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WHOOP: Metrics with a Meaning

WHOOP: Metrics with a Meaning

The amount of sleep you receive each night plays a fundamental role in so many facets of your life. Everything from brain function and mood to metabolism and weight is dependent on a good night’s rest. With so many obligations in both the day and night, how is it possible to attain an optimal level of sleep, and how do you know if you’re achieving your personal needs?  According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, the average adult, ages 18-64 years old, needs about seven hours of sleep. This number is a basic recommendation and does not consider existing health conditions or energy expenditure of the previous day. The Whoop goes beyond this basic metric and creates perso... »

Can Dairy Cause Issues?

Can Dairy Cause Issues?

If you experience regular bloating, acne flare-ups, unexplained fatigue, painful and noisy indigestion, and constipation, then these might be signs it’s time to cut out the cow products. The idea of removing something as fundamental as dairy seems daunting, and growing up under the impression that milk is the only way to build strong bones, makes it a complex ideology to shake. The fact that dairy products make up most of the yummy foods we all know and love makes it even more difficult and disappointing. However, the vast benefits of dropping dairy-based products make this diet change extremely advantageous in aiding your gastrointestinal health. Acne is an inflammatory condition. Con... »

Understanding “Chronic Lyme”: How the Infections Work

Understanding “Chronic Lyme”: How the Infections Work

According to the CDC, the traditional treatment for Lyme disease in adults is a 14-day antibiotic therapy of doxycycline, cefuroxime, or amoxicillin. In acute cases of this condition, this may be enough to eradicate the infection(s) completely. Unfortunately, this can’t be said for those infected longer than a month with Lyme and the associated tick-borne co-infections because by that point, the infection has gotten itself deep enough in our system where it’s difficult for antibiotics to reach. Hence the term “chronic Lyme.” So why can’t people get better quickly? There are several components for why an individual who was bitten by an infected tick cannot overco... »

Bulimia: A Cycle of Restriction, Self-Hate, and Silence

Bulimia: A Cycle of Restriction, Self-Hate, and Silence

More than 30 million people in the United States will suffer from an eating disorder. Of those suffering, ten million are men. In the last decade, the rate of children under twelve being admitted to a hospital for eating disorders rose 119%. Over 70% of those who suffer will not seek treatment due to stigma, which inspires me to write this article today. I have been struggling with my body image for many years. “I hate my thighs” and “my calves are too big” are remarks that could be heard coming out of my mouth at one point in time. Finally after being in denial for months, I now recognize how victimized I have been by society’s plea to be smaller. In the summer following the first COVID-19 ... »

Key To Achieving Wellness? “Tracking” Progress

Key To Achieving Wellness? “Tracking” Progress

Integrative Wellness plans include nutrition, exercise, recovery and good tracking of these elements to understand how your body is evolving »

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