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Evidence-Based Alternatives For High Blood Pressure

Blood pressure is a measurement of the force against the walls of your arteries as your heart pumps blood through your body. Blood pressure readings are given as two numbers. The top number is called the systolic blood pressure. The bottom number is called the diastolic blood pressure. One or both of these numbers can be too high. Normal blood …

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7 Evidence-Based Natural Approaches to Colds and Flues

While cold and flu season is mostly behind us, I am seeing a number of patients with upper respiratory infections. The common cold and seasonal flu are caused by viruses. Conventional treatment recommends using over-the-counter cold medications to relieve symptoms including sore throat, runny nose, congestion, and cough. Flu symptoms are similar, but include fever, headache and muscle soreness.   …

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Are You Living an Anti-Inflammatory Lifestyle?

Chronic inflammation feeds a smorgasbord of chronic diseases, including but not limited to the following: allergies, Alzheimer’s, anxiety, arthritis, asthma, cancer, COPD, Crohn’s, chronic fatigue, depression, diabetes, fibromyalgia, heart disease and stroke, migraines, high blood pressure, lupus, multiple sclerosis, obesity and osteoporosis. (Challem, 2003) While acute inflammation is the life-saving component of your immune system that initiates the body’s healing …

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Healthy News You Can Use

    Coffee Compounds Curtail Diabetes Risk Japanese researchers discovered that coffee polyphenols favorably influence blood sugar balance by increasing a hormone that reduces elevated blood sugar after a meal.   Yoshie Fujii, Noriko Osaki, Tadashi Hase and Akira Shimotoyodome.  “Ingestion of coffee polyphenols increases postprandial release of the active glucagon-like peptide-1 (GLP-1(7–36)) amide in C57BL/6J mice.”  Journal of Nutritional …

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Are You Suffering From Allergies?

  An estimated 25 million Americans suffer from spring allergies associated with trees, grass, and weed pollen. Airborne pollen is the most common cause of seasonal allergies, also known as hay fever or allergic rhinitis. http://www.aaaai.org/about-the-aaaai/newsroom/allergy-statistics.aspx An allergy is a damaging immune response by the body in reaction to a substance, such as pollen, dander, mold, a particular food, chemicals …

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Diet Soda=Fat gain/Carbohydrate Mouth Rinse=Performance Enhancement

A study published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society found that people who drank diet soda gained almost triple the abdominal fat over nine years compared to those who didn’t drink diet soda. http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/jgs.13376/abstract This was an epidemiological study where 749 people ages 65 and older were asked how many cans of soda they drank a day, and …

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“Obesity-genic” Chemicals

 Obesity has become a universal epidemic which continues to grow. Obese people are at risk for numerous comorbidities, such as insulin resistance, type 2 diabetes, hypertension, high cholesterol, cardiovascular disease, stroke, sleep apnea, gallbladder disease, gout and osteoarthritis. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/10696282 It has been traditionally thought that obesity results from a high caloric intake in comparison with energy expenditure. However, new research …

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What’s the Skinny on Fat?

Fat is probably the most feared and misunderstood macronutient. It has been erroneously associated with heart disease and conjures up images of going directly from the lips to the hips. These misconceptions are propagated by the notion that fat from foods is inherently fattening. It is not. Fat, like carbohydrates and protein, is a source of energy (calories). Calories are …

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Taking a Functional Approach to YOUR Pain

    In general, there are two broad classifications of pain: Acute Chronic Acute pain is more often than not due to an injury that causes inflammation. The inflammatory process is how your body heals. Chronic pain can be due to ongoing inflammation where an injury site is repeatedly irritated, some sort of disease process, such as rheumatoid arthritis, psychological …

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Integrative Approaches to Stress

Stress can be classified as Eustress and Distress. Eustress occurs when the gap between what one has and what one wants is slightly pushed, but not overwhelmed. Eustress fosters challenge and motivation toward an achievable goal. Distress on the other hand, refers to the maladaptation to stress and the physiological consequences that ensue. Hans Selye, an endocrinologist, was a pioneer …

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