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The Truth About Chocolate and How You Actually Benefit From It

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Credit: Flickr Creative Commons, On Eyes Photography

Junk food is a slow killer. It’s making you diabetic, raising your blood pressure, and threatens to shut down your heart before the age of 50. No one really argues with how important diet is to long-term health. You are what you eat.

The question is, then: What is junk food?

Think about five foods you consider junk. Was chocolate one of your choices?

Should it be?

More and more we are learning that it’s less the what of the food we eat, but the how in the way it’s prepared. A hamburger from McDonald’s is bad, but what about a homemade grass-fed burger with gluten-free bread, and organic cheese? French fries are the worst, right? How about some sweet potato strips baked to a crunchy crisp in the oven?

Maybe it’s time to have another look at chocolate. While a Snickers bar a day won’t keep the doctor away, could this ‘guilty pleasure’ food be misunderstood?

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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.

6 Medications that Deplete Your Nutrients: How to Supplement + Foods to Help

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The Mayo Clinic reports that nearly seven in 10 Americans take prescription drugs – antibiotics, antidepressants and painkiller opioids were reported as the most common prescriptions given. A whopping 20 percent of U.S. patients were also found to be on five or more prescription medications. A quick overview: 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.

Your Ultimate Cheat Sheet to Understanding Blood Sugar

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Credit: Flickr Creative Commons, Bill McBain

We’re back this week on the blog with more resources to educate and decode how to best manage (and digest) all of the health information flying around out there.

If you’re currently rocking an activity tracker (such as a Fitbit or a Jawbone UP band) you’re not alone – one in 10 Americans use devices like these (known as wearables) to track their day-to-day activity and help quantify their efforts to stay active, healthy, and/or fit. You’ll no doubt see the rise in this “one in 10” number over the next few years, but it won’t be limited to step counters and run trackers. Consumers can look forward to an explosion of sensors that will monitor important body information, such as breathing and heart rate. 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.

Fighting Diabetes, PCOS, & Metabolic Syndrome: One User’s Experience With WellnessFX

Of the many Dos (and one Don’t) of dealing with your blood test results, one thing we stress is analyzing your lab results with one of our practitioners. Two reasons why:

  1. Because we know that navigating your lab results can be confusing.
  2. Because you, your lab values, and WebMD are no substitute for a medical professionalimage (1)

This week, we had the joy of stumbling upon this blog post of a WellnessFX user’s experience with one of our practitioners, Jennifer Phelps, MS, MD. Elaine Barlow posted a 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.

Heart Health Tips + What You Need to Know About Statins

February is American Heart Month! 28 days dedicated to the ticker (of the non-doily variety) and getting smarter about managing it could not be more relevant today, as more than half a million Americans die of heart disease every year. This is preventable.

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Credit: Flickr Creative Commons, Prayitno

While the education and prevention awareness campaigns take flight, this annual awareness month just happens to come on the heels of one recent decision that has undoubtedly raised some eyebrows, including ours. 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.

Webcast with Dr. John La Puma and WellnessFX Founder Jim Kean

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Credit: http://www.drjohnlapuma.com

In our latest WellnessFX webcast, guest Dr. John La Puma, MD, FACP and author of REFUEL joined us alongside WellnessFX founder Jim Kean, to discuss “Nutrition and Hormones: What You Need to Know.”

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Credit: drjohnlapuma.com

La Puma, known for his ongoing clinical research in men’s health, covered insightful topics ranging from balancing male hormones and minimizing harmful belly fat, to how to stay fit as you age. As Jim mentioned in the webcast, “Men and women are different and they should diet differently,” Dr. La Puma also touches on the power of looking at food as fuel, as well as pleasure and convenience.

Updated 9/24/2014: Thanks for watching!  You can view additional deep dives we held with nutrition and performance innovators like our webcast with Mark Sisson of Mark’s Daily Apple, and our webcast with The Calorie Myth’s Jonathan Bailor, in Part 1 or Part 2 (lots of 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.