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Could Calorie Counting Be Right For You?

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The concept of counting calories is nothing new when it comes to the world of weight loss. After all, it does make sense, right? To lose weight, if you cut calories so that you’re burning more than you’re consuming, the result is weight loss.
The success of this practice is based on a pound of fat being equal to 3,500 calories, so if you cut 500 calories a day, you should lose about one pound a week. However, it may not be quite that simple. For instance, many calorie-counting diets limit daily calories to 1,200, but this may not be the magic number for everyone.
It could be too low for a very active man or too high for a sedentary woman. So to help you determine if calorie counting may be right for you, let’s take a closer look at the pros and cons it offers, as well as the key takeaways you’ll never want to forget during your weight loss journey.
The benefits of calorie counting:
As it turns out, most of us underestimate how much we actually eat each day, especially when trying to die…

7 Easy Ways To Start Reducing Inflammation Today

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Anti-inflammatory has become the new buzzword throughout the health community. Whether people are talking about joint pain or heart disease, inflammation is believed to be the cause behind it. With this sudden interest in inflammation, nearly everyone has become desperate to do one thing—lower it. Whether that means starting a special diet, taking a supplement or making lifestyle changes, it’s all about reducing inflammation.
So before you focus all of your efforts on reducing chronic inflammation, let’s take a closer look at what it actually is, signs you may have it and how you can actually get rid of it with 7 simple steps.
What is inflammation?
Inflammation is actually the result of your body’s defense system protecting it from foreign substances. When your body senses one of these foreign substances, it releases chemicals from your white blood cells, which usually causes redness, warmth and swelling. This process, called acute inflammation, helps your body to heal and only lasts fo…

A Healthy Dose Of Spring Wellness

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If You Spot These Symptoms, Visit Your Child's Doctor

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“Mom, I don’t feel good.” These words are enough to strike worry into the heart of any parent. Whether it’s a sore throat, stomachache or a skin rash, it’s hard not to worry when it comes to the health of your child. You want to do whatever you can to help them feel better ASAP.

Inevitably, the next thing that comes to mind, then, is should you make an appointment with your child’s doctor? "My recommendation for parents is simple," says Nicholas Bower, DO, regional medical director of ChoiceOne Urgent Care, a partner of Gwinnett Medical Center. "If you are ever concerned your child may need the expertise of a qualified medical provider, don't hesitate to bring them in to be seen." 
In these situations, it’s difficult to know if your child just needs a little TLC, or if it’s time to seek the help of a professional. This is especially true because there is such a wide range of symptoms and conditions that vary from child-to-child and age-to-age. "That's w…

Relieve Your Headache With These Simple Techniques

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There’s nothing quite like a headache to put a damper on your day. Between a busy schedule at work, home and in life, a headache is the last thing anyone wants. But when you start to feel pressure, tension and pain settle in behind your eyes and forehead, you know that a dreaded headache has officially arrived.
For a majority of people, the likely culprit of this pain is a tension headache. And with stress and tension as major factors, it’s no wonder that this is the most common type of headache. So you may be wondering, how can I get rid of this pesky headache? Well, as it turns out, it may be far easier than you expected.
To help you find some much needed relief, let’s start by looking at the common symptoms of a tension headache, simple treatment options (that don’t involve medication) and easy ways to prevent them all together.
If you spot these symptoms, you’ve got a tension headache on your hands.
Before you begin treating your headache, it’s important to ensure that you actually…

Spring Cleaning? Don't Forget These Important Items

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There’s no doubt about it, when spring rolls around, there’s something in the air that makes a clean house feel even better. Unfortunately, spring cleaning usually brings to mind extensive, all-day cleaning that involves everything in your house, but who has time for that, right?
This spring, instead of planning to do an extensive, top-to-bottom cleaning of your house, focus on these essential items instead. Your body will thank you for it!
Spring Cleaning Must dos:
Medicine cabinet. In the interest of being economical, you’ve likely held onto medications that you stopped using, or medications that have passed their expiration date; just in case you need to use it again at some point.
However, by holding onto old medications, you could be putting your child at risk as many of them may unknowingly misuse them. Also, many drugs, both prescription and over-the-counter lose potency after their expiration date. It’s likely that this won’t cause any serious health issues, but the medication w…

3 Of The Most Common Anesthesia Fears Debunked

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By: Becky Walton, RN, Pre-Admission Testing
In preparing patients for scheduled surgeries, I hear often hear the common statement from patients, "I'm more scared about the anesthesia, than the surgery."
Because this is a common fear that many patients share, let's take a closer look at anesthesia and learn about how your anesthesia team works to ensure your safety during surgery.
Fear #1: I'm scared I won't really be asleep and surgery will still take place.
You will be relieved to know that this situation is an extremely unlikely event. Your anesthesia team has scientific ways to measure the depth of your anesthesia and keep you from being aware during surgery. In the operating room, a machine measures the amount of anesthesia medicine being breathed in and out, and the anesthesia team is focused entirely on your safety and comfort during the operation.
As Stephen Kushins, MD, an anesthesiologist with Gwinnett Medical Center explains:
We know it takes approximat…

What It's Really Like To Have IBS

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When it comes to tummy troubles, painful cramping, bloating, diarrhea and constipation can be some of the most uncomfortable to deal with. And for the 35 million Americans withirritable bowel syndrome, or IBS, these symptoms can become all too frequent.
Unfortunately, with a wide range of symptoms and causes, IBS can difficult to diagnose and even tougher to treat. With many common misconceptions about what it means to have IBS, let’s take a closer look at what IBS actually is, what the common causes may be and simple steps for relief.
So what exactly is IBS?
When it’s running smoothly, the digestive tract works to process food by moving it from the stomach, though the intestinal tract and finally to the rectum. However, when these contractions are stronger or lasts longer than usual, this can cause gas, bloating and diarrhea. On the other hand, if the contractions are weaker or slower, this can lead to constipation or abnormally hard stools. Despite these unpleasant symptoms, the good…

The Dos & Don'ts Of Allergies

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If you have seasonal allergies, the arrival of spring is probably less about warm sunshine and freshly blooming flowers and more about itchy eyes and congestion. And with millions of people who suffer from Spring allergies every single year, you’re probably wondering what you can do to find some much needed relief?
The truth is different tactics may work better or worse for different people. There is no one best way to treat allergies. However, if you are in search of key ways to ease your allergy agony, start with these simple dos and don’ts.  
Do Spring cleaning. You'll breathe easier if your air is clean. The best way to do that is with a HEPA room air cleaner rated with a Clean Air Delivery Rate (CADR). If you have central air, change your air filters every three months and use filters with a MERV rating of 11 or 12. Steer clear of ionic air filters.
And don’t forget to vacuum, too. Make sure to use a vacuum cleaner with HEPA-filtration technology to help remove pollen and othe…

Leg Pain? You May Need To See A Cardiologist

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For many individuals, leg pain may seem like harmless condition that’s easily explained by common conditions, or just simple wear and tear. However, for millions of Americans, leg pain may actually be the result of peripheral artery disease (PAD).
This condition, which is caused by hardening of the arteries in the legs and feet has impacted nearly 8.5 million Americans, and is especially common in individuals over age 60. While you may not know much about PAD, this surprisingly common condition can have serious implications for your heart and overall health. Let’s take a closer look at what PAD is, why it can cause leg pain and what you can do to lower your risk of developing it.
So, what is PAD?
Peripheral arterial diseasehappens when blood flow through the arteries is reduced because of plaque buildup. It often happens in the legs and feet, but can also happen anywhere else in the body.
It’s important to keep in mind, though, that as you age, your arteries will naturally become stiffe…