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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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How to keep your gut healthy this holiday season

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

Your gut health forms the foundation of your overall health. Your digestive system is connected to everything else that happens in your body, and your gut is responsible for absorbing nutrients and guarding against foreign substances. So if you have a healthy gut, there’s a good chance that your overall health is good as well. If your gut is out of balance, however, it can have a negative effect on other functions throughout your body. …

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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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From the doc: How to take a technology break

In Health and Wellness by Jay J. Garcia M.D. October 24th, 2018

Our smartphones, tablets, and computers offer a lot of conveniences. We can email, text, and call people from almost anywhere. We can watch any movie we want, anytime. Technology has enabled us to be in constant contact and to be entertained at any moment — but this isn’t always healthy. In fact, technology addiction is a real phenomenon, and it’s interfering with our professional and personal lives. People are texting and driving, risking their own …

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4 tips to help you lose belly fat

In Weight Loss by Karen Eisenbraun, CHNC August 21st, 2018

Belly fat is more than a cosmetic issue. Having more fat around the middle is linked to health problems. Belly fat — also known as visceral fat — is associated with a higher risk of health problems like diabetes, heart disease, and some cancers. Fortunately, there are steps you can take to lose belly fat, if you know what triggers it. Implement these lifestyle changes to start slimming your waistline and getting healthier. Get rid …

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7 hidden causes of weight gain

In Weight Loss by Karen Eisenbraun, CHNC August 21st, 2018

Most people would agree that losing weight is no easy task. It takes long-term commitment and dedication to lose excess pounds and keep them off. A big part of this effort involves eating healthy foods and getting regular exercise. But sometimes, you may find that weight loss just isn’t happening, even though you’re working hard to be as healthy as possible. In some cases, people may have a hard time losing weight despite a healthy …

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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 …

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3 things to do when starting a new diet plan

In Health and Wellness by Karen Eisenbraun, CHNC August 21st, 2018

If you’re thinking of adopting a new diet plan, it’s important to give yourself the best possible start. While you may have an idea of what and how much to eat, there’s much more to this journey than food choices. Before you dive into a healthier lifestyle, it’s best to mentally prepare yourself for the journey so you can push through any bumps in the road. Use these tips now and keep them in mind …

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The mind-body connection: How your emotions influence your health

In Health and Wellness by Karen Eisenbraun, CHNC August 23rd, 2018

Our brains are deeply connected with our physical health. Research reinforces how emotions influence health. Health experts have speculated for years that positive emotions can make you healthier physically. Some medical studies have backed up this claim. We’ve all felt the physical effects of our emotions, whether we realized it at the time or not. Have you ever had sweaty palms before a big presentation or job interview? Have you felt your heart pound or stomach …