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kombucha and gut health
Nowadays, kombucha is one of those mainstream health food buzzwords that dieticians, wellness coaches, and fitness advocates are touting. But does this fermented beverage really live up to the hype? We know that fermented foods offer plenty of health benefits. But let’s take a closer look at kombucha, in...
Is Moringa Safe and Good for you?
Over the last few years, the use of moringa oleifera has become a popular nutritional supplement because of its reported health benefits like lowering blood pressure and reducing inflammation. Different parts of the plant can be consumed for various reasons. Whether it’s the pods or the leaves, which typically is...
Dont Let Repetitive Stress injuries ruin your life
According to the legal information site Nolo, repetitive motion injuries are on the rise. They report that 60% of all workplace injuries are from repetitive stress and that it’s “mostly because of the increased use of computers in the workplace.” Since so many of us hold jobs where we...
Signs of a Stroke that Women Overlook
For a long time strokes were considered “a man’s disease” because they weren’t commonly recognized in women. While we now know this to be untrue, many women don’t recognize the symptoms. CBS News quotes research out of Ohio State University's Wexner Medical Center, which shows only 11% of women...
Effective Treatments for Sciatica Pain
Much like carpal tunnel syndrome, restless leg syndrome, and migraines, sciatica pain can impact your day-to-day routines. According to Harvard Health, as many as 40% of people will suffer from it during their lifetimes. Whether you suffer from it periodically or persistently, there are at-home remedies to consider, many...
How much Protein should you consume
Eat more protein! It doesn’t matter how much fat and sodium it contains! Wait, scratch that. Only eat plant-based protein. And don’t eat TOO much protein. Whew. This nutrient has had no lack of attention or opinions surrounding it. How much protein should you consume each day? Individuals who live,...
Confused About Coconut Oil
Unless you’ve been hiding under a nutritional rock, you’ve undoubtedly heard about the latest coconut oil controversy. This summer, Harvard professor Karin Michels called coconut oil “pure poison” in a lecture she gave in Germany. She added that it’s “one of the worst foods you can eat.” CNN reports...
Your Body When You Stop Excercising
Exercise is something that everyone needs, regardless of age. Whether it’s a run around your neighborhood or lifting weights at the gym, the Mayo Clinic recommends getting 150 minutes of moderate aerobic exercise or 75 minutes of vigorous aerobic exercise each week. Sometimes, you may miss a workout here...
HIIT Workout Trend
Patients often come to me asking about a fitness trend they’ve heard of, wondering if it’s all hype or something they should try. HIIT, or High Intensity Interval Training, is one of the hottest workout trends right now. The HIIT workout trend came on the scene in 2014. According...
chronic Epstein-Barr virus
Are you concerned about catching the “kissing disease”? This condition isn’t just for teenagers. Epstein-Barr, the virus that leads to mononucleosis (also known as mono) can affect you at any stage of life- and you can just as easily spread it to someone else. Here’s the good news; you’ve likely...
Is Alkaline Water Good
Celebrities and influencers are praising alkaline water. One source, Health Smart Site, lists Jillian Michaels, Jack Nicholson, Elton John, Jennifer Lopez, and Magic Johnson among its proponents. Such sites point to benefits like fat loss, lubricating joints, and even curing cancer. While some studies suggest that an alkaline diet...
Papaya Seeds Benefits
Most people either scoop out fruit seeds and throw them away, leave them for wildlife, or add them to their compost. Yet the tropical, sweet papaya yields edible seeds that help remedy several health issues. Whether you scoop them from fresh fruit, buy them in bulk, or find a...