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How to Get Better Sleep

There is nothing worse than when you are exhausted but your brain is still going a million miles an hour. All you want to do is sleep, but your body refuses to calm down. You lie in bed, eyes closed, and sleep is just beyond reach. Melatonin is a hormone made in your body that …

Common chemical known as an obesogen is BPA.

Common Chemicals That Slows Metabolism

Have you been following a healthy diet and exercise but still can’t seem to reach or maintain your goal weight? It’s actually very common. Even though diet and exercise will always be important for weight management, there are other factors at play that can affect your metabolism. For example—common chemicals known as obesogens.  Obesogens are artificial …

10 Little-Known Benefits of Cholesterol

HDL cholesterol is known as “good” because it carries cholesterol from the circulation back to the liver for disposal. But its benefits might extend farther than we used to think!  A new study out of Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis shows that a sub-fraction of cholesterol called HDL3 offers protection against inflammation …

Fermented Foods vs. Fiber: What’s Best?

You want to know what drives obesity, heart disease, diabetes, dementia, and almost all chronic diseases? Sure, there are influences of genetics and lifestyle and diet, but what I’m talking about is the molecular mechanism driving the vast majority of illnesses today. It’s INFLAMMATION. Chronic, low-grade, insidious inflammation. It goes on unnoticed—until a diagnosis hits.  …

Best and Worst Foods for Migraine Headaches

According to researchers from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, eating more fatty fish might reduce migraine headaches.  For anybody who struggles with migraines, you know this is a big deal. Anything that might reduce the frequency or intensity of migraines (as long as it’s low …

How Your Weight Affects Breast Health

Being overweight or obese puts you at an increased risk of developing breast cancer, but why? It might sound a bit science-y, but it all comes down to the metabolic patterns that accompany changes in body composition, like: Insulin resistance Increased estrogen levels Adipose tissue dysfunction (this means some fat cells produce chemical messengers that …

Curcumin for Hormonal Health

If you haven’t already fallen in love with curcumin, I’m about to give you one more compelling reason you should. Curcumin is the active compound in turmeric—the spice that makes curry its deep yellow color. Curcumin has powerful antioxidant properties and also influences inflammation in beneficial ways. People use curcumin for: Brain Health Mood Support …

7 Ways to Focus on Your Metabolic Health

If your metabolism has been out of whack, or you’re just interested in ways to make sure your metabolism stays healthy — I have some tips for you.   Ever since it was discovered just how intertwined gut health is with immune health, doctors and medical experts urge us to get metabolic health back on track. …

Eating Healthy Fats

Feeling confused about fats? Most people are. There’s lots of controversy (and misinformation) about this topic. So let’s start with what we can all agree on… Fats are not inherently bad. We need fat as an essential building block for our cells, our hormones, and our brain. But the types of fats we eat can …

What To Do When Diets Fail

Whether you vowed to follow a low-carb diet or exercise more, the most popular theme of New Years’ Resolutions is weight loss. That’s amazing, but… Most people who lose weight gain it back.  The statistics on this are pretty grim. A comprehensive review of 29 long-term weight loss studies found that more than half of …

How To Stop Stress In Its Tracks

It’s no secret that things are pretty stressful right now.  Nothing is exactly the way that it seems it should be.  So, I just want to give you a quick reminder of one of the BEST ways to relieve stress and feel like yourself again! GET MOVING Exercise is like a miracle when it comes …

Does Calcium Work During Menopause?

Milk might not build stronger bones! New results published from a 20-year study of US women. The Study of Women’s Health Across the Nation (SWAN) involved 1490 women who were between the ages of 42 and 52 in 1996. The study went on for approximately 20 years. Researchers evaluated changes across the menopausal transition, one …

Green Light Therapy for Migraines

Migraines can be absolutely debilitating, and the sad truth is that medications aren’t enough to help a lot of people. Natural approaches are often a better option, and now we may have a new tool in our migraine prevention toolkit! Green Light In a study at the University of Arizona, 29 people with episodic or …

Vitamin D and COVID-19 Risk

There’s new information on Vitamin D.  The first-ever study to examine the association between vitamin D status and testing positive for COVID-19 was just published in the esteemed medical journal JAMA! Now that’s something to take seriously. Here’s what the study found… The study looked at 489 patients who had been tested for vitamin D …

Alpha-Lipoic Acid (ALA) and Weight Loss

There’s a lot of hype around dietary supplements. There’s also a lot of hype around weight loss. I’m not about hype, but I am about results. If you can use supplements to support a healthier metabolism and make it easier for you to lose weight….I’m all for that. Also, new research out of Oregon State University …

Blood Sugar and Immune Response

Why would high blood sugar be linked to more severe cases of COVID? That’s a question researchers at the University of Michigan are attempting to explain. Here’s what they think so far: Elevated blood sugars create low-grade inflammation Existing low-grade inflammation leads to an even stronger inflammatory surge in response to infection When the body …

Stress, Cortisol, and COVID

What puts some people at a higher risk of severe COVID infection than others? It’s the million-dollar question that we don’t fully understand yet.  A new study published in the Lancet found that higher levels of the stress hormone cortisol were a marker of more severe illness from COVID-19.  That does NOT mean stress causes …

Why Do A Hormone Detox?

What Are Hormones? Hormones are chemical substances that influence the functioning of the body. Essentially, hormones are messengers that control and coordinate activities all through the body. Why Are They Important? Hormones help determine weight, physique, mood, fertility, behavior, digestion, and pretty much everything else, so it is paramount to keep them stable. If you …