Category Archives: Healthy Life

10 Healthy Summer Foods to Add to Your Diet

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Summer is an exciting season that gives us the opportunity to enjoy the best of what nature has to offer. One of the finest ways to experience summer is by enjoying the bounty of tasty fruits, vegetables, and refreshing treats that come with it. Perhaps the greatest part of doing so is that many summer foods provide notable health benefits. Get the most out of your summer and support your wellness by enjoying these 10 healthy summer foods. *Everyone’s dietary needs are different, and some foods discussed below may not be suitable for each person. If there are any concerns regarding the effect of specific items on your health, be sure to speak with your doctor. 1. Corn In America, corn is perhaps the quintessential summer vegetable. And for good reason! Summer corn is not only sweet and delicious, but it also contains beneficial antioxidants. Studies show that lutein and […]

5 Tips for Staying Healthy During Summer

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Summer is upon us, and although the summer months may look slightly different from previous years, we want to ensure everyone stays safe and healthy regardless of what activities you partake in. Summer is the perfect time to work on improving your health and dedicating more time to becoming a healthier, stronger you. 1. Get Fresh Air Whether you are quarantining alone or social distancing with friends and family, it is important to get as much fresh air in your home as possible. Open window and doors, clean and dust regularly, and wash your sheets as often as you can. 2. Practice Sun Safety If you venture outside (at a safe distance from others), it is important to remember sun protection. Whether that be a clean, non-toxic sunscreen (don’t forget those tricky spots like your ears, nose and tops of your feet) or long sleeves and a hat, it’s important […]

What You Need to Know About Heart Health and Testosterone

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Testosterone, often described as the primary male hormone, is an important part of men’s health, including cardiovascular wellness. Sadly, according to recent research, various factors such as aging and increase exposure to environmental toxins have resulted in a significant decrease in average testosterone values among men. This has contributed to a greater occurrence of testosterone deficiency and subsequent increase in cardiovascular disease. To best combat this issue we must become better acquainted with the function of testosterone, how it influences heart health, and learn how men can safely improve their testosterone values. Why is Testosterone so Important? Testosterone as an essential element of overall male wellness. The hormone influences many factors of health including muscle building, endurance, fat regulation, regenerative ability, mental well-being, and sex drive. In men, testosterone also protects against hypertension, arthritis and other age-related illness. But, of its many responsibilities, perhaps its most important is protecting against […]

7 Ways for Men to Boost Their Sex Drive

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Male libido is the driving force behind male sexual desire. Having a healthy libido is an important part of both physical and mental wellness. Unfortunately, many men in the United States regularly experience libidinal deficiency and subsequent sexual dysfunction. Some data suggests that upwards of 31% of men experience libido-related sexual dysfunction. Fortunately, it may be possible for men to alleviate libidinal issues by optimizing various elements of health. Below are seven ways that men can restore libido, improving sexual performance and attaining greater sexual satisfaction. 1. Remove or Resolve Libido Inhibitors Hormones are one of the most broadly important elements of wellness. They regulate many processes throughout the body including metabolism, brain function, and even libido. Poor hormone function can notably impede these and other processes. There are several elements of everyday life that stealthily inhibit hormone production and activity, which can have a dramatic impact on libido. Improvement […]

Is Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy Safe for Men?

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Hormones are a critical component of healthy bodily function. Sadly, hormone deficiency is an increasingly common problem among men in the United States. Without an adequate supply of various hormones, the body can easily malfunction and develop serious disorders and dysfunctions. Fortunately, men may resolve hormone deficiency and its associated symptoms by utilizing bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT). Are Men at Risk of Hormone Issues? Hormones play a critical role in many areas of male wellness including metabolism, neurological function, and physical ability. Because of their broad influence, hormone deficiency can cause numerous symptoms such as fatigue, inability to lose weight, loss of muscle, lack of motivation, changes in mood, low libido, and more. Fortunately, BHRT offers an effective method for treating hormonal issues that detract from men’s health. The Significant Need for BHRT There are many reasons men may benefit from hormone replacement therapy. Optimizing your hormones can improve […]

6 Health Tests Every Man Needs

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Regular medical assessments are one of the best ways to support lasting wellness by ensuring that the body is working at its best. Unfortunately, many men do not adhere to standard testing recommendations. In fact, studies show that men are 24 percent less likely than women to attend regular check-ups. This makes them more vulnerable to health issues such as heart disease, hormone deficiencies and cancers that are not easily identifiable from symptoms alone. Fortunately, most times, these and other serious health conditions may be prevented if they are identified early. For this reason, it is essential that men take part in regular testing. Why Is Regular Testing Important? Without proper testing, some common but highly impactful illnesses can go unnoticed for years. For example, it is often the case that major health issues such as cardiovascular disease and cancer are only recognized in men after they become severe, at […]

8 Tips for a Healthy Holiday Weekend

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Summer holidays are usually a time to gather in carefree celebration with friends and family. However, under the current health climate there are several concerns to consider before engaging in weekend revelry with others. The following tips will help you get the most out of your holiday weekend while also keeping you and your loved ones out of harm’s way. 1) Avoid Large Gatherings At present there is serious concern regarding the spread of disease among individuals when they gather in large groups. Current CDC guidelines state that the fewer attendees at an event, the better. For this reason, it is best to limit your celebrations to only include people within your household or only a select few from other homesteads. More information about the specific recommendations for your city or county can be found through your state’s CDC website or local health department. 2) Use the Right Sunscreen Protecting […]

Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS): Symptoms, Causes and Treatments

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It is estimated that nearly 80 percent of women experience PMS. Despite its exceptionally common occurrence, most know very little about it. Women who already have PMS and those who are at risk of developing it can benefit from acquiring a better understanding of this common and often frustrating condition. Read on to learn about the basics of PMS, common signs and symptoms of PMS and potential treatment options.  What is Premenstrual Syndrome? Premenstrual syndrome is a common health condition most frequently experienced by women during their childbearing years. This cyclical disorder occurs monthly during the luteal phase of menstruation. During the luteal phase, most women experience a significant shift in hormone values. This is caused by a structure called the corpus luteum follicle. The follicle is produced during ovulation after an egg has been released. When the luteum follicle is active, it produces a significant amount of progesterone and […]

What to Eat (and Avoid) During Pregnancy for Optimal Health

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When it comes to overall wellness, few factors are as influential as diet. During pregnancy, diet becomes even more important because a healthy pregnancy requires that the body be supplied with an appropriate balance of vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients. It is essential that pregnant women, or those who plan to become pregnant soon, adhere to a highly nutritious diet. Read on to learn about the importance of proper nutrition during pregnancy and the elements of pregnancy-focused diet. Why is Diet so Important During Pregnancy? When a woman becomes pregnant her nutritional needs change significantly. This is because besides providing quality nutrition for herself, she must acquire all the nutrients needed to support her growing baby. Eating nutrient-dense foods while avoiding potentially damaging substances helps limit the risk of common pregnancy complications such as gestational diabetes and anemia. Gestational diabetes is a condition described as an excess of sugar delivered […]

A Unique Approach to Women’s Health Optimization

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The most important thing to understand about women’s health is that each woman is unique. Optimizing women’s health involves a broader view of women as complex beings. The following 5 aspects of health are key in recognizing a holistic approach to women’s health. Energy As medical practitioners, fatigue is a primary concern for our patients. This symptom can be due to a wide variety of causes including lack of sleep, poor nutrition, hormone imbalances, infections, and/or stress. The treatment plan for tackling fatigue should involve a complex approach by treating the woman as a whole and looking into a range of potential causes. Immune Our immune system acts by warding off potential threats such as viruses, bacteria, fungi, and toxins that may be present in the environment we live in. More than finding ways to attack the “enemies”, a better long-term approach to boosting and supporting our immune systems from […]

7 Easy Ways to Remember to Take Your Supplements

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Many Americans, up to 76 percent according to some reports, include supplements as part of their daily health regimen. However, research also shows that over 80 percent of those who take supplements or medications occasionally mistime or forget to take them! This is troublesome because, to get the most benefit from a supplement, they must be taken consistently and at the appropriate time. Fortunately, forgetfulness may be resolved by implementing various strategies. Read on to learn about the importance of supplements and 7 tips that can help you stick to a consistent supplement schedule. The Importance of Supplementation Supplementation is an increasingly important component of individual wellness. This is in part because it has become difficult to achieve optimal nutrition through diet alone. Experts suggest that there may be several reasons for the steady decline in nutrition including reduced nutritional value of foods, increased occurrence of absorption issues, and use of nutrient-blocking […]

Your Top Supplement Questions, Answered

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We recently sat down and asked Sharyn Reinhold, a Clinical Nutritionist, to answer a few common supplement questions. Find out what she had to say about supplement regulation, the need for nutritional supplements, quality and more! Q: What is the difference between nutritional supplements and prescription medications? A: According to the FDA, it defines a dietary supplement as “a product intended for ingestion that contains a dietary ingredient intended to add further nutritional value to (supplement) the diet.” A “dietary ingredient” may be one, or any combination, of the following substances: a vitamin, a mineral, an herb or other botanical, an amino acid, a dietary substance for use by people to supplement the diet by increasing the total dietary intake, a concentrate, metabolite, constituent, or extract. Prescription medications are defined as “substances intended for the diagnosis, cure, mitigation, treatment, or prevention of disease.” They are “prescribed by a doctor, bought at […]