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Everything You Need To Know About Soy

With all the fad diets out there, it can be difficult to determine what foods you should be eating to get all the nutrition you need to live a happy and healthy life. From vegan to paleo, sometimes it feels like all we’re being told is what not to eat. The reality is—we all have to make food choices that fit our individual nutritional needs.

What about soy? Once hailed as a superfood, there has been much debate over the years about the nutritional value and potential negative effects of consuming soy. Here’s everything you need to know about the versatile food:

What is soy?

While many of us have heard of soy products like soymilk and tofu, you may not be aware of where these foods come from. The answer—soy beans. Soy beans are a type of legume, and have tons of uses in an array of different kinds of foods. Young, green soybeans are known as edamame, and can be eaten as a snack, side or used in dishes such as salads, soups and stir-fry. Mature soybeans are yellow, and are used to make s…

6 Healthy Reasons To Love April Fools’ Day

Everyone knows that on April Fools’ Day it’s better to be the one doing the pranking, than the one being pranked. But maybe this year it’s time for a change. Before you tap into your evil genius to start planning those clever pranks; sit back, relax and enjoy a few laughs instead.
After all, you’ve heard that laughter is the best medicine, so why not give it a try? Your health might just thank you for it. Here are a few jokes to help you get in a laughing mood:
·How do you make a tissue dance? Put a little boogie in it.
·What time did the woman go to the dentist? Tooth hurt-y.
The health benefits that laughter provides are no laughing matter (just kidding). From reducing inflammation and improving blood flow to soothing tension and stimulating your organs, here are 6 health perks to keep in mind:
1. It’s a stress reliever. If you’ve been searching for an easy way to reduce stress, look no further than laughter. In fact, laughter has the exact opposite effect on your body that stress does.…

You'll Feel Reassured After Meeting These Trauma Experts

When hearing the words traumatic injury, first responders, like EMS, and emergency room specialists are the usually the first medical providers to come to mind. And while these experts are essential to the overall trauma care process, at GMC there’s actually an entire trauma team that works together to evaluate and care for patients with traumatic injuries.

In the event of a traumatic injury, the trauma team coordinates with a wide array of experienced specialists to ensure the most thorough and customized care possible.  Here’s a quick look at some of the experts you can expect to be a part of your trauma team:
Trauma Specialists:
Trauma surgeons receive specialized training to be able to effectively evaluate, diagnose, stabilize and manage trauma patients. As soon as a trauma patient arrives at the emergency room, the trauma surgeon is actively involved in the care process. Starting with an assessment of the patient, the trauma surgeon is able to identify the seriousness of injuries, o…

6 Signs Your Gallbladder Hates You (And What To Do)

First things first, it’s time to answer the question you’ve all been wondering…what does your gallbladder really do? After all, if it can be removed, it can’t be that important—right? Actually, your gallbladder does a fair amount of work to keep your body’s systems running smoothly.

Here’s what this pear-shaped organ does on a daily basis:
·It supports healthy digestion ·It breaks down fats ·It stores bile made by the liver before it moves into your small intestine
So, even though it can technically be removed with little to know noticeable changes or complications, it’s important to keep your gallbladder healthy and happy while you have it. According to Rashmi Kulkarni, MD, a Primary Care provider with GMG's Covenant Family Medicine, there may be subtle, everyday habits that are aggravating it and upping your chances for issues, like dreaded gallstones or gallbladder inflammation.
If you spot these 6 symptoms, your gallbladder may be trying to tell you something:
1. You have stomach …

Dietitians vs. Nutritionists: What’s The Difference?

Why does bad-for-you food have to taste so darn good? Even when you try to eat healthfully—well, most of the time—sometimes that glazed donut or those jalapeno chips (or maybe both) are just way too hard to resist. And while it’d be great if we could exist solely on salty snacks and sweet treats, they don’t exactly offer the nutritional value that our bodies need.
But depending on who you ask, it’s hard to know just what does offer those essential vitamins and nutrients. Is the Mediterranean diet still one of the best options? Maybe the Ketogenic diet is better? Who really knows anyway? Enter nutrition experts.
That’s right; we’re talking about dietitians and nutritionists. And no—they aren’t the same thing. So, what’s the difference you ask? Here’s what you should know:
All About Dietitians:
Registered dietitian nutritionists (RDNs) are food and nutrition experts. They evaluate a person’s health and nutritional needs and come up with plans to meet those needs. RDNs help healthcare provi…

Trauma FAQs—Answered

There is no doubt that trauma is scary. This is especially true as trauma statistics continue to be staggering. With nearly 41 million hospital visits every year, trauma is an increasingly important health topic.
Of course trauma is certainly not something that anyone plans or expects to experience, so it’s essential to know basic information. To walk you through the fundamentals of trauma, GMC’s Trauma Program Manager, Gina Solomon, RN, provides answers to some of the most common trauma questions.
What is trauma?
Trauma is an injury to the body including those that are self-inflicted, intentional or unintentional. It can impact a single body system or multiple systems. Traumatic injuries occur suddenly and are sometimes severe. These injuries have a variety of causes, including blunt impact or penetration.
What are the top causes of trauma?
It seems like every year the number of traffic accidents only continues to rise. In fact, 2016 was named one of the deadliest years for American drive…

5 Unexpected Reasons For Your Midnight Pee Breaks

Why is it that you always have to pee at the most inconvenient times? When you’re in the middle of a meeting, during the best part of a movie or when you just got in the car to go somewhere—it almost never fails. And while those frequent visits to the bathroom may be annoying during the day, it’s definitely no fun when it’s the middle of the night.
But turns out, waking up one or more times a night to go to the bathroom is a super common problem for people of all ages. Overtime, this can lead to disrupted sleep and a host of other effects ranging from stress and irritability to exhaustion and lower quality of life.
Even though nocturia, or frequent nighttime urination, is common, that doesn’t mean that you can’t minimize the common causes. Here are 5 things that may be upping your midnight pit stops:
1.Fluid and Caffeine Intake
It may seem obvious, but cutting back on fluid intake before bed can go a long way in the pursuit of a full night’s sleep. Diuretics, like coffee and alcohol, a…

Your Period Changes As You Age: What You Should Know

We all remember that day—the day when you got your first period. Once the initial shock and embarrassment wore off, it took a little getting used to. But like most women, you probably figured it’d get easier with age. After all, once you reach your 30s and 40s, you’ve had decades of experience—right? Unfortunately, though, it isn’t quite that simple. 
In fact, for many women, it can feel like their period is anything but routine. Sometimes it’s heavy, sometimes it’s light and other times you have the worst—cramps—ever. As it turns out, periods don’t just change from month to month, they actually change from decade to decade. Hopefully that means they'll be moving in the lighter direction!
Sheila Warren, RN, GMC's Wellness Navigator, provides a quick look at your period through the decades:  
Your 20s:
While irregularity was the name of the game in your teenage years, your 20s come just in time with some much needed consistency. A typical period in your 20s lasts anywhere from 3 to…