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Beat the Flu with These 7 Immune Boosting Foods

September 14, 2017

Body aches, fever, congestion, and swollen lymph nodes – Ugh! You may be getting the flu. If your symptoms are bad enough, a visit to your doctor is certainly in order. However, a visit to your local grocery store can also help. Immune boosting foods may provide some relief and extra protection from the aches and pains of the flu. Using food in addition to medicine to treat what ails you isn't a new concept. In fact, an ancient Greek physician named Hippocrates is quoted as saying, "Let food be your medicine, and medicine be your food." In other words, what you eat has a powerful impact on... Continue Reading

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Hard Knocks: How to Spot a Concussion

September 12, 2017

We've all seen the cringe worthy hits on the NFL highlight reels. Sports like football, boxing, and hockey are well known for the rough and tumble action that causes concussions. You don't have to be a professional athlete to be at risk for a concussion though. In fact, concussion injuries have doubled over the last ten years. Let's explore the risk factors, symptoms, and best ways to prevent concussions. What is a Concussion? Concussions are a type of traumatic brain injury that results from a jolt or hit to your head or body. Your brain is soft like Jell-O. As extra protection, it's... Continue Reading

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Back to School Shots: The Little Ouch With Big Results

September 8, 2017

Beyond backpacks, notebooks, and pencils, vaccinations are a vital part of preparing your child for school and a healthy life. In fact, vaccinations are the most powerful tool we have to prevent death and injury from diseases worldwide. For a little ouch, you can give your kids big results in the fight against disease. What is a Vaccination? A vaccination refers to the shot that contains a vaccine. A vaccine is a substance that makes a person immune from certain diseases. You may also hear the term immunization in relation to vaccinations. An immunization is the process of becoming protected... Continue Reading

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Perfect Match: How to Choose the Right Primary Care Doctor

September 7, 2017

Your primary care doctor is someone that's going to be a trusted expert, confidant, and health advocate for you and your family. It's a unique relationship that can span a lifetime. Whether you're seeking a primary care doctor for the first time, have moved to a new area, or want to make a change, we can help you choose the right primary care doctor. Understanding Primary Care Primary care is the first point of medical care you'll receive for undiagnosed symptoms, disease prevention, continual care for acute or chronic illness, and overall health maintenance. Doctors that provide this type of... Continue Reading

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What’s the Scoop on Your Poop?

September 5, 2017

Yes, it may sound strange, but your poop is an excellent indicator of your physical health. Signs of diseases or stress often first show up in the toilet. Of course, the key to monitoring your health is knowing what to look for and what the signs mean. So, yeah, it's a good idea to pay attention to your poop, even if this seems a bit gross. Monitoring your stool for changes can help you spot potential problems before they become significant issues. There is No Such Thing as Normal When It Comes to Poop Everyone is unique, and your bowel movements are just as unique as you are. Size, shape,... Continue Reading

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Chronic Pain Awareness

September 1, 2017

Chronic pain is pain that usually persists for months or even years. This type of pain is experienced by nearly 100 million Americans every year. Two of the most common types of chronic pain are lower back pain and headaches. September is Pain Awareness Month , a public awareness campaign launched in 2001 that is led by the American Chronic Pain Association . The goals of Pain Awareness Month are to educate the community on the severity of this health issue, spread awareness about treatment and encourage community members to get involved with pain awareness programs. It is estimated that... Continue Reading

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Go the Distance with Hydration

August 31, 2017

Harrowing tales of being lost at sea have always captured our imaginations. Who can forget Tom Hank's portrayal of a shipwreck survivor in the movie Castaway? In all these tales, finding water is a vital, primal need that makes the difference between life and death. In fact, water is more important than food in a survival situation. Your body is unable to function long without it. The human body is 65% water. Your brain is around 70% water, and your lungs are nearly 90% water. For proper body function, you need to replace about 2.5 quarts each day by consuming food and liquids. Hopefully,... Continue Reading

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Are you Shortening Your Life with these 5 Unhealthy Habits?

August 29, 2017

Very few people look forward to getting older, but most people would agree that it's better than dying before your time. While most people would love to stop the aging process somewhere around age 25, this fantasy probably won't happen very soon. However, it is possible to increase your odds of living a longer and healthier life by practicing healthy habits. Unhealthy habits are one of the leading reasons why people die earlier. In 2010, the life expectancy for individuals living in the United States was 78 years. Just two short years later, this figure is rapidly declining for certain age... Continue Reading

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Why People Who Suffer from Recurring Heartburn Should Avoid Tomatoes

August 23, 2017

You're probably already familiar with that burning sensation in your chest and the bitter taste of acid in your throat that seems to come on without warning. It can last for hours after consuming your favorite plate of pasta or pizza. Unfortunately, it can be hard to resist your favorite tomato-based dishes even though it's often a dietary disaster. Why Does Your Love for Tomatoes Punish You So? Unfortunately, for heartburn sufferers, tomatoes contain two types of acids, malic and citrus, that trigger heartburn. When you consume tomato-based products, your stomach produces gastric acid to... Continue Reading

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Fidget Gadgets: Do They Really Help?

August 17, 2017

Foot shaking, pen tapping, finger drumming, or hair touching; welcome to the world of fidgeting! Fidgeting is a small, restless, physical action that seems to have no link to the primary task we're performing. Ask anyone who finds themselves stuck in a long meeting, class, or time of intense concentration, and they can probably tell you their favorite fidgeting behavior. In fact, fidgeting is so common that a wave of "fidgeting gadgets" are taking the consumer market by storm. Fidgeting spinners, cubes, and sensory balls are flying off the shelves, but do they work? The Science of Fidgeting... Continue Reading

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