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  1. Top 4 Myths About Health and Nutrition

    1. A CALORIE IS A CALORIE
    A commonly used phrase when referring to nutrition is “a calorie is a calorie,” which can be misleading. A calorie is a measurement of energy; it’s the amount of energy needed to raise one gram of water one degree Celsius.

    Over time, however, calories have come to be associated with human biology, not just with energy measurement. It is true, from an actual energy standpoint, that in a closed loop system all calories are equal. It’s when we look at what happens to a calorie after it’s ingested, that we start seeing some important differences that depend on the source of the calorie.

    Although all foods provide energy to the body, foods also deliver nutrients, influence hunger, and trigger different hormonal pathways.

    Consider 100 calories derived from table sugar compared to 100 calories derived from olive oil; these calories have different speeds and path

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  2. The Thorne Testing Philosophy: 5 Ways We’re Revolutionizing Wellness

    As a practicing clinician, my goal is to help my patients achieve their optimal health. Preventing chronic disease and promoting wellness are both critical components of optimizing health, and exactly why I began working with Thorne five years ago.

    Thorne’s priority has always been people – both patients and providers. With its scientific approach, every Thorne product and solution is backed by medical evidence.  Thorne’s focus on people and science goes as far as frequently recommending lifestyle changes before supplements—diet, exercise, stress reduction, etc.—even if those recommendations don’t help the Thorne’s bottom line.  The goal is to make people healthier, however possible.

    Being a part of the Thorne team for the past five years – as the company has innovated and expanded into new depths of understanding optimizing wellness and athletic performance – has been exciting as a clinician. In recent years, Thorne has become the go-to company for precision medicin

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  3. What Are the Health Effects and Symptoms of Having an Underactive Thyroid?

    How prevalent are thyroid conditions?

    Check out these jaw-dropping stats about thyroid conditions in general. According to the American Thyroid Association:1

    • More than 12% of the U.S. population will have a thyroid condition at some point in their lives.
    • Three out of five individuals have an undiagnosed thyroid condition.
    • 20 million Americans have thyroid disease.
    • Thyroid dysfunction increases the risk for a number of conditions, including heart disease, osteoporosis, and infertility.
    • Women are 5-8 times more likely to have a thyroid abnormality than men (with one in eight developing a thyroid condition at some point in her life).
    • Hypothyroidism affects as many as 20% of women over age 50.2
    • Pregnant women with an underactive thyroid are at increased risk for miscarriage, pre-term delivery, and giving birth to a baby with a developmental disabilit
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  4. Fatty Liver: A Slient Epidemic

    Did you know that fatty liver (technically called nonalcoholic fatty liver disease or NAFLD) is the most common liver disease in the Western world and that, according to the American Liver Foundation, 25 percent of Americans have fatty liver? Broken down by age, 30-40 percent of adults and 5-10 percent of children probably have fatty liver.

    But what is fatty liver?
    Just like you can accumulate fat that is visible from the outside, you can also accumulate fat in and around your organs too – in this case, the liver.

    Fatty liver is the over-accumulation of triglycerides and other fats in the cells of the liver. Once the amount of fat cells exceeds five percent of the liver’s volume, it is considered to be fatty liver disease. Thereafter, fatty liver can remain relatively benign or it can progress to inflammation and scarring.

    How do you get fatty liver? 
    Although logic would suggest that fatty liver is acquired from ea

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  5. 12 Biomarkers that Impact Your Fertility

    Trying to become pregnant can be exciting, but for some women it can be difficult and frustrating when time passes without success. Whether you want a better understanding of your reproductive fitness before you start trying, or you have been struggling to conceive for a while, testing to determine your body’s status for 12 important biomarkers could help improve your chances of successfully achieving your goal.

    For females between puberty and menopause, the following 12 biomarkers can be tested and analyzed:

    1. Follicle Stimulating Hormone (FSH) – FSH can be thought of as the triggering hormone that starts a new menstrual cycle.  During menstruation, the FSH level rises, which triggers an egg to begin maturing and stimulates the production of estrogen. There is a brief spike in the FSH level that is associated

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  6. Stop Counting Sheep: Here's Why You're Having Trouble Sleeping

    Sleep affects everything from physical and mental performance to mood and weight control. But for something so key to your health and wellness, exactly how sleep works is still a mystery to many of us. Here’s what you need to know if getting more sleep or better sleep is your goal.

    You’re not alone

    Sixty million Americans persistently suffer from sleep deprivation. And 70% of U.S. adults experience enough daily stress to the point it disrupts their nightly sleep. So what’s going on? 

    It’s all about hormones

    The body’s alternating cycle of sleeping and waking is directly related to the levels of two key hormones: melatonin and cortisol. Understanding how the levels of these two hormones fluctuate during the

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  7. Creating a Routine Around Sleep

    THE PROBLEM:
    More than 40% of Americans sleep less than the ideal amount, which makes sleep a hot topic among doctors and sports scientists. Seven of 10 adults experience so much daily stress that it disrupts their nightly sleep – athletes are no different and probably more so.

    Getting enough sleep isn’t just an issue for the adult population; the American Academy of Sleep recommends teens ages 13-18 get 8-10 hours of sleep each night. However, these recommendations can be confounded based on current research that suggests teens – as well as shift workers, travelers, and night-time users of hand-held electronic devices – have a circadian rhythm that runs longer than 24 hours.

    The light exposure from hand-held devices can lead to the normal sleep cycle shifting to later in the day. Although the sleep cycle is delayed, and these individuals go

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  8. Does the Multi-Vitamin Elite PM Formula Help You Sleep?

    Seven of ten adults experience sufficient daily stress to the point that it disrupts their nightly sleep–and athletes are no different. Have you had a big event–an early morning race, a big game, or even an important meeting at work–that has caused your mind to race thinking about it the night before? Most everyone has, right?

    Some athletes have reported anecdotally that just a one-time use of Thorne’s Multi-Vitamin Elite PM formula has helped them catch the Zzz’s they need to perform their best the next day.*

    Thorne specifically added the plant extracts of Magnolia officinalis and Phellodendron amurense (aka Relora®) to their Multi-Vitamin Elite PM formula to support restful sleep.* Our research and development team recently partnered with EXOS in Phoenix, Ar

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  9. Who is at Risk for Magnesium Deficiency?

    THE MUNDANE
    How much time do you spend thinking about magnesium? I’m going to assume that you don’t get very excited when you see advertisements for magnesium supplements or articles about magnesium’s health benefits.

    After all, magnesium isn’t an exotic botanical from a far-off land or a recently discovered Nobel Prize-winning nutrient. But you really should be thinking a lot about magnesium, maybe even obsessing over it.

    THE MIRACLE
    It was once commonly accepted that magnesium is involved as a cofactor in more than 300 of the body’s enzymatic reactions. Now, however, at least 600 magnesium-dependent enzymatic reactions have been identified.

    Therefore, it should be no surprise that magnesium is involved in almost all of the body’s major cellular metabolic and biochemical processes.

    Magnesium is an essential nutrient for the electrical activity of the heart, dilation of blood vessels, relaxation

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  10. What is a Modified Mediterranean Diet?

    The Mediterranean Diet tied for first place in the 2018 U.S. News & World Report Best Overall Diet category.1 It also ran away with the top honor for the easiest-to-follow diet. It took top rankings in other categories as well, tying for first place for the best diet for a person with diabetes and tying for second place for the best diet to prevent heart disease (the top honor for the best diet to prevent heart disease went to the DASH diet, which is similar to the Mediterranean Diet but restricts salt intake). Nutrition experts applauded U.S. News & World Report’s focus on healthy, rather than fad, diets.

    But is all the hype for real, is there really something to the hype for this diet? The answer is a resounding “yes” – because a significant body of very legitimate evidence points to its health benefits. Long-term research has conclusively demonstrated that the diet eaten in the regions surrounding the Mediterranean Sea can improve your

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