American Heart Month-National Wear Red Day February 3rd

February is the month to raise awareness about heart disease and how people can prevent it — both at home and in their communities. Heart disease is the leading cause of death for men and women in the U.S. and kills approximately one woman every 80 seconds. Each year, 1 in 4 deaths are caused by cardiovascular disease.  Continue reading “American Heart Month-National Wear Red Day February 3rd” »

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.

 

 

Healthy Lunches to Go

Health conditions, food allergies, and food sensitivities require many people to watch what they eat. Diligence is one thing at home, but finding something quick and easy to take to work is a completely different animal. We know that eating healthy food is important, but many times lunch proves to be the most difficult meal to meet dietary restrictions. Sometimes we’re unprepared. Sometimes we’re too busy. Sometimes we just don’t want to prepare healthy lunches. Skipping meals or choosing bad-for-you options like fast food are very real possibilities. Rather than succumb to unhealthy temptations, we’ve put together a list of tasty, easy and good-for-you recipes to take to work.fresh  tortilla wraps with vegetables on the plate

Not a Bad Wrap

Wraps are some of the easiest and delicious recipes we know. You can make them in minutes and the possibilities for different ingredients or flavors are seemingly endless. You can pair your favorite wrap with some fresh fruit and veggies for a healthy, delicious lunch to fuel your body for the rest of your work day.

Turkey Avocado Wrap

In a whole wheat wrap — or gluten-free wrap depending on your food allergies — spread a small amount of mayonnaise, wrap up some sliced roasted turkey, avocado, tomato, cucumber and lettuce. You can jazz the recipe up with a sprinkle of fresh ground pepper and a squeeze of lime juice. Tired of turkey? Not a problem. You can use chicken or shrimp to give the wrap some variety.

Cobb Salad Wrap

Using the wrap of your choice, use sliced chicken and ham with lettuce, tomato, hard-boiled egg and some fat free ranch dressing. If you want to make it really special, throw in some sliced avocado and turkey bacon for a delicious and nutritious meal.

Make It Work for You

If you know what your body’s needs are, you can tailor your diet to maximize your health and wellness. Knowing what foods you can and can’t have is key to an optimal diet for you. ARCpoint labs offers allergy testing, vitamins and minerals deficiency testing, and cholesterol testing so you can know what you should eat to get healthier and feel better.

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Myths About Clinical Testing

A lot of people have ideas that just aren’t correct about clinical testing. And this means that a lot of people are missing out on the major health benefits you can get from taking advantage of your local ARCpoint Labs facility. So today, let’s get the facts about clinical testing services.

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What You Need To Know About The Blood Disease Hemochromotosis

Over one million Americans suffer from hemochromotosis, and many do not learn that they are suffering from this blood disease until it has already caused them significant organ damage.

Today, ARCpoint Labs will explore the basics about this dangerous blood disease. We’ll also take a look at some ways that you can protect youself.

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Top Ways to Protect Yourself From UV Exposure on Vacation

As we head deeper into July and further into vacation season, are you armed with all of the information you need about how to stay healthy when you travel?

A summer sunburn is almost a rite of passage for many vacationers. Lounging on the beach in a bathing suit drinking margaritas is, for many people, what a vacation is all about.

While spending all day on the beach may be fun, it dramatically increases your risk for UV exposure and the dangers associated with it, including skin aging and, worse, skin cancer.

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Combating the Top 5 Health Risks

Last week ARCpoint Labs examined the top 5 health risks that you face. Now that you know what these health risks are, you need to know what you can do to minimize them. Small steps can make a huge difference to maintaining your health.

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Learn the Facts About Healthy Weight Loss

Many things probably come to mind when you think of January: New Year’s resolutions, cold weather, professional football playoffs, an end to the holiday season. What you might not know is that January is also Health Weight Awareness Month — which makes it a great time for you to educate yourself on weight.

You may have already set a weight loss goal for 2014, but have you set realistic goals to help you reach a healthy weight? Once there, do you know how to maintain a healthy weight? And do you know why you should strive for a healthy weight in the first place?

At ARCpoint Labs, we value your overall wellness — which is why we are providing the information you need to truly celebrate Healthy Weight Awareness Month.

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Healthy Tips for a New You in the New Year

With 2013 behind us, chances are you’ve made a number of new year’s resolutions — and more likely than not, a few of them involve your personal health in some way. From sticking to a healthy diet and increasing exercise to reducing your stress and sleeping more, there are so many health-related goals you should want to achieve — and just as many healthy tips to help you do so!

At ARCpoint Labs, we are committed to your personal wellness, so we have compiled some easy-to-implement healthy tips to help you turn your 2014 resolutions into long-lasting habits.

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Cut Health and Fitness Costs

We all know that taking care of our health can put a dent in the budget pretty quickly. There are health care costs, gym fees and costs for supplements, health food and vitamins. That’s just a start — fitness and health costs add up fast.

You don’t have to sacrifice an arm and a leg to stay healthy. There are so many options to help you reach your goals while spending less money. Continue reading “Cut Health and Fitness Costs” »