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Sugar and Opiods- Are You All Dopamined up?

    Palatable foods stimulate the brain to release addictive substances like opioids and dopamine in the limbic system (the emotional center in your brain). In addition, opioid and dopamine synapses in the limbic system may play important roles in the reinforcement of behavior by natural rewards, i.e. food Just like drug abuse can create dependency via this system, palatable …

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Tylenol- Short-Term Gain. Long-Term ADHD, Autism, Asthma?

Tylenol (Acetaminophen) was introduced in the 1950’s and is commonly prescribed for aches and pains or to reduce fevers. While considered fairly benign with respect to adverse reactions/side-effects by many doctors, there are some studies indicating that certain population are at risk for developing conditions such as ADHD, Asthma and Autism.   ADHD Acetaminophen exposure in pregnancy increases the risk …

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The Spanish Ketogenic Mediterranean Diet- Weight Loss, Cardiovascular Health, Blood Sugar Regulation and Cancer Prevention

Background The global consensus regarding recommendations for carbohydrate and fat consumption is that carbohydrates should form the foundation of a healthy diet and that the best way to lose weight is by cutting back on calories, specifically from fat. Furthermore, it is generally believed that ketogenic/high fat diets may lead to the development of several diseases (e.g. Cardiovascular,  metabolic and …

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Inflamm-Aging

Scientists have proposed that inflammation is the forerunner of aging and central to the aging process, a phenomenon that has been described as “inflamm-aging”. Lin, L., et al (2016) looked at the association between certain hormones and aging, low grade adipose (fat) inflammation, insulin resistance and type 2 diabetes. The Ghrelin Connection Ghrelin is a hormone that enhances appetite (orexigenic). …

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Reduce Pain, Prevent Injuries and Enhance Performance

In order to reduce pain, prevent injuries and enhance performance you need to have neuromuscular efficiency. Neuromuscular efficiency is the ability of the neuromuscular system to allow agonists, antagonists, synergists, and stabilizers to work synergistically to produce, reduce, and dynamically stabilize movement within the kinetic chain in all three planes of motion. In other words, the length and tension of …

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Do Your Trigger Points Keep Coming Back?

Trigger points are taut palpable bands in or around muscles that can result in either local or referred pain. Latent (“silent”) trigger points tend to accumulate over a lifetime and appear to be the main cause of stiff joints and restricted range of motion. Active trigger points can cause: headaches, neck and jaw pain, low back pain, symptoms of carpal …

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How To Spice Up Your Health With These 9 Common Herbs and Spices

If you want to spice up your health, start in your kitchen. Herbs and spices not only pep up your meal, but many come with proven health benefits such as: Anti-inflammatory Antibacterial Antimicrobial Immune stimulating Cardiovascular Anticarcinogenic Blood sugar balancing Aiding in digestion Antiaging Most herbs and spices are also good sources of B-vitamins, minerals and disease-fighting phytonutrients (antioxidants). They …

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Kinesio Taping

Kinesio taping is the application of a thin, elastic, cotton-based therapeutic tape that can be used to treat a variety of injuries and inflammatory conditions. The tape is designed to mimic the thickness and elasticity of human skin, which enables it to be worn without restricting movement. While the research on Kinesio taping is mixed, clinical/empirical experience has shown it …

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Why Did The Chicken Cross The Road?

In our house, we have a staple recipe called “Leaping Frog Chicken”. I won’t beat around the coup. It’s delicious, so I thought I’d share it with you. Beware, it’s addictive. Leaping Frog Chicken INGREDIENTS: 3 ½ – 4 lbs bone-in/skin-on chicken thighs (boneless/skinless will work as well) 16 garlic cloves, smashed 6 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided 6 tablespoons …

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Do You Want To Know The Secret To Weight-loss and Metabolic Health?

The Secret to weight loss and metabolic health lies in understanding and applying some basic principles of biochemistry. Macronutrients 101 There are 3 macronutrients which supply the energy (calories) needed for survival and activities: Carbohydrates- 4 calories/gram Proteins- 4 calories/gram Fats- 9 calories/gram   The conventional approach to weight loss is to burn more calories than you take in, thereby …

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