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Looking Back at 4 Top Fitness and Nutrition Trends in 2015

Like fashion, health trends are always changing. Many of us didn’t know a thing about gluten until it became a hot topic in 2010. As 2015 comes to an end, I’m excited and encouraged by the year we had in the health industry. There have been a lot of great trends this year, and it never hurts to be reminded of all the options available to improve our well-being!  So without further ado, here are my favorite fitness and nutrition trends from the past twelve months.

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Need Another Reason to Eat Fresh Foods? Tyramine

Tyramine is a substance produced by the amino acid Tyrosine.  It’s found naturally in some foods, plants, and animals . It can also be created when food is cured or aged, or through fermentation and spoilage. Patients who take monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOIs), including certain antidepressants and medications for Parkinson’s disease, may experience serious side effects if they follow a tyramine rich diet. Tyramine builds up in these patients resulting in side effects such as palpitations, headaches, nausea and vomiting. The most dangerous side effect is extremely high blood pressure that may result in stroke or death. Also, patients who suffer from frequent headaches…

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Five Tips for Making Time for Exercise

Four percent of your day can change your body in mere months. One hour of your day is all it takes to get you fit. Here are five things you can change in your day to squeeze in a workout: Four percent of your day can change your body in mere months. One hour of your day is all it takes to get you fit. A few tiny changes in your day are all that is needed to squeeze in a workout. Here are five tips for making time for exercise: 1) Turn off the tube: Television can be a distracting…

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Listen to your Body

When we realize we are unhealthy and overweight, we have often been ignoring our bodies for far too long. You absolutely must listen to your body. Here are five ways your body is telling you that you need a change: 1) Your eyes: have you noticed that the dark circles under your eyes are darker and deeper? This is a sign that you need to take more time to sleep. What may not be so obvious is that dark circles can also be a sign of food allergies. Talk to your doctor about this symptom and journal your food intake…

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Preventing Holiday Stress

I think many of us have to think really long and hard to envision a more persistently stressful time of year than the holidays. Our already hectic daily schedules suddenly swell to include another layer of expectations and deadlines. Easing the self-induced pressure on ourselves is important because the connection between stress and illness is very real. Researchers continue to attest that people who live in a constant state of stress are more susceptible to illnesses, disorders to the digestive tract and immune system, and diseases like anxiety, depression and insomnia. Stress can also cause noticeable physical changes, like premature…

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The Time is Right for Cosmeceuticals

The holidays are literally around the corner. Today we pass out candy and after that it’s a parade of turkey and stuffing, Christmas trees, menorahs, sparklers, champagne and grapes. In all that merriment are countless office parties, family gatherings, and picture perfect moments. So if you have been curious about cosmeceuticals, there’s no better time to learn and experiment. The term cosmeceuticals describes a new type and quality of skin care products. It’s an exciting combination of cosmetics and pharmaceuticals. These cosmetic products have active ingredients with proven pharmaceutical performance, such as lipsticks with antioxidants or face creams with retinol….

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4 Strategies to Relieve Arthritis Pain

We have a lot of customers who suffer from arthritis.  It’s a widespread condition.  In fact, it impacts roughly 50 million Americans.  Although it can manifest in many different ways, the most common form is osteoarthritis. Of the 50 million Americans reported to be living with arthritis, 27 million suffer from osteoarthritis.  Often referred to as “wear-and-tear” arthritis, osteoarthritis occurs when the protective cartilage on the ends of your bones systematically wears down.  Osteoarthritis can damage any joint in your body, but it most commonly affects your hands, neck, lower back, knees and hips. Given that osteoarthritis is so debilitating,…

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