Showing posts from November, 2018

5 Things You Never Knew About Nicotine

As one of the most well-known chemicals (out of more than 4,000) found in tobacco products, nicotine has developed quite the reputation. Unfortunately, though, it hasn’t been for anything good. For instance, did you know that nicotine is still one of the most heavily used addictive substances in the U.S.? But beyond knowing where nicotine is found (primarily tobacco products), what else do you know about it?
Here are 5 Things Everyone Should Know:
1.Nicotine takes a major toll on your heart. That’s because it temporarily increases your heart rate by 2 to 3 beats a minute and increases blood pressure in the short term because it constricts blood vessels. Nicotine reduces blood flow to the heart.

2.It also has a surprising impact on your brain. As a neurotransmitter, nicotine produces a natural high within 7 to 10 seconds of inhaling. It’s also a central nervous system stimulant, which can decrease the sensation of pain. Furthermore, nicotine actually changes nerve signals that control ph…

Get Your Garlic On: Now More Reasons To Love This Allium

When many of us think of superfoods, we tend to envision dark leafy greens, salmon, avocado, seaweed and other powerhouse foods that aren’t always the highest on our deliciousness scale. But just because a certain food is filled with ample vitamins and minerals doesn’t mean it can’t be super flavor-full and delicious—garlic is proof of that!

This plant food, closely related to onions and shallots, has long been loved for its unique and complementary flavor that tastes good with pretty much everything. So the next time you taste garlic in your dish, it won’t just be your taste buds that are happy. With manganese, vitamin C, vitamin B6, selenium and fiber, your whole body will be satisfied.
So if garlic is effective at improving immune and heart health, as well as fighting certain cancers (thanks to its sulfur containing compounds), and lowering triglycerides and total cholesterol, how can you make sure to get all of these benefits? Well, surprisingly, research suggests that you may be a…

Isn’t Warming-up Basically Just Stretching?

By: Kristie Delgado, MSGMC’s Fitness Specialist

With lower temperatures becoming the norm, it’s essential to make sure you take measures to prevent injury before a workout (cold weather can be tough on your body). Some experts say the best way to prevent injury is to warm-up, while others say stretching is the way to go. So which is it?
In a nutshell, you need to do both. Now I know what you’re thinking, aren’t they essentially the same thing? Not exactly. To help highlight the key differences and benefits, let’s take a closer look at each and most importantly, when it’s best to use each of them.
A good warm-up routine is designed to send a signal to the brain that the body is about to do some work, and to prepare for it. This preparation includes releasing hormones that tell your cells you need more fuel. At the same time, other hormones help to temporarily shut down expendable functions, like digestion to shunt oxygen-rich blood to the areas the body that will need it. St…

6 Easy Ways To Support (And Speed Up) Digestion

What’s not to love about Thanksgiving? A special day dedicated to cherishing those people you care about most, enjoying the crisp fall weather, maybe watching a little football and eating tons (and tons) of turkey—and all of the side dishes you can fit on one plate. And while most of us know it’s not necessarily great for your health to gobble till you wobble, it can be hard to resist all of the deliciousness Turkey Day has to offer.
So instead of giving you a long list of alternative (healthy) dishes you can include on your Thanksgiving menu in place of some of the traditional dishes—honey roasted butternut squash with cranberries and feta, Garlic Mashed Cauliflower, butternut squash and wild mushroom stuffingwe’re going to provide a few simple ways you can improve digestion for all of your turkey day eating. Because let’s face it, just because all of those scrumptious dishes taste delicious going down, feeling overly full isn’t  any fun. 
Here are a few ways to get (and keep) your di…

5 Ways To Get More Whole Grains (Without Eating Bread)

Making the switch to whole wheat bread and whole wheat pasta are great ways to get more of the all-important unrefined grains (and some much-needed fiber) into your diet. And despite the fact that pasta and bread can be a good way to reap all the benefits whole grains have to offer, you can’t exactly eat that for every meal (bummer, right?).
Not to worry, though, there is a hefty list of whole grain heavy hitters that offer all the health perks you’re after—fiber, several B vitamins and minerals such as iron, magnesium and selenium. Not to mention that whole grains help to reduce your risk of heart disease, constipation, as well as supporting a healthy weight. Here are some of the many great grains you can enjoy:
Amaranth (can be gluten free)BarleyBrown rice (can be gluten free)Buckwheat (kasha) (can be gluten free)BulgurCornmeal (grits, polenta) (can be gluten free)CouscousFarroMillet (can be gluten free)Oats (can be gluten free)Quinoa (can be gluten …

How Obesity Weighs On Teens’ Wellbeing

Whether you’re overweight, underweight or somewhere in between, weight is an aspect of health that’s on everyone’s mind—which isn’t always a good thing. Stress, anxiety, pressure, frustration, insecurity—you name it; we’ve probably all experienced a myriad of emotions related it. The reality is weight isn’t just a physical metric, but rather a mental, emotional and social experience.
Plus, the growing number of individuals considered to have excess weight or obesity—1 out of every 4 men and 2 out of every 3 women—is hard to ignore. Even for individuals who don’t necessarily fall into one of those categories, there’s pressure—both internally and socially—to avoid gaining weight or becoming a part of the statistic. As Megan Ratcliff, PhD, a clinical pediatric psychologist at GMC’s Center for Weight Management describes, “Overweightness isn’t just an individual issue; it affects the health of the nation as a whole. Obesity is one of the leading causes of preventable death in the United S…

4 Signs You May Actually Have Endometriosis

Painful cramps (back, abdomen or groin). Painful bowel movements. Heavy and/or long menstrual bleeding. Fatigue. Bloating. Pain during intercourse. If this sounds like your run-of-the-mill period, then we’ve got a problem. That’s because many of those symptoms are key signs of the common condition, endometriosis.
This disorder occurs when the endometrial tissue that forms the lining of the uterus, grows other places in the body. Once outside of the uterus, the tissue is able to reproduce itself and continue spreading. On top of that, many of the most common symptoms of endometriosis mimic those of PMS, uterine fibroids, pelvic inflammatory disease and irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). Therefore, endometriosis growths often go unchecked and the condition remains undiagnosed, sometimes for upwards of a decade.
To ensure that women of all ages—from the time of your first menstrual cycle to your last—know the common signs of endometriosis, Sheila Warren, RN, GMC’s Wellness Navigator, explai…

Rainy Days = More Time Indoors (Here’s How To Make The Most Of It)

Waking up early in the morning to trek to work in the rain—no thank you! Lucky for us, though, Georgia’s weather didn’t cooperate. Hello, (rainy) November. So what are we supposed to do for the next few days while it’s raining cats and dogs, and topping out at 50 degrees? Well, the choice is clear for many of us, stay warm, dry and comfortable indoors—did someone say movie night? Yes please.
While there are some people adventurous enough to head out into the chilly, wet weather to go to the gym or their routine exercise class—that’s why there are umbrellas, right?—the rest of us choose to stay comfortable at home, only going outdoors if absolutely necessary. But just because you’re stuck indoors for the next few days, doesn’t mean that you can’t make the most of being home.
So in addition to some lounging, relaxing nights, here are a few other ways to make these rainy days (and nights) more fun—and healthy:
1.Play cards. Instead of camping out on the couch to watch your go-to shows or a…

Let's Make This November One To Remember

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
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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