You Are What You Eat

Does what we eat affect our mental state? The answer is yes. Serotonin is a neurotransmitter that helps to control our moods. 95% of all serotonin is made in the gut. So it makes sense that if we have a healthy digestive tract we are more likely will have a healthy psyche. In order to aide your gut to help your brain, nutritional psychiatry recommends diets that are void of processed and refined foods and sugars. This means treating your body like you would treat an expensive car, only putting premium fuel in your body. Premium fuel for our minds and mental state consists of fresh fruits and vegetables as well as lean proteins and whole grains. So, in addition to traditional treatments for anxiety and depression consider a change in your diet to further positively impact your mental health. We would love to partner with you in making your lifestyle healthier. Call us today to set up an appointment to discuss your diet. Let us show you how we can provide accountability for a long and healthy life for...

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Don’t be a couch potato!

We all have heard the hype about a sedentary lifestyle being bad for our overall health. It can lead to certain diseases such as osteoporosis, dementia, depression and anxiety, certain cancers, heart disease, and diabetes just to name a few. But what is it about movement that is so healthy and the lack of movement that so detrimental? Prolonged periods of sitting leads to larger waist circumference, increase in fasting triglyceride levels and reduced clearance of blood glucose. In opposition, skeletal muscle movement leads to leaner waist lines, lower triglycerides, and decreased blood sugar. All of these help to reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease and diabetes. Weight bearing movements of exercise also helps to keep our bones strong. The increased oxygen that is pumped to our brain with exercise also improves brain function and decreases dementia. The drop in stress hormones from exercise can help to improve mood and reduce anxiety. These are just a few of the many benefits of movement. Adversely, a sedentary life style negatively impacts our physical and mental well being by increasing the incidence of numerous diseases. So, the bottom line is for a healthier and happier you get...

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Exercise is Key

Exercise is Key

If there was a medication you could take that improved energy, sleep, libido, and confidence level all while reducing your risk for diabetes, heart attack, stroke and osteoporosis would you take it?  Great news, there is just such a treatment out there: Exercise! In line with guidelines from the American College of Sports Medicine and the American College of Cardiology, the providers at Family Practice Center strongly encourage our patients to stay healthy by getting at least 150 minutes of exercise every week.  Exercise is absolutely one of the key components to a consistent approach to healthy living. Check out this great article and video to get more info and insight onto the power of regular exercise.  At Family Practice Center, we’re happy to talk to about starting an exercise program or even about how to change your routine up a little. Now, go get sweaty!   Video: How much exercise do I really need?  ...

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