Category Archives: Exercise

Ask the Practitioner: How Your Gut Affects You As an Athlete

The 5 lbs of bacteria that reside in your body, known as your microbiome, are key to living a healthy life. For athletes that want to be on top of their game, the health of your gut can mess with your path to success – researchers continue to make discoveries about its connection to a variety of diseases and conditions, from anxiety and mood to obesity and IBS.

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Tyler LaFleur, RN, CCEP, CFMP

We asked WellnessFX practitioner and Certified Functional Medicine Practitioner Tyler LaFleur to weigh in on his thoughts when it comes to how athletes should consider caring for their gut health. 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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What Are the Different Types of Protein Powders and Why Should I Use Them?

Protein is quite likely the most important macronutrient consumed in our diet. Not to forget the importance of dietary fats and carbs, but there is something about protein that is alluring both regarding taste, as well as its scientifically verified effect on our health and wellbeing. 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.

What our hormones tell us as women: Estrogen

Most women know their hormones impact how they feel. In fact, they probably blame these pesky chemicals for things like bloating, skin changes, headaches, and weight gain.  But most women don’t really know what hormones are and how they impact health.

In honor of Mother’s Day and women everywhere, we’ll discuss several important hormones during the month of May.

Estrogen word written on the book and hormones list

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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.