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6 things your food cravings may be telling you

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Craving specific foods often indicates that your body is trying to send you a message that has something to do with your current state of health. Since most cravings people experience are for junk foods like candy, pizza, and donuts, suffering cravings regularly can lead to weight gain and health problems like type two diabetes and heart disease. Do you find yourself frequently experiencing cravings? Here’s a look at what food cravings might mean for …

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6 common foods that have been linked to cancer

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Carcinogens are substances that have been proven to cause cancer, or that have been strongly linked to cancer — such as tobacco, asbestos, and pesticides. Carcinogens are also often found in everyday foods that you and your loved ones may be eating on a regular basis. Alcohol, blackened meats, and processed meats like hot dogs and pepperoni are among the most common foods linked to cancer, though there are many more that may be lurking …

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Recovering emotionally from disaster

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Many of our patients, staff, friends, and family members have been affected by Hurricane Irma in one way or another. We are fortunate and grateful that the storm weakened before reaching Tampa, sparing us from the devastation experienced in areas such as southern Florida and many parts of the Caribbean. However, we know that many Tampa area residents are dealing with various aftereffects of the storm, and that Irma has taken an emotional toll on …

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Symptoms of common vitamin deficiencies

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Degenerative diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, and cancer are commonly attributed to risk factors like genetics, overeating, and lack of exercise. While these factors can definitely lead to serious illness, sometimes the true underlying culprit is poor nutrition. Vitamin deficiencies are linked to more health problems than you might suspect, which is why eating plenty of nutrient-dense foods is crucial to maintaining a healthy weight and good overall health. The following are some symptoms …

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Why self-care isn’t selfish

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As mothers, caregivers, and providers, women tend to put the needs of others before their own. When a child becomes ill, it’s often mom who sacrifices her career to stay home from work. When a spouse feels drained after a long day at the office, it’s often the wife who creates a soothing environment despite also feeling exhausted. Putting everyone else’s needs before your own may show others that you care — but who’s taking …

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What to do when your spouse doesn’t want to get healthy

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There are countless benefits to living a healthy lifestyle, such as having more energy, experiencing improved mental health, and reducing your risk for illness and disease. But when you’ve decided to become healthier and your partner isn’t on board, you may face several road bumps trying to achieve the healthy lifestyle you want. In addition, if your spouse is unhealthy and at risk for major health problems, it can be difficult to persuade them to …

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Healthy alternatives to some of your favorite foods

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For many people, one of the most heartbreaking things about committing to healthy eating is having to cut back on their favorite foods. Foods like pizza and pastries don’t only trigger weight gain, but can also increase your risk for heart disease, stroke, and other serious health problems. But what if you could still enjoy these foods without having to worry about gaining weight or suffering adverse health consequences? With a little creativity, you can …

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Do you know what these common food labels really mean?

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Grocery shopping for healthy foods can often be confusing, since many unhealthy foods are labeled with misleading terms and phrases that make them sound good for you. What many consumers don’t realize is that some food labels are deceptive, and that food companies are often able to stretch the truth to convince health-conscious individuals to buy their products. Knowing what these types of food labels really mean can help you arrive at healthier choices when …

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The best post-workout snacks

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Nourishing your body with healthy foods is the best way to reward yourself after having an amazing workout. Certain foods can promote muscle growth, replenish your energy, and help you recover more quickly. The best post-workout snacks are generally high in protein and complex carbohydrates — both of which can help you take your health, weight loss, and workouts to the next level! Aim to eat the following snacks within 30 to 45 minutes of …

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Preventing foodborne illnesses

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Foodborne illness, also known as food poisoning, affects one in every six Americans annually. Foodborne illnesses are caused by consuming foods and drinks contaminated with bacteria, viruses, and parasites, and trigger symptoms similar to those caused by the flu. Food poisoning can usually be prevented by storing and cooking your foods in a clean environment, and taking steps to avoid cross-contamination. Follow these steps to lower your risk for foodborne illnesses. Wash your hands Bacteria …