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The brain-muscle connection

We often hear about the mind-body connection, but did you know there’s also a brain-muscle connection? It’s based on neuroplasticity, or the brain’s ability to reorganize and form new neural connections and pathways throughout your life. The good news—in less technical terms—is your brain is flexible and adaptable. You have...

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Fitness is about the numbers

“A goal without a plan is just a wish.” This old adage rings especially true when it comes to achieving your fitness goals. This month, when we start unpacking shorts and bathing suits, the need for getting in shape becomes more urgent. But simply wanting it isn’t enough. Weighing yourself on a standard scale only gives a...

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Better health outcomes

The Lake County General Health District WIC program is a federally funded government organization offering education, supplemental nutrition and additional help for eligible pregnant women, new mothers and infants and children up to age 5. The WIC program offers breastfeeding support and advice, infant feeding classes and support groups...

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Health insurance works with DPC

You have health insurance. You contribute to a premium and co-pays for doctor visits, and there’s a pharmacy benefit attached. Why do you need a direct primary care (DPC) membership? DPC is a primary care benefit that can stand alone or complement your traditional health insurance coverage. Health insurance covers specialists such as...

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Enzyme unlocks heart health

In 1980, Dr. Hiroyuki Sumi, a researcher for the Japan Ministry of Education, discovered a special enzyme found in natto had potential to improve cardiovascular health by preventing excessive clotting and promoting smoother blood flow. He called it nattokinase. Nattokinase works by regulating fibrin, a protein involved in blood clot formation...

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