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What is Omega 3 and Why Should It Be in Your Diet?

Omega fatty acids have recently become a popular subject of study by scientists and nutritionists. Since 1989, when cholesterol was linked to heart disease, science has put much energy into understanding the subtleties of various kinds of fat and their functions within the body. Of the various types of fat, the omegas are the only group considered essential for bodily function.

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Topics: Diet, Healthy Recipes, Food

Choose Summer Shoes That are Good for Your Feet (and Your Body)

Many people look forward to celebrating the season of sun by liberating their feet from the hot and sweaty boots and shoes of winter, and indeed, there are benefits from wearing shoes that allow the feet to breathe and bathe in sunshine. However, when shopping for one's summer sandals, it should be kept in mind that some choices are certainly wiser than others.

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Topics: Pain, Chiropractic Care

How to Identify Gluten Intolerance Symptoms

Gluten intolerance is gaining importance and attention. This is a health condition that affects more people than most realize. It may be the source behind various ongoing health and weight related conditions that have gone unchecked. There are a few things about gluten intolerance that you need to understand, including symptoms, before making the necessary dietary changes that will improve your health.

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Topics: Allergies, Diet, Food

July is National Blueberry Month: 7 Health Benefits of Blueberries

Blueberries are often referred to as one of the world’s healthiest foods. Several studies have been conducted on this super-food and results show that the high level of antioxidants benefits the body in many ways. The following list shows seven health benefits of blueberries.


1. High Level of Antioxidants

Antioxidants are nutrients and enzymes found in some healthy foods that counteract the damaging effects of free radical damage to the cellular structure in the body. In layman’s terms, they fight things like environmental damage and damage caused by lifestyle choices to keep us healthy and strong. Blueberries have one of the highest levels of antioxidants found in foods. This means they help ward off infection and diseases such as cancer, and even improve brain function and much, much more. 

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Topics: Diet, Food

6 Summer Safety Tips for Kids Fun & Your Peace of Mind

Summer is full of opportunities to have fun and enjoy the great outdoors. However, it is also a time when many accidents happen, so it’s important to use safe practices when working or playing in the summer weather. The following summer safety tips for kids will help ensure your child has a fun, yet safe, summer season.


1. Use Safety Equipment at all Times

Whether your child is riding a bike or swimming in the lake, it is important to use helmets or life jackets at all times. You never know when something might happen and being protected ahead of time will help avoid injury or even death. 

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Topics: Child Health Care, Safety, Food

Properly Prepare Your Body with these 8 Marathon Training Tips

Preparing your body and mind for a marathon is an arduous task.  However, it’s made much easier with proper planning and a solid schedule.  While you may think that you just need to get up and start running everyday to train, here are eight very important marathon training tips to follow as you aim for the finish line.

Tip 1:  Visit a Doctor for a Physical

It is always a smart idea to make a visit to a trusted doctor for a thorough physical.  Be sure your doctor understands the stresses your body will go through before and during a marathon.  Getting the “all clear” from your physician will ensure that your training and execution of the marathon is within your body’s ability.

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Topics: Sports Healthcare, Exercise

Alzheimer's: If You Have a Brain, You’re At Risk

Did you know that over 88,000 Minnesotans and nearly 5.1 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s? That means every 67 seconds someone in the U.S. develops Alzheimer’s.  According to the Alzheimer’s Association, this brain disease affects memory, thinking and reasoning skills and is a progressive disease.  A progressive disease continually develops over the span of one’s life, and gets worse over time.

24% of all Americans believe they are only at risk for Alzheimer’s if it runs in their family; they are mistaken.  If you have a brain – whether you’re female, male, or if it is in your family history – you are at risk, it’s that simple. In fact, less than 1% of people living with the disease have inherited it. Because Alzheimer’s is a progressive disease, and can evolve at different rates for different people, it is important to begin to recognize the symptoms as soon as possible.


SYMPTOMS

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Topics: Family Practice, Psychological Health

Find a Balance: Vegetable Serving Size vs. Fruit Serving Size

During the month of June, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) works extra hard to promote the importance of fruits and vegetables within our diet, at every age. The USDA has even created the ‘color challenge’. This nutritional challenge includes having at least five servings of fruits and vegetables each day – and with a variety of color. Typically, the richer the color of your fruits and veggies, the more nutrients you’ll get.

The key here is finding a balance – it isn’t healthy to eat ALL fruits, or ALL vegetables (or ALL anything for that matter). Below you’ll find recommended serving sizes for all members of the family, as well as explanations for why incorporating fruit and veggies is important. 

THE IMPORTANCE OF FRUITS & VEGGIES

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Topics: Child Health Care, Diet, Food

Sun Safety Week: 10 Tips for Preventing Damage

Summer is finally here and boy, are we welcoming the warmer weather with open arms. While we encourage you to get out and make the most of the sunny weather, it’s important to take some precautionary steps in protecting your body from the potential damage of ultraviolet (UV) rays. The American Cancer Society suggests the “Slip! Slop! Slap! Wrap!” rule – “Slip on a shirt, Slop on sunscreen, Slap on a Hat, Wrap on sunglasses”. In spirit of National Sun Safety Week, we’ve compiled a list of 10 of our own tips for protecting yourself against sun damage.

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Topics: Child Health Care, Safety, Men's Health, Women's Health

4 Necessary Steps for Reducing Risk of Men's Health Issues

At every stage of life, women are healthier than men – it’s that simple. On average, men will die up to five years earlier than women; they lead in all of the top 15 causes of death besides Alzheimer’s, and see physicians far less often than women do.

June officially became Men’s Health Month in May of 1994. Since then, this educational and congressionally supported program’s efforts have continued to raise awareness across the country. The purpose of Men’s Health Month is to heighten the awareness of preventable health problems and encourage early detection and treatment of disease among men and boys.

The health of our patients and community is always a priority at Williams Integracare, and Men’s Health, while sometimes more difficult to talk about, is certainly no exception. Read on to learn 4 steps to reduce the risk of potential men’s health issues.


#1: LEARN YOUR FAMILY HEALTH HISTORY

Your health is strongly related to the health of the generations before you. Family history is one of the most powerful tools you can use to equip yourself when it comes to fully understanding your health. It is a good idea to have some sort of record of your family health history for you (and your doctor’s!) reference.

It may be a tricky subject to bring up to your parents, grandparents and relatives, but the sooner you ask, the better. If you’re able to gather information from a variety of family members you’ll be able to get a better idea of what health issues you may be at risk for. You can begin to be proactive in fighting any illness or disease that runs in your family by learning the history, the causes and prevention methods.

The more openly you talk about health issues, the better off your whole family is. It may feel awkward or uncomfortable, but you and your family (both older and younger) will feel better having discussed it – and improve your likelihood of improved health and disease prevention.


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Topics: Family Practice, Diet, Men's Health