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Stress in your body: address it – fix it.


Stress in your body: address it – fix it.

Our bodies are designed to handle many types of stressors. In fact, some types of stress, like exercise, create positive adaptations in the body. Our body is strong and resilient and is constantly working to find balance in its systems. This balance is interrupted when chronic stressors are processed through the unconscious emotional centers in the brain. This interruption causes imbalances that limit our ability to heal and can cause physical issues. The reason the physical issues occur is because the body’s fight, flight, freeze response in the nervous system processes an emotional threat as if it’s a real physical threat, which becomes a catalyst for health problems as the body ages. What can we do about this? Well, learning and understanding stress and the mechanisms affecting our health empowers our ability to correctly diagnosis, treat and resolve symptoms. In his book The Mind Body Connection John Sarno writes, “Acknowledging the important role of emotions in health and illness, medicine must reexamine its concepts of disease causation.” ― John E. Sarno, Healing Back Pain: The Mind-Body Connection

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No Time? Get your workout in on the go or at home!

One thing we all seem to be short on is time. There is never enough time in the day to work, get the kids to school, eat, do the laundry, AND exercise. Something always falls short and it tends to be the most important thing, your health! Here are some tips, strategies and a bonus at home workout to help fuel your health flame.

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The Ins and Outs of Snacks

Overall, snacking seems to be looked at as a bad habit. However, there are ways to approach “snack time” with a little more purpose. Snacks can be the perfect place to incorporate some very nutrient dense foods to help fuel you throughout the day.  Healthy snacks between meals can also be a way to help control hunger between meals and help you avoid overeating at mealtimes.  Often, when choosing a snack, we go with what is most convenient without considering what the snack is doing for your body.  Being aware of how a healthy snack can fuel you and sustain your hunger is part of picking that perfect healthy snack.

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Meal Planning for a Healthy Week

Are you one of the many that struggle with your healthy eating habits as the week goes on? Does Wednesday come around and bring with it the fast food and quick snacks? If so, you are definitely not alone! As the week goes on our motivation diminishes and we get tired. Will power only goes so far, and if you aren’t prepared then it will falter quickly. If this sounds like you then meal planning may be something to consider.

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Should you Take a Vitamin D Supplement During the Summer?

Vitamin D, also known as the “sunshine vitamin” is a vital part of our lives. It is integral in the function of our muscles, immune system, nerves, bones and brain. Through various pathways, Vitamin D works to help keep us alive and functioning optimally every day.

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Why should I keep my gym membership over the summer?

It’s summer, the sun is out, its beautiful and you are vowing the spend more time outside. We see it every year, but does outdoor summertime fitness live up to the hype that we give it? We have access to hundreds of amazing trails, open space, playgrounds and even outdoor gym spaces…but how many of us who cancel our gym membership during the summer actually use them?

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Glucosamine, good for more than just joints?

Glucosamine has been studied for its effectiveness against many different things. Many claims have been made stating that it is an effective treatment for issues ranging from joint health, pain reduction from osteoarthritis, weight loss and more. Do you use this supplement in your daily vitamin ritual?

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Can we make new brain cells?

Our brain is resilient when given the chance to heal and recover. Chronic conditions affecting brain health are higher than ever before. Alzheimer’s is the sixth leading cause of death and is expected to triple by 2050. Learning to adjust our diet and meet the needs of our brain can be the cornerstone for brain health and the symptoms associated.

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Use it or lose it

No doubt you’ve heard the age old adage “use it or lose it” and have probably felt the effects in some form or another. But have you taken the time to think about how it happens and why it seems to happen more as you age than it did when you were younger? In fitness this is called the “detraining effect” and it can be seen from endurance to strength levels. This effect occurs much more rapidly in highly trained athletes, but happens in normal, every day gym goers as well.

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Branched Chain Amino Acids – a supplement for all

Branched chain amino acids, or better known as BCAAs, are a series of three essential amino acids – valine, leucine, and isoleucine – that cannot be produced by the body. This means that these amino acids must be ingested to get into your system and be utilized. BCAAs can be a valuable supplement for most individuals. Studies have shown time and time again that BCAA supplementation can aid in preventing muscle mass loss, help increase overall strength, help build muscle mass, elevate blood albumin levels and even improve quality of life and nutrition status in patients with chronic liver cirrhosis! 

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