Cramping, abdominal pain, bloating, constipation, and diarrhea are some of the common and uncomfortable symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). Unfortunately, no one has yet discovered a specific cause for IBS, but there are many factors that are... Read more
SparkPeople held a Spring Contest at the end of May and we wanted to share the winning entries with you! We received several creative and heartfelt responses to the following question:What makes SparkPeople the best weight loss program in the world?R... Read more
Hypothyroidism, the chronic condition of an under-active thyroid, affects millions of Americans. It's most commonly caused by chronic autoimmune thyroiditis or Hashimoto's disease, and can result in a variety of symptoms, including: weight ga... Read more
It looks great in the movies: A depressed person dealing with serious pain or sudden injury pain pairs up with an intuitive physical therapist, motivational physician or insightful therapist. After a few sleepless nights and a little "hard work&... Read more
Though food is supposed to be one of life's simple pleasures, few things cause more angst and confusion. It's no wonder why. We're constantly being told which foods we should eat to be healthy, which diets we should follow to be skinny, w... Read more
Hormonal changes due to fatigue causes the brain to release appetite-stimulating hormones which in turn causes us to overeat.
Apart from physiological causes, there are also psychological causes, such as we feel the need to eat more when we are... Read more
After years and years of studying, analyzing and reanalyzing my eating habits (if I only had a nickel for each time), I've finally realized that yes, sure, I eat out of stress, and yes, I eat because it tastes good, etc. but I'm finally realizing the... Read more
I have a bulged disc in my back, as well as SI joint dysfunction :( Needless to say, the pain is really bad when I have a flare up.
I was working out 5 days a week when I started at Sparkpeople, but due to flare ups and having... Read more
Hi. Cynthia here and I really am in need of some suggestions.
I have had chronic stress for as long as I can remember. It seems like I am almost always in fight or flight mode and often overreact over things that aren't that big of a deal. Does... Read more
So, I had brain surgery in June 2012, after which I lost 60 pounds going from 203-145. I have been dealing with chronic daily headaches for three years due to the tumor. They made healthy eating and exercising a challenge but still do-able.
Sin... Read more
Magnesium protects us against heart disease, lowering blood pressure, protecting against diabetes preventing the recurrence of kidney stones and improving the symptoms of chronic fatigue syndrome. Magnesium supplements also strengthen muscles and wor... Read more
Try a cup of Miracle Tea for:Troublesome hay fever and runny nose,itching and skin rashes,Baldness,Brittle bones and nails,Chronic Headaches,Cold hands and feet, Colds,flu,related symptoms w/vitamin C,Constipation,Fatigue,Heart Trouble, High Blood Pr... Read more
We will not let disease destroy all that is us! Pain/illness isolates but together we can meet goals of health and wellness despite complex physical/mental challenges, fears, and limitations.... Read more
Today we're giving away five copies of a fascinating new book: Are You Tired and Wired?
We featured this book in our "must-read" roundup earlier this month, and we were thrilled when the author offered to give away five copies of the book to luc... Read more
For those of you who believe there is nothing you can do when you have chronic pain, take it from me: there is hope. I weighed 460 pounds and with all of my chronic medical issues and disability, I managed to baby step my way through my thus far... Read more
Gastrointestinal symptoms are common in patients with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS). The objective of this study was to determine the frequency of these symptoms and explore their relationship with objective (radionuclide) studies of upper GI functi... Read more
The past three days I have been feeling that 'completely worn out and can barely stay awake feeling' which usually hits just after dinner. Tonight I didn't actually fall asleep but Tuesday I did and last night I did shut my eyes for a while. I took... Read more
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