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The Evidence Is Weighing In On Why You Should Be Lifting Weights

Cross-sectional studies have shown that muscular strength and size is inversely associated with all-cause mortality. http://circ.ahajournals.org/content/113/22/2642.short   The evidence is weighing in on why you should be lifting weights Improvements in bone density Osteoporosis  is characterized by low bone density and increased susceptibility to fractures, primarily of the hip, spine, and wrist. It is estimated to cause 1.5 million fractures …

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Evidence-Based Acupuncture: East Meets West

Currently, more than 1.5 billion people worldwide suffer from chronic pain of varying degrees. http://www.prweb.com/pdfdownload/8052240.pdf There is mounting evidence of increased incidence of pain and injuries affecting the major joints in the body: Foot and Ankle Knee Low back and hip Shoulder Head and Neck Elbow Wrist   Foot/Ankle Injuries Plantar Fasciitis-  Accounts for more than 1 million doctor visits …

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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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Are you getting the results you want from your exercise routine?

Many people who exercise or go to the gym base their program on what they read in magazines or what they see other people doing. They often do this without any specific guidelines or direction. Consequently, results are disappointing and/or overuse injuries occur. The following 12 exercise principles outline a practical guide for all kinds of exercise.  By following these …

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Is Your HEC In Check?

This week’s Blog was adapted from Mike Mutzel’s High Intensity Health and Jade Teta’s new book, Lose Weight Here (See References/Resources) HEC is the acronym for Hunger, Energy/Emotions and Cravings.  You can use these biofeedback signals to assess if your diet, exercise and lifestyle habits are balanced. If your HEC is in check, it’s a good indication that you are …

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Optimum Nutrition for Learning

Learning involves numerous biochemical processes along with lightning-fast nerve transmissions between synapses in the brain. These are influenced by nutrition, hydration, sleep, stress and exercise. Many students start their day at a nutritional disadvantage. In addition, as the day progresses, many eat a diet low in essential nutrients or consume foods filled with chemicals that have been shown to adversely …

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I Can See Pain in Your Future

Not the best forecast, but its true. By observing one’s posture and movement, a healthcare practitioner should be able to identify the source of pain or the risk of developing pain later on. I’m not talking about obvious pain, such as a traumatic injury like a strain/sprain, but the nagging, chronic pain or recurrent injuries that nobody seems to be …

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