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Pain Management: Sorting Out Sciatica

Pain Management: Sorting Out Sciatica

“My sciatica is acting up.” This commonly uttered statement refers to pain that starts in the lower back and radiates down the leg. It’s mostly annoying, but it can be debilitating, making effective pain management an important pursuit.

Sciatica isn’t so much a diagnosis as it is a group of symptoms.

3. Eat a Variety of Vegetables

Plants and Phytonutrients
When you were growing up, your mother may have told you to “eat your vegetables”—and that’s still good advice when you are older. Vegetables occupy more space on Tufts’ MyPlate for Older Adults than any other food group for good reasons. In all of the various rating systems

Liver Pain: What It Could Mean

Liver Pain: What It Could Mean

The liver doesn’t actually contain nerves, so the organ itself can’t feel pain. Even so, the sensation of liver pain can occur because the layer of tissue that surrounds the organ—it’s called Glisson’s Capsule—does contain nerves. Any diseases affecting the liver that increase its size can result in what feels

4. Spices and Herbs

Flavor Your Plate
If you’d like to add a bit of pizazz to healthy, nutrient-dense whole foods such as vegetables and legumes, be creative and sprinkle on some spices and herbs. These seasonings generally cost only pennies per serving and can help you cut back on the fat, sugar, and salt

Can Your Plate Protect Your Liver?

Your liver is a real multi-tasker, performing more than 500 functions. Located in the upper right side of the abdomen, just below your diaphragm, the liver helps transform nutrients into energy, makes bile for fat digestion, stores vitamins and minerals, makes proteins needed to fight infections and clot blood, and

Q&A: Balance; Stroke Prevention; Vitamin C

Q. Ever since I began to take Coumadin for atrial fibrillation I have a fear of falling and bleeding. What can I do to improve my balance?
A. Strengthening your core muscles—those in your abdomen, back and hips—would be the best thing for you to do. Core strength is related to

2. Protein-Rich Superfoods

Your body requires protein to build, maintain, and repair muscles, bones, skin, nails, and hair. Protein is also an essential element in various compounds, including enzymes, hormones, antibodies and neurotransmitters, that your body needs to function properly. If you don’t consume enough protein, you may experience loss of muscle mass,

Replace Sodium with Savory Seasonings

High sodium (salt) intake is associated with hypertension (high blood pressure), and consequently increases the risk of heart attack and stroke. Over time, high sodium intake also may be detrimental to kidney and bone health.
“To reduce the sodium in your diet, replace salt with fresh herbs, spices, and other flavorings

Bring in the Bell Peppers!

The folklore
Thousands of years before Peter Piper picked the peck of pickled peppers, they were cultivated in South and Central America. Peppers were long known by their Spanish name, pimiento, but when Columbus brought them to Europe in 1493, Europeans noted that dried chili peppers were hotter than black pepper,

Eating to Ease Arthritis Pain

More than 50 million Americans—one in five adults—have arthritis, according to the Arthritis Foundation, making it the Number One cause of disability in this country. The condition is marked by inflammation in one or more of your joints, resulting in joint pain and stiffness. The two most common types of

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