GOING GLUTEN-FREE

Gluten is a particular kind of protein that is not found in eggs or meat but is in barley, rye, wheat and triticale (a cross between wheat and rye). Going gluten-free means avoiding these grains. A gluten-free diet is essential for those who have celiac disease, a condition that causes inflammation in the small intestines, or gluten allergies.  Symptoms of celiac disease include anemia, constipation or diarrhea, bloating, gas, headaches, skin rashes, joint pain and fatigue.

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A DIET FOR HEALTH & WEIGHT LOSS

Have you noticed? Look around and you’ll see a majority of Americans who are either overweight or obese. Look in supermarkets and you’ll see a plethora of food products, many of them processed or high-fat and/or sweet laden.  Consuming such a diet often leads to poor health and weight gain. It is not surprising that the leading cause of death in the United States is heart disease. A number of diseases, including pre-diabetes, diabetes, stroke and depression, are linked to how we eat .....

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ANTIBIOTICS IN OUR FOOD

Just what is in the food we eat? Considering the food chain, did you know adding antibiotics to food dates back to the 1940s? Antibiotic use has led to a dramatic reduction in illness and death from infectious diseases, yet there is a downside to this practice. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and others encourage health care professionals and patients to use antibiotics more wisely and seek education and understanding about both the risks and benefits of using them.

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You have worked hard and been disciplined with exercise and diet to achieve your ideal weight. However, you may find you have excess skin that lingers as a reminder of how your body was in the past. Excess skin causes many health problems and contributes to poor self-esteem and self-image.


There are a few reasons your skin might not “snap back” after weight loss. It depends on how long you were overweight. The longer you were overweight, the more difficult it will be for your skin to get its shape back because it has lost its elasticity over that period of time. Age is also a factor; the older you are, the less elasticity you have in your skin, which can also cause the skin to sag. There are ways to resolve the problem.


Having excess skin removed is not an easy fix. There is no magic cream or certain exercise you can do to remove it. Fortunately, building muscle does

help you get toned, although you can still have excess skin. It usually has to be dealt with surgically. If you do decide to go this route, be aware it costs around $30,000 to have a total body uplift, according to WebMD. There are guidelines for having this type of procedure. Most surgeons will not perform the surgery unless you have been keeping your weight off and promise to continue to do so. There are many risks associated with having a surgical procedure to remove excess skin. Be sure you do your research and talk to your family physician to explore all options.  

DEALING WITH EXCESS SKIN AFTER WEIGHT LOSS

TANIQUA WARD, M.S.

TaNiqua Ward is a staff writer for Health & Wellness magazine.

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Another area to address after weight loss is body image. It is important to be proud of yourself and your accomplishment. Don’t focus so much on your appearance but on how you feel and how healthy you are. When you lose a lot of weight, it is exciting to go clothes shopping. Use this as a way to reward yourself for all your hard work. Clothes can help cover excess skin. Find clothes that can hide those areas you don’t want others to see. An awesome new wardrobe will boost your self confidence.


As you continue your weight-loss journey, you may sometimes feel down about your physical appearance, but concentrate instead on how you feel on the inside. Give yourself credit for how hard you worked. Accept the things you cannot change; be adaptable to the changes that your body is making. Be positive and reflect on all the benefits you have right now in your new healthy body.