Spring Clean Your Body

Spring is in the air: Birds are singing, bees are buzzing and people are sneezing! Learn how to take care of your body this allergy season.

Spring Cleaning
After a long winter, chemicals like pesticides and paint particles build up in your home, making the air inside your house up to 10 times more toxic. The accidental housewife, Julie Edelman, reveals the not-so-obvious places that could harbor germs and gives you tips for freshening up your environment.

Get the full list of Julie's latest spring cleaning tips!

Everyday Health A to Z:
S = Stroke

The Doctors and Everyday Health discuss the female-specific symptoms of a stroke and how to prevent one.

Dust Bunnies
These fuzzy clumps of dust build up in the cracks, crevices and corners of your home, and are comprised of many particles, such as human skin cells and other toxic materials! E.R. physician Dr. Travis Stork sifts through a giant dust bunny to reveal its surprising contents, some of which could be turning your home into a danger zone.

• Could your vacuum be creating more dust and dander than it removes? Pediatrician Dr. Jim Sears demonstrates how to tell if your vacuum cleaner has a dust leak.

Spring Clean Your Appearance

More than 50 million Americans suffer from allergies. Two-thirds of people blame spring triggers such as ragweed, pollen and hay fever, but their allergic reactions may be a year-round issue. Learn how to reduce the symptoms.

The Doctors share their natural, at-home remedies to fight springtime allergies. Get the recipes here!

Every spring, the Asthma and Allergy Foundation projects the top 10 allergy capitals in America based on the number of prescription allergy medication purchases and pollen counts. Did your hometown make the list?

1. Knoxville, Tennessee
2. Louisville, Kentucky
3. Charlotte, North Carolina
4. Jackson, Mississippi
5. Chattanooga, Tennessee
6. Birmingham, Alabama
7. Dayton, Ohio
8. Richmond, Virginia
9. McAllen, Texas
10. Madison, Wisconsin

If your throat becomes sore, and sneezing or coughing increases when visiting or moving to a new city, you likely have a problem with allergies and should consult your doctor.


Spring Fever: Fact or Fiction?
Norma wonders why her husband, Jay, feels frisky when the weather gets warmer, and asks The Doctors if spring fever is a true condition or just an old wives' tale.

OB/GYN Dr. Lisa Masteron explains that when days start to get longer, the retinas in our eyes become sensitive to the variations in sunlight, leading to hormonal changes that decrease melatonin and heighten libido and energy. This is why our sprits are lifted during springtime. Studies have also shown that a man's sperm count increases between March and May.

While our energy naturally increases during the vernal season, Dr. Travis recommends staying active during the winter months to feel even better come spring.

• Climate can take a toll on your mood. Learn more about seasonal affective disorder.

Spring Produce

In-season produce packs up to three-times more nutrients and costs less than chemically enhanced foods that are kept on grocery store shelves year round. Get a complete list of springtime fruits and veggies here!

While buying fresh produce can boost your health, it can spoil quickly after purchasing it. When food is harvested, it starts to decay, and some conditions, such as temperature and moisture, can accelerate spoilage. Fruits and vegetables also produce ethyline, a gas that coordinates the ripening process, causing leafy greens to turn yellow, potatoes to sprout and carrots to turn bitter. On average, families waste up to $600 each year on spoiled produce, but knowing how to store your fruits and veggies correctly can help them last longer.

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Tips For Storing Produce:
• Produce that lasts for long periods of time, such as potatoes and onions, is best stored in a cool, dark place.

• Produce that spoils quickly should be refrigerated to help extend its shelf life.
• Only wash produce before eating, as additional moisture may speed the spoiling process.

• Refrigerate produce at about 38 degrees Fahrenheit.

• Store it in your refrigerator's crisper drawer.

• Use paper instead of plastic bags when wrapping produce.

Apples should be stored at room temperature for up to seven days, or refrigerated in a plastic bag if you don't plan on eating them within a week.

Bananas both ripe and unripe, should be stored at room temperature.

Grapefruits should be stored at room temperature for one week, or refrigerated for up to three weeks.

Peaches are best kept at room temperature in a paper bag if unripe. Remove from the bag when ripe, and eat within two days.

Strawberries should be refrigerated for one to three days without washing.
Oranges may be stored at room temperature for a day or two, or refrigerated for up to two weeks.
Broccoli should be refrigerated for three to five days.
Carrots may be refrigerated in a plastic bag with the green tops cut off.

Iceberg lettuce may be refrigerated in a plastic bag after rinsing and drying.
Tomatoes may be stored at room temperature out of direct sunlight, as they quickly lose flavor when refrigerated.

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