Weight Management: Success vs. Frustration

 

How should you pick a diet? How should it be implemented?

Many people are interested in losing weight to look better, become healthier, and increase their lifespans. While I see many patients who would like to drop a few pounds, I seldom put anyone on a specific weight loss diet. To increase the odds of success, I provide guidance about the benefits of whole foods over processed foods, suggest foods that will reduce inflammation in the body, and test for food sensitivities so people can choose the proper foods for their individual physiology. I view losing weight as a byproduct of good health, rather than as end unto itself.Read More »

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Health Benefits of Cinnamon

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Cinnamon is well-known as an aromatic spice that people enjoy adding to oatmeal and baked goods. Less well-known is the fact that it can also be used therapeutically to improve several common health conditions including high blood sugar, high cholesterol and high blood pressure.

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Jessica Needle, ND practices at Optimal Health Center

 

Happy and Healthy on the 4th of July

July 4th is about a week away and Summer is the time for grilling and eating outdoors. While everyone loves the taste of good barbecue, research shows that grilling meats can cause the formation of cancer-causing chemicals called heterocyclic amines (HCAs). People who consume well-done meat on a regular basis are 60% more likely to get pancreatic cancer. Longer cooking times and high heat might also increase the risk of stomach, lung, and breast cancer.

Fortunately, there are several steps you can take to make grilling healthier while still preserving the flavor of the food.Read More »

Hydration Strategy: Intravenous

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Summer climates make people prone to dehydration, not only when spending long periods outdoors, but also from going about daily activities in the heat. Travel, strenuous physical activity and compromised immune systems exacerbate the risk.

If you are drinking the recommended amount of water (aim for 3 liters daily) and replenishing lost minerals by using an electrolyte product but still feel lethargic, consider I.V. hydration to get you back to feeling better.Read More »

Healthy Hydration

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We write often about the importance of hydration. Here’s a healthy drink to prevent dehydration when you’re planning to be out in the hot summer sun or have spent too much time in dry, air-conditioned settings.

Coconut water is known for providing electrolytes, and this concoction will make it even better than sugary, artificially-colored rehydration beverages.

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The Ketogenic Diet: Pros and Cons

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True ketogenic diets, which provide up to 90% of calories from fat, are still used to treat epilepsy, other neurological conditions and cancer. Those who follow a ketogenic diet for better athletic performance or longevity tout the benefits for its effects on cardiac and metabolic markers.

But as with most issues related to human health, the evidence is mixed. Below we examine the pros and cons of a ketogenic diet. First, the good news…

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Jessica Needle, ND practices at Optimal Health Center

 

The Many Benefits of Hemp Oil

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Do you know someone who uses hemp oil and touts its health benefits? Have you heard of CBD oil and wondered if it would be good for you? If so, read on to learn more about this herbal agent and its wide range of benefits.

Hemp is a plant in the cannabis family. It is related to, but not the same as the herb used for recreational and medical marijuana use. Hemp contains a natural constituent called cannabidiol (CBD) in large quantity, while marijuana contains much larger amounts of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). THC is responsible for marijuana’s psychoactive effects and is regulated as a drug. Because hemp seeds contain no THC they are for sale without a prescription, will not cause a “high,” and can be consumed as food. Think of hemp milk or hemp powder on the shelves of your local health food store.

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Jessica Needle, ND practices at Optimal Health Center