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From the doc: 4 evidence-based benefits of omega-3 fatty acids

In Health and Wellness by Jay J. Garcia M.D. October 8th, 2018

For many years, dietary fats had a bad reputation. Low-fat diets promised weight loss, and people were told that eating fat would make them gain weight. But fats are actually necessary for several processes throughout the body, and certain kinds may even help you lose weight. You’ve probably heard of omega-3 fatty acids, but are you getting enough of them in your diet? Fats aren’t necessarily bad for you; in fact, some are actually good …

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Chronic inflammation and weight gain

In Weight Loss by Karen Eisenbraun, CHNC August 21st, 20180 Comments

Medical treatments for chronic disease and even weight loss are focusing more and more on the need to prevent and reduce chronic inflammation. Studies show that inflammation is a common underlying factor in all major degenerative diseases — including heart disease, cancer, hypertension, and diabetes — and that it can also cause weight gain and difficulty losing weight. The good news: inflammation is linked to several diet and lifestyle factors. By making key changes in …

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Why strong relationships are important for your health

In Health and Wellness by Karen Eisenbraun, CHNC August 25th, 2018

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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How to use your FSA to pay for weight loss

In Weight Loss by Karen Eisenbraun, CHNC August 23rd, 2018

If your doctor recommends that you lose weight to improve a medical condition, you may be able to use your FSA funds for a weight-loss program. Do you have a flexible spending account (FSA) through your employer? If you aren’t already taking advantage of this benefit, you may want to consider enrolling to help you with your weight-loss journey.  Using your FSA to improve your health is a wise investment. How to use FSA to …

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7 medical conditions that make it difficult to lose weight

In Weight Loss by Karen Eisenbraun, CHNC August 28th, 2018

You’re following a healthy weight-loss plan and paying attention to diet, exercise, adequate sleep, and proper supplementation.  Yet your weight remains the same. But there are medical conditions that make it difficult to lose weight. Often when this happens, there’s a hidden culprit such as stress or prescription medications. Or perhaps you’re eating foods with hidden forms of sugar. Sometimes, though, stubborn weight that won’t go away is the result of underlying medical conditions that …

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Recovering emotionally from disaster

In Health and Wellness by Karen Eisenbraun, CHNC August 31st, 20180 Comments

Natural disasters cause emotional distress. Many of our patients, staff, friends, and family members have been affected by Hurricane Irma in one way or another. We are fortunate and grateful that the storm weakened before reaching Tampa, sparing us from the devastation experienced in areas such as southern Florida and many parts of the Caribbean. However, we know that many Tampa area residents are dealing with various aftereffects of the storm, and that Irma has …

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Symptoms of common vitamin deficiencies

In Health and Wellness by Karen Eisenbraun, CHNC September 2nd, 20181 Comment

Vitamin deficiencies are linked to more health problems than you might suspect, which is why eating plenty of nutrient-dense foods is crucial to maintaining a healthy weight and good overall health.Degenerative diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, and cancer are commonly attributed to risk factors like genetics, overeating, and lack of exercise. While these factors can definitely lead to serious illness, sometimes the true underlying culprit is poor nutrition. The following are some symptoms of …