THE BIG DEAL ABOUT STRESS
Many of us are aware through personal experience of what stress can do to our emotional health. It can contribute to the development of depression, anxiety, and irritability, which ultimately can affect our productivity, our relationships, and our overall wellbeing.
But there's more. Have you ever wondered what can stress actually do to the body? Here are just three of many risks that stress can be responsible for:
A WEAKENED IMMUNE SYSTEM
Chronic stress can contribute to inflammation within the body, which leads to damaged tissues. The body begins to try and minimize the inflammation, which ultimately causes the body to suppress the immune system.
Inflammation can also lead to a number of other complications, such as Diabetes, certain cancers and heart disease.
HEART ATTACK AND STROKE
Stress is responsible for increasing the body's heart rate and blood pressure. High blood pressure can lead to a number of problems such as blood clots, damage to the blood vessels, chest pains, heart attack and stroke.
There are many potential causes to sleep deprivation, such as thyroid disorders, poor diet, hormonal imbalances, and commonly– stress. Stress can deprive us of the ability to wind down and relax – thus keeping us up at night.
Sleep deficiency is more serious than most people think. Of course, you will experience drowsiness throughout the day from not getting enough sleep, but prolonged sleep deprivation can also lead to more serious health concerns like depression, Diabetes and certain cancers.
Stress is common – but it shouldn't have to be. You have the ability to take control of your health today, NATURALLY. Think about how much stress is holding you back in life, and just imagine what life could be without it.
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HEART DISEASE - WHAT CAUSES IT?
It is a known fact that what we put in our bodies can contribute to illness. On the flip side, it's also important to understand that what we put into our bodies could also prevent illness.
Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States. Many factors can contribute to heart disease such as Diabetes, high blood pressure, and obesity - all problems in which a healthy diet could help with.
We've compiled a list of 3 unhealthy foods and drinks to avoid, along with their healthy alternative. Also - You may be pleasantly surprised at how delicious the healthy alternatives actually are!
Instead of Potato Chips, Try Baked Kale Chips
We know what you may be thinking, especially if you're not a fan of this particular leafy superfood. Hear us out!
Potato chips are not only usually full of saturated fat and canola oil, but they are also high in the substance Acrylamide, which studies have shown may cause cancer and nervous system disorders.
Kale is made up of heart healthy components such as fiber and potassium. Studies have shown that it can not only improve cardiovascular function, but it may also even combat cancer. When you bake kale, it becomes crispy - like potato chips! Be sure to season it with some healthy spices such as cumin, which has also been linked to improving blood sugar and cholesterol levels!
Instead of Fried Chicken - Try Grilled Chicken!
Most fried foods, including fried chicken, are loaded with trans fats, which can raise cholesterol levels and contribute to weight gain.
Instead of stopping through the drive through to grab some fried chicken, opt for grilled chicken. It is an unprocessed, single-ingredient food high in protein and healthy fats. Consuming enough healthy fats has been shown to lower bad LDL cholesterol in the body.
Instead of Soda - Consume Black Tea!
Soda has basically no nutritional value. Not only are they incredibly high in sugar, sodium and caffeine, but they also contribute to dehydration and are bad for your oral health. Studies have shown that just one soda per day can increase most people's risk of heart disease by a whopping 20%.
Black tea (with no additives), on the other hand, has been shown to increase heart health by lowering cholesterol and reducing the risk for Diabetes. Plus, it has properties that contribute to helping an upset stomach and reducing stress hormones!
Of course, the foods listed above are an example of what to avoid and consume to contribute to heart health. However, your overall diet, exercise schedule, sleep schedule and stress level are all factors of optimum health as well.
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THE IMPORTANCE OF VITAMIN D
Studies have shown that nearly 85% of US citizens are deficient in Vitamin D. Why is this so important? It's a well known fact that the body needs adequate amounts of Vitamin D in order to absorb calcium and phosphorus - two essential minerals that keep your bones strong.
What you may not know is that maintaining healthy levels of Vitamin D may also prevent you from getting the flu.
VITAMIN D DEFICIENCY - WHAT DOES IT LOOK LIKE?
By now, in the peak of flu season, most of us have heard multiple horror stories of people dying from the flu. It's also probably safe to say that even if you haven't caught the flu this year, you probably know someone who has. Most people think to take Vitamin C when they want to prevent getting ill - which is great - but Vitamin D should not be overlooked!
Vitamin D deficiency can lead to numerous problems, such as:
THE PROBLEM WITH OVER THE COUNTER SUPPLEMENTS
To ensure you are getting a healthy amount of Vitamin D, you may increase your intake of foods that are rich in this essential vitamin such as fish, eggs and mushrooms. However, for most people, it's important to also take a supplement of Vitamin D.
There are plenty of issues with most over the counter supplements that you find at your grocery store or supermarket. These supplements often contain harmful fillers, binders and added ingredients such as soy, gluten, artificial coloring, hydrogenated oils, talc, and even lead. Not to mention, the absorption rate in some of these store bought vitamins is often so low that there is no point to even taking them at all.
SO - WHAT'S THE ANSWER?
Purchase supplements from a RELIABLE source. All of our supplements, including Vitamin D come from a facility that is FDA regulated. They have NO harmful fillers or ingredients and have a high absorption rate.
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Facts about Obesity
More than one-third of American adults are obese. Why is this such an issue? Illnesses linked to obesity are some of the most common causes of death across the world. Not only is it often one of the causes of high blood pressure, high cholesterol, strokes, Diabetes, and heart disease, but it also complicates these conditions even more.
How Obesity Can Affect the Heart
As obesity can often lead to high blood pressure, it's important to understand that high blood pressure can ultimately also lead to a stroke or full blown heart disease. Heart disease can affect your heart's ability to pump blood, which can lead to heart attacks and sudden death. Additionally, carrying an excess amount of weight can cause a strain on your heart to have to work much harder than it should have to.
How To Lower Your Risk for Obesity-Related Illnesses
To avoid obesity related illnesses, you should aim to get your BMI in a healthy range (18.5-24.9). HOWEVER - this doesn't mean jumping on the newest diet trend or starving yourself. A common mistake that people make to lose weight is to under eat and over exercise - and often times, people use processed, unhealthy foods in their journey to lose weight. While this may result in short-term weight loss, it ultimately puts you at risk for many other complications, which is very counter productive if you're looking to lose weight for health reasons.
So, What is the Answer?
We encourage you to embrace a healthy lifestyle from the inside out. In order to do this, you must first be educated on what foods your body will thrive off of. Unfortunately, there is so much conflicting information out there of what's good for you vs. what's not good for you. We've created a short video for you of 4 common weight loss myths in order to make it a bit easier to understand.
5 Heart Healthy Foods to Enjoy
Now that you have a basic understanding of obesity risks, and why simply losing weight by whatever means necessary is not always the answer, we're listing 5 delicious heart healthy foods for you. We challenge you to incorporate more of these foods into your diet!
1.) Avocados: excellent source of monounsaturated fats, and help lower LDL levels
2.) Salmon: rich in omega-3 fatty acids and aids in reducing blood pressure
3.) Walnuts: high in antioxidants and can reduce cholesterol and inflammation
4.) Blueberries: also high in antioxidants and can reduce cholesterol
5.) Cauliflower: has anti-inflammatory properties that lower the risk of heart disease and cancer
So often, we hear stories from our patients that tell us they have tried everything to lose weight to no avail. Or, they have lost weight in the past but have gained it all back plus more. What causes this vicious cycle, often called "yo-yo dieting"?
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