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5 Simple Changes to Make Your Diet Healthier

07/20/2015 | WellnessHealthy Eating

  When you make the decision to eat healthier, changing your diet can seem overwhelming at first. It’s helpful when trying to make this major lifestyle change to start with simple, easy steps. Here are some simple changes you can make right away that will make a huge impact for your health. 1. Replace white breads and pastas with whole grain. Whole grains are lower in calories and carbohydrates and higher in fiber and healthy vitamins and nutrients than white bread products. By replacing…

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5 Ways to Help Your Mother As She Ages

07/20/2015 | WellnessExerciseHealthy Eating

For the first two and half decades of your life, your mother probably took care of you. She changed your diaper as a baby and saved money so you could go to college. As your mother ages, it’s your turn to help her. Helping an aging parent can be challenging- you may not even know where to start. Here are 5 simple ways you can help your mom maintain her health as she ages. 1. Spend time with her… exercising. Oftentimes, convincing an aging parent to get enough exercise can be extremely…

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Four Ideas for Building a Practice Home Gym

07/20/2015 | Treatments & ServicesOrthopedics & Sports Medicine

Up to 60 percent of Americans aren’t getting enough exercise to maintain good health, according to some estimates. From boredom to dread, our excuses for failing to exercise vary. Sometimes it comes down to one of our most precious commodities—time. For a subset of the population, building a home gym may be an attractive option for making fitness more convenient. Here are four tips to make home exercise part of a long-term fitness strategy, Scott Charland, a sports performance team leader…

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5 Foods You Should Buy Organic and 1 You Shouldn’t

07/16/2015 | WellnessHealthy Eating

The “Organic” label you see at the grocery store is somewhat ambiguous. What does “organic” mean exactly? According to the USDA, “USDA certified organic foods are grown and processed according to federal guidelines addressing among many other factors, soil quality, animal raising practices, pest and weed control, and use of additives.” Simply stated, organic foods are usually better for the environment than non-organic foods. However, not all organic food is created…

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How to Combat Shin Splints While Running

07/16/2015 | WellnessExercise

Running is a great form of exercise. It’s fun, burns calories, and it’s free. However, many people run into a big problem when they set out to incorporate it into their fitness routine. Often runners can experience pain in their legs, specifically their shins that makes running unpleasant. This pain is referred to as shin splints. What are Shin Splints? Shin splints is pain that occurs in the front side of your lower leg. Shin splints are normally caused by repetitive exercise like running.…

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Sports Injuries

07/16/2015 | Orthopedics & Sports MedicinePrimary Care

Experts estimate that 1.6 to 3.8 million concussions occur every single year. It is important to understand what a concussion is and to be familiar with the signs and symptoms so that you or your child can manage it appropriately.  What is a sports concussion? Concussions are traumatic brain injuries that are caused by a rapid acceleration or deceleration of brain within the skull.  It may be caused by a direct blow to the head or can result from an abrupt movement of the body. The brain…

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Injury Report Insight: Amputations & Ankle Sprains

07/16/2015 | Injury Report InsightOrthopedics & Sports Medicine

In this week’s episode of Injury Report Insight, IU Health Sports Medicine Orthopedic Surgeon Dr. Robert Klitzman shares his thoughts on NFL star Jason Pierre Paul’s finger amputation and professional golfer Rory Mcllroy’s ankle injury. Dr. Klitzman breaks down each injury and provides insight into the recovery process and timetables each athlete with face. Listen in! Previous Episodes Injury Report Insight: Meniscus Tears Injury Report Insight: 6/11/2015 Injury Report Insight:…

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What is the Raw Food Diet?

07/14/2015 | WellnessHealthy Eating

It seems you cannot go a day without hearing about some new trendy diet. One of the latest entrants is the raw food diet. So, what is the raw food diet, and is it actually healthy for you? It turns out the Raw Food diet isn’t actually new. In the 19th century, some people advocated a “pure” diet that consisted of raw foods as a means to prevent disease. Since that time, popularity of diets that consisted mostly of raw fruits, vegetables, and nuts have ebbed and flowed. In recent…

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5 Health Benefits of Laughing

07/14/2015 | Wellness

Have you ever heard the phrase “laughter is the best medicine?” Well, it turns out that it does have real benefits for your health. Researchers don’t fully understand why it impacts wellbeing the way it does, but they do know laughing does have a positive impact. Laughter can help your short-term physical condition by reducing stress and help your long-term health- helping you live to an older age. Here are the health benefits of a good laugh. Reduces stress. Stress has many harmful…

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From shoes to shapewear — when fashion hurts.

07/14/2015 | Latest from our LeadersIU Health Physicians

Our bodies are created in a certain way, and when fashion forces unnatural and unrealistic standards on us, it can really hurt, whether we’re aware of it or not. The desire to be attractive is understandable, but not at the risk of our health.  Even for women who are physically in shape, the hourglass figure may not be attainable. Nor are a host of other beauty standards we are exposed to from media and entertainment. (For an interesting look at notoriously Photoshopped celebrities, check…

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