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The Health and Wellness Center is focused on providing you with useful information on total health and wellness, and living a healthy lifestyle.  Topics include health news, diet and nutrition, exercise and fitness, strength training, workout programs, health eating and living a healthy lifestyle. | http://elevatechristiannetwork.com/category/health-and-wellness/
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Strength and Conditioning Fitness Training with Personal Trainer Michele Sotak

Michele Sotak: Power athletes focus on building skill, explosive power and quickness during the competitive season.  This video features her strength and conditioning session with veteran linebacker Kelvin Morris of the Chicago Rush Arena football team at Soccer City in Palatine, Illinois.

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About Michele Sotak

 

Michele Sotak is a Certified Personal Trainer, Fitness Expert, and Life Fitness Academy Master Trainer. Sotak works with clients to improve their state of fitness. She creates effective programs that add to the overall health of each person while producing top results.

 

Her specialties include Circuit and Functional Strength Training, TRX, Weight Loss, and Sports Specific Training.

 

See also: Kettlebell Workout Routines with Chris Lopez

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How to Deal With Anxiety—and Turn It Into Excitement Instead

How to Deal With Anxiety—and Turn It Into Excitement Instead | Health and Wellness Center - Elevate Christian Network | Scoop.it
Sometimes the thing that excites us also causes anxiety––it can be tough to tell the difference, but with these tips, you can turn anxious thoughts around.
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According to Dr. Sal Raisbach of of Ambrosia Treatment Center, "When you experience anxiety, the first thing that happens is your senses observe your environment, and you feel that rush of cortisol in your brain as the fight-or-flight mentality begins to set in."

 

"This is something humans have evolved to do to be able to sense danger and respond quickly, which is why it all happens in a matter of seconds."

 

See also: Cassey Ho: Taking Care of Your Mental Health

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Abs workout with Amanda Kloots | Simple moves for stronger-than-ever core

Abs workout with Amanda Kloots | Simple moves for stronger-than-ever core | Health and Wellness Center - Elevate Christian Network | Scoop.it
Trainer Amanda Kloots shares her workout, featuring five moves for stronger, toned abs. Includes demonstrations of proper form.
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According to Amanda Kloots, “Think of your core as the center of your being. If your center isn’t strong, you have nothing to radiate from."

 

She has a reputation as one of the most-hardcore trainers in New York City by sharing an abs-centric routines.

 

See also: Healthy Happy Life Channel | Kathy Patalsky

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Researchers Say Get a Pet, Move to the Country: You’ll Be Healthier

Researchers Say Get a Pet, Move to the Country: You’ll Be Healthier | Health and Wellness Center - Elevate Christian Network | Scoop.it
Researchers say that people who grow up in rural areas around animals have better immune systems and fewer mental health issues.
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New research from the University of Ulm in Germany and the University of Colorado Boulder, suggests that country kids may grow up with a more resilient immune system and a lower risk of mental illness than their pet-free urban-dwelling counterparts.

 

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Alkalizing Your Body For Optimal Health | Transformation Coach Lena Kay

According to Lena Kay, alkalinity is essential to obtain optimal health. Alkalizing helps us to obtain a healthy body and immune system and it is a fundamental aspect of our body that doctors just don't tell us. 

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Lena Kay has overcome all of these health problems and have helped many other people heal their bodies, improve their skin, control diabetes, heal their arthritis, and so much more.

 

In this video, she covers what alkalinity actually is, why you need to care about it and also how you can apply it easily into your lifestyle.

 

See also: Lena Kay | Re-Program Your Mind for Success

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Fitness Expert Jillian Michaels Shares 6 Easy Tips Will Help You Lose Weight

Fitness Expert Jillian Michaels Shares 6 Easy Tips Will Help You Lose Weight | Health and Wellness Center - Elevate Christian Network | Scoop.it

"When it comes to weight loss you simply must work out and eat right to get results." "Often people do one or the other, but not both," Jillian says.

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Jillian Michaels says that the "best" workout you can do is whatever sweat sesh you'll do consistently. That being said, here's what she recommends for weight loss:

 

HIIT intervals (high-intensity interval training), resistance training, plyometrics, bodyweight training, and movements that incorporate multiple muscle groups, like squats, lunges, burpees, and pushups.

 

See also: Jillian Michaels Workout & Fitness Channel

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If Your Diet Is Missing This Vitamin, You're Aging Way Faster

If Your Diet Is Missing This Vitamin, You're Aging Way Faster | Health and Wellness Center - Elevate Christian Network | Scoop.it

Most people underestimate it, but vitamin C deficiency can cause rapidly increasing signs and conditions of aging. Plus, humans cannot manufacture large amounts of vitamin C on their own.

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Signs of deficiency include easy bruising, low iron levels, and bleeding gums. It's easy to get your daily vitamin C from the right foods such as citrus fruits.

 

You can also get vitamin C in leafy greens, red and orange bell peppers, carrots, and summer and winter squash.

 

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How to Avoid Hormone Disrupting Soy Protein in the Diet

How to Avoid Hormone Disrupting Soy Protein in the Diet | Health and Wellness Center - Elevate Christian Network | Scoop.it
Soy protein is rampant in the food supply. This pseudofood has a devastating effect on health and hormone balance over time. How and why to avoid.
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Athletes and other health conscious people are especially at risk. A wide variety of so called superfoods, supplements, protein powders and bars contain soy protein.

 

But it isn’t just in foods solely targeted for vegans or vegetarians. All sorts of health foods, including those with real meat, are cut, filled, and extended with soy protein.

 

See also:  Health Benefits of Vitamin K

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Health News: Peanut allergy treatment 'lasts up to four years', a study found

Health News: Peanut allergy treatment 'lasts up to four years', a study found | Health and Wellness Center - Elevate Christian Network | Scoop.it

Food Allergies: "Four years after children in a study took the oral treatment, 70% had no allergic reaction to peanuts."

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According to lead researcher Prof Mimi Tang, of Murdoch Childrens Research Institute in Melbourne, Australia, "The importance of this finding is that these children were able to eat peanuts like children who don't have peanut allergy and still maintain their tolerant state, protected against reactions to peanuts."

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Walking: One of The Simplest Ways to Stay Healthy and Avoid Chronic Diseases

Walking: One of The Simplest Ways to Stay Healthy and Avoid Chronic Diseases | Health and Wellness Center - Elevate Christian Network | Scoop.it

Healthy Living: Walking regularly has been found to bolster immunity, increase circulation, and help fight chronic disease. A 2015 study also discovered that a brisk 20-minute walk each day could be enough to reduce an individual’s risk of early death.

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Scientific research has found that the act of walking boosts blood circulation to the brain, boosting mental function and overall sense of well-being.

 

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According to health experts, not all plant-based diets are created equal

According to health experts, not all plant-based diets are created equal | Health and Wellness Center - Elevate Christian Network | Scoop.it

A new study suggests that choosing the wrong ones may backfire. In fact, diets heavy in pasta, bread, potatoes and sweets appeared just as bad as, if not worse than, diets high in animal products.

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The study, of over 200,000 U.S. health professionals, found those who ate plenty of healthy plant foods -- such as vegetables, beans and whole grains -- did have a lower risk of heart disease.

 

That was not true, however, if people loaded up on foods that are technically plant-based, but not all that healthy.

 

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Heart Health: The Most Powerful Fruit For Lowering Blood Pressure

This amazing fruit not only tastes good, but has a multitude of health benefits that can help you lower your blood pressure and ensure the health of your heart and arteries.

 

Video courtesy:  Dr. Sam Robbins

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Medical studies have been done on patients with severe carotid (ker-ah-tid) artery blockages. They were given an ounce of pomegranate juice each day for a year.

 

Amazingly, the patient's blood pressure lowered by 12%, and there was a 30% reduction in atherosclerotic plaque, meaning the arteries were cleared.

 

See also: Mineral That Lowers Blood Pressure

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Walking for Health: How Many Steps Should You Take Every Day?

Walking for Health: How Many Steps Should You Take Every Day? | Health and Wellness Center - Elevate Christian Network | Scoop.it
How many steps should you walk every day? Some say 10,000; others say 15,000. Here, Dr. Robert J. Davis dives into the history of where this number comes from and how many steps you should really aim for.
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While many people find that tracking steps with these devices motivates them to be active, you don't need to do so to stay fit. If you’re not into counting steps, just try to move as much as you can, for a total of at least 30 minutes on most days.

 

See also: Health Benefits of Intermittent Fasting

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Broadway Physical Therapy, Inc. www.bptrehab.com 781-284-0559's curator insight, July 10, 2017 11:38 AM

I believe you absolutely need to start somewhere, pick a number and increase as you can tolerate, but ultimately move!

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Coffee Lovers: 6 Ways to Make Your Morning Coffee Even Healthier

Coffee Lovers: 6 Ways to Make Your Morning Coffee Even Healthier | Health and Wellness Center - Elevate Christian Network | Scoop.it

Aside from supplying a significant dose of antioxidants, a daily coffee habit may also help ward off a host of ailments, including type 2 diabetes, Parkinson's, and colon and breast cancers.

 

To max out the benefits of your beloved cup of joe, give these six tips a whirl. You might find you enjoy your a.m. ritual even more.

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Drink a glass of water first

 

Many people who start the day with coffee find that they don’t drink enough plain water by the end of the day. If you’re one of them, try downing at least one cup or eight ounces of H2O (plain or infused) when you wake up.

 

And aim for a target of four 16-ounce servings of water throughout the day to stay well-hydrated.

 

See also: How Exercise Benefits Your Body and Brain

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6 Essential Tips to Help You Stop Binge Eating for Good

6 Essential Tips to Help You Stop Binge Eating for Good | Health and Wellness Center - Elevate Christian Network | Scoop.it

You’re scared of putting on weight, you’re disgusted with your actions, but the absolute worst part is how out of control you feel. It’s like you can’t trust yourself anymore.  You’ve tried everything to stop binge eating, but nothing seems to work.

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Taking care of yourself is important. No one ever binged when they were feeling at ease and at peace. Dedicating time just for yourself is going to be crucial to stop binge eating for good.

 

If you define yourself as unfit, out of control, or having no willpower, then you’re setting yourself up for failure. So rather than labeling yourself as “a binge eater,” rather than telling yourself “I’m out of control,” realize that there is nothing wrong with you.

 

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Healthy and Delicious: 5 Summer Recipes For Juicing Strawberries

Healthy and Delicious: 5 Summer Recipes For Juicing Strawberries | Health and Wellness Center - Elevate Christian Network | Scoop.it
Juicing is great! This summer you have to try juicing strawberries alongside your regular green juices. Start with these nutritious, refreshing recipes!
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Here are some of the benefits of strawberry juicing:

  • High in vitamins and minerals
  • Good for your digestion
  • Beneficial for your heart
  • Helps blood sugar regulation
  • Promotes cancer prevention
  •  Strawberries are abundant in antioxidants
  • Have a low glycemic index

 

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5 Health Tips for Achieving Radiant Glowing Skin 

5 Health Tips for Achieving Radiant Glowing Skin  | Health and Wellness Center - Elevate Christian Network | Scoop.it

What you eat can have a huge impact on your skin fast. What happens when we consume skin-irritating foods like wheat (gluten), dairy, sugar, alcohol and coffee, is that it triggers the release of pro-inflammatory hormones which can lead to things like rosacea, eczema, dermatitis and redness of the skin.

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According to Holistic Nutritionist Joy McCarthy, what you put into your body (and what you don't put into it) can play a huge role in the overall health of your skin.

 

A good general rule of thumb to ensure you're eating beautifying foods on a daily basis is to eat a variety of as many colorful foods as possible. 

 

See also: Joyous Health Channel | Joy McCarthy

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It's the winter and dry skin is prevalent. Here are some tips to keep up with that dry, flaky skin..... 

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Great Reasons to Consume Cranberries All Year Long | Healthy Living

Great Reasons to Consume Cranberries All Year Long | Healthy Living | Health and Wellness Center - Elevate Christian Network | Scoop.it

Cranberries are one of the top antioxidant-rich foods, packing in more antioxidants ounce-for-ounce than other superfoods like spinach, blueberries, or even green tea.

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Cranberry juice also has properties that fight both cancer and other tumors. It does this with the polyphenol compounds which have been known to slow the growth of tumors in the breasts, lungs, colon and prostate.

 

See also: Health & Wellness Channel | Elevate Christian Network

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Broadway Physical Therapy, Inc. www.bptrehab.com 781-284-0559's curator insight, December 5, 2017 2:10 PM

Did you know? antioxidants are important in your daily diet. #physicaltherapyworks 

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How Katie Reduced Her Cortisol Levels Naturally With Food & Light

How Katie Reduced Her Cortisol Levels Naturally With Food & Light | Health and Wellness Center - Elevate Christian Network | Scoop.it
It is hard to relax and reduce cortisol in a world with blue light at night, constant noise and stress. Sleep, diet, supplements and exercise can help.
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Many of us now understand that cortisol has ties to stress levels, aging, and belly fat. But, what is cortisol and how is it related to your health?

 

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Broadway Physical Therapy, Inc. www.bptrehab.com 781-284-0559's curator insight, November 3, 2017 12:18 PM

Start your weekend off with some great information to implement into your daily routine. www.nsptinc.com

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Healthy Eating: 10 Low-Carb Breakfasts That Will Fill You Up

If you’re focused on building or maintaining muscle, you may be interested in upping protein rather than carbohydrates as the base of your breakfast.

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These 10 tasty dishes each provides about 20 grams or less total carbohydrates. Eggs are definitely a mainstay of the carb-friendly breakfast, but you can keep your carbs in check without eggs by picking any of the other recipes.

 

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Normal Body Weight: Is 'overfat' the new obesity?

Normal Body Weight: Is 'overfat' the new obesity? | Health and Wellness Center - Elevate Christian Network | Scoop.it
If you are one of those people that stands on the scale every day or you obsessively plug your numbers into a BMI calculator, researchers want you to know you may be missing something.
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A new study published in the journal Frontiers in Public Health  estimates that 90% of the men and 50% of the children in the US, New Zealand, Greece and Iceland are overfat. In the top overfat countries, researchers found 80% of the women were overfat, too. 

 

See also:  Health & Wellness Channel | Elevate Christian Network

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Dr. Weil: Lycopene Health Benefits and the Signs of Deficiency

Dr. Weil: Lycopene Health Benefits and the Signs of Deficiency | Health and Wellness Center - Elevate Christian Network | Scoop.it

Lycopene is a carotenoid and although there is no Daily Value for lycopene, Dr. Weil recommends including 15,000 IU (9 mg) of supplemental mixed carotenoids per day for teenagers and adults.

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Preliminary research shows lycopene may be help to prevent heart disease, atherosclerosis, and even breast and prostate cancers.

 

Lycopene is also found in cell membranes and plays an important role in maintaining the cell’s integrity when it is under assault by toxins.

 

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Healthy Living: The Inflammation-Fighting Foods You Should Be Eating

Healthy Living: The Inflammation-Fighting Foods You Should Be Eating | Health and Wellness Center - Elevate Christian Network | Scoop.it

The good news is there’s plenty that can be done to control inflammation. The key is to be strategic about the foods you eat, focusing on a diet rich in anti-inflammatory foods and drinking water (or tea) throughout the day.

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Use of Sweeteners: When necessary, sweeten foods with honey or another less processed type of sugar. Natural sweeteners tend to fall lower on the glycemic index, which means they won’t spike your blood sugar as much.

 

This may help combat inflammation. You can substitute sugar with honey in a variety of recipes, even when choosing a topping for your pancakes.

 

See also:  Is Inflammation Good or Bad For You?

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Alzheimer's Study: Could Watching Grandchildren Be Good for Your Mental Health?

Alzheimer's Study: Could Watching Grandchildren Be Good for Your Mental Health? | Health and Wellness Center - Elevate Christian Network | Scoop.it

Brain Health: The Australian study looked at post-menopausal women who spent one day a week caring for their grandchildren. Those women had a lower risk of developing Alzheimer’s and other cognitive disorders.

 

Researchers admit that the link isn’t clear, but local experts say human interaction triggers a different reaction in our brains.

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According to Dr. Diana Kerwin, “When we interact with another human being, our brain cells fire rapidly. There’s a lot of stimulation of the brain – much more so than if you sit and do a crossword puzzle or if you sit and watch TV.”

 

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Digestive Health: Cranberries May Be the Key to a Healthy Gut

Digestive Health: Cranberries May Be the Key to a Healthy Gut | Health and Wellness Center - Elevate Christian Network | Scoop.it

The latest in gut health research includes good news for one of our favorite tart and tasty fruits: cranberries. New findings suggest that a carbohydrate found in cranberries could have prebiotic benefits for gut bacteria.

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Cranberries have been a topic of research at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, for over 60 years, and nutritional microbiologist David Sela suggests that cranberries might be able to boost gut health, which would make the tart berries a new option for prebiotic supplements.

 

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Broadway Physical Therapy, Inc. www.bptrehab.com 781-284-0559's curator insight, July 16, 2017 3:41 PM

discover the benefits of all fruits and vegetables and make them apart of your daily food intake  www.nsptinc.com