The Connection Between Nutrition and Mental Health

A growing body of research shows that certain vitamins, minerals and foods may reduce the symptoms of depression and anxiety. Nutritional psychiatrists believe the connection between nutrition and mental health can be found in your gut, more specifically, to the bacteria that grow in the gut (stomach, intestines and colon). There are good and bad [...]

By |2018-09-06T09:23:17+00:00September 4th, 2018|

Pain Management: Move Beyond Meds

Every day, millions of Americans start their day with chronic pain. It limits their mobility and keeps them from doing the activities they need or want to do. For some conditions, a prescription opioid may be the best answer, but many other conditions can be treated effectively with physical therapy. By the Numbers More than [...]

By |2018-08-31T12:37:02+00:00August 31st, 2018|

How to Find the Right Doctor for You

Many health insurance plans make you designate a primary care doctor, but finding the right one can be difficult and stressful. Michael R. Brown, DO, a family medicine doctor with Meritas Health Park Plaza (Kansas City North, near Parkville) shares tips to help you find a primary care physician that’ s a good fit. A [...]

By |2018-07-25T18:45:03+00:00June 5th, 2018|

The Ketogenic Diet: Should You Follow It?

You’ve probably heard of the infamous Ketogenic (keto) diet, and if you haven’t, then the basic, low-carbohydrate diet may be more familiar. The keto diet is known for it’s low-carbohydrate, high-fat, and adequate protein nature and is adamant about restricting your sugar intake. It’s been followed and made famous by many celebrities including Halle Berry, [...]

By |2018-08-09T15:00:50+00:00March 8th, 2018|

6 Simple Steps to Help the Whole Family be Heart Healthy

No matter your family dynamic, taking time to create some heart healthy habits benefits everyone. Make the Time Tracking each family member’s daily activities for one week gives you a snapshot of when the family can be together for physical exercise. It can also help you see which activities you can cut back on. Related [...]

By |2018-07-25T18:49:57+00:00February 16th, 2018|

Get SMART

Each year, we make our New Year’s resolutions and many of us feel motivated to eat better, exercise more and decrease stress levels.  This year, consider making your goals SMART.  Don't think of it as a resolution you try for a couple weeks, but more of a lifestyle adjustment so you're sure to stick with [...]

By |2018-08-09T15:01:00+00:00January 24th, 2018|

6 Flu-fighting Foods to Start Eating Now

Superheroes are super trendy right now, but even they aren’t tough enough to fight off cold and flu viruses that prey on people during the winter. Ancy Maruthanal, MD, an internal medicine physician with Meritas Health North Kansas City, recommends eating these six superfoods to wage an effective battle. Superhero Secret Brussels sprouts boost your [...]

By |2018-07-25T18:52:31+00:00January 2nd, 2018|
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