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7 Ways to Lower Your Inflammation Number Without Medication

7 Ways to Lower Your Inflammation Number Without Medication

You've most likely heard about the key health numbers that the Know Your Number campaigns have encouraged us to monitor. Increasing public awareness about high cholesterol, high blood sugar, high blood pressure, and high body mass index (BMI) has been a cornerstone of the public health effort to combat heart disease.

There is another number that is less well-known, but that can also be an important measure of heart disease risk, as well as risk for other chronic diseases. This measure is a lab test called C-reactive protein (CRP), and it is a general marker of inflammation. While there are many lab tests that measure inflammation, CRP is the one that is most widely used and available.

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Three Simple Ways to Keep STRESS from Ruining Your Metabolism

Three Simple Ways to Keep STRESS from Ruining Your Metabolism

The research is clear — chronic stress damages our physical, mental, and emotional well-being.

One of the most interesting lines of study, including research that was released just this week, reveal how feelings of stress, anxiety or depression are linked to inflammation and metabolic changes in the body. To put it simply, those thoughts and feelings trigger reactions in the body that increase inflammation, raise blood sugar, and turn energy into fat. It appears that our high stress culture is making us fatter and sicker!

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Three Ways to Preserve Your Energy for the Long Haul

Three Ways to Preserve Your Energy for the Long Haul

Fatigue. It is one of the most common and challenging symptoms that primary health care providers evaluate every day.

Why? Because lack of energy can be caused by so many different things — and it makes such a difference in the way people look, feel and perform. Without sufficient energy, we can't accomplish all the things that we need or want to do. Without sufficient energy, the quality of our lives is diminished.

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How to Deal with Radicals

How to Deal with Radicals

Radicals are everywhere - creating danger to our health and well-being. But they aren't the kind of radicals that get talked about on the news.

I'm talking about free radicals - invisible molecules in our bodies that are unstable. These molecules are a natural byproduct of energy production - released when the oxygen we breathe interacts with the food we eat during metabolism. Even though they are natural, they are also dangerous. They need an extra electron to become stable and they are drawn to anything in our cells that will bind with them and donate one. They bind to, and damage, our cell walls, fats, proteins, or DNA - leading to chain reactions that cause premature aging. Fortunately, many of them are neutralized by antioxidants. Antioxidants bind with free radicals and keep them from doing so much damage.

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Four Ways to Mind Your Metabolism

Four Ways to Mind Your Metabolism

These days we're hearing a lot about the rising incidence of chronic preventable diseases like diabetes, heart disease, and obesity. These problems share a common denominator in that they all result from metabolic processes in the body that have gone awry.

Metabolism refers to all the biochemical processes that occur in the body in order to maintain life. These processes are tightly regulated by hormones and play out like an elegant symphony. Unfortunately, a number of factors can negatively impact metabolic processes, and lead to health problems.

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Seven Ways to Get in Motion

Seven Ways to Get in Motion

This past week, yet another study was released revealing the dangers of a sedentary lifestyle. This study found that being sedentary is twice as risky to your health as being obese! 

As our country's rates of chronic preventable disease climbs, we've heard a lot about all the factors driving these problems. We've learned that inactivity, poor nutrition, inadequate stress management, and lack of sleep are all lifestyle choices that, if altered, could dramatically improve our current and future well-being.

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Five Ways to Turn Down the Heat

Five Ways to Turn Down the Heat

It's no secret that we're having some major problems with chronic preventable diseases in the United States. Conditions like diabetes, hypertension, heart disease, and obesity are very common - and some are becoming more common. They take an enormous toll on our vitality and well-being at a personal and community level. Consider these statistics:

2 in 3 U.S. adults over age 20 are overweight or obeseMore than 1 in 3 U.S. adults has pre-diabetes or diabetesMore than 1 in 3 U.S. adults has metabolic syndrome (a group of risk factors - increased blood pressure, a high blood sugar level, excess body fat around the waist and abnormal cholesterol levels - that are associated with heart disease and other metabolic diseases) 1 in every 4 deaths is from heart disease

As we learn more about these conditions, it is becoming clear that inflammation is a driver for them all. New research is continually helping us discover the sources of inflammation, and what we can do to prevent it.

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Ignorance is Bliss -- or IS it?

Ignorance is Bliss -- or IS it?

Several years ago, just as I was deciding to expand my wellness work, I had a conversation with a dear family friend - and it has haunted me to this day. He had just gone through a bad health scare, and as a result had begun delving deeply into the causes of heart disease and lifestyle approaches to preventing and reversing it. He is a smart, accomplished man, but he soon learned about a whole world of health information that he had never encountered before. When we spoke, he shared his shock and sense of betrayal about his former health care providers: "Why didn't somebody tell me sooner?"

In his case, ignorance of his condition — and how he could have prevented it - was definitely not bliss.

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5 Ways to Mind Your Microbiome

5 Ways to Mind Your Microbiome

If you're like me, you grew up thinking of all microorganisms as "germs" and something to be avoided at all costs. Wow, have things changed! While it is true that some microbes cause disease, we now know that each one of us is walking around with about 100 trillion microorganisms on board - outnumbering our cells 10 to 1 and adding between 2 and 5 pounds to our body weight.

We used to view our relationship with these tiny beings from an antagonistic, "us-vs-them" perspective. Now, we understand that our "microbiome" is more like an eco-system which we are only beginning to explore, and that we are dependent on this system for some important functions. Among other things, micro-organisms help us digest food, synthesize vitamins, regulate glucose, and maintain a healthy immune system.

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Seven Ways to Hit the Sweet Spot on Sugar

Seven Ways to Hit the Sweet Spot on Sugar

In the last couple of months there has been a lot of buzz about the new documentary, Fed Up. The film, narrated by Katie Couric, takes a hard look at some of the factors that are driving preventable chronic diseases in our country. It's no secret that we are seeing dramatic increases in chronic metabolic diseases — like obesity, diabetes, lipid disorders and hypertension. But is our approach to dealing with these problems on target? The answers may surprise you.

Obesity gets a lot of attention because it is a visible disease. From the outside, people can't see if someone has diabetes, high blood pressure, or high cholesterol. Obesity can increase someone's risk for these conditions, but it is also important to know that people can be at risk even if they don't have a high body mass index (BMI). Body mass index can be useful information, but it doesn't distinguish between lean and fat tissue. You can actually be "thin on the outside but fat on the inside" (TOFI). In fact, an Italian study published in 2009, found that BMI tended to underestimate someone's risk for metabolic disease.

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Wellness Wrap-up - June 2014

Wellness Wrap-up - June 2014

June produced some interesting wellness news in the areas of exercise, sleep, nutrition and the ever-fascinating microbiome. Here are a few of the highlights:

Exercise

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Seven Guidelines for Mindful Eating

Seven Guidelines for Mindful Eating

Heart of ProduceThese days we're hearing a lot about the power of mindfulness, and its amazing capacity to help us increase awareness, decrease stress and make wiser choices. Although programs like Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), originated by Jon Kabat-Zinn at the University of Massachusetts, continue to provide opportunities for individuals to explore pathways to mindfulness, the concept may still seem a bit nebulous to the general public -- particularly folks who aren't used to the idea of a meditative practice.

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