Many of us can recall the excitement of opening our lunch box at school and discovering that Mom packed our favorite sandwich—peanut butter and jelly. That classic combination of creamy, sweet, and sometimes crunchy flavor is an American childhood favorite. And even if you’re no longer eating PB&J sandwiches for
Most of us are aware of the discomfort we feel when we’re hungry. That gnawing sensation in your belly—otherwise known as hunger pangs—sets in when your stomach is empty, telling you it’s time to fuel up. Ignoring hunger pangs can lead to weakness, headache, loss of concentration, irritability, and just
A tendon is one of more than 1300 fibrous tissues that connect muscles to bones. Tendinitis (also spelled tendonitis) is inflammation of that tendon and is one of the most common conditions seen by primary care physicians and orthopaedic surgeons.
Causes of Tendinitis
In younger people, tendinitis usually affects athletes who do
Whole grains are a top source of complex, unrefined carbohydrates (carbs) that provide your body with a slowly released, steady supply of energy. The Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommend getting at least half of your grain servings from whole grains, which is three daily servings of whole grains for the
There is a shift in America towards eating more protein and ‘protein-first’ diets like Paleo are all the rage. So why are so many people hyper-focused on protein? Well, there are some good reasons to make sure you’re getting enough. The amino acids that form the protein in foods are
Remember that time you cleared your second plate and then went whole hog at the Thanksgiving dessert table? You may not recall the exact foods you ate, but the bloating, nausea, and discomfort that ensued are likely etched into your brain. Now imagine suffering these feelings multiple times a week,
What is serotonin? It’s is a powerful brain chemical that profoundly affects your mood, so knowing whether you’re deficient is a key first step to overcoming troubling mood and impulse control problems. Having one or more of the eight serotonin deficiency symptoms discussed here will be a strong clue that
You’ve cut out the good stuff (e.g., sweets and ice cream), but your weight’s staying constant. The culprit could be something you always thought was healthy: fruit. The sugar content in fruit varies depending on the type you choose and how it’s processed. Drying, for instance, ups the sugar content
By now, it should be clear that depression affects everyone differently. This chapter reviews how certain groups of people tend to experience depression and how it can impact different aspects of life.
Depression can drain your energy and sap your concentration. There is good evidence that being unhappy at work can
If you’re striving to reach 100 years of age while still in good health, you may want to take a lesson from the inhabitants of Blue Zones—five regions around the world with a high density of centenarians who enjoy low rates of chronic diseases. Blue Zones were identified by National