MTHFR Gene Mutation

MTHFR Gene Mutation

If you are a patient of Dr. Parker’s, you’ve probably heard of MTHFR, which is the abbreviation for “methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase”. For those who have not heard of it, the MTHFR gene creates an enzyme that converts folate into a form that can be used by the body.

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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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Buying Organic

Buying Organic

As people become more health conscious, the demand for organic food has increased and 2015 had record high sales of organic foods to $43.3 billion. Today almost all grocery stores carry some type of organic food, but you need to be careful because just because a food label implies that it’s organic it,  may not be so. Food labels can be confusing and marketer, but it’s important to read and understand it in order to know what you are really putting in your body. 

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Glutathione Protects Our Cells

Glutathione Protects Our Cells

Glutathione is found in every cell of the body and it’s primarily responsible for protecting the cells. It’s considered one of the body’s main antioxidants and it reduces oxidation in the body. Oxidation or oxidative stress is the result of damage on our cells by free radicals such as toxins, chemicals we are exposed to on a daily basis

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Metabolic Syndrome – A National Epidemic

Metabolic Syndrome – A National Epidemic

Metabolic Syndrome is a disorder that represents multiple conditions such as:  elevated blood pressure, high blood sugar, excess body fat around the waist and abnormal cholesterol levels, all occurring together. Metabolic Syndrome can put you at risk for diabetes, heart attack, stroke, high blood pressure, excess abdominal fat and obesity.

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Amazing health benefits of nuts

Amazing health benefits of nuts

 “To insure good health: eat lightly, breathe deeply, live moderately, cultivate cheerfulness, and maintain an interest in life.”  ~William Londen

 

Nuts are a great snack not only because they’re a great source of protein but they also have many other great health benefits. Nuts are filled with heart-healthy unsaturated fats and they’re a good source of fiber as well as other vitamins and minerals too!

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The Brain’s Messaging System- Neurotransmitters

The Brain’s Messaging System- Neurotransmitters

Neurotransmitters are powerful chemicals that regulate numerous physical and emotional processes such as mental performance, emotional states and pain response. Virtually all functions in life are controlled by neurotransmitters. They are the brain's chemical messengers.

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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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Healthy Tips for Longevity

Healthy Tips for Longevity

"It is health that is real wealth and not pieces of gold and silver". - Mahatma Gandhi
 

Staying healthy is not always easy but we can help. Here are 10 things you can do that make a BIG difference in your health:

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Fractionated coconut oil

Fractionated coconut oil

It's different than most coconut oils that are found in your local market or health food store. Many people are familiar with the coconut oil that is solid while at room temperature, but when fractionated, it remains in liquid form making it great for...

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Feeling Depressed? Tired? Aches & Pains? Check your Vitamin D

Feeling Depressed? Tired? Aches & Pains? Check your Vitamin D

A study published in 2014 shows that Low serum vitamin D level is a predictor of depressive symptoms. Other symptoms of vitamin D deficiency are sometimes vague and can include tiredness and general aches and pains and overall just feeling down and out.

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