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Stay Fit During The Holidays

Stay on track this Holiday Season by practicing these tips.

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There's just something about the last two months of the year that always leads to me throwing my health goals down the drain. The thick scent of turkey and sweet potato pie wafting through the air making my taste buds water combined with the deep down joy that comes from gathering around a table...

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Bioidentical hormones do not contain any additional structural substituents that can modify their binding and function. Instead, they are molecularly identical to endogenously produced hormones (Ruiz et al., 2011). These hormones include estrone (El), estradiol (E2), estriol (E3), progesterone...

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Stats:

  • Scientists predict COVID-19 will infect 40 to 70% of our population — that's more than 150 million Americans. Today, 80% have mild or no effects, 20% require hospitalization, and 5% need intensive care. Mortality rates differ depending on the...
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Although shoppers obtain information on health and nutrition from various outlets, approximately half of American shoppers use food labels, which serve as a primary medium for delivering nutrition information. Qualified health claims provide consumers with a valuable opportunity to learn about...

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In recent years, gluten-free diets (GFD) have gained growing popularity and recognition. A GFD has historically been predominantly prescribed for celiac disease (CD) and dermatitis herpetiformis (DH) treatment (Silvester et al., 2016a). While the only known effective treatment for CD is the GFD,...

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Supplements, although they have some regulation by the FDA, FTC, and USDA, not all supplements or companies are created equally. We recommend choosing supplements with secondary certifications such as NSF or USP that have stricter guidelines and safety profiles. We typically only use...

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Types of carbohydrates to avoid:

There are two kinds of carbohydrates, simple and complex. As these carbohydrates break down, blood glucose rises, and insulin is released. Insulin stimulates the cells to uptake glucose for storage in muscle and fat. The rate at which...

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Exposure to sunlight or ultraviolet-B radiation (UVB) can provide a person their entire daily requirement of vitamin d because it stimulates the production of vitamin D3 (Linus Pauling Institute). Exposing the body in a bathing suit to sunlight to a point that causes pink skin is called 1...

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Iron is required for oxygen transport, the synthesis of ATP (adenosine triphosphate), mitochondrial activity, DNA replication, and other metabolic processes. Our innate immune response requires carefully coordinated regulation over iron metabolism to restrict its supply during periods of...

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Which foods have the greatest potential to interfere with the therapeutic effect of coumadin, statins, and diuretics?

Grapefruit, citrus fruits, mixed greens, tuna have the most potential to interfere with coumadin due to high vitamin k content. Grapefruit has the highest...

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I often have patients that I place on a whole foods clean gluten-free (GF) diet ask, "so I can eat Reese's because they are gluten-free?". My response is usually, "Well, you can eat Reese's because they are gluten-free, but should you?". If your goal is to eat a whole foods clean diet that is...

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You have probably had your thyroid tested before and been told your thyroid was "normal". Let me let you in on a little known secret. Most providers only test a TSH. This is a great test but is not the whole picture of your thyroid health. It is important to look at all of your thyroid markers...

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Check out all the available food plans we offer!

The flood plans below are not diet plans but carefully crafted food guides. Some have taken years to develop and each guide had a team of health care and medical specialist that worked on it ranging from PhD nutritionists to MDs, integrative...

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Magnesium and Vitamin D Are Synergistic

Magnesium and vitamin D work synergistically in the body. Magnesium is a cofactor for synthesis, distribution, and stimulation of vitamin D. Studies show that the activities of 3 major enzymes regulating 25(OH)D concentrations are...

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The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) (2015), reports that an estimated 1.7 million people over the age of 11, or 0.6 percent of this population, were stimulant misusers in 2015. There were an estimated 138.3 million alcohol users in the same population. Of the...

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Electrolytes are chemicals in body fluids that form electrically charged particles (ions). The electrical energy needed for many bodily functions is transported by these ions. Electrolytes help regulate the body's fluid...

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Does chromium and help diabetes?

Hexavalent chromium is considered a carcinogen. However, trivalent chromium is nontoxic to humans. There is, however, some concern about the safety of chromium picolinate and possible renal failure (Higdon, 2001.). It is...

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How does a vitamin deficiency contribute to pernicious anemia or a confused state?

Pernicious anemia is an autoimmune disease that impairs dietary cobalamin absorption resulting in a deficiency of B12. This impaired absorption is due to the autoimmune destruction of the...

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The gastrointestinal microbiota has been implicated in modulating human well-being and metabolism and is associated with chronic nutrition-related diseases such as obesity and diabetes. It has also been found to affect systemic functions such as immunity and cognitive abilities. The gut...

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Top 3 Causes of Death

  • Heart Disease
  • Cancer
  • Stroke

Prevention is Key

  • Reduce cholesterol
  • Reduce blood pressure
  • Tobacco increases risk with all diseases
  • Wellness- is becoming aware of making better...
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Following the discovery of the human epidermal growth factor receptor-2 protein (HER-2/neu), Herceptin was created as a genetically engineered humanized monoclonal antibody. The identification that the human epidermal growth factor receptor-2 (HER-2) protein on the surface of breast cancer cells...

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Pharmacogenomic Profiles and Drug Metabolism

The study of the function of the genome in drug response is known as pharmacogenomics. Pharmacogenomics focuses on genetic variants that affect drug response through changes in physiologic, biochemical, and molecular effects and...

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Estrogen is one of two main sex hormones that women have. The other one is progesterone. Estrogen is primarily responsible for female physical features and reproduction. Men have estrogen, too, but in smaller amounts.

Estrogen governs the growth of the breasts, pubic, and underarm hair....

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Guar gum is the ground endosperm of the guar plant seeds (Cyamopsis tetragonalobus). It is estimated that commercial food-grade guar gum typically contains around 80% guaran, 5-6% crude protein, 8-15% moisture, 2.5% crude fiber, 0.5-0.8% ash, and small quantities of lipids consisting primarily...

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Intestinal Mucosa

The term "vitamin A" refers to a category of fat-soluble compounds (retinol, retinal, and retinoic acid)1. To preserve homeostasis, vitamin A and vitamin D regulate the intestinal epithelium and mucosal immune system and shape the gut microbiome2. The...

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The primary concerns regarding the role of bioactive food components in immune function in patients on a hardcore carnivore diet are the lack of micronutrients required for a healthy immune system and the lack of bioactive components shown to lower inflammatory markers. In a carnivore diet,...

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All macronutrients are important in optimal immune function, however many patients are obese and overnourished. The typical cause of obesity in patient populations is the overconsumption of high glycemic index carbohydrates and inflammatory fats. Overnutrition is a condition in which nutrients...

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Is sugar your problem? Find our list of blogs that help you understand how inflammation may be the cause of all your health issues.

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When I say, “kelp,” you say…

If “gross” or “slimy” are the first words that come, read on and let me introduce you to the wonderful world of flavor and health that this gorgeous sea green has to offer.

Kelp is a type of seaweed that boasts health benefits and provides variety in the...

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The Maca plant is part of the Brassicaceae family, so it’s botanically related to broccoli, cabbage, and cauliflower. This vegetable is native to the Andes, in Peru. While all parts of the plant are edible, it is the root that’s considered a superfood. The root has been used as a food and...

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Learn about common endocrine diseases and ways to support them.

*These statements are not intended to diagnose or treat. Consult your health care provider before starting a diet, exercise or supplement plan.

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Learn how the liver, kidneys, lymph all support detoxification.

*These statements are not meant to diagnose or treat. You should consult your health care provider before starting any new diet, exercise, or supplement.

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Learn how the heart, brain, and vasculature work together to maintain your wellness

*These statements are not meant to diagnose or treat. You should consult your health care provider before starting any new diet, exercise, or supplement.

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Learn about how your stress response is affecting your wellness. Learn about interventions to help improve your stress response and overall wellness.

*These statements are not meant to diagnose or treat. You should consult your health care provider before starting any new diet, exercise,...

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Check out the slides below that explain the link between stress, thyroid, and insulin.

*These statements are not meant to diagnose or treat. You should consult your health care provider before starting any new diet, exercise, or supplement.

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*These statements are not meant to diagnose or treat. You should consult your health care provider before starting any new diet, exercise, or supplement.

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Forget the treadmill, I'd rather show off my dance moves.

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A quick info-graph on how to tame your emotions!

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Hey friends! I wanted to take a minute to introduce myself to our new followers and tell you THANK YOU for your support! I am, Susan Prather, a Board Certified Family Nurse Practitioner through the American...

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Conventionally produced food can be laden with pesticides, insecticides, fungicides, and fertilizers all known to impact health and disrupt hormone balance. One solution is organics. However, the major problem with organic food is that it is quite costly. Finding organic food for less is...

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I don’t know about you, but my first introduction to chia seeds was through the incredible novelty toy called the Chia Pet! Remember those? Ch-ch-ch-Chia! How surprised was I a few years ago when these funky little seeds began making waves on the health food scene!

Chia seeds are one...

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Life is a rollercoaster ride with ups and downs. We are facing stress daily in the news, in our relationships, careers, finances, politics… you name it. How easy it is to get trapped in a negative loop of worry, anxiety and fear!

Positive affirmations can help manage stress and create a...

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Chemicals are everywhere. From clothing and plastics to pesticides and genetically modified foods, it can be a challenge to step out of the chemical soup. To help you make sense out of this mess, we have summed up some substances that are worth ditching. Keep reading to learn what to look for,...

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Raise your hand if you reach for a cup of coffee in the morning! If you’re like most, coffee gets you going in the morning, keeps you company on your commute, is in hand in the office and provides that afternoon boost. While there are studies that show the health benefits of moderate coffee...

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Inflammation is an indicator that something’s up. It is one way your body may respond to injury or illness. According to Dr. Lam, “In a healthy body, the fire of acute inflammation is tightly controlled: it turns on at the right time to battle invaders and start the repair process, and just as...

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Herbs have been used since ancient times to treat and balance health. Ashwagandha is an herb with a long history as an “adaptogen.” Adaptogens help the body respond to stress. Ashwagandha is known to reduce cortisol, enhance brain function, and lower blood sugar levels. All of the benefits that...

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A diet full of healthy food isn’t only good for your heart and your waistline, it’s also great for your mood and your mental health! Vitamins, minerals, proteins, fiber, and fats are ALL necessary for health. Hormone balance depends on protein, fat, and fiber especially. If you struggle with...

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A woman's hormones can be categorized as fragile since, they go haywire when we are feeling sick, or stressing too much, and even if we maintain a bad diet. The side effects of our hormones going out of hand to include getting acne, mood swings, random mental breakdowns, menstrual issues and...

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“Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.” Michael Pollan shared that sage advice and I have to say that not only has it changed my life and my hormone health, but it does the same for pretty much every client who struggles with hormonal imbalance too! Of all the plants for hormone balance, kale...

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Hormonal imbalance can be nasty. Cue the undesirable health effects - unwanted breakouts, fatigue, depression, hair loss, low sex drive, painful periods or miserable menopause, and many more. While all of those symptoms are enough to send you straight to the doctor's office, there may be a...

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Hormonal imbalance can manifest in everything from mood swings and cravings to PMS, cramps, and even infertility. From the annoying to the devastating, the truth is that hormonal imbalance doesn’t have to be part of your reality.

Wouldn't it be great if there was something quick, easy, and...

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Hormones help control every physiological process in your body. From metabolism and your menstrual cycle to reproductive health, your immune response, and mental health. Precise hormone balance is vital to feeling good and being healthy.

Foods can help and hinder hormone balance, so...

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Hormones are your body’s chemical messengers. Every organ needs them and uses them, every minute of every day from conception until death. Hormones are responsible for your growth and development, metabolism, sexual function, reproduction, mood, and sleep cycle.

Hormone imbalances can...

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