On a keto diet? Here are a few things you need to check

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Blood tests can help make sure your ‘healthy’ diet isn’t doing your body damage

If you want to lose weight quickly, you’ve probably heard about – or may already be following – the ketogenic (‘keto’) diet.

As well as being an effective way to lose weight, studies have shown this high-fat, low-carb diet may deliver other health benefits, including reducing seizures in children with epilepsy and protecting brain function.

But while the diet certainly has ...

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How to stop gaining weight as you age

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3 important checks to keep your metabolism humming

Our bodies experience lots of changes as we get older, but there’s one thing that many people find particularly frustrating: weight gain.

Gradual weight gain in your 30s, 40s and 50s – especially around your waistline – is common, and can be a rude shock if you’ve previously been able to keep a lean physique with minimal to no effort.

But despite what you might have been told, the so-called ‘middle-aged spread’ isn’t inevitable.

While it’s ...

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5 key nutrients even the healthiest among us might be missing

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What a nutrient test can tell you about your health

The saying “you are what you eat” may sound like a cliché, but it’s actually true that what you eat and drink each day gives your body the nutrients it needs to grow, repair and function correctly.

Nutrients are your body’s key building blocks, and having a varied, well-balanced diet is crucial for maintaining good health and preventing problems from developing.

But studies show that while many people in Western countries are ...

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Have you checked your inflammatory markers lately?

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3 reasons why inflammation tests are crucial for your health

Inflammation has become a major buzzword in the health and wellness world in recent years – and it’s not hard to see why.

It’s your body’s first line of defense against toxins, infections and injuries, but it can become its worst enemy if it goes on for too long.

That’s because if left unchecked, chronic inflammation can cause significant damage to your cells, tissues and organs. It’s also believed to be the root ...

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Is chronic stress making you older than your years?

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The stress warning signs you should never ignore

You may have heard that worrying can give you wrinkles – but did you know that stress can have other, more damaging effects on the body that aren’t so easy to see?

While it’s normal to feel stressed sometimes, like when you’re running late, before a big presentation, or when your taxes are due, constant or ‘chronic’ stress can trigger a chain reaction inside your body that can have devastating consequences for your health.

In ...

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The five secrets to aging well

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How to stay active and energized by understanding the aging process

It’s a fact of life that everyone gets older – no matter who you are, where you live or how much money you earn, it happens to all of us.

But while many people dread getting older, aging doesn’t have to be a slow, gradual decline toward the end.

In fact, studies of ‘Blue Zones’ – places where residents live longer than anywhere else in the world – have ...

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Lipoprotein(a): The one biomarker that could change everything

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3 reasons why knowing your Lp(a) level is key to your health

Your blood vessels carry vital nutrients and oxygen to your organs, including your heart and brain, so keeping them healthy and clear is vital to ensure your body stays in top working order.

And, if you want to find out where you stand with your blood vessel health, having your cholesterol levels tested is a great place to start.

But what many people don’t realize is that a standard cholesterol test ...

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Advanced thyroid testing: why checking your TSH level isn’t enough.

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Make sure you get your full thyroid picture so you can live your best life.

Your thyroid hormones affect a whole host of vital body functions like your heart rate, metabolism, skin, growth, heat production, fertility, and digestion.

And, if you’ve been experiencing some unexpected weight gain, fatigue, digestive issues, or hair loss, it’s worthwhile looking into your thyroid health.

But often a basic thyroid test — for Thyroid Stimulating Hormone (TSH) — isn’t enough to give you the full picture. Especially if ...

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As I’m healing my thyroid, what labs should I monitor?

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Do you have a good team to support your thyroid?  If you know that you have thyroid dysfunction, it is important to address the “teammates” that tend to go along with thyroid problems.  These teammates are needed for both thyroid hormone production and utilization.  Just because you’re taking a thyroid hormone replacement doesn’t mean that your body is using it!

The thyroid gland is not isolated from the body – it is one of the master glands, and works synergistically with ...

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What are the best tests for thyroid function and why?

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Jane was having difficulty maintaining her energy throughout the day.  She attributed it to poor sleep and more stress with her work, but she was also experiencing changes in her hair, increased anxiety, and she was putting on weight.  She set up an appointment wit her family practitioner, who checked some basic lab work, including iron levels, electrolytes, and a TSH.  All came back normal (or within normal lab limits according to the laboratory reference ranges).  Her practitioner advised to ...

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