your Hands

Keep your digits happy with a foam-based hand sanitizer that is a proven alternative to alcohol-based hand sanitizers. Since safeHands is 100-percent alcohol free, there are no undesirable side affects such as dry, flaky, or irritated skin. This non-toxic hand sanitizer kills 99.99 percent of germs and is available at www.safehands.com.

This column appeared in the January 2014 issue.