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From the doc: The importance of vitamin D for health and weight loss

In Dr. Jay Garcia MD, Supplements by Jay J. Garcia M.D. February 27th, 2019

Are you getting enough vitamin D? Vitamin D plays an important role in regulating many bodily functions and in preventing disease. Unfortunately, most people don’t get enough of this vital nutrient. Typically referred to as the “sunshine vitamin,” vitamin D actually acts more like a hormone. Your body produces vitamin D when your skin is exposed to sunlight. Vitamin D interacts with enzymes in the body to promote many important processes, including calcium absorption and …

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From the doc: Yes, you need to eat vegetables

In Nutrition by Jay J. Garcia M.D. February 25th, 2019

It’s the advice our mother always gave us and that health experts continue to push to this day: eat more vegetables. The 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans say half of your plate should be vegetables. And yet, so many of us continue to eat far fewer vegetables than recommended. One study found that less than 14 percent of people are getting the recommended amount of vegetables each day! Chances are, you already know vegetables are …

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10 signs you may have leaky gut syndrome

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

Do you suffer from leaky gut syndrome? This common health condition can cause a range of health symptoms, from headaches to digestive problems, and it’s closely linked to dozens of other chronic health issues. The term leaky gut is fairly new within the medical community, and many physicians don’t recognize it as a legitimate health issue. But leaky gut has long been called by another term: intestinal permeability. It’s very common for anyone eating a …

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Chronic inflammation and weight gain

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

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 …