Is the Keto Diet Good for You?

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Is the Ketogenic Diet Right for Me? The ketogenic diet, which is often referred to as “keto diet,” is a low-carbohydrate, high-fat diet that helps people lose weight, increase their energy, sleep better, improve brain function and decreases the risk of high cholesterol and high blood pressure. Following the ketogenic diet is a lifestyle change rather than a “quick fix.” … Read More

Blood Chemistry Analysis for Performance

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Blood Chemistry Analysis for Performance Blood chemistry analysis is the frontline tool I use to help improve performance for my clients.  It is easy for my clients to get blood drawn and it is a familiar lab for most people. What is Blood Chemistry Analysis? The ODX Blood Chemistry Software program was developed to analyze a person’s blood chemistry and … Read More

How Important is Sleep?

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How important is sleep

When I was going through my time with insomnia, sleep was something I feared as the sun went down.  Man, the thought of going one more night without sleep haunted me daily at that time.   How important is sleep?  I think it is fairly well documented that sleep is the most valuable tool for healing we have, so when … Read More

Eat Real Food for Health

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Are Your Food Choices Supporting Your Health? Losing weight is a popular topic of conversation.  We all want to lose weight, but we also want to look good.  Whether we’re at a restaurant, a bar, on a date, or having a casual conversation, it seems like it’s always in the back of our minds. Why has our society become so … Read More

Overtraining and Sex Drive

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Does Overtraining Exist? Overtraining has emerged as a concept of increasing interest (or worry, rather) for countless bodybuilders and gym-goers alike and its effect on sex drive. What’s fascinating about this trend is that back in the “Golden era” of bodybuilding (i.e. the 1970s), overtraining wasn’t even a theory, and many bodybuilders, such as Arnold Schwarzenegger, were working out multiple … Read More

Balance your Hormones with Good Gut Health

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How do Hormones Work? If you thought reducing stress, taking supplements and sleeping more was the only way to restore hormones, you are greatly mistaken.  Your gut health greatly influences your hormone balance and I will explain why.  But, first, let’s start with what controls the hormones, the endocrine system. Your body ultimately does what the endocrine system tells it … Read More

Is the Beyond Meat Burger Good for You?

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What is the Beyond Meat Burger? Vegan eating seems to be more and more prevalent these days.  Most people go vegan for health reasons whether it is to lose weight or decrease inflammation and then the few who just don’t want to eat meat.  What’s funny is that even though vegans and vegetarians want to avoid meat, they still want … Read More

Can Noise Raise Your Blood Pressure?

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Report Shows Noise Raises Blood Pressure Considering living near a busy airport or highway? You may want to give this decision a second thought. In addition to disrupting sleep and contributing to stress, proximity to loud noises has a noticeable effect on our blood pressure. Rich JacobsRich Jacobs is a Board Certified Integrative and Functional Nutrition Practitioner who specializes in … Read More

What Increases Cholesterol?

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Controversies Over What Raises Cholesterol The answer to what raises your cholesterol should be a simple one, but even today there are conflicting opinions.  I would like to shed some light on the subject not with my opinion but with fact… ok some opinion.  Paleo and Keto diets are quite popular in Crossfit, health and fitness and even functional medicine. … Read More