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How blue light disrupts your sleep

In Health and Wellness by Karen Eisenbraun, CHNC May 8th, 2019

Many factors can disrupt your sleep. Busy jobs, stress, sleep disorders, hormones, and even dietary habits can affect how well we are able to sleep. But there’s another huge culprit when it comes to poor sleep quality today: our electronic devices. When you stare at a smartphone, tablet, computer, or television, you’re staring at different light wavelengths. One of the most prominent is blue light — and this blue light could be responsible for disrupting …

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From the doc: The benefits of medical weight loss

In Weight Loss by Jay J. Garcia M.D. April 24th, 2019

Curious about medical weight loss? If you’ve only tried traditional diet plans in the past, medical weight loss will be an entirely different approach for you — for all the right reasons. Medical weight loss is a great option for people who have found traditional diet plans to be ineffective. It’s an approach that combines a doctor’s expertise, your individual health profile, and advanced testing to produce results that are tailored uniquely for you. In …

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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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The link between stress and weight gain

In Weight Loss by Karen Eisenbraun, CHNC March 18th, 2019

Are you constantly stressed? If so, it could be affecting your weight. Ongoing, chronic stress is strongly linked to weight gain. When faced with stressful situations, our adrenal systems release cortisol — a stress hormone that regulates a series of bodily processes. Cortisol influences blood sugar levels, macronutrient metabolism, blood pressure, and the central nervous system, as well as many other functions throughout the body. Cortisol also affects our body’s production of the hunger hormones …

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5 foods that are bad for your skin

In Aesthetics, Nutrition by Karen Eisenbraun, CHNC October 31st, 2018

Your skin is your largest organ and is intricately connected with the other systems in the body. This means that something that is good for your body is usually also good for your skin, such as getting enough sleep. Things that are bad for your body, such as chronic high stress levels, are also bad for your skin. But even if you you’re making an effort to live a healthy life, you may be aggravating …

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Stress, hormones, and low sex drive

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

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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Cycle syncing: Should your diet change according to your menstrual cycle?

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

A woman’s body is in a constant state of fluctuation. Until she reaches menopause, a woman experiences regular hormonal ebbs and flows with every menstrual cycle. With an average cycle lasting 25 to 35 days, it’s safe to say that some type of change is almost always occurring in the body as it prepares the egg and uterus for fertilization. These hormonal shifts don’t affect just the reproductive organs, however. Most women will say that …

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Hormones and weight: imbalances that can cause weight gain

In Weight Loss by Karen Eisenbraun, CHNC March 18th, 2019

The key to losing excess weight isn’t as simple as eating fewer calories or exercising more. If that were true, everyone who tried to lose weight with these measures would be successful. Unfortunately, many people find that their most diligent efforts to shed pounds simply don’t work, and more often than not, they have no idea why. One important factor in weight loss that is often overlooked is hormone levels. Hormones and weight are closely …

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Is your sleep position affecting your health?

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

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 …