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Time to Check Your Cholesterol? Don’t Forget This Important Number

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Credit: iStockPhoto

Not all cholesterol increases your risk of atherosclerosis and cardiovascular disease– your risk is determined by the balance of various types. But how can you assess this balance? Continue reading

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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.

Your Ultimate Cheat Sheet to Understanding Triglycerides

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Credit: Flickr Creative Commons, lowell heart

When it comes to something so personal and unique as health, the WellnessFX team likes to find new ways to help educate and decode how to best manage (and digest) all of the information. Enjoy this FAQ we made for triglycerides Continue reading

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HDL 146 and TG 39 on a High-Fat Diet? How Ben Greenfield Does It (and More).

Ben Greenfield Tri RunningJoin Ben Greenfield—sports nutritionist, coach, and Ironman triathlete—as he shares his tips on using blood work for maximum health and performance in a short video walkthrough. Smart and methodical, his advice and methods will get you to Superman-status in no time. 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.

Cholesterol: We’ve Been Wrong All Along

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credit: Flickr CC

If you’ve spent any time thinking about your cholesterol, you know the basics: LDL is bad. HDL is good. But beyond that glib distinction, numerous studies and real-world outcomes show that we still have much to discuss.

For many years, we’ve known that cholesterol plays a key role in cardiovascular health. No one will argue against the fact that high cholesterol is associated with a higher risk of heart attack and stroke. But as science advances, so does our understanding of cholesterol and how it affects the body. What we’ve thought about cholesterol for decades may have been incorrect, requiring us—along with researchers and healthcare professionals—to rethink our position and take an unbiased look at new data.   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.