The worst kept secret in America, is our collective march towards greater obesity. My people start each year with a “New Year’s resolution”, vowing to finally lose their excess pounds.
However. the sad facts reveal that many people fall off this path to better health, within a few short weeks.
We’ve all seen the TV commercials suggesting numerous pills, diets, and guaranteed weight loss with little or no effort. Don’t feel ashamed if you’ve fallen prey to these miracle claims in the past. It’s time to confront the truth that losing weight requires lifestyle changes. These changes are only painful, if your “negative mind speak” tells you so.
The fundamental lifestyle change I had to choose, like many other folks, was one of nutrition. I had to change my views on what constituted healthy eating.
The short video below features Dr. Ivan Rusilko, Medical Director and Co-Founder of Club Essentia Wellness, in Miami Beach. He gives his opinion on the starting point to lasting weight loss. This video is provided courtesy of ihealthtube.com.
I have to agree with Dr. Rusilko, true weight loss starts with nutrition and healthy eating. Diet pills and fad diets will not get you the long term results you desire, no matter what the commercials tell you.
The question is, how BAD do you want to lose your fat? The implications for your health are enormous, but attainable. It all starts with you and your mindset.
When beginning a health regimen, it’s easy to overdo it by taking too many supplements. I’ve done it before, and I’m sure many of you have gone through a similar experience. Then you wised up, and realized supplements are just one part of your health program.
Mark MacDonald is a nutritionist and Founder of VeniceNutrition.com. A former athlete, Mark has an interesting take on proper supplementation. He believes you only need three supplements to compliment a nutritionally balanced diet, high in fruits and vegetables.
Check out his short video, where he gives practical advice on supplements. This video is provided courtesy of iHealthtube.com.
The main thing I like about Mark’s viewpoint, is its simplicity. His practical advice is easy to implement on a daily basis and will not break your budget. Also, he emphasizes that you still need a nutrient filled diet, with lots of fruits and vegetables. I agree with him, that supplements are useful in filling your nutritional gaps. But, supplements will never replace a solid nutritional diet.
However, I do have a slight disagreement with Mark. My personal supplementation includes a multivitamin, vitamin D3, omega-3, and CoQ10. I believe a great multivitamin sets the foundation of my supplement use. The other supplements I take are based on my personal needs. These supplements are in addition to my daily healthy eating, which includes 7-9 servings of fruits and vegetables.
The Bottom Line: You should take some supplements, as part of your health program. However, I suggest you do not rely on supplements only. Find a combination of supplements which meet your health needs, and incorporate them with your daily healthy eating practices. Please consult with your doctor before taking any supplements, and tell her what you’re currently taking on a regular basis.
Dr. Guosong Liu is a neuroscientist with the Center for Learning and Memory at Tsinghua University, located in Beijing, China. He led a study which looked at whether Magnesium-L-Threonate (MgT), could improve short-term and long-term memory in rats. The study’s findings showed MgT improved brain function in both young and aged rats.
A clinical study of the potential of MgT in humans, is currently being conducted by Dr. Liu in California.
Dr Liu’s research is important because age-related brain health has become a global public health issue. For example, America’s population group of people age 65 or older was 12.9% of its total population. It’s estimated this segment of older Americans will grow to about 19% of total population by 2030. For more information, see the Administration on Aging’s website at this link.
“Half the population of the industrialized countries has a magnesium deficit, which increases with aging. If normal or even higher levels of magnesium can be maintained, we may be able to significantly slow age-related loss of cognitive function and perhaps prevent or treat diseases that affect cognitive function.”
The Bottom Line: Dr. Liu’s research of the connection between magnesium levels and brain function has consumed the last 10 years of his life. The world-wide aging of our population demands as many safe, alternative dietary supplements as possible, to help improve our quality of life. Time will not wait for us to conduct the proper research. The time is now.
Robert Scott Bell, a homeopathic medicine practioner, believes our exposure to flu has been increased by weakened immune systems and liver congestion. His primary focus is on the impact of a congested liver on your overall health.
“The main function of the liver is to remove toxins from the body, which includes varied chemical as well as physiological substances. When the liver is overloaded with work then it can face problems in clearing toxins from your body, which results in congested liver or liver congestion.”
Mr. Pitts goes on to say:
“For getting rid of this it is advised that you follow a detoxification program.”
In his article, Mr. Pitts provides a simple process for detoxing your liver. He states:
“The best way to get rid of congested liver is to follow a liver cleanse or a detoxification process. There are a number of natural therapies available for cleaning of the liver, one of these is having stewed tomatoes and tomato juice for a period of two days. You can replace tomatoes with apple and apple juice. There are a number of supplements in the market that can help you revive the normal functioning of your liver.”
Folks, it doesn’t get much easier than this. Also, his suggestion is very inexpensive. Why not give it a try?
The Bottom Line: I can’t remember the last time I had the flu. However, that doesn’t mean I’m not at risk this flu season. I’m going to get my flu shot. But, I’m also going to do the liver cleansing suggested above. I personally want to improve my chances of avoiding the flu. What are you going to do?
If I told you that 1 in every 8 Americans over 65 suffer from an incurable disease, what would you say? Perhaps, you might say “that’s too bad” or how “unfortunate”. But, what if one of these people happened to be a close relative of yours? I believe your response would be quite different.
The Alzheimer’s tsunami is here, and it’s about to get much worse. This disease is the most common form of dementia.
“…an umbrella term describing a variety of disease and conditions that develop when nerve cells, called neurons, causes changes in one’s memory, behavior and ability to think clearly. In Alzheimer’s disease, these brain changes eventually impair an individual’s ability to carry such basic bodily functions as walking and swallowing. Alzheimer’s disease is ultimately fatal.”
What makes this disease particularly scary, is the 78 million American baby boomers entering the prime age for the onset of this killer.
Some of the symptoms of Alzheimer’s include:
Memory loss that disrupts daily life.
Difficulty completing familiar tasks at home, work or at leisure.
Confusion with time and place.
New problems with words or writing.
Misplacing things and losing the ability to retrace steps.
Currently, there’s no treatment to halt the progression of Alzheimer’s. The FDA has approved five prescription drugs for treating the disease symptoms. However, these approved drugs only provide temporary relief from Alzheimer’s, without any lasting benefits.
Are There Any Natural Approaches To Managing The Symptoms?
Dr. Giovanni Appendino, is a Professor of Chemistry with an Italian university. His research focuses on the use of natural compounds in preventing medical and cell biology problems. Dr. Appendino believes the spice turmeric, a staple of Indian cuisine, can help manage or prevent the symptoms of Alzheimer’s. He bases his conclusion on recent laboratory studies with mice, and evidence of low rates of Alzheimer’s disease in India.
“The compound curcumin, only found in turmeric, is a widely used spice found in Indian food…The bright yellow spice is familiar to fans of curry dishes, but has been used in other preparations as well. For centuries, it has been used in Asian medicine.”
While Dr. Appendino is a great scientist, his opinion is based on the results of lab studies on mice. What’s really needed, is a controlled, clinical study of the effects on turmeric in humans. Presently, no such studies have been performed.
“Scientists had earlier said that by 2020 around 10 million Indians above age 65 would suffer from dementia. By 2040, the number would increase to around 22 million.”
Though India has a huge population, estimated in 2012 at 1.22 billion, the global increase in Alzheimer’s is affecting that country as well.
The Bottom Line: I believe research in Alzheimer’s disease must continue with a sense of urgency. It’s not just an American problem, it’s a global health problem. The thought of a natural approach using turmeric is appealing, but still has to be proven with clinical studies on humans. So until then, I’ll find a good restaurant and have a wonderful Indian meal. Would you like to join me?