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The healing power of — the right — food.

02/10/2016 | Latest from our LeadersIU Health Physicians

Feed a cold, starve a fever? Turns out, neither. While there are certain foods that can alleviate specific symptoms, common nutritional sense always applies. The first thing to know is that, no matter what common illness you have, there’s almost never a reason to starve. In fact, certain conditions, like infections, actually burn calories that need replenished so you can heal. The risk of dehydration is also common with many illnesses; that’s why you should eat nutritious foods and drink…

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Are your periods normal?

02/10/2016 | Latest from our LeadersIU Health Physicians

Menstruation is never fun, but many women are able to cope with mild symptoms. However, some of us can experience either occasional or chronic fluctuations and discomfort that may signal an underlying problem. What’s normal for one woman isn’t necessarily normal for another. That’s why it’s so important to pay attention to the rhythms of your own body. While the first couple years of menstruation may be a bit unpredictable, you should soon see a pattern that establishes a…

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Teens and alcohol: tips for parents

02/10/2016 | Family CarePrimary Care

Teen alcohol use remains a serious problem. Peer pressure can be a strong influence for teenagers in a time of life when “being an adult” takes on greater importance. With more teens dying each year in alcohol-related car accidents and evidence that suggests those who start drinking at an early age are more likely to misuse alcohol later in life, parents need to focus on ways they can help their children make good decisions about alcohol. This means starting the conversation early, modeling…

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Self-image and your health

02/10/2016 | Latest from our LeadersIU Health Physicians

The way we feel about ourselves—our self-image—has a lot to do with how healthy we are and our overall quality of life. Changes in self-image are to be expected during the course of our lives depending on circumstances; however, maintaining a consistent negative self-image can cause a number of side effects that can impact both physical and emotional health over time. People with poor self-image can experience anxiety and depression, and those who harbor a negative body image may turn…

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5 Tips for Handling Dessert-Obsessed Kids

02/10/2016

If it feels like your kids are always clamoring for sweets, take heart: A preference for sweet foods is natural--and universal. But since a sugar-packed diet isn’t healthy, especially for growing bodies, it’s also important to set some sensible boundaries. After all, many kids’ lives include a surplus of sweets. Think about how often all those ‘special occasions’ occur—like birthday parties and classroom celebrations—and you can see how quickly it adds up,…

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