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Acu-What? Acupuncture and Acupressure 101
Have you ever wondered what the big fuss is regarding acupuncture? It is time to learn the basics. Let’s start with some background information on Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). What is Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM)? TCM grew from Confucianism and Daoist philosophies, and it continues to thrive in China to this day. Ancient TCM treatments […]
Soaking Up the Sun: Tips to Protect Yourself
Did you know? The skin is the largest organ in the body! Probably one of the easiest ways to prevent millions of cases of cancer each year is sunscreen! Staying out of the sun is the best way to avoid sun damage, but most of us go outdoors regularly. So when you go outside, take […]
Protect Yourself: How to Increase your HDL Cholesterol
High-density lipoprotein (HDL) is often referred to as the “good” cholesterol. Having high HDL levels helps transport cholesterol from your arteries to your liver, where it can be used or excreted. In addition increased levels of HDL have both and antioxidant and anti-inflammatory benefit. When it comes to cholesterol, it’s mostly about the numbers. While genetics definitely […]
The Power of the Avocado
Did you know that avocados are actually a fruit…not a vegetable. They may in fact be the most powerful fruit out there. Avocados are really fattening, but in a very good way. They have more fat than any other fruit, but don’t let that deter you from eating them! Avocados are full of incredibly healthy […]
Intermittent fasting is a currently popular diet trend that does not restrict what or how much you eat, but rather when you eat. There are several versions of intermittent fasting: Eat-Stop-Eat Alternate day fasting: no eating for 24 hours for anywhere from 1 to 4 non-consecutive days per week, most commonly 1-2 days of fasting […]
Standing desks: Are they worth the hype?
A major problem for office workers (and even physicians), is that they sit down for most of the day working at a computer. People who sit a lot every day have an increased risk of diabetes, heart disease and early death. Sitting burns fewer calories and research has shown a link to weight gain and […]
Let’s walk 10,000 steps a day
You’ve probably heard that you should walk 10,000 steps per day for fitness and weight loss. How did they come up with this amount? Is this a fitness myth or is there any research that shows that it works? In 1965, Japanese company Yamasa Toki introduced their new step-counter, which they called Manpo-Kei. This translated […]
The Importance of Getting our ZZZZZs
For those of us who suffer from a poor night’s sleep, we all know that feeling cranky and irritable the next morning is to be expected. But did you know that chronic sleep deprivation can have much more serious and surprising consequences than just impairing our memory and affecting our mood? Ongoing lack of sleep […]
The Healing Properties of Medical Cannabis Oil?
Background: What is CBD? Cannabidiol (CBD) is a chemical occurring naturally in the cannabis plant. Cannabis contains many different chemicals, including tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), which has psychoactive, intoxicating properties. CBD does not have intoxicating properties. What is CBD used for? CBD oil (oil containing CBD extracts) is marketed and sold for use treating a variety of […]
Don’t Skip the Gym: It Could Be as Bad as Smoking!!
How surprising is to hear that not exercising can be worse for your health than smoking? According to a new study published at the Cleveland clinic this was in fact found to be true. Background Current literature shows that the better your cardiorespiratory fitness (aka fitness level), the lower your risk of mortality. Exercise can […]