Health & Wellness

The Fat About Fats

Last week  in the article, “The Skinny on Fats.” I wrote about the information we can gather from understanding our blood work results relating to our body's fat metabolism; cholesterol, triglycerides and more.

In many cases, the culprit for imbalances in our fat metabolism is the liver.  What is helpful to understand, is that fats do make us fat, when they are the bad fats. 

As our society transitioned from an agrarian culture influenced primarily from ancestral dietary traditions, the convenience factor started

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The Skinny on Fats

By Dr. Sara Hart, ND, MSOM, LAc

Deep fried pickles, a rack of ribs, sweet potato fries and pan roasted duck breast are some of the menu favorites here in Lyons.  Who doesn’t want to indulge in the bottom of a keg filled with fried foods from time to time?  While this might sound appealing, it also makes many folks'

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Being A Fit Mother

Keeping Lyons Fit

by Mary Chase

In light of Mothers’ Day I chose to reflect on what it is and why it is so important to be a fit mother. Since my children were born, I have struggled with the guilt of leaving my children to be physically fit. As a personal trainer and fitness instructor, I have seen mothers struggle with those same issues. My standard response in both cases is the same, “I am a better wife and mother because I exercise.” How do I draw that conclusion? Well I am about to tell you. 

First of all, as I sat in the sun with my children on Mothers’ Day enjoying the time and our families’ happiness one thought came to mind. I will not always be with my children

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The Magic Of Enzymes

By Dr. Sara Hart, ND, MSOM, LAc

Enzymes are one of nature’s most amazing substances.  As complex chemical structures, enzymes interact in every part of our bodies to transform substances from one product to the next.  Enzymes are responsible for our metabolism, digestion, break down of waste products, energy production, immune activity, and much more!  Enzymes require certain conditions in order to be most efficient at their tasks.  Minding our enzymes may make or break our state of health!

Enzymes interact in every aspect of human physiology.  They work as a lock and key mechanism, specifically matching the substance that they are made to break apart or transform.  If we go without one enzyme, this can serve as an obstacle to many other steps in our bodies functioning. A common example of enzymes effect in our health is

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Mothering The Mother

By Janelle Boyington, RM, CPM

Following her birth, a mother has accomplished an amazing physical feat, experienced an emotional revolution, and is bathing in the hormones designed to help her transition from pregnant woman to mother.  It is no wonder that this, combined with joy, sleep deprivation, and new breastfeeding that she may feel overwhelmed. The psychoanalyst Donald Winicott noted that in the perinatal period there is a special mental state of the mother in which she has a greatly increased sensitivity to, and focus upon the needs of her baby. Such a state begins toward the end of the pregnancy and continues for a few weeks after the birth of the child. Mothers need support, nurturing, and a protected environment to develop and maintain this state. “Only if a mother is sensitized in the way I am describing,” wrote Winicott, “can she feel herself into her infant’s place, and so meet the infant’s needs.” Communities that support women and babies during this precious time see less postpartum depression, healthier babies, higher rates of long-term breastfeeding success, and more confident mothers.
The provision of food, water, warmth, and a private time for the mother and infant to get to know each other is the rule in most cultures. In most non-industrialized societies the mother and baby are placed together, with support, protection, and isolation from other demands and people often for the first number of weeks following the birth. 
In many industrialized societies in Europe (and Canada), parental leave is provided, ranging from a minimum of three months to a year or more, with partial to full pay compensation. Here in the U.S., though generally some weeks of maternity leave are provided, our culture of “Mothering the Mother” has dwindled. Often the media and our culture drives a “back to

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