Showing posts from July, 2018

6 Ways You’re Actually Making Your Bug Bites Worse

It takes a surprising amount of willpower to resist scratching those irritating, red bumps we call mosquito bites. Even then, sometimes you just have to give in and scratch, and scratch some more, until your heart’s content. Unfortunately, though, the relief that scratching provides is short-lived, and may even make the itchiness worse in the long-run (bummer!).

And why are mosquito bites so itchy anyway? It isn’t because of mosquitoes’ suckers, and it definitely isn’t because of the bite itself, it’s actually due to your own immune system. 
Turns out, when a female mosquito bites you—because male mosquitoes don’t bite humans—they inject saliva into your blood stream to prevent clotting. But our bodies don’t exactly like their protein-filled saliva, so in response they produce histamines. Which is why you’re left with an itchy, red bump just hours later.
Once the itchiness fully settles in, what are you supposed to do? Since scratching isn’t exactly an option. Maybe the ole standby—topi…

5 Things You Don’t Want To Know About Gynecologic Cancers (But Should)

Besides the fact that all types of cancer are just downright scary—gynecologic cancers included—what do you actually know about this group of cancers that affect the nether region? If you’re like nearly 20% of women, you may not be able to name a single sign or symptom (yikes!) even though gynecologic cancers are the fourth biggest cause of cancer-related deaths. Something just doesn’t add up here.
So what are we missing? Why are gynecologic cancers so misunderstood and often overlooked by women under 40? It’d be nice if there was a quick and easy answer to this question. But like most things, it’s a bit complicated.
Not to worry, though, we’re working with Sheila Warren, RN, GMC’s health navigator, to put gynecologic cancers on your health radar. Here are 5 facts about gynecologic cancers that aren’t a want, but a need for every woman:
1.There isn’t just one type of cancer to be worried about.

Most of think of the female reproductive system as a whole; lumping the cervix, ovaries, uteru…

5 Totally Jawesome Recipes To Eat Like A Shark

While humans and sharks don’t necessarily have a lot in common—after all, sharks do live in the ocean—there is one important lesson we could learn from them: eating fresh seafood is a must.

From fish and mollusks, to crustaceans and more, sharks eat it all—and for good reason. That’s because seafood of all kinds, namely fish, crab and shrimp, offer vital nutrients, with low calories and ample protein. And you don’t have to have a shark-sized appetite (eating up to 66 pounds in one meal) to enjoy all the benefits of seafood.
So, in honor of Shark Week, it’s time to update your weekly menu with a few of these fin-tastic recipes. Even if you don’t consider yourself a fish lover, there are plenty of options that are  dog-shark friendly (they eat crab)  and carpet-shark approved (they eat shrimp).
Sea-sational Crab Cakes:This easy recipe takes less than 10 ingredients to make, and you’ll get plenty of protein, omega-3 fatty acids and selenium (thanks to the crab), plus vitamin C and B6 (thanks…

Decoding Muscle Pain: Is It Just Soreness Or An Injury?

While that old adage of no pain, no gain should definitely be taken with a grain of salt, there is something satisfying about having a little bit of soreness post-workout. You know that sweet spot—the one between having zero soreness and being so sore that any type of movement is painful. It’s that perfect feeling that allows you to really strut yourself (knowing that you kicked some serious butt at the gym), while also not missing a beat with your daily routine.
But the line that separates soreness and injury is really, really fine. That’s why so many of us make the mistake of overlooking common sports injuries by chalking them up to normal soreness. That’s why we asked Purnima Bansal, MD, a primary care sports medicine provider with GMC’s Duluth Family & Sports Medicine, for some of the best ways to decipher muscle discomfort—and more importantly—how to prevent a sports injury.

Pinpoint your pain.

This may be easier said than done, after all, pain is just pain—right? Not exactly. …

What The Heck Is The Low FODMAP Diet?

People typically fall into one of two categories. Either you’re someone who has no idea what in the world FODMAP stands for, or you’re someone who just found the G.O.A.T. (greatest of all time) of diets. Okay, we may be exaggerating just a little bit, but for people with a variety of different health conditions—like IBS, rheumatoid arthritis, eczema, fibromyalgia, migraines and more—eating a low FODMAP diet can make all the difference.
To know which category you fall into, let’s take a closer look at what FODMAP actually stands for:
·Fermentable: These foods are easily broken down (or fermented) by bacteria in the large intestine.

·Sugar: The following 4 compounds are all different types of sugar molecules, also known as saccharides. oOligosaccharides: AKA: few sugar molecules oDisaccharides: AKA: two sugar molecules oMonosaccharides: AKA: single sugar molecule oPolysaccharides: AKA: multiple sugar molecules
While the terms that make up the acronym FODMAP are way too technical, they aren’t…

What’s The Deal With Skin Tags—Seriously?

Move over pimples, moles and warts, there’s a new skin nuisance in town—and it affects nearly 30% of Americans. That’s right, we’re talking about skin tags. The surprisingly annoying skin growths that seem to always be in the wrong place (like under your bra strap) at the wrong time (during swimsuit season).
Despite the fact that they’re super common, most of us don’t know a whole lot about these mysterious little buggers—besides the fact that they’re irritating. For instance, are they contagious? Can they ever be cancerous? Is it safe to remove them at home? The answers to all of these questions—and more—can be found below.
What are they?

Skin tags, also known as acrochordons or fibroepithelial polyps, are nothing more than small, fleshy growths that have the appearance of hanging skin (i.e. they’re longer than they are wide).

They're typically flesh colored, but they can look brownish or pinkish as well. Once they're fully formed—usually only millimeters wide and up to a half…

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

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.

Free Weights Or Machines? Decisions, Decisions

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)

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…