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Is your sleep position affecting your health?

In Health and Wellness by Karen Eisenbraun, CHNC September 12th, 2018

We all know that getting enough sleep is necessary to look and feel your best, and that quality of sleep matters also. But did you know that how you sleep is also important? Your preferred sleep position may have more of an impact on your overall health than you realize. Your body does amazing things while you sleep. We all know that a good night’s slumber is the only way to feel truly refreshed and …

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10 ways to reward yourself without food

In Health and Wellness by Karen Eisenbraun, CHNC September 12th, 2018

When you’re trying to make healthy changes in your life, it’s important to keep track of your progress and celebrate major milestones. This is a great way to avoid frustration and burnout when the going gets tough on a diet and exercise plan. But how do you reward yourself for making progress on your health goals when many of our typical reward systems are based on food? You don’t want to undo your progress by …

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Low-protein diet linked to increased longevity

In Health and Wellness by Karen Eisenbraun, CHNC September 4th, 2018

A high protein diet may not be the best choice for optimizing health. In fact, recent studies have linked low-protein diets to a longer life span. Protein is one of the three macronutrients that humans need to survive. The other two “macros” are carbohydrates and fat. While we require these nutrients to survive and thrive, how much we need of each may vary from person to person. Your own ideal macronutrient distribution may depend on …

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Don’t just track calories: 3 metrics that may be more useful

In Health and Wellness by Karen Eisenbraun, CHNC August 21st, 2018

When it comes to weight loss, the prevailing school of thought is “calories in, calories out.” There are countless weight-loss programs and apps that encourage you to track calories as a means of losing weight. But it isn’t always that simple. If you want to find success with weight loss, you may need to take a different approach. The truth is, all calories are not created equal. If you’re focusing solely on calories, you may …

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Use your phone to achieve your health goals

In Health and Wellness by Karen Eisenbraun, CHNC August 21st, 2018

Smartphones get a bad rap these days. So many people are seemingly addicted to their screens, and many health experts say that smartphones encourage sedentary lifestyles and other unhealthy habits. But a smartphone can be a powerful tool to help you achieve health goals if you use it properly. Try these tips for using your smartphone to help you stay on track and build healthy habits: Get active Exercise apps are available for all ages …

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10 signs you may have leaky gut syndrome

In Health and Wellness by Karen Eisenbraun, CHNC August 21st, 2018

Do you suffer from leaky gut syndrome? This common health condition can cause a range of health symptoms, from headaches to digestive problems, and it’s closely linked to dozens of other chronic health issues. The term leaky gut is fairly new within the medical community, and many physicians don’t recognize it as a legitimate health issue. But leaky gut has long been called by another term: intestinal permeability. It’s very common for anyone eating a …

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3 things to do when starting a new diet plan

In Health and Wellness by Karen Eisenbraun, CHNC August 21st, 2018

If you’re thinking of adopting a new diet plan, it’s important to give yourself the best possible start. While you may have an idea of what and how much to eat, there’s much more to this journey than food choices. Before you dive into a healthier lifestyle, it’s best to mentally prepare yourself for the journey so you can push through any bumps in the road. Use these tips now and keep them in mind …

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The mind-body connection: How your emotions influence your health

In Health and Wellness by Karen Eisenbraun, CHNC August 23rd, 2018

Our brains are deeply connected with our physical health. Research reinforces how emotions influence health. Health experts have speculated for years that positive emotions can make you healthier physically. Some medical studies have backed up this claim. We’ve all felt the physical effects of our emotions, whether we realized it at the time or not. Have you ever had sweaty palms before a big presentation or job interview? Have you felt your heart pound or stomach …

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From the doc: Use a food journal to identify patterns and triggers

In Dr. Jay Garcia MD, Health and Wellness by Jay J. Garcia M.D. September 1st, 2018

Do you keep track of what you eat and drink? A Kaiser Permanente study of more than 1,600 people found that those who kept a daily food journal lost twice as much weight over 6 months compared to those who did not journal. Tracking what (as well as when and why) you eat can reveal important insights into your personal habits and nutrition. You may discover that you’re eating more than you realize, you reach …

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Top 5 fasting mistakes

In Health and Wellness by Karen Eisenbraun, CHNC August 21st, 2018

Fasting has become a popular way to lose weight and build health in recent years, and for good reason. Today’s advanced fasting methods can boost weight loss, trigger cellular repair, and increase cognitive performance without subjecting yourself to the “starvation diets” that may have been used in the past. Nonetheless, there is a lot of confusion surrounding the idea of fasting, and it does require some strategy and planning. You can take full advantage of …