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Eat water with these 7 foods that hydrate you

April 21, 2017
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You probably know by now the old saying, “Drink eight glasses of water a day," is an estimate. The National Academy of Medicine suggests about eight pints a day for men and six pints for women. But if you’re like most people, finding time to do anything, even drink a glass water, can be a challenge. By including foods that are high in water content, we can stay ahead of the hydration curve. Check out these hydrating foods:

Do supplements for arthritis work? What the evidence shows

April 20, 2017
It's no surprise that many people with arthritis try supplements that are said to help with pain and mobility. But which ones really work, and which ones are a waste of money? To better help my patients, I reviewed the research literature on supplements. Here’s what I learned.

10 desserts that satisfy without sabotaging your health

April 17, 2017
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When you commit to improving your health, you often start in the kitchen. You dedicate yourself to eating nutritious meals, eliminating junk food and switching to healthy snacks. But does that also mean you have to give up dessert? Not at all, say creative cooks who have trimmed the fat from some classic dessert recipes. Now you can have your cake – and brownies and fudge and pie – and eat them too! 


Create guilt-free Easter baskets with these 13 fun, healthy ideas

April 14, 2017

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Bright pink and yellow marshmallow Peeps, chocolate bunnies, colorful jelly beans – the sugary sweets of Easter are upon us. While children (and a lot of adults) might be delighted with an excuse to binge on a bucketful of candy, you probably don’t want to give your loved ones the gift of tooth decay and other sugar-related health issues. Here are some ideas on how you can put the “good” back into goodies for the annual Easter basket.

What I wish Dad had known: Alcohol and the family

April 13, 2017
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I miss my father. He should be around to be granddad to my wonderful boys, helping me raise them to be good men. But he was an alcoholic who slowly drank himself to death. If you have a drinking problem, your family would love nothing more than for you to quit. And there’s help.

10 minor skin issues that may mean serious problems

April 11, 2017
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Skin conditions that seem innocent can actually signal something much more serious.

When to keep your sick child home from school

April 04, 2017
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If you’re a parent, it’s probably safe to assume that you have at one time or another received the dreaded call: “Good afternoon. Please come pick up your child. She came to the nurse’s office, and she has a fever.”  The first thing you ask yourself: When can my kiddo go back to school?

Gut bacteria and your kid’s immune system

March 30, 2017
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As a culture, we have become pretty obsessive about cleanliness, especially when it comes to our kids. After the park, after school, after a playdate and even after kids play with toys at home, many parents are quick to the draw with hand sanitizer. Is it too much? Have we jumped the shark when it comes to cleanliness and our kids?

Are you wracked by impostor syndrome? Banish self-doubt

March 29, 2017
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After winning an Oscar, actress Viola Davis recently said she feels like an impostor and fears everyone will soon see her for the “hack” that she is. If you’ve ever had those feelings of self-doubt, you aren’t alone. It’s called impostor syndrome, and most of us have experienced it. These feelings deprive us of celebrating our success. Here are some ways to avoid this way of thinking.

The human microbiome: Why you need to keep it healthy

March 28, 2017
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I recently attended the 2017 Swedish Pediatric Metabolic Health and Nutrition Summit and what I learned there was not only fascinating to me as a pediatric nurse, but as the mother of an 8-year-old.