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7 Ways to Manage Stress During the Busy Holiday Season

December 3, 2019

The holidays are almost here, and we all know what that means: friends, family, food, fun, and for some of us, a lot of extra stress. There's a lot to be done, and sometimes we feel overwhelmed! Along with planning meals and holiday get-togethers, having a plan for managing stress can ease your mind. Incorporate the following strategies to have a relaxing and fun holiday season! Sleep In the whirlwind of cooking, cleaning, decorating, and finding that perfect gift, it can be tempting to skimp on sleep. Think it will be fine to "catch up" later? Think again. Adults typically need 7-9 hours of...Continue Reading

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Start Planning Now for a Healthier New Year!

November 28, 2019

Lose weight, eat better, exercise more, Stop smoking. Does your New Year's Resolutions list look something like this? You're not the only one. Health-related goals are a common part of the goals people set for themselves (and sometimes, forget about) every year. When you take care of your body, your whole life will improve-- so we whole-heartedly recommend sticking with your resolutions to live healthier. Maybe you haven't even thought about your goals for the next year yet. In that case, now's your chance to take a minute to get a head start! Think Ahead Having your resolutions ready ahead...Continue Reading

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Important Differences Between the Flu and Pneumonia

November 5, 2019

The weather is cooling down and that means coughs, stuffy noses, fevers, and lots of germs are on their way! Two of the most overwhelming illnesses that come around this time of year are influenza (the flu) and pneumonia. They have so many similar symptoms it can be hard to differentiate between the two. Below are some tips for telling the difference. Remember, make sure you are always getting your doctors input if you're experiencing any of these symptoms. What's the Difference The flu and pneumonia have some common symptoms, but they are not exactly the same. Both are important to be aware...Continue Reading

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What Causes Cataracts?

August 19, 2019

Did you know that by age 80, more than half of all Americans will either have a cataract or have had surgery for cataracts? That's an astonishing proportion of the United States. Maybe since it is often an affliction that strikes us when we are older, we do not give a lot of thought to what they are and how they might come about. The good news is that you can reduce the number of risk factors that seem to be linked to the development of cataracts. In addition, surgery for cataracts are common and can be performed as an outpatient procedure. What are cataracts? Cataracts are clouds on the lens...Continue Reading

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Questions to Ask Your Dentist

July 29, 2019

It's easy for us to compartmentalize our dental health from our body's health. The truth is, however, these things may be more intertwined than you think. After all, our mouths are part of our bodies, why wouldn't one effect the other? In recognition of Dental Health Awareness month, here is a short list of questions that you can ask your dentist the next time you're in for a check-up. What dental health products do you recommend I use? There are a lot of health products on the market and the dental health industry is no exception. On Amazon, in fact, there are over 10,000 listings just for...Continue Reading

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How Are Allergies Linked to Your Immune System

April 30, 2019

Everyone is always so excited for the arrival of Spring, that is, until the pollen comes along with it. That’s because nearly 50 million people suffer from allergies in the United States, it’s the sixth leading cause of chronic illness in the country, and costs $18 million annually . That’s an incredible amount of money to spend for what is essentially an overreaction on the part of the body’s immune system. Let’s explore how your hay fever and the immune system are intertwined, and whether or not you can do anything about it. What is the Body’s Immune System? The immune system is responsible...Continue Reading

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The Secret to Keeping Your New Year’s Resolutions!

December 11, 2018

A thinner waistline, kicking your smoking habit, or taking up that hobby you've always wanted – when the clock strikes midnight to ring in 2019, millions of Americans will make promises to improve their lives. We may have lofty ideals of the changes we'd like to make for the New Year, but actually keeping those resolutions is more difficult. In fact, Forbes estimates that only 8% of people stay true to their New Year's Resolutions. Want to join the ranks of those with stellar willpower and determination? We'll show you how! Start Small to Achieve Big The most common way to derail your success...Continue Reading

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Why Your Liver is the Gatekeeper to Good Health

October 2, 2018

October is Liver Awareness Month! It's well-deserved recognition for this often underappreciated organ. In fact, your liver is the superstar of your digestive system. Everything you consume passes through your liver and is sorted for nutrients. It decides what stays in your body for nourishment and what toxins to expel. Healthy habits keep your liver running like a well-oiled machine. Unhealthy habits can damage this vital organ. So, how can you keep your liver, the gatekeeper to good health, in prime shape? Understanding the Hardworking Liver Your liver is not only the gatekeeper to good...Continue Reading

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Small Gland, Big Job: Why Your Thyroid is So Important

September 11, 2018

Did you know you have a butterfly with a shield in your neck? That's right; your thyroid gland is a butterfly-shaped gland with a name that comes from the Greek word for "shield." The thyroid gland sits at the base of your neck below your Adam's apple and weighs less than an ounce. This small but mighty gland controls your metabolism – the process of converting food into energy. Your thyroid is so important that you are unable to live without it unless you have medicine to replace its hormones. The thyroid gland is part of the endocrine system – the system that includes all the glands in your...Continue Reading

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5 Surprising Facts About the Life of a Doctor

August 30, 2018

Doctor's hold a revered position in our society. Beyond patient's normal interactions with doctors there are interesting facts about the lives of doctors, that may surprise you. For instance, doctors work an average of 1.5 times more hours per week than the average American. In other words, it would take 54 years to complete the work that a doctor does in 36 years. What does the life of someone so busy look like? Can they sustain healthy friend and family relationships? Here are five unique facts to better explain the mind of the average doctor in today's society. Reporting for Duty There are...Continue Reading

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