Category Archives: Be Your Best Self

Are You Taking Over-the-Counter Heartburn Medication? Know Your Risks for CKD.

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credit: Flickr Creative Commons, treasureice

The NY Times recently reported commonly used heartburn medicines – such as name brands like Nexium or Prilosec – may increase the risk for kidney disease.

Occasional heartburn, according to the Mayo Clinic, is considered common and no cause for alarm*. Most people manage the discomfort of heartburn on their own with these over-the-counter medications, known as P.P.I.s (proton pump inhibitors, antacids, or H2 blockers).

Previous studies have linked P.P.I. use to bone fracture, pneumonia and Clostridium difficile infection. In this particular study (published in JAMA) they found that participants who took the P.P.I.s had a 20 percent to 50 percent higher risk of chronic kidney disease (CKD). 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.

7 Opportunities You Can Uncover From Unplugging

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credit: iStock photo

Do you find it impossible to commit to powering down your devices? This upcoming weekend may be for you. The team at Reboot is gearing up for their 6th annual “National Day of Unplugging” a sundown to sundown initiative from March 4-5, 2016 (Saturday to Sunday).

Reboot invites you to take the time you would typically spend in front of a screen, and try reassigning the minutes to “connect with the people in your street, neighborhood and city, have an uninterrupted meal or read a book to your child.” 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.

MEGA, The Easiest Way to Remember What Your Thyroid Does For You

APRIL 26, 2009 - Horse Racing : The Horse racing event at Tokyo race course on April 26, 2009 in Tokyo, Japan. (Photo by Tsutomu Takasu)

Image: Tsutumu Takasa

Ever wonder why you have more difficulty losing fat than most? One influencer of your metabolism can be your thyroid, which is a butterfly-shaped gland sitting around the throat. In addition to metabolism, this gland impacts some of the most important systems in the body.

Furthermore, there are an estimated 20 million Americans experiencing a thyroid condition of some kind. Could you be at risk?
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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.

Your Doctor May Not Test These 6 Biomarkers. Here’s Why We Do.

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Credit: Flickr Creative Commons, DFID

When it comes to monitoring your health, there are many insightful markers that tell a more complete 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.

These markers are not always the first go-tos, but to know their status is invaluable when it comes to preventing a problem before it becomes a problem. Here are a few markers WellnessFX gives consumers access to and why. 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.

5 Mobility Biohacks to Improve Your Morning Routine (+ a 4 step plan)

Roll Out Your Feet (option 1)

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[This is a guest blog post contribution by Hunter O’Brien. More information on Hunter is below.]

It is not new news that exercise is an important factor of a healthy lifestyle. If you’re in some sort of physical practice, be it CrossFit, yoga, or endurance training, and   are looking to upgrade your performance, enhance your longevity, and get in touch with the physical, it could be helpful to ask what type of movement are you doing (or not doing) during the rest of your day. – After all, there are only so many HIIT trainings and Vinyasa classes you can attend. The rest of your day is dedicated to work, family, and all the other things life throws at you.

We are wired for movement, and as humans, we have evolved to move all day long. It is just as much a part of our personal biology as eating well and having healthy relationships.

While it is certainly unrealistic to consider carrying around a kettlebell in your purse, and too much “intense exercise” is detrimental to the body, that does not mean you have to save movement for the gym hour! Here are 5 movement and mobility strategies you can include in your morning routine to jump start your day. Just like a green juice or a Bulletproof coffee, you can consider them as nutrition….movement nutrition, if you will. Like many other biohacks, they will help you enhance your productivity and mental clarity, and add to the pursuit of your human potential. They might even help you improve a few biomarkers. 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.

The CDC Just Reported on Influenza for 2015 – You’ll Need These 6 Tips

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Credit: Flickr Creative Commons, Lotus Carroll

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported influenza activity is continuing to increase in the United States. So far, 43 states have reported seeing “widespread transmission” of the flu this season. “We’re already above the peak that we saw last year, and we’re increasing,” CDC medical officer, Dr. Michael Jhung, told the New York Times.

The 2015 outlook for flu season has reached epidemic proportions for a few reasons, according to the New York Times: 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.