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Why You Feel Sick After Taking Vitamins

A daily multivitamin or supplement may give your well-being an extra boost, but if you’ve ever swallowed one and felt sick right after, you know it’s hardly a pleasant experience. It can even make you want to ditch the regimen altogether. Taking certain types of vitamins may cause a range of gastrointestinal issues, according to Dr. David Poppers, a gastroenterologist at New York University’s Langone Medical Center. It isn’t unheard-of to experience abdominal pain or discomfort, queasiness or diarrhea.

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Study Gets to the Core of Back Pain in Runners

The onset of back pain among runners may stem from a general weakness in their deep core muscles, new research indicates. Such deep muscles are located well below the more superficial muscles typified by the classic six-pack abs of fitness magazine fame, the researchers noted. Using computer simulations, they found that runners with relatively weak deep core muscles end up relying more and more on their superficial muscles to keep on running. The result is a higher risk for back pain. “We measured the dimensions of runners’ bodies and how they moved to create a computer model that’s specific to that person,” said study lead author Ajit Chaudhari. “That…

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Good Carb, Bad Carb: 4 Myths Debunked

When you’re focused on losing or maintaining weight, you get plenty of advice about carbs. What’s the truth — should you avoid carbs at all costs, or just certain ones? Our dietitians reveal the facts behind common carbohydrate myths: Myth 1: Carbs make you gain weight “People often say that carbs are fattening. But complex carbohydrates, like whole grains, are not ‘fattening’ foods,” says Kristin Kirkpatrick, MS, RD, LD. This myth, she believes, may spring from carbs’ effect on insulin. Eating carbohydrates raises your blood glucose and prompts your body to release insulin. This redirects your glucose to cells. “But it’s the type and quantity of the…

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7 Ways to Stay Social in the Dead of Winter

Being social is an essential part of life. Humans are social creatures with an emotional need for relationships and connections with others. Our social connections not only give us happiness, but they can also influence our mental and physical wellbeing. Meaningful relationships can act as a psychological buffer against stress, and people who have them have been shown to be happier, have fewer health issues, and even live longer lives. By contrast, there is evidence that being socially isolated can lead to depression, illness, or a reduced lifespan. Yikes! Although staying socially active and maintaining relationships is an important part of life, it…

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The Secret to Making Post-Run Back Pain a Thing of the Past

Does chronic back pain get in the way of your otherwise cathartic, concert-worthy runs? According to a new study, one simple tweak to your fitness routine could stop that achy buzzkill in its tracks (so you can keep going, full speed ahead). Research published in the Journal of Biomechanics examined the primary causes of chronic low back pain in runners, and it all comes down to the strength of your midsection. People with weaker core muscles have a higher risk of developing back pain, the authors wrote, because the superficial ab muscles are doing the hard work that the deep core muscles should be doing, causing faster fatigue and, ultimately, pain. “When your deep…

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4 Best Foods for Your Bones (and the 4 Worst!)

What are the best foods for bone health? What are the worst? The answers might surprise you! If you turned on the TV or opened a magazine between 1994 and 1014, you likely saw the Got Milk? ads that touted three glasses a day for bone health. The dairy industry spends billions of dollars to convince us that their products are the end-all when it comes to bone health. Sure, milk is high in calcium, but there are actually a number of nutrients that come into play when we’re talking bone health. I get into the details a little bit more here, but magnesium is actually…

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The 25 Best Diet Tips to Lose Weight and Improve Health

Let’s face it — there’s an overwhelming amount of information on the Internet about how to quickly shed pounds and get in shape. If you’re looking for the best tips on how to lose weight and keep it off, this seemingly endless amount of advice can be overwhelming and confusing. From the diets promoting raw foods to meal plans that revolve around shakes and prepackaged foods, a new fad diet seems to pop up every day. The problem is, although very restrictive diets and elimination meal plans will most likely result in short-term weight loss, most people can’t maintain them…

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Alleviate Lower-Back Pain from the Comfort of Your Desk

One of the leading causes for missing work around the world is lower back pain, according to the World Health Organization. When our backs feel like they’re shooting lightning bolts up our spine, it’s understandably hard to focus on the task at hand. Recent systematic reviews into the problem have found that the most important thing you can do to combat your chronic back pain is to move your body, even if the pain makes you want to lie down on the couch. The medical researchers concluded that adding just 20 minutes of any kind of aerobic exercise could significantly alleviate pain. In…

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Smokers are Nearly 50% More Likely to Need Spinal Surgery

Smoking increases the risk of lower back pain that needs to be fixed by spinal surgery, a Swedish study suggests. Researchers focused on a common cause of lower back pain known as lumbar spinal stenosis, which occurs when the spinal canal narrows, putting pressure on the spinal cord and nerves. The condition often develops as people age, but nicotine’s constriction of blood flow and promotion of inflammation are believed to contribute to the process, the study authors write. The participants in the Swedish study, however, were mostly in the prime of their lives, and, though they all…

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7 Natural Energy Boosters

Do you muster every ounce of energy you have just to lift your limbs out of bed, experience a daily afternoon crash that only lifts with a caffeine boost, or feel a general sense of fatigue throughout the day? According to research, you are not alone. Fatigue is the second most common complaint to doctors in North America. Unfortunately, many people turn to caffeine to boost their energy levels. That approach provides short-lived energy at best. At worst, it may cause damage to your body in the form of caffeine addiction, blood sugar fluctuations and adrenal gland depletion that makes you more vulnerable to stress. Since…