Gabrielle Farnandez, Author at Carson Tahoe Health

Gut Check: Probiotics and Prebiotics

Incorporating probiotics and prebiotics in your diet could be the key to better health. Are you one of the millions of people who suffer from symptoms of poor digestive health? It’s estimated that 60 to 70 million Americans experience gastrointestinal issues, according to the National Institutes of Health.  These problems range from bloating and gas to more serious conditions, such as irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), and ulcerative colitis. But whether you experience occasional or chronic issues, there are things you can do to alleviate symptoms and make your gut healthier. Bacteria: Good vs. Bad Your gut is home to about 50 trillion bacteria made up of around 1,000 different species. While you might think of bacteria …


Your Joint Pain Doesn’t Mean the End of Summer Fun

This summer, don’t let hip and knee pain hold you back. A multitude of things can affect how your joints feel, including the seasons. If your joint pain seems to fluctuate with the weather, it’s not just your imagination. It’s possible that warmer weather can help alleviate joint pain, while in contrast, cold rainy days might make joint pain worse.  “Warmer weather tends to lead to increased blood flow through increased blood vessel dilation known as vasodilation,” explains Paul Bindert, DPT, ATC, Physical Therapist at Carson Tahoe Health. “This can alleviate joint inflammation and reduce pain.” But why can your joints feel an oncoming storm? Research is still ongoing, but it may have something to do with changes in barometric …


How A Stress-Free Day Helps Your Kids At Night

Make stress management a before-bed priority to help your child sleep soundly. During the past year, excessive stress has become common for many families. As a parent, you may be facing worries related to work, health, and how to manage your child’s school instruction. Please know, you are not alone in your anxiety, as many parents across the nation (and world) are feeling the stresses of the last year fighting the pandemic. Chances are, if you are stressed, your child feels it as well, and as a result, their sleep may be suffering.  According to the Nemours Foundation, stress experienced during the day can cause kids to have bad dreams as they snooze. These nightmares are how your child’s subconscious …


Taking Sleep Problems to Heart

Struggling to get your z’s? That could be bad news for your heart. After a rough night of sleep, everything is a little off. You struggle to stay alert. Your attention is all over the place. You can’t remember where you left important things, such as your coffee. However, ongoing sleep problems affect more than your energy levels and focus. “There is a growing body of evidence that sleep deprivation and oversleeping both increase the risk for heart attack,” says David M.Baker, MD, Medical Director of Carson Tahoe Medical Group. “Roughly one out of three heart attacks results in death, and many of those occur to people without high cholesterol, diabetes, or other risk factors typically associated with heart disease.” …


Stop, Drop, and Yoga

Head-to-Toe Benefits Are Why You Should Give Yoga a Try Yoga is a full mind-body practice that traces back to ancient India. In recent years, yoga enthusiasts around the world have adapted the activity to fit their personal health goals. Some people enjoy improving their physical strength by holding certain poses, while others appreciate the mental and spiritual aspects of the practice. Before you label yoga as “not really exercise” or “too zen,” learn how the practice could improve your overall well-being. Want to try yoga but don’t know where to start? Begin by incorporating small yoga breaks into your daily routine. All you need is a few minutes of free time and a yoga mat. Make space. Designate a …