Category Archives: Food & Drink

3 Reasons Women Should Know Their hs-CRP Levels

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For women of any age, knowing your hs-CRP levels is invaluable because of its association with living a long and healthy life.

hs-CRP as a beacon for inflammation. Because your liver produces this protein in response to inflammation, hs-CRP is one of the best indicators of inflammation. 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.

Ben Greenfield’s Top Two Recommended Ways To Fast For Longevity

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This is a guest post from WellnessFX practitioner, Ben Greenfield. Greenfield is an ex-bodybuilder, Ironman triathlete, Spartan racer, coach, speaker and author of the New York Times Bestseller “Beyond Training: Mastering Endurance, Health and Life.” Ben blogs and podcasts at BenGreenfieldFitness.com, and resides in Spokane, WA with his wife and twin boys. To learn more about Ben’s practice, education, and specialties, skip to the bottom! 

While they are unlikely to be familiar with popular fasting acronyms such as CR, IF, DTRF, ADF or FMD, centenarians in Blue Zones like Nicoya, Sardinia and Okinawa tend to eat relatively small portions of whole foods, consuming a low to moderate calorie diet by being mindful of their hunger and avoiding calorie-dense, fat- and sugar-laden processed and packaged foods.

Okinawans practice the traditional cultural rule of hara hachi bu, which means eating only until they are about 80% full. Typically, most meals are consumed within an 8- to 12-hour feeding window throughout the day, referred to by researchers as a “compressed feeding window.” This is the same window observed in many of the new, Westernized forms of fasting- or caloric-restriction-based diets, most of which involve at least 12 to 16 hours of not consuming calories during a given 24-hour period.

So why do all these different forms of fasting seem to work so well? You’re about to discover why, along with a quick primer on fasting and the two methods of fasting that I’ve personally found to be most effective for me and my clients. Continue reading

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7 Simple Lunch Swaps That Get More Fruits & Veggies Into Your Day

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There is no shortage of scales, apps, and diets that count pounds, calories, and other data translating your lunch eating habits (or any meal time) into numbers.

However, when it comes to holistic, optimal health, the quality of your food matters.

While eating refined, processed foods are known to increase inflammation, diabetes, and insulin resistance, eating nutrient-dense foods help your body stave off disease and function better, from immune system and muscle function, to heart and blood health, and even eye health. 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.

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

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 #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

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.

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

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.