Why Being Lean Doesn’t Always Mean Healthy

A growing number of research studies are pointing to the risks of the “skinny fat”– people who, appearance wise, are at the right body weight but whose organs carry too much visceral fat. Body mass index (BMI) and waist circumference are independent risk measurements performed due to the inverse relationship between waist measurements and cardiac risk regardless of overall BMI. …

Missed or Irregular Menses-8 Reasons Why You May be a Target

Missed or absent periods describe the occurrence when, after a woman has established a regular pattern of menstruation, it stops for 3 months or longer. An absent period can also occur when a woman has not started menstruation by age 16. Irregular periods occur at intervals longer than 38 days or if the duration varies from month to month. Amenorrhea …

Catch the Early Signs of Cognitive Decline and What to Do About it

Mild Cognitive Decline (MCI) is often brushed off as normal signs of aging. MCI is usually not severe enough to trigger a person to look for treatment because it typically doesn’t overtly impact everyday life.  However, MCI should not be overlooked because it can be the beginning of a disease progression that can lead to more severe forms of cognitive …

Thyroid Dysfunction: Focus on Goiter

Simply put, goiter is an enlargement of your thyroid gland. The thyroid gland is responsible for producing essential hormones such as T3 and T4, which are important for: Goiters may be simple, endemic, or sporadic. They may also occur with small lumps called nodules, which may be firm or filled with fluid – often harmless, but sometimes malignant. To compensate …

Symptoms Associated with Diabetes & How to Deal with Them

In the last 20 years, the number of adults diagnosed with diabetes has more than tripled as the US population has aged and become more overweight. Now, more than 30 million Americans have diabetes, and of those, 7.1 million are undiagnosed. To add to these alarming statistics are the estimated 33.9% of US adults who had prediabetes in 2015, a …

Cognitive Dysfunction and Copper Balancing Act

Nutrients are your body’s best friends when it comes to keeping all functions and systems balanced– including that of your brain. And when your micronutrient intake is out of whack, your cognitive function may be at risk. It’s a pretty well-known concept that heavy metals such as cadmium, lead, and mercury can travel through the blood-brain barrier and make a …

Thyroid Issues? Eat Your Cruciferous Vegetables

Cruciferous vegetables contain a variety of chemicals classified as glucosinolates as well as sulforaphane, a phytochemical metabolite thought to be responsible for all the wonderful benefits attributed to the cruciferous vegetables. Cruciferous vegetables include the following: A recent large cohort study of over 88,000 participants showed a clear relationship between increased intake of cruciferous vegetables and a decrease in deaths …

Overcoming Diabetes – Is It Possible?

Managing your diabetes can be daunting, especially when you’re presented with a variety of paraphernalia advertising to be the best product. Which glucose monitor should you choose? Which lancet is best? Will those blood sugar supplements  do what they promise? It’s hard to know which management techniques and solutions you should be looking for. But don’t worry– you’re not alone. …

Three Ways to Prevent Cognitive Decline by Focusing on Your Teeth

Taking a little more time with your toothbrush can pay off when it comes to protecting against cognitive decline. That’s because poor oral hygiene has a strong link to developing Alzheimer’s disease. In an 18-year study of over 5000 people, those who brushed their teeth less than once a day had up to a 65% higher chance of suffering from …

Can Side-Sleeping Reduce Your Risk of Alzheimer’s?

We’ve long known that getting the right amount of good-quality sleep is critical to a sharp and healthy mind. But it turns out that it’s not just 8-hours of solid sleep safeguarding your brain; it’s also the position that you cuddle up into each night. It may sound unbelievable, so let me explain why. Our brains have a unique system …