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Health Goal Strategies: Choose the Right Protein Bar

  For individuals trying to make healthy lifestyle adjustments, can adding protein bars into their diet help achieve health goals? Protein Bar Protein bars provide a quick energy boost between meals that can help curb appetite and avoid filling up on high-fat, sodium-packed snacks for individuals trying to lose weight. They can also increase calorie intake for individuals like athletes trying to increase muscle mass. Protein bars can vary in terms of factors like additives, calories, fat, sugars, and other ingredients. Labels need to be read carefully; otherwise, the bar can be more of a candy bar than a healthy, nutritious mini-meal or snack. It's important to have a sense of how much protein is really needed each day, and the amount varies depending on individual factors. How Much Protein Is Needed Protein is vital to many body functions, but the body can't produce this macronutrient, and it has to come from food. Dietary protein is broken down during digestion, and compounds

Exercises after Back Surgery for Pain Relief & Strengthening

  Individuals who have gone through recent low back surgery, like a lumbar laminectomy and discectomy, could they benefit from physical therapy for full recovery? ( Johns Hopkins Medicine. 2008 ) Rehabilitation Exercise Program A lumbar laminectomy and discectomy is a surgical procedure performed by an orthopedic or neurologic surgeon to help decrease pain, relieve associated symptoms and sensations, and improve flexibility and mobility. The procedure involves cutting away disc and bone material that presses against, irritates, and damages the spinal nerves. ( Johns Hopkins Medicine. 2023 ) Post-Surgery The therapist will work with the individual to develop a rehabilitation exercise program. The objective of a rehabilitation exercise program is to help the individual: Relax their muscles to prevent muscle tensing and becoming over-cautious Regain full range of motion Strengthen their spine Prevent injuries A guide on what to expect in physical therapy. Postural Retraining After back su

What Causes a Headache Right on the Top of the Head?

  Individuals experiencing headaches on top of the head could be caused by different factors. Can recognizing the what triggers pain or pressure help prevent this type of headache, and healthcare providers develop effective treatment plans? Headache On Top of The Head Various factors could cause a headache on top of the head; common causes include: Stress Sleep problems Eye strain Caffeine withdrawal Dental problems Hormonal changes Alcohol consumption Causes Many causes have to do with underlying issues happening in other parts of the body. Stress Stress is a common cause of headaches, including one on top of the head. Researchers don't know exactly how stress causes headaches, but they think it causes tightening of the muscles in the back of the head or neck, which pulls the tissues down, resulting in pain or pressure in the scalp and/or forehead area. These are also called tension headaches . Headaches caused by stress generally feel like dull pressure rather than throbbing pain

A Guide to Using Pomegranates: The Perfect Balance of Sweetness and Tartness

  For individuals looking to increase their antioxidant, fiber, and vitamin intake, can adding pomegranates to their diet help? Pomegranates Pomegranates can amplify various dishes, from breakfasts to sides to dinners, with their balanced blend of mild sweetness, tartness, and crunch from their seeds. Health Benefits The fruit has been found to be a healthy source of vitamins, fiber, and antioxidants. A medium-sized fruit contains: High amounts of vitamin C, vitamin K, copper, and other micronutrients ( FoodData Central. U.S. Department of Agriculture. 2019 ) About 18% of the recommended daily value of vitamin C. 28% of the recommended value of vitamin K based on a 2,000-calorie-per-day diet. ( FoodData Central. U.S. Department of Agriculture. 2019 ) 6 grams of fiber ( FoodData Central. U.S. Department of Agriculture. 2019 ) High in antioxidants ( Aida Zarfeshany et al., 2014 ) Ways to use a pomegranate include: Guacamole Stir in some pomegranate arils before serving. They will provid

Don't Let Dormant Butt Syndrome Stop You - Get Strong

  Individuals dealing with chronic knee discomfort, hip tightness, and lower back pain could be experiencing dormant gluteal-butt syndrome. Can recognizing the symptoms and signs and incorporating lower body and core fitness help prevent and treat the condition? Dormant Gluteal Butt Syndrome Knee, hip, and lower back problems could be traced back to weakened buttocks. Some scientists call the condition "dormant butt syndrome" ( Ohio State University, .2023 ). However, researchers are learning about the important role the gluteal muscles provide in maintaining the lower body strong and healthy. ( Hal David Martin, Manoj Reddy, Juan Gómez-Hoyos. 2015 ) What Is It? The syndrome is defined as weak buttock muscles and tight hip flexors. Experts from the Ohio State Wexner Medical Center have worked with individuals dealing with knee, hip, or back injuries and believe many of these issues are linked to weakened gluteal muscles. ( Ohio State University.2023 ) The glutes are the muscl

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