Preventable Issues

How Important Is Bowel Elimination?

How Important Is Bowel Elimination?

Every day you eat a few meals and snacks and wash them down with some beverages. That’s usually the last thought you give to your food. But what goes in must come out. Your food travels the length of your digestive tract where vital nutrients are absorbed, healthy bacteria are (hopefully) nourished, and waste is removed from the body. You…

How to Get Healthy When Your Cravings Control You

How to Get Healthy When Your Cravings Control You

We’re long past the New Year by now, and your resolutions to get healthy, eat well, and exercise might have faded into the past. The allure of sweets, the aroma of fresh-baked bread, and the taste of a hearty pasta dish are often too much to overcome. Despite everything you KNOW to be true—that a high-carbohydrate diet is one of…

How to Drop the Expectations of Gift-Giving

How to Drop the Expectations of Gift-Giving

T’is the season for getting together with family and friends, celebrating, and, inevitably, spending more money than you anticipated on everyone from your children to the mail carrier. Does it seem like every year there are more people on your gift-buying list? The list gets longer and the gifts pricier as we unknowingly “outdo” one another year after year. And…

Losing Control at the Holidays?

Losing Control at the Holidays?

Every year the holidays approach and you swear you won’t succumb to the usual temptations—food, alcohol, and shopping. You tell yourself that this year will be different, and that you won’t overindulge, losing control. But come January, you’re 15 pounds heavier, your credit cards are maxed, and let’s just say that you don’t remember the last couple hours of your…

4 Surprising Conditions Related to Immune Health

4 Surprising Conditions Related to Immune Health

When you think of immune health, the illnesses that come to mind are cold and flu, bacterial infections, or even autoimmune conditions like type 1 diabetes and rheumatoid arthritis. But you might be surprised to learn that immune health plays a role in many more conditions than you realize. Read on to learn about four conditions related to immune health…

The Traveler’s Nemesis – Constipation on Vacation

The Traveler’s Nemesis – Constipation on Vacation

Summer travel brings excitement, adventure, and new experiences. It’s a time to visit family and friends, have fun, and see new places. Unfortunately, travel also comes with its challenges. Digestively speaking, travel is often paired with constipation. Eating different foods, feeling stressed about travel arrangements, poor hydration, lack of exercise, and even anxiety about using public restrooms can all set…

How to Calm Dog Anxiety This Fourth of July

How to Calm Dog Anxiety This Fourth of July

Some people get really excited about the fourth of July celebrations. I am all for celebrating the birth of our country, but do we have to do it with so many fireworks?! Some hardcore enthusiasts may even start their disruptive explosions the weekend before! If you are anything like me, you dread this upcoming holiday as much as—or more than—your dog.…

Summer Diet Reboot

Summer Diet Reboot

When the weather starts warming up in spring, we get inspired to lose a few pounds so that we’ll look great when it’s time to get into a swimsuit. But that plan often goes awry when summer begins. Longer days bring vacations and celebrations—and extra opportunities to eat enticing treats (often sweet) that pack on weight. Next thing you know,…