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The Healthy Way to Detox - Part 1

Spring can feel like the perfect time to start fresh with health goals.

In fact, it's a common time to read about detox regimens that kickstart those efforts.

Not every detoxification regimen, however, is safe or effective. It’s important to not only understand the benefits of detoxification but the ways an individual detox plan can support (or hinder) your body’s own detoxification efforts.

In this three part article series, we'll examine these issues and offer a guide that can help you make the best choices for your detoxification goals.


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The Real Lowdown on Lipids

You would be hard-pressed to think of many health topics covered more than cholesterol, yet most people know little beyond a few elemetary (and somewhat flawed) basics.

Cholesterol coverage in the media, as common as it is, generally offers more drama than information. Even in the doctor’s office, many of my clients come away with more of a vague impression than a concrete understanding of the role lipids play in their overall health, let alone the meaning of their individual numbers.

Nonetheless, significant decisions surrounding lifestyle and medications (along with their corresponding cost and side effects) are made based on simplified tests every day. Lipids are an important part of your health picture and of your longevity and vitality. Knowledge matters. Here's what you should know.


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Healing Heartburn: What You Don’t Know about Acid Reflux

So many of us have been there….

Minutes after slightly over-indulging in our favorite cheat meal, we start to feel that familiar (and dreaded) sense of discomfort. We try to politely disguise belches beneath our napkin while waiting for the right time to loosen our belts or find some other, um, relief.

Dyspepsia, indigestion or GERD symptoms most commonly happen when stomach contents (presumably after a meal) make their way back up into the esophagus, where the acidic stomach juices irritate the delicate tissue that lines the lower esophagus.

Acid reflux (a.k.a. “heartburn”) is one of the most commonly diagnosed health conditions these days. What are the real factors that explain these skyrocketing numbers - and what options genuinely treat its core causes? Let’s take a look.


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10 Simple Strategies to Boost Your Metabolism

Is your metabolism feeling a little sluggish lately? Could it use a boost?

Clients ask me all of the time, “How can I make my metabolism faster?” People often simplify metabolism by assuming it’s all about meeting a magic number of calories each day to maintain weight (that myth debunked here). 

In reality, your metabolism encompasses thousands of reactions and interactions that take place to help build, repair, energize, and detoxify your body.

Likewise, there are many hormones related to its functioning, including your sex hormones, thyroid hormones, and stress hormones that can either help or hamper your metabolism depending on their balance. Of course, a healthy diet and regular exercise are common recommendations to help support optimal metabolic functioning, but there are plenty of other simple ways to take advantage of all your metabolic opportunities!


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Is Drinking Alcohol Healthy?

Although not everyone partakes, two-thirds of Americans drink alcohol. Those who drink average four drinks per week. 

We've all seen the headlines suggesting moderate alcohol consumption can aid heart health in particular. But is this all we need to know?

What are the real health benefits, and and what are the lesser disclosed drawbacks? 

When we know the full picture, we can make the best choice whether we'll choose to imbibe or abstain.


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Know Your Top Food Sources for Critical Nutrients!

(This is Part I of a continuing series….)

You probably know that taking a high-quality multivitamin can be an essential part of your weight-loss or health promoting plan.

But did you know there are certain nutrients that appear to play a more critical role than others when it comes to your health and metabolism?

Below are 7 critical nutrients we all, in truth, should be monitoring - but especially if we want to prioritize optimum metabolic function.

All of these nutrients are also among the most common deficiencies in our population, giving us even more reason to assess our intakes. Read on to learn more about these nutrients and about the top food sources that can help ensure we're getting our full allowance each day.


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Why You Should Avoid Orange Juice

Although orange juice is a common part of the American breakfast, it’s not a great way to start the day.

Not only is such a breakfast low in protein and good fat, but it’s also very high in carbohydrates, much of which are highly processed.

The most popular fruit juice is still orange juice, with more than 25% of the population drinking it at least three times per week.[i]

That single choice, however, can have major implications on your health - and not for the better. One intriguing study observed some surprising effects of drinking orange juice with breakfast. Investigators compared a standard breakfast with orange juice or water as the beverage, and analyzed the effects each had on lipid profiles and fat utilization.[ii]


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