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6 best anti-inflammatory foods

In Health and Wellness by Karen Eisenbraun, CHNC February 6th, 2019

Many people are living with chronic, high levels of inflammation in their bodies and they don’t even know it. This puts them at risk for chronic diseases and other health problems. But you can fight back with one simple thing: your diet. Eat these anti-inflammatory foods each day, and you’ll lower inflammation and help prevent many serious health issues. 1. Leafy greens The health benefits of leafy green vegetables such as kale and spinach are …

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How chronic inflammation can affect your mood

In Health and Wellness by Karen Eisenbraun, CHNC February 6th, 2019

Earlier this month we discussed inflammation and the effects that it can have on your physical health. When looking at the effects of inflammation, there’s another important aspect that doesn’t always get as much attention: inflammation and mood. Inflammation, in its acute form, is helpful. It is the body’s way of fighting off an infection or illness. It is meant to be temporary. But when there’s no infection or no injury, and inflammation circulates at …

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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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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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Chronic inflammation and weight gain

In Weight Loss by Karen Eisenbraun, CHNC December 18th, 2018

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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How apples may be the easiest diet trick ever

In Nutrition by Karen Eisenbraun, CHNC August 28th, 2018

It seems that the adage “an apple a day keeps the doctor away” may have some  truth to it, because apples are a very healthy choice if you are trying to lose weight.  In addition to being a nutrient-dense fresh fruit that can help regulate blood sugar, apples may also reduce the risk of heart disease, help prevent cognitive decline, and could also help prevent certain cancers. What is it about the apple that makes …

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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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7 reasons you can’t lose those last 10 pounds

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

You’ve worked hard to get healthy, but you can’t lose those last 10 pounds. Hitting a weight-loss plateau is discouraging. But don’t give up! First of all, remember that hitting a plateau — or even regaining a few pounds — is perfectly normal. Your weight can fluctuate a few pounds even within a single day, depending on what you eat or even the time of day. It’s also possible that your body composition is changing, …

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The 10 best diets for your heart

In Nutrition by Karen Eisenbraun, CHNC August 28th, 2018

The good news is that many risk factors for heart disease are related to lifestyle and diet — meaning that you can reduce your risk with the right healthy habits. You can probably guess what many of these factors are: maintain a healthy weight, get regular exercise, don’t smoke, lower your blood pressure and cholesterol, and eat a healthy diet.  We’ve put together a list of the best diets for heart health, according to health …