What is Insulin Resistance?

Insulin resistance defines a person’s tolerance to glucose. As the insulin levels rise, the cells can become resistance and alter the signaling that leads to less glucose uptake and a further elevation of glucose which further perpetuates the cycle. Insulin acts as the key that no longer fits into a lock (the receptor on glucose).…

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How to Understand & Fight Fatigue

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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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What is the Vagus Nerve?

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The vagus nerve is one of twelve cranial nerves that link the brain to other parts of the body. These nerves can send signals that involve sensory functions (smells, sights, tastes, and sounds) or they can be involved with movements or have motory functions. The vagus nerve is one of a few that can do both of these functions and is…

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Understanding Inflammation

What is inflammation? Our immune system’s response to protect against infection, disease or injury. In most circumstances this is a normal part of our immune health. During this complex process, the cells release chemicals to alert the immune system. In the short term, our body may be fighting off a cold or healing a wound…

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What is the HPA Axis? Part 2

This is the second installment of our two-part blog post on the HPA Axis. The Hypothalamic-Pituitary-Adrenal (HPA) axis is your stress response system. It’s that internal system that triggers the fight-or-flight response when you find yourself in a dangerous situation. How can you influence the HPA axis to your benefit? Prolonged activation of the HPA…

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What is the HPA Axis? Part 1

The Hypothalamic-Pituitary-Adrenal (HPA) axis is your stress response system. It’s that internal system that triggers the fight-or-flight response when you find yourself in a dangerous situation. For example, imagine you are hiking a trail on Badger Mountain when you suddenly hear that tell-tale sound of a rattlesnake. Your first response is to freeze and listen…

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What is an Elimination Diet?

What is an Elimination Diet, and why should you do one? At Empowered Health, you will often hear us use the phrase “Food is medicine.” We believe this because the foods you eat can have a profound impact on your physical, mental, and emotional health.  One of the tools we use to help our members…

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Low-Carb Nutrition Plans: Benefits & Considerations

Low-carb diets seem like all the rage these days. Many “health food companies” boast that these diets are a cure to any ailment that may befall you. But what’s fact and what’s fiction when it comes to companies trying to market their newest product to you? Well as it turns out with most things, the…

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Preventing & Treating Fatigue

Fatigue refers to a condition that causes feelings of lack of energy and motivation that can be physical, mental or both. Fatigue is not the same as drowsiness, but the desire to sleep may accompany fatigue. Apathy is a feeling of indifference that may accompany fatigue or exist independently. In addition, individuals often describe fatigue…

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Preventing & Treating Depression

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Depression refers to a mood disorder that causes a persistent feeling of sadness and loss of interest. Also called major depressive disorder or clinical depression, it affects how you feel, think and behave and can lead to a variety of emotional and physical problems. You may have trouble doing normal day-to-day activities, and sometimes you…

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