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Why the Right Running Shoes Can Have a Big Impact on Your Spine

July 15, 2020

If you're new to the sport of running, you may find yourself overwhelmed as you go to buy your first pair of shoes. You may have been ready to buy a new set of dedicated running shoes—but you may not have been ready to decide between "motion control" or "stability" or "cushioning"—or any of the dozens of other varieties of shoes on the market. Pick the best pair of shoes to get you out and moving safely and comfortably. Doing so can prevent a lot of damage in the long run—not just to your spine, but to other critical joints in your body as well. What Do My Shoes Have to Do With My Spine,... Continue Reading

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Know the Warning Signs for Brain Injury. You Could Save a Life.

July 13, 2020

Brain injuries are a serious health condition that impact people of all ages. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) estimate that there are 1.5 million traumatic brain injuries each year. Whether caused by head trauma such as contact sports, workplace accidents, car crashes, loss of oxygen, or poisoning. Even if it “might be nothing,” you should always get potential brain injuries checked by a doctor immediately. When you suspect someone may have brain damage, look for the following warning signs. You might save someone’s life. Loss of Consciousness The most obvious warning sign of brain... Continue Reading

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Keys to Maintaining Your Weight Loss

July 10, 2020

We've all felt the same way at least once–this is it, this is the time that I take off the pounds. We decide on a diet to follow, sign up for the gym, set our alarm clocks an hour earlier than we used to, and dust off the old yoga mat. The trick, as the experts will tell you, is how to keep the weight off for good. Here are some tips to help you keep those pounds off: Drink Plenty of Water A rare case of subtraction by addition, drinking water can help you maintain your weight well after you've hit your initial goals. Our body can have a hard time distinguishing hunger from thirst, so by... Continue Reading

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A Beginner’s Guide to Kidney Health

July 8, 2020

The kidneys play a critical role as trash collectors. Today we will give you a broad overview of what it is exactly that your kidneys do, as well as some quick tips on how you can make sure they are doing the best job they can. So what do my kidneys do? Every day, about 200 quarts of blood will travel through your kidneys. Most of those quarts are carrying oxygen and other vital nutrients to other organs in your body. Some of it, however, about 2 quarts of it, is considered to be waste. That waste is made up of extra water, as well as the byproducts that are produced during the breaking down... Continue Reading

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An Overview of Gestational Diabetes

July 6, 2020

Pregnancy isn’t easy. For some, even becoming pregnant is only possible after a whirlwind of tests, treatments, and careful planning. After that, most women go through many more tests, doctor visits, and classes on the subject. The point here is that pregnancy on its own can already feel as if it is a closely monitored and manipulated task on its own—something that adds stress onto mothers and their families. So to add on yet another precaution during this period seems like making an already daunting process nearly unmanageable. But increased awareness of gestational awareness isn’t... Continue Reading

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Stay Strong: 5 Ways to Maintain Bone Health as You Age

July 2, 2020

Your bones are fascinating structures that give your body their shape and protect your organs. Anyone that has broken a bone knows how essential they are for everyday functioning. However, after age 30, your body begins losing bone mass faster than it grows new bone mass, which can ultimately lead to conditions like osteoporosis. While bone loss is typically a gradual process, it’s important to start planning for good bone health early! Luckily, there are many easy ways to start taking good care of your bones. Let’s take a look at five of them and learn more about the risk factors that impact... Continue Reading

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Easy Steps to Improve Your Posture

June 26, 2020

If you’re one of the 16 million adults in America that suffers from chronic back pain, chances are your posture is part of the problem. Posture refers to the way your skeleton and muscles hold your body up. Good posture achieves what’s called a “neutral spine.” That means all three natural curves of the spine, including the cervical or neck curve, the thoracic curve of your middle spine, and the lumbar curve of your lower spine, are in alignment. Maintaining a neutral spine is a challenge for most of us, though. Here are the common mistakes that lead to bad posture and what you can do to... Continue Reading

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4 Easy Tips to Being a Healthier Man

June 19, 2020

This month is Men's Health Month. We've already covered some of the biggest risks to men's health —today we're going to give some tips on how you can reduce some of those risks. Here are some simple steps that you can take to minimize the chances that you might develop some serious issues later on. Get Moving Every Day Living an active lifestyle is more than just committing getting up and getting to the gym for 30 minutes a day—especially if you find yourself being sedentary the rest of the day. The Journal of American Medical Associations recommended adults get around 300 minutes of moderate... Continue Reading

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Overcoming Common Headache Triggers

June 17, 2020

Headaches can range from minor inconveniences to debilitating occurrences. The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that at least 50% of people will experience a headache at least once a year. Thirty-percent of people will experience a more severe headache called a migraine. What can be done to prevent headaches? Keep reading to discover ways to overcome common headache triggers. Diagnosing a Headache A headache can manifest itself as pain in the headache, neck, and/or face. Headaches are caused by tissues around the skull, brain, spinal cord, eyes, ears, and face becoming irritated and... Continue Reading

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5 Risks to Men's Health

June 15, 2020

According to a survey conducted by the Cleveland Clinic, men simply don't talk about their health. In casual conversation with other male friends, only 7% of respondents claimed to talk about their health. According to the same survey, 43% of men would wait until they are "afraid they have a serious condition" before even going to a doctor. This hesitancy—born from machismo or other cultural norms—is unfortunate because of the danger it creates. Many of the greatest risks to a man's health are not the kinds of conditions that emerge overnight. The five risks we are going to examine for Men's... Continue Reading

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