Nutrition

The Exercise and Hormone Connection

If you happen to find yourself spinning your wheels and frustrated about why you’re not losing weight and/or gaining muscle despite your dietary and exercise efforts, you may want to consider having your diurnal cortisol levels checked. Cortisol is a hormone secreted by your adrenal glands with many critical functions for survival. Chronic abnormal levels are catabolic and degenerating associated with a host of health issues, i.e., weight gain and fat loss resistance, muscle loss and weakness, bone loss, fatigue, depression, insulin resistance, accelerated aging, thyroid issue, and many diseases. Repairing cortisol patterns should be on the top of your list to maximize recovery and gains!

The Life and Practice of S. Murthy Badiga,MD, FACG

This month, we, at Healthy Magazine, have had the absolute pleasure of getting to know the life and practice of Dr. Murthy Badiga, an influential and beloved Gastroenterologist in the Rio Grande Valley. He is a man who, through his hard work and brilliance, has managed to cross borders and overcome many obstacles, a trope that seems to be a recurring theme among many living in the Valley, Doctors and Patients alike. Just to be clear, having a recurring theme doesn’t make Dr. Badiga’s journey any less unique or compelling. He is an interesting character who’s seem to have taken life by the horns and let it do its thing, while obviously maintaining the strength to hold on through even the toughest bits
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Care Resource Advancing and Developing Childhood Milestones

June is Children’s health month at Care Resource. This is an opportunity to take further charge of your child’s health including physical, mental and social well-being. Most parents know the basics of keeping children healthy, like offering them healthy foods, making sure they get enough sleep and exercise and insuring their safety. It is also important for children to get regular checkups with their health care provider. These visits are a chance to check your child’s development. They are also a good time to catch or prevent problems. This month, new clients without Health Insurance can receive a free comprehensive check-up and sports physical. To redeem this promotion, one MUST first make an appointment. To make an appointment, call 305-576-1234 EXT: 470 (English) and 471 (Spanish).
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Let’s Change the Way We Relate to Food

Childhood obesity is out of control and the poor quality of the food we give our children has been blamed for years. However, this epidemic does not have a single culprit; there are many other situations that are responsible. One of them, and my personal pet peeve, is using food as a reward to stimulate repeat performances or results, such as winning at a competition or earning good grades.

The Path to Obesity Starts in Kindergarten

Childhood weight plays a major role in future obesity, according to a study of more than 7,700 kindergartners. Researchers measured the height and weight of a cohort of children seven times during the course of nine years and found that those who were overweight in kindergarten were four times as likely as normal-weight peers to become obese by age 14. In fact, nearly half of all cases of obesity observed between kindergarten and eighth grade occurred in children who were overweight at age five. This major study suggests that efforts to curb childhood obesity need to start before children enter school.
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Understanding the New Blood Test for Depression

You already know that doctors can find out a lot about you through a blood test, and now there may be another one that could have a major impact on many people worldwide. A new blood test developed by Eva Redei, PhD, professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine, can detect clinical depression. For many, this could be the breakthrough that eliminates years of misdiagnoses and useless medications.
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Balancing it all: Family, Friends, Work, Alone Time

Today, more than ever, it has become a great challenge for many of us to successfully manage all aspects of our lives. These areas include, but are not limited to: family, work, friendships and time for self. The challenge to effectively balance these key areas is further multiplied when we are dealing with parents or parenthood. Oftentimes, both parents in the household are employed full-time, making time spent as a family unit exceedingly difficult and scarce.
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The Right Use of Protein Powder

If you have attended a gym you must have heard talk about various types of protein powders. Consuming protein powders, whether as a shake or in some other form, is becoming more and more popular as a nutritional supplement. The truth is that protein powders are helpful in very specific circumstances but excess use may be harmful to the body.