Top 5 Wellness Stories of 2013

Read what you may have missed last year about health, healing and happiness

Scripps Health recaps the 2013 top 5 wellness stories.

The Scripps health e-newsletter covered nearly 50 different topics in 2013. While all the articles were designed to help you improve your health and wellness, some piqued more interest than others. Topics about eating right, taking care of your body and enjoying a happy, healthy life got the most attention from readers. So looking ahead, expect more of the same. Looking back on the top stories of the year, here are the hot ones you may have missed:

1. 5 “Diet” Foods That Can Sabotage Weight Loss
Reaching for foods labeled low- or zero calories may seem like “healthy” diet options, but find out why they could be the culprits behind your inability to lose weight.

2. How to Slow Down Your Skin’s Aging
Wondering if it’s possible to reduce the signs of aging? It’s not too late to start caring for your skin and preventing skin cancer, too. Find out how.

3. Five Surprising Keys to Happiness
If you’ve ever wondered what the secret to happiness might be, check out these five mind-body practices to help you maximize the happiness in your life.

4. Are Soft Drinks Killing You?
Before you consider popping open another can of soda or ordering a fountain drink, learn why you may want to find a new, healthier alternative for these bubbly beverages.

5. Natural Ways to Alleviate Back Pain
Back pain is a common complaint that can happen at any age. Check out these five therapies that could help alleviate or even put an end to your back pain.