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What is the HCG Diet and is it Healthy?

08/14/2015 | WellnessHealthy Eating

In the last few years, many trendy diets have come and gone. One that managed to make some waves is the HCG Diet. So what is the HCG diet and is it healthy? HCG stands for human chorionic gonadotropin. HCG is a hormone that is naturally produced by the human body during pregnancy. The supporters of the HCG diet claim that by taking HCG (which is normally only available in prescription form from a medical professional) along with a calorie-restrictive diet- specifically a diet that limits calorie…

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The Pros and Cons of Barefoot Running

08/14/2015 | WellnessExercise

If you are a runner, you might be obsessed with footwear. Many runners have strong opinions about running shoes, styles, and brands. Some runners want more supportive shoes, while others prefer more minimalist sneakers that more closely simulate a human foots natural movements. A few runners prefer running barefoot with no shoes at all. Are there benefits to barefoot running? And if so, what are they? Are there harmful effects? Let’s look at the pros and cons of barefoot running. Pros: Enthusiasts…

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Plant Power! 5 Fruits and Veggies to Add to Your Routine Right Now

08/13/2015 | WellnessHealthy Eating

When thinking about eating healthier, many people think about removing some of their favorite foods from their diets. While eating less unhealthy food is an important part of improving nutrition for many, adding new, healthy, foods is also key. To really take your nutritional routine to the next level, here are 5 fruits and veggies to add to your routine right now. Berries for breakfast. Whether they’re raspberries, blueberries, blackberries, or strawberries, berries are packed with anti-oxidants,…

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Take a Swim! 5 Exercises You Can Do in the Water

08/13/2015 | WellnessExercise

If you are the type of person who likes to exercise outside, whether it’s running, biking, hiking, or anything else, the summer can be challenging. Soaring temperatures can make outdoor exercise difficult, or even dangerous. Fortunately, if you own a pool, or have access to a public pool or beach, you can keep cool and workout by moving your exercise into the water. Here are 5 exercises you can do in the water. 1. Swim laps. Swimming laps is the classic water exercise. Swim back and forth…

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What You Need to Know About HPV

08/13/2015 | Women's Health

What is HPV? HPV (Human Papillomavirus) is a sexually transmitted infection that causes oral and anogenital disease in both males and females, including some types of cancer.   In particular, it is responsible for almost all cases of cervical cancer in women and is the most common cause of anogenital warts.  There are several subtypes of the HPV virus, some of which are more likely to cause cancer than others. What are the signs and symptoms of HPV infection? Most patients with HPV…

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Sleep Schedules and Going Back to School

08/07/2015 | Treatments & ServicesPediatrics

As the school year approaches, parents struggle with getting their kids back into their non-summer sleep routines. Kids need enough sleep to perform in school and over-tiredness is linked to academic and behavioral problems. Children in elementary school need at least 10 to 11 hours of sleep each night, middle school aged children need 9 to 10 and high school students 8 to 9. It is important to begin changing a sleep routine about two weeks before school starts. Every day, start waking your child…

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Why It’s Time to Throw Away Your Scale

08/07/2015 | WellnessExerciseHealthy Eating

When many people talk about their health and getting healthier, they also talk about their bodyweight. “Losing weight” for a very long time has been synonymous with getting healthy. While it is true that having an excessive amount of fat on your body is unhealthy, your body weight and the scale may not be the best indicator of overall health. What does the scale tell you? The scale shows you your body weight only. That’s it. While body weight is often a key indicator of overall…

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Diabetes

08/06/2015 | Healthy EatingDiabetes & Endocrinology

Over 29 million people in the U.S. have been diagnosed with diabetes. This common disease can lead to serious and life-threatening complications if blood glucose is not controlled. What is diabetes? Diabetes is the condition in which the body does not properly process food for use as energy. When you eat, your body turns foods into sugars or glucose. At that point, your pancreas is supposed to release insulin. Insulin serves to open your cells to allow the glucose to enter, which provides us energy.…

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Breathe easier.

08/06/2015 | Latest from our LeadersIU Health Physicians

Nasal breathing problems can be difficult to assess — you may not realize that you even have a problem other than minor exertion. But there are some telltale signs that can determine if you should see your doctor and get it treated. Do you have a nasal breathing problem? Think about how you breathe. If you have any the following symptoms, you may benefit from medical treatment: You breathe through your mouth at least part of the time.  You wear nasal strips at night to help you sleep better.…

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