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Recovery and Rehab After a Total Knee Replacement

Rehab and Steps After a Knee Replacement Surgery

It is of vital to follow your doctor’s recommendations after you’ve undergone a knee replacement surgery – or any type of joint replacement surgery. Some patients may receive different types of instructions based on their overall health. However, there are some general rehab steps frequently recommended after undergoing a knee replacement surgery. Most patients can expect to need about three months to return to any kind of high-impact activities, but every person is different. You should work closely with your rehab specialist to determine your optimal rehab timetable. First Days of Your Recovery At the very beginning of your recovery,…

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healthy gut has positive impact on weight loss

How Does Gut Health Affect Weight Loss and Weight Management?

Your gut health has a lot to do with your body’s ability to effectively digest food and absorb nutrients. One recent study suggests the speed with which starches and fibers are broken down into sugars can impact your ability to regulate or lose weight. Another study found a link between certain types of bacteria present in the gut microbiome and the effectiveness of weight loss programs. The research specifically looked at the study group’s Prevotella-to-Bacteroides (P/B) ratio, with a goal of determining how a patient’s P/B ratio might impact their weight loss efforts. Study participants with a high P/B ratio…

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most important minerals for the body

Which Minerals Are Most Important to Your Health?

The body requires many different vitamins and minerals to maintain optimum health. Some of those minerals are more important than others, but all play a role in keeping your body and mind healthy. Macrominerals and Trace Minerals Minerals are generally put into two different categories: macrominerals (major minerals) and trace minerals. Your body technically needs more macrominerals, but that doesn’t necessarily mean major minerals are more important for maintaining good health and optimal function. Minerals play vastly different roles in health, and none should be ignored. Like with all good things, moderation is key. Some of these minerals will have…

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sciatica pain and treatment

What Is Sciatica Pain and Does it Go Away?

The term sciatica is primarily used to denote pain caused by some type of sciatic nerve irritation. The pain is usually sudden and can radiate down the back into the hip, leg and even the foot. Sciatica is not a traditional condition. It’s the symptom of whatever condition or injury is causing your sciatic nerve irritation. Sciatic pain can be severe causing numbness, muscle spams and limited mobility. At its peak, sciatica may cause laughing and sneezing to be painful. On average, sciatica lasts between four and six weeks, but for some people it may last longer and even become…

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diabetic diet plan

Nutrition and Diets You Should Follow if You Are Diabetic

The expression “We are what we eat,” might seem like a cliché remark to some but if you are one out of 34.2 million Americans suffering from diabetes, this statement is of particular importance to you. Since type 2 diabetes is a nutrition-related disease, controlling your blood sugar through medications and insulin is only effective when you follow a healthy diet. Why Is Nutrition So Important in Managing Diabetes? Diabetes is a chronic disease which requires long-term treatment. When neglected, it can lead to multiple complications, including but not limited to: Eye disease Skin infections Heart disease Nerve problems Tooth…

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digestive health

What Are the Most Difficult Foods to Digest?

Whether a regular occurrence or an occasional discomfort, most people experience the misery of indigestion. We all know the symptoms: abdominal pain, lethargy, bloating and nausea. But what exactly causes indigestion and why is it especially problematic to some? Healthy digestion happens when there is a balance between the body and the number of bacteria inhabiting the gut. A healthy gut flora strengthens our health and immunity, fuels weight loss and combats depression. Conversely, eating processed foods, taking medications and consuming alcohol disturbs this delicate balance and ultimately weakens our health. Indigestion can be especially unpleasant for those suffering from…

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chronic headaches

What Is the Cause of Chronic Headaches?

Most people suffer from occasional headaches. Whether you’re congested, hungover, over-caffeinated or simply tired, chances are your headache is temporary and can be easily treated with an over-the-counter pain killer or sleep. But if headaches are a regular occurrence in your life and you cannot pinpoint the cause, your condition might be chronic and require medical intervention. What Is a Chronic Headache? You might be experiencing a chronic headache if the pain occurs 15 or more days per month for at least three months. People of all ages and backgrounds are susceptible to chronic headaches; however, the condition is more…

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disorder of the thyroid gland

Autoimmune Problems That Can Lead to Hypothyroidism or Hyperthyroidism

Most people suffering from an autoimmune thyroid disease (AITD) are diagnosed with either Graves’ disease or Hashimoto’s disease. In both cases the body’s immune system identifies the thyroid as a threat and attacks it. The thyroid’s reaction is the primary differentiator between the two conditions. Hashimoto’s disease, which causes hypothyroidism, is the more common of the two. What Are Hypothyroidism and Hyperthyroidism? From the most superficial standpoint hypothyroidism is when your thyroid is underactive. Hyperthyroidism is when your thyroid is overactive and overproducing thyroid hormones. What Does an Overactive or Underactive Thyroid Mean? Your thyroid is a gland that produces…

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woman dealing with stress and fatigue

How Does Stress and Fatigue Impact My Health?

Stress may be a regular part of everyday life, but at what point does stress and fatigue become too much for someone? Stress has sometimes been cited as being positive – it may be experienced at the start of a new job, for example, or may serve to protect us from some harmful situations. Stress becomes problematic when it becomes a regular occurrence or if it has a noticeable effect on someone’s daily routines. If your stress is chronic it may lead to long-term consequences. Why Is It Not Always Possible to Diagnose Stress and Fatigue? There are a variety…

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non-celiac food sensitivity

What to Know About Non-Celiac Gluten Sensitivity

Non-celiac gluten sensitivity (NCGS) is a condition in which you experience negative reactions to gluten or symptoms similar to those suffered by people with celiac disease without actually having celiac disease. Patients with non-celiac gluten sensitivity do not possess the antibodies or the intestinal damage commonly associated with celiac disease. The Differences Between Non-Celiac Gluten Sensitivity and Celiac Disease Patients with non-celiac gluten sensitivity tend to have more symptoms that aren’t specific to their gastrointestinal system. In the hours (or in some cases days) after ingesting gluten, they often experience: Mental fogginess Numbness in the extremities Joint pain How Do…

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