5 Unexpected Reasons For Your Midnight Pee Breaks

Why is it that you feel like you have to pee at the most inconvenient times? When you’re in the middle of a meeting, during the best part of a movie or when you just got in the care to go somewhere—it almost never fails. And while those frequent visits to the bathroom may be annoying during the day, it’s definitely no fun when it’s the middle of the night.
But turns out, waking up one or more times a night to go to the bathroom is a super common problem for people of all ages. Overtime, this can lead to disrupted sleep and a host of other effects ranging from stress and irritability to exhaustion and lower quality of life.
Even though nocturia, or frequent nighttime urination, is common, that doesn’t mean that you can’t minimize the common causes. Here are 5 things that may be upping your midnight pit stops:
1.Fluid and Caffeine Intake
It may seem obvious, but cutting back on fluid intake before bed can go a long way in the pursuit of a full night’s sleep. Diuretics, like coffee and al…

Yes, Your Period Changes As You Age: What You Should Know

We all remember that day—the day when you got your first period. Once the initial shock and embarrassment wore off, it took a little getting used to. But like most women, you probably figured it’d get easier with age. After all, once you reach your 30s and 40s, you’ve had decades of experience—right? Unfortunately, though, it isn’t quite that simple. 
In fact, for many women, it can feel like their period is anything but routine. Sometimes it’s heavy, sometimes it’s light and other times you have the worst—cramps—ever. As it turns out, periods don’t just change from month to month, they actually change from decade to decade. Hopefully that means they'll be moving in the lighter direction!
Here’s a quick look at your period through the decades:  
Your 20s:
While irregularity was the name of the game in your teenage years, your 20s come just in time with some much needed consistency. A typical period in your 20s lasts anywhere from 3 to 7 days and comes every 21 to 35 days (hopefully lu…

5 Harmless Habits That Are Actually Aging You Overnight

While getting older is an inevitable part of life—along with the aches, pains and gray hair that come with it—who doesn’t want to make the most of this process by doing it as gracefully as possible? For some, that may mean paying big bucks for a new skin serum, for others that may mean eating more antioxidant-rich foods and getting a good night’s sleep. After all, it’s called beauty rest for a reason—right?
So, even if you know the big 5 for healthy skin—sun protection, not smoking, routine cleansing, eating healthy and minimizing stress—you may still be causing damage to your skin unknowingly. Here are 5 sneaky habits that are aging you overnight:
1. You’re sleeping on your side—or worse—your stomach.
We’re looking at you on this one, ladies, as women are twice as likely as men to sleep on their sides. And while it may be the most comfortable sleeping position (who can sleep on their back all night?), it’s not doing your skin any favors. That’s because when your face is snuggled into th…

If Strength Training Is Overwhelming, Here Are 4 Things You Need To Know

As if starting a new exercise wasn’t intimidating enough, along comes the world of strength training. With options galore, muscle-building exercises come in all shapes and sizes—there’s resistance bands, cable weights, free weights, body weight—you get the point. While all of these choices are great for the experienced lifter, for someone new to the strength training game, it’s difficult to know where to start.
After all, you don’t want to use improper form, lift too much weight or end up injuring yourself. So while it may be tempting to stay safely on your favorite cardio machine, strength training can offer some serious health benefits—like increasing your resting metabolic rate, improving sleep, relieving stress, supporting bone health and more—so why not give it a try?
But before you do, here are 4 things you should know to maximize your experience and prevent injury:
1. Learn the 5 major muscle groups.
·Chest: Pectorals ·Arms/Shoulders: Deltoids, Biceps, Triceps and Forearms ·Legs/Gl…

All About Antioxidants (And What To Eat To Actually Get Them)

Whether you’re trying to nurture your heart health, prevent cancer, nourish your skin or all of the above, antioxidants can do it all. It must be their free-radical-fighting capabilities. But wait…what exactly does that mean? Does anyone actually know what free radicals are?
The 411 on free radicals:
Free radicals are formed naturally in the body and actually play an important role in many everyday processes, such as exercise and metabolism. But at high concentrations, they can be hazardous to your health, with the potential to cause cell damage that could lead to cancer.
Arming yourself with antioxidants:
Thankfully, free radicals don’t go unchecked by your body. In fact, you naturally make antioxidants to help even out the scales and prevent any damage. But your body can’t do it alone. That’s where the importance of a healthy diet comes in.
Did you know that there are actually hundreds of antioxidants? Many are categorized as phenols, polyphenols and flavonoids. And unlike vitamins, …

Make This Your Healthiest March...Yet

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Scroll to the bottom of the list to see some of our support groups. A full list of support groups is available here.
Monthly Pre-Diabetes Classes If you’ve been told you have pre-diabetes, or are at high risk of developing diabetes, take charge of your health! Learn effective lifestyle strategies that can dramatically improve your overall health and reduce your chances of developing Type 2 diabetes. Topics include healthy eating, reading food labels, importance of exercise, and weight management. Presented by a registered dietitian, certified diabetes educator, this class is for ages 18 years and older. All classes will be held 5 – 7:30 p.m. There is no cost to attend, but registration is required.

For more information or to register, please call 678-312-6048.

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