Gut health isn't just about keeping tummy troubles away. While improving your gut health can reduce gastrointestinal issues, it is also key in supporting and regulating body functions and keeping your systems running healthily.
Simply put, your gut, also known as your gastrointestinal tract, breaks down food to provide essential nutrients throughout the body. Your GI tract is also essential in fighting off infectious agents and is linked to a healthy immune system, endocrine system and cardiovascular system.
The health of your gut also impacts the health of your brain. A healthy gut supports a healthy mood and promotes mental wellness. In fact, research has shown that gut bacteria may be associated with your risk of depression.
Natural Grocers, the largest family-operated organic and natural grocery retailer in the U.S., released on Monday its Top Trends for 2024.
The company's experts predict the most anticipated products and practices for 2024 in the categories of Health and Wellness; Body Care and Beauty; Food and Beverage; and those that are Ecologically Thoughtful.
To accurately pinpoint the 2024 predictions, Natural Grocers' Nutrition Education team, including our knowledgeable Registered Dietitians and Certified Natural Foods Chefs, collaborated with the retailer's purchasing, marketing and analytics teams. Each year, these specialists study consumer-shopping preferences, dig into the latest research to predict these rising and shifting trends.
This Sunday morning we will be working out on South Beach. This will be our first of many beach workouts this year.
The workout will focus on cardio, agility, balance and will conclude with a 20 minute meditation by the water.
If you are interested in joining us for this free workout, fill out the form below and the details of the exact location will be sent to you the morning of the workout.
12 healthcare trends and issues we are following for 2024 by Scott Becker and Molly Gamble (www.beckershospitalreview.com)
The year begins with a number of challenges that have only intensified for U.S. healthcare providers.
Below are a dozen trends and issues that commanded our attention throughout 2023 and hold our curiosity in the year ahead. These patterns and shifts directly or indirectly influence how healthcare providers fare in 2024, and ultimately affect how Americans access, afford and receive care.
1. Healthcare has a worsening numbers problem. The estimated 30,000 physicians who join the U.S. workforce will not be enough to meet the growing demand for care and number of doctors retiring, reducing clinical hours, or planning to exit the field each year. Keep in mind that an estimated 71,309 physicians left the workforce from 2021 through 2022 alone. These supply disruptions unfold as the nation as a whole continues to grow and age, intensifying demand for physicians even amid a growing pipeline of advanced practice providers. It's a fairly finite pool of doctors, APPs, nurses and all types therapists and techs to take care of a larger and older population. All in all, the U.S. faces an estimated shortage of between 37,800 and 124,000 primary care and specialist physicians by 2034.
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