Vitamin D – How Much Do You Really Need?

Vitamin D – How Much Do You Really Need?

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…)

Store Wars – An Light-Hearted Way to Explain the Difference Between Organic and Conventional Foods

Store Wars – An Light-Hearted Way to Explain the Difference Between Organic and Conventional Foods

“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…)

Soda – It’s Not Just for Cleaning

Soda – It’s Not Just for Cleaning

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…)

What Happens to Your Body When You Encounter Stress

What Happens to Your Body When You Encounter Stress

Stress Response: Fight or Flight

Alarm phase

  1. The heart beat increases to pump blood to all of the necessary tissues with greater speed
  2. As the heart rate increases so does blood pressure
  3. Breathing becomes rapid and shallow
  4. Adrenaline hormones are released from the adrenal gland
  5. Liver releases stored sugar to meet the increased need for energy
  6. Pupils dilate and senses become heightened
  7. Muscles tense for movement
  8. Blood flow is restricted from the digestive tract
  9. Blood flow is increased to the brain and major muscles
  10. Blood flow is constricted from the extremities
  11. 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).

Exhaustion Phase

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

What is YOUR Underlying Metabolic Imbalance?

What is YOUR Underlying Metabolic Imbalance?

“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.

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