Don’t Let The Internet Make You Sick

If you’re like me, and most every woman I know, you race to Google every ache, pain or unusual physical symptom that pops up.



What To Do If You’re Uncomfortable Driving At Night

Geri is one of the 40% of people over 40 who feel uncomfortable driving at night. See why she avoided driving after dark, and what she did to start feeling secure again behind the wheel!

Changes to our eyes occur gradually, over decades, until we suddenly realize we simply don’t see as well as we used to. As we age, our pupils shrink and dilate less in the dark, which reduces the amount of light entering our eyes. This can even make it seem as if we’re wearing dark sunglasses at night. (more…)

[GIVEAWAY] All-Natural Pain Relief From Noxicare

Common pain relievers such as acetaminophen, ibuprofen and other NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) can cause serious health problems, from permanent liver damage to increased risk of heart attack and stroke, reports the renowned Cleveland Clinic. Today, we’re excited to introduce you to Noxicare, an all-natural pain relief solution, made from turmeric, willow bark, holy basil, rosemary, ginger, boswellia and alpha lipoic acid.

Traditionally used in Eastern medicine, turmeric has a number of long-term pain relief and anti-inflammatory properties, to alleviate conditions including arthritis, athletic injuries, carpal tunnel syndrome, neuropathy pain associated with diabetes, musculoskeletal disorders and tension headaches.

Available in both a cream and a capsule, Noxicare can be used for daily relief. If you’re experiencing site-specific, acute pain, try the cream, the only topical formula with turmeric. The capsule is best used for general, overall pain.


Four lucky ladies will win a three-month supply of Noxicare Cream ($86.85 for three 3.5 fl oz tubes).


By entering this giveaway, which is sponsored by Herbal Health Care (HHC), the makers of Noxicare, you agree to receive emails from FabOverFifty and HHC.

Want a free, full-size sample of Noxicare Cream? Call 1-888-386-9898 or email


4 FOFs will win. (See official rules, here.) Contest closes June 15, 2016 at midnight E.S.T. Contest limited to residents of the continental U.S.


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Staying Healthy And Fresh This Summer

We seem to be forever trying to get ourselves in good shape for summer, hoping those unsightly bulges disappear by the time we’re (unofficially) mandated to don swimwear. But the health and fitness regime often goes out the window when summer actually arrives, with most of us trying to fill every hour of sun with enjoyment and relaxation.

Unfortunately, the effects of this can be significant – leading to short term and long term health problems. So, here FabOverFifty offers a handful of  tips to help you stay healthy and fresh through the summer ( we promise none of these take place in the gym).

Get Eight Hours of Sleep

We all know that when the temperature rises , it can be incredibly difficult to get to sleep.  It’s also tempting to stay up later with the windows open and a glass of wine in hand, and you may find that your much-needed eight hours’ kip is compromised.

Maintaining a healthy amount of sleep can help curb the risks of heart disease, stroke, diabetes, arthritis, and premature aging thanks to its anti-inflammatory properties. Halle Berry (amazingly 50 later this year) claims that her youthful glow is largely owed to her nightly eight hours of sleep, earning her place on this ‘icons who love sleep’ list.  

So it’s vital that you allow yourself a little extra time to get comfortable, and settle down to a health-giving night’s sleep.

Considered Skincare

Perhaps the greatest temptation during the summer months is to try and make the most of sun by seeking out its rays at every opportunity with reckless abandon. However, we all know that this can lead to significant skin and health problems from dehydration and sunburn to, in extreme cases, melanoma.

Simply slapping on a low SPF sunscreen (to maximise the chance of a healthy tan) before basking in the sun all day can be incredibly dangerous. A suitable SPF sunscreen should be applied to the body 30 minutes before sun exposure, and should be reapplied every two hours.

Furthermore, the lotion should be reapplied after swimming, towelling off or excessive sweating.

Sunscreen is not the only vital form of protection against the sun; lip balms, hats and popped collars are all helpful guards against the ill effects of the sun. This guide from cruise holiday specialists, Cruise 1st UK, offers a handful of helpful skincare tips on your holidays or during a sunny spell at home.

Staying Hydrated

Ice-cold sangria may be thirst quenching, refreshing and incredibly delicious; hydrating, it’s not. Unfortunately, it  only will serve to dehydrate the body – making it increasingly important to maintain a healthy balance with hydrating drinks and food.

During summer months, it is important to pre-empt dehydration – by the time you feel thirsty, you might  already be dehydrated.

Dr. Pamila Brar discusses how much water we should be drinking every day in this article from Lifehacker. She suggests 13 cups of total fluids a day for men, and 9 cups for women – although this should be increased if you spend time in hot and dry weather.

We’d recommend trying to drink at least 12 cups of fluids during a summer’s day – almost one every hour when you’re awake (assuming you’re following our summer sleep suggestion).

And, a balanced diet with plenty of fruits and vegetables can complement hydration.

Prioritised Eye Care

Sun exposure is not at all kind to eyes and eyelids, causing short term and long term issues. This makes wearing protective eyewear incredibly important — sunglasses are not just for preventing glare and hiding the evidence of a few too many vinos from the night before.

Fortunately, large frame sunglasses are all the rage at the moment. As well as looking fab, these offer the most comprehensive protection for your eyes and eyelids. Investing in a robust pair of large frame sunglasses which are labelled UV 400, is a good start, as these will block all UVA and UVB rays.

A pair of sunglasses which tie around the back of your head can be incredibly helpful, making it easier to wear them at all times – even when going for a quick dip in a swimming pool, or a sun-soaked cycle ride.

Hay Fever Prevention

There are few things more irritating that the onset of hay fever when the pollen count is high. It can seem like an unavoidable by-product of the sunnier weather and blooming plant life, but there are a few tips to help you avoid sore eyes and the annoying need to sneeze. And with one-in-four people suffering from hay fever, chances are these tips will help at least one person in your household.

Just a little dab of Vaseline under your nose can help prevent pollen from sticking to the lining of your nose (the cause of so many sneezing episodes). Alternatively, a quick squirt of a drug-free nasal spray can achieve the same result.

Pollen counts are traditionally at their peak during 8am to 10am and from 5pm to 7pm, when the air is warming up and cooling off respectively. Where possible, try to avoid going outside at these times. Also,  open your windows at other  times to let cool breezes into your home, but not the sneeze-inducing pollen.

Dusting and vacuuming your home regularly can also remove any pollen which is sitting dormant, waiting for a moment to strike. When dusting, make sure you use a damp cloth to pick up any pollen rather than sparking it into action.

Recognise Hazardous Insects and Plants

It’s not just the human population of the UK which embraces the summer months;insects and plants turn out in droves when the sun is shining. Whilst most of these living creatures are completely harmless, there are a few hazardous examples (beyond the obvious wasps and nettles) which need our attention.

The NHS features  a list of the insects and plants to watch out for and  explains the tell-tale signs of these summer predators, and what you should do if you are afflicted.

Cool summer beach girl vector character flat illustration. Sexy woman in bandeau swim suit, pareo wraparound skirt and large white sun hat carrying beach bag with towel wearing wedge beach sandals - stock vectorEmbrace the Serotonin

Finally, we know how important happiness is to health – and the summer months naturally make us all happier. Sunlight boosts your body’s levels of serotonin, the feel-good hormone, helping you have a happy and healthy season in the sun.

When Pain Relievers Can Cause More Harm Than Good

As we age, we’re naturally prone to more aches and pains. While acetaminophen and ibuprofen are available at minimal prices, and Americans consume billions of doses of the two drugs each year, they can pose major risks to your overall health.  But do you really know what effects they can have on your body?

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Hepatitis C: Why Baby Boomers Should Be Tested

This post is sponsored by Quest Diagnostics.

Over 3 million Americans are living with Hepatitis C, but most of them don’t even know it. What’s even more alarming is that 75% of those infected are boomers born between 1945 and 1965.

May is Hepatitis Awareness Month and we are encouraging the FabOverFifty community to understand why the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is recommending that all baby boomers born between 1945 and 1965 get tested for the disease, which may show no symptoms for decades.

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What is Hepatitis C and how is it diagnosed?

Hepatitis C is a liver infection, triggered by a blood-borne virus that is primarily spread through contact with blood from an infected person. While some people only experience a short-term infection, 70-85% of those with Hep C develop a chronic infection, according to the CDC, which can lead to liver cirrhosis, liver cancer, and even death. Unfortunately, the liver already will be severely affected once symptoms of the chronic illness do appear.

Hep C is diagnosed through a simple blood test. (more…)

You’ll Never Take A Multivitamin The Same Way Again

Chances are, you and your family take multivitamin pills or gummies to get the nutrients you don’t always get through food.

But, 35% of us don’t always remember to take them every day, according to Tespo, a new company that is helping us rethink the way we get our essential vitamins and nutrients. Not only that, but these vitamins are better absorbed by the body when they’re in liquid form. Liquid vitamins have an 85%+ absorption rate, compared to 10 to 15% with pills or tablets, Tespo reports. Besides, pills contain all sorts of manufacturing additives and chemicals that provide no nutritional value. Gummies also give you extra sugar that your body certainly doesn’t need.

Tespo to the rescue!

Dissatisfied with chemicals and other additives, as well as the lack of vitamin absorption in pills and gummies, Tespo created a smart device that delivers the highest-quality multivitamins in liquid form. (more…)

28 Superb Superfood Recipes

Greens and fruits packed with vital minerals to help detoxify your body, reduce your risk of heart disease and other chronic diseases, lower cholesterol, and more, are commonly called Superfoods. Think broccoli, kale, pomegranate, and pineapple, which are filled with the antioxidants, vitamins and minerals that your body can effectively absorb.

28 Superfood Recipes For Every Day, a new e-book from the Institute for Vibrant Living, offers four sections of recipes incorporating superfoods. You may remember IVL from its e-book of delicious heart healthy recipes, so we’re excited to share its newest e-book today. Here are four of our favorites! (more…)

Why You Shouldn’t Shower With Soap

A whopping seventy-three (73) percent of over 500 women who participated in an exclusive FabOverFifty poll revealed that they use body wash or soap to cleanse their vaginas. Only 13 percent pass the test, and use vaginal cleansing wash. So what do the 13 percent of women probably know that the vast majority of us don’t?

showerThey likely know that perfumed body washes and soaps can irritate the sensitive skin down there, because even if you’re a thick-skinned kind of gal, that doesn’t apply to your vagina. As we age, this delicate skin starts to lose natural oils, just like the skin on the rest of our bodies, which can cause itching, pain, dryness, and even bleeding. Besides menopause, vaginal dryness can be caused by diabetes and antidepressants.

Although most of our mothers, and doctors, didn’t tell us how to cleanse our vaginas, it’s no longer taboo to talk about them. And, what we’re learning from those who finally are speaking up, is that sexual health is pretty darn important, physically and emotionally. Fortunately, more companies than ever before are creating products that can help us stay sexually healthy. Uniderm, based in Italy, is one of them and it’s come to America with its intimate hygiene line, called Lubrigyn.


What You Need To Know About Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD)

One of the most important things we can do for ourselves as we age is to stay on top of the health issues that could arise.  After all, “knowledge is power,” as Francis Bacon, the English philosopher, so wisely said.

February is AMD Awareness Month, and chances are, you know someone who has this common condition, but you probably don’t know much, if anything, about it. The fact is, with over 2 million Americans suffering from the disease and 7 million at risk, AMD is the leading cause of vision loss in people over 55 years old, and the number is expected to double in the next four years.


To help educate our community of exceptional women about AMD, FabOverFifty has joined the #AMDawareness campaign, sponsored by EyePromise. (more…)

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