Beaufort Memorial’s Living Well Blog brings health and wellness to Lowcountry living.

Can Supplements Boost Your Brain?

Posted by Living Well Team on Sep 26, 2016 11:47:19 AM

The supplement market is flooded with claims that we can save ourselves from Alzheimer’s disease, depression and more if we just take the right vitamin or herb.

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Topics: Wellness

Healthy Habits, Healthy Kids

Posted by Living Well Team on Sep 22, 2016 3:57:26 PM

It’s hardly news that millions of American kids are at an unhealthy weight. Childhood obesity has more than doubled in the past 30 years, and more than one-third of children are overweight or obese.

But that doesn’t mean it’s time to throw in the towel. “When you establish a base of healthy habits at home, you’re setting a critical tone for your family.” says Sally Kuzemchak, a registered dietitian and the author of Cooking Light Dinnertime Survival Guide. “No matter what your children may be exposed to outside of your family, they’ll still circle back to what’s familiar to them.”

Start with this five-step plan.

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Topics: Pediatrics

Alzheimer's vs. Aging

Posted by Living Well Team on Sep 20, 2016 5:00:59 PM

Forgetfulness isn’t a rite of passage for the aging. In fact, according to the Alzheimer’s Association, memory loss that affects daily living can be a symptom of dementia. Dementia — a slow decline in memory, thinking and reasoning skills — is commonly referred to by its’ most common form, a fatal brain disorder called Alzheimer’s disease.

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Topics: Wellness

Recipes for a Rainy Day

Posted by Living Well Team on Sep 14, 2016 3:00:00 PM

Give your tired winter diet a jolt of excitement now that spring is in full bloom. Plan meals using fresh, in-season vegetables from your local farmer’s market or food co-op. Make it a win-win by pairing smart, healthy sides with fresh-caught Lowcountry seafood.

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Topics: Wellness

Gynecologic Cancer, Risk and You

Posted by Women's Health Team on Sep 12, 2016 9:27:37 AM

Cancers that originate in the female reproductive organs — uterine, ovarian, cervical, vulvar and vaginal cancers — are diagnosed in more than 70,000 American women each year. Annually, more than 26,000 women lose their lives to gynecologic cancers. Unfortunately for many women, the symptoms of these cancers are so silent cancers can grow undetected for years.

That’s one reason September now marks both National Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month and Gynecologic Cancer Awareness Month. As more women understand the often silent or masked symptoms of gynecologic cancers, they’re more apt to take action and find cancer when it’s most treatable.

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Topics: Women’s Health