Monthly Archives: July 2017
Monthly Archives: July 2017
The Coffee Lover’s Diet is a new book by Dr. Bob Arnot that serves as a sort of primer to understanding coffee and all the benefits it can offer. One main benefit is the great metabolism boost and performance enhancement it provides, making it the perfect pre-workout drink to consume.
There are many other health benefits of consuming coffee, including:
• decrease in heart disease with each extra cup you drink
• improvement in endothelial function
• cancer prevention
• decreased risk of liver disease and neurogenerative diseases
• decreased risk of diabetes
• decrease in the amount of sugar and fats absorbed from a meal
Dr. Arnot explains that polyphenols in coffee are key to reducing inflammation, which is often the main driver of disease. Coffee is actually a top source of antioxidants.
This helps to explain why coffee quality matters. The greater the quality, the greater the health benefits. Dr. Arnot recommends choosing a coffee where the beans were grown in a high altitude location. One should also consider a light roast, fine grind, hot temperature, and a fairly long time for extraction. He also suggests going to a local roaster to find out where their beans are sourced. Coffee should be obtained in low volumes and should not be stored in the refrigerator or freezer.
Dr. Arnot warns that some people may have difficulty metabolizing caffeine. Consuming coffee may disturb sleep, pulse, and blood pressure, for example. Those in such a situation should consume one early morning cup containing a high dose of polyphenols or selecting a decaffeinated option.
Dr. Jay Cohn is an accomplished cardiologist and the director of the Rasmussen Center for Cardiovascular Disease Prevention. He is also the author of a new book entitled Cardiovascular Health: How Conventional Wisdom is Failing Us.
Dr. Cohn explains that more than half of American adults will die from a cardiovascular morbid event, yet we have the ability to detect and prevent cardiovascular disease. Cardiovascular disease is developed over our entire lives. Every organ is dependent on the blood supply that is delivered by the pumping of the heart into the arteries. As we age, the function and flexibility of the arteries diminishes, which may also be impacted by one’s genetics in addition to environmental factors.
The role of the endothelium is discussed, as this constitutes the inner lining of arteries and affects all arteries and capillaries in the body. This lining secretes nitric oxide which protects the inner lining of the artery from clotting, heart attacks, strokes, and cholesterol blockages. The release of nitric oxide can be greatly impaired by smoking or inflammatory diseases. If you have a known endothelial dysfunction, you should change your lifestyle and consider drug therapy to protect the endothelium.
Dr. Cohn discusses several basic dietary rules for cardiovascular health in the book. However, he points out that eating habits are less important than how much you eat and that it is more important to avoid obesity. Cholesterol has traditionally been considered as a risk factor for cardiovascular disease, yet there has been recent concern over taking statin drugs. New drugs are effective in lowering cholesterol level, but their effectiveness in preventing morbid events is not yet proven.
To connect with Dr. Jay Cohn or to learn more about Cardiovascular Health: How Conventional Wisdom is Failing Us, visit http://www.cardiovasculardiseaseprevention.org.
Nathalie Botros is a psychologist, certified health coach, and an expert in living well. She is also the author of the new book entitled If You Are What You Eat, Should I Eat a Skinny Girl. In this book, she emphasizes her approach to living well through numerous useful tips and tools.
One tool that Nathalie recommends using is a food journal. In this journal, one should not only write down what they ate, but also why, where, and at what time. All these details will help reveal why the choice was made to eat such foods. It also helps one to determine one’s strengths and weaknesses when it comes to food.
Nathalie also discusses the importance of organic foods through the dirty dozen and the clean 15. The dirty dozen are foods that should only be consumed in their organic form due to the difficulty in cleaning off pesticides. These include apples, strawberries, grapes, celery, peaches, nectarines, cucumbers, snap peas, blueberries, spinach, sweet bell peppers, cherry tomatoes, potatoes, and hot peppers.
Conversely, the clean 15 includes foods that can be consumed as is or in their organic form. These include avocado, sweet corn, pineapple, cabbage, onion, papaya, kiwi, eggplant, cantaloupe, sweet potato, sweet peas, asparagus, mango, grapefruit, and cauliflower.
Nathalie also talks about the importance of exercising with living well. Endorphins released as a result of working out give you a positive feeling and an overall boost of energy. She recommends choosing the correct workout for you, easing into the routine, and increasing frequency when ready.
Nathalie believes that if you are happy, you can make it happen. She recommends finding something positive about each day to feel better and be more accepting and loving of yourself.
To learn more about If You Are What You Eat, Should I Eat a Skinny Girl, or to connect with Nathalie Botros, visit http://www.thebon-vivantgirl.com.
Sirens and Titans Fitness founder Jacques DeVore and accomplished endurance athlete and fitness writer Roy Wallack are the authors of a fascinating new book entitled Maximum Overload for Cyclists. While this book may be geared toward cyclists, the lessons and tips shared can be applied by anyone looking to improve their athletic performance.
DeVore and Wallack explain that weight lifting is so valuable for endurance athletes because they seek to add muscle size or recruit muscle that they already have. For cyclists especially, it is important to maintain a small size, so lower reps at a heavy weight will help to increase power.
The importance of the mini set is also discussed. This involves doing fewer reps in each set, yet the body is exerting close to its maximum with each rep. By doing this, the body recruits more and more muscle power to accommodate the max jumps, which leads to bigger overloads and more time training at maximum power. DeVore and Wallack also warn against skipping the self-assessment. It’s important to establish a starting point to avoid injury.
Many cyclists are concerned about managing their body weight. One way to do this is by adding more lean body muscle, because you will burn more calories throughout the day. The efficiency of the muscle is also important to consider, as the increase of power could be more than the increase in body weight. Athletes don’t realize how much of their muscle is really being used, as there is quite a bit of inactive muscle that can help take the load off of other muscles.
Dr. Phil Carson is a certified consultant pharmacist, life coach, and the founder of Carson Natural Health. He is also an accomplished speaker and author of the new book, How To Live Until You Die. In this book, Dr. Phil explains the importance of maintaining balance in your overall life and provides tips and tools to help you keep your body, soul, and spirit in balance.
Dr. Phil uses the acronym NEWSSSS to remind readers what areas they should focus on to maintain balance in their lives. NEWSSSS includes:
Nutrition—deficiencies can cause many health problems
Exercise—start somewhere and be part of a consistent exercise routine
Water—keep hydrated to avoid effects of dehydration
Sleep—important for maintaining or losing weight
Supplements—use food source nutrients instead of synthetic supplements
Soul— emotional or mental trauma can disrupt the body physically as well
Spirit—prayer, meditation, and volunteering can do wonders for our health
Dr. Phil also establishes some basic nutrition rules. Some of these include:
1. Avoid the seven major toxins, including artificial sweeteners
2. Eat real food and avoid processed food
3. Eat balanced meals on a regular schedule
4. Do a genetic assessment to determine what is nutritionally best for you
In regards to exercise, Dr. Phil recommends keeping it simple and finding something that you love to do. Engage in some type of physical activity and be consistent. Find someone to keep you accountable and make the activity part of your everyday schedule.
To learn more about How To Live Until You Die or to connect with Dr. Phil, visit http://www.carsonnatural.com or http://www.howtoliveuntilyoudie.com. You can also learn more via The Feeling Good Podcast.