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13 More Answers To Your Questions – Sweet Potato Power, Wheat, Ketosis, and More!

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What’s the deal with wheat–is it really that bad for you? What should I eat right after a workout? Sweeteners are okay, though, right? What’s this ketosis thing I’ve been hearing about?

Chances are you’ve wondered one of the above questions yourself, and finding the answers can be frustrating. There’s a lot of information floating around there, and here at WellnessFX we want to bring you experts in the field of health and nutrition to help you make the right decisions for a healthy lifestyle.

A couple weeks ago we kicked off the WellnessFX Webinar Series with Ashley Tudor, author of Sweet Potato Power (click here if you missed it!). We gave the audience a chance to ask questions. There were a lot! We already released the first batch answered by WellnessFX’s very own  Medical Director Doctor Murdoc Khaleghi. Be sure to check that one out, as there’s a lot of great information!

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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.

Holiday Recipe Series – Drinks and Desserts: The Tastiest Healthy Treats You’ve Ever Had

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Wheat. Gluten. Sugar. Dairy. Trans fats. Common ingredients on dessert plates around America this holiday season.

But they’re the best part of anyone’s meal, and probably your favorite as well! So instead of skipping it, let’s make it better!

In this last entry in WellnessFX’s Holiday Recipe Series you’ll find four dessert recipes that are healthy and wholesome. What better way to wrap up the season?

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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.

11 Answers To Your Questions – Inflammation, Diet, Genetics, and More!

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With more knowledge comes more questions. Over the last few decades we’ve learned more and more about our bodies, how they work, and how to keep them running in tip-top shape. We learned cholesterol was bad; now we know there’s more to the story, with good and bad cholesterol with different roles. We thought all around fat was bad for you; recently it seems fat is less the culprit, and high-carb, high-processed foots are making America less and less healthy. We can now map our genome and learn what traits are specific to us; but how do we use this information? Where do we go from here?

Last week we kicked off the WellnessFX Webinar Series with Ashley Tudor, author of Sweet Potato Power (click here if you missed it!). She answered a lot of your questions, but naturally there just isn’t enough time to get to them all in one sitting. But we saved them, shifted through, and picked out the ones we think our readers would enjoy the most.

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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.

Holiday Recipe Series – Appetizers: Spark Your Appetite, Not Your Glucose

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Happy Holidays WellnessFXers! Thanksgiving is just a few days away, and what better time to kick off our Holiday Recipe Series? In this post you’ll find four appetizers sure to start off right any holiday dinner. The only bad side? Get used to explaining to your health-conscious friends that ‘These are okay to eat, I swear!’

Our first recipe includes a very useful side treat: Paleo Mayonnaise. When searching around for appetizers to make your Holiday Party healthy and fun, we ran across a LOT of recipes calling for mayo. Glance just once at the labeling on a generic brand and you’ll see why homemade mayo is the way to go.

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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.

Optimal Health Webinar Series – Nutrition at the Cellular Level (12/11/12)

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What do you do when you have relationships with several awesome individuals with so much knowledge to share, and an equally awesome community of active learners? Well, you bring the two together, of course!

WellnessFX is doing just that in a series of webinars starting next month. The Optimal Health Webinar Series will feature some of the hottest names in health, fitness, and prevention. Here’s who you can look forward to:

Our first of the series, Nutrition at the Cellular Level, will be with health innovator and author Ashley Tudor. Fresh off the release of her new book Sweet Potato Power: Smart Carbs, Your Body Your Rules, she’ll talk with us about the pillars of optimal health – food, hormones, inflammation, and activity. WellnessFX CEO and Founder Jim Kean will moderate. You will be able to ask questions during the event, or you can send them beforehand via Facebook, Twitter, or comment right here on the blog!

Optimal Health Wellness Series: Nutrition at the Cellular Level will take place on Tuesday, December 11, 2012 at 10:00AM PT.

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In this 60-minute webinar you’ll learn:

  • How to listen to the messages your body sends
  • How your cells respond to hormones like insulin and how insulin levels contribute to weight gain more than fat
  • How to track health markers in order to address and treat warning signs before they become problems

Be sure to sign up and get your questions ready! We hope you join us in our never ending quest for health, wellness, and knowledge!

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.

Guest Post: Fight Inflammation with Sweet Potato Power!

Ashley Tudor is the author of Sweet Potato Power: Smart Carbs, Your Body Your Rules, a guide to health, nutrition, and a tool kit to make your diet rules based of your unique biology. Follow Ashley on the web via Twitter, Facebook or her website http://sweetpotatopower.com.

Caring about what you can’t see:  an introduction to inflammation

Inflammation is an important part of the healing process. When you sprain an ankle, it gets swollen. This reaction is the work of your body’s healing agents mobilizing and rushing to fix the problem. Most people only think of this visible, “acute” reaction when they think of inflammation—the redness, the swelling, the tenderness. In contrast the inflammation that we can’t see, present in the blood, has the most influence on our health and waistline.

Acute inflammation is a good thing that helps heal our bodies. But, if the body is always in healing mode, it experiences chronic or constant inflammation, which is damaging. When our systems experience nonstop inflammation, our bodies are constantly fighting invaders. The relentless siege taxes fortifications. While the body is fighting on one front, resources are not available to fight new threats like disease and infection. We get sick more often. Even though we can’t see chronic inflammation, we need to care about this marker.

The dangers of chronic inflammation:

  • Wears out the transport system of your body (aka your veins and arteries).
  • Makes you age faster.
  • Damages your DNA making it prone to replication errors and more susceptible to cancer.
  • Decreases the efficiency of transporting glucose to your hungry brain. You eat more and are compelled to eat bad food that are processed by the body quickly.
  • Promotes weight gain.

Diet influences inflammation in our body

Some causes of acute inflammation are out of our control, such as our bodies fighting bacteria or viruses, or healing from injury. However, chronic inflammation can be controlled. One of the most common sources of chronic inflammation is our food. With the wrong foods, chronic inflammation can start in our digestive system and move into the blood stream and through the entire body. We should avoid foods that cause inflammation and load up on foods that help fight it.

Prevent and avoid chronic inflammation with the sweet potato

Sweet potatoes are a food that both prevents and fight inflammation in the body. Sweet potatoes contain a protein that helps the plant repair itself after damage or bruising. When eaten this protein acts as an anti-inflammatory in our body. But that’s not all.  Sweet potatoes are also a great food source to replace inflammatory food culprits like wheat. One recipe illustrates how easy it is to replace high inflamation foods (pasta) with anti-inflammatory foods (sweet potatoes) with all the flavor and none of the health sacrifice.

Ingredients

1 medium yam, long in shape

1 Tbsp unsalted butter

6 sage leaves (or more to taste)

Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper to taste

Directions

1.Wash yam under running water and peel. Slice yam, lengthwise, as thinly as possible using a mandoline or sharp knife (a potato peeler does not slice thin enough).

2.Cut the long, thin slices into even strips about 1⁄4 inch wide as linguine. Set aside.

3.In a large sauté pan, melt butter on medium-low heat and add the sage. Watch the butter closely as sage begins to brown (you don’t want it to burn). When the sage is crisp, remove and set aside. Add the sweet potato linguine strips to the butter and heat thoroughly. Stir and toss about 2 to 3 minutes. When tender and warmed through, plate and garnish with the fried sage.

Even with a perfect diet, testing is key

Chronic inflammation happens within the body so it’s easy for this health culprit to go unnoticed. Blood work is a great tool to see hidden inflammation. Many transitioning from a standard American diet to a more whole foods diet can see big improvements in their inflammation markers. While diet is a great starting point to get inflammation under control, it is not the only cause. Many paleo or primal eaters find that even with perfect or “dialed” diets their inflammation is still high. Working with health care practitioners can help you sleuth out causes before they become symptoms.

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.