WHY FAT IS GOOD FOR YOU

 

Sugars and fats have been under scrutiny for what seems like forever. For the last 40 years, the idea that fats had a bigger impact on health compared to sugar was the consensus, until recently. We now know that fat is very healthy, and is actually necessary for optimal health.

Now that fats have gained much earned popularity, there should be more of a discussion about what is a good fat versus what is a bad fat.

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MAGNESIUM – WHY IT’S SO IMPORTANT

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Magnesium is one of the most important minerals that is used by the human body for many functions. Although it seems like a simple nutrient to obtain through food, many individuals are actually deficient. The benefits of a balanced level of magnesium are many but, unfortunately low levels of magnesium can contribute to a plethora of symptoms that can be linked to several health issues.

 

Even more concerning is the deficit of magnesium in people who have elevated stress levels.

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DRINK WATER – WHY IT’S GREAT FOR YOUR BODY

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Sean E. Heerey ND, MA, CCC/SLP

 

Our bodies need water! When you are really thirsty the beverage that tastes the best is water. Dehydration is a common condition that is easily overlooked as something that is contributing to disease and a lack of overall wellness.

 

Research has shown that proper hydration leads to increased athletic performance and overall improvements in mood.

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THE FLU & VITAMIN D

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Sean E. Heerey ND, MA, CCC/SLP

 
There is a chill in the air. It gets darker earlier. We no longer need to run our air conditioners. Summer is gone and fall is upon us. That also means flu season is upon us. Radio and TV remind us of this constantly. If you walk by a pharmacy they broadcast “get your flu shot here”. Does the flu shot work all the time?

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ZINC FOR TASTE

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Sean E. Heerey ND, MA, CCC/SLP

 

Why does food taste funny?
Many parents report that their children won’t try new foods. Or maybe the complaint is that the food has no taste. Children tend to eat the same restricted set of foods regularly, which may lead to other issues such as nutrient deficiencies.

 

This problem can persist into adulthood.

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FATIGUE: WHY YOU SHOULDN’T IGNORE IT

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It’s normal to feel tired from time to time, especially if you run around without stopping, but when long-term bouts of fatigue and exhaustion linger on, chances are there may be an underlying cause that needs to be addressed.

Some of these causes may include:

Adrenal fatigue. Your adrenal glands are responsible for secreting many hormones, including cortisol and adrenaline. These aid in maintaining proper electrolyte levels,

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WHY BEING OUTDOORS IMPROVES YOUR HEALTH

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The advances in technology have led to a surge in remote job positions, which also means more time sitting at a desk. As much as this is wonderful and convenient for everyone, in the same breath it can also be isolating and sedentary. These long indoors hours may not be beneficial to your long-term health.

Simply spending time outside can improve your mental health. Add exercising to that equation and you will see a reduction in stress levels and an enhanced mood.

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ARE YOU TIRED OF MELTDOWNS ?

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You say the word “no”. You take the iPad away. You tell them to put the candy or toy back on the shelf. The result is catastrophic. A full blown meltdown with yelling, kicking, screaming and head banging. The whole store is looking at you. Nothing works to transition your child. It is alarming because it seems to happen on a regular basis.

 
Maybe it is homework time or any structured activity that requires focus and concentration.

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WHY GETTING SLEEP IS CRUCIAL

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If you don’t get enough sleep, the physical symptoms of dark circles, under eye bags and premature aging are the least of your problems. Most of the real damage is done on the inside. So if you think losing a few hours of sleep here and there is no big deal, your body will tell your otherwise. Sleep is just as important as diet and exercise, if not, more.

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BEYOND A GLUTEN FREE DIET

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Gluten is a protein found in wheat, rye, barley and oats (unless they are grown in separate fields). In that case, oats can be considered gluten free. Gluten is what gives breads and bagels its chewy texture. A Gluten-Free (GF) diet is free from these grains. So individuals diagnosed with celiac sprue, celiac disease, gluten intolerance, and gluten sensitivity need to avoid all foods made with these grains.

Classic symptoms for gluten related issues include:
constipation
diarrhea
stomach pain
vomiting
joint pain
anemia
bloating
gas
acid reflux
migraines
skin rashes
neurological dysfunction
vitamin deficiencies

Some people with gluten intolerance have little or no symptoms at all.

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