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By   /  March 22, 2023  /  The Back Page  /  No Comments

Hope: I can’t always eat dinner at an early time. Why do they say you will gain weight if you eat dinner late? Megan: The truth is that the time doesn’t matter, rather, it is what you eat. The problem with eating late can be that you waited too long to eat and now you […]

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By   /  March 14, 2023  /  The Back Page  /  No Comments

Paul: I want to get better at surfing so what exercises would you recommend for me to do?  Megan: Surfing requires total body strength because getting up on the board requires the stability to do so. You are on an unstable surface which creates what is called “proprioception” for you to be able to stay […]

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By   /  March 8, 2023  /  The Back Page  /  No Comments

Katy: My arthritis, especially my knees, ache at night. They also ache during the day from time to time. What would help better, ice or heat, to subside the ache?  Megan: When it comes to arthritis, heat is the answer. Heat will ease stiffness, relax muscles, and will lubricate joints. This is because heat increases […]

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By   /  March 1, 2023  /  The Back Page  /  No Comments

Kim: My friend swears but doing calisthenics for her workouts as being the best way to stay in shape. Why are calisthenics considered a good way to workout?  Megan: Calisthenics are a great way to burn calories and is a type of resistance training that only uses your body. Examples would be pullups, pushups, squats, and lunges. […]

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By   /  February 21, 2023  /  The Back Page  /  No Comments

Lisa: I love coffee and probably drink a pot or maybe more per day. How much caffeine is too much in a day?  Megan: We used to wonder why our parents loved coffee and had to have it in the morning. Now we know as adults. According to the Mayo Clinic about 400 milligrams (mg) of caffeine per […]

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By   /  February 15, 2023  /  The Back Page  /  No Comments

Andrew: I hate when I get acne and I feel the need to pop a pimple the moment I see it. Should you pop your pimples or leave them alone?  Megan: The general rule is to leave your pimples alone. You run the risk of damaging your skin when you pop a pimple because you […]

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By   /  February 8, 2023  /  The Back Page  /  No Comments

Jenny: I seem to get weird tingly feelings in my fingers from time to time. My sister says it’s because I have poor circulation. What does that mean?  Megan: Having numb fingers and toes, having really cold hands and feet, having that tingly or the numbness in fingers and toes, and having swelling in hands […]

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By   /  January 31, 2023  /  The Back Page  /  No Comments

Kathy: I’m working on portions and eating less especially with snacking. I’ve been using those 100 calorie packs. Do you think those are a good way to control snacking?  Megan: Portion control is of course difficult and food is probably one of the hardest parts of maintaining a healthy lifestyle. We have to eat to live, […]

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By   /  January 25, 2023  /  The Back Page  /  No Comments

Jeremy: Seems like many of my friends have had heart attacks and it’s more common than I thought. I’m only in my 50’s so what are the warning signs of a heart attack?  Megan: It’s true about 790,000 Americans have a heart attack each year, and 114,000 will die from it. The main warning sign […]

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By   /  January 18, 2023  /  The Back Page  /  No Comments

Letty: I’m going to help my friend recover from having her gallbladder removed. Why do we have a gallbladder if it can be removed?  Megan: The gallbladder is a key player in digestion. It stores bile when you are not eating. Bile is used to help digestion and when we eat it moves from the […]

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By   /  January 11, 2023  /  The Back Page  /  No Comments

Sean: I love avocados and I put them on everything. They’re healthy but I’ve heard even if they’re considered a healthy fat, I shouldn’t eat too much of them. How much is too much avocado?  Megan: Yes, avocados are a healthy type of fat , plus they’re a good source of fiber and folate. Because […]

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By   /  January 4, 2023  /  The Back Page  /  No Comments

Mel: What’s the difference between yoga and pilates?  Megan: Yoga embodies more of a lifestyle that incorporates the mind, body, and soul. Pilates is more about sculpting the body by elongated and engaging muscles. A pilates reformer can also be incorporated to add resistance. There are different variations and styles of both yoga and pilates, Yoga overall might […]

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By   /  December 29, 2022  /  The Back Page  /  No Comments

Linda: I get blisters on the back of my feet and sometimes my hands from working out. Sometimes I have to miss workouts because the rubbing on them hurts so bad. What is the best way to treat a blister?  Megan: You need to be sure to prevent more rubbing against the blister. Make sure the […]

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By   /  December 21, 2022  /  The Back Page  /  No Comments

Ally: Odd question, but I’ve heard your tongue is full of bacteria. So should you clean your tongue and how can you?  Megan: Your question is interesting and yes, we do need to clean our tongue as part of our daily oral health regimen. Bacteria does quickly build up on the tongue even after you […]

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By   /  December 14, 2022  /  The Back Page  /  No Comments

Fay: My friend is obsessed with heart rate training and always looks at her watch during workouts. Why is heart rate something to think about when exercising?  Megan: Heart rate training is beneficial because different training zones based on effort level can optimize training results. Heart rate training works well for people who like performance […]

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By   /  December 7, 2022  /  The Back Page  /  No Comments

Sheryl: Some of my family is doing the keto diet. I don’t totally understand it, so what does it mean to be in ketosis?  Megan: Ketosis is when ketones are elevated in the body. Ketones are produced from fat, hence, why eating a high fat diet is the approach. Normally, the body uses glucose (sugar) for […]

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By   /  November 30, 2022  /  The Back Page  /  No Comments

Jane: When it starts to be fall and winter, the second I step outside my nose starts to run. Why does the cold make my nose run?  Megan: When we breathe in, the cold air travels to our lungs. Our noses warm the air that we breathe in which adds moisture. Cold air irritates the […]

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By   /  November 23, 2022  /  The Back Page  /  No Comments

Karen: I started to run again and my back is bothering me. Can running hurt your back?? Megan: Yes running may be using your legs, but it’s the repetitive stress and impact of the legs hitting the surface that can bother the back. Typically the person has an existing back problem such as low back pain […]

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By   /  November 15, 2022  /  The Back Page  /  No Comments

Lynda: I always feel gross after the holidays from the eating and drinking. I’m sure I gain weight but how common is it to gain holiday weight? Megan: Eating, entertaining and celebrating do bring added calories for many. According to the New England Journal of Medicine most people can manage to stay within 1 pound […]

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By   /  November 8, 2022  /  The Back Page  /  No Comments

Sondra: What’s the best non-meat protein source because I typically prefer a vegan type diet? Megan: It is very important our body gets enough protein which is between 0.36 and 0.86 grams per pound body weight. If one were not to eat meat, other higher sources would be tofu, tempeh, edamame, soy milk, and soy […]

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