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Educational health information to improve your well-being.

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Facts About Eating Disorders Everyone Should Know

February 27, 2020

February is National Eating Disorder Awareness Month, and we can think of few health phrases that could be more misunderstood than the term ‘eating disorder.’ It’s one of those things were the assumptions made in the popular consciousness can be incredibly damaging to those living with a disorder every day, so we wanted to start things off with a quick overview that might dispel some damaging misconceptions: Eating disorders are deadly Eating disorders, including anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, and binge eating disorder are lethal. On its own, anorexia has the highest mortality rate of any... Continue Reading

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Up Your Game: Making Effective Changes to Your Fitness Routine

February 25, 2020

It's no secret that exercise is a vital part of maintaining good health. However, the Center for Disease Control reports that only 23% of Americans get the recommended amount of exercise every week. If you're among the rare percentage that's consistently exercising or someone struggling to get fit, this article can help you incorporate effective changing to make your exercise routine as impactful as possible. According to the Department of Health and Human Services , at least 150 minutes a week of moderate aerobic activity or 75 minutes a week of vigorous aerobic activity is recommended... Continue Reading

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Tips for Maximizing Nutrition

February 20, 2020

Getting the right nutrition to your body can seem like a very difficult ordeal. Most of that is a result of the dieting industry—for every new diet, there is a new nutritional super villain that must be kept at bay at all costs. While it can be true that limiting certain items from your meal plan can make an improvement on your health, following some fad diets can cause you to run the risk depriving your body of the calories and nutrition it needs in order to function properly. Getting proper nutrition doesn’t just come down to depriving yourself of certain foods—it is a game of both... Continue Reading

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Keeping Rhythm: The Basics of Heart Murmurs

February 18, 2020

We all know the rhythmic thumping sound of a heartbeat. However, a heartbeat sounds differently in people with heart murmurs. It's estimated that 45% children and 10% of adults will experience a heart murmur at some point in their lives. Heart murmurs are common but can differ in severity, cause, and treatment. A heart murmur is an abnormal sound of blood flowing between heartbeats. It usually sounds like a whooshing, swishing, or extra thumping sound. Heart murmurs are not classified as a disease. In fact, most heart murmurs normally harmless. However, in some instances a heart murmur can... Continue Reading

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Take an Inside Look at Vascular Health

February 13, 2020

Your body has an extensive superhighway of capillaries, veins, and arteries that make sure blood is delivered throughout your body. However, blockages can disrupt this essential process and cause dangerous health consequences. When capillaries, veins, or arteries in the legs, arms, neck, and kidneys are in danger, health professionals specializing in vascular care can help. Common Vascular Diseases Vascular diseases can be uncomfortable and even life-threatening, but treatment is available. Make sure to contact your doctor if you have unexplained symptoms. Common vascular diseases you should... Continue Reading

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Heart Healthy Gifts for Your Valentine

February 12, 2020

When Valentine’s Day rolls around, there are hearts everywhere! Whether or not you’re into getting heart-shaped cards and gifts for your valentine, it’s a good reminder to take care of your sweetheart’s heart health. Here are some gift ideas for your special someone that both they and their heart will enjoy! Dark Chocolate Nothing says “Happy Valentine’s Day” like a box of chocolates, right? Well chocolate lovers, rejoice! You and your sweetheart can actually help your heart stay healthy with your sweet tooth. The cacao beans chocolate is made of is “choc” full of flavanols, which are good... Continue Reading

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An Overview of Heart Disease in America

February 11, 2020

Heart disease is the number one killer in America, full stop. It’s not the deadliest disease, it’s the leading cause of death in the United States—with cancer being the only thing that comes close to challenging the top spot. It is indiscriminate, affecting people of all races, genders, and socio-economic standings. Even as prevalent as heart disease is in America, however, there still exist many misconceptions about the disease, and there are a number of preventative steps that can be taken to help cut down on your chances of being affected by heart disease. Defining Heart Disease Heart... Continue Reading

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Warning Signs of Heart Attacks in Men and Women

February 6, 2020

About 630,000 Americans die each year from heart disease—that’s about 1 in 4 deaths. It is the leading cause of death for both men and women and can cause other complications, such as heart attacks. But if one were to imagine what a heart attack looked like, they almost always envision a man clutching his chest in pain before falling to their knees. It’s such an enduring image that some people assume that women aren’t victims of heart attacks at all. The truth is women are also at risk for heart attack—and are more likely to have a longer hospital stay after a heart attack occurs. Here, we... Continue Reading

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5 Fascinating Heart Facts

February 4, 2020

February is American Heart Month—in recognition, we wanted to share with you some facts about our favorite muscle. Hearts by the numbers The average person has a resting heart rate of between 60 and 100 beats per minute. That means that over the course of the day, your heart will have beat between 86,000 and 144,000 times. Over the course of a year, that’s well over 30 and 50 million individual beats. That’s a lot of work over the course of the year! It’s about the size of your fist You’ve probably heard that the human heart is about the size of a fist, but did you also know that the metaphor... Continue Reading

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Could Your Immune System Be Deficient?

January 28, 2020

Your immune system is a security network working 24/7 to keep your body healthy. It protects you from bacteria, viruses, fungi, and even your own cells if they become dangerously damaged or mutated. This incredible defense system includes 'security specialists' like macrophages, t-cells, neutrophils, other specialized white blood cells and their antibodies, your lymphatic system, and memory B cells. Like any other system in your body, however, your immune system can be damaged or weakened. When your 'security guards' are understaffed or weak, it can be easy for disease-causing pathogens to... Continue Reading

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