Celiac Disease: Why Going Gluten-Free Isn’t a Fad for Many

Those who have begun following a gluten-free lifestyle are often judged for their new eating habits. Many have even called a gluten-free lifestyle a fad, but there is significant evidence that this diet change can be very beneficial for many. Continue reading “Celiac Disease: Why Going Gluten-Free Isn’t a Fad for Many” »

The Habits You Need to Break to Lose Weight 

If you want to get serious about your intention to lose weight, then you need to change the way you eat, exercise, and live your life daily.

Here are some of the top habits you need to break if you want to lose weight for good.

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Craving a Change? Try These Foods to Boost Male Health 

Did you know that there are foods that boost male health? You read that right. Some foods specifically help men feel strong and healthy. If you’re missing these items from your diet that could very well be the reason why you feel tired all the time. Certain vitamins and nutrients benefit your body making you operate optimally.

Your physical and mental well-being remains in the balance. It’s up to you to choose foods that boost male health. Here are some suggestions that do the body good.

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Lab Testing for Your Diet & Nutrition

When it comes to diet and nutrition, you need the right plan to get healthy. That’s easier said than done sometimes because many people aren’t aware of the challenges that lay in front of them. A number of factors can contribute to weight gain and poor health. Lab testing helps pinpoint potential problems so you can live a happy, healthy life going forward.

A number of factors can contribute to weight gain and poor health. Lab testing helps pinpoint potential problems so you can live a happy, healthy life going forward.

As we’ve said before, lab testing can be very beneficial for personal trainers and dieticians looking to help their clients get healthy. But as an individual you have the power to order clinical bloodwork to be done yourself — and then take the results and make sound conclusions about what to do.

Here are some of the main lab tests we recommend for those wanting to improve their health.

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How Packing Your Own Lunch Improves Your Health

If you work, then you know how hectic life is. Lunch is frequently an afterthought, a hasty bite picked up at a fast food place.

However, those greasy burgers are not good for your health. That’s why there’s a growing movement toward bringing a lunch to work. It’s not just a trend that employers should embrace — although lower healthcare costs are nothing to balk at — it’s also something that individuals should consider to improve their health.

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Why Personalized Medicine Is the New Normal

Until recently, it seemed like medicine was a “one size fits all field,” and doctors prescribed the same treatments for every patient with a certain tradition. Sure, there were some variances for people who were allergic to penicillin or other medications, but the healing process was pretty much trial and error. Many patients grew frustrated with having to make repeat visits to the doctor and not feeling better. Pharmacogenetics and personalized medicine has changed the game with using DNA samples to determine the right course of action for the individual. Here are some of the ways health care professionals are using DNA data to individualize treatments:

Pharmacogenetics

Pharmacogenetics testing uses a saliva sample to create a personal genetic profile. A skilled lab tech analyzes your DNA sample against profiles of common medications and determines which ones will react best with your body and help you feel better the fastest.

Wellness DNA Testing

With wellness DNA testing, you can get the information to make the best choices for you with things like diet and exercise in mind.

Sound Nutrition Through Wellness Testing

A trained dietitician can use your DNA information to determine what foods you should eat. Some people do not do well with the low fat, high carbohydrate diet that nutritionists have been recommending for years. On the other hand, some of those dieters who jumped on the low carbohydrate, high fat diets a decade ago found that a different approach was better. DNA testing provides the information to let you make healthy choices.

Fitness Routines Through Wellness Testing

Have you ever noticed that some people just seem to be born to run while others are much more at home lifting heavy weights? Your DNA holds the information to determine the perfect workout routine for you. We know that a solid fitness regimen is an integral part of physical health, but blanket recommendations of lifting weights and getting cardiovascular activity in three days a week simply does not work for every person. A DNA test can determine what will work for you, whether it’s endurance activities like running or cycling, or it’s shorter bursts of more intense activities like sprinting or lifting heavy weights for low repetitions.

Your DNA holds the code for your optimal health and longevity, and wellness testing can help you unlock it. To learn more, contact any ARCpoint Labs location today.

 

 

4 Lab Tests to Help You Achieve Your New Years Resolutions

Every year when January 1 rolls around, the gyms get packed and the health food aisles grow sparse. Most people commit themselves to diet and exercise plans blindly, without real regard for how effective they’ll be.

While we applaud any attempt to get healthy, we also think that it’s important that realistic and achievable resolutions are made. Fortunately, there are a number of basic lab tests that can help you learn more about your individual health and achieve resolutions in 2016!

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How to Beat the Winter Blues

Winter’s combination of seemingly endless cold weather, gray skies and holiday stress can be enough to get anyone down, but it doesn’t have to. With a few easy and scientifically-backed tips, you can beat the winter blues and be back in good spirits in no time. Here they are:

Eat Smarter, not Harder

Search Google for “holiday weight gain” and you’ll find resource after resource telling you how to avoid it. Certain foods are good not only for your body, but for your mood. Dark chocolate, for instance, actually helps relieve anxiety. Other candies and carbohydrate may provide temporary euphoric feelings, but they’re short-lived and can fall away to greater anxiety and depression.

Get Active

While it may seem counter-intuitive when it’s freezing outside, a brisk 35-minute walk five times a week can improve mild to moderate symptoms of depression.

Help Others

Volunteering at your local soup kitchen can improve your overall mental health and life satisfaction.

Make Your Own Environment Brighter

Your body may crave more daylight, which the winter sun won’t produce. Sitting next to an artificial light called a light box for half an hour a day can be as effective as antidepressants. Open your blinds and curtains and sit closer to your windows to get an extra dose of sunshine.

Effectively Simulate Dawn

People with Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), which is a form of depression that sets in during the late fall or early winter feel irritable, depressed, lethargic and have trouble waking up. To combat those symptoms, a dawn simulator may help alleviate some of those symptoms and make it easier for the SAD-sufferer to make it out of bed.

Follow the above tips to beat the winter blues. For more information about how you can stay positive this holiday season, find your nearest ARCpoint Labs location today.

Healthy Lifestyles: Type 2 Diabetes Prevention

Diabetes affects the way the body can process glucose in the blood. About 29 million Americans have diabetes, meaning that about one in 10 people suffer from the disease. Diabetes is also the seventh leading cause of death in the U.S. Those who develop diabetes must deal with the disease for the rest of their lives, meaning that prevention is the only way to reduce the rates of type 2 diabetes. There are several different risk factors for diabetes, including genes, excess weight, excess glucose in the liver, and inefficient communication between certain cells in the body. Diabetes is also the seventh leading cause of death in the U.S.

Causes of Type 2 Diabetes

Genetics can play a big role in the development of diabetes. However, behavioral and lifestyle factors make up the biggest influences on development of the disease. Data from several studies has found that five main factors are related to about 90 percent of type 2 diabetes cases. These five factors include being overweight, not getting enough exercise, an unhealthy diet, smoking, and alcohol consumption. Obesity especially can result in insulin resistance. Increases in childhood obesity have also raised concerns about increasing numbers of younger individuals affected by diabetes.

Type 2 Diabetes Prevention

Type 2 diabetes is highly preventable by avoiding the risk factors and working towards healthier lifestyles. For example, a study by the Diabetes Prevention Program looked at how weight loss and exercise affected the development of type 2 diabetes among people who were at risk for developing diabetes but hadn’t yet developed the disease. After three years, they found 58 percent fewer cases of development of diabetes in the group assigned to exercise and weight loss than in the control group. There are several things each individual can do for diabetes prevention.

  • Avoiding excess weight or losing weight greatly reduces diabetes rates. In fact, being obese gives a you a 20 to 40 times increased likelihood of developing diabetes.
  • Exercising regularly makes it easier for the body to absorb glucose and use insulin.
  • Having a healthy diet is an important part of diabetes prevention. Try to reduce things like refined grains and sugary foods and drinks, which have a high glycemic index. Instead, eat more whole grains like brown rice and whole grain bread.

Type 2 Diabetes Testing

ARCpoint Labs offers tests that determine if you are pre-diabetic or diabetic. We also provide lab tests to assist in managing the disease if you already have it. Locate your nearest ARCpoint Labs location today.

What You Should Know About the FDA Trans Fat Ban

Last week the U.S. Food and Drug Administration made a move to ban trans fats from processed foods. Wondering what this ban means for you and the future of the food industry? We have all the information you need:

What are trans fats?Fast Food

First of all, some may be wondering what trans fats are, and why they even matter. Trans fats often come from hydrogenated oils, which are the primary source for artificial trans fats in processed foods. These are used in processed food to improve taste, hold artificial coloring, and help foods last longer on the shelf. Trans fats are considered a major health concern in America as they have been found to be linked to heart disease. In fact, the Center for Science in the Public Interest says they cause 50,000 fatal heart attacks every year. They also raise the levels of harmful LDL cholesterol, which can build up in people’s arteries, leading to even more health concerns.

What does the FDA’s trans fat ban mean for the food industry and the consumer?

This ban is not a sudden decision; on the contrary, it has been coming on gradually for several years. In 2006, New York became the first major U.S. city to ban the use of trans fats in restaurants and bakeries. That same year the FDA started to require food companies to include trans fat information in their nutrition labels. More recently in 2013, the FDA declared that partially hydrogenated oils were not thought to be safe for human health. Over the years, many major food manufacturers have voluntarily removed trans fats from products, which has helped to reduce their overall consumption by about 80% from 2003 to 2012, according to the FDA.

Last week’s decision by the FDA give food companies even more time to comply with the new regulations to eliminate the use of trans fats in common foods, such as popcorn, baked goods, and margarine. Over the next few years, consumers can expect to see some changes in the food labels, and probably in the taste, of these common items. The elimination of trans fats from many of America’s most popular foods has the potential to have huge positive effects on public health. Dr. Georges Benjamin, the executive director of the American Public Health Association, estimated that over 20 years the economic benefits of banning partially hydrogenated oils could be between $117 billion and $242 billion.

How can you keep your heart healthy?

If you are worried about your heart health or cholesterol levels, a good first step is to get cholesterol and heart health testing. ARCpoint Labs is experienced in this type of testing and has many locations across the country. To schedule a test, find your nearest ARCpoint Labs location here. Making good choices for your health is one of the most important things you can do for yourself.