So why is it so hard to shed those surplus fat pounds? Also, why is it so easy to gain back those pounds we lose? Unfortunately, Americans have become addicted to a lifestyle that virtually guarantees chronic age-associated weight gain, especially in the abdominal region. The bright side is that there are scientific data that can allow trained physicians to uniquely recommend patients specific nutrients, drugs and hormones, in combination with a reduced-calorie diet and exercise program, to eradicate these obesity-inducers.
Do you frequently have a bad taste in your mouth? Do people step back from you when you are talking or offer you mints or chewing gum? If so, you could be suffering from halitosis, a chronic condition of having offensive-smelling breath. Halitosis is embarrassing and can interfere with your social or professional success.
Water does not burn fat. That’s true, but it does support weight loss through a series of mechanisms. Did you know that the sensations of hunger and thirst are controlled by the same area of the brain? The hypothalamus, which connects the nervous and endocrine systems and ensures proper transmission of nervous signals between the brain and your glands and organs, is involved in controlling the sensations of hunger and thirst.
Although protein is certainly an essential nutrient that plays many key roles in the way our bodies function, we do not need huge quantities of it. Protein is not a case in which more is better. With the popularity of high-protein diets, you may be tempted to believe that you simply can’t overeat protein. But the truth is that consuming excess protein can actually be quite detrimental to your health.
If you happen to find yourself spinning your wheels and frustrated about why you’re not losing weight and/or gaining muscle despite your dietary and exercise efforts, you may want to consider having your diurnal cortisol levels checked. Cortisol is a hormone secreted by your adrenal glands with many critical functions for survival. Chronic abnormal levels are catabolic and degenerating associated with a host of health issues, i.e., weight gain and fat loss resistance, muscle loss and weakness, bone loss, fatigue, depression, insulin resistance, accelerated aging, thyroid issue, and many diseases. Repairing cortisol patterns should be on the top of your list to maximize recovery and gains!
Keeping physically active drives your insulin levels down, which is one of the most powerful ways to reduce your cancer risks. Try to exercise at least 3 times a week for 30 minutes and maintain a healthy body weight.
Childhood obesity is out of control and the poor quality of the food we give our children has been blamed for years. However, this epidemic does not have a single culprit; there are many other situations that are responsible. One of them, and my personal pet peeve, is using food as a reward to stimulate repeat performances or results, such as winning at a competition or earning good grades.
Now that August is here, school is on the horizon. No matter what grade your child is about to enter, there’s the yearly back-to-school checklist of to-dos like shopping for school supplies, filling out permission forms and, of course, scheduling your child’s pediatric visit at Care Resource. The back-to-school season is a convenient time for putting the exam on your family’s schedule and make sure that your school-age children, from preschoolers to college students receive their vaccines.