Fiber and It's Benefits

It used to be that getting more fiber in the diet was only an issue for older adults. However, in the last few decades research has shown benefits of a high-fiber diet for all ages. Studies also show that most Americans don’t get enough (in fact, we get about half of what’s recommended). Why should we all be concerned? Fiber helps you lose weight. When you eat fibrous foods nerves in your stomach called “stretch receptors” send a message to the brain that you’re full. In turn, less food is consumed. One study showed that participants who consumed a small, low-calorie green salad before their meal ended up eating 7% less than those without the pre-meal salad. Fiber also slows the digestion of

Baby-Boomers choose Alternatives to Traditional Hormone Replacement Therapy

Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) is one of the most controversial topics in women’s health care, particularly for women between the ages of 35 and 60. With medical opinions and public information as varied as the available treatments, it’s no wonder that many women have simply given up on treating their menopausal discomfort. However, women of the Baby-Boomer generation have taken a bold step forward and are demanding safe and natural alternatives to traditional synthetic forms of HRT. They are no longer willing to accept the dangerous drugs offered to women since the early 1940’s, when women had little choice in treatment for hot flashes, mood swings, weight gain, low sex drive and the lis

AVOIDING ALZHEIMERS AND KEEPING YOUR MEMORY STRONG

Keys, shopping lists, your parked car, cookies in the oven. We’ve all forgotten a few things on our day-to-day “to do” list at one time or another. Normal forgetfulness is common, but when does it turn into a real concern? Knowing that 1 in 10 Americans over age 65 have Alzheimer’s or some other form of dementia, it’s important to be cognizant of how to protect your brain now. Whether it affects an aging parent, family member, or even yourself, loss of memory and normal brain function can cause a significant burden on loved ones. Besides simple memory lapses, patients with Alzheimer’s or other forms of dementia often suffer from personality changes, require assistance with personal care, h

Adrenal Health: How Important is it?

The adrenal glands get very little attention in Western medicine, yet they have the important job of secreting sex hormones and stress hormones that guide reactions to a stressor throughout the entire body. We have two adrenal glands, which are comprised of two parts: the medulla and the cortex. The medulla triggers the instinctual “flight or fight” response, including the increase of blood sugar levels, the rate of breathing, cardiac output and blood flow to the brain, lungs and muscles. The cortex produces hormones that are essential in regulating excretory, immune defense, metabolic, mineral balancing and reproductive functions. The cortex also secretes corticosteroids in response to stre

7 KEY ELEMENTS TO BOOST YOUR ENERGY

We may all feel the pinch when it comes to completing our never-ending “to do” lists, but there’s no reason why you can’t sustain soaring energy. Here are a few tips on how to reserve your get-up-and-go vivacity: 1.Get enough sleep. Dedicate at least seven hours to sleep per night. It may be tough to work it into your schedule, but the commitment must come from within. When you’re well rested, it provides you with energy throughout the day. 2.Get moving. Isn’t it funny that you need to expend energy to get energy? That’s how exercise works, by giving you a boost in energy levels and helping you sleep more soundly. 3.Carve out some downtime. Closing the office or bedroom door for even 15 minu

Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity

"Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity.”~Seneca~ The weight loss battle, as some like to refer to it, can sometimes be over complicated. After all, we are talking about small steps toward a healthy lifestyle in partnership with your well thought out reasons of why you desire to lose weight in the first place. Some of us haven’t had much luck in this area of our life, however, the challenge today it to look at it a bit differently. Honestly, ask yourself if you have prepared yourself for success. Let’s face it; anything worth accomplishing is not going to happen without some attention and preparation. Opportunities may be off in the distance; however, preparation happens i

HGH: A Genie in a Bottle

The anti aging industry is a testament to just how much all of us are committed to living longer and staying young, active and sexy in the process. One of my little secret that I personally use and love to share with my patients, both women and men, is HGH Spray, an all natural human growth hormone. This magic little genie in a bottle was designed to provide nutrients to help boost the body’s natural HGH levels, a key to supporting the anti-aging process. It is helpful to note here that Our HGH Spray does not contain any hormones and should not be compared to the injected form of HGH (Human Growth Hormone) which is available only through a prescription and is an FDA controlled drug. Why is

Fighting External Estrogens

We have all heard the phrase ‘calories in, calories out’ when it comes to weight loss. However, if you are struggling with your weight loss regimen, trying to maintain a healthy weight or simply perplexed by what is happening to your body at any age, it’s time to learn about ‘estrogen dominance’. Estrogens are widely understood as something our bodies produce, however, did you know that external estrogens are everywhere and need to be balanced in order to live and maintain a healthy lifestyle? From an article in the The American Association of Naturopathic Physicians, we read that estrogen dominance can be a complex situation with serious ramifications. Every day we are exposed to environ

Sugar: Too Much of a Good Thing?

We all seem to know that sugar isn’t necessarily a good thing to be putting into our bodies, especially if we desire to lose weight. Yet, we tell ourselves just a little here and there won’t hurt, after all we deserve it for all the working out we do. However, can sugar be too much of a good thing or is it really even good at all? The fact is sugar is addicting. Why? Our brain produces two happy chemicals every time we ingest sugar, serotonin and endorphins, both making you feel very happy with a heightened sense of well-being. Eating sugar triggers an increase in insulin which carries the sugar into our cells for energy production. This process continues and eventually makes the seroton

Let Food Be Thy Medicine and Medicine Be Thy Food

"Let Food Be Thy Medicine and Medicine Be Thy Food”~ Hippocrates, ca. 400 BC Treating yourself to a decadent meal, dessert or piece of chocolate now and again is perfectly fine, so long as you are treating yourself healthy the rest of the time. Food, food celebrations, celebrations of food are all around us. Have you ever stopped to consider that food is meant to be your medicine? The morsels we ingest are meant to have our body running optimally, energizing us and keeping us strong. With so many choices of great, nutritious, healthy vibrant food to choose from, why would we settle for less than the best for our own bodies? Blessing the food we consume with this simple quote written so long

PMS is Not Normal!

PMS is NOT normal! For years now, some women have come to believe that PMS is just part of being a women, thereby; perpetuating the idea that women just need to batten down the hatches for a week or so (often longer), and just suffer. Her family will, also, just have to deal with the impending storm, hoping it will pass sooner, rather than later. This is NOT a way to live and is NOT necessary any longer! The not-so subtle hormonal changes associate with your monthly cycle are the real issues, not you or your behaviors- and are the result of our unhealthy environment. So how can you get a proverbial grip and essentially break the cycle of frustration and blame? #1 Understand that your bod

5 Ways to Protect Your Heart

It’s easy to forget, that thing in our chest that keeps us alive. But if we don’t take care of our ticker, the harmful side effects spread to other parts of our body. How do we get “heart-healthy?” Below is a guide to ensure your heart is in tip-top shape. Basic Guidelines: Typical heart rate: Between 60-80 beats per minute Desirable Total Cholesterol: Less than 200 mg/dL Desirable Blood Pressure: No more than 120/80 mmHg 5 Ways to Protect Your Heart: 1. Eat and supplement right. Arrange your daily diet to include whole grains, vegetables, fruits, lean protein and low fat dairy. High fiber choices keep blood sugar and cholesterol in check, while making weight loss or weight maintenance easil

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