Basically, cross training involves regularly incorporating a form of exercise other than your sport of choice to strengthen your muscles and decrease your risk of injury. Cross training gives your body a break from the repetitiveness of your usual sport and creates muscular balance. Danielle Pape, certified personal trainer with the Lake Health Integrative Medicine team, gives her best advice on how runners can use cross training to improve their fitness levels:
If your child has a true food allergy, such as to strawberries or peanuts, you will know immediately because he or she might break out in hives or have trouble breathing after eating these foods. But if your child has a food sensitivity—which can result in more vague symptoms such as gas, bloating, rashes, joint pain and fatigue—you can have a hard time pinpointing the sensitivity. Lake Health naturopathic provider Jacob Wolf, ND, LAc, Dipl OM, explains how to uncover the culprit and what to do about it:
Constipation is common throughout childhood. Dr. Simone Majetich, a family physician with Lake Health Physician Group SOM Center Primary Care, explains why it happens and how to solve this common issue:
People often mistake a common cold for the flu and vice versa. Dr. Michael Majetich with Lake Health Physician Group SOM Primary Care in Willoughby explains how to tell the difference and gives treatment options and suggestions for helping you stay healthy:
A common question from people considering weight loss surgery is what foods they can and cannot eat after surgery. Caitlin McCullough, RD, LD, clinical dietitian with the Lake Health Bariatric Surgery Center, describes what a typical diet includes (and excludes) after bariatric surgery.
When it comes to weight loss, it all boils down to calories in vs. calories out. Calories are a scientific measure of the energy in food. Our bodies need a constant supply of energy (calories) to do everything from physical activity to carrying out basic vital functions like breathing and digesting food. Caitlin McCullough, RD, LD, clinical dietitian with the Lake Health Bariatric Surgery Center, explains how calorie counting could help promote weight loss:
The last thing most people want to do at the end of a busy work day is prepare dinner. According to the USDA, Americans in 2014 spent an average of 37 minutes a day preparing food and cleaning up. That’s over 4 hours a week! Why is meal planning so important?
Caitlin McCullough, RD, LD, clinical dietitian with the Lake Health Bariatric Surgery Center, explains:
We see it every New Year: The mass crowds in the gym come and then slowly fade off throughout the first few months of the year. The excitement of the New Year gives us that energy to begin great lifelong goals, but then the motivation quickly goes away. We need to shift our mindset to recognize that change is a gradual process. We don’t want to overload ourselves with unattainable long-term goals. Emma Giardini, MEd, BS, wellness coach with Lake Health Integrative Medicine, explains how to set goals you'll actually stick with all year long: