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Healthy Hair, Skin and Nails

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Healthy Hair, Skin and Nails

Collagen is a major building block not only for bones,1 but also for healthy hair,2 skin3 and nails.4 Collagen makes up about 75% - 80% of the skin and is responsible for the skin's suppleness and elasticity.5 As we age, we produce less collagen. Less collagen equals more wrinkles, and brittle hair and nails.6 Our bodies make collagen out of protein-rich foods which are then broken down into amino acids7essential for healthy hair, skin, and nails, and all connective tissues. A multitude of nutrients are necessary to aid in the body's production of collagen which includes the ever-important Vitamin K2...

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Stopping Hormonal Triggers That Hinder Weight Loss, Part II

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Stopping Hormonal Triggers That Hinder Weight Loss, Part II

In “Stopping Hormonal Triggers That Hinder Weight Loss, Part I,” we discussed insulin and insulin resistance. Here, you will discover that insulin is not the only hormone involved in triggering overeating episodes. You will also learn the 3 main reasons for the disheartening and unhealthy weight gain-loss-gain yo-yo cycle,1 and how you can overcome it. Leptin and Ghrelin – Appetite Regulating Hormones Leptin is a hormone produced by fat cells. Leptin sends signals to the brain; its main job is to help the body maintain its weight, and to tell you when you’re full (satiated). Leptin is also referred to...

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Stopping Hormonal Triggers That Hinder Weight Loss - Part I

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Stopping Hormonal Triggers That Hinder Weight Loss - Part I

Many people have made the new year's resolution,“to lose weight,” so many times, they've become discouraged, embarrassed, or have stopped making it altogether. First of all, I honor and respect those who remain positive and keep trying, but I also do understand those who have quit trying. We all know that a healthy diet and exercise are key to weight loss, but did you realize there may be stealth hormonal saboteurs working behind the scenes to trigger overeating thus hindering weight loss? Hormonal Changes Can Trigger Overeating There are countless articles discussing stress eating, comfort eating, emotional eating, binge eating,...

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10 Steps to Healthy, Lasting Weight Loss

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10 Steps to Healthy, Lasting Weight Loss

Here we are at the beginning of a new year. Did you make that same new year's resolution you've made so many times before? You know...the weight loss one? Do you feel you've already blown it because you haven't stuck to your stringent plan? I understand these disheartening feelings. I was recently asked by a patient to list 10 basic steps to healthy, lasting weight loss. In this blog post, I've done just that. Also, I want you to know that this is exactly how I personally lost 35 pounds. Control your carbohydrate intake. Limit your daily intake of carbohydrates...

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Berberine: Blood Sugar Aid, Antimicrobial, and Yeast Tamer

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Berberine: Blood Sugar Aid, Antimicrobial, and Yeast Tamer

Berberine has fascinating therapeutic qualities in multiple areas – some of which are blood sugar control, antimicrobial activity, and yeast overgrowth inhibition. Berberine is a botanical alkaloid extracted from the roots, stems, and bark of many plants, including: barberry (Berberis vulgaris), Coptis chinensis (Berberis aristata), goldenseal (Hydrastis canadensis), Oregon grape (Berberis aquifolium), Phellodendron amurense, and Yerba mansa (Anemopsis californica).1 Owing to its efficacy, this phytochemical constituent has an extensive history of use in Chinese and Ayurvedic medicine (two of the world's most ancient medicine systems). Berberine and Blood Sugar Control There is evidence that Berberine has the ability to stabilize...

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