Iron plays a very important role in your body. Not only does it serve an integral role in energy metabolism and acid-base balance, but it also helps with oxygen transport. Iron is a mineral found in hemoglobin, the substance in red blood cells that helps carry oxygen from your lungs throughout the rest of your body to your organs and tissues. People with an iron deficiency have bodies that struggle to make enough oxygen-carrying red blood cells, which can leave them feeling tired or short of breath. When you consider that women are already more prone to iron deficiency than men (this is largely due to the blood loss associated with menstruation), and that exercise increases iron loss within the body, it comes as no surprise female athletes are particularly susceptible to iron deficiency (or anemia).
Knee osteoarthritis is a common cause of chronic knee pain and a type of arthritis associated with wear and tear of the knee joint over time. While it can be worsened by prior and future injuries, it’s almost always related to aging. The cartilage around the knee is so degenerated that the bones rub together and joints become inflamed.
Caring for an ill or disabled loved one is an opportunity to give and be of service to someone who truly needs you. It’s also a difficult task. An esteemed responsibility. An honor.
One of the most common knee injuries, a torn meniscus is caused by the tearing of the c-shaped cartilage in your knees (the menisci) that act like a cushion between your shinbone and thighbone.
“Beauty is pain.” How many of you have heard this? First, that’s crazy – don’t promulgate that myth. Second, causing yourself pain to wear a style that may look cute isn’t only silly; it can do long-term damage. One fashion item notoriously responsible for both immediate pain and damage in the long run are shoes. Do they cramp your toes? If so, you may be setting the stage for hammertoe, a common, painful deformity of the second, third, or fourth toe, often the result of wearing narrow shows with little or no arch support.
You’ve likely heard of postpartum depression (PPD) in women. Different from the “baby blues,” PPD is a severe, ongoing depression. But do you know that men can also experience a type of postpartum depression called paternal postnatal depression or PPND? It’s more common than you might think.
When we rely so much on our hands – to do, well, almost everything – it’s especially worrisome when something about them isn’t right. Ganglion cysts certainly have their place on the list of the many worrisome ailments we can experience in our hands and wrists. These nodules of swollen tissue rise up from inside the joints, most commonly those on the hands and wrists. Growing out of the joint’s supporting tissues, such as ligaments, the cysts are filled with a thick fluid similar to the fluid that lubricates the joint itself.
It might not be a topic everyone likes to talk about, but your urine, specifically the color, odor, and appearance, can tell you quite a bit about your health from insufficient hydration to potential issues with your liver. The key is knowing what to look for, so here is some information you might find helpful when it comes to decoding the color, odor, and appearance of your urine.
No matter how many healthy choices we make, there are some disease risk factors we just can’t change. Our age, race, genders, and other genetic qualities all tend to sway us into or out of high-risk categories for just about every known disease and condition. But what about our circadian rhythms? As much a part of us as all of our other deeply engrained characteristics, it turns out that our circadian rhythms – or natural wake/eat/sleep clocks – can also put us at higher or lower risk for health problems.
Cauliflower seems to be popping up a lot lately. People are using the cruciferous vegetable to replace some of their favorite, most-beloved carbs. It’s being used in pizza crust, in place of potatoes in tater tots, and as a rice replacement. People are mixing cauliflower with egg and making cauliflower bread. While not everyone likes cauliflower, it’s good the vegetable is back on the radar.