Mosquito Facts – All About Natural Remedies

The recent rains in San Antonio, combined with the heat that August will bring, are pretty much guarantees that mosquitoes will be out in force this year, and protection is key. If you’ve noticed more of the tiny pests lately, that’s because they are out looking for blood so the females can lay their eggs in standing water.  

Tarrant County health facilities in North Texas have reported 16 cases of the West Nile virus so far this year. The virus can ...

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Stop the Stress Eating

By Kay Spears, Nutritionist and Stephanie Ecke, Trauma/Addiction Therapist

Why do we eat all the wrong foods when we’re stressed?

The answer to this question can be tricky. First, we’ll discuss the physical aspects of stress eating, followed by the emotional aspects.

You need to know that serotonin plays a huge role in stress eating. Serotonin is one of many neurotransmitters in the brain. Nutritionists have testing available to help identify serotonin levels and when necessary, they will build a nutrition program to ...

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Staying Healthy During the Holidays

By Nutritionists Sarah Treat and Kay Spears

It’s that time of year again when temptation is everywhere. You’ve worked hard all year to lose weight and stay in shape. Now you don’t want to gain the dreaded 5 to 10 pounds over the holiday season.

But it’s so tempting. The Christmas goodies, holiday parties, and cocktails make it so easy to overindulge. Not to mention the never-ending schedule packed with shopping, decorating and family gatherings keep you so busy that it’s easy ...

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Inflammation Leads to Pain

Inflammation is often associated with pain. In fact, the suffix “itis” as in arthritis, bursitis, tendinitis, or diverticulitis actually means inflammation. There are several different factors that contribute to inflammation and its accompanying pain, such as trauma, stress, or repetitive movements. Infections, chemicals or physical agents can also injure cells and trigger an inflammatory response.

The symptoms are commonly redness, pain, heat, swelling and depending on the extent of the injury, loss of function. In the body’s attempt to repair ...

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Healthy School Lunch

With school starting, your child’s school lunch is back on top of your to-do list. You want your child eating a healthy lunch every day. After all, studies have shown that a nutritious lunch helps kids perform better in school.

At the same time, you want your child to actually eat the lunch! So do you pack a healthy lunch box for your child? Do you give them money to buy a lunch at school and cross your fingers they choose ...

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What You Need to Know about Vitamin D

Vitamin D, the powerful “sunshine” nutrient, is known for its many wonderful benefits including protection from multiple sclerosis, diabetes, cancer, and other diseases.

Vitamin D regulates the expression of genes that influence your immune system to attack and destroy bacteria and viruses. There are 30,000 genes in your body and vitamin D has been shown to influence over 2,000 of them. In fact, it is very rare for someone with optimized vitamin D levels to come down with the flu.

Perhaps because ...

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Dehydration is Dangerous

Could you be chronically dehydrated? Many people are and never realize it. Our bodies require at least eight glasses of water per day, more during exercise, illness, and hot weather. People often think that even if they don’t actually drink water, they are getting enough by drinking coffee, tea, soft drinks, juice or beer. Unfortunately, many of these beverages have a diuretic effect, encouraging the body to excrete water through urination, rather than retaining it. Think about a grape versus ...

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There’s More to Weight than What We Eat

Published in NSIDE M.D., San Antonio Medical Journal

Losing weight can be perplexing and frustrating. While some people struggle with weight gain throughout their lives, many individuals find they have trouble keeping the pounds off as the years go by. Even though they eat less than before, they still gain weight.

There are healthy, smart ways to lose weight, and keep it off, that begin with understading why people gain weight.

Weight gain is the result of an imbalance between calories consumed and ...

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