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General Health

Relaxation and Fat Loss

Want to get healthy and lose weight?  Then relax.  It’s true.  Relaxation and fat loss are connected. The Role of Cortisol One of the most important reasons that relaxation is good for you is because it prevents the release of excess cortisol.  Cortisol is a hormone that your body releases[…]

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Power Nap

It’s 3 in the afternoon and you can barely keep your eyes open.  Your mind feels foggy, and all you want to do is curl up under your desk for 20 minutes and take a power nap. But cutting-edge, productive people wouldn’t take a nap, would they? Actually, yes! It[…]

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Mindless Eating

Do you suffer from mindless eating? You’ve been trying on some of your favorite pieces of clothing from last year.  If you are like many people, they don’t feel quite as comfortable as they did when you last wore them. The zipper is a little harder to zip, and the[…]

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Food Allergies

More and more we are hearing about food allergies and food sensitivities.  It is important to understand the difference between the two and their associated health issues. The Differences On the surface, food sensitivities and food allergies may seem to be the same, and while they can even cause some[…]

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common food allergies

Cortisol and Fat Loss

Cortisol has been called the “master” of all hormones because cortisol and fat loss are intricately connected. As a powerful hormone, it is necessary for life, but if its level is not optimal in your body, your health could suffer. What is Cortisol? The hormone cortisol is produced in the[…]

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Liver Detoxification

Liver detoxification isn’t simply staying away from alcohol for a period of time. If you are like most people, you don’t often think about your liver but if you are interested in living as healthy as possible, attending to your liver can have big payoffs. Named after the Old English[…]

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liver detoxification

Serotonin and Melatonin

Sunlight has a profound impact on our bodies, particularly on two hormones that control mood and energy:  serotonin and melatonin. Serotonin tends to boost mood and energy, while melatonin tends to make you feel sleepy.  Too much melatonin can even lead to depressed feelings in some people. Serotonin and Melatonin[…]

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serotonin and melatonin

Resistance Training or Aerobic Exercise

Now that the weather is getting nice, you may be tempted to forgo your resistance training and head outdoors for some aerobic exercise in the fresh air.  But beware:  if you give up your resistance training, you will be giving up more than you bargained for. Why Resistance Train? Resistance[…]

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Sleep Deprivation

How often do you hear someone say, “I had a great night’s sleep last night!” or “I feel refreshed and energetic!”?  Probably not very often.  Sleep deprivation doesn’t only seem to be the new normal, according to the National Sleep Foundation, it is the new normal:  most Americans are sleep-deprived. […]

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Find Your Motivation

Motivation is different for everyone – for some it is internal, for others it is external. Once you find your motivation, you are on the path to success. Mike Fohner, cross country running coach, tells this story about one of his students: Last year, one of my young cross-country runners[…]

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