Karen Sutton, MD

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Three Ways Sports Can Help Fight Depression

Taking part in sports can help you combat feelings of depression. Of all the mental illnesses in the world, depression is the most frequently diagnosed. Depression is tricky, because it isn’t constrained to one age group, race, gender, or ethnicity. In the United...

How to Help a Suicidal Friend

Suicide is a complicated issue, but it can be prevented. With the recent deaths of Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain, suicide has become a hot button issue in social media. 1.4% of all deaths globally are a result of suicide, and that number is only rising, especially...

Summer Break Survival: How to Keep Your Kids Busy

Summer break is upon us, so it’s time to make a plan. As a mother of multiple children I am probably luckier than some. During summer break, my children can entertain each other, in the rare moments when they aren’t entertained by their electronics. Summer break is a...

Five Natural Herbs for a Better Night’s Sleep

A good night’s sleep is vital to your mental and physical health. When it comes to overall health, there are a few things that are absolutely non-negotiable: nutrition, physical exercise, and sleeping. Without those three things it is impossible to be in peak...

How to Tell if You are Dehydrated

Dehydration is something everybody should take seriously, not just athletes. An estimated 75% of Americans today are chronically dehydrated, but you wouldn’t really know it from looking at them (unless of course, you know what to look for). You may think that...

Is the Keto Diet Safe for Athletes?

Can a ketogenic diet be harmful for athletes? As anyone with Facebook knows, ketogenic diets are currently everywhere. In fact, just yesterday I wrote an article on the pros and cons of the keto diet. And I would be remiss if I didn’t state once again, that I think...

Pros and Cons of the Keto Diet

The keto diet trend is currently in full swing, but is it healthy? These days it seems like everyone and their mother is on the ketogenic, low or no carb diet. There are photos of carb-less meals all over Instagram, and I can’t tell you how many of my girlfriends are...

Five Great Sports for Kids with ADHD

When it comes to kids with ADHD, not all sports are created equal. I am a obviously a huge fan of kids sports and athletics in general, but I am also the first to admit that not every sport works for every child. Attention deficit disorder (ADHD or ADD) children can...

8 Fruits and Vegetables That Boost Your Mental Health

What you eat can have a huge effect on your mind. Even though we don’t always act like it in the US, we all know that what you eat hugely affects the way your body functions. This is especially true of your brain, since food is your body’s number one source of...

Unhealthy Shower Habits to Stop Immediately

Believe it or not, there is a right and wrong way to shower. Most moms would probably tell you that as long as their kids attempt to stay clean, they don’t really care what goes on in the shower. While that makes a lot of sense (we should be so lucky as to have kids...

Five Great Sports for Couples

The couple that plays together, stays together. Competition can be a funny thing. For many people, competition creates excitement because it gives you something to strive for; a manageable goal with measurable results. For others, competition is a way to gain...

Are Cleaning Chemicals Damaging Your Lungs?

Do the chemicals in your household cleaners cause permanent damage? Cleaning is not one of my favorite things to do, but it is a necessary evil. If you have even one child, you know that somehow messes seem to make themselves, and its almost impossible to keep up with...

Five Great Sports for Introverts

Competition isn’t just for extroverts, you know. One of the biggest misconceptions about competitive sports is that you need to be an outgoing, extroverted person to enjoy them. This probably comes from the idea that a team is often represented by its most outspoken...

How to Make Sure Your Water is Safe to Drink

Safe drinking water is a necessity for every American family. Given that we live in a technologically advanced society, you would think that in this day and age, we wouldn’t have to worry about safe drinking water. Communities like Flint, Michigan might beg to differ...

Is Your Child Athlete Being Taken Advantage of?

Believe it or not, your child athlete may be too nice. I have said it time and again, and I stick by it. Child sports are supposed to be fun. That being said, there is no denying that any sport generally comes with a competitive element, and although we don’t want to...

Five Ways to Combat News-Related Anxiety

In this day and age, the news can be a huge stressor in our lives. We are living in a very interesting time in history. A lot of things have changed very rapidly, and every day it seems we are bombarded with depressing and anxiety-fueling information, courtesy of the...