BANANAS

More healthful and less expensive than most commercial energy bars, the portable, perfectly packaged banana gives you what you need to refuel after a tough workout or a midday pick-me-up.  It’s a good source of dietary fiber, vitamin C, potassium and manganese and the banana is particularly high in vitamin B6.  All that and it

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Pilates for Plantar Fasciitis

From blisters to bunions, most of us will suffer from foot problems more than once during our lives. Some issues can be resolved with over-the-counter remedies, targeted Pilates exercises, reflexology and gently rolling your feet on a tennis ball. But if the pain you feel is in your heel and it doesn’t go away within

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WATERMELON LEMONADE

Watermelons are starting to show up in the grocery stores now.  While the best ones really don’t make the scene until the later in the summer (like August in Chicago), I thought you might like a refreshingly different way to enjoy this taste of summer.  HOW TO CHOOSE A GREAT WATERMELON So many varieties out

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5 WAYS TO PUMP UP HDL

When it comes to keeping your cholesterol in check, the good can definitely outweigh the bad.  LDL (low-density lipoprotein) is often referred to as “bad” cholesterol because it sticks to the walls of your arteries. The increased build up puts you at greater risk of heart attack and stroke.  HDL (high-density lipoprotein) is called “good”

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HOW TO SAVE A LIFE

You’re at a restaurant. Your dinner companion chokes and quickly falls to the floor unconscious. What should you do? With CPR certification, you’d know how to help save that life. TIMING IS EVERYTHING As a fitness professional, I am required to get CPR re-certified every two years.  Each time I take the class, I feel

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MAJORITY OF AMERICANS TAKE PRESCRIPTION DRUGS

An extensive Mayo clinic study reveals that most Americans take at least one drug, and many take two or more. While prescriptions for lifestyle-related chronic diseases (high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes) are on the list, the most prescribed drugs are antibiotics, antidepressants and painkilling opioids. Twenty percent of patients are on five or more

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FIVE PROACTIVE HEALTHCARE TIPS

How can you take better care of your health? Be more proactive about your office visits. Here are five tips will help you be a better medical care consumer. 1. Know your family history – know how parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles died. This is especially important if they died young. 2. Have a primary

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EXERCISE TO PREVENT ADDICTION RELAPSE

Despite the many psychotherapeutic and psychopharmacologic interventions, relapse rates for substance abuse and dependence remains high.  A 2011 European review article reported in The Scientific World Journal took a close look at affects of exercise on relapse prevention.  The outcomes show promise. EXERCISE AS THERAPY The authors scoured the databases of Pub Med, Medline, and

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NEW HOPE FOR RESISTANT BREAST CANCER

Take a look at any pharmaceutical drugs insert leaflet and you’ll see something called “indications.” Often times, a drug can be used or indicated for more than one health problem. For example, anti-seizure drugs can be used to treat pain. According to a Duke Cancer Institute study, an osteoporosis drug approved in Europe has been

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