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Everyday Tips for Back Pain Relief

Posted by: HealthySelf Guest Blogger on Jun 29, 2015 in Health

Back pain is one of the most common medical complaints, affecting 8 out of 10 people at some point. Back pain can range from a dull, constant ache to a sudden, sharp pain. Most back pain goes away on its own, though it may take awhile. Taking over-the-counter pain relievers can help; staying in bed can make it worse. The best treatment, of course, is prevention.

Although a nice soft mattress may feel wonderful at first, most experts agree that a moderately-firm mattress provides the best support for your back.  Mattresses should generally be replaced after 5-7 years.  People over 40 and those with degenerative back conditions get the most value out of mattress replacement.

How Often Do You Need a Pap Smear?

Posted by: HealthySelf Guest Blogger on Jun 25, 2015 in Health

The following information is provided by the Cancer Services of Greater Baton Rouge and was published by The Advocate.

QUESTION: How often should I see my gynecologist for a Pap smear?

ANSWER: A Pap smear test can detect the cells that line the cervix and may be abnormal. An abnormal Pap smear can be the sign of many different conditions, many benign, or a sign of cervical cancer.

The ABCDEs of Skin Cancer

Posted by: HealthySelf Guest Blogger on Jun 22, 2015 in Health

Yesterday marked the official start of summer, and while you’re out in the sun enjoying the warm weather, your skin is getting scorched by the sun. During these months, it’s important to protect your skin with sunscreen and limiting its direct contact with sunlight.

Skin cancer and melanoma can result from too many rays, and some of the symptoms can be found below:

The Scoop on Tendinitis

Posted by: HealthySelf Guest Blogger on Jun 18, 2015 in Exercise, Health

Tendinitis is an inflammation or irritation of a tendon, a thick cord that attaches bone to muscle. It is most often caused by repetitive, minor impact on the affected area, actions that occur when running.

According to Woman’s Hospital Orthopedic Surgeon Dr. Jose Echenique, tendinitis can lead to pain or swelling in the affected area, and treatment is normally conservative, usually treated by therapy and stretching.

Thr Truth Between Organic vs. Non-Organic

Posted by: HealthySelf Guest Blogger on Jun 17, 2015 in Health, Nutrition

The following post was written by Nutrition Services at Woman’s Hospital.

Is buying organic really healthier than the non-organic version? While scientists almost always disagree on the benefits of buying organic foods, there are some definitions and guidelines that can assist you in deciding whether buying organic is a sensible choice for you and your family.

Bone Health and Osteoporosis Prevention

Posted by: HealthySelf Guest Blogger on Jun 15, 2015 in Health, Nutrition

The following post is written by Paula Meeks, registered dietitian with Woman’s Hospital.

Osteoporosis is a thinning of bone tissue and a loss of bone density. Women start to lose bone mass in their 30s, and this can lead to bone diseases such as osteoporosis.

A healthy diet can and will lower the risk of developing a weak skeleton and decrease the chance of fractures, back pain and other bone-related problems. A healthy diet that contains calcium and vitamin D is vital to strong bones.

Water Wisdom to Keep You Hydrated

Posted by: HealthySelf Guest Blogger on Jun 11, 2015 in Health, Nutrition

The following post is written by Nutrition Services at Woman’s Center for Wellness.

You’ve heard all the advice: Drink eight glasses of water a day. Stay properly hydrated while exercising. Sports drinks aren’t just for professional athletes.

Yet you’re still unsure whether you’re drinking the right amount for good health. How much fluid should you really be taking in daily? Do you need to add extra when you’re physically active? And is too much water dangerous?

Everyone’s body needs water. We lose it by sweating, excretion, or simply not taking in enough through foods—like fruits and vegetables—and drinks.

Are All Sweeteners Created Equal?

Posted by: HealthySelf Guest Blogger on Jun 10, 2015 in Health, Nutrition

The following post was written by the Woman’s Hospital Nutrition Services Department.

High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS) is often used in processed products as an inexpensive, shelf-stable sweetener. It is found in cereals, breads, sweetyogurts, baby foods, condiments, breakfast bars and most commonly in soft drinks.

Studies have found that those who consume HFCS gained significantly more weight compared to those who consumed table sugar, even when the total caloric intake was the same. Long-term consumption of HFCS also leads to an abnormal increase in body fat and a rise in triglycerides. Another study found that high levels of fructose intake produced new fat cells around the heart, liver and other digestive organs. The BIG problem with this is the way fructose is metabolized and where the fat is stored. One hundred percent of fructose that is consumed is taken up by the liver, which leads to an increased fat deposition in the abdominal cavity and an increase in blood levels of triglycerides. This showed a link to increased diabetes and heart disease.

So why is there a difference?

Woman’s Center for Wellness Presents a Free Eating Right Through Menopause Class

Posted by: HealthySelf Guest Blogger on Jun 08, 2015 in Health, Nutrition

Menopause can be a reality check that your body is changing and it is time to take care of yourself by making healthy lifestyle choices.

To help with those choices, Woman’s Center for Wellness is offering a free class designed to address the changes your body is going through and what you can do to keep you healthy. Woman’s dietitians will help you understand the specific nutrition and exercise needs of the menopausal woman.

Discipline

Posted by: HealthySelf Guest Blogger on Jun 04, 2015 in Motivation

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Discipline- “I have self-control”

Discipline refers to the ability to take action regardless of your emotional or physical state. It addresses an individuals’ ability to be hard working, to have will power, and to show tenacity in the face of adversity.

“The pinnacle of discipline, or self-discipline is when you reach the point that when you make a conscious decision, it is virtually guaranteed you’ll follow through on it.”

Discipline is needed for success; it is also a very powerful tool when paired with other attributes: passion, goal-setting, and planning.

“The first and best victory is to conquer self.”

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