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Can you change your genes so you look better in your jeans?

    How many times have you asked yourself (or your significant other), “Do I look fat in these jeans?” A better question to ponder would be, “Do I look fat because of my genes, and if so, can I change them?” In the March issue of Cell Metabolism, researchers found that when healthy but inactive men and women exercise, …

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Effectiveness of a Home Program of Self-Myofascial Release Followed by Stretching for Trigger Points and Pain.

    Much of what I do involves treating myofascial trigger points for pain, sports injuries and performance enhancement. Almost all of my patients are given home instructions on how to perform self-myofascial release, an extremely effective rehabilitation technique.  Those who perform these exercises generally rave about their effectiveness. What are Myofascial Trigger Points? A myofascial trigger point (TP) is …

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Is endurance exercise good for your gut?

      Physical exercise can be beneficial or harmful for the gastrointestinal (GI) tract in a dose-effect relationship based on intensity and duration. Mild-to-moderately intense exercises plays a protective role against colon cancer, diverticular disease, gallstones and constipation, whereas ongoing or even acute bouts of  strenuous exercise may provoke heartburn, nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, diarrhea, “leaky gut”, food allergies …

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Your body is not a bank. It’s a Biochemistry lab.

  I see people every day…at my clinic, the gym, the grocery store…who view their bodies as a calorie bank and approach weight loss from this perspective (i.e. the calories in/calories out model).     I also see patients who eliminate certain foods from their diet, such as wheat, and consistently report that they lose weight (without adjusting calories or …

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Got knee pain? Check your hips

  In a two-year study, women who developed runner’s knee had much greater hip adduction, or movement of their hip toward their mid-line, than women who didn’t develop runner’s knee. In the study, published in Medicine & Science in Exercise & Sports, researchers did a gait analysis on 400 healthy women runners, and then tracked the women’s incidence of knee injury …

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Is Horse Meat on the Mediterranean Diet?

    Unfortunately for Ikea and some schools in Europe, horse meat is not on the Mediterranean diet. Many other foods are, though, and according to a recent study in the New England Journal of Medicine, eating a diet rich in olive oil, nuts, fresh fruits and vegetables, along with red wine, helped those at high risk for cardiovascular problems …

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Got Zits? High Glycemic Index Foods and Dairy Products Linked to Acne

                    A study published in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics found a connection between diet and acne, particularly from high glycemic load diets (refined carbohydrates) and dairy products, and that medical nutrition therapy can be an effective intervention in acne treatment. More than 17 million Americans suffer …

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Do you have Foot and Ankle Pain?

    The foot and ankle complex can influence the entire kinetic chain. In addition, if you have chronic foot and ankle problems, looking at the low back, hips and knees is also prudent as these areas can influence or perpetuate chronic foot and ankle dysfunction. Anatomy The foot is composed of phalanges, metatarsals and tarsals. These bones together with …

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It’s Mousse Season- Grab your avocados

Chocolate Avocado Mousse Pie Crust (for one pie): 1½ cups almond flour ¼ teaspoon Celtic sea salt ¼ teaspoon baking soda ¼ cup walnut oil 2 tablespoons organic, raw agave nectar 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 1.         In a medium bowl, combine almond flour, salt and baking soda 2.         In a small bowl, combine walnut oil, agave and vanilla 3.         Stir …

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What do you get when you mix chocolate and sweet potatoes?

PaleOMG’s Sweet Potato Brownies (From Paleo Magazine Feb/March 2013)         Ingredients 1 sweet potato 3 eggs, whisked ¼ cup extra virgin coconut oil 1/3 cup raw honey ½ cup dark chocolate chips 3 tablespoons Coconut Flower 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder ¼ teaspoon baking powder ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract ¼ teaspoon cinnamon Pinch of salt   Directions …

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