4 Steps for a Healthier Gut (and why it’s so important)

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A healthy microbiome is key to living a healthy life. As more research is conducted on gut health and the 5 lbs of bacteria that reside in your body, researchers continue to make discoveries about its connection to a variety of diseases and conditions, from anxiety and mood to obesity and IBS. Continue reading

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Understanding Endometriosis and Reproductive Health Testing

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The recent observance of National Endometriosis Awareness Month brought awareness to a disease which affects an estimated 176 million women worldwide and is the biggest cause of infertility in women.

What is Endometriosis?

As detailed on Endometriosis.org, Endometriosis is a condition where tissue similar to the lining of the uterus is also found elsewhere in the body, mainly in the abdominal cavity. It typically affects women during their menstruating years. The most common symptom of endometriosis is pelvic pain. The pain often correlates to the menstrual cycle, however, a woman with endometriosis may also experience pain at other times during her monthly cycle. Continue reading

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The #1 Men’s Health Issue and What You Should Be Testing For

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Did you know that between 70% and 89% of sudden cardiac events that occur are in men? According to the CDC, half of the men who die suddenly of coronary heart disease have had no previous symptoms.

Cardiovascular disease is often described as a “silent killer,” because the risk factors for cardiovascular disease, including high blood pressure, smoking, high cholesterol, inflammation, and atherosclerosis which is when plaque builds up inside your arteries, do damage “silently” and typically don’t result in symptoms that can be perceived until significant damage has already been done. Continue reading

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4 Causes of High Triglyceride Levels and Ways to Lower Your Own Levels

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Triglycerides are the main type of fat (lipid) in your blood.

Too high a level of triglycerides can make you more resistant to insulin and can result in such diseases as heart disease, diabetes, fatty liver, and stroke.

Triglycerides are also closely related to HDL cholesterol (a.k.a. the “good cholesterol”), because having higher amounts of HDL can help carry these fatty deposits of triglycerides away from blood vessels and be protective. The clogging of blood vessels commonly associated with triglycerides is called atherosclerosis, in which plaque builds up inside your arteries. Because your arteries are blood vessels that carry oxygen-rich blood to your heart and other parts of your body, it is important to have the proper balance of triglycerides with artery-clearing HDL cholesterol.

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“Am I Overtraining?” What this Performance Nutritionist Learned Through Blood Testing.

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Meet Kyla Channell, a 29-year old Performance Nutritionist from California. When she’s not gardening or hiking with her dog, she loves to listen to crime podcasts and spend time with

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family and friends. She currently manages and maintains her health with frequent blood tests and supplementing as necessary. Her diet consists of whole, unprocessed foods and exercise 3-6x/wk with a combination of activities like mountain biking, Bikram yoga, strength training, trail running, and swimming.

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Ask the Practitioner: 3 Habits That Can Mess With Women’s Hormones–and how to better balance them

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Courtney Jonson L.Ac., FM Practitioner

What do TSH, vitamin D (yup) and estrogen have in common? These hormones and many others play an important role in how you function and go about your day. Did you know that an imbalance of hormones could impact your weight loss, longevity, sleep, and even mood? We asked WellnessFX practitioner, Functional Medicine Practitioner, and Licensed Acupuncturist, Courtney Jonson to weigh in. Continue reading

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