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April 28, 2017

Dealing with PCOS with Hillary Wright

Hillary Wright is a registered and licensed dietician, the Director of Nutrition Counseling for the Domar Center for Mind Body Health, and the author of The PCOS Diet Plan.

Hillary explains that PCOS is the most common hormonal disorder affecting women of reproductive age. The disorder is an endocrine problem that affects 5 to 18% of all women, and can cause an increased risk of diabetes, heart disease, endometrial cancer, and infertility. It also affects one’s psychological health.

However, PCOS responds positively to healthy living. Adopting a healthy lifestyle can allow those with PCOS to better manage their condition by creating a body environment that feels better, promotes fertility, and reduces heart disease risk.

One way to live healthy with PCOS is through adopting a carbohydrate distributed diet. Hillary recommends identifying naturally occurring carbohydrates and spreading them out over the day. Emphasis should be placed on consuming quality carbs and being mindful of the quantity consumed at each sitting.

Hillary also shares her nine strategies for helping people deal with health and lifestyle change. These include:
1. Learn how your body works.
2. Try to avoid the “I’m a failure” syndrome.
3. Keep a food journal.
4. Don’t eat too much at night.
5. Accept that there’s some discomfort involved.
6. Focus on the positive.
7. Make losing weight a priority.
8. Manage your mindset and your expectations.
9. Don’t go it alone.

She also speaks about the importance of exercise for those with PCOS. She recommends the guidelines prescribed by the American College of Sports Medicine, which includes 150 minutes per week of moderate cardio activity, two or three strengthening activities per week, and incorporation of stretching and balance components.

To connect with Hillary Wright or to learn more about The PCOS Diet Plan, visit http://www.hillarywright.com or http://www.pcosdiet.com.

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April 26, 2017

Ageless Strength with Jeff Horowitz

 

Jeff Horowitz is a certified running coach and a seasoned marathon runner. He is also the author of the new book, Ageless Strength, which focuses on having the right approach to strength as we age.

Jeff explains that how we age has more to do with how we treat ourselves. As we age, our bodies stop producing as much growth hormone and lose some capability. However, if we focus on building strength, balance, and being functional with improved mobility, we will be better equipped to manage the effects of aging.

Jeff also speaks about thinking of exercise differently, more in terms of the mental component rather than just the physical motions. The goal with exercise is to enhance the number of things we can do, while continually challenging the brain in different ways to solve different problems. This improves our capability of movement and makes exercising more interesting and enjoyable.

One group that will want to focus on building more functional strength is runners, as most of their injuries come from strength imbalance. When a runner’s form is compromised, it causes stress all over the body, which can lead to injury. Runners should focus on maintaining strength laterally, which will enable their bodies to hold their form when they land each step.

The book includes different exercises that focus on meeting the challenges of each area, including strength, balance, and functionality. Create your own custom workout by choosing different exercises among the three sections. Maintain variety in your workouts to keep it challenging and fun, while allowing you to become stronger in a functional way.

To connect with Jeff Horowitz or to learn more about Ageless Strength, visit http://www.runhorowitz.com. You can also purchase the book on Amazon.

 

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April 24, 2017

Meditation for daily stress with Michel Pascal

Michel Pascal is a writer, singer, and spirituality and meditation enthusiast who once lived in the largest monastery in Nepal. His new book, Meditation for Daily Stress: 10 Practices for Immediate Well-being, offers real examples of how to incorporate meditation in our daily lives, causing powerful results.

Michel speaks about the common false ideas of what meditation is. He explains that Americans are educated with the wrong perception about meditation, thinking often of monks in monasteries without a clear idea of how it can apply in our real, daily lives.

The world is so active, and we often feel the pressure to be productive at a high level, which causes great stress. The key is to train the mind to meditate within our daily stress and lives, rather than viewing the process as something that must take place remotely in a quiet or stress-free environment, as this is not realistic for many people.

The goal is to recycle the stressful energy around you into calm energy, as meditation is truly a transmission of energy. This is accomplished through first diagnosing yourself as fed up with your current state and then putting the meditation into practice.

We have the ability to change our perception of our lives in just a few minutes with the help of the practices described in the book. By following these steps, we can retrain our minds and introduce more calmness into our lives.

To connect with Michel or to learn more about Meditation for Daily Stress: 10 Practices for Immediate Well-being, visit http://www.michelpascal.tv.

 

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Using the telomere effect for better health with Dr. Elissa Epel

April 21, 2017

An antidote for alzheimer’s with Amy Berger

Amy Berger is a certified nutrition specialist and the author of a new book entitled, The Alzheimer’s Antidote. Although this book was written for caregivers of people with dementia, it is a great source of information for anyone who wants to learn these complex topics in a way that’s easy to understand.

Amy talks about certain factors that can impact susceptibility to developing Alzheimer’s Disease. One such factor is the APO E4 genotype, which is the largest genetic risk factor that increases susceptibility for Alzheimer’s Disease. Though the gene does not directly cause Alzheimer’s disease, it is a complete mismatch for how we eat and live today, as it is the least suited for the modern carb diet.

Another factor that can contribute to Alzheimer’s Disease is amyloid plaque proteins that are secreted out of cells and chopped into fragments. Some of these fragments are not cleared properly and stay in the brain where they can block spaces between cells that communicate with each other. This can result in memory impairment and behavioral problems, though it may not necessarily cause Alzheimer’s.

Amy also speaks about the importance of maintaining cholesterol within our bodies to support proper cognitive function. The increase of statin use in recent years has shown to be another hurdle to overcome. She notes that sugar and carbohydrates may be driving the majority of problems with Alzheimer’s, as they can cause the brain to lose the ability to harness energy from glucose.

One potential solution is ketogenic intervention. Ketones are proving promising in burning fat, aiding the effects of Type 2 diabetes, and fueling the brain. A brain damaged by Alzheimer’s or dementia can use ketones instead of glucose as a fuel source, and have seen improved cognition in the short-term.

To connect with Amy or to learn more about her book, The Alzheimer’s Antidote, visit http://www.tuitnutrition.com.

 

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April 19, 2017

Run forever with Bill Pierce and Scott Murr

Bill Pierce and Scott Murr are not only friends who have been running together for 35 years, but they are also founders of the Furman Institute of Running and Scientific Training and authors of the new book entitled, Runner’s World: Train Smart, Run Forever.

This new book details how one can become a lifelong runner. Starting a running program or maintaining a runner’s lifestyle can become more difficult over the age of 40. This is partly because we simply cannot train the way we did in our younger years. In addition, connective tissue becomes more rigid with age, which can restrict range of motion and lead to injury. Yet most runners over 40 have the same goal—to be a lifetime runner because it is a central part of their life.

To reach this goal, Bill and Scott discuss several steps that runners can take to make this goal a reality. These include:

  1. Incorporate cross-training, which can keep you fit and active, while also improving your range of motion.
  2. Add strength training to your routine. This helps to maintain muscle mass, which may help you to run faster.
  3. Be sure to stretch, as doing so affects range of motion, which is the foundation of performance.
  4. Add more recovery time in between workouts and hard runs.
  5. Set realistic goals.

To be a healthy, productive runner, Bill and Scott offer these tips:

  1. Make your running fun.
  2. Incorporate variety.
  3. Be consistent.

To connect with Bill and Scott or learn more about their programs and their book, Runner’s World Train Smart, Run Forever, visit http://www.furmanfirst.com.

 

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