May 18, 2017

Reasons Why We Are Fatter Than 30 Years Ago

Weight loss is so much more than just eating right and exercising more. This article does a great job bringing attention to a few other factors related to weight gain over the years.
Some of the factors that cause weight gain, or inhibit weight loss from the article: 
1. Pharmaceutical Drugs
2. Chemical Exposure
3. Altered Gut
4. Dehydration
5. Junk Food Marketing
I always talk about chemical stress in classes, it's something many people don't think or care too much about but it's going to have a massive impact on our health if we don't start addressing it. 
Also, I've never seen someone who's overweight and taking a lot of medications be able to lose weight either.

May 16, 2017

Breastmilk Contributes to Babies' Bacteria

Up to 40% of infant's gut bacteria is formed from being breastfed! 80% of our immune system comes from our intestines therefore breastfed babies are going to have a substantially stronger immune system and reduced risk of disease. 
"The study, published Monday (May 8) in JAMA Pediatrics, found that 30 percent of babies’ gut bacteria seem to come from the mother’s breast milk and that another 10 percent can be traced to skin around the mother’s nipple.
“Breast milk is this amazing liquid that, through millions of years of evolution, has evolved to make babies healthy, particularly their immune systems,” UCLA’s Grace Aldrovandi, the study’s lead author, said in a press release. “Our research identifies a new mechanism that contributes to building stronger, healthier babies.”"

Read the full article here: www.the-scientist.com

May 4, 2017

Drugs are NOT the Answer

Drugs, drugs, drugs, just take a drug for it, that's the american way right? Unfortunately, all drugs have side effects. 
Kids (and adults) who are getting the right nutrients will not get constipated. 
The amount of kids taking medication for constipation is insane and it's usually something that can be fixed relatively easy though dietary changes, chiropractic adjustments, magnesium, veggie shakes, etc.
I usually don't post articles that are not backed by research, however I just think it's absolutely ridiculous how many kids are taking multiple medications for things that could easily be fixed through lifestyle changes.
The defense for this article will be "There is no published research showing MiraLAX can cause neuropsychiatric problems" 
My response would be
1. Why are kids taking MiraLAX in the first place?
2. ALL drugs have side effects eventually.
3. When enough parents start making the same claim, you just haven't done the right research study yet to prove that it's true.
4. Every person has a different metabolic makeup, and research will never be done on every single person taking a medication. So to say that it can't cause a problem is a lie, because unless you study every person you won't know for sure.

Source: www.wpxi.com

May 2, 2017

An Avocado a Day Keeps the Doctor Away


If I had to pick one food that was going to be the most beneficial in all aspects of health it would be an avocado. Healthy fats, protein, fiber what more could you ask for in one food!
The saying should be changed to "An avocado a day keeps the doctor away!" Except for your chiropractor of course, you should still get adjusted to remove all that physical stress!
What's your favorite way to eat avocados?

April 28, 2017

Top 10 Sources of Calories in the U.S. Diet

After looking at this list it's no wonder we have an obesity problem in the United States. There are only two (maybe 3) things on this list that are potentially healthy. So 80% of our diets are coming from processed junk food. 
1. Grain-based desserts (cakes, cookies, donuts, pies, crisps, cobblers, and granola bars)
2. Yeast breads
3. Chicken and chicken-mixed dishes
4. Soda, energy drinks, and sports drinks
5. Pizza
6. Alcoholic beverages
7. Pasta and pasta dishes
8. Mexican mixed dishes
9. Beef and beef-mixed dishes
10.Dairy desserts
If you don't want to look like the rest of America, stop eating like the rest of America. Reduce processed carbs, increase protein and healthy fat.

April 27, 2017

No Sleep Leads to Negative Thoughts

This study showed that the later people go to bed and the shorter they sleep the more negative their thoughts. 
Which makes sense because if you don't sleep, you have higher levels of cortisol and feel more stressed out which leads to negative thoughts.
1. Go to bed by 10 PM
2. Sleep at least 7 hours per night
3. Take melatonin or Magnesium before bed if you have sleeping problems
4. Wear a sleep mask or use a sound machine

Saturated Fats Will Not Kill You

Saturated fat does not cause heart disease, inflammation does. 
Cultures have been eating high saturated fat foods forever with no complications. It wasn't until highly processed carbohydrates became more prevalent that heart disease skyrocketed.
Every class we teach focuses on tips to reduce inflammation naturally. The less inflamed you are the less your risk of every disease. 
Repeat after me:
Saturated fats won't kill me
Eggs won't kill me
Butter won't clog my arteries
Lard won't kill me
Red meat isn't an unhealthy food
Processed carbohydrates increase inflammation and cause heart disease

Obviously you want to find grass fed sources of these things to maximize their health benefits!

Source: bjsm.bmj.com

April 25, 2017

Cycling to Work Can Cut Cancer and Heart Disease

Time to get the bike out! It's easy on the joints and a great workout. Also, anyone who rides a bike is going to have stronger legs which is correlated with a reduced risk of falling. 
"During the course of the study, regular cycling cut the risk of death from any cause by 41%, the incidence of cancer by 45% and heart disease by 46%.
The cyclists clocked an average of 30 miles per week, but the further they cycled the greater the health boon.
Walking cut the odds of developing heart disease but the benefit was mostly for people walking more than six miles per week."


               Source: www.bbc.com

April 19, 2017

The Importance of Vitamin D-3

Everyone should have their Vitamin D levels checked regularly as it's one of the easiest, cheapest and most beneficial natural things you can do. 
If you have an auto-immune condition such as MS, fibromyalgia or RA you need to be especially proactive about your Vitamin D-3 status. Supplementing with high dose Vitamin D-3 has been shown over and over to be beneficial. This study had people taking 10,400 IU per day for 6 months and saw excellent results. 
"These results are exciting, as vitamin D has the potential to be an inexpensive, safe and convenient treatment for people with MS," says study author Peter Calabresi, M.D., director of the Johns Hopkins Multiple Sclerosis Center and professor neurology at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.

Read how vitamin D can benefit people with MS at www.eurekalert.org!

April 18, 2017

Neonatal Gut Bacteria Might Promote Asthma

The worse the intestinal flora of babies the higher their chance of asthma later on. High carbohydrate foods (candy, breads, cereal, etc.) and antibiotics increase the amount of bad bacteria in the gut leading to these problems. 
"Abnormal gut microbiota communities present in some 1-month-old children promote inflammation that results in an almost threefold increased risk of developing allergies by age 2, according to a study published in Nature Medicine. More of these kids—who had lower levels of four commensal gut bacteria groups and 
higher relative levels of two types of fungi—developed signs of asthma by age 4."

April 13, 2017

Antibiotics Are Not The Solution

There is a time and place for antibiotics but I see people taking them for every little sniffle and cough. Let the body heal naturally and your long term health is going to be substantially better. 
"Monash University study involving mice, published in the April issue of the Journal of Leukocyte Biology, finds that childhood antibiotic use impedes the normal growth and development of gut bacteria. This, in turn, affects the function of the immune system ― around 70 percent of which is contained in the gut.

Previous studies have shown that the use of certain antibiotics can trigger autoimmunity, but now we have a better idea of how this happens."



Read the full article of antibiotic use at www.huffingtonpost.com.

April 4, 2017

Television is Affecting Your Health

A study by the British Journal of Sports Medicine found that for every hour an adult watched TV, their life expectancy was reduced by 22 minutes.
With the average American spending five hours a day watching TV, that means in over a period of a year of watching TV regularly, it decreases your life expectancy by nearly a month, 27.8 days.
A study by the Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine found that reducing television viewing has an important role in preventing obesity and in lowering BMI in young children. The same 2008 study also showed that having a TV in a child’s bedroom increased viewing time by nearly nine hours a week.
While we all know the health risks that accompany smoking, research shows that
watching TV jeopardizes our health just as much as cigarettes.

What are you doing today instead of watching TV?


April 3, 2017

Reduced Risk of Disease from Consumption of Vitamin K

Researchers found an increased Vitamin K consumed resulted in a reduced risk of cardiovascular disease and cancer after following 7,216 people over the age of 55 for five years. 
Vitamin K is found in green leafy vegetables such as broccoli, kale, spinach, cabbage and brussel sprouts. 
Vitamin K is also required for proper absorption of calcium into your bones along with Vitamin D-3.

March 31, 2017

Energy Increase from Interval Training

As many of you know I'm a huge fan of changing your workout up and not doing the same exercise over and over. 
Research comes out daily showing how beneficial interval training is for our health. This study showed that after only 3 weeks of interval training our bodies ability to process and create energy was drastically improved! And the older someone was, the better results they saw! 
"The younger volunteers in the interval training group saw a 49% increase in mitochondrial capacity, and the older volunteers saw an even more dramatic 69% increase."

Start today and you will basically see an instant boost in your energy and your bodies ability to process food.


   
                 Source: sciencedaily.com

March 30, 2017

Melatonin Levels May Lower Risk of Cancer

In a lab setting you gave give animals cancer by not allowing them to sleep for extended periods of time. Sleep is when the body heals and if the body isn't healing properly cancer will form. 
This study shows a direct correlation between prostate cancer and melatonin levels which is correlated with lack of sleep. 
"Higher levels of melatonin, a hormone involved in the sleep-wake cycle, may suggest decreased risk for developing advanced prostate cancer."
Get to bed and do as much as you can to get good quality sleep!

E-cigarettes Helping Smokers Quit

"Smokers that switched from cigarettes to vaping had 97.5% lower levels of a certain carcinogen linked to cancer compared to smokers."

Everyone knows smoking is not healthy, but it's very addicting. If you know someone who won't quit smoking at least try to get them to make this transition to vaping, research is showing it to be very favorable when it comes to reducing cancer risk.




Read the full article at www.newscientist.com

March 28, 2017

Benefits to Drinking Tea


Family history of Alzheimer's? Start drinking tea! (and reducing processed carbs!) 

"Tea drinking reduces the risk of cognitive impairment in older persons by 50 percent and as much as 86 percent for those who are genetically at risk of Alzheimer's, new research suggests."

March 27, 2017

How Exercise Changes Our DNA

Movement is a required nutrient for the body, just as food, water and sunlight are, without it we get sick. 
This study showed how exercise changed the expression of over 5000 genes involved in energy metabolism, insulin response, & inflammation in muscles
Find ways to move more throughout the day, even step counts!


Read the article at nytimes.com.

March 26, 2017

Addiction to Opioids

Every medical conference or meeting I have been to in the past few years has addressed this problem. It's a huge issue and if it isn't fixed soon it will ruin a lot of lives. The life of a chronic opiate user is devastating and it impacts almost every family in some aspect. 
"So, with an initial 10-day opioid prescription, about one-in-five patients become long-term users. That’s according to the new study’s lead author Bradley Martin, a professor of pharmaceutical evaluation and policy at the University of Arkansas for Medical Science. It’s a fast rise, Martin said to Ars. “We really didn’t expect that.”"

Managing pain naturally instead of jumping right into medications is key.


 Read the full article at arstechnica.com


March 22, 2017

Text Neck: Proper Phone Posture


Chronically poor posture causes degeneration and pain in the spine.

Watch this video for a quick tip on how to improve your posture while texting.

We are seeing an epidemic of poor posture with computers and cell phones. If you aren't proactive you are going to have problems.



March 18, 2017

Increase Magnesium to Decrease Disease

Magnesium levels are highly associated with heart disease, stroke and diabetes.

"The researchers, from Zhejiang University and Zhengzhou University in China, found that people in the highest category of dietary magnesium consumption had a
  • 10% lower risk of coronary heart disease
  • 12% lower risk of stroke 
  • 26% lower risk of type-2 diabetes 
compared to those in the lowest category."

The best source is from green leafy vegetables! An easy way to do that is through veggie shakes.

If you aren't eating enough green leafy vegetables, make sure you supplement with magnesium that is GMP Certified (we recommend and carry Anabolic Laboratories supplements). Therapeutic dose typically starts around 300 - 400 mg per day.

Magnesium is also crucial for digestion and beneficial for people with migraines
 

March 16, 2017

Live A Healthy Life




Health is cumulative. You have to focus on all aspects of health if you want to be healthy.
Exercising a lot and eating junk food might make you look good but it will eventually cause inflammation and internal health issues.

March 15, 2017

Prescription Drugs

In 2015 the average American took 13 prescription medications.
Seniors over 65 years old take substantially more and even kids average 4 prescription medications per year. 
The United states spends massively more than any other country on health care, but is rated dead last when it comes to the overall health of our country. As of 2015 we spent 3 trillion dollars per year on health care which is 17% of our Gross Domestic Product (GDP).
More drugs doesn't equal more health.


Inflammation In The Body


The food you put into your mouth either increases or decreases inflammation and swelling in your body.
Inflammation leads to disease and sickness. 
The most popular over the counter medications in the United States are NSAIDS (non steroidal anti inflammatory Drugs).
This tells us that many people are in pain and inflamed. And instead of removing the problem (inflammatory foods), they are just covering it up with pain medications.

March 14, 2017

Probiotic Benefits

People who took probiotics for 4 weeks had less sad/bad feelings than those who didn't.
Our stomach and intestines are called our second brain because they are so interconnected to our overall health and emotion. The worse shape your digestive health the worse your mood is going to be on a regular basis.
Another study came out recently that concluded gut health was highly correlated with longevity.
If you aren't already, consider taking a daily probiotic, or maximizing your probiotics through sauerkraut, kefir or tempeh.
Also, remove processed sugar as it destroys the good bacteria in your stomach and intestines.

   
                                                                https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2015/04/150414083718.htm

March 11, 2017

Dietary Fiber Intake

Are you eating enough high fiber foods on a daily basis? Those who eat the most fiber were found to have an 80% greater chance of living a longer and healthier life. 
Many people know that increased fiber intake will keep their digestion regular, but they don't realize how important that is for overall health. 
"Essentially, we found that those who had the highest intake of fiber or total fiber actually had an almost 80 percent greater likelihood of living a long and healthy life over a 10-year follow-up.



                            https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/06/160601112609.htm

March 9, 2017

Average Life Expectancy

Average life expectancy is rising across the globe except for in the U.S. 
If you are living like the average American then you have to expect to be sick like the average American population. 
Also, these numbers are deceiving. For the United States the life expectancy is around 80 years old, a little less for men and a little more for women. However, most people are not actually living until they are 80 years old, they are just surviving. 
Many people start developing chronic conditions in their 40's and 50's and are not living life to the fullest extent because they are dealing with their health problems. In my opinion, many people in the United States are only living until they are 50 but are surviving until they are 80. 
Are you living or surviving?



March 8, 2017

Vote for Health Food


Image may contain: fruit and foodEvery time you buy something you are voting for that product. The only way we will change our food system to get healthier options is to buy healthier options on a regular basis.

Small health food companies are very expensive to run and they need all the support they can get. Just because something is carried at a large grocery store doesn't mean the company is successful financially.

I see new health food products come and go from the stores on a regular basis because people aren't buying them.

All companies will change to the demand of the customers, If people started to only order salads at McDonald's then they would turn into a healthy restaurant. We know that's not going to happen, but we have to start somewhere!
 
 

Naturally Occuring Compound Increases Metabolism

Cooked Broccoli SoupA compound called NMN (nicotinamide mononucleotide) found in broccoli, cabbage, cucumber, edamame and avocado was found to improve metabolism, aid in weight loss and improve energy!

"NMN administration helps energy metabolism by improving the function of mitochondria, which operate as cellular power plants. They also found that mice given NMN gained less weight with aging even as they consumed more food, likely because their boosted metabolism generated more energy for physical activity."

Another reason to eat these foods on a daily basis. I always use avocado in my shakes, and I steam broccoli and add grass fed butter and sea salt and eat that on a daily basis as well!
 
Source: https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/10/161027122047.htm

March 5, 2017

Are you Skinny or Skinny Fat?

"I'm skinny so I can eat what I want!"

Just because you are skinny doesn't mean you are healthy. In fact there are more sick diabetic or pre-diabetic skinny people than there are sick obese people when you look at the stats and the whole U.S. population.

Pre-diabetic levels are measured by:

1. Fasting Insulin below 5, ideally below 3
2. Fasting blood glucose of 100-125 mg/dl
3. A1C below 5.7

These are tests that would be beneficial to have done annually, and even more often if you have problems. If your levels are just starting to get high, you can actually change them for the better within 2 weeks of changing your lifestyle! 
 
Source: WebMD

March 2, 2017

New study finds colorectal cancer rates rising in Gen X and millennials

A recent study by the American Cancer Society found that Colorectal cancer rates rising in Gen X and millennials.

This is an alarming trend and research has shown that one out of two people will get cancer in their lifetime. 

The good news is that many cancers are believed to be lifestyle related, so if you can take control of your lifestyle your risk of those diseases is drastically reduced. 

Epigenetic research shows that 70 - 98% of health conditions are lifestyle related.  

"Dr. Cercek of Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center said the increase is not linked to family history, so environmental factors are likely to blame.

Some of it may be due to the fact that there have been changes in young people, in the millennial generation, in terms of a more sedentary lifestyle, dietary changes, obesity may play a role but that is not really clear,” Dr. Cercek said.

See the complete article at CBSnews.com.


February 6, 2017

Tom Brady's Anti-Inflammatory Diet

Tom Brady and wife Gisele B√ľndchen (photo by @gisele / instagram)

When you learn what Tom Brady's diet is, it's not a surprise that at 39 years old he is playing at his best. Meanwhile, most NFL players have a three to four
year career due to health issues and become reliant and addicted to pain medications.


Brady eats an anti-inflammatory diet, which means his body heals and recovers much faster than other athletes eating junk food.

As featured on Forbes.com, check out his eating guidelines below:
  • 80 percent of what they eat is vegetables... if it’s not organic, I don’t use it.
  • And whole grains: brown rice, quinoa, millet, beans.
  • The other 20 percent is lean meats: grass-fed organic steak, duck every now and then, and chicken. As for fish, I mostly cook wild salmon.
  • No white sugar. No white flour. No MSG.
  • I'll use raw olive oil, but I never cook with olive oil. I only cook with coconut oil. Fats like canola oil turn into trans fats.
  • I use Himalayan pink salt as the sodium. I never use iodized salt.
  • No coffee. No caffeine. No fungus. No dairy.
  • He will eat bananas in a smoothie. But otherwise, he prefers not to eat fruits.
  • We stick to gluten free for everything

[Tom] doesn't eat nightshades, because they're not anti-inflammatory. So no tomatoes, peppers, mushrooms, or eggplants. Tomatoes trickle in every now and then, but just maybe once a month. I'm very cautious about tomatoes. They cause inflammation.

Doesn't it sound a lot like some of the guidelines you have heard in my classes?

February 5, 2017

Panera Bread removing artificial ingredients

If you can't read it don't eat it. Artificial ingredients do absolutely nothing for your overall health and in fact hurt it in many ways.

Panera Bread has made the move to remove all artificial ingredients from their menu:
"ITS ENTIRE U.S. FOOD MENU AND PORTFOLIO OF PANERA AT HOME PRODUCTS ARE NOW FREE FROM ALL ARTIFICIAL FLAVORS, PRESERVATIVES, SWEETENERS, AND COLORS FROM ARTIFICIAL SOURCES" Read more here.

Don't get your hopes up, I'm still not a fan of bread however they have a great selection of other things that are much healthier!

We can only hope that others follow in their footsteps.