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Simple Blood Test Help Olympians Go for Gold

Simple Blood Test Help Olympians Go for Gold

The U.S. Women’s Hockey Team rely on blood tests several times a year to measure the players’ levels of vitamin D. While fortified milk, cereal and certain types of fish can provide limited amounts of Vitamin D in the diet, the main source is sunlight. For that reason, many people with indoor jobs, living in [...]

February 20, 2014 Ashley Blood Testing, Bone health, Vitamin D Deficiency Comments Off on Simple Blood Test Help Olympians Go for Gold

Starting the New Year with a Personal Trainer

Starting the New Year with a Personal Trainer

In a perfect world, we’d all adopt healthy lifestyles centered on nutritious foods and regular exercise. In the real world, most people have difficulty maintaining consistent fitness routines without losing motivation. With spring weather looming on the not-so-distant horizon, many people are turning their attention toward getting in shape. Thanks to the upcoming Healthy Weight [...]

January 15, 2014 Ashley Men's Health, Miscellaneous health topics, Nutrition, Weight Loss & FItness, Women's Health Comments Off on Starting the New Year with a Personal Trainer

Vitamin D Deficiency: A Detriment of Staying Indoors All Winter

Vitamin D Deficiency: A Detriment of Staying Indoors All Winter

Vitamin D plays a critical role in promoting good health. Unfortunately, during the winter months, many people become deficient because weather conditions force them to stay indoors. While fortified foods and certain types of fish provide limited amounts of Vitamin D, direct sunlight is the primary source for this important nutrient. As people limit their [...]

December 30, 2013 Ashley Blood Testing, Nutrition, Vitamin D Deficiency Comments Off on Vitamin D Deficiency: A Detriment of Staying Indoors All Winter

New Year’s Resolutions: Setting Your Fitness Goals

New Year’s Resolutions: Setting Your Fitness Goals

Every year, countless Americans make New Year’s Resolutions that center on fitness. Sadly, many of these commitments falter relatively quickly for a variety of reasons. Often, we lose interest in our fitness routines, because we’re focused on the wrong goals. We all want attractive physiques; however, successful diet and exercise regimens typically focus on goals [...]

December 26, 2013 Ashley Miscellaneous health topics, Nutrition, Weight Loss & FItness Comments Off on New Year’s Resolutions: Setting Your Fitness Goals

Surviving Holiday Parties: Watching Your Cholesterol and Your Weight

Surviving Holiday Parties: Watching Your Cholesterol and Your Weight

Photo Credit:  Peter Kaminski with creative commons license The holidays are all about celebrations; family and friends getting together to eat, drink, and be merry. While all this social interaction is wonderful, tantalizing arrays of holiday foods can derail the diet of even the most disciplined. To fight the temptation and keep your healthy diet [...]

December 23, 2013 Ashley Cholesterol Screens, Nutrition, Weight Loss & FItness Comments Off on Surviving Holiday Parties: Watching Your Cholesterol and Your Weight

Way before the baby, test your folate

Way before the baby, test your folate

Folic acid is a B vitamin that the body needs to make new cells.  It’s critically important to women who are planning to get pregnant because folate or folic acid can help prevent birth defects such as spina bifida and anencephaly. Both of these defects occur very early in fetal development when development of the [...]

November 7, 2013 Susan Nutrition, Women's Health Comments Off on Way before the baby, test your folate

Live long and prosper, but how?

Live long and prosper, but how?

If you’re reading this, you’re close… Health conscious women and men—especially those who read health blogs—try hard to do the right thing; whether it means getting enough exercise, fiber, water, Vitamin D, sleep. We know certain conditions come with the genes that made us; but likewise, there are things we can do that will contribute [...]

September 26, 2013 Susan Health Screens, Heart Health & Cholesterol, Men's Health, Tests to detect and manage diabetes, Vitamin D Deficiency, Weight Loss & FItness, Women's Health Comments Off on Live long and prosper, but how?

A nutrition primer from Lifetime health advisors

A nutrition primer from Lifetime health advisors

A nutrition primer from Lifetime dietitians Sometimes the simplest lessons are the hardest to learn.  At Lifetime, dietitians teach simple rules of nutrition to help individuals learn (or relearn) how to properly fuel their bodies. Nutritional knowledge is critically important in maintaining health and vitality and enhancing longevity. Start with the basics:  The foundation of [...]

September 26, 2013 Susan Men's Health, Miscellaneous health topics, Nutrition, Weight Loss & FItness, Women's Health Comments Off on A nutrition primer from Lifetime health advisors

Are you iron poor?

Are you iron poor?

Iron is an essential nutrient for humans—and the most common nutritional deficiency worldwide. It causes fatigue in adults and effects motor and mental development in infants, children and adolescents. It is more common in developing countries, but appears in the United States among infants and women of childbearing age[1]. To prevent iron deficiency, people need  [...]

March 1, 2013 Susan Nutrition Comments Off on Are you iron poor?

A soup-to-nuts vitamin panel

A soup-to-nuts vitamin panel

If it’s time for your cholesterol check, consider one simple blood test that gives you cholesterol readings plus glucose levels, measures for kidney, liver and heart functions, potassium, uric acid, electrolytes and iron.  And while you’re at it, in the same test, get a complete blood count to identify anemia, platelet and hemoglobin levels as [...]

March 1, 2013 Susan Bone health, Cholesterol Screens, Men's Health, Nutrition, Vitamin D Deficiency, Women's Health Comments Off on A soup-to-nuts vitamin panel