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Turkey Time Saver

With so much cooking to do for Thanksgiving, consider cooking your turkey a day ahead. To maintain the safety (and taste) of the turkey, follow these tips: 1.     Once the turkey is roasted, let it stand for 20 minutes after removing it from the oven. 2.     Slice turkey breasts; legs and wings may be kept whole. 3.     Store in a shallow container (less than 2 inches deep). Refrigerate any broth for making gravy in a shallow container as well. 4.     Refrigerate loosely covered if still warm. Once food has cooled completely, cover tightly. Cooked turkey can…

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Cutting Sugar for 9 Days Made Kids Look Healthier

Kids who cut processed sugar from their diets for just nine days had lower blood pressure, cholesterol and blood sugar — a finding that supports the idea that sugar itself is a major culprit in heart disease and diabetes, researchers said Tuesday. And it suggests that it doesn’t take long to reverse the harmful effects of consuming too much sugar. The study’s not meant to be the last word on the health effects of sugar, but it joins a growing body of evidence that suggests processed sugar itself can have a cascade of effects on the body. While other researchers were critical…

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Don’t Let Foot Cramps and Charley Horses Slow You Down

You’re sound asleep, and then, without warning, you wake up with a paralyzing stiffness in your calf or foot. Whether you call it a foot or leg cramp (aka “charley horse”), it’s a common, somewhat mysterious pain that happens when a muscle gets involuntarily stiff and can’t relax. “They tend to happen more frequently as we age,” says sports and exercise medicine physician Kim Gladden, MD. “While they can be uncomfortable, they are rarely harmful.” Here’s what causes these cramps, as well as tips to help prevent them. 7 common causes for cramps Whether day or night, your foot and calf muscles can spasm or cramp. This can happen to various…

Lifting Without Hurting Your Back

Most people lift things of varying size and weight throughout the day without concern for back injury. It is usually after a back attack or spine injury that a patient becomes aware of the importance of proper posture and body mechanics when lifting. At our practice, we’d like to help you prevent back injury from occurring when lifting. Whether you’ve always had a healthy back, or you’ve had spine injuries in the past, the four easy lessons below will help you prevent future injury due to lifting. Lesson 1: Good Posture and Body Mechanics Posture and body mechanics involves the way your…

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Want a Better Spring Garden? Do This Now!

Invest in soil prep now We have time to devote to soil prep now—the frenzied activity focused on flowers and fruits is finished. We can have our soil tested, put all those falling leaves to good use, and plant cover crops to our gardens’ advantage. These steps will result in an ever-improving healthy soil. Be aware that we can only change the make-up of a soil to a limited extent. For example, it’s not going to matter how much mulching and amending I do in the high desert of Arizona—those soils are not going to be hospitable in the long term for plants that…