Overlooked Blocks To Successful Weight Loss And Good Health

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By Ann Musico

weightlossballtextSo often people contact me for help losing weight and that is their sole focus. I understand that being overweight impacts a person’s life in so many ways and they naturally tend to see losing that weight as the “answer” to their problem. However, in reality, those extra pounds they carry are simply a symptom – the fruit if you will. Unless they address the root of the problem, the reason they became overweight to begin with, they will never have long term success in reaching and maintaining a healthy weight.

Three of the most overlooked roots are stress, shame and self-image. We are bombarded with stress daily from multiple sources. Physically from injury, illness; environmentally in our foods, water, air; in our thoughts, relationships and emotions as well as in our spirits. Stress is a toxin! Unless it is acknowledged, addressed and resolved in some way, it will cause us to sabotage our best efforts.

Shame keeps us constantly aware of our shortcomings, controlling our lives by keeping us in that negative loop. It tells us this is what we’ve done and who we are and will always be – and that is a lie. One teacher I heard expressed it beautifully – we must become aware of separating our “who” from our “do.” We are human beings, not human “doings.”

A strong sense of self-worth is one of the most important ingredients to a successful life in all areas, including vibrant health. It makes perfect sense that if you don’t feel you’re worthy, you won’t make a consistent effort to take good care of yourself. Self-image powerfully drives your decisions.

So what can you do? Here are three simple things:

yogaposeFirst something as simple as taking five quiet minutes for yourself can short-circuit stress. Stop periodically, breathe slowly and deeply and practice gratitude. Studies show even a small action changes your view of yourself and when you feel better, you will be more likely to repeat it.

Then intentionally become aware of your thoughts, which affect your health as powerfully as food, exercise and water. It takes 6-10 seconds for a thought to take root and release chemicals into your body. Keep thinking that thought for 7-10 days and you believe it is truth – whether it is or not! The thought is intensified when you combine it with emotion! Keep a list of your self-talk and then take steps to replace the negative with truth.

Last, something as simple as increasing the amount of clean water you drink improves your ability to process emotions. Spirit, soul and body are all interconnected so you must address all three.

Here’s my takeaway: You are already a success regardless of the number on the scale. Success is the sum of small efforts repeated daily, so with each baby step in the right direction you are building success, not trying to achieve it.

– Ann Musico is a holistic health coach who helps women, at every age, to exemplify lives of vibrant health and wholeness – spirit, soul and body. Her mission is to show women how to adopt a healthy lifestyle in a way that is simple and achievable, empowering them to take responsibility for their own health in order to be a positive influence on their families. You can visit her website at threedimensionalvitality.com There are numerous free resources and you can learn more about her book, Today’s the Day Seven Week Fitness Plan, products and coaching.

Family Health And Weight Loss Tips

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By Dee Doanes

familywalk2It’s important to get the entire family involved in being healthy. If you have a child or are a parent who is dealing with health or weight issues, it requires involvement from the entire family. This will motivate all family members to make necessary changes and reinforce good healthy habits.

If you’re an overweight parent, in addition to losing weight, you want to make sure that your children don’t develop weight problems too. This is important since childhood obesity has long term effects that continue into adulthood.

According to several peer reviewed studies posted on The Centers for Disease Control and Preventions’ website, “Children and adolescents who are obese are likely to be obese as adults and are therefore more at risk for adult health problems such as heart disease, type 2 diabetes, stroke, several types of cancer, and osteoarthritis. One study showed that children who became obese as early as age 2 were more likely to be obese as adults.”

You don’t want your kids to be unhealthy adults. Now is the time to change your family’s health. Get started on the journey to good health by using these nutrition and fitness tips!

Check out these Family Health and Weight Loss Tips

1. Cut Back on Video Games and TV

When I grew up I spent lots of time outside playing with neighborhood kids—hopscotch and running in the yard. Now, when I drive around neighborhoods I see empty streets, definitely no kids playing. What the heck happened? Limit TV and video games to four hours per week. The entire family should go outside. Shoot some hoops and bicycle together. These are fun ways to exercise and lose weight, and will increase family bonding.

2. Eat and Grow Nutrient-Rich Organic Vegetables

motherdaughtergardenEating a diet based on organic vegetables is a great way to be healthy and lose weight. You don’t have to become a vegan, though vegetarianism works well for some people. Find a balance that works for you. Your daily diet should include a variety of food groups, such as: fruits and vegetables, nuts, seeds, whole grains, fish, and lean meat.

Planting a small garden will show your kids how to grow food and get them directly involved in taking charge of their health. This is another great family activity that increases emotional bonding. I grow beets, basil, tomatoes, and sweet potatoes with my family.

Start small and poll your family on what two or three vegetables to grow. Assign garden duties to each family member and gradually add to your garden. Also, this is a continuing science lesson for your kids!

3. Cook at Home More

Cooking at home will save money, control meal quality, and allow more quality time with your loved ones. As a kid, my parents talked to me about school and friends at dinner time. There never was a rush. Today, a lot of kids tell me they eat in front of a TV or in the car. Texting and Tablet use are common at the dinner table. Occasionally, kids eat with the entire family.

Break away from these bad habits. Start with the entire family preparing the grocery list ahead of time. When grocery shopping read food labels together, so kids learn how to pick healthy food and not food high in fat, sugar, and salt. Then, cook using healthy recipes so the entire family can sit together and enjoy the meal.

– Dee Doanes is the founder and editor-in-chief of Health Plus Style, an alternative health lifestyle blog. She’s passionate about spreading the philosophy of the body, mind, and spirit connection. Her motto is, “Be free, be open, be happy!”

Perspective Change for Healthy, Long Term Weight Loss

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By Ann Musico

bigpantsWhether you have to lose the extra 10 pounds or 100 pounds or more, your perspective can make all the difference between success and failure. All too often we look at weight loss as a “destination.” I suggest considering it a “journey” might be much more productive.

I believe pretty much every diet will work – initially. The problem, in my opinion, is that some are just too drastic to maintain long term. And therein is the problem. People can lose weight at first but because they can’t or don’t want to continue with a restrictive or drastic diet, they don’t maintain the weight loss long term. It’s not that hard to lose a few pounds – keeping them off is the more difficult thing. What if the goal was making gradual lifestyle changes so that you can create lasting health, rather than just losing a certain number of pounds?

Too many dieters fall into the trap of yo-yo dieting – dieting; losing a few pounds and then gaining them back and more and then dieting again. It becomes a vicious cycle.

Changing the way you think about food, what and why you eat is the only way to get to a healthy weight and maintain it. Get back to basics! Eat real food! Replace all the packaged, processed, “diet” garbage that passes for food and focus on one-ingredient, fresh, real foods. And go slowly. Take what I call “baby steps” and make one small change at a time. Once that becomes ingrained in your daily routine, make another healthy change. Studies show those who focus on one change at a time are much more likely to incorporate them into their daily lives.

One danger is becoming too legalistic about what you can and can’t eat. Learning that you are in control and there is no food off limits is empowering. You can eat whatever you want, however, just not every day. Making the best choices available to you and knowing that the way you fuel your body will directly affect your energy level and how you look helps you learn to make better decisions. Shame and guilt are counterproductive. Learning to love and nourish yourself for health is the bottom line.

scaleI know there are thousands of diets and fitness plans out there and I believe just about any one of them works temporarily. Most people can lose weight – it’s keeping it off that’s the challenge and that only happens long term, I have found, if you change how you think about food and fitness and create new habits. So my insightful take on the subject of healthy weight loss is this: Get Real.

By that I mean two things: get honest and be realistic about what you are willing to do. If you’re not willing to make lifestyle changes, gradually, then chances are very great that you will be trying a different diet very soon because any success you enjoy will be short-lived.

Make the focus getting healthy for a lifetime rather than just dieting and losing a few pounds.

– Ann Musico is a holistic health coach who helps women, at every age, to exemplify lives of vibrant health and wholeness – spirit, soul and body. Her mission is to show women how to adopt a healthy lifestyle in a way that is simple and achievable, empowering them to take responsibility for their own health in order to be a positive influence on their families. You can visit her website at threedimensionalvitality.com

10 Weight Loss Myths That You Thought Offered Real Benefits – Part 2

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By Lura Peterson

Continued from part 1 of this article…..

5. Crash Diet Works

healthdietMyth Busted: No, it absolutely doesn’t. The fact is, you don’t just want to lose weight but also want to make sure you’re not risking your lives doing so. More importantly, you don’t want to regain all that weight as quickly as you’ve lost it. Crash diets need to be avoided like the plague. They do help you lose weight, but what crash diets actually do is they make you use up all the carbohydrate glycogen that’s stored in the body, which means your body loses a lot of water as well. The loss of water and carbohydrate glycogen makes you think your body’s burning a lot of fat, but the real reason for your weight loss lies elsewhere. What’s more, it also takes a tremendous physical and emotional toll on your body. This is why you should stay away from it.

6. You put on the pounds, so you can lose them too

Myth Busted: If you’re piling on the pounds thinking your weight gain is temporary and you can lose all those pounds you’ve gained, you’ve got another thing coming. It’s easy to put on weight but you will find it very difficult to lose weight. Consumption of calories is easy, but burning them is really very difficult. What you are looking at when it comes to losing weight is a really sustained daily effort, and not everybody can pull off weight loss. There are so many people who just give up their battle to lose weight.

7. Exercise isn’t really important

Myth Busted: I know you are shocked, but this myth does do the rounds. The proponents of this myth are usually targeting people who want to lose weight but don’t want to put any effort into it. These people are couch potatoes who want to lose weight but shy away from exercising. All they are looking for, is a way of losing weight that won’t make them get off the couch. In such a scenario, all those “innovative” diet plans come to their “rescue”. Whether they succeed or not is anybody’s guess, but the truth is, if you want to lose weight, you will need to exercise.

8. “That Chocolate” is the reason for my weight gain

scaleMyth Busted: It’s not a bad idea to zero in on the reasons for your weight gain, but to put the blame for your gain on just one food alone isn’t right. Yes, if you’re addicted to chocolates or some other food, and you believe it’s the reason behind you putting on weight, cut its intake down. But more often than not, weight gain is a result of a combination of factors. Just one reason alone doesn’t cut it. The problem with laying the blame on just one food for your weight gain, means you think, cutting down on its intake will ensure you lose weight. But, as that particular food wasn’t the only factor responsible for weight gain, you will find yourself, unable to lose weight.

9. If it works for my friend it will work for me

Myth Busted: No it won’t. The needs of two individuals differ across a broad spectrum of preferences, likes and dislikes. So, if you’re fried is using the Atkins diet to control his weight, that doesn’t mean it will work for you too. So, it’s always advisable to make informed decisions regarding your weight loss efforts. Don’t follow a diet plan or an exercise routine blindly. Ensure that it’s something that is good for you and will help you achieve all your weight loss objectives successfully.

10. I know what’s good for me

Myth Busted: No, you don’t know what’s good for you with respect to weight loss. That’s because you’re neither an expert dietician nor a professional trainer. You need expert help for your weight loss efforts. You might think you have a nice idea of all that it will take to lose weight because of all that you have read up on it and the exercise videos you’ve watched on YouTube, but that’s just going to improve your knowledge. To know what’s actually good for you and what’s right, you need to talk to a professional.

These are the ten myths you really need to stay away from if you’re really serious about losing weight. But these are not the only myths doing the rounds. So, if you come across a tip, diet plan or an exercise regimen that claims it is a perfect pick for your weight loss efforts, get it vetted by experts. There is nothing like making an informed decision to beat your weight gain.

– Lura Peterson is associated with Top Mobility, a leading industrial mobility products manufacturing company.

10 Weight Loss Myths That You Thought Offered Real Benefits – Part 1

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By Lura Peterson

weightlossballtextI have a friend who believed a particular weight loss myth. He stuck to a diet, where he ate just once a day. Yes, you read that right. He only ate lunch, that’s it. In spite of experiencing really high levels of fatigue, symptoms like headache, stomach cramps, inability to sleep well at nights, he still went ahead with it. But one fine day he realized he was getting nowhere. Not only was he unable to lose weight, but he was on the verge of an emotional breakdown. That got me thinking. Weight loss myths disappoint their followers at multiple levels. It’s not the fact they don’t work at the physical level that is such a damper for the people concerned, it’s the fact they’ve been had and all their effort and sleepless nights were for nothing, which really gets people down. This mix of physical and emotional trauma is what makes weight loss myths so dangerous.

This is the reason why everybody needs to stay away from them. So let’s take a look at ten of these myths that have been fooling quite a number of people for many years now:

1. Eat a High protein Diet

Myth Busted: People who stick to a protein intensive diet to keep their calories in check are getting it partially right. It will help your body burn all the excess fat and with your diet having only protein in it, your body won’t build up excess fat deposits; this will result in weight loss. So what’s the problem? Well, what happens is that when your liver starts converting all those fats into fatty acids, it also creates a harmful by-product called ketones. Excess ketones in the body can lead to a condition called Ketosis, wherein the acidity of your blood increases above acceptable levels. This is definitely harmful for your body, so yes eat a diet filled with protein by all means, but supplement it with fibers and carbohydrates. Essentially, what you need is a

2. Carb Free Diet

Myth Busted: Not all carbohydrates are bad for you. All you need to do, is avoid processed carbs that have high sugar content and are packed with white flour. But, there are good carbs, think brown rice, whole grain breads, and even all those fruits and veggies that are actually good for you. And a totally carb-free diet, isn’t all that beneficial. If you’re suffering from weighty issues, you will be doing some exercise to burn that fat. This is when all that carb will come in handy.

3. Eat what you want but exercise

seniorexerciseMyth Busted: I honestly don’t know where this myth is coming from but using exercise as the end all solution of all your weight loss efforts doesn’t make sense. You can’t hope to lose weight if you’re sticking to same diet that made you pile on the pounds, hoping your morning exercise routine will save the day. That’s not going to happen. You need to supplement your exercise by cutting down on your calories. This is how you lose weight.

4. The Only Fruit Breakfast

Myth Busted: Yes, there is absolutely no doubt that fruits are good for you, but a fruit intensive breakfast? No, that’s simply not on because that’s the first meal you’re having after dinner last night and there’s been a huge gap in-between. That’s why it’s called ‘break-fast’ in the first place. Fruits give your body fiber and vitamins, but not the energy that is present in complex carbohydrates. A heavy breakfast, not necessarily fatty breakfast is what you need in the morning. A heavy breakfast that contains cereals, bread, an egg or two and some meat is quite a good idea. You need carbohydrates in the morning, and fruits aren’t going to cut it for you.

Stay tuned for part 2 of this article shortly…..

– Lura Peterson is associated with Top Mobility, a leading industrial mobility products manufacturing company.

Facing Grief And Loss during The Holidays

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By Bob Livingstone

stressI am currently surrounded by friends who have lost love ones recently. During the best of times, it is very challenging to have someone close to you die. It is totally overwhelming to find yourself grieving during the holiday season. My mother died in December eight years ago and I remember how trying that experience was. My usual methods for self-protection were not working and the natural guardian of my heart system decided to take a vacation.

The holiday season which unofficially begins somewhere in early November and ends after New Year’s Day can be devastating for those who are grieving. This is a time of year where there is lots of hustle and bustle, socializing with family and shopping. We are all supposed to be in a good mood and festive. If we are fortunate to have a job, some of us are on vacation during this time.

On Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s, lots of normal activities shut down and you can find yourself alone with you thoughts and memories of your lost loved one. The pain that derives from this is unbearable and totally at odds with the celebratory spirit encompassing you. During the holidays there are many quiet moments that leave space for the raw power of your loss. It is felt in all parts of your being and result in deep, heaving sobs.

You may be reluctant to ask for help during usual times and feel that it would be selfish to ask for a shoulder to cry on during Christmas, Hanukkah, or Kwanza. This only serves to increase your sense of isolation and the fear that you are all alone in your mourning. This may cause you to panic and momentarily feel like the grief you are feeling will last forever.

The grief experience is complex and without real stages despite what you have heard. We all go through our own individual process that may, but not necessarily include sadness, anger, resentment, longing, numbness, lack of concentration, inability to attend, loss of appetite, problems sleeping, spinning the same thoughts and memories over and over again, not believing that your loved one is really gone, anxiety and hopelessness.

These feelings can be exacerbated during the holidays because the normal daily activities have given way to parties, gift giving and other celebrations. The regular activities provide an essential and normal distraction from your internal pain. You don’t have to be in agony all the time to work through your grief; it is OK to take a break from this heart ache.

If your loss is a close family member, memories of her attendance at past holiday extravaganzas will loom large in your memory bank. You will have moments of realization that this person will never be joining you again and the pain will be unbearable, but it will slowly lessen as time moves on.

seniorwoman2In the quiet of a winter holiday afternoon, you may see someone walking down the street who has a strong resemblance to your deceased loved one. It will catch you off balance and you will be blindsided by the pain. This is something you cannot prepare for; you can only be aware that it will occur.

During this initial grieving period that unfortunately is happening in the middle of the holidays, you will think you want to be alone one moment and a short period of time later, you will crave company. Your mood will change more radically than before your loss. Unpredictability is the only predictable constant here.

Tips for dealing with grief and loss during the Holidays

* Expect that you will feel extra vulnerable at this time.

* Expect that your mood will swing erratically.

* Expect that you social needs will change from one minute to the next.

* Expect that your sleeping and eating habits will not be consistent.

* Expect that those around you will try to cheer you up or leave you to deal with the grief in your own space. Don’t be afraid to share what your needs are with your support network.

* Allow yourself to cry if you feel the tears coming on.

* Realize that you will be feeling many emotions and thoughts including being angry at your loved one for leaving you.

* Don’t be afraid to opt out of holiday festivities because you do not feel like celebrating. You are not obligated to participate.

* Exercise as much as possible as a means for facing and healthily distracting yourself from the loss.

* Reach out to others when you need to talk about your feelings about the loss.

* Know that while you have periodic bursts of intense sadness, you will feel better over time.

Bob Livingstone is the author the critically acclaimed Unchain the Pain: How to be Your Own Therapist, Norlights Press 2011, The Body Mind Soul Solution: Healing Emotional Pain through Exercise, Pegasus Books, 2007 and Redemption of the Shattered: A Teenager’s Healing Journey through Sandtray Therapy, Booklocker 2002. He is a psychotherapist, licensed clinical social worker in private practice in The San Francisco Bay Area and has nearly twenty five years experience working with adults, adolescents and children.

Weight Loss And Life Insurance

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By Chris Herath

girlappleWhen completing the life insurance application, the applicant is asked a multitude of different questions pertaining to their health. In addition to the health questions, applicants are also asked for their height and weight. Just like applying for your license at the DMV, many people are tempted to fudge the numbers in their favor just a bit. Your weight is one of the key factors the underwriters look at in addition to your medical history. Just as I would advise you when answering the medical questions, it is important you are truthful when providing your weight as well.

It is important to know what to expect if you are overweight and applying for life insurance.
One of the reasons to be truthful on the original application regarding your weight is because when a nurse comes to complete your medical exam they will most likely bring a scale and require you to be weighed. It obviously does not look good if the weight you provided, and your actual weight, have a large discrepancy. Honesty is key when applying for life insurance for overweight people.

Will Being Overweight Stop Me From Getting Life Insurance?

Being overweight, and having no other health issues, will most likely not get your declined for life insurance coverage. When we see a decline for someone who is overweight it is often associated with a multitude of other health issues the person is experiencing. The most likely event for someone who is applying for life insurance and who is overweight is they will receive a rated policy, meaning you would be paying a slightly higher premium than someone in a normal weight range. It is best to shop your rate among different insurance carriers since each company may have different build charts.

Losing Weight and Life Insurance

scaleLosing weight is the best option to increase your probability of getting a better rated life insurance policy. It is important to speak with the agent to get a good idea of the build charts, because losing 5-10 pounds may be able to get you in a better rated policy, saving you money on premium.

Be aware, the insurance companies normally ask if you have lost more than 10 pounds in the last year, and if so, they normally average your previous weight and your current weight. They do this because they want to see the weight being kept off, and unfortunately many people end of gaining the weight back on.

Apply Now, Save Later

We are often approached by people who want to put off purchasing their life insurance until they lose weight. Unfortunately, many of those people end of never applying for life insurance, although they need it. Being overweight does not negate the need for life insurance protection. You are still paying pennies on the dollar for your life insurance, and it will still be there to protect your family whether you are overweight or not.

If you are planning on losing weight it is best to apply for coverage now, and then apply for a better rating once your have lost your desired weight. This way you will not be left uninsured in the event of a tragedy, and it will give you an incentive to achieve your weight loss goals.

– Chris is the owner and founder of Waterway Financial Group. We offer life insurance solutions, health insurance plans, individual investment and retirement plans, and help you regain control over your old 401(k). 
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Brain Aging & Alzheimer’s Disease – Preventing Loss Of Self – Part 2

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By Dr. Michael Wald

Continued from part 1 of this article…..

brainthinkingCarnitine is a vitamin-like substance that is responsible for the transport of fatty acids into and out of the mitochondria. Evidence suggests that carnitine may protect neurologic tissue due to its antioxidant and energy producing activity, and its role in neurotransmitter function.
While there are many forms of carnitine, acetyl-L-carnitine (ALC) appears to have better activity in the central nervous system, including brain tissue. ALC administration in patients with primary degenerative dementia showed therapeutic efficacy in clinical, behavioral, and neuropsychological evaluations. A series of controlled studies suggests that ALC may slow the natural course of Alzheimer’s disease. In particular, persons with dementia given 1.5 to 3 grams ALC daily for 3 or 6 months have shown improvement in numerous clinical measures of cognitive function. In addition, “safety and tolerability of ALC [are] remarkably good,” further demonstrating the potential use of ALC in a number of progressive neurodegenerative disorders such as Alzheimer’s disease. Go to: www.blooddetective.com for L-Carnitine.

B vitamins, homocysteine, and neurological function in the elderly

Folic acid and vitamins B6 and B12 are critical to many bodily processes, including the health of the nervous system, blood, and cells. In addition, these B-group vitamins have been shown to protect against depression, dementia, Alzheimer’s disease, peripheral neuropathy, and seizures. According to the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, “the status of these vitamins is frequently inadequate in the elderly and recent studies have shown associations between loss of cognitive function or Alzheimer’s disease and inadequate B vitamin status.”

Research has shown that an inadequate B vitamin status may result in neurocognitive dysfunction through elevated homocysteine concentrations in the blood, or hyperhomocysteinemia. Homocysteine is an amino acid that is produced in the human body. Prevalent in the elderly population, hyperhomocysteinemia is largely attributed to insufficient levels of folic acid and vitamins B6 and B12.

seniors2The association between cognitive dysfunction and hyperhomocysteinemia has been demonstrated in numerous studies. For instance, Dr. Selhub and colleagues reported “patients with Alzheimer’s disease had higher total plasma homocysteine concentrations than did age-matched healthy controls,” while “elderly patients with depression who had lower cognitive screening test scores had significantly higher homocysteine concentrations than did patients with normal cognitive screening tests.” Because folic acid and vitamins B6 and B12 are often deficient among many elderly patients, the importance of these vitamins in the prevention of hyperhomocysteinemia and neurocognitive dysfunction cannot be overlooked. Be sure and use the active forms of folic acid (L-5-methyltetrahydrofolic acid), B12 (methylcobalamine and pyridoxyl-5-phosphate.

Prevention is the key! Be proactive as most regular physicians have no nutritional training and are not up on the latest scientific nutritional literature and advances.

– Dr. Michael Wald, aka The Blood Detective, is the director of nutritional services at Integrated Medicine of Mount Kisco, located in Westchester New York. He has appeared on ABC World News Tonight with Diane Sawyer, Channel 11 PIX, Channel 12 News, CNN, The Food Network and other media outlets. Dr. Wald earned the name Blood Detective for his reputation to find problems that are often missed by other doctors. He earned an MD degree, is a doctor of chiropractic and a certified dietician-nutritionist. He is also double-board certified in nutrition. He has published over a dozen books with three additional titles due for release late 2013 including: Frankenfoods – Genetically Modified Foods: Controversies, Lies & Your Health and Gluten-A-Holic: How to Live Gluten Free and the Blood Detective’s Longevity Secrets. Dr. Wald can be reached at: www.intmedny.com or www.blooddetective.com or by calling: 914-242-8844.

Brain Aging & Alzheimer’s Disease – Preventing Loss Of Self – Part 1

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By Dr. Michael Wald

seniormanIf you are part of the baby boomer generation, then you face a unique problem; namely, the very real potential exists that you will loose your memory slowly over the later part of your life. Here are a few facts that you need to know:

• As you age your risk of memory loss, dementia and Alzheimer’s disease rises

• Alzheimer’s disease is not a normal part of the aging process. The incidence of the disease doubles every five years beyond the age of 65.

• As the number of people over age 65 doubles between 2010 and 2056 to approximately 88.5 million (or to about 20% of the population), those over the age of 85 will increase three-fold, and the incidence of memory issues, dementia and Alzheimer’s disease increases as well.

• A half of a million Americans younger than the age of 65 suffer from some form of dementia (memory loss) including Alzheimer’s disease.

Nutritional science offers some important options for the treatment and prevention of all stages of memory loss. If you think that you are suffering from memory loss first visit your doctor. Then seek out a trained clinical nutritionist to perform a detailed nutritional-health consultation and appropriate nutritional lab work. Here are a few things you might consider in the meantime:

Fatty acid levels analyzed in patients with Alzheimer’s disease and cognitive impairment

Docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) is an omega-3 fatty acid found in salmon, tuna, mackerel, sardines, and shellfish and is essential for proper brain functioning. A lack of sufficient DHA may be associated with impaired visual functioning, depression, as well as attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in children.

brainAccording to Dr. Julie Conquer and colleagues in Lipids, low levels of omega-3 fatty acids, including DHA, may be a risk factor for cognitive impairment and/or dementia. A recent study sought to determine the concentration of DHA in a group of patients with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias compared to a group of elderly control subjects with normal cognitive functioning. For each participant, blood was collected and tested for DHA concentration. Results demonstrated that the concentration of DHA was 48% less in patients with Alzheimer’s disease and 21% less in patients with other forms of dementia, compared to the elderly control subjects with normal cognitive function.

Dr. Conquer and colleagues stated, “A decreased level of plasma DHA was not limited to the [Alzheimer’s disease] patients but appears to be common in cognitive impairment with aging.” More studies are needed to investigate whether DHA supplementation can reduce the occurrence or symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias. (Lipids 2000; 35(12): 1305-12.).

I have observed DHA deficiency in my clinical practice over the last 22 years. It’s my judgment that it is safe and worth adding as a nutritional supplement to a balanced diet. See: www.blooddetective.com for Krill Oil and Vegetarian Omega 3 Fatty Acid.

Acetyl-L-carnitine may prevent Alzheimer’s disease

Stay tuned for part 2 of this article shortly…..

– Dr. Michael Wald, aka The Blood Detective, is the director of nutritional services at Integrated Medicine of Mount Kisco, located in Westchester New York. He has appeared on ABC World News Tonight with Diane Sawyer, Channel 11 PIX, Channel 12 News, CNN, The Food Network and other media outlets. Dr. Wald earned the name Blood Detective for his reputation to find problems that are often missed by other doctors. He earned an MD degree, is a doctor of chiropractic and a certified dietician-nutritionist. He is also double-board certified in nutrition. He has published over a dozen books with three additional titles due for release late 2013 including: Frankenfoods – Genetically Modified Foods: Controversies, Lies & Your Health and Gluten-A-Holic: How to Live Gluten Free and the Blood Detective’s Longevity Secrets. Dr. Wald can be reached at: www.intmedny.com or www.blooddetective.com or by calling: 914-242-8844.

Do’s And Don’ts For Men’s Weight Loss

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By Michael Wald

DO…..

malepushupExercise

The fastest way to lose weight is by burning high volume calories. Men tend to burn more calories than women, thus adopting an aerobic routine that incorporates total body movement, such as plyometerics, swimming, cross country skiing –at a high intensity, ensures high caloric output. High intensity is defined as a level of exercise where the heart rate is at least 70% of the heart rate maximum. Investing in a heart rate monitor can help reduce wasted time and effort and help ensure that time spent exercising is idealized.

Cut starchy carbs

Grains including wheat provide a source of energy, but take its toll on blood sugar. The higher the dietary intake of starchy foods such as potatoes, white rice and white bread causes insulin resistance, which reduces fat burning and may slow metabolic rate. Reducing dietary refined starches, and simultaneously increasing dietary proteins from skinless chicken breast, hard-boiled eggs, Greek yogurt, almonds and pumpkin seeds, reduces catabolism (breakdown of muscle) and enhances exercise stamina.

Ignite your metabolic rate

Consume real-whole foods and eliminate junk foods like French fries and processed unhealthy snacks. These foods are metabolic blockers that contain genetically modified ingredients and rancid oils that promote weight gain.

Set goals

Be realistic and set weekly goals. Establish an amount of weight you would like to lose per week and shoot for that goal. Keep record of what works and maximize every aspect of it, including diet, exercise and nutritional supplement routines.

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Fasting or reducing your amount of meals daily decreases metabolic rate. Thyroid hormone, T3 (the most active thyroid hormone) digresses and slows down protein synthesis, decreases glucose breakdown and ultimately slows down weight loss.

Cut out fat

Essential fatty acids such as, omega 3 and omega 6 fats from krill oil and flax seed oil are anti-inflammatory and block the absorption of bad fats.

Only do cardio

Aerobic exercise elevates heart rate and stimulates metabolic rate, however including strength exercise to the routine, such as weight training or resistance work increases lean muscle tissue and absorbs free floating sugar – sugar that may turn to fat.

Maintain a negative frame of mind

It’s essential to visualize your outcome and control your emotional state if you want to maximize weight loss.

– Dr. Michael Wald, aka The Blood Detective, is the director of nutritional services at Integrated Medicine of Mount Kisco, located in Westchester New York. He has appeared on ABC World News Tonight with Diane Sawyer, Channel 11 PIX, Channel 12 News, CNN, The Food Network and other media outlets. Dr. Wald earned the name Blood Detective for his reputation to find problems that are often missed by other doctors. He earned an MD degree, is a doctor of chiropractic and a certified dietician-nutritionist. He is also double-board certified in nutrition. He has published over a dozen books with three additional titles due for release late 2013 including: Frankenfoods – Genetically Modified Foods: Controversies, Lies & Your Health and Gluten-A-Holic: How to Live Gluten Free and the Blood Detective’s Longevity Secrets. Dr. Wald can be reached at: www.intmedny.com or www.blooddetective.com or by calling: 914-242-8844.