Fruit sometimes gets a bad rap, depending on the fad diet of the day. There are even some who would tell you to steer clear of the food group altogether, with claims that its sugar content outweighs its nutritional benefits. But what’s the real truth about fruit? Is it bad for you? Good for you?
Getting the right amount of fiber in your diet is associated with excellent digestive health, lower incidence of obesity, and reduced risk for heart disease, Type 2 diabetes, and even certain cancers. But say the word “fiber” and you may think of dry, tasteless cereals and gritty powder supplements stirred into beverages.
On countertops and bedside tables in your home, many dangerous products are hiding in plain sight. Shampoo, lotion, nail polish, and makeup seem harmless because they are associated with personal care, but these everyday items may be hazardous to young children.
Those of us who have heard of or engage in foam rolling might not even know it’s actually been around for a while, having only recently taken the exercise world by storm. Devotees claim that this practice of rolling various parts of your body across a foam-covered tube can improve flexibility and reduce muscle soreness. So, it appears that foam rolling is catching on for good reason … but is it good for you?
Tightness in the chest that radiates out toward your left shoulder and into your neck. Stabbing chest pain. Difficulty breathing. Coughing and a general feeling of malaise. Weakness, shortness of breath – many of these symptoms point to a heart attack, and while it certainly makes sense that a person experiencing these thinks they’re having a heart attack, what this individual really could be experiencing is pericarditis. Pericarditis is good at mimicking heart attack symptoms.
Every month it seems as if there’s a new health food or product that’s being lauded as the magic bullet to cure almost anything that ails you. Coconut oil, kale, or essential oils, anyone? The newest focus seems to be on turmeric – a spice related to the ginger family and most frequently used in Asian food – which many people are praising as an almost-miracle spice. But is it? Here are some of the claims that have been made about turmeric and the truth about whether turmeric can live up to them based on research.
If you’ve ever had a conversation with someone with hearing loss, you may have instinctively thought to speak louder when it appeared you weren’t being heard. It’s a natural response – but, unfortunately, it’s one that doesn’t actually help as much as you’d think.
Imagine you’re enjoying an epic game of flag football with friends when one of your opponents decides to make the game full-contact. All of a sudden, you’re on the ground in pain. The impact of the tackle and the fall have dislocated your shoulder. It can be a frightening and excruciating experience.
There’s no dancing around this: hip replacement is major surgery. The decision to have hip replacement is major, too – and after you and your physician have discussed all your options and have decided hip replacement is right for you, it’s already time to start thinking about what comes next.
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).