Showing posts from June, 2018

Do You Really Gain Weight During PMS?

When it comes to premenstrual syndrome (PMS), it’s hard to decide which symptom is worst. Because let’s face it, they’re all terrible. For some it may be the painful cramping and mood swings, for others it may be the headaches and the nonstop food cravings. But one thing most women can agree on—PMS isn’t exactly a feel-good experience.
And to top it all off, the period weight gain definitely doesn’t help the situation. But it can be hard to tell if you actually put on extra weight during that time of month, or if it’s just the result of feeling bloated, uncomfortable and yucky. Well, as it turns out, it’s a combination of all of the above.
The key takeaway, though, is that you aren’t alone in feeling this way. And depending on which stage of the cycle you’re in, the culprit behind your heaviness may vary. Thankfully, Sheila Warren,RN,GMC’s Wellness Navigator, provides some much needed insight on5 ways your period can mess with your waistline.
1.The dynamic duo. In this case, we aren’t r…

7 Things You Should Probably Know About Sunshine, But Don’t

Summertime is filled with long days of sunshine, sweet sunshine. But as delightful as it is to spend the whole afternoon soaking it up, all those UV rays can come back to bite you—does anyone have aloe? So, while you all know the importance of applying ample sunscreen (at least 1 ounce), 20 minutes before you head out—don’t skip those ears or toes—there are a few quick facts you may have missed.

1.What time of the day are UV rays most intense?

The short answer is 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. So, if you’re out and about during these peak hours, make sure that you’re bringing your A-game in terms of sun protection. And don’t forget that UV rays can reflect off of surfaces, including water, cement and sand.

2.What’s the best form of UV protection?

If you hear that lovely summer weather calling your name, get out there and enjoy it. But make sure that in addition to sunscreen—which is essential—that you have a wide-brimmed hat (which can be super cute), sunglasses (that block 100% of UVA and UVB rays) …

Get Your Glow On With These Superfoods

Gorgeous, glimmering, supple skin? Yes please. Wouldn’t it be nice if there was some way to capture summertime radiance without baking in the sun for hours or spending a small fortune on assorted lotions, creams and serums? Oh wait, there is. And the best part is you can enjoy tasty foods while you nourish your skin—and the rest of your body—at the same time.
It seems like that old saying of true beauty starts from within is absolutely true in this case. That’s because your skin thrives with nutrients like vitamins A, B, C, E, K (basically the whole alphabet), collagen, fatty acids and more. And because it’s difficult—if not impossible—to find a magic lotion with all of these ingredients, why not go straight to the source instead?
Sheila Warren, RN, GMC’s Wellness Navigator, shares the key skin-loving nutrients you should be eating (and what foods you can find them in).
1.Antioxidants (aka: vitamins C & E, plus Selenium): If pesky free radicals are your skin’s top enemy, then antio…

3 Surprising Illnesses You Can Get From Swimming (And How To Avoid Them)

Whether you’re hanging out by the pool, traveling to a nearby lake or going on a beach vacation (lucky you), spending time by some body of water—no matter how big or small—makes the summer heat bearable (and way more fun).

Once you’ve picked your favorite swim spot, it’s time to pack the essentials. Make sure you don’t forget to bring something to read (whether its gossip magazines or that book you’ve been meaning to start), stylish sunnies, a comfy cover-up, SPF and water (lots of water)—all those items that are sure to keep you happy and healthy all day long. 
Unfortunately, though, one thing you can’t exactly pack for—all the germs you may encounter in the water (yuck!).
But let’s not dwell on this major summer bummer! While germs may be an inevitable part of swimming, Hira Kohli, MD, a primary care provider at the GMC PrimaryCare & Specialty Center-Suwanee, shares what you need to know about the most common illnesses, symptoms to spot and tips to keep germs at bay.

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6 Super Easy Ways To Stop Brain Freeze—All Summer Long

When it’s hot, hot, hot, we’re all desperately searching for the best way to cool down—and fast! So, what’s your go-to option? Maybe it’s taking a dip in the pool. Or pouring a big glass of sweet tea and sitting in the shade. But what day is complete without a double scoop of cookies ‘n’ cream or a scoop of salted caramel in a cone? After all, ice cream just fits with summer—like peanut butter and jelly, salt and pepper, and maple syrup and pancakes.

However, as every experienced ice-cream eater knows, eating this tasty summer treat too fast can come back to bite you. When you experience brain freeze (aka: an ice cream headache), the sharp pain is enough to make you want to toss the rest of that rocky road (say it isn't so!). Now you're probably wondering what’s causing this annoying pain? After all, ice cream isn’t that cold—is it?
What is brain freeze?
When you eat or drink something cold—a slushy, snow cone, milkshake…etc.—the roof of your mouth responds to the rapid loss of h…

Exactly How Long Do You Need To Exercise To Get The Benefits?

Have you ever been mid workday and thought to yourself, "I should go to the gym"? And while it seems like a great idea at the time, by the end of the workday, lacing up and heading to the gym is the absolute last thing you want to do. So even though we all know that getting routine exercise—preferably 150 minutes per week—is ideal, motivation can be hard to come by.

And despite all those catchy sayings out there, like, “You have to burn it to earn it. No pain, no gain. Work hard, play hard,”the daily struggles of work, kids, cleaning and more, are real—and tough to overcome. But that’s where the numerous benefits of exercise come in.
So, the next time you’re faced with the workout vs. relax dilemma, keep these quick facts in mind. And remember, it doesn’t have to be all or nothing. You can get numerous health benefits by working out for just 10 to 30 minutes a day. Okay, okay, it’s more like 45 minutes by the time you shower, but it’s still worth it.
To reduce inflammation and…

Can You Develop Eczema As An Adult?

With an unusually high number of skin irritants during the summer months—thanks a lot, mosquitoes and poison ivy—it can feel like your skin is constantly fighting off itchiness galore. And while you might assume those annoying, red bumps are just temporary, there’s a chance they could actually be something more. But how can you really tell?
After all, skin irritation can be a symptom of just about anything—just like fatigue, headaches and weight loss. So, if those mysterious bumps aren’t bug bites, what are they? As it turns out, they may actually be eczema. Now, we know what you’re thinking, isn’t eczema something you’re born with? Yes—and no. As it turns out, you can develop certain types of eczema (yes, there’s more than one kind) as an adult (but not because it’s contagious).
Here’s a quick look at 2 most common types of eczema—and more importantly, what causes them.
Atopic Dermatitis: When you think of eczema, this is likely the type that you are imagining. Not only is atopic derm…

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Ditch The Itch: 4 Plants You Should Definitely Avoid This Summer

We all know to steer clear of the three poison amigos—also known as poison ivy, oak and sumac. But have you ever really stopped to think about what these plants actually look like and how to avoid them? Chances are you aren’t the only one who may be drawing a blank here (did we miss the lesson on poison ivy 101?).
So in case you’re one of the many who doesn’t know the facts about poison ivy and oak by heart (does it always have 3 leaves or is it 5?), we thought it would be a good idea to provide a quick refresher on what these plants look like, where they grow and what other plants may cause some serious itching—besides these 3.
Here is your summer survival guide: plant edition
1.What: Poison ivy is the notorious plant that inspired the old adage, “Leaves of three, let them be.” In addition to leaflets of 3 and its vine or shrub shape, you should watch for different colored leaves throughout the different seasons—reddish in the spring, green in the summer and yellow, orange or red in t…