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How Does Alcohol Affect Gut Health?

Overindulging in alcohol damages a variety of bodily functions from your liver to your mental health. An often overlooked area affected by alcohol is your gut. But how exactly does alcohol affect your gut and what are the signs your gut isn’t happy with how much you’re drinking?   Alcohol and the Gut   Gut health is about more than your stomach–it can impact your mind, immune system, the risk level for certain types of cancer, and more. Basically, it’s one of the major determinants of health in your body.   When you drink alcohol, it can affect your gut health in two primary ways. First, once it's metabolized, it will enter the small intestine and decrease intestinal permeability. This can lead to a leaky gut syndrome, a condition that can...

The Anti-Cancer Diet: The Power of a Plant-Based Diet

Even before 2020, Americans were getting sicker. Two-thirds of Americans are overweight and over half have a chronic disease, such as diabetes or heart disease. Yet overwhelming data demonstrates that many of these diseases could be prevented by transitioning to a plant-based diet. One of these diseases, which might surprise you, is cancer. An anti-cancer diet is often a plant-based one!   Cancer and a Plant-Based Diet   Multiple studies have linked a plant-based diet to a lower risk of cancer. IGF-1, an ingredient found in animal protein and processed foods, has been known to increase the growth and spread of cancerous cells in adults. Those with higher levels of IGF-1 may have a higher risk of cancer than those who eat a plant-based diet.   Not only that, but longitudinal...

We’re Nuts about staying Healthy – Here’s Why

Sometimes you feel like a nut, sometimes you don’t. Nuts are a great way to get a dose of heart-healthy fat, as well as a mix of valuable vitamins and minerals.  The National Center for Biomedical Information states that “by virtue of their unique composition, they are likely to beneficially impact health outcomes.”  Research suggest that regular nut consumption is unlikely to contribute to obesity and may even help in weight loss!  But that doesn’t mean that you should eat handful after handful.  Instead (like most things), moderation is key. Ideally, a serving  should be about the size of a golf ball. All nuts are not created equal. Many are high in fat content. They are one of the natural plant foods richest in fat.  Nuts are beneficial because...

Secrets to Winter Health and Energy

SECRETS TO WINTER HEALTH AND ENERGY Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), acupuncture and Qi Gong practices believe that human beings should live in harmony with their environment and seasons.  Each season represents an “element” and we have specific ways to balance, restore, maintain and boost your immune system and create harmony in this time of the year.  These treatments and dietary recommendations can help ward off the common cold, flu and help alleviate the blues and depression that can be called Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) due to lack of sunshine and exposure.  Some of the best parts of acupuncture are its “side effects”.  These include stress reduction, increase energy and help with sleep disorders such as insomnia. TCM and the winter season: Everything in nature is both Yin and...

Eat Greens Every Day and Build an Internal Rainforest

  Have you ever gone through your week, and realized that you didn’t eat any greens? I used to do this and then would crowd in a salad here or there thinking that was enough. But was it enough?  NO!  We should be eating greens EVERY day, with EVERY meal.  Sounds strict, and I know a plate of greens isn’t as much fun to eat as a plate of French fries.  Let’s move past what our taste buds want and move forward to what our bodies need as a WHOLE. We need greens.  Greens help build your internal rainforest and strengthen the blood and respiratory system.  They act as a systemic purification, or detoxification, for our body, and help to balance our internal pH.  Dark, leafy greens are essential...

March is National Nutrition Month!

We at Thrive are celebrating National Nutrition Month this March! Thrive embraces a food-first philosophy knowing that helping our patients improve their diets' nutrient density - by increasing plant and whole-food intake will improve the overall health of almost everyone!   If you are dealing with a specific health condition, or are an athlete seeking to improve performance and recovery, or are now struggling with weight loss or seek improved mood and energy - nutrition is key.    We believe that by improving your diet, you can often avoid the initial expression of disease and certainly control the progression by optimizing your food choices for your specific needs. We are each unique individuals whose genetics and lifestyle can often dictate if we are diagnosed with a chronic condition. Often medicine...

The Allure of Adaptogens

Chronic stress has been recognized as a major healthcare crisis of the 21st Century. Even before the  global coronavirus pandemic, the vast majority of us have been burning the candle at both ends.  Unfortunately, the current situation has added more stress to our already overextended lifestyles.  Unemployment rates at an all-time high, schools and businesses closed, vacations cancelled, families  taking on new roles and responsibilities, financial concerns escalating, and so on. This great pause has forced us to slow down and reflex on the stressful lifestyles we were just weeks prior juggling. Now is an  opportune time to work on new and improved ways to get a handle on stress.   Our bodies were not designed to be in a state of chronic stress. Long term chronic...

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Herbal supplements filled with fake ingredients, investigators find

Article courtesy CBS News Numerous store brand supplements aren't what their labels claim to be, according to an ongoing investigation that subjected popular herbal supplements to DNA testing. The investigation, led by New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, focused on a variety of herbal supplements from four major retailers: GNC, Target, Walmart and Walgreen Co. Lab tests determined that only 21 percent of the products actually had DNA from the the plants advertised on the labels. Click Here to Read More Not All Supplements Are The Same Order Clean Supplements Here ...

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Getting to Know Registered Dietitian Annette Habecker, RD, LDN

I advocate for using whole foods to nourish our bodies and restore to a positive relationship with food. As a food and nutrition expert, I focus on personalized nutrition programs designed to promote healthy weight, disease management and sports performance. I work side-by-side with my clients to set goals then provide ongoing support with nutrition education and behavioral coaching — adapted to their learning style — so they have the motivation and capability to succeed. I can translate the most current medical nutrition therapy into simple and practical changes for powerful results. I am currently in private practice helping people make permanent and lasting changes in their health using medical nutrition therapy and an intuitive eating approach. My aim is to help clients set realistic...