Why Does Sleep Matter SO Much

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has declared insufficient sleep as a public health problem. A recent study by the CDC found more than a third of American adults are not getting enough sleep on a regular basis. Much of this sleep deprivation is associated with the 24/7 society in which we live – where psychological stressors, alcohol consumption, smoking, lack of exercise, and excessive electronic media use affect our ability to get a good night’s sleep. These factors,

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Reduce The Risks of Cancer With Lifestyle Changes

Earlier this year the World Cancer Research Fund and the American Institute for Cancer Research (AICR) released their lifestyle recommendations to prevent cancer. Cancer is responsible for 8 million deaths annually, with over 14 million cases each year. It is projected that by 2030, there will be over 21 million new cases per year, with 13 million annual deaths resulting from cancer. Estimates on the total economic world-wide cost of cancer at that point in time will be $458 billion dollars.

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The Dirty Dozen and The Clean Fifteen

With Spring comes a new growing season for fresh fruits and vegetables. While increasing these foods in our diets is very important, how they are grown and produced can influence the overall health benefit. In general, buying organic produce is best, but it can be expensive and not necessary in some cases. Each year the Environmental Working Group generates a list of the top 12 foods with the most pesticides known as the Dirty Dozen, and 15 foods with the

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It’s Flu Season – What You NEED to Know!

Recent reports from the Health Department indicate that influenza rates are on the rise in Travis County and throughout the state. Though not as severe of a flu season this year as compared to last, it is still a cause for concern as we head into what has historically been peak flu season. If you have not had the flu shot yet, it is not too late as flu season can run through mid-March.  The flu shot is formulated to

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Probiotics

Did you know … Bacteria in the gastrointestinal tract (also known as the “gut microbiome”) play a very important role in maintaining good health and prevention of disease. The human gut microbiome is composed of hundreds of microbial species and a total microbial population in the trillions! These organisms play key roles in regulation of our immune response and thus many aspects of our health. Through recent research, we’ve learned how these organisms can be specifically altered – positively andnegatively

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