Is Sleep Deprivation the Next Tobacco?

Is Sleep Deprivation the Next Tobacco?

by David Laramie, PhD

For decades, medical science overlooked the considerable damage associated with smoking cigarettes, and it is hard to comprehend that physicians ever condoned smoking and overlooked its harm.  Similarly, medical science is now rushing to highlight another long-overlooked risk factor – sleep deprivation.  Poor sleep can worsen inflammation and increases the risk of high blood pressure, obesity, depression, and some cancers.  In the short term, insufficient sleep can impair memory, attention, and executive ...

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Vagus Nerve Yoga for Sleep

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

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

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

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

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

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:

Akasha Reset Program: Invest in your Wellness this Winter

Akasha Reset Program: Invest in your Wellness this Winter

 

by Amanda Miller MS, RN

Take a long, deep breath, winter is here. Everywhere around us, nature is retreating and embracing a darker season of rest and hibernation. There is a particular stillness of winter, and with it comes a subtle invitation to reflect, hold space, and withdraw from the fast paced mobility of summer and fall to redirect inward. Conversely, the slowed pace of winter can leave us feeling weighed down, stagnant, or uninspired. Every season brings ...

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Detoxification: How to Help Your Body and Genes Get Rid of Toxins

Detoxification: How to Help Your Body and Genes Get Rid of Toxins

 

By Jean-Marc Sobczyk MD, ND

Any successful detox starts with avoidance.

You always want to avoid toxins as much as possible, but it’s tough in a world with tens of thousands of chemicals and tempting food.

Let’s focus on the second aspect of a successful detox: clearance

How much do you know about what your liver needs? Your liver enzymes need to process the toxins you are exposed to, in the air you breathe, the water you drink, the food you ...

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The Gut-Hormone Connection – How Your Gut Microbiome Regulates Estrogen Levels

The Gut-Hormone Connection – How Your Gut Microbiome Regulates Estrogen Levels

 

by Maggie Ney, ND

What is the Estrobolome?

Exciting new research is telling us that our gut microbiome regulates how much estrogen circulates in our body. The estrobolome is the collection of microbes in the gut which can produce beta-glucuronidase, an enzyme that takes the estrogen in our colon, en route to be excreted from our body, and changes it so that it is reabsorbed by the body. Gut dysbiosis can lead to either excess levels of beta-glucuronidase – leading to increased ...

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