Congratulations! You delivered your baby! You’re now holding that nearly 40-week surprise in your arms and the hospital is preparing to send you home, but your milk isn’t fully in yet, and you’re wondering what’s taking so long. You arrive home and the baby was latching fine in the hospital, but now each latch makes your eyes want to roll back in your head with a new kind of stinging pain you’ve never felt before. Your baby who was so calm and sleepy in the hospital is suddenly very loud and seems hungry. You’ve been mentally preparing for labor and delivery for months, but nobody warned... Read More
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Arthritis is the inflammation of your joints that causes pain and stiffness and typically worsens with age. While there is no cure, early detection and prevention methods can help reduce symptoms and improve the quality of your life.Symptoms Pain Swelling Stiffness, especially in the morning and after extended periods of inactivity. Stiffness that lasts an hour or more may be a specific sign of rheumatoid arthritis. Reduced range of motion Common forms Arthritis. Inflammation within the joint that causes pain and stiffness. Osteoarthritis. Localized joint pain from cartilage... Read More
You don't have to overexert yourself to make strides towards better wellness. If you are just starting out, or not as physically fit as you'd like to be, low-impact exercises may be a good option to get you on your feet and moving.Here are some great low-impact exercises: Walking. This can be done almost anywhere. Start with 10-15 minutes each day and gradually add time. Don't worry about speed, think consistency. Water walking. Take your regular walking routine to the pool. This is well suited for people who have painful joints or difficulty moving. You can get all of the benefits... Read More
Sinusitis in the inflammation of the sinus cavity that is caused by either a viral or bacterial infection. This usually occurs when excess mucus develops or there is a blockage to the sinuses. The infection by the virus or bacteria produces an inflammatory response where blood rushes to the nose and carries inflammatory cells to fight the infection. This causes your sinuses to swell.What are the symptoms? Nasal blockage
A stuffed nose is the primary sign of a sinus infection.Yellow or green mucus
Instead of seeing clear mucus, there can be yellow or green discharge from the... Read More
Here are six suggestions for success as you start, continue or revamp your exercise routine in the New Year.Schedule your workout. Dedicate specific time to your wellness. It’s easy to push off exercise until next time. Schedule using your phone's calendar or preferred planner. Think of it as a regular appointment. Have a support system. Pick a partner to work out with or join a class and make friends. Expect bad days. We all have them. Stick with the program. Don’t rush. Be patient and start slow. The goal is to achieve consistent activity. Do it for you. Don’t compare your progress... Read More
A New Year, a healthier you! It’s that time of year again, time for a fresh start, a clean slate. What do you want to do for your health in the coming year? Improve your eating habits? Become more active and energized? Start thinking ahead and plan for your wellness in 2017. The best way to achieve success is to set clear and achievable goals.Think SMART S – Specific
Be clear, concise and directed.M – Measurable
Make sure that for each of your wellness goals there is a way to monitor your progress. If you can’t measure it, it’s hard to measure your success.
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Don’t skip out on meals. It might seem like a good idea to forgo your lunch so you can leave more room for indulgence later, especially during the holidays. But, starving yourself will put you at risk of overeating and drinking which can lead to mindless munching. You’re better off to eat normal during the day and be thoughtful about the choices you make. Treat yourself to the things you may only have once a year, but remember each small holiday treat can average between 60-90 calories. The points add up.
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Too often we see the holidays as a time of over-indulgence, which means we often abandon our healthy habits and can feel obligated to eat and drink to abundance. Hey, ‘tis the season, right? Not so fast. The holidays are hectic! It’s increasingly important to get plenty of sleep, exercise and plan your meals ahead of time so that you can make it through the season feeling satisfied, in control and stress-free.Enjoy holiday parties, while staying in control. Do not leave the house on an empty stomach. This leads to over consumption. Avoid standing near the food area. It’s easy to... Read More
Many women during the course of their pregnancy can develop gestational diabetes. A diagnosis of this form of diabetes does not mean that you’ve had diabetes prior to pregnancy or that you will have it after giving birth.
It is not exactly known how gestational diabetes occurs, but through research, we have some clues. You placenta supports the baby as it grows. Hormones produced by the placenta help the baby develop. But these hormones can also inhibit the mother’s insulin in her body. She may need as much as three times the normal amount of insulin.
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Did you know the average American consumes an extra 2,000 calories during the Thanksgiving meal? That’s without having a second helping! This means that the average 180-pound person would have to walk almost 3.5 miles an hour for five hours or more to burn off those extra calories. It’s unlikely that any of us have the time to burn these extra calories.What can we do? Mindful eating. Start with small portions and savor the food. It’s not a race. Sit at the table. Distracted eating can lead to an increase in consumption, especially if you are in front of the television. Stop when you... Read More
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