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02 Jun Wellness Dollars and Cents

Most Americans have a disease-focused outlook on health, not thinking much about their health until something goes wrong. The World Health Organization defines health as a “state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity” but we tend to think of wellness as a luxury to be sought after when all the bills are paid, the kids are in bed, the house is clean, etc. Actually, it turns out good health is a great investment. One Harvard Medical School study found that the return on one of their preventive measures was $36 for every dollar spent.

When we’re not sleeping well, when we’re overweight, when we’re not eating right, we grossly underestimate the cost of those lifestyle choices on our longterm health and our pocketbook. Many insurance companies and company health plans exacerbate the situation by often failing to cover preventative measures like botanical remedies, nutritional counseling, massage, acupuncture and exercise programs that would save people and governments money in the long run.

Schedule an appointment today to discuss your wellness path and start saving money.

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17 May The Mark of a Supermom

“Mothers of twins do not just get twice the bundle of joy—they are also healthier than other mothers… according to Shannen Robson and Ken Smith, of the University of Utah…. Although all women face a trade-off between the resources their bodies allocate to reproduction and those reserved for the maintenance of health, robust women can afford more of both than frail ones. And what surer way to signal robustness than by bearing more than one child at a time? In other words, the two researchers conjectured, the mothers of twins will not only display greater overall reproductive success, they will also be healthier than those who give birth only to singletons.” –  Read the rest of the article at The Economist

Are you wanting to get as healthy as possible before conceiving? Sign up for my Preconception Class (more info). Already pregnant? My childbirth education class is a great way to prepare for a natural childbirth. Struggling with infertility and looking for a natural and less expensive solution than IVF? Schedule an appointment today.

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10 May Quick, Effective Workouts

photo by Smabs Sputzer

Once my infant started sleeping through the night on a regular basis, I decided it was time to focus on regaining my pre-pregnancy strength and cardiovascular fitness. I can’t find the time to get to the gym right now and enjoy spending the extra time I do have with my son. So I searched high and low for workouts I could do at home, in the office, or outside with my child in tow.  I knew that I wanted something that didn’t require much equipment and these workouts require only a few dumbbells. With a combination of nutrition, exercise, visualization, and supplementation I find I’m feeling better and better each day.  Now I’m excited to be offering the following 6-packs to my clients!

What Type of Exercises Can You Expect?

The workouts I’m using are “circuit training” style, which is a system of exercising that maximizes fat-burning and cardiovascular training by keeping the heart rate and breathing up throughout the workout. Circuits are designed for maximum results in the least amount of time by moving from one exercise to the next with little rest in between. When you finish one complete round of the circuit, you begin again at the first exercise, until the specified time is up; in this case 15 minutes per circuit.

I hope you will enjoy them as much as I am.

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06 May Skin Cancer Prevention

There is mounting evidence that sunscreen might increase the risk of the deadliest form of skin cancer, melanoma, for some people.  Researchers speculate that this may be because sunscreen users stay out in the sun longer than those that don’t use sunscreen or it may be the chemicals in the sunscreens themselves.

Come learn some simple steps you can take to protect you and your family during those hot Texas summers.

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04 May Meat

photo: Colorado Luis

“Consumers may be weary of hearing about what’s wrong with their meat — from the calories to the E. coli to its heart unfriendliness. Unfortunately, there’s another bit of bad news: Nearly a quarter of the meat and poultry sold in U.S. supermarkets is infected with nasty drug-resistant bacteria, too…”  Read more at NPR

There is good news though. Right here in Texas we can enjoy pastured chicken and grass-fed beef and lamb. These natural meats are raised without added hormones, antibiotics or feed stimulants.

Wanting more support on sifting through this information?  Have questions about eating meat after a diagnosis of high-cholesterol or hypertension? Wanting to lose weight and wondering how eating meat fits into that goal? Please email frontdesk.naumes.nd@gmail.com to schedule an appointment or inquire about services.

Check out one of my book recommendations: Omnivore’s Dilemma by Michael Pollan

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