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The ZRT Blog is an extensive resource for patients and health care providers searching for health and hormone testing information. Here, you can read about ZRT’s cutting edge research, advances in testing, wellness advice, and health industry highlights.

Norway, for the win!

Posted by Dr. Allison Smith on Friday, 23 February

Historic shot of Norwegian skier going off a jump

Amidst all the hullabaloo about norovirus in the Olympic village, doping in the Russian curling community, and wipeouts of truly epic proportions, the 2018 Games have certainly elevated the entertainment quotient. Norway quietly tops the list for Olympic medals in Pyeongchang this year and as a team, has steadily stepped up their game every 4 years since 2010 which for me raises the question: What can we learn from the Norwegians? 

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How Exercise Can Turn the Tide in ADHD

Posted by Dr. Allison Smith on Thursday, 13 April

Children running on the beach

“Our sons were both diagnosed with ADHD by kindergarten. More than just dealing with the disciplinary and academic issues at school, my husband and I struggled to maintain a productive and nurturing household with the kids having regular meltdowns and outbursts. Our ability to connect with them became compromised. We were at our wits’ end considering medications and home school. We agonized over the long-term repercussions of both of those choices. We turned inward and analyzed our habits and routines. One thing we noticed with both the boys was that a strict routine in the mornings and in the evenings seemed to help and that physical interventions (rather than reasoning or time-outs) worked best to correct behavioral problems – getting them outside, running them around, engaging them in a physical activity. There were particularly frenetic times when we would take them to the track at the local middle school and have them run laps. The more we intervened in that way, the fewer the outbursts and behavior issues and ironically, the better they’d sleep; but we were concerned that they would start seeing exercise as a punishment and decided to take a different approach. 

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Exercise – Good for Neurotransmitters & Your Brain

Posted by Margaret Groves on Wednesday, 17 August

Woman exercising by jogging down a road

As the 2016 Olympic games play out in Rio, you might be feeling inspired to get moving yourself. While some sports admittedly look pretty dangerous, and we cringe at the sight of a cyclist skidding into the curb on a wet road and landing on her head, there are others that simply make us marvel at the agility and strength of the human body. For me, when I watch those swimmers cutting through the water at tremendous speed, I just want to get into a pool and see if I could really try to swim faster myself.

We’ve probably all heard by now that “sitting is the new smoking,” and that our health suffers greatly from inactivity. The human body was meant to be in motion at least for an hour or two a day, and this is known to keep the cardiovascular system tuned up as well as preventing excessive weight gain. But did you know that exercise affects levels of neurotransmitters in the body and can actually help you prevent or overcome disorders such as depression?

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Wearable Fitness Trackers – 6 Ways to Motivate Patients

Posted by Dr. Paul Savage on Friday, 27 May

Runner stretching with wearable health tracker on wrist

How many of your patients use wearable fitness trackers like a FitBit?

If recent statistics are any indication, it's probably a lot of them. Consider this:

  • According to research firm eMarketer, approximately 39.5 million U.S. adults used wearable fitness trackers in 2015 – a 57.7% increase over 2014.
  • A survey by Nielsen in 2014 indicated that 61% of those aware of wearable technology for tracking and monitoring medical conditions use fitness bands.
  • A survey from Accenture reveals that the number of consumers using wearable devices or mobile apps has doubled in the last two years. 77% of those respondents said that wearables make them feel more engaged with their health.

While we can all agree that the market for wearables has taken off quickly, what (if any) actual value do these devices offer to those patients monitoring health conditions? If you ask me, there's significant value.

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