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Healthy Eating

Dial In Your Child’s Back to School Nutrition

Summer eating is full of poolside popsicles, juice boxes, barbeque cookouts, easy snacks for road trips and dining out while on vacation. With back to school is just around the corner, it is a perfect opportunity to recalibrate your child’s nutritional habits to help them feel good and perform well at school. The Committee on…
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Healthy Eating

Fuel Your Movement

Fuel Your Movement The Empowered Health Team What to eat, how much to eat and when to eat it are all important components of your workout regimen. The other factor that figures into this equation is what kind of workout you are doing. It can be challenging to navigate all this information. Feeling overwhelmed, many of…
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Functional Nutrition

Is Intermittent Fasting Right For You?

“Fasting is the greatest remedy-the physician within.” -Paracelsus, 16th Century Physician What is intermittent fasting?  Fasting is one of the oldest remedies in human history and has been part of the practice of virtually every culture and religion on earth. Fasting is the voluntary absence from food for spiritual, health or other reasons. It may be…
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Healthy Eating

Grow Your Own Immunity-Boosting Herbs

Looking for something to fill your time this summer that will help you maintain social distancing but boost your immune system and get you out of the house? Starting an herb garden might be just the thing for you! There are a few options to consider when you decide to grow your own herbs. Will…
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Hydration

The Importance of Summer Hydration

Proper hydration is important all year long, but especially in the summer when the days are longer and hotter. With the abundance of outdoor activities available to us in the Tri-Cities, many of us are spending long hours in the sun and the heat. How Your Body Uses Water An adult human’s body can contain…
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Depression

GeneSight Psychotropic Testing

At Empowered Health, we offer many precision medicine advanced testing tools that include a deeper awareness to provide the most educated medical decisions for the persons’ individual health journey. Psychotropic genetic testing is another advanced test that we utilize across all age groups. GeneSight psychotropic testing analyzes how your genes affect medication outcomes by important…
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Health Coaching

How to Naturally Activate Your Feel-Good Hormones

A natural way to regulate your mood and increase your overall sense of well-being is to increase your body’s production of a group of hormones that are often referred to as the “feel good” hormones. This quartet includes:  Dopamine – Linked to the brain’s reward system and involved with reinforcement of behaviors   Serotonin – Related…
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Healthy Living

Use of Metformin in Biological Anti-Aging

Metformin has been a mainstay and frontline medication for treatment of type 2 diabetes for decades. It is now gaining popularity in the longevity field and studies are underway with prevention of certain cancers too. Current studies are showing a reduction in cancer risk and mortality particularly for tumors of the lung, colon, pancreas and…
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Menopause

Precision Medicine Interventions for Menopausal Transitions

Menopause is a significant milestone in every woman’s life. It can look and manifest differently for each woman which is why the individualized nature of a precision medicine approach can be so beneficial in navigating this stage of life.   What is menopause?  Menopause is defined as the permanent cessation of a woman’s menstrual cycle, which…
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Healthy Living

Cortisol Awakening Response Test

At Empowered Health, we offer many precision medicine advanced testing tools that include a deeper awareness to be able to make the most educated medical decisions for the persons’ individual health journey. One advanced test that we offer is the cortisol awakening response test (CAR). Cortisol levels naturally begin to rise by an average of…
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Fitness

How to Move Intuitively

Healthy Exercise Habits We’ve talked about Intuitive Eating and the benefits of moving away from diet culture towards a practice that is more focused on eating with an intention of self-care and trust in your body. There is another lifestyle area that diet culture has a negative impact: Exercise.  As with nutrition, diet culture can…
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Healthy Eating

Signs & Symptoms of Eating Disorders

Signs & Symptoms of Eating Disorders by Haley Scellick, ARNP Eating disorders are complex mental health conditions that are more common than often diagnosed. Although the term eating is in the name, eating disorders are about more than food. In the United States alone, an estimated 20 million women and 10 million men have had…
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Healthy Living

IV Nutrient Infusions at Empowered Health

What is IV Nutrient Therapy? IV nutrient infusion formulas are used to deliver vitamins and minerals directly into the bloodstream, offering superior absorption over oral supplements. These are administered by a provider through a simple IV insertion and infused over approximately one hour. 1) Brainstorm: Improve overall brain function, increase memory recall and improve aspects of…
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Healthy Living

Early Cancer Detection Test

Galleri test offers early detection of 50 types of cancers. Cancer is presently the second leading cause of death in the United States.   71% of these cancer deaths are from cancers not commonly screened. The Galleri™ test is an innovative breakthrough in early cancer detection that can find 50 typesof cancer as early as…
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Women's Health

Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome

Symptoms, Root Causes, Diagnosis & Treatment Polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) is a multisystem syndrome with variable causes that put women at increased risk for a variety of health issues. It is a common problem among women of reproductive-aged years with the most common manifestations of menstrual abnormalities, infertility and abnormal hair growth in unwanted places.…
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Uncategorized

Mindful vs Intuitive Eating

Mindful vs Intuitive Eating by Erika Zink, NBC-HWC There are many opinions available about how you should eat to optimize your health. What many of these suggestions don’t consider is you are unique and how your body processes and utilizes food is going to vary from those around you. Knowing this, it could be said that…
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Healthy Living

Lifestyle Interventions for Hypertension

Plant Provide Mental, Physical & Emotional Health Benefits Hypertension is the most common primary care diagnosis in the United States and a major risk factor for cardiovascular disease, heart attack, stroke or renal failure when not detected early and treated appropriately. The American Heart Association estimates that approximately 45% of Americans have hypertension. Over 90%…
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Healthy Living

Multi-Cancer Early Detection Test

A new era of cancer screening is here. We are excited to announce for our members the availability of a new revolutionary blood test for early cancer detection. This cutting-edge technology allows for the EARLY detection of up to 50 different types of cancer before it would otherwise be found. One of our key goals…
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Diabetes

Cardiometabolic Food Plan

Did your medical practitioner suggest you follow a Cardiometabolic Food Plan? If they did, it is likely to be because you are either at risk of or are trying to manage cardiovascular disease. The Cardiometabolic Food Plan is specially designed for people with this concern and is one of the many lifestyle changes that can have an influence on the symptom severity and the progression of the disease.  This food plan…
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Heart Health

Biofeedback with Heart Rate Variability

Biofeedback is a technique that trains people to improve their health by controlling certain bodily processes that normally happen involuntarily, such as heart rate, blood pressure, muscle tension, and skin temperature. Heart rate variability is a common type of biofeedback therapy which measures beat to beat variations in heart rate (the time interval between heartbeats).…
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Anxiety

Improve Your Health with Indoor Plants

Plant Provide Mental, Physical & Emotional Health Benefits It is widely known that spending time in nature and green spaces can reduce stress and improve a person’s mood. This can be a challenge during the winter months because of the shorter days, more darkness, the bare landscape and poor weather restricting time outdoors.  When winter…
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Skin Care

Mole Mapping At Empowered Health

Proactive Skin Care with Advanced Testing WHAT IS MOLE MAPPING? Mole mapping is a proactive and simple way to get your annual skin screening and identify any moles or lesions that may be of concern. Not only do we look at your skin now, we track changes in your skin over time. This is one…
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Fatigue

How to Understand & Fight Fatigue

Fatigue is more than just feeling tired. Well, it’s complicated, and it’s much more than just feeling tired or worn out. Fatigue can mean many different things to many different people.  Feelings of tiredness, muscle weakness, mental fatigue can all impact one’s life in numerous ways.  The standard dictionary definition is this:  “Fatigue is extreme…
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Fitness

Body Composition Analysis

Finding Your Healthy Balance At Empowered Health, we offer a body composition analysis that evaluates your body’s balance between muscle and fat. This easy-to-use device measures factors such as total body water, body fat percentage and skeletal muscle mass percentage.  Body composition is essential for understanding your physiological makeup and is appropriate for all age…
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lnflammation

Do You Have Inflammation

Is Inflammation Impacting Your Health? by Erika Zink, NBC-HWC How do you know if inflammation is negatively affecting your health?   If you want to find out your Medical Symptom Questionnaire score and whether you should talk to your doctor more about inflammation, you can take the quiz here: https://drhyman.com/downloads/MSQ_Fillable.pdf.    How do you know if inflammation is negatively affecting your health?  …
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Functional Nutrition

Why Fiber is Important for Health

What is Fiber?  Fiber is an undigestible carbohydrate found in plant foods. It comes in two forms: soluble and insoluble. Both perform important functions with regards to digestion and are necessary for maintaining a healthy body.  SOLUBLE FIBER: Easily dissolved in water and functions to slow the digestion of glucose.  INSOLUBLE FIBER: Does not dissolve in water and…
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Fitness

Cold-Weather Movement

While there’s no one perfect temperature or recommendation for everyone, we have a few things to keep in mind while you go out for your cold weather movement. One of the benefits of working out in the cold is that endurance is often increased. Because of the cooler temperatures the heart does not have to…
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Disconnection Syndrome
Anxiety

Disconnection Syndrome

“Our brain’s performance is being gravely manipulated, resulting in behaviors that leave us more lonely, anxious, depressed, distrustful, illness-prone, and overweight than ever before. At the same time, we feel disconnected from ourselves, from others and from the world at large.” What if I told you that your day-to-day decisions are being influenced by more…
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Heart Health

Heart Rate Variability

Monitoring your health has never been easier. There are a plethora of ways to track data related to your health, including your steps, hours of sleep, heart rate, and blood pressure to name a few. What you may not know is there is also a value you can use to measure your body’s resilience and…
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Gratitude
Health Coaching

Finding Gratitude & Balance During the Holidays

Can being grateful really affect your health? Turns out it can.  The holidays are a time of anticipation and celebration, but they can also be exhausting and quite stressful. Between the food preparation, managing emotions, social commitments and relatives (both good and bad), who wouldn’t feel strained and off balance?   Throughout the stresses of the season, expressing gratitude and making…
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Functional Nutrition

The Wide World of Cinnamon

You may not give it much thought when you reach for the cinnamon spice to add to your favorite dessert or coffee drink. Grown in tropical regions in and around Indonesia, cinnamon has been used in cooking, baking and for health benefits for thousands of years.   Did you know there is more than one variety of cinnamon? Cassia and…
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Anxiety

The Science of Being Scared

We have all experienced the unexpected emotion of being scared. Whether you purposefully seek it out by watching a horror movie or inadvertently encounter a mountain lion while on the trail – the physical reaction playing out in your body is the same. Let’s breakdown what happens in our brains during those moments, whether it…
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Menopause

Hormone Replacement Therapy

Hormone replacement therapy is such an important topic and so many women have questions around if using hormones is beneficial or harmful. This article will discuss everything hormone related in relation to menopause and provide information regarding if, when, how long and the benefits/risks of hormone replacement therapy.   The natural progression of aging in women…
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Health Coaching
Fitness

Benefits of Deep Breathing

Zen Buddhist monk Thích Nhất Hạnh puts it, “Feelings come and go like clouds in a windy sky. Conscious breathing is my anchor.”  Mind-body practices, such as meditation or yoga, have been shown to improve symptoms for people suffering from chronic diseases. These effects may be reflected in benefiting people with hypertension and cardiovascular disease through the lowering of…
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Diabetes

Lifestyle Habits for Healthy Cholesterol Levels

We have all heard of cholesterol. What exactly is cholesterol and the different types? How do we check for problems with cholesterol? At what age should we be screening for problems with cholesterol? How do we manage high cholesterol from lifestyle interventions? These are all questions that will be discussed in this article. Heart disease is the #1 killer in the United States and is…
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