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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Skin Cancer Detection and Prevention

Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States. It is estimated that one in five Americans will develop skin cancer in their lifetime with approximately 9,500 people diagnosed every day.  What causes skin cancer? The greatest risk factor for development of skin cancer is exposure to UV light, of which there are two types; UVA and UVB. UVA rays, which can pass through glass, leads to premature aging of the skin. More importantly, UVA suppress

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Benefits of High Intensity Interval Training

With the new year many of us are refocusing on our health and how to develop, improve, or maintain a healthy life style. A number of patients have asked about High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT). A large amount of information is available (a Google search yields 25,600,000 results) so I felt it would be a good topic to discuss and summarize in this newsletter. Before getting into the specifics of HIIT, below is a review of current recommendations on physical

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