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4 First Aid Mistakes We’ve All Made (And What To Do Instead)

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When was the last time you got a little bump, bruise or burn? Chances are it hasn’t been long. But the real question is, when you got said injury, how did you treat it?
Maybe you just ignored it and said a few choice words. Or maybe you relied on an old wives tale to guide your treatment. After all, who knows how to properly treat a cut? Turns out, it may be a lot easier than you think—and a lot more important.
To ensure optimal healing, while also preventing infection, make sure you avoid these common first-aid mistakes:
Myth 1: You should clean the wound with hydrogen peroxide.
Save yourself the sting. While it’s important to disinfect a new wound (even papercuts), hydrogen peroxide and rubbing alcohol can actually damage healthy tissue and make it take longer for your wound to heal.
Instead, rinse the cut with soap and water for five minutes to get it completely clean. If you’re still worried about infection, add some antibiotic ointment to top it off.
Myth 2: Let a wound air out.
Yes,…

Free Weights Or Machines? Decisions, Decisions

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Resistance or strength training has proven to be essential for just about everyone. After all, it can help with everything from heart health and back pain, to burning calories and reducing stress. Oh, and let’s not forget it prevents bone loss, and helps to reduce body fat, blood pressure and cholesterol, too.
It isn’t just the benefits that make strength training so appealing, though. It’s also the fact that you can do it pretty much anywhere—gym, home or office—with almost anything—resistance bands, heavy soup cans and body weight—so essentially none of us have an excuse not to be doing it.
However, most people choose to stick to machines or free weights (dumbbells, barbells and weight cuffs) when it comes to their strength training needs. But is all resistance training equipment created equal? Or is one better than the other? It depends. Everything from personal preference and current fitness level, to training goals and equipment availability factors in.
A case for machines.
If you…

9 Benefits Of Drinking Water (In 90 Seconds)

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Can we get 90 seconds on the clock? Now, if you only have 90 seconds to spare, read the bold headlines below for some of the key benefits of drinking water.
For the rest of you, before you start the timer, there’s something you should know: the benefits of drinking water are pretty much endless. In other words, you can think of water as the ultimate MVP—the most valuable pick-me-up.
After all, since our bodies are made up of mostly water (over 60%); it makes sense that it would be essential for almost everything. From helping to flush out toxins and digest food, to regulating temperature and preventing headaches; the real question is, what can’t water do?
While it seems like it should be a no-brainer to drink water (especially since more than 70% of your brain is composed of water), it appears that most of us are chronically dehydrated. In fact, the average amount of water people are actually drinking is 2.5 cups daily (yikes!). So if you need a little more convincing to get your water dr…

Classes & Events For A Healthy July

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All of these classes and more will be offered by Gwinnett Medical Center. If a registration 
number is not listed, please call 678-312-5000 to register, or register online at gwinnettmedicalcenter.org/classes.

Scroll to the bottom of the list to see some of our support groups. A full list of support groups is available here.
Classes
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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