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Weight Management


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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Hormone Replacement and Bio-identical Hormones

Hormone Replacement and Bio-identical Hormones

Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) is a treatment used to replace hormones that decrease as we age. Hormones such as estrogen, progesterone, testosterone, pregnenolone and DHEA are found in BOTH men and women.When our hormones are out of balance we feel some or all of the symptoms listed below. When hormones are balanced and at optimum levels we look and feel younger, both mentally and physically and emotionally.

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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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Amino Acids- The building blocks of life

Amino Acids- The building blocks of life

Amino acids are organic compounds that link together to form protein. A large proportion of our cells, muscles and tissue us the protein formed by amino acids to break down food, grow, heal, and perform other bodily functions. Without amino acids, we could not survive, for that reason, amino acids are considered "the building blocks of life."

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Your Sweet Tooth May Be Genetic!

Your Sweet Tooth May Be Genetic!

If you love sweets and have a harder time than most people in curbing your cravings, it may be in your genes verses a lack of will power.

In a study from May 2008, research shows that people with a variance in the SLCa2 gene ate more sugar than others. According to the research, people with this gene variance feel that they need to eat more sugar to feel full because their brains appear to be less sensitive to the amount of sugar in the blood. 

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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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The SMART Way to Reach your Goals in the New Year

The SMART Way to Reach your Goals in the New Year

Research shows that people who explicitly make resolutions are 10 times more likely to attain their goals than people who don’t explicitly make resolutions. 

Many people start the New Year off with a list of personal goals and they have good intentions to follow through and successfully accomplish those goals. Unfortunately, only about 8% of people actually achieve their goals. These successful people know that there is a planning process that starts with defining the goal, with the successful outcome in mind.

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Train Your Brain to Break Bad Habits

Train Your Brain to Break Bad Habits

Researchers are pinpointing the brain circuits involved in forming habits. Dr. Elisha Goldstein, clinical psychologist, describes how a mindfulness practice can be used to curb bad habits. 

A mindfulness practice is one of the techniques that can be used to train your brain to let go of old bad habits and create new good habits. With brain training techniques such as mindfulness, you’re able to break the automatic response by creating awareness of triggers, thoughts and body sensations that are associated with that habit. 

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Weight Loss Options

Weight Loss Options

Fact: More than 1/3 (34.9%) of all American Adults are obese, according to the Center for Disease Control (CDC) as of 2012. The most significant increase in obesity was from 1990- 2010 and these numbers are expected to continue to rise as they have in the past. Obesity is now at epidemic levels.

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