If you are paying attention to nutrition or health-related news, you know that not a week goes by without some new findings coming out about the health benefits of vitamin D. However, there is also a lot of confusion about how much vitamin D each person needs as well as the best/safest way to achieve optimal vitamin D levels. The purpose of this post is to try and clear some of the confusion. (more…)
“A long time ago, in a supermarket not so far away…”
This is how “The Store Wars” begins; it is a parody that explains the differences between organic and conventionally raised produce that can be a great teaching/learning tool for kids, teenagers and those new to organic foods. (more…)
If the thought of fries from Mickey D’s gets your mouth watering, you have to check out this video; you won’t look at those fries the same ever again.
Most people are dehydrated. We’ve tested thousands of people for hydration status in the clinic (using a device that uses bioelectric impedance analysis (BIA)) and have found that less than 1% of people are properly hydrated when they first walk through our door. (more…)
It can make you can weight, get diabetes and wreck your teeth too…
Soft drinks and energy drinks are the single largest source of sugar in the American diet. Together, they account for about 16 teaspoons of added sugar per day (that’s bout 67 grams sugar/day). If you haven’t been to sugarstacks.com, check it out; it can be pretty eye-opening. (more…)
Tis the season…unfortunately for many of us,that means it’s also the season to catch all sorts of bacteria and viruses that lead to colds, flus, congestion, sniffling, sneezing, coughing, aching, missed work/school and mandatory time in bed. (more…)
16.8 pounds of weight gain to be exact.
A study by the Harvard School of Public Health and Brigham Women’s Hospital found that bad habits in lifestyle factors, food choices, physical activity and sleep habits all add up to an average of 16.8 pound weight gain over a 20 year period. (more…)
Stress Response: Fight or Flight
- The heart beat increases to pump blood to all of the necessary tissues with greater speed
- As the heart rate increases so does blood pressure
- Breathing becomes rapid and shallow
- Adrenaline hormones are released from the adrenal gland
- Liver releases stored sugar to meet the increased need for energy
- Pupils dilate and senses become heightened
- Muscles tense for movement
- Blood flow is restricted from the digestive tract
- Blood flow is increased to the brain and major muscles
- Blood flow is constricted from the extremities
- Body perspires to cool itself
Adaptation and resistance phase
The adrenals now release corticosteroids that help provide energy and the specific circulatory changes (glucocorticoids help to keep blood sugar stable and mineral corticoids help us retain sodium which helps our body maintain an elevated blood pressure).
With the unabated production of corticosteroids, organs and organ systems become weak and may cease to function.
Did you know?
70-80% of all visits to the doctor are related to stress
• Stress contributes to 50% of all illnesses in the US
• The cost of job stress in the US is estimated at over 200 billion
dollars annually, including the cost of absenteeism, lost
productivity and insurance claims
“Why is it so difficult to lose weight?”
Obesity isn’t just a calorie problem or an exercise problem – it is a metabolism problem. The fact is there are several fundamental underlying imbalances that prevent most people from losing weight and keeping it off. The problem is, they don’t know what those imbalances are and neither does their doctor. We can help find and address them.