Intermittent Fast Your Way Through the Holidays

Intermittent Fast Your Way Through the Holidays

 

By: Maggie Ney, ND

Intermittent fasting can be an effective tool to avoid weight gain and maintain metabolic balance during the holiday season. What I hear a lot this time of year is either, “I have no interest in indulging in holiday treats” OR “I will place no restrictions on what I eat this month but will detox in January”. Intermittent fasting (IF) presents a middle ground where you can have the freedom to indulge but an eating structure ...

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Forget about Setting New Year’s Intentions

Forget about Setting New Year’s Intentions

 

By: Bren Boston, MD

Talk about setting yourself up for failure. Trying to make a decision about a behavioral change that you will stick with for 12 straight months is nonsense. What research shows is that it takes 3 weeks to form a new habit. So, this year, I encourage you to make separate monthly intentions starting with January 2019. Try it on, feel it out, see if it works for you or if it is even possible to ...

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Aging Gracefully Includes A Plan to Keep Lean Muscle

Aging Gracefully Includes A Plan to Keep Lean Muscle

 

By: Bren Boston, M.D.

The slippery slope of lean muscle loss begins at a younger age than you would guess. The medical term for age-related loss of lean muscle is sarcopenia, and it starts in our 30’s. Sarcopenia occurs at a rate of 3-5% per decade. Less muscle means less strength, less stability, and less dense bones, which all increase the risk for falls and fractures.

It doesn’t have to be this way. You can fight against the loss of lean muscle ...

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Hormones and the Aging Process

Hormones and the Aging Process

 

By: Maggie Ney, ND

Hormones are involved in every metabolic reaction in the body. As we age, hormones decline and we begin to feel less vital, more metabolically imbalanced and not quite like ourselves anymore.  Men may start to gain weight around the middle, lose hair, have more difficulty maintaining and gaining muscle mass, and experience a lower sex drive. Women, in addition to experiencing uncomfortable symptoms of hot flashes and night sweats, will also experience a loss ...

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The Power of the Mind-Body Connection

The Power of the Mind-Body Connection

 

By Kevin Kunkel, MA, CMT, CYT, LMFT

According to Harvard medical professor and researcher Dr Herbert Benson, “Mind body science has now reached a stage where it should be accepted as the third major treatment and prevention option, standing as an equal alongside drugs and surgery in the clinical medical pantheon.”   Yet, because highly successful drugs in a few treatment areas has caused an overuse of them in almost every area of medicine, as well as the systematic funneling of money and ...

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June is Men’s Health Month: Spotlight on Heart Disease

June is Men’s Health Month: Spotlight on Heart Disease

 

By Bren Boston, MD

Per the CDC, heart disease is the leading cause of death for men in the US, causing 1 in every 4 male deaths. The American Heart Association states that 1 in 9 men, compared to 1 in 30 women, will experience sudden cardiac death. Half of the men who die suddenly of coronary heart disease have no previous symptoms.

Half of Americans have at least 1 of the top 3 risk factors for cardiovascular disease: high blood pressure, ...

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Physical Fitness = Goals

Physical Fitness = Goals

 

By Bren Boston, MD

May is National Physical Fitness and Sports Month. Our bodies can be molded to a certain degree by the foods we choose to put into our bodies combined with the targeted exercise we do centering on specific muscles. Our skeletons were not designed to have a sedentary lifestyle. Our bodies thrive with a steady exposure to different types of activity, including aerobic exercises (like jogging, biking, hiking or swimming), resistance exercises (like free weights, weight machines, body-weight ...

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Healthy Pregnancy

Healthy Pregnancy

 

By Maggie Ney, ND

Pregnancy is a magical time when women get to experience their day-to-day life while amazing changes are constantly happening within their body. I have three beautiful and healthy girls and loved being pregnant. I feel honored to help support women in my practice have healthy and joyful pregnancies. Being pregnant presents an exciting opportunity where women (and their partners) can feel extra motivated to take the very best care of their bodies. This is not a ...

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Are Stress and Depression Stealing the Best Years of Your Life? The Answer May Lie in your Gut

Are Stress and Depression Stealing the Best Years of Your Life?  The Answer May Lie in your Gut

 

By Edison de Mello, MD, PhD 

May 08, 2017

“UVA REVERSES DEPRESSION SYMPTOMS IN MICE USING PROBIOTICS,” screamed the headlines on March 7, 2017. It seems that everywhere we look for answers as to why so many of us are getting more and more tired, bloated, overweight, anxious and overly stressed, we find the microbiome listed as a possible top cause. The microbiome, that beehive-like agglomeration of bacteria, good and bad, in our gut plays a very complex and important role ...

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The Role of Telomeres

The Role of Telomeres

 

By Edison de Mello, MD, PhD

QUESTION: In layman’s terms, what are telomeres, i.e., what’s an easy-to-understand analogy for what they are and how they work? How do short and long telomeres affect health and lifespan?

Answer:

 Telomeres are specialized protein structures attached to the end of chromosomes that provide essential protection from enzymatic end-degradation (due to metabolic and environmental toxins) and help maintain chromosomal and gene stability.

They are a nucleotide (protein) sequence repeated thousands of times in our genetic code. Their ...

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