The 6 Metabolism Mistakes You're Making

Metabolism is tricky topic to tackle. While you likely know that a higher metabolism means that more calories are burned, this doesn’t necessarily equal weight loss. The truth is, your metabolism is incredibly complex. In fact, your metabolism is the result of your body breaking down all the food you eat to provide your body with energy.So, while there are certain factors you can’t control, like your genetics, your gender and your age, there are other ways you can help or hinder your metabolism. For instance, simple changes, like building muscle by lifting weights, getting more sleep and eating adequate levels of protein, can all give your metabolism a boost. On the other hand, everyday mistakes like these can slow your metabolism without you even noticing.
You don’t do dairy. While there are many reasons you may choose to skip dairy products, you may also be missing out on valuable nutrition benefits. The milk-based proteins, whey and casein, support muscle growth and repair, helping…

Could You Have A Food Intolerance? Watch For These 5 Signs

Oftentimes when people think of food allergies, they imagine the severe symptoms of their throat closing, having swollen eyes and even getting hives. Surprisingly, though, just because you don’t have symptoms like these, doesn’t mean that you don’t have a food intolerance.
In fact current statistics estimate that nearly 4 percent of adults in the U.S. have a food allergyof some sort, and it’s likely that significantly more have food intolerances. Unfortunately, food intolerances are notoriously difficult to detect due to subtle symptoms that can range in severity and can develop gradually. So, to help you identify whether your stubborn weight gain or skin irritations are due to a food intolerance, let’s take a closer look at what they are.
What are food intolerances?
When your body has difficulty digesting certain foods, it can cause a host of unpleasant symptoms. A food intolerance is a digestive response, rather than an immune system response that occurs with a food allergy. With foo…

Tips To Keep You Hydrated (Without Drinking More Water)

You likely already know that staying hydrated throughout the day is important—really important. When you keep your body well hydrated, you’re supporting healthy digestion, preventing fatigue and soothing joint pain, among many other benefits.
Unfortunately, it’s often easier said than done, though. This is partly due to the fact that there is no perfect amount of water to drink each day. At minimum, drinking eight 8-ounce glasses of water is recommended; however, the ideal amount is more like 11 cups for women and 15 cups for men.
On top of that, many of us overlook the subtle signs that our bodies are dehydrated, like fatigue, headache and decreased urine output. And by the time you’re feeling thirsty; your body is in need of hydration ASAP.
 So, instead of telling you to drink more and more water, let’s look at some of the other easy ways you can keep your body hydrated. With what you eat daily accounting for nearly 20 percent of your daily hydration, simple changes, like eating more…

DYK: There Are Self-Exams For These 4 Types of Cancer?

When it comes to cancer, early detection is key. When found early, cancer is often times more treatable and in some cases is even curable. And while annual cancer screenings are usually recommended for individuals 40 and older, it is never too early to start self-exams and other forms of early detection
Self-exams are not used to diagnose cancer; however they do provide a valuable opportunity to become more self-aware. By becoming more familiar with your body, you are able to learn what normal means for you personally. Having this foundation will allow you to better recognize any abnormalities in the future.
Tiffany Holmes, MPH, an American Cancer Society Patient Navigator at Gwinnett Medical Center, provides helpful tips on how to perform four different self-exams. Keep in mind that with self-exams if you find anything abnormal or suspicious, talk with your doctor.
Colorectal cancer, is surprisingly one of the deadliest cancers; however, like many other cancers, it is treatable and …

Springtime Sniffles? Tips To Tell Allergies From Colds

Spring has sprung! That means that these beautiful, sunshine-filled days are often filled with sneezing, watery eyes and headaches for those who suffer from seasonal allergies. But before you assume that pollen is the culprit behind your congestion, it’s important to make sure you aren’t actually suffering from a cold.
Both seasonal allergies and the common cold have many symptoms in common, such as sneezing, stuffy nose and a sore throat, just to name a few. And if that isn’t confusing enough, cold bugs can be just as common during the spring months as seasonal allergies. So, to help you determine which one you may have, keep a lookout for these key symptoms for each:
It’s probably a cold if…
You have a fever. A fever is your body’s way of fighting off certain bacteria and viruses; therefore, if it’s just allergies, you won’t have a fever. Keep in mind that it’s normal for temperature to vary between 97 degrees and 99 degrees throughout the day, but if it’s above this range for more th…

Don't Let These Common Pitfalls Derail Your Diet

The first few days of a new diet often have you feeling gung-ho and eager to make a healthy change. However, it can be difficult to keep up the enthusiasm week after week, especially if weight loss is slow to come. Keep in mind, though, that a healthy weight loss rate should be close to two pounds per week. While you may lose more at first, when you are making healthy changes for the long-term, weight loss should be slow and steady.
So, when your journey towards weight loss inevitably encounters a few road blocks, it’s important that you don’t let them doom your diet all together. To help you steer clear of these common pitfalls, or at least help you navigate through them, Devin Vicknair, PhD, Behavioral Health Coordinator at Gwinnett Medical Center’s Center for Weight Management, offers these helpful tips:
Pitfall #1: All or nothing mindset. Some people are all-or-nothing thinkers so when they are following their diet protocol they are all in and tend to have positive results. Unfortu…

You Snooze, You Lose: Tips To Stay Awake While Driving

You won’t fall asleep while you’re driving, even if you’re tired—right? Well, not so fast. You may be surprised to learn that nearly 103 million people admit to having fallen asleep behind the wheel. 
The truth is, when you’re driving drowsy, it can be seriously difficult to keep yourself awake. On top of that, you may doze off and not even know it. However, this is more likely to happen if you are sleep-deprived, driving long distances without rest breaks, traveling at night, driving alone, riding long rural highways, taking medicine that causes sleepiness or drinking alcohol.
So, whether you’re driving cross-country, or just heading home from work, these tips well keep you alert and focused while you’re behind the wheel.
How to stay alert
Try these tips from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration:
If possible, don’t drive long distances alone. If you have a companion on your drive, you’ll have someone to talk with. Plus you can take turns driving.Get enou…