I’ve always preferred the taste and texture of green bananas; my husband likes bananas best when they have brown spots all over.
So when we split a banana on our breakfast granola or oatmeal, one of us is usually happy. 😂
But recently I’ve learned that green bananas are
actually better for us, or at least better for our gut health.
That’s because the ratio of healthy fiber and unhealthy …
read on Kidney stones are more common in the summer
The kidneys’ job is to filter and clean our blood. They need to be well hydrated to do that!
That’s why summer heat and dehydration are big risk factors for developing kidney stones.
Related post: 10 tips to prevent heat exhaustion What are other common risk factors? Age (more common as we get older) Gender (more common in men) Genetics (if close
read on Enjoy that morning cup of coffee
I’ve been a coffee drinker my entire adult life.
A couple cups of coffee in the morning make me more alert and ready to start the day.
And I enjoy hanging out in coffee shops and inhaling the fragrance of freshly-ground beans.
Over the years there have been many small studies showing coffee in moderation can be good for you.
More recently …
read on I got caught in a very common healthcare trap, and it could have cost me over $200.
I went in for my “free” annual exam that health insurance plans must cover as part of Obamacare’s preventive health benefits.
Typically, these exams—also known as Adult Wellness Visits (AWV)—are opportunities for the physician to tick a lot of boxes about your health habits (smoking, drinking, sex, etc.) and schedule you for a …
read on Every day for the last week I’ve seen a new report of someone dying or losing a limb due to “flesh-eating bacteria.”
Is there an epidemic? Should we panic?
Flesh-eating bacteria are bacteria that cause a serious—and deadly—disease called
. necrotizing fasciitis
But even though necrotizing fasciitis (NF) is a really, really bad disease, it’s also really, really rare.
The news media like to pick up these stories because …
read on A healthy diet shouldn’t be confusing
There are a lot of fad diets out there, and even more nutritional supplements being marketed to improve health.
It can be confusing to know what to eat, what to avoid, and whether supplements are good for us or not.
A new study, however, suggests that the best diet is relatively simple: Eat everything, but aim for a lower-than-average salt intake. And skip … read on An ugly problem with an ugly name— hallux valgus
Last summer I noticed I had the beginning of a small bunion.
Horrified, I wanted to find out if there was anything I could do to keep it from becoming bigger, uglier and more painful.
Anything except surgery. The last thing I want is foot surgery.
I also wanted to know how to prevent a bunion from developing in my other …
read on What’s the difference?
Several people have asked me about CBD, or cannabidiol, a compound found in cannabis plants.
What is it good for? Does it work? Is it legal?
CBD oil has become a billion-dollar a year industry, and the marketing of these products is fierce.
As I started to do some research, first I had to figure out the difference between some commonly used terms: CBD oil, hemp extract, …
read on Stay safe this 4th of July!
My state’s Fire Marshall recently reported
a drop in fireworks-related injuries and fires in 2018.
That’s good news, but 209 injuries is still too many.
As a nurse I’ve seen what both legal and illegal fireworks can do to hands and faces. It’s not pretty.
It’s especially tragic when small children are burned or disfigured.
I ran across this young girl’s PSA about fireworks …
read on Infections can be expensive!
When my son was about 10 years old, he developed a nasty blister on his foot after a long hike in poorly-fitting shoes. I wasn’t aware of the blister until several days later when he came to me with what was obviously a badly infected sore between two of his toes.
I had to take him to the pediatrician to have the wound lanced (opened) and …