Spring into New Activities!

With winter on the way out and spring on the way in, many people are looking to take advantage of the warm weather. Spring is a great time to invest in yourself and make some health lifestyle changes. Here's some great suggestions for healthy eating and ways to get active...all within the La Crosse area! Farmer's Markets Visit the La Crosse Cameron Park Farmer's Market! It's located on Cass Street and starts at 4pm on Fridays. It's a great way to get some fresh fruits and vegetables now available locally this spring season. Check here to see the starting date for this season! Bluff Hikes Get outside in nature and take a hike at any of the wonderful bluffs. Some suggestions include: Grandad's

Let’s Spice Things Up: Turmeric in Your Diet

Curcuma longa (turmeric) is a natural spice that belongs to the Zingiberaceae family of flowering plants, similar to ginger. Turmeric has not only been used in the preparation of cuisine in the context of Indian culture, but also has roots in Ayurvedic (traditional) medicine dating back thousands of years. In recent times, turmeric has been linked to lofty claims such as being a “cure-all” for cancer and chronic inflammation, amongst other medical conditions. As with many “functional foods,” or foods that may have additional benefits beyond their composition of basic nutrients, claims are often exaggerated and supporting evidence inconclusive. Such may be the case with turmeric, depending up

Should You Be Foam Rolling?

Self-myofascial release (SMR), or self-massage, allows you to apply deep pressure to certain points of the body to release tightness and muscular tension. Foam rolling is one form of SMR. Adding foam-rolling exercises to your workouts can help prevent muscle soreness, alleviate tightness, improve flexibility, aid in recovery, and enhance range of motion. But with foam rolling, more pressure isn’t always better. We need to have control of the amount of pressure applied and steer clear of pain. Learning how to control the amount of pressure to a mild and tolerable discomfort is important. The objective is help the area relax, and applying too much pressure can cause the opposite response. By u

Ask the RCW Dietitian: Butter, Olive Oil, and Weight Loss

"Will switching from butter to olive oil help me lose weight?" Dietitians are frequently asked which foods promote weight loss. Although individual foods don’t really “boost metabolism” – at least not to a meaningful extent – there are certainly some exchanges that can help promote weight loss for those who desire it. Instead of a full plate of pasta, replace half the plate with steamed vegetables. Instead of drinking soda or alcohol, drink water. Over time, these changes add up. On this topic, I’ve heard many people enthusiastically report that they’ve replaced butter with olive oil in all of their recipes, anticipating that this will result in weight loss. Unfortunately, that’s unlikely to

It's All in the Hips

Constant low back pain. Tight hip flexors and hamstrings. Weak abs. Does any of this sound familiar? Instead of looking at each of these symptoms individually, we have to remember the body is interconnected. Each of these can be tied back to one structure: the hips. Let’s take a look at the common posture. This is often referred to as the “open scissor” position because our diaphragm and hips are open in a ‘V’ position. See the image to the left for an illustration of this concept. From this position, we can see the hips are tipped forward, or anteriorly tilted. This causes a multitude of misalignments from head to toe: Upper spine, or neck, tipped forward Flat diaphragm Lengthened and “weak

The MIND Diet for Mental Health

The MIND diet is a newly researched diet, or way of eating, that is found to help with neurological decline as individuals age. MIND stands for Mediterranean-DASH Intervention for Neurodegenerative Delay. As shown by the name, the MIND diet is a hybrid of the Mediterranean diet and the DASH (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension) diet. By combining the positive aspects of both of these eating patterns, a healthful diet is produced to aid in brain health for all ages. Research has shown that those who followed the MIND diet had a significant reduction in likelihood of developing Alzheimer’s. The more closely the diet was followed, the greater the reduction was in acquiring Alzheimer’s disea

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