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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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6 benefits of walking outdoors every day

In Fitness by Karen Eisenbraun, CHNC August 21st, 2018

Going for a daily walk offers significant mental and physical health benefits. And although you can certainly walk on a treadmill to get your steps in, walking outdoors offers even greater benefits. If you live here in Florida or another area where weather permits, lacing up your sneakers and going for a daily walk outside can go a long way toward helping you reach your health and wellness goals. 1. Your mood will improve Exercise …

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How to choose the right supplements for weight loss

In Supplements by Karen Eisenbraun, CHNC August 21st, 2018

Walk into any health food store, and you’re sure to encounter row upon row of supplements, all of which make some pretty powerful health claims. How do you know which ones you need, and how do you choose between different brands or dosages? While the best source of vitamins and nutrients is always whole, healthy foods, sometimes it’s difficult to meet your body’s needs through food alone, especially if you’re following a calorie-restricted diet. Supplements …

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Symptoms of common vitamin deficiencies

In Health and Wellness by Karen Eisenbraun, CHNC September 2nd, 2018

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 …

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10 benefits of gardening

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

Gardening is more than just a hobby, and offers a number of lifelong health benefits. This highly therapeutic activity involves lots of movement and exercise, and works all your major muscle groups as you perform tasks such as raking, digging, and planting. Better yet, gardening allows you to produce fresh, healthy foods that drive weight loss and improve overall health. National Gardening Exercise Day is observed every year on June 6. In honor of this …

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Are fat-free foods making you fat?

In Nutrition by Karen Eisenbraun, CHNC August 21st, 2018

If you have a choice between two foods — one that’s “regular” and one that’s low-fat — it’s better to choose the low-fat version, right? Not necessarily. There’s a lot more to a food’s overall health value than whether it can be considered low fat. The low-fat mentality is so ingrained in our culture that most of us reach for these products without even thinking, but in some cases, they could be worse for you …

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Do vitamins and supplements actually work?

In Supplements by Karen Eisenbraun, CHNC December 18th, 2018

Vitamins and supplements make a lot of health claims: boost your energy, lose weight, combat stress. But do they really work? And how effective are they? Health experts say that vitamins and supplements definitely play a role in our diets, but it’s important to understand what they can and cannot do. Supplements — as the name suggests — should add to and complement your diet, but should not be expected to take the place of …

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Skin cancer symptoms — what to look for

In Health and Wellness by Karen Eisenbraun, CHNC September 6th, 2018

The Skin Cancer Foundation recommends doing a monthly self-exam to check for signs of skin cancer. Florida has one of the highest rates of melanoma in the United States. When you’re in the sun often, it’s important to keep yourself protected. It’s also important to conduct regular self-exams so you can identify anything suspicious before it can turn into something worse. Skin cancer is highly curable if caught and treated early. Here’s tips on how …

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From the doc: Are you getting enough vitamin D?

In Dr. Jay Garcia MD, Supplements by Jay J. Garcia M.D. September 1st, 2018

Are you getting enough Vitamin D? Vitamin D is important for regulating many functions in the body and preventing disease, but most people don’t get enough of it. Typically referred to as the “sunshine vitamin,” this vitamin actually acts more like a hormone. Your body produces vitamin D when you skin is exposed to sunlight, and it interacts with enzymes in the body to promote many important processes, including calcium absorption and bone remodeling (which …