April Nutrient of the Month: Omega 3 Fatty Acids

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April Nutrient of the Month: Omega 3 Fatty Acids

By: Amanda Miller MS, RN

When it comes to Omega 3 fatty acids, there are few nutrients that pack this many health benefits into one compound. It is quite the understatement to stay Omega 3’s are crucial to achieving optimal health. In fact, they benefit everything from fetal development to heart health and stress reduction.

Omega 3’s are a polyunsaturated fatty acid and consist of 4 different types.

Kinds of ...

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Stress Eating: How to Break the Cycle

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Stress Eating:  How to Break the Cycle

 

By Bren Boston, MD

You know the feeling of your internal pressure cooker building up, when work demands, deadlines, financial burdens, and interpersonal conflicts conspire to send your stress level through the roof.  At those times, you want something QUICK and EASY to soothe your frayed nerves.  And for lots of people, that soother is sugary foods.  It makes sense from a medical perspective.  Sugar has a drug-like effect in the reward center of the brain. Sugar causes a surge of ...

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The Autonomic Nervous System’s Role in Managing Stress Symptoms

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The Autonomic Nervous System’s Role in Managing Stress Symptoms

 

Kevin Kunkel, MA, CMT, CYT, LMFT

Chronic stress can stay in your nervous system and affect your short- and long-term health.  It can impact every part of the body, leading to a weakened immune system, digestive disorders, heart and autoimmune diseases, chronic body tension or challenges healing from injuries, and more. We will always have stress, but we can learn to build internal resiliency to heal from past stressors and bounce back from current stress.

Normal path of stress

It is normal to ...

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Anxious Child? Natural Remedies to Reduce Anxiety.

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Anxious Child? Natural Remedies to Reduce Anxiety.

 

By Jean-Marc Sobczyk, MD, ND

According to research, childhood anxiety disorders are the most common type of psychiatric problem in children. It may cause severe impairment and excessive distress. Although effective psychosocial and drug therapy exists, let’s focus on more traditional and natural ways to help our children.

Although thought to be benign, these disorders can interfere with academic, social, and family functioning.

How to recognize anxiety in children: Common signs.

  • Trouble falling asleep
  • Fear of being alone
  • Picking at skin
  • Nail biting
  • Strong startle response
  • Being overly self-critical
  • OCD-like behaviors ...
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Vagus Nerve Yoga for Sleep

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Vagus Nerve Yoga for Sleep

 

By Alicia Maher, MD

One issue that can make sleep so difficult is that of sympathetic nervous system activation. The sympathetic nervous system tells us to fight, flight or freeze. Obviously helpful when you need it, but we rarely do. And being in this sympathetic state makes it harder for us to engage in the parasympathetic side of the nervous system that controls the activities of resting and digesting. This explains why you might have trouble sleeping and relaxing, and ...

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February Nutrient of the Month: Heart Health Powerhouse COQ10

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February Nutrient of the Month: Heart Health Powerhouse COQ10

 

By Amanda Miller, MS, RN

Being possibly one of the most important nutrients when it comes to heart health, Coenzyme Q10 bouts significant benefits to every cell in the body. As an antioxidant, COQ10 protects cells from oxidative damage and aging. In its active form, it is used for supplying cells with energy, transporting electrons and regulating blood pressure.

Declining COQ10 levels has been associated with cognitive decline, diabetes, fibromyalgia, cancer, and heart disease. This decline ...

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Does Saturated Fat Cause Heart Disease? There is so much more to this story

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Does Saturated Fat Cause Heart Disease?  There is so much more to this story

 

By Amanda Miller, MS, RN Clinical Integrative Nutrition Nurse Consultant

As the leading cause of death in the United States, Heart Disease has remained one of the most studied chronic conditions, and rightfully so. In fact, current research has shown heart disease to be upwards of 90% preventable (1). When this is considered, it is clear that nutritional intervention should be at the forefront of the medical approach in treating and preventing ...

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Heart Love

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Heart Love

 

By. Danél Lombard, MPT, MA, E-RYT

You don’t have to look far to find ways in which we can take better care of our hearts by improving our daily eating and exercising habits. From heart healthy foods to high intensity interval training, ways to improve heart health seems endless. As a physical therapist, it’s easy to point out what types of exercises should be part of your weekly routine. But as an integrative physical therapist, I’d like to go one ...

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Calcium Overload May Increase Your Risk for Heart Attack

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Calcium Overload May Increase Your Risk for Heart Attack

 

By. Bren Boston, MD

Medical doctors monitor your health with both bone density scans and coronary artery calcium (CAC) score scans.  Have you wondered if the calcium supplements you take to prevent or treat osteoporosis might be depositing in the walls of your arteries?  If you have a family history of both heart disease and osteoporosis and feel confused as to whether you should take calcium supplements, then congratulations you are not alone!

Fortunately, there are reasonable and effective ways to ...

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January Nutrient of the Month: Vitamin E

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January Nutrient of the Month: Vitamin E

 

By Amanda Miller MS, RN

Wondering which nutrient will come in the most handy this winter season? Vitamin E is definitely at the top of the list as the most abundant fat soluble antioxidant, scavenging free radicals that damage cells in the body.  Because of its antioxidant properties, Vitamin E serves as a powerhouse nutrient in protecting against Cardiovascular Disease and Cancer.

Benefits of Vitamin E:

Protects skin from sun damage and pollution:

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