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10 signs you may have leaky gut syndrome

In Health and Wellness by Karen Eisenbraun, CHNC March 18th, 2019

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 March 18th, 2019

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 March 18th, 2019

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 March 18th, 2019

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 …

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Top 5 fasting myths

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

For those who have tried to lose weight on calorie-restricted diets, the idea of fasting is usually not appealing. After all, when you’re hungry and you don’t eat, you feel cranky and tired, and you set yourself up for diet failure. But fasting doesn’t have to be this way. In fact, today’s fasting techniques don’t involve starvation or unhealthy food restrictions at all. The right kind of fasting has tremendous benefits for both health and …

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Why strong relationships are important for your health

In Health and Wellness by Karen Eisenbraun, CHNC March 18th, 2019

Studies show that having high-quality relationships benefit your mental health and impact your overall health.  This can mean having supportive family and friends, or having a healthy connection with others through community activities.  People who have strong social ties have a lower risk of dying from all causes.  Those with social social support have a lower risk of certain health problems than those who lack strong social relationships. According to an article in the Journal …

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10 ways sitting too much is bad for your health

In Health and Wellness by Karen Eisenbraun, CHNC March 18th, 2019

It should come as no surprise that sitting too much is bad for your health. The average adult sits for 8-10 hours per day, which can increase the risk of health problems such as organ damage, muscle degeneration, back problems, and poor circulation. But here’s something you may not have known: sitting for long periods of time increases your risk of death from any cause, even if you exercise. That means you can’t sit at …

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Your guide to a low-glycemic diet

In Health and Wellness by Karen Eisenbraun, CHNC March 18th, 2019

Have you ever tried a low-glycemic diet? A low-glycemic diet is one that focuses on foods with a low glycemic index, which is a number that indicates a food’s effect on blood sugar levels. The lower a food’s GI, the more slow and steady its effect on blood sugar levels. At Garcia Weight Loss, we have found that a low-glycemic diet is the best approach for promoting healthy, sustainable weight loss and other positive changes …

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How to fast for the best results

In Health and Wellness by Karen Eisenbraun, CHNC March 18th, 2019

Interesting in trying a fasting diet? Studies show that periodic fasting is associated with numerous benefits, including weight loss, cellular rejuvenation, reduced inflammation, lower blood pressure, and increased energy. Making fasting a regular part of your routine could lower your risk of disease and even extend your lifespan. But before you dive into the world of fasting, make sure you know what to expect and how to prepare — not just so your fast is …