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April 03, 2017

Digestion Questions: Prebiotics vs. Probiotics, and Why You Need Enzymes

We harp on gut health all the time. About as often as your girlfriend talks about The Bachelor, or your mom wonders if you're eating enough. But like your mom's concerns (and unlike The Bachelor), gut health comes up a lot because it's important. However, important isn't synonymous with "easy", or "simple", and healthy bellies can require some new vocab words. If you've got one toe dipped in the wellness world, you've probably heard the words "probiotics", "prebiotics", and "enzymes". Those words leave a lot of people wondering if "pre" and "pro" are referring to the same things, what situations call for one or the other, and why you even need them in the first place! Let me clear up a few digestion questions, explain the difference between these 3 gut health buzz words, and let you know when you need them and why!
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February 28, 2017

You've Got BIG Plans in 2017: An Update on The Well Labs Mission

Just over 15 months ago, Hannah, myself, and our friend Alexa were brainstorming ways how to make a bigger impact with our limited resources...time, and money.  We all shared a desire to teach real health, and break down the overwhelming barriers of complicated medical and nutritional information.  We all (and you all) only have so many hours in the day to accomplish what we want and should do. A lack of time and resources often leaves health at the bottom of the priority list. We wanted to make real health, both information and products, convenient for the modern lifestyle. Here's how we're taking our mission to a new level in 2017!

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February 06, 2017

Real Risk Factors for Heart Disease and Why You Can't Wait to Make Changes

Heart disease is just a thing old dudes worry about... right? Sorry, pal. It's actually everywhere. Statistically, you know someone with cardiovascular disease (even if you don't know they have it). But it's also likely you're very aware of someone in your family is struggling with heart health. It may sound small like high cholesterol, or it may be as serious as a heart attack. "But... I can basically ignore it until I'm old, right?" DOUBLE sorry, pal. Heart disease, strokes, heart attacks, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, etc. don't just magically appear one day. The universe doesn't pick a day and declare "TODAY is the day you'll start eating dinner at 4:30 pm, watching 'stories' on the TV, and start thinking about your heart health." That fun diagnosis all the "old" people receive has been in the works for YEARS by the time a doctor actually finds it. Let me explain why and how to prevent heart issues now, and the REAL risk factors you should be looking for (hint: your doctor might be a liiiiittle out of touch).  

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January 04, 2017

How to Set Yourself Up for a Great Year

I've nicknamed myself "the finisher"... wait it's not cool to give yourself a nickname? Those don't stick? Anyway... It's not because I can do a cool WWE wrestling move that puts people to sleep, or because I'm secretly an assassin. I just REALLY like crossing things off of a to-do list. The point is: I get a charge from accomplishing even the most mundane things at any cost. So you can imagine, that "completing" a whole calendar year makes me want to hand out medals to everyone and yell "congrats!" With the fresh start of a calendar flip in mind, there are handful of things you can do to set yourself up for an absolutely great year. You might have tried the old "drink more water, get a gym membership... etc." but here are a few different ways you can be proactive and set yourself up for success this year. 

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December 07, 2016

The Best Nutrition For Men: A Guide To What Most Guys Really Need

"Your blog is for girls." ... Ok, those weren't his exact words, but I recently had a friend highlight the fact that a good bit of the Well Labs material leans female. With two young female cofounders, surrounded by pregnancy, babies, and female patients -- we do tend to go girl a bit more than bro. HOWEVER, we have some very important men in our lives that need our good-intentioned (occasionally overbearing?) care and advice when it comes to nutrition. So here, I'll divulge what we've found works best when it comes to nutrition for men. Here's what (most) guys really need and why:

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October 19, 2016

Why Doing Nothing Is Overwhelming to Your Brain

Having NOTHING to do can be pure freedom. Joy. Exhilarating. One of my favorite comedians puts it perfectly here. Have you ever asked an adult their weekend plans, and they respond with "Nothing. Nothing at all."? They almost always have a smile on their face. No plans and no rules can be, well, the best. There are times however, when "doing nothing" ceases to scream "FREEDOM" and starts to yell an overwhelming, "OH NO WHAT AM I DOING." Let me explain the good and bad types of "nothing" and why the bad kind can overwhelm you into oblivion. 

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October 11, 2016

5 Game-changing Health Books to Add to Your Reading List

Did you finish all those hot beach reads from this summer?! Good for you, little bookworm. Luckily, we've compiled our favorite health and wellness related reads for you to dig into! The irony of this post is that I don't even really like books (20 friends from my small town private college just cried a silent tear, and swore me off as a friend, but whatever). However, these books are SO GOOD that they made this non-reader become a full on, can't put it down, always have a book in my purse, READER (...or audiobook listener). They have not only shaped the way I live my life, but completely changed how I see patients as a physician. Here's what's hot!

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August 31, 2016

Birth Control In Your Body: How It Works and Why You Need to Know Now


You take the pill every day (or wear a patch, ring, or IUD) but do you know how and why it even works? For that matter, do you know how your cycle works? I'm writing this from a slightly disgruntled point of view. I managed to make it almost all the way through my doctorate (IN HEALTH CARE) without actually knowing how my own cycle worked. No one taught me, and if they tried I was in that "4 coffees can't keep me awake after this many exams in a row" zombie haze. Did you know that there's only about 4-6 days out of the month you can even get pregnant? I was spending all 30 days freaking out because I didn't know about 4 days. So I did what I thought was the only option, and I went on the birth control pill during college (later than most of my friends)... because what else do you do when you don't want to get pregnant? Turns out, there's a lot more to it. So here it is: how birth control works, why you need to know, and what other options do you have?

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July 26, 2016

The All Natural Sick-Day: 6 Smart Ways to Recover Faster

My summer holiday plans were ruined by 3 of the most aggressive sick days of my life. Yes, I know, waahh wahh... poor me, like I'm the only person who gets sick. But here's the thing -- I like to think of myself as some sort of special health unicorn, who hops over illness at every turn, just defusing it with magical glitter sparkles. That's what you get for working in the health and wellness field. You do tend to be healthier, but when you eventually get sick (I'm apparently not a unicorn 100% of the time) you're completely ashamed. Here's 6 ways that I recovered fast. It looks a little different than your sick-day, but this all-natural option might help you kick the junk bugs faster!

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June 29, 2016

5 Signs You Have a Food Sensitivity, and Why Your Allergist Won't Find It.

"I'm totally addicted," is a phrase you throw out about food all the time. That new pizza place, having ranch on everything, and your daily vanilla latte. Personally in a moment of weakness, illness, or sadness, if you handed me freshly made mac and cheese I would devour it like a wild beast. Your playful addictions might actually be a sign of a more serious issue (first step is admitting you have a problem... or something like that, right?). Food sensitivities are much different than allergies, AND much more common. Food sensitivities may be behind your headaches, sleep troubles, runny nose, joint pain, stomach ache, or those last 5 lbs you just can't freaking lose. The rough news? Even an allergist won't typically find them. Here's why:
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