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Be the Change | Spiro Health and Wellness

Be The Change

This is a guest post by Iris Thieme Maya Angelou said, “I did then what I knew how to do.  Now that I know better, I do better.” I have learned through my studies on nutrition that you have to dig a little deeper to find the truth. Headlines and abstracts in scientific studies don’t always tell the whole truth. If I

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Early Periods | Spiro Health and Wellness

This One’s For the Girls

This is a guest post by Iris Thieme Did you know that girls are starting their periods earlier than ever, especially in Western civilization, with a current average age of 11 years, with some as early as age 9?  That is NOT fun for a 9 year old!  For centuries, the average age of menarche in the Dogon tribe of

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Myth of Moderation | Spiro Health & Wellness

The Myth of Moderation

This is a guest post by Iris Thieme We are supposed to practice “moderation in all things,” right? I’m not exactly sure where that phrase came from, but it is good advice for many aspects of our lives, but unfortunately NOT for healthy lifestyle habits. First, what is the definition of moderation? “The avoidance of excess or extremes, especially in

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How to Love Your Leafy Greens | Spiro Health & Wellness

How To Love Your Leafy Greens

This is a guest post by Iris Thieme Why? Leafy greens were listed in the top 10 healthiest foods in a study published in the journal Preventing Chronic Disease, which ranked 41 fruits and vegetables by their nutrient density.  They are high in vitamin K, which helps blood to clot; and folate, which is a type of B vitamin that

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Diet and Depression | Spiro Health and Wellness

What Does Diet Have To Do With Depression?

This is a guest post by Iris Thieme Food affects mood. Mood affects food.  What kind of food do you eat when you feel depressed?  Most people tend to eat what they call “comfort foods”.  They are typically highly processed, high sugar, high fat, high salt foods, which give off a temporary dopamine, or feel-good affect.  However, the effect is

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Healthy Sleep 101

This is a guest post by Hayden Entress. When we think about living a healthy lifestyle, it’s easy to think about striving to have a balanced diet and consistent exercise schedule; however, do we ever think about the vital role our sleep plays in our health? Getting enough good (and high quality) sleep is essential for maintaining optimal health and

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