As the temperature gets warmer, it’s time to get active – and there’s no better time to do it than National Sports and Fitness Month. This May, Americans are reminded to get up, get out and get active during this month of awareness and education. The Presidential Active Lifestyle Award is just one of many ways you can motivate yourself to take steps toward a healthy lifestyle. With an award at the end, why not take the PALA+ challenge yourself?
In 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.
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.
Cooking 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.
Welcoming 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.
Florida 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.
Your 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.