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Inflammation: The Higher The Heat, The Higher The Risk

By Virginia Eaton — Let me introduce you to a food villain that’s been around for a while but may have escaped your attention. Its proper name is Advanced Glycation End-Product but we’ll use AGE for short. This substance creates inflammation in the body and can exacerbate autoimmune diseases such as lupus and arthritis as well as conditions such diabetes ...

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Grouchy With Gratitude

By Virginia Eaton — I recently received a social media message about gratitude — I was challenged to list the things for which I am grateful, not just once but for seven days in a row! My first response to these sorts of messages is to immediately delete; I am a grateful person, I always say thank you, I appreciate ...

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Uninterrupted Sleep Or Wee-Hour Awakenings?

By Virginia Eaton — When I was in my 20s and 30s I could sleep for ten hours and wake in the same position in which I fell asleep. As a child I never argued about bedtime, I actually looked forward to it, and as a young adult I loved slipping into the covers, laying my head on the pillow and ...

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To Sit Or Stand In The Workplace

By Virginia Eaton — To sit or to stand, that seems to be the most pressing workplace topic these days. Health experts have condemned prolonged sitting to the same circle of hell as smoking. This may not be hyperbole; our biggest muscles (our buttocks) are being squished between the weight of our body and the seat of a chair—these powerful ...

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Choose Your Eggs Wisely

By Virginia Eaton — I have always been daunted by trips to the grocery store: too much noise combined with endless choices make my head spin. When my children were young, I would strive to be an organized domestic engineer with grocery lists, packs of coupons and good intentions for healthy home cooked meals. Good intentions took a wicked beating ...

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Prevent Falls By Training Your Balance

By Virginia Eaton — I have been conducting a large number of balance assessments the past few weeks, and evaluating a person’s balance is a terrific way to reveal weaknesses, not to mention whether or not they have a sense of humor. Balance deteriorates as we age and can be elusive if our minds are scattered. Children tend to have ...

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Hunger Hormones

By Virginia Eaton — There are three hormones in your body that you should be concerned about if you are trying to lose weight: insulin, leptin and ghrelin. The names sound like a cast of Disney characters, but don’t be fooled; these three hormones are critical to managing a healthy weight. Most people have heard of insulin but may not ...

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Protect Your Privacy: Master The Squat

By Virginia Eaton — I want to have a frank conversation about why you should do squats as part of your weekly exercise routine. Okay, here goes: if you want to be able to sit on the toilet when you are old, and then get up from that toilet without help, you need to train in your middle age for ...

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Find Ways To Breathe Deeply In Spite Of The Smoke

By Virginia Eaton — When I look out my window from home and from work, the smoky haze is made more disheartening by bits of gray ash floating on the air before coming to rest on the ground. The oppressive heat adds insult to already injured lungs and makes moving through my day challenging. The stress of fire, drought and ...

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Quest For Balance: Because You Asked

By Virginia Eaton — Everyday I receive questions from people asking about the best way to be “healthy” and the short answer is, “it depends…” Being healthy requires that all the various components that make us human to work in concert—from the bacteria that live in our guts to the chemicals that make our hearts beat and brains think. Here ...

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