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Health Risks for Kids with a Weight Problem

Childhood obesity in the US is at an all-time high; rates have more than tripled since the ‘70s, with one in five school-aged children being obese, and one in three are overweight or obese. WebMD blames the modern lifestyle of too much “screen time” with video games and computer activities, resulting in very little physical activity. Some experts point the finger at poor diet, with children consuming too much sugar and low nutrient, highly processed foods. World Health Organization (WHO) also blames diet, and recommends a program that encourages people to eat five servings of fruits and vegetables […]

By |September 18th, 2017|Blog|0 Comments
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A Good Night’s Sleep May be More Important Than You Think!

Most medical authorities agree that adults need a minimum of seven hours of sleep per night
to be healthy, and teenagers need up to ten hours! Research shows that sleeping is an
important time for immune system activity, cell regeneration, healing, and renewing energy
stores. Most of us consider sleep to be important, but still, we do things that interfere with making
a good night’s sleep a priority. The CDC (Centers for Disease Control) estimates that 30 – 40% of
Americans sleep less than seven hours per night on a regular basis. They also found that people
who don’t get adequate sleep are more likely […]

By |September 1st, 2017|Blog|0 Comments
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Iodine Deficiency Related To Thyroid Disease

Iodine is a trace mineral which is required only in small doses. We may not need a lot of it, but it’s still incredibly important to the thyroid gland to aid in producing thyroid hormone. Iodine deficiency is strongly correlated to thyroid diseases, including goiter, thyroid cancer and thyroid nodules. A nodule is an abnormal cluster of cells on the thyroid gland; they can be completely benign, but a small percentage of the time they are linked to cancer. They can also be a sign of hypothyroidism when other symptoms are present, such as fatigue, weight gain, dry coarse […]

By |August 14th, 2017|Blog|0 Comments
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Natural ingredients for enhancing thermogenesis

In the previous blog “Not all fats are equal”, we discussed “thermogenesis”, a process the body uses to burn fuel for generating heat. We reviewed a lengthy published study that discussed the difference between brown fat (BAT) and white fat, and how brown fat is better at thermogenesis. As a result, people with higher brown fat levels have an easier time with moderating their weight.
The article also reviewed natural ingredients which support thermogenesis in brown fat. In the last blog, we discussed capsaicin, one of the best-researched supplements is associated with increased BAT activity and decreased fat mass. In […]

By |July 22nd, 2017|Blog|0 Comments
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Not all fats are equal

Obesity and diabetes are reaching epidemic proportion in the US. Researchers are looking for answers to these closely associated problems, knowing that a single magic bullet is unlikely. Weight management and blood sugar control are complex issues that need to be tackled from many angles, including exercise, thyroid hormone optimization, daily food choices, stress management, detoxification and even psychological factors which individuals may struggle with.
Metabolism plays a major role in weight management. Metabolism is the rate at which your body uses energy- in other words- how fast your “motor” runs.

Hypothyroidism is a well-known cause of […]

By |June 26th, 2017|Blog|0 Comments
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Can cashews help control cholesterol?

Many Americans struggle with high cholesterol, which puts them at risk for atherosclerosis, stroke or heart attack. Sometimes high cholesterol is due to eating the wrong foods, and sometimes it’s genetic, also known as “familial hypercholesterolemia”. Only 1/500 people have the familial form, so most often diet is to blame. Fortunately, an abundance of research shows that lifestyle and dietary adjustments can effectively control cholesterol and prevent cardiovascular disease, especially when combined with moderate, regular exercise.
If you’re interested in making lifestyle changes that will help lower cholesterol and prevent cardiovascular disease, I always suggest starting with the basics. […]

By |June 2nd, 2017|Blog|0 Comments
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The ancient herb that aids older brains

Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera) is an Ayurvedic herb with a centuries-long tradition of use in India. It’s known for its restorative benefits to the immune system, thyroid and adrenal glands. This ancient herb is likewise beneficial for many modern-day problems, including stress, fatigue, and poor concentration. It’s a calming agent which also improves thinking and memory. Over 200 studies have confirmed its benefits, including counteracting the damaging effects of stress on the brain and cognitive function.

Ashwagandha is categorized as an adaptogenic herb because it gently supports many body functions and offers balance, rather than having one specific action. […]

By |May 10th, 2017|Blog|0 Comments
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How Hypothyroidism Affects Pregnancy

Thyroid hormones regulate the body’s metabolism and affect nearly every organ in the body. When the body produces too much thyroid hormone (hyperthyroidism) it causes many functions is the body to speed up too much. When the body produces too little thyroid hormone it causes many of our body functions to slow down (hypothyroidism).

It’s well-known in the medical community that the thyroid plays a critical role in the development of a healthy baby as well as maintaining the health of the mother. Women with hypothyroidism can have a healthy pregnancy by being aware of how their pregnancy affects […]

By |April 20th, 2017|Blog|0 Comments
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There May Be An Environmental Link To Obesity: Part 2

Common Obesogens and Their Pathways

As discussed in part one, obesogens are environmental pollutants that may alter the body’s metabolism and predispose some individuals to weight gain. They are very widespread and research has confirmed that our exposure is quite common – and particularly damaging during fetal and infant development.

High-Profile Obesogens
There is a growing body of evidence that provides a link between our exposure to specific environment chemicals from dietary, pharmaceutical, and industrial compounds and how they alter metabolic processes and predispose some people to gain weight.

At the top of the list is a chemical called perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA). Commercially […]

By |April 5th, 2017|Blog|0 Comments
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There May Be An Environmental Link To Obesity- Part One

Obesogens Are Environmental Pollutants That May Alter the Body’s Metabolism And Predispose Some Individuals To Weight Gain.

Obesity rates in America have risen dramatically in the past 40 to 50 years. Today, over 35% of adults and 17% of children age 2 to 19 in the United States are obese with a BMI (body mass index) between 25 and 30. But, obesity isn’t just a problem plaguing Americans as obesity rates have also risen worldwide. Regardless of where they live, even those at the lower end of the BMI are gaining weight, suggesting that there may be more to weight […]

By |March 20th, 2017|Blog|0 Comments