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Psychosocial Stress and the Biochemical State

Psychosocial Stress and the Biochemical State

You probably already know that your cognitive and emotional states affect your physical health and the way your body functions (e.g., psychosocial stress can have a negative impact on heart health). But did you know that the converse is also true? Chemicals taken in from your environment as well as produced within your cells affect(…)

Hypothyroidism: The Dangers of Low-Carb Dieting

Hypothyroidism: The Dangers of Low-Carb Dieting

Low-carb dieting may be an attractive option if you want to lose weight quickly. However, it’s not all it’s cracked up to be. Before you commit to this type of diet, make sure you are aware of the potential consequences. My last post on The Low-Carb Diet Dilemma noted that one of the many risks(…)

The Low-Carb Diet Dilemma

The Low-Carb Diet Dilemma

The low-carb diet is a concept that has been widely used in the weight loss industry for a long time now. It is quite successful in producing weight loss in individuals who have difficulty doing so. It also typically allows for increased caloric intake and greater satiety in the process. This makes it a very(…)

Advocating for a Broader Beauty Perception

Advocating for a Broader Beauty Perception

Beauty perception in our society is unfortunately very narrow. Our standards for health and beauty tend to be very high, specific, and unrealistic. We idealize body sizes and shapes characterized as “thin,” “lean,” and “athletic,” while looking down on (and discriminating against) people who are viewed as “fat” and “out of shape.” This outlook is(…)

The Many Causes of Heart Disease

The Many Causes of Heart Disease

What causes heart disease and “clogged arteries” (i.e. atherosclerosis)? Well, there are many contributing factors to look at when exploring the causes of heart disease. The first step is to understand the nature of the disease itself, which is explained in my previous post: The Truth About Clogged Arteries. Next, you’ll want to take a(…)

The Truth about Clogged Arteries

The Truth about Clogged Arteries

What is heart disease? Well, there are many conditions associated with the cardiovascular system as well as the heart specifically. The term heart disease is commonly used to refer to atherosclerosis, which is a disease of the blood vessels (not actually the heart). Atherosclerosis is also known as “clogged arteries,” an advanced-stage feature of a(…)

5 Dietary Tips to Improve Gut Bacteria

5 Dietary Tips to Improve Gut Bacteria

A healthy balance of intestinal bacteria (a.k.a. gut bacteria or gut flora) is extremely important when it comes to your health. If you read my previous posts on intestinal bacteria and how they affect your health, you know that it’s not so simple as feeding or increasing the so-called “good” bacteria in your gut. Remember:(…)

Treating Obesity with Lifestyle Intervention

Treating Obesity with Lifestyle Intervention

The safest, most effective method for treating obesity is not weight loss or gastric bypass surgery. It’s lifestyle intervention. If you read my last blog post, you know that it’s a mistake to treat body weight as an isolated disease, and that you can’t “cure” obesity with weight loss alone. Obesity is a really complex(…)

Understanding Obesity: A New Outlook

Understanding Obesity: A New Outlook

Obesity is considered a disease. It is considered a risk factor. It is considered undesirable. It is considered, in essence, a sign that you are unhealthy, and it is treated as something to be done away with. This outlook on obesity is dangerous and needs to be revised. Keep reading to learn about the complexities(…)

Intestinal Microbiome: In Sickness and in Health

Intestinal Microbiome: In Sickness and in Health

Since the time you are born, you carry intestinal bacteria with you. Your intestinal microbiome is with you all the time—in sickness and in health. My previous post on Understanding Intestinal Bacteria explained what the intestinal microbiome is, how it impacts your health, and whether certain types of bacteria are “good” or “bad.” Important points(…)