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Science Explains How the Body Reacts to Sugar (hint: it’s not great)

Posted by Jackie Oken on Aug 7, 2018

While in the south, the word “sugar” may be an affectionate greeting, in the world of science and food, sugar can be both dangerous and deadly.

Before diving in, let’s briefly revisit grade-school science class. Plants manufacture the nutrients they need through photosynthesis, which converts carbon dioxide and water to sugar fuels (aka carbohydrates) with the addition of energy from the sun. Sounds good so far. So, what’s the big deal with sugar? Eating plants (aka vegetables) is really good for us.

Here’s the catch.

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Topics: Health and Wellness

The Top 3 Cures for Insomnia

Posted by Jeffrey Schwartz, M.D. on Jul 5, 2018

When you have insomnia, each day and each night can feel like an uphill battle.

Scientists are getting closer to unlocking the secrets of what sleep does for our brains, but there are still a lot of unanswered questions. What we do know is that sleep is a biological necessity. Sleep deprivation has been linked to increased risk of developing a number of serious health problems, such as hypertension, obesity, and diabetes, and your ability to learn and retain new information may be impaired.

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Topics: Health and Wellness

Next Level Health and Wellness Tips that Won’t Disappoint

Posted by Virginia Kladder, M.D. on Apr 27, 2018

A lot of health and wellness articles you see online or in magazines can reel you in with a headline promising the “Top 10 things you didn’t know” -- only to deliver “9 things you already knew”. This is an especially common experience for those of you who pay attention to your health, generally eat well and make time for the gym. If that sounds like you, and you’re interested taking your health and wellness to the next level, this article won’t disappoint.

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Topics: Preventative Care, Health and Wellness

Nutrition and Healthy Aging: 3 Nutrients You Need As You Age

Posted by PMDhealth on Dec 20, 2017

As we age, we all notice changes in our bodies. Whether they are slight or significant, our bodies are adapting to our needs over time. But did you know that your nutritional needs change over time as well? In fact, as you age, your diet may actually need to change. Adults who want to focus on healthy aging will need to adjust their nutrition and consume more nutrient-dense foods to keep the body as healthy as possible.

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Topics: Health and Wellness

Healthy Holiday Gift Ideas for 2017

Posted by PMDhealth on Dec 14, 2017

Yes, you could always go with some hand weights or an exercise ball chair, but this year, why not take a more creative take on wellness-centric gifts? Between the holidays, the shorter hours of daylight, and cold weather, more than a few of us can feel frazzled, overindulgent, or have a touch of the blues. These options address wellness from food and movement, through de-stressing and mindfulness.

Here are some of our favorite and more creative options for healthy gift-giving this year.

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Topics: Health and Wellness

Understanding “Good” and “Bad” Cholesterol

Posted by Cynthia Bettinger, M.D. on Dec 13, 2017

The science around cholesterol and what we know about how it interacts with populations and individuals has evolved. As we learn more about these complex systems and relationships, the guidance shared by medical professionals and the media hype surrounding it can appear contradictory and cause confusion.

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Topics: Health and Wellness

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