When it comes to gut troubles that make you feel especially lousy, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) ranks pretty high on the list. IBS is basically a vague catchall phrase that offers no insight into what’s actually causing the symptoms. The struggle, however, is very real – think abdominal pain, cramps, bloating, constipation, diarrhea, etc. So, what lies beneath all this gut misery, that afflicts roughly 25 - 45 million people in the US alone? In my three-plus decades of experience, I’ve found that one of the most common culprits is an imbalanced microbiome.
Despite calcium being found abundantly in the body, it is still one of the most common deficiencies in the United States. And that’s quite unfortunate – this mineral is vital for the body in a number of ways. Older individuals (especially those at risk for osteoporosis), women, adolescents, vegans, and those who are lactose-intolerant should pay special attention to their calcium levels and consider adding more foods rich in calcium to their meal plan.
Chances are, over the past 18 pandemic months, your muscular
fitness and mass may have slipped a bit. Unfortunately, all that muscular
down time is associated with increased cancer risk, depression, lower cognitive ability, prediabetic blood sugar levels (even if you’re at a healthy weight), sleep disruption and a host of other issues. In short, all the makings of a physiological hot mess – so it’s time to flip the script. With gyms open again, outdoor fitness classes in every park and plenty of virtual classes or in-home classes to tune into, there are more muscle-building options than ever – which makes now a good time to start building your muscles back to pre-pandemic levels. Here’s how to get back in the game.