Dr. Marra Francis

Austin, Texas 12 posts

Healthy Fats You Should Be Eating

Fat = bad. Sounds simple, right? We've been led to believe all our lives that fat is harmful to our health which is why brands in the food industry have produced plenty of processed foods claiming to be "low in fat!" for years. However, not all fats are the same. For example, trans fats—often listed as “partially hydrogenated oils” on labels—have a bad reputation for good reason. Created using an industrial process that adds hydrogen to liquid vegetable oils...

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5 Ways to Quickly Boost Your Metabolism That Don’t Include Exercise

Your metabolism may not be completely under your control, but there are definitely ways you can help rev it up each day simply by incorporating a few healthy habits. The key is to integrate them one at a time into your day-to-day ritual until they just come naturally, rather than trying to overhaul your entire routine at once. Exercise is always encouraged to help boost your metabolism, but if you can’t seem to find time to hit the gym,...

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EverlyWell Introduces Exclusive At-Home Breast Milk DHA Test for Breastfeeding Moms

Today we are so excited to introduce an at-home breast milk DHA test that will help breastfeeding mothers maximize the DHA benefit breast feeding provides to their precious little ones. In both my professional and personal life as a practicing Gynecologist and mother to six, I have always been a strong advocate for breastfeeding mothers, and have been so encouraged with the advances in research and technology that help mothers in their journey -- and now EverlyWell is playing a...

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Why We Take Food Intolerance Tests

When we think of how our diets differ from our ancestors, we often focus on how “processed” our food is, but many other differences exist. Some people recognize that we consume far more dairy products and harvested grains than the generations before us did -- which may relate to the modern prevalence of “lactose” and “gluten” intolerance. Another major difference between our diet and those that came before us is the sheer diversity in our diets. Our ancestors were limited...

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Why Home Testing is Changing the Way We View Healthcare Costs

As a physician who continues to directly treat patients, I’m often asked, “how much will these tests cost me.” Unfortunately, the answer is often that I have no idea. As a physician I, of course, feel the responsibility of being able to provide that information so the cost of tests can be weighed against their potential value. The thing is, I often do not know not out of lack of effort or desire--it’s just nearly impossible to know!...

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