Avoid Kidney Stones: Eat and Drink Right

By Intermountain Healthcare

Passing a kidney stone is one of the most painful experiences possible. Unfortunately, once you’ve had a kidney stone, your risk of having a second one is 30 percent within 5 years and 50 percent within 10 years. If you’ve had gastric bypass surgery, chronic diarrhea, inflammatory bowel disease, or metabolic syndrome, your risk may be even higher.

Check-In for Check-Ups: Why Regular Visits Are Worth It

By Intermountain Healthcare

Seeing the doctor always involves one question: “Is it worth it?” Every time one of my kids comes down with a cold, I think, “Will I be wasting my money? Does he really need that test?”

Today’s economic climate makes this internal financial debate even more complicated. High deductible health insurance plans, ever-changing coverage limitations, and rising visit and lab costs have decreased our access to healthcare. Perhaps we should be asking a different set of questions, though: “What are my healthcare goals? Overall, am I happy with my health?”

If you answered yes, great! If there’s some room to improve, here are a few suggestions for navigating the world of primary care.


LiVe Well Dietitian, Mary Brown on Eating More Fruits & Veggies

By Mary Brown

Let’s face it. We all need to eat more fruits and vegetables. Fruits and vegetables contain vitamins, minerals, and fiber necessary for healthy nutrition. 90% of American adults and children do not consume enough fruit and vegetables. The My Plate nutrition guidelines suggest filling half of each plate with fruit or vegetables at every meal. Everyone can benefit from eating one more serving of fruits or veggies each day.