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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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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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Learn about IR — minimally invasive, targeted treatment.

01/12/2016 | Latest from our LeadersIU Health Physicians

Interventional radiology, or IR, may not be a term you’re familiar with. But it is changing the way many surgical treatments are performed, resulting in lower risk, less pain, and reduced recovery time for the patient. Surgery without the surgery. IR is different from open surgery in that image-guided wires and catheters are used to internally diagnose and provide treatment at the source of the disease. Using X-ray, ultrasound, MRI, and other imaging methods, interventional radiologists can…

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Are you getting too much exercise?

01/12/2016 | Latest from our LeadersIU Health Physicians

It’s that time of year when we’re bombarded by advertisements for gym memberships and training equipment. But there really is such a thing as over-doing it. While the harms of a sedentary lifestyle and the benefits of exercise are well publicized, what isn’t well known is that training too hard or too much may not be healthy. Most adults need approximately 150 minutes of moderate aerobic intensity exercise per week. In addition, you should also be getting strength and resistance…

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Healthy ways to start fresh

01/12/2016 | Latest from our LeadersIU Health Physicians

As a new year reminds us, there are benefits to starting fresh. People often choose January to explore new ways of improving physical and mental health. If you’re officially making new year’s resolutions—or just attempting to add healthy habits to your life— here are some tips. Exercise – It’s not necessary to jump into a vigorous exercise program. In fact, you’ll gain benefits and be more likely to stick with an exercise plan if you start slow and gradually…

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Fit over 50: Exercise tips for women

12/04/2015 | Latest from our LeadersIU Health Physicians

Establishing a consistent exercise routine is important at any age. For women age 50 and older, however, regular exercise counters many of the effects of aging. It helps alleviate menopause symptoms, improves sleep and elevates mood. It’s also beneficial for weight management and preventing more serious conditions, such as heart disease, diabetes and osteoporosis. Elaborate planning isn’t necessary to get the exercise you need. In fact, one important factor is simply to ensure you’re…

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Holiday balance.

11/06/2015 | Latest from our LeadersIU Health Physicians

All holidays — year-round and including birthdays, weddings, and anniversaries — feature food as a centerpiece.  So why does the winter “holiday season” cause so much anxiety over weight gain? For those of us who live in Indiana, the cold weather promotes a kind of hibernation mindset: we tend to eat heartier (in other words, heavier) foods and participate less in physical activity.  In addition, we all seem to throw caution to the wind when it comes to overindulging…

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Finding time for fitness

11/06/2015 | Latest from our LeadersIU Health Physicians

Whether caring for children, pursuing a career or both, women 45 and under often have difficulty finding time for exercise. And while maintaining fitness at this age can be challenging, women can achieve success when they think more about how to incorporate exercise into their day. Consider these tips: Stay active all day. Be deliberate in your approach to daily exercise by mixing fitness into what you already do. Cleaning and household chores are a great way to keep you moving. Taking your kids…

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