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Cheat Sheet for Using Health Insurance Metal Levels

Posted by fivihealth Sunday, November 1, 2015
article image It was meant to make shopping for health insurance easier. But there's still a lot of people who can't translate a metal level intoa choice that makes sense. First what is a metal level?

One of the goals of the ACA was to help consumers figure out what plans covered and what percentage of the costs they passed on to you(called cost sharing). Think of the copayments and coinsurance you have to pay when you visit the doctor. So they came up with a scale that basically pegs 1 of4 metal colors toanactuarial valuendash; or simplyhow much theplan covers on average. So an actuarial value of 70% (or a Silver Plan), means that the plan on average covers 70% of the medical expense you could...

What is gluten and is going free for me?

Posted by fivihealth Monday, August 31, 2015
article imageIt seems like everyone is going gluten free these days and in response to this new national pastime, food marketers are adding gluten free varieties to everything we eat. Well what is it? Gluten is actually a combination of proteins found in wheat that affects the chewiness of baked wheat products. Since so many of our foods are derived from wheat, going gluten free can be tough and really requires a drastic change to eating habits. Who should go gluten free? The reality is that a very small percentage of the population actually has a clinically proven medical reason to go gluten free. Celiac disease is an auto-immune disorder where gluten triggers a response that can damage the...

Gut bacteria friendly foods and why you should eat them

Posted by fivihealth Monday, August 31, 2015
article image Yes, we are walking micro-biomes teeming with life in our guts. Basically, at any given moment we have millions of bacteria living inside of us. What's exciting is that we are only now just starting to uncover all the different ways that this "gut bacteria" plays a role in our health. We've known for some time that the bacteria in our digestive tract is responsible for helping us digest food and extract nutrition. New research is suggesting that the bacteria in our gut also plays a role in our immune system and how our body fights off disease and pathogens. This field of research is still new and lot remains to be understood but many experts agree that a "gut bacteria friendly diet" could...

Stand up for your health...then sit down

Posted by fivihealth Friday, July 31, 2015
article image If you work in any type of office setting where there are computers, chairs, and people - chances are you've heard of complaints to lower backs, shoulders, knees, and other body parts. It's true sitting all day is really tough on the body. More and more research is coming out on the health impacts of sitting all day. Now this article is not on why sitting all day is bad for you. This article is for those who are considering switching to a standing desk. When it comes to standing desks, you can spend 100's if not 1000's of dollars or cobble together something with some books and a few pine boards. Keep in mind that the same good ergonomic principles apply for a standing desk. Elbows...

It is already supersized

Posted by fivieat Friday, July 31, 2015
article imageIt's hard to image that once upon a time, burgers were about a 1/3 of the size of the behemoths we often order today. This interesting infographic from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows you just how much larger the portions have become since our parents used to order the quintessential burger - fries - and a soda meal. As you can see the real portion growth is in the soda. Average sodas ordered top the scale at 600% of what we saw in the 1950's. Check out this siteMaking Health Easierfor some great links from the CDC on better eating habits. But if we can leave you with3 simple tips to make this meal healthier:1. skip the soda or get a small and finish it off with water2....
article image Everyone knows the old myth that cracking your knuckles is bad for you and can lead to arthritis in your joints. Most people would be surprised to find out, that the scientific community is only recently getting around to figuring out what actually happens when we crack not just our knuckles but any joint in our body. Isn't it weird that once you crack the joint, you have to wait till you can make the pop again? The first attempt to explain joint cracking was in 1947 and it was centered on gas formation in our joints. It wasn't until 1971 with more modern imaging technology, that a team presented the most widely accepted explanation to knuckle popping or "joint cavitation"....

Losing Weight by Listening to Hunger Games Audio Books

Posted by fivihealth Tuesday, May 26, 2015
article image It may sound ridiculous but a study conducted at the Wharton School in PA used an audiobook of the popular novel to get people who struggle getting to the gym to well...get to the gym. Specifically, this study was designed to demonstrate the potential impact of "temptation bundling", a term coined by one of the authors of this study - Katherine Milkman. Here is a little background before we dive into the study. These types of studies are part of a field called "behavioral economics". Originally, it was the study of psychology, social, emotional, and cognitive factors on economic decision making. Recently, it has expanded to look at the choices we make that are less healthy for us. The...

Mindfulness to Get More Out of Everyday

Posted by fivihealth Wednesday, April 29, 2015
article image Let's face it, for most of us - the typical day is a mixed bag of ups, downs, and blahs. Bottom line is, it's easy to get overwhelmed and maybe even down about our lives. These negative thoughts are hands down one of the biggest hurdles to making lifestyle changes that can lead to healthier choices. Today, we're going to talk about the power of positive thinking or a constructive way of thinking that can lead to better outcomes for you. Another term you'll hear is "mindfulness". If you practice yoga, mindfulness is an integral part of implementing a yogi based outlook on life. But really it's all about thinking a certain way to positively impact our daily lives. Regardless of whether or...

The Super PHYTO-Chemical

Posted by fivihealth Wednesday, April 29, 2015
article image We've always known that a diet rich in fruits and vegetables is good for you. The truth is, the scientific community is just starting to scratch the surface on understanding why. The reason is a lot of the benefit is derived from several classes of chemicals, called phytochemicals, that actually represent over 5,000 chemicals naturally found in fruits and vegetables. You've probably heard of beta-carotene which falls in the category of Carotenoids - the one class we tend to know the most about. But you also have Phenolics, Alkaloids, Nitrogen-containing compounds, and Organosulfur compounds. Not surprisingly we know very little about how these work. But more and more research is...

What is this Quantified Self Thing?

Posted by fivihealth Wednesday, April 29, 2015
article image In 2010, Gary Wolf gave a TED talk in Cannes about a movement of hardware geeks who were making devices that collect biometric data and strapping them to their bodies. This movement would eventually become known as the Quantified Self movement. Today, Apple is launching a watch that not only continuously monitors vitals about its wearer, but it also gives you real time feedback and urges you to meet or set goals like steps, getting up, sleep etc. Today's consumer marketplace is crowded with apps, watches, bands, sensors, and wearable clothing that continuously will monitor our bodies and give us feedback on how well we are doing and help us set goals. Probably, the most exciting thing is...
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