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6 things you didn’t know can reduce inflammation

In Health and Wellness by Karen Eisenbraun, CHNC January 25th, 2019

Inflammation is both a necessary body process and an enemy to good health, depending on the type of inflammation and what’s causing it. We need short-term inflammation to help heal trauma like injuries and infections. Chronic, long-term inflammation, however, can disrupt processes throughout the body and is linked to a number of serious health problems. But you don’t have to let inflammation hijack your health. There are a number of things you can do to …

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8 things you’re probably doing that cause inflammation in your body

In Health and Wellness by Jennifer Berry February 6th, 2019

Inflammation is a natural response produced by the body’s immune system. The immune system activates this inflammatory response in order to heal an injury or acute (short-term) illness. This involves the release of white blood cells, immune cells, and infection-fighting substances. When you sprain your ankle and it turns red, warm, and swollen, that’s inflammation at work trying to heal the injury. We often hear that we should fight inflammation with anti-inflammatory drugs or by …

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From the doc: How to prevent heart disease

In Health and Wellness by Jay J. Garcia M.D. January 21st, 2019

Heart disease is a widespread killer. The CDC reports that one in every four deaths in the United States is due to heart disease, and it’s the leading cause of death for both men and women. These numbers are alarming — but you don’t have to resign to becoming a statistic. It is possible to prevent heart disease. There are many steps you can take to lower your risk, and you can start today. Keep …

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It’s all in your genes: How your DNA affects your weight

In Weight Loss by Jennifer Berry December 5th, 2018

If you’ve ever tried to lose weight, chances are, you’ve asked yourself at least one of these questions: “Why can’t I lose this weight and keep it off?” “Why was that diet so successful for my friend but not for me?” “Why doesn’t cutting calories work for me?” For decades, we’ve all been told that simply eating less and being more active is the key to lasting weight loss. And in some respects, this is …

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12 stress relief tips for a happy holiday season

In Health and Wellness by Karen Eisenbraun, CHNC December 18th, 2018

Do you dread the holiday season because of the amount of stress it causes? Studies show that the holidays increase stress levels for many people, especially when it comes to demands on their time and financial difficulties. You can’t avoid the holidays, but you can take some simple stress-relief steps to minimize stress and make it to January without sacrificing your mental well-being. Here’s how: 1. Forget perfection Whether it’s your holiday party, your big …

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Stress, hormones, and low sex drive

In Health and Wellness by Karen Eisenbraun, CHNC October 31st, 2018

Sex has been shown to promote health benefits: it’s good for your heart, improves sleep, releases feel-good endorphins, and provides feelings of pleasure. But at certain points in your life, you may notice that your sex drive just isn’t what it used to be. When a person has a low sex drive, they may experience problems in their relationship with their partner. A lack of intimacy can lead to physical and emotional drawbacks as well. …

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The top 3 evidence-based weight-loss tips

In Weight Loss by Karen Eisenbraun, CHNC November 5th, 2018

Have you tried to lose weight in the past, only to become confused and frustrated by all the weight-loss tips out there? There’s a reason that so much weight-loss advice seems to be contradictory: Not everyone responds to different foods and exercises the same way. Your health, and the likelihood of your to body to hang on to excess weight, is largely influenced by your unique genetic makeup. That said, there are some tried-and-true, evidence-based …

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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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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 …