When we hear the word inflammation, we typically envision the painful, swollen area around an injured joint, or the hot, irritated redness associated with a sting or bite, but chronic inflammation in our systems can be more subtle and much more dangerous. Why is it necessary to reduce chronic inflammation from our systems?
It’s estimated that up to 15 million Americans have food allergies, according to FARE, or Food Allergy Research Education, and about every 3 minutes, a food allergy reaction sends someone to the emergency room. Unfortunately, the allergy symptoms aren’t the only cause for concern—the related inflammation can be a contributing factor to systemic strain on the body and immune system, and if not stopped, can ultimately lead to a host of diseases. What are food allergies, their symptoms, and what are the health benefits of food allergy testing?
Many people resolve to lose weight at the beginning of every year. Unfortunately, the majority are unsuccessful with this lifestyle commitment. Here’s some advice.
Weight loss as a New Year’s resolution
Many people fail at their New Year’s resolutions. In fact, 4 out of 5 (81%) aren’t able to keep their resolutions in effect for two years. Losing weight is one of the top New Year’s resolutions, which is reasonable since it directly follows a lot of treats over the holidays. As a specific resolution, losing weight often fails, as indicated by gym membership numbers at the beginning of the year. There are lots of deals on gym memberships in January. Amazingly, 3 in 5 new memberships don’t result in regular gym visits. By March, numbers have bounced back to their typical level.
If you want to lose weight, simple switches to your day-to-day life can work wonders.
Many people struggle with losing weight. Others find that they are able to change their habits and drop pounds in a relatively short window. One of the secrets to success is quite simple: don’t overwhelm yourself. In other words, rather than thinking of weight loss as requiring an overhaul of your food choices and lifestyle habits, focus on one or two aspects of your daily routine that you can improve.
Here are some examples from people around the United States who have succeeded with weight loss.
Many of us only think of therapy in the context of injury recuperation. With the rise of focus on preventive care, though, a yearly physical therapy checkup could soon become a recognized health standard.
The impact of preventive care
It’s become common knowledge that preventive care is critical to lifelong health and help millions of people avoid the development of chronic conditions. Part of the reason these conditions are so prevalent is that the human lifespan has grown longer, but many of us still aren’t proactive about our health. Large percentages of senior citizens end up with serious illnesses that damage their quality of life and elevate insurance costs.
Many nutritionists and doctors have believed that eating in the middle of the night could work against achieving a healthy weight, but until recently, there wasn’t any hard evidence to back up that perspective. In a study published in December, a Salk Institute team exploring weight gain and weight loss found that mice blocked from eating during certain parts of the day were likely to avoid obesity and metabolic diseases – regardless if their diet was only inconsistently healthy.
Study #1 – fatty diet
In the modern world, healthy living has become challenging to achieve. We are surrounded by toxic food additives, carcinogens in body care products, and pollutants in the air and water. By educating ourselves on health and staying informed on the topic, we can take necessary defensive measures against chemicals and contaminants. In April, Mike Adams of NaturalNews.com shared his recommended strategies to maintain your health now and throughout your life. His top three strategies are outlined below.
3 strategies to maintain non-toxic, healthy living
1. Read all the ingredients on any packaged food.
Often people ignore the ingredients portion of labels because their various complex words are unrecognizable and confusing. However, you don’t need to know what every word means to avoid products with long, complicated, chemical-filled ingredient lists.
Achieving health or weight loss involves getting your body to a place of optimal functionality, yet Adams notes that many food companies deliberately add carcinogenic agents to food. The example he provides is sodium nitrite, added to processed meats so that they appear red and fresh. Clearly you don’t want to eat ingredients that are included, in part, to convince you to buy meat that is older than it appears.
2. Be responsive to your body.
Our culture tends to separate the mind and the body. Because we think of mental and physical interaction in two separate categories, we often don’t notice how a food affects our moods or even contributes to pain. Just as riboflavin (B2) and magnesium can assist nutrition to prevent migraines, you can decrease your migraine frequency by avoiding MSG (monosodium glutamate), Adams advises. Generally, if you pay attention to your body’s reaction after meals, you can identify potential sensitivities.
3. Speak to a nutritionist.
Medical doctors have extensive knowledge, of course, related to the field of medicine. However, nutrition is not a central point of focus in most medical schools. Unfortunately, because medical education tends to emphasize drugs and surgery, many medical clinics don’t offer sophisticated nutritional plans. You can find out more about how foods affect your body by speaking with a nutritionist, whose profession is dedicated entirely to the topic.
Regarding that last point, Atlantic Medical Clinic appreciates the broad diversity of expertise offered by various healthcare practitioners. Our medical weight loss program integrates the dual perspectives of doctors and nutritionists. This multidisciplinary approach yields incredible results; we often help clients shed 30 pounds in 30 days.