Too Much Sugar? 5 Alternatives to Consider

Too Much Sugar? 5 Alternatives to Consider

In the US our addiction to sugar has contributed to the obesity epidemic. The American Heart Association recommends limiting the amount of added for most American women, to about 6 teaspoons per day and 9 teaspoons per day for men. Considering that sugar is a hidden ingredient in most of our foods, we need to look at alternatives.

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The Mindfulness Hype

The Mindfulness Hype

“Let go of your mind and then be mindful. Close your ears and listen!” 
― Rumi

Mindfulness is a practice that allows you to slow down and appreciate the moment and be present. It sounds easy but since many of us live in the virtual world of social media, or we live in the past- thinking about those things that happened to us or live in the future planning or worrying about those that have not happened yet. We seem to be in a constant state of multi-tasking so we’re never fully present to a single task or even to the person standing in front of us.

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Boost your brain

Boost your brain

           The brain is the body’s master computer. Although it operates like a computer when it comes to processing information, our brain doesn’t have a “reset” button when it begins to break down.      

 

For the first time in human history, we are living longer than ever before and the rate of growth of the older population is unprecedented!  By 2050 it is projected that there will be over 4 million people over 100 years old.                                                                     

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A note from the heart

A note from the heart

Taking care of your heart is a life-long process. Unlike other diseases, heart disease may be preventable if you start taking care of your heart early with the proper diet and exercise. Monitoring your cardio bio-markers is also needed to help you to understand your risks and allow you the chance make any changes needed to maintain a healthy heart.

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The scent of happiness

The scent of happiness

A recent article from the Top 10 Insights from The Science of a Meaningful Life in 2015 discussed a study that suggests you can smell someone’s emotional state of happiness or fear.  

Study Abstract

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Anti-Aging Tips for the New Year

Anti-Aging Tips for the New Year

It’s that time again! Time to reflect on the past year and make plans for the New Year. While many people use this time to make their resolutions to break the bad habits and create good healthy habits, here are some easy tips that you should consider that may just be able to help you live longer and age better:

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10 supplements to help get rid of the Holiday Blues

10 supplements to help get rid of the Holiday Blues

The holidays bring joy, happiness and fond memories for many people but for others, the holidays can  bring the blues. The underlying psychological causes for the sadness may be different for each person but the physiological cause is low serotonin levels.

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Breast Cancer Awareness- What you need to know

Breast Cancer Awareness- What you need to know

A breast exam is a MUST. Women should have breast examinations during their routine checkups. You may find it convenient to schedule this exam during your routine physical checkup. If a breast exam is not routinely preformed, you should ask for one. 

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Acute vs Chronic Inflammation

Acute vs Chronic Inflammation

Acute Inflammation is the body’s natural response to injury or infection. It’s normally short in duration and it recedes as the body heals. The purpose of acute inflammation is to aid the body in healing. 

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Vitamins – Take With or Without Food?

Vitamins – Take With or Without Food?

Some vitamins work better when taken on an empty stomach and others are best taken with food. Why? Some vitamins are fat soluble and others are water soluble.

The fat soluble vitamins should be taken with your heaviest meal of the day since it normally contains the most dietary fat. These vitamins rely on bile for absorption. Bile breaks down the vitamins where the nutrients can be absorbed through the small intestine and the lymph vessels. Any unused nutrients are then stored in the liver and fat tissue for use at a later time.

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Summertime Re-Hydration with IVs

Summertime Re-Hydration with IVs

It’s almost summer and it’s hot outside! When it’s hot it’s easier to become dehydrated.

Dehydration occurs when the body loses more fluid than is taken in. This usually during exercise and heat exposure but can also occur with an illness that includes a fever, vomiting and or diarrhea. 

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Missing those ZZZ’s - The Sleep Loss Epidemic

Missing those ZZZ’s - The Sleep Loss Epidemic

Based on an Article from the Wharton University of Pennsylvania, everyone needs more sleep. Some people know they need more sleep, and experience the symptoms, groggy, grumpy and overall tiredness while others are proud of the fact that they can exist on 4 or less hours of sleep each night.

The bottom line is that a lack of sleep takes a toll on the mind, the body and our overall productivity.

“Lack of sleep is nothing less than a public health epidemic. “We know that being a shift worker is very hard on the body, and it’s almost like everyone is a shift worker these days because we’re all doing these crazy things at all hours, and our body likes consistency” – Nancy Rothstein-Corporate Sleep Consultant

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Gender Based Medicine

Gender Based Medicine

Many conventional doctors maybe unaware that a patient’s gender can impact their response to medications. This is mainly due to the fact that until the 1990’s, women were banned from participating in clinical trials in the United States. 

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The Benefits of Tea Baths

The Benefits of Tea Baths

If you’ve been a patient of Dr. Parker’s for a while or have been to any of ILIV’s educational talks, you’ve probably heard him recommend taking a “Tea Bath”. 

Why?  Research supports the benefits of Tea because of its many antioxidant and antimicrobial qualities.  

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Preserve Your Brain with Meditation

Preserve Your Brain with Meditation

As the average life expectancy has increased to the record high of 78.8 years, dementia and Alzheimer’s is also rising at record rates. The Alzheimer’s Association is expecting the number of people with Alzheimer’s or other age related dementia to triple by 2050 to over 13.8 million people diagnosed.

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Lengthen Telomeres and Lengthen Life

Lengthen Telomeres and Lengthen Life

 What is a Telomere and how can it lengthen your life? A telomere is part of our cells that affects how our cells age.

It is part of our DNA that actually protects our cells from damage by acting like an “end cap” for each DNA strand protecting our chromosomes so our cells can reproduce. Each time our cells reproduce, the telomere gets shorter and over time, eventually cell division stops. 

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