Author Archives: Courtney Pong

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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“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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4 Reasons Every Woman Should Be Paying Attention to Her Thyroid

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The thyroid, the butterfly-shaped gland located in the front of the neck, can either make or break performance in all areas of life.  Identifying thyroid dysfunction is key to living a healthy and productive life, especially for women. In fact, according to the American Thyroid Association, women are 5 to 8 times more likely than men to have thyroid problems! Continue reading

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5 Tips For Navigating Perimenopause

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For women experiencing perimenopause, the time during which your body makes the natural transition to menopause, navigating the transition can be daunting.

Symptoms that occur through the transition include irregular periods, hot flashes and sleep problems, mood changes, vaginal and bladder problems, decreasing fertility, changes in sexual function, loss of bone, and changing cholesterol levels.

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3 Reasons You Need to Be Tracking This Biomarker Now

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There are many insightful markers that give a more comprehensive picture of what your body is up to and what is going on behind the scenes, beyond the routine tests you’d find in an annual physical or check-up. High-sensitivity C-reactive protein, hs-CRP, is one of the most important.

Knowing this marker is invaluable when it comes to living a long and healthy life. Here are 3 reasons why you need to be tracking this key biomarker. Continue reading

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How to Own Your: Stress (exercises included)

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Can your body tell you more about how you’re doing managing stress? Our biochemistry is telling us yes.

You’ve probably heard cortisol referred to as the “stress hormone.” Your adrenal glands make cortisol in an attempt to help your body handle stressful situations. While a little spike of cortisol is good in response to short-term stressors, it starts to become a problem when the body starts making too much, too often. High cortisol is an overreaction to chronic stress. This can lead to a number of unhealthy issues. 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.