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September 28, 2015

Stop! Now Walk – Two Minutes Is All It Takes for Greater Health

If you work in a sedentary office environment, you might go four to five hours at a time without standing and stretching your legs. We’ve covered how dangerous this can be, but what are the steps to combat the detrimental effects if a standing desk isn’t an option?

A new study at the University of Utah School of Medicine found that taking a two-minute walk every hour can help counteract some of the harmful effects of prolonged periods of sitting. They found that utilizing two-minute breaks of very light activity, such as walking or cleaning, was associated with a 33 percent lower risk of early death – quite a significant finding.

We all understand that exercise is [...]

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August 26, 2015

The Problems of Health in the Modern World with Guest David Wolfe

Welcome to the pilot episode of Pedram Shojai’s new podcast, The Urban Monk! You may know him from his other podcast, The Health Bridge, but here Pedram has started another podcast that will focus more on lifestyle rather than health directly. Health Bridge will still continue but another podcast was conceived to allow more of a discussion on a broad range of topics. On this first episode, David Wolfe joined Pedram in studio to discuss the challenges of trying to avoid toxins in the current world we live in. They discuss issues such as indoor air pollution, especially in commercial buildings where thousands of people work. How can you have any control over the air you breathe [...]

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June 12, 2015

Is Gluten really that bad? It depends…

By now you’ve probably heard that gluten can be harmful, but do you know why? For many people, avoiding gluten has become a cultural as well as a dietary choice. Gluten allergies and sensitivities are on the rise and we hear about this everywhere. Although the gluten-free lifestyle appeals to roughly 30 percent of  U.S. adults, it seems like gluten is often misunderstood. I want to get to the bottom of this so I invited Dr. Tom O’Bryan, a highly esteemed clinician who specializes in Celiac disease and gluten sensitivity, to join me on the set of the Urban Monk TV show to talk about it.

As it turns out, there is a need for us to be concerned [...]

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June 2, 2015

Why You Should Do These 5 Exercises

Exercise leads to a healthier lifestyle, and the American Heart Association recommends we exercise at least 150 minutes a week to experience health benefits. But some of us don’t have the time or motivation. But don’t fret – we’ve found you five easy exercises for improved health.

(Note: If you haven’t exercised for some time or have health problems, make sure to check with your doctor before trying them.)

Pilates. Pilates is a type of exercise that strengthens your core, abs and lower back. Other benefits include improved posture, balance and flexibility. Pilates conditions the whole body, which enables you to further enjoy activities and sports, and prevent injury. [...]

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