Category Archives: Lifestyle

Dealing with Depression – Do You Have the Winter Blues (S.A.D.)?

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Kristina Alexanderson

When family and friends come together, we try to put on our best face at the gathering, despite any negative feelings we may be experiencing.

With winter holidays, conditions like depression and seasonal affective disorder (SAD) often get tucked under the rug.

What is SAD, and Do You Have It?
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Holiday Health Hacks From Our Practitioners

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Holiday gatherings can throw off even the most well-intentioned nutrition plan. Have you ever wondered the best way to get a healthy breakfast that can be grabbed on the go while covering all your nutritional needs? What about the simplest ways to get yourself to actually eat healthy instead of caving to junk food? Or how to make an effective cold prevention tonic?
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Feeling Bloated Despite a Perfect Diet? It Could Be These 3 Things

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Mahalie Stackpole

Bloating Despite a Perfect Diet?

The most commonly cited causes of bloating are dietary factors. More specifically, it’s well-established that foods containing gluten, dairy, or FODMAPs (certain carbohydrates) can cause symptoms such as bloating, gas, and abdominal pain in individuals with food sensitivities or conditions such as Celiac disease, Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), or Crohn’s and colitis.

Because the association between food and gastrointestinal distress has already been explored, let’s explore lesser-known factors behind bloating.

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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.

Weight Loss Balloons, Surgery Risks, and Managing Weight Loss Without Surgery

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Credit: Flickr Creative Commons, Phalinn Ooi

 

A new weight loss surgery has been approved to fight obesity.

The new procedure places a balloon into the stomach using an endoscope, after which the balloon is then filled with saline solution. The entire procedure takes fewer than thirty minutes during which patients are sedated.  The balloon is intended to be temporary 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.

Statins for Everyone? See the Risks and Side Effects First (and changes you can make for a healthy heart)

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Credit: Flickr Creative Commons, Nicolas Raymon

Half a million Americans die of of heart disease every year.

Two new studies have emerged regarding the new 2013 guidelines on statins, the medications used for lowering cholesterol in those at risk for cardiovascular disease. The 2013 guidelines were based on the notion that many people can benefit from statins, beyond those at risk for heart disease. When announced, this opened the door for millions of Americans to begin taking more prescription pills. In the JAMA-published studies–here and here–physicians weighed in on statin therapy for primary prevention – prevention designed to prevent the occurrence of disease and promote health – of cardiovascular disease, and cost effectiveness. 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 Lifestyle Changes to Lower Your Risk for Type 2 Diabetes

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Credit: Flickr Creative Commons, Carlos let´s go

For those with a high risk of Type 2 diabetes — 86 million Americans over the age of 20, according to the American Diabetes Association — glucose is the name of the game.

Glucose, the main type of sugar that circulates in your 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.