How to Choose the Right Yoga Class

When people hear the word yoga, they often think of the physical practice of stretching and strengthening the body through postures. Although this is the most popular form of yoga in the United States, it is only one of many ways to achieve a state of centeredness and inner peace.…

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Fueled by Food

Planning to go on a long run or play in a soccer tournament this weekend? What you eat before, during and after your workout can make a big difference in your performance, says Penny Wilson, Ph.D., registered dietitian at Ironman Sports Medicine Institute in Houston. “Your nutrition can really make…

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Fractured

Each year Americans break about two million bones as a result of osteoporosis, a “silent” disease that causes bones to become brittle and weak. Although anyone can have osteoporosis, your risk increases if you are Caucasian or Asian, have close family members with the disease, low body weight or are…

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Eye To Eye

Eye disease becomes more common as you age, but getting early treatment can reduce your chance of permanent vision loss. “Many of the diseases are actually without symptoms so the patients may not necessarily know that they have a problem or a disease until they get to that stage (of…

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Dehydration

As summer temperatures soar, so does your risk of dehydration. Thirst is often your body’s first cue that you’re low on water. “You’re already dehydrated by the time you’re thirsty, at least mildly, if not more,” says Matthew Ganio, Ph.D., director of the Human Performance Lab at the University of…

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The Doctor Is In – Concierge Medicine

Imagine leisurely, same-day appointments and 24/7 access to your doctor, even on weekends and holidays. A growing trend in concierge-style medicine makes this a reality. “I give my cell phone number out to my patients, so there’s no answering service,” says Dr. Kirk Lee of Personal Physicians of Sugarland in…

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Compulsive Collecting

Many people like to collect items – from stuffed toys and stamps to antiques. But how do you know if your habit of collecting items has crossed the line from hobby to hoarding? A major warning sign is when your stuff starts to spill into the main areas of your…

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Chia Seeds

Cha Cha Cha Chia You may recognize them from the Chia Pet plant novelties of the ‘70s, but today chia seeds have developed a new reputation as a superfood. Packed inside the little chia seed is a nutritional powerhouse of omega-3 fatty acids, antioxidants, fiber and protein. The use of…

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Best Foot Forward

It’s that time of the year again when you’re racing around town shopping and running errands, with little time to rest and kick up your feet. Buying properly fitting shoes and practicing good foot hygiene can help keep your feet healthy and pain-free. The first step is finding a shoe…

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Beating Winter Blues

As winter approaches, the dwindling sunlight and cold, dreary weather can give you the “winter blues.” If your feelings of sadness and fatigue follow a predictable seasonal pattern, you may have a type of depression called Seasonal Affective Disorder, or SAD. “We start seeing it at the end of fall…

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Good Posture and Stretching Reduce Back Pain

If you’re going on a long road trip this holiday, you know the importance of planning ahead: checking the tires and brakes, changing the oil and filling up the gas tank before you get on the road. Like your car, your spine requires regular maintenance to function properly. “People don’t realize…

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Animal, Mineral or Vegetable

Minerals play a critical role in maintaining a healthy body and help reduce your risk of cancer, diabetes and heart disease. When you are deficient in minerals, it can cause a wide range of symptoms from muscle spasms and abdominal bloating to catching colds more frequently. “Minerals and vitamins are…

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Health Trends for the New Year

Most people start the new year with the best of intentions. They plan to start exercising regularly, yet about 80 percent of Americans fall short of that goal, says Neal Pire, owner of Inspire Training Systems and Fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM). A simple but powerful…

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Adapto-What?

If you’re feeling stressed out or depleted, plant adaptogens can help strengthen your endocrine system and restore overall balance to your body. “At the most basic level, an adaptogen is an herb that helps the body adapt to a wide variety of stressors, be it psychological, physiological, noise, temperature…” says…

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Point Well Taken

For thousands of years, acupuncture has been used to reduce pain and create healing in the body. In modern-day treatments, very fine sterile, disposable needles are inserted into specific parts of the body called acupoints. Low electrical stimulation or heat can also be applied after the needle is inserted. According…

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Vampire Facelift

The Vampire Facial and Facelift may conjure up images of blood-thirsty monsters, but these cosmetic procedures aren’t as scary as they sound, that is unless you have a fear of blood and needles. The key ingredient in both the Vampire Facial and Facelift is your own blood. Two teaspoons of…

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Why Am I Here?

Unlocking Your Purpose When I asked my friend Laura what her life purpose was, the single mom and full-time accountant chuckled and said, “I’m just trying to survive and get through the week. I don’t have time to think about that.” For many of us, the idea of finding our…

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Interview with Sage Rountree: Yoga & Athletes

Sage Rountree is a pioneer in yoga for athletes, an endurance sports coach, and author of six books, including The Athlete’s Guide to Yoga, Racing Wisely, and Everyday Yoga. Co-owner of the three-studio Carolina Yoga Company and director of its teacher trainings, Sage also teaches nationwide and online at YogaVibes and…

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