IBS: What Is It and How to Treat It?

Digestive SystemIn most people, intestines contract and expand in a regular motion to move food through the digestive system. But for those with irritable bowel syndrome, or IBS, the muscles work overtime and force food out of the system much quicker, which can cause a whole host of problems.

The good news is that there are several tried-and-true treatment options – and a few new remedies – that can help sufferers live more comfortable lives.

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Stress-Busting 101

Business woman relaxing.Stress affects everyone at one time or another – but it doesn’t have to rule your life! By understanding where your stress comes from, you can develop techniques to help reduce your stress and feel better emotionally and physically. Not only do stress reduction techniques help you feel happier, they can help prevent stress-related health problems like heart disease, obesity and accelerated aging.

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Ditch The Salt Without Ditching The Taste

Positive family preparing lunch togetherCooking is as much of an art as it is a science, but when your doctor’s telling you that it’s time to reduce your sodium intake, it can be tricky to keep the magic in the kitchen.

The good news is that there are lots of alternatives to salt and salty flavorings, if you’re willing to experiment a little. You’ll be surprised at the depths and layers of flavors you can add to your mom’s old recipes with a little improvisation.

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3 Tips For Spring Allergy Pick-Me-Ups

Girl SneezingWelcoming spring means a lot of things: new stands of vibrantly green grass, tender buds on all the trees, the return of singing song birds, but it also means it’s time for spring allergy season.

If you’re an allergy sufferer, you know the seasonal ritual of antihistamines, nasal sprays, nasal rinses and constant checks of the pollen count before you can step foot outside. Spring doesn’t have to be a mixed blessing though — there are plenty of easy ways to reduce symptoms without sacrificing those early season sun rays.

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What is a Video Visit? Doctor On Demand

fhcpdodFlorida Health Care Plans has announced the addition of a new health benefit to its medical plans, Doctor On Demand!

Doctor On Demand (DOD) provides video visits with board certified physicians and licensed psychologists via smartphone, tablet or computer, and is available to members enrolled in FHCP medical benefits. The Doctor on Demand co-pay will be similar to a PCP co-pay.

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Let’s Take A Good Look At Your Kidneys

Kidney HealthYour body does a million amazing things every day, but few of your organs work as hard as your kidneys at keeping your body free of waste and stabilizing your electrolytes.

Each of your kidneys is made up of about a million nephrons, filtering units that help the kidneys do their primary job: cleaning your blood. Every day, your kidneys filter 120 to 150 quarts of blood in order to produce one to two quarts of urine. All this hard work helps to keep your blood composition consistent so that the rest of your body can function at its best.

Even though your kidneys are able to do these amazing acts of filtration, they can be damaged by lifestyle choices and disease. That’s why it’s important that you do what you can to help keep your kidneys healthy today and for the long run.

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3 Power Foods For A Power Workout

Group ExercisingSpending an hour sweating at the gym is great for your heart, lungs and muscles, but to power this sort of explosive activity you’re going to need to add some healthy fuel. You could grab the nearest Gatorade and a granola bar, but there are much better choices available to the average gym denizen.

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Proven Tips For Reading Nutrition Labels

Healthy Life SignAmericans are increasingly more health-conscious, insisting on healthier foods in the grocery store and better reporting of product ingredients.

But even as we’re demanding changes to our food supply, many among us still struggle with understanding exactly what’s in each and every package on the store shelves. This is where carefully reading nutrition labels can make a huge difference.

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3 Easy Ways To Make Healthy Eating Fun For Kids

Healthy ShoppingAlong with being nice to their siblings, one of the most important things small children need to learn is how to make healthy food choices. Navigating the food scene can be tricky for parents, but when your kids actually want to eat their broccoli, you can focus on more important battles, like getting them to clean up their bedrooms.

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Act F.A.S.T.: Recognizing The Signs + Symptoms Of A Stroke

Doctor Smiling To CameraEvery year, nearly 800,000 Americans will have a stroke. As many as 130,000 of those people will die, accounting for one in 20 deaths annually.

When you consider that 49 percent of Americans have at least one of the three main stroke risk factors (high blood pressure, high cholesterol and being a smoker), you can see just how important it is that everyone know the signs and symptoms of a stroke so that they may be able to help a friend or family member in trouble.

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