Monthly Archives: April 2017
Monthly Archives: April 2017
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
To be a healthy, productive runner, Bill and Scott offer these tips:
Dr. Sara Gottfried is a physician, speaker, and author of the new book entitled, Younger: A Breakthrough Program to Reset Your Genes, Reverse Aging, and Turn Back the Clock 10 Years. In this book, she shares how to change habits and slow the impacts of aging.
Dr. Gottfried explains 5 aging factors where things can go wrong:
In the book, Dr. Gottfried mentions a Health Span quiz, available at http://www.healthspanscore.com/. She created this test to measure aging on a graded scale from 0 to 100%. Several categories that are taken into consideration with this test include sleep, movement, relationships, purpose and meaning, resting heart rate, and blood sugar and glucose.
The Younger Protocol, a seven-week program based on functional medicine, describes basic changes one can make to build habits and gain momentum. The first week focuses on food, including eating foods that fill micronutrient gaps, provide antioxidant support, and reduce inflammation.
The second week focuses on sleep, including sleeping on your side and maintaining appropriate Vitamin D levels.
The third week focuses on movement, specifically one to two hours of moderate exercise.
The fourth week focuses on releasing habitually tight muscles and evaluating wear and tear hormones such as cortisol.
The fifth week is about environmental toxins and what can be done about them. A positive exposure includes experience with a dry sauna.
The sixth week focuses on how to wrangle stress and adjust your stress response.
The seventh week focuses on how to change your brain as you get older.
To connect with Dr. Sara Gottfried or learn more about Younger: A Breakthrough Program to Reset Your Genes, Reverse Aging, and Turn Back the Clock 10 Years, visit http://www.theyoungerbook.com.
Laurie Watkins is an accomplished speaker, coach, fitness enthusiast, and author of the new book Go From Stressed To Strong.
As a busy professional, Laurie found herself needing to make a change in her life to focus on her health and fitness. She found that building routines worked for her as a means of regaining control. In her book, she describes 20 keys to building a routine. Some of these important keys include:
Make your routine a priority, but allow for some flexibility. If you don’t make yourself a priority, no one else will. Do more today than you were doing yesterday. Just start somewhere.
Laurie also talks about treating your body like a bank account when it comes to clean and dirty food. She uses the analogy of eating clean foods; doing so is like depositing into your body’s bank account. When you eat enough clean food, you can afford a withdrawal from the bank account to eat the foods you want to indulge in every now and then.
Laurie shares seven additional tips for working out, including:
Visit http://www.laurieawatkins.com to read a chapter called, “Get Out of Bed and Fall Into a Routine,” from her book for free.
Dr. Joe Tatta is a physical therapist who specializes in treating persistent pain. In his new book, Heal Your Pain Now, Dr. Tatta shares information behind what may cause chronic pain and strategies and tips to help heal pain naturally.
Those who have chronic pain know that it can control your life. Dr. Tatta explains that pain is not only about tissue injury. It can actually be influenced by one’s outlook, whether optimistic or pessimistic. Pain is both a sensory and emotional experience. When you experience pain, try determining what recent thoughts, emotions, or senses could be the root cause.
Because of this, healing pain may not be totally about physical healing, but more about mental solutions. A great place to start includes affirmations. Consider ways to mentally reframe your pain. Instead of catastrophizing the pain, focus on what actions you are taking to minimize your pain and improve your situation. Meditation is about clearing your mind and finding neutral thoughts. Incorporating these practices will help you to become present with your thoughts and wipe the slate clean.
To reduce pain, Dr. Tatta also recommends adding movement and a healthy diet into your lifestyle. Focus on increasing your movement a little more each day or week to increase your pain threshold. As your mobility increases, progress to building strength and incorporating high intensity interval training over time. With diet, Dr. Tatta recommends 95% of one’s core nutrition to consist of a whole foods diet. This can also help with leaky gut, which has pain implications in the form of autoimmune diseases.
Dr. Michael L. Brown is the founder and president of FIRE School of Ministry and the author of a new book entitled, Breaking the Stronghold of Food. In the book, Dr. Brown and his wife Nancy share the story of how they changed their food-addicted lifestyle to one that prioritizes health and fitness.
Dr. Brown explains that fitness is the foundation that allows you to do everything else in your life that you want to accomplish. He states that taking good care of yourself through health and fitness is being a good steward of your body, which is important on both a personal and spiritual level.
Like many people, Dr. Brown once sought a quick fix to improve his health. Though he had his life together in certain areas, he was struggling with his health and was looking for a quick answer. He tried energy pills and fat creams, aiming to speed his metabolism and lose weight. After trying all of these and seeing no results, he realized that the key is to make fundamental changes to one’s lifestyle. Doing so will reap benefits in an overwhelming proportion.
Dr. Brown’s wife, Nancy, utilized Dr. Joel Furman’s micronutrient-rich philosophy to change her health. Once she saw success, Dr. Brown knew he needed her assistance to make changes in his own life. With Nancy’s guidance, Dr. Brown was able to change his relationship with food and revitalize his health. Part of this success stems from being “all in” when it comes to eating the right foods. The motivation to live a healthy life and be around long-term for loved ones are important drivers to succeed.
To connect with Dr. Brown, to get more information, or to purchase Breaking the Stronghold of Food, visit www.askdrbrown.org.
Dr. Richard Pitcairn and his wife Susan are authors of a popular pet health book called Dr. Pitcairn’s Complete Guide to Natural Health for Dogs and Cats, a comprehensive resource for health-conscious pet owners.
Recently, new diagnoses have occurred in dogs and cats, which may be a result of the toxins and chemicals in our environment that are ingested by our pets. The Pitcairns explain that those at the top of the food chain, including humans, dogs, and cats, will consume the highest amounts of chemicals simply because they have consumed smaller animals who have also eaten toxins. This is one reason why a vegetarian or vegan diet is beneficial for both humans and pets. Though a vegan diet may be healthier and cleaner, some supplementation may be necessary, especially for cats.
The toxins in our environment and the products we use also find their way into our systems. Our bodies do not know how to process these toxins, so they are often stored as fat and can eventually cause health problems.
There are several steps to take to help prevent the ingestion of additional toxins. For example, keeping both your pet and environment clean can help remove toxins regularly. Choose safe and effective flea control methods and avoid chemical dips and treatments. Avoid over-vaccinating your pet, as there is limited research suggesting that yearly vaccinations are beneficial.
To purchase Dr. Pitcairn’s Complete Guide to Natural Health for Dogs and Cats, visit Amazon.com. You can learn more about Richard, Susan, pet health, and vegan diets for pets through Susan’s YouTube channel.
Denny Krehe from the Diz Runs Podcast is sharing the many benefits of being a runner. Many people know about the health benefits of running, which include weight management and burning calories. Running is also great for heart and cardiovascular health, as well as maintaining bone strength. There are also social benefits of belonging to running groups, where you can meet others, have conversations, and foster deep friendships. Running also provides a great sense of accomplishment through the setting and achievement of goals.
You can get started with running at a very low cost. If you’re going to run regularly, be prepared to invest into a solid pair of running shoes. Find your local running store and ask them to fit you for a pair of shoes. Anything else is a luxury item that is not essential to get started.
Denny recommends the Couch to 5K free app to help you prepare for your first race. This is a great tool for running newcomers, as it takes the guesswork out what to do and when to do it.
When running your first race, Denny says there are a few pointers to keep in mind. Channel your excitement at the beginning and try to pace yourself. Remember that your starting time won’t start until you get to the starting line, so it’s a good idea to line up according to your usual pace. Don’t forget to have fun. The hard part is the training. The celebration is the race day, so be sure to enjoy the experience. If have any questions before or after the race, feel free to ask your fellow runners, who are usually more than willing to help.
To connect with Denny or learn more about running and the Diz Runs Podcast, visit www.dizruns.com.
Katy Bowman is a biomechanist and science communicator who is passionate about movement in our everyday lives and health. Her new book, Dynamic Aging, shares valuable lessons and exercises to help anyone who wants to improve their mobility and strength.
When it comes to mobility, one of the greatest fears involves falling. Katy explains that falls later in life can be impossible to recover from. Often times, people will remove obstacles in their home to reduce the likelihood of falls. However, Katy explains that it is important to stay strong enough to deal with these obstacles, as the whole world outside your home is not obstacle-free.
Balance is another important area of focus. To improve whole body movement, Katy suggests starting with your feet. Most fit and movement conscious people have not trained their feet, however there are basic exercises one can do to begin strengthening and mobilizing the feet.
Katy also explains that learning to move differently and changing movement patterns helps to align the body better, which leads to better health. Many perceive that the purpose of movement is simply to facilitate more movement. However, having the ability to move opens doors to experiences that a lack of movement otherwise closes. This changes how you relate to things or people. Movement is critical in adding years to your life and life to your years.
There are simple ways to add movement to your daily routine. Practice getting up from the floor. Opt to go in to the bank rather than using the drive thru. Consider parking further away from building entrances. Make activities walking-based. De-convenience some of your kitchen to increase your level of movement and stretching.
To connect with Katy or learn more about Dynamic Aging, visit www.nutritiousmovement.com.