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How much caffeine is too much? (And 7 reasons to cut back)

In Health and Wellness by Karen Eisenbraun, CHNC March 26th, 2019

Are you addicted to caffeine? These days, it’s common to joke about how we need our venti cappuccino before we can fully function in the morning, or a 3pm soda to make it through the rest of the day. At certain levels, caffeine can be helpful. But drinking too much can be detrimental to your health. So how much caffeine is too much? Caffeine is a stimulant, or a substance that increases the body’s alertness …

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6 types of drinking water to help you stay hydrated

In Health and Wellness by Karen Eisenbraun, CHNC March 26th, 2019

Hydration is vital if you want to achieve optimal health and weight loss. Obviously, the healthiest way to hydrate is by drinking water. Water has no calories or sugar, so you can drink it whenever you need it. Seems like simple advice. Water is water, right? Yes and no. As long as the water is safe to drink, yes, you can stick with plain tap water to stay hydrated. But, for many people, this can …

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How much water should you drink every day?

In Dr. Jay Garcia MD, Health and Wellness by Karen Eisenbraun, CHNC March 26th, 2019

Drinking enough water is one of the most important things you can do for your overall health. In fact, at Garcia Weight Loss, hydration is one of the cornerstones of our health plans, along with nutrition, regular physical activity, and supplementation. We simply cannot stress how important it is to keep yourself hydrated, or list the countless health problems related to chronic dehydration. The human body is made up of about 65% water. Water is …

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The complete guide to healthy carbs

In Nutrition by Karen Eisenbraun, CHNC March 26th, 2019

Carbohydrates are essential for fueling your body with energy. Healthy carbs can help regulate your blood sugar, provide a lasting feeling of fullness, and lend to muscle growth. But not all carbs are created equal. It’s important to know the difference between carbs that can boost your energy levels, and carbs that can drain your energy, lead to weight gain, and increase your risk of future health problems. Simple vs. complex carbs Carbs fall into …

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Should you drink less soda? 10 reasons to cut back

In Health and Wellness by Jennifer Berry March 22nd, 2019

If you’ve got a soda habit, you’re not alone. At least half of Americans drink it every day. You probably know that soda contains sugar, which isn’t helpful if you’re trying to lose weight. But beyond this, there are a number of reasons to drink less soda or even cut the soda habit for good. 1. Soda will send you way over your sugar limit High consumption of sugar causes a number of health problems, …

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From the doc: 5 things you should embrace to lose weight

In Weight Loss by Jay J. Garcia M.D. March 22nd, 2019

Anyone who has ever tried to lose weight or get healthier knows that unhealthy habits are hard to break. After all, if they weren’t, wouldn’t everyone be at their ideal weight with great diet and exercise habits? Unfortunately, many great intentions are sidetracked — or sabotaged altogether — by those pesky bad habits that keep coming back into our lives. Perhaps it’s snacking on carbs late at night or binging on Netflix instead of going …

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10 reasons to lose 10 pounds (and how long it takes)

In Weight Loss by Karen Eisenbraun, CHNC May 13th, 2019

How often have you heard that those last 10 pounds are the hardest to lose? This may be true for many people. But evidence shows it’s the first 10 pounds that matter the most. “We are seeing major health benefits when a patient is able to lose just 5 to 10 percent of their body weight,” says Dr. Garcia. “This new standard for weight loss is a highly important goal to attain due to the …

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How garcinia cambogia can help you lose weight

In Supplements by Karen Eisenbraun, CHNC March 21st, 2019

Have you ever heard of garcinia cambogia? You may have seen it listed as an ingredient in weight-loss supplements and wondered what it is. Garcinia cambogia is a tropical fruit that looks like a small yellowish pumpkin, and its sour taste means it’s not frequently used in kitchens here in the U.S. But even if you don’t use it in your fruit salad, you may be interested in this fruit’s power as a fat-burning and …

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From the doc: The importance of vitamin D for health and weight loss

In Dr. Jay Garcia MD, Supplements by Jay J. Garcia M.D. March 21st, 2019

Are you getting enough vitamin D? Vitamin D plays an important role in regulating many bodily functions and in preventing disease. Unfortunately, most people don’t get enough of this vital nutrient. Typically referred to as the “sunshine vitamin,” vitamin D actually acts more like a hormone. Your body produces vitamin D when your skin is exposed to sunlight. Vitamin D interacts with enzymes in the body to promote many important processes, including calcium absorption and …

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5 healthy dinner recipes you can make in 10 minutes

In Nutrition by Karen Eisenbraun, CHNC March 18th, 2019

One of the most common frustrations with nutritious food is finding the time and energy to prepare it. Indeed, cutting up fruits and vegetables is more time-consuming than grabbing something from the drive-thru on the way home. However, today there are a number of shortcuts and ways to cook up healthy foods without too much effort. Try these fast but healthy dinner recipes when you’re short on time but want to stick to your health …