4 Women’s Health Issues and How Nutrition Can Affect Them

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Credit: Flickr Creative Commons, Patrick Feller

[This is a guest blog post contribution by Brenna Wallace of Real Dietician. More information on Brenna is below.]

Maintaining a nutritious, healthy diet is essential for women to manage the common symptoms of the body’s natural maturation and function. When it comes to women’s health matters, menstrual cycles, pregnancy, menopause and sexual activity are inevitable cycles most women experience and, therefore, can become remarkably affected by. As a woman, how educated and aware are you of the impact diet has in relation to these normal cycles? Continue reading

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2 Things You Can Do That Actually Impact Your Weight Loss Goals – And the Myth Holding You Back

rusty_clark[This is a guest blog post contribution by WellnessFX practitioner Dr. Warren Willey. More information on Dr. Willey is below.]

It’s already May. How many of you 2015 New Year’s Resolutioners are still going strong? Given the size of the crowd in the health club I go to, my guess is that the masses are diminishing. Why is that?

I am sure your efforts were good. Your schedule bowed to make room for exercise. Your diet changed in one way or another, but your goals are just not being reached as quickly as you hoped, if at all.

It’s easy to blame yourself when thinking about the M&M’s you grabbed at work, or that evening you were just too pooped to make food from your healthy menu and instead settled for something from a box. Maybe you are telling yourself you did not exercise hard enough?  Maybe you were excited at first because the scale started to change with your efforts, but then that #$%@ scale stalled or even started climbing again?

By now, you have either thrown in the towel or are seriously considering it. If you have, go grab it and get back in the fight.  If you are thinking of quitting, don’t! Let me give you some reasons you should continue, and why things have stalled. Most importantly – what you can actually do about it. Continue reading

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Artificial Sweeteners and Gut Health: Are They Linked?

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Credit: Flickr Creative Commons, Sharon & Nikki McCutcheon

Taste without the calories – is this a dream come true? For food marketers, yes. But if you’re a consumer interested in living a healthy lifestyle, not so much.

An average consumer mindful of calories may often opt for artificial sugar that are baked into protein bars, sprinkled in their coffee, or a part of their daily diet soda habit. Artificial sweeteners are regulated by the FDA, and defined by the Mayo Clinic as any sweetener that you use instead of regular table sugar (sucrose). Artificial sweeteners are many times sweeter – anywhere from 40 to 8,000x sweeter – than regular sugar.

Artificial sugars can be found in just about any grocery store shelf item, from chewing gum and cookies to sports drinks and soda. Typically the products are marked as “sugar-free,” or “diet.” Some foods contain multiple forms of these sweeteners to either lower the calorie/sugar gram count in their nutrition facts labeling or to maintain structure or shelf stability.

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Artificial sweeteners are typically found in the products marked as “sugar-free.” | Credit: Flickr creative commons, m01229

Unfortunately,  Continue reading

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If Your Corporate Wellness Program Isn’t Doing This, You’re Missing Out

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Credit: Flickr Creative Commons, oliver_symens_de

Company health and wellness programs are trying to catch up to scientific discoveries about health and wellness, but have been slow to do so.

While a corporate wellness program can be composed of many different elements – from cafeteria subsidizing and biometric screenings, to gym reimbursement and activity trackers  – everyone from HR to CFO’s to the employees themselves are still asking “Are they actually creating healthier people?”

By now, we’re well-versed in data and what it can do for you. It’s the Guinea pig era, after all. Consider this common wellness program agenda: Continue reading

The posts on this blog are for information only, and are not intended to substitute for a doctor-patient or other healthcare professional-patient relationship nor do they constitute medical or healthcare advice of any kind. Any information in these posts should not be acted upon without consideration of primary source material and professional input from one's own healthcare professionals.

KIND Snack Bars Under Scrutiny – Here’s What We Think the FDA Completely Overlooked

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Credit: Flickr Creative Commons, Arthur Hsu

If you’ve ever ransacked a grocery or convenience store shelf for a quick snack, chances are you’ve seen KIND bars. Their packaging, complete with clear plastic windows, messages transparency in ingredients, while the labeling and marketing touts the bar as a healthy choice.

As it turns out, recent scrutiny in the form of a letter from the FDA has called out that four of KIND’s bars do not comply with FDA requirements regarding the amount of saturated fat content found in a “healthy” product and therefore cannot bear the “healthy” label or marketing speak.

According to the FDA, in order for a product to be labeled “healthy,” it must have fewer than one gram of saturated fat per serving. The saturated fat content in KIND bars are as follows: Continue reading

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Ben Greenfield on 5 Ways To Be Just A Little More Paleo During Your Next Tough Workout

Photo courtesy of Ben Greenfield

Photo courtesy of Ben Greenfield

[This is a guest blog post contribution by Ben Greenfield. More information on Ben is below.]

Let’s face it. When you look at things from an energy conservation and survival standpoint, it turns out that pounding the pavement on a long run, suffering under a barbell for a good hour, or hammering bicycle cranks for miles on end isn’t exactly Paleo or “ancestral.” However, these hard workouts and feats of stamina can certainly be useful for satisfying our hard-wired thirst for competition, our deep-rooted desire to venture out and get the feeling of slaying a dragon or climbing a tall mountain, and even our need to escape the hum-drum of modern life and tap into a primal swelling of lactic acid, sweat, saliva, blood, and gasping for oxygen. Continue reading

The posts on this blog are for information only, and are not intended to substitute for a doctor-patient or other healthcare professional-patient relationship nor do they constitute medical or healthcare advice of any kind. Any information in these posts should not be acted upon without consideration of primary source material and professional input from one's own healthcare professionals.