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Escape the summer hot flash

One of the first steps to combat hot flashes is proper hydration—about 80 ounces of water per day. (For Spectrum Health Beat) Summer is the worst season to deal with hot flashes.In the winter, you can get at least some relief by cracking open a window to let in the arctic air. Six tips to avoid...

Red flags to watch for in young athletes

A fixation on weight or dieting could indicate your young athlete is grappling with issues that could harm her health. (For Spectrum Health Beat) Exercise is essential for girls, but problems can occur if they take in too few calories.Young females who eat too little risk menstrual irregularity, weak bones and eating disorders. Among high...

Dear Mark: Vitamin K2 and Microworkouts

For today’s edition of Dear Mark, I’m answering questions about vitamin K2 and microworkouts. The last two posts on both topics garnered a number of good questions. What’s the best dose of vitamin K2? Should statin users taking vitamin K2, since statins inhibit vitamin K2 activity and production? Can vitamin K2 prevent or reverse...

Guys struggle with body image, too

Both men and women struggle with body image issues, but researchers have typically focused on how it affects women. (For Spectrum Health Beat) It’s not only women who agonize over their excess pounds.Stigma about being overweight can cause physical and emotional harm to men, too. “It’s often assumed that conversations about weight loss, poor body image...

The changing hazards of middle age

The rise in use of prescription medication—and illegal drug usage—has rendered middle-age adults a substantial fall risk. (For Spectrum Health Beat) Serious falls aren’t the sole domain of seniors.New research shows they are a significant risk among middle-aged adults. Why? Blame multiple prescription medications, as well as alcohol and illegal drug use, a new study suggests. Health...

Urban living: Add trees for health, happiness

Trees play a role in bolstering mental and physical health for city dwellers. (For Spectrum Health Beat) City dwellers who live on tree-lined streets might be happier and healthier for it, a large new study suggests.The study, of nearly 47,000 urban residents, found that those who lived in areas shaded by tree canopy reported less...

Are You Doing Microworkouts? Here’s Why You Should.

The fitness industry is in the midst of a renaissance. Flawed and dated strategies like sedentary recovery practices or overly stressful HIIT workouts are being replaced with cutting-edge practices that offer more efficiency and return on investment. Today I’m covering one emerging fitness strategy: performing brief feats of strength in the routine course of...

Time to get serious about celery

If you’re looking to add some low-calorie substance and crunch to your recipe, you can’t go wrong with celery. (For Spectrum Health Beat) Crave more crunch in your meals but want to avoid calories? Don’t overlook low-cal celery.With only 6 calories per cup, celery is a perfect warm weather refresher, helping you stay hydrated thanks...

‘Life can be so much better’

Elvira Brico, 62, found herself having to nurse the pain in her hip far too often. “I thought to myself, 'I’m too young to sit around.'" (Katy Batdorff | Spectrum Health Beat) Elvira jokes with her husband, Nikola, in the sun room of their Wyoming, Michigan, home. The two married in 2016, and have a...

From tent to table

Think fun and healthy for your next outdoor adventure. (For Spectrum Health Beat) Camping trips brim with healthy fun.We hike, swim and paddle. We run until we’re breathless. We get close to nature, inhale fresh air and gaze at the stars. All those outdoor activities require fuel. And with a little planning, the camping menu can be...

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