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A Simple Guide To Daily Wellness

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With my patients, I always stress it is not knowledge that ensures good health, but action. Think about it — how many diet or self-help books have you read but never applied the principles to your daily life? Or worse, how many have you purchased and never opened?

There is a myriad of theories, guidelines and information sources surrounding the nutrition and wellness industry. Sometimes it appears the more you read, the more confused you become. But the basic principles of healthy living are not rocket science. The baby steps taken today may result in giant leaps for your wellness in the future.

We all want a quick fix for better health, weight loss, and more energy. My first book, The Hormone Diet provides you with a 6-week roadmap to wellness, but if you are not yet on the road to health, you can begin with this simple healthy day. You can tweak the hours if you need to; just use this as a guide. Remember the old adage that definitely rings true when it comes to nutrition...

If you fail to plan, you’re planning to fail.
— Benjamin Franklin

6:30 – 7:30AM

Drink two cups of warm water with lemon each morning. This simple habit increases the flow of digestive juices, helps to cleanse the body and resets our pH balance, making us less acidic, which helps reduce the risk of disease. It’s also fantastic for your skin – want another tip? Now, these are totally optional but certainly of benefit:

I personally have added these items to my daily and on rising supplement routine and have done so for years – also totally optional for you:

7:00 – 7:30AM

Do 20 to 30 minutes of interval cardiovascular exercise or one hour of brisk walking on an empty stomach. This will reduce elevated morning cortisol levels and burn extra body fat. This habit is most important to prevent weight gain following a cheat day or while you are on vacation and remember your maximum number of cardio workouts (my preference and recommendation as the best choice is walking) is five days a week. Keep this rule in mind: when you eat more – move more! You can learn more about this here: Clear Medicine Weight Loss, Clear Medicine Weight Loss Group Program.

7:30 – 7:45AM

Enjoy a smoothie each morning during the work week for breakfast. In a blender, combine whey protein powder, 1 serving Clear Fiber, and 2 tbsp hemp seeds with ½ cup berries and water or coconut milk (in the carton). Drink it on your way to work if you need to. Meet your basic supplement needs effortlessly by taking your omega supplement (2 caps New Concentrated Clear Omega – Marine Based Oils or 4 caps Pure Form Plant Based Omega – (I recommend this for all those over forty as it builds bone density and assists in heart health).

During your day

Have a meal mid-morning (11AM - 1PM) and mid-afternoon (2PM - 4PM) each day. My go to options are:

  • Two boiled eggs plus two more egg whites chopped on mixed greens with tomatoes with balsamic dressing
  • 2 cups chopped salad lightly cooked in coconut oil spray, with 4 egg whites and ricotta cheese
  • 1 to 2 cups of vegetarian squash soup topped with Ricotta cheese and served with sliced chicken or turkey on the side
  • A B-up Bar
  • A chocolate Clear Complete Shake – that contains a fiber supplement, multivitamin and whey protein meal replacement all in one. I also have a version that is whey free and other that is does not contain the multivitamin.

Keep a large mason jar on your desk and aim to drink two to three of these jars per day. One or two filled with water and the third filled with 2 green tea bags and 2 lemon or ginger or hibiscus tea bags.  Be sure to steep your green tea to allow the active ingredients to reach full potency.

5:00 – 7:00PM

Eat your hormonally balanced dinner before 7PM to avoid weight gain, earlier is better. Remember that two-thirds of your plate at mealtimes should be occupied by veggies; one-third salad and one-third baked, steamed stir-fried veggies. The other third should be your protein (approximately 30 grams for women; 40 grams for men). Your fats may fall on top of your carbohydrate selections (as an olive oil or salad dressing, for instance) or be consumed within your protein selections. Don’t forget to add spice. It will lower the blood sugar impact of your meal and aid weight loss by reducing insulin. If you had a metabolic strength training session this day, then you have earned your starchy carbohydrates like quinoa, beets or squash (about ½ a cup or the size of your fist) with your evening meal. Avoiding starches at breakfast will aid appetite and craving control during the day while enjoying them in the evening will help to improve your sleep.

8:30 – 9:30PM

Spend some time alone, even if it is just 15 minutes, to breathe deeply, meditate, ponder, review your goals or write in a journal to wind down before bed and collect your thoughts. Designate this time as YOUR time daily.

This is the ideal time to replace zinc and magnesium – the two most common mineral deficiencies and I also suggest taking a supplement of melatonin now for most people over 40 as it helps to reduce stress hormone, boosts thyroid hormone, aids bone density and assists with growth hormone. It is also breast and prostate cancer protective.

9:30 – 10:30PM

Aim to get to bed before 10 (or definitely before 11PM) in a completely darkened room for optimal recovery, and to maximize the release of melatonin and growth hormone. Most sleep experts agree that 7.5 to 8.5 hours a night is optimal. But some people may require more or less sleep than others. If you wake without an alarm and feel refreshed when you get up, you’re likely getting the right amount of sleep for you.

Repeat the very next day and you will be well on your way to optimal (and hormonally balanced) health.

Originally Published: April 19, 2018

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Seven Gym-Free Ways to Slim Down Quickly after Holiday Overindulgence

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Nothing gets you to dust off the running shoes and take the first step towards transformation after holiday festivities. If you’re looking to drop a few pounds, try these tips.

1. Prepare your meals

The key to making change is preparing food in advance, so you’re less tempted to grab something from a vending machine or convenience store. Most healthy recipes allow you to swap the source of protein, whether it’s chicken, turkey, tofu, shrimp or lean organic steak. Once cooked, most proteins will remain fresh for three or four days, so cook them twice weekly in larger batches.

How to: Another easy step is to make larger portions all in one day so you have three interchangeable meals for days to come.

Warning: Egg dishes and smoothies would be an exception since they need to be fresh.

2. Keep a food journal

I recommend keeping a food journal as, according to a large 2008 study, they’ve been shown to double a person’s weight loss. Getting and staying balanced requires you to be committed, organized and motivated. A wellness tracker such as this one is a handy weight-loss tool.

3. Reduce your starchy carbs

In advance of your event, I also recommend reducing your intake of starchy carbs. This will reduce insulin, which aids weight loss and water retention.

How to: You may choose to have a low-glycemic carb with a meal once per day, or not at all (and just receive your carbs from non-starchy veggies and fruits). Since insulin also controls sodium uptake in the kidneys and the levels of potassium and magnesium in the body, an excess will cause water retention and swelling.

4. Try a CLA and resveratrol combo

A recent study published in Nutrition found conjugated linoleic acid (CLA) supports weight reduction. Sixty- three subjects with a body mass index (BMI) of 24 to 35 received 1.7 grams of CLA or a placebo of salad oil in 200 ml of sterilized milk twice daily for 12 weeks. The researchers evaluated the subjects for body composition including total body weight, BMI, total fat mass, fat percentage, subcutaneous (below the skin) fat mass and waist-to-hip ratio at the beginning of the study and again after the supplementation period. They found that all markers decreased in the CLA group.

How to: For a great fat burning combo, add 1-2 capsules of resveratrol in the morning on an empty stomach, along with two capsules (1500 mg) of CLA twice daily with a meal.

5. Kick it up with cayenne

Cayenne pepper is said to enhance metabolism, and therefore fat burning, by increasing thermogenesis: the production of heat in the body through calorie burning otherwise known as what makes you sweat when you eat spicy food. It also has appetite suppressing effects. One study showed that when added to the first course of a meal, participants consumed fewer calories later in the day.

How to: Try my Metabolic Master Brew for fat loss

  • 1⁄2 to 1 organic lemon, juiced
  • 1-inch piece of fresh ginger, sliced
  • A pinch (or more) of cayenne pepper
  • 8 cups reverse osmosis water

Combine the following ingredients in a large pitcher and enjoy it either hot or cold. It will increase your metabolism, lower insulin, support digestion and improve liver function.

6. Sweat it out

Infrared radiation heats the skin directly, similar to heat from the sun, but without warming the air. The radiant heat is safe, healthy and penetrates more than 1.5 inches into the body. Because the skin is the largest organ in the body, regularly sweating in an infrared sauna can help decrease toxic load and contribute to better health and vitality. A growing body of evidence suggests the accumulation of toxins in the body is responsible for fatigue, disease and weight gain. In a study performed by neurologist Dr. Dietrich Klinghardt, he found that the sweat of people using a conventional sauna was 95-97 percent water while the sweat of those using an infrared thermal system was 80-85 percent water, the non-water portion consisting of toxins including heavy metals. As an added benefit, one infrared sauna session can burn up to 300 calories.

How to: Hit the sauna twice a week for a month before your event for glowing skin, less body fat, reduced cellulite, decreased pain, and better hormonal balance.

7. Add in L-carnitine

L-carnitine is naturally made from amino acids lysine and methionine and is required by the body to release energy from fat and to transfer fatty acids across cell membranes to the mitochondria where it can be used as energy. It’s a great energy booster to take before cardio or strength training. It has also been shown to improve glucose disposal in type 2 diabetic patients. A separate review article published in the Annals of the New York Academy of Science concluded that L-carnitine and acetyl-L-carnitine, are effective in promoting healthy blood sugar and insulin levels. In one study, researchers fed mice a high fat diet in order to increase their weight. One group of mice were given carnitine while a separate group was given a placebo. The mice on carnitine gained less visceral and subcutaneous fat than their chubbier counterparts.

How to: I recommend consuming 500-1500 mg per day separated into 1-2 doses either with or without food.

 

Originally Published: December 28, 2017

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Chocolate Cravings? You might be low in magnesium (the miracle mineral)

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It’s that time of day again, when your craving for chocolate presents itself and nothing else will do. But with your fall health routine beginning to pairing back after summer– what can you do about it?

Although cocoa is touted as healthy because of its antioxidant properties, most of us experience guilt or frustration when we give in to our cravings for rich, delicious chocolate. Well, feel guilty no longer, there may be a solution for you—and it’s as simple as a magnesium supplement that has no calories at all. But pay attention to your cravings! They are a very good sign magnesium is just what your body needs since chocolate is, in fact, one of our richest dietary sources.

Studies have found, and my clinical experience has confirmed, that chocolate cravings and PMS symptoms improve with daily magnesium supplements. But that’s not all this mineral can help you with.... keep reading to discover the many benefits of magnesium.

Beats fatigue

... chocolate cravings and PMS symptoms improve with daily magnesium supplements.

For a long time now, it has been suggested that chronic fatigue syndrome is related to persistent magnesium deficiency, which may improve with magnesium supplements. Magnesium is a wonderful mineral that is involved in over 300 enzymatic reactions in the body. When we are magnesium deficient, our bodily functions slow down at the cellular level, causing everything to become sluggish until eventually physical or mental fatigue eventually ensues.

Eases anxiety, improves sleep and stabilizes mood

Individuals with anxiety have been found to have lower levels of magnesium. This may be linked to the fact that a magnesium deficiency causes the release of adrenalin. Also, other studies have found that magnesium supplements reduce the release and effect of stress hormones on the heart, which is an indirect measure of the mineral’s effect on the brain.

In the elderly, magnesium supplements were found to improve sleep by decreasing the release of the stress hormone cortisol, which is known to cause sleep disruption. Magnesium glycinate (400 to 600mg) at bedtime is my favourite starting place for most cases of sleep disruption, for all ages.

Reduces muscle cramping

Ever get those irritating little twitches in your eyelid? Or maybe painful muscle cramping, waking you at night or ruining your workout? These are both possible signs of magnesium deficiency since it is closely involved in proper muscle relaxation and contraction. Try taking 200 to 600mg of magnesium at bedtime and you may be surprised at how quickly these symptoms may respond to your efforts.

Athletes can be especially prone to magnesium loss from sweating. Meanwhile, an athlete prone to loose stools will have an even greater risk of deficiency. I once treated an adventure racer with this exact condition. He used to develop cramps so severe his teammates would have to carry him during competitions. I fixed his digestive issues, supplemented minerals and he was back in action in no time. I recommend mineral supplement containing magnesium and foods high in the mineral-like seeds, nuts and green leafy veggies to all of my athletes to maintain their performance.

Magnesium and blood pressure

Evidence suggests that magnesium may play an important role in regulating blood pressure, due to its natural muscle relaxant ability. When blood vessels are relaxed there is less resistance to the flow of blood and as a result, lower blood pressure.

Diets that provide high sources of potassium and magnesium— such as those that are high in fruits and vegetables—are consistently associated with lower blood pressure.

The DASH study (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension) suggested that high blood pressure could be significantly lowered by consuming a diet high in magnesium, potassium and calcium, and low in sodium and fat. In another study, the effect of various nutritional factors on high blood pressure was examined in over 30,000 U.S. male health professionals. After four years of follow-up, researchers found that a greater magnesium intake was significantly associated with lower risk of hypertension. The evidence is strong enough that the Joint National Committee on Prevention, Detection, Evaluation, and Treatment of High Blood Pressure recommends maintaining an adequate magnesium intake as a positive lifestyle modification for preventing and managing high blood pressure.

Magnesium and heart disease

Magnesium deficiency can cause metabolic changes that may contribute to heart attacks and strokes, while higher blood levels are associated with a lower risk of these conditions. There is also evidence that low body stores of magnesium increase the risk of abnormal heart rhythms, which in turn may increase the risk of complications associated with a heart attack.

Magnesium and osteoporosis

Calcium isn’t the only mineral we need for strong, healthy bones.

It appears a magnesium deficiency may also be a risk factor for osteoporosis. This may be due to the effect of magnesium deficiency on calcium metabolism and the hormone that regulates calcium balance in the body. I normally recommend 600 to 800mg of magnesium along with 1000 to 1200mg of calcium daily to all adults to treat and prevent bone density loss.

Magnesium and diabetes

Magnesium is important to carbohydrate metabolism. It may influence the release and activity of insulin, the hormone that helps control blood glucose levels. Elevated blood glucose levels increase the loss of magnesium in the urine, which in turn lowers blood levels of magnesium. This explains why low blood levels of magnesium are seen in poorly controlled type 1 and type 2 diabetes. These low levels of the mineral may also contribute to hypertension commonly found with many diabetics.

Okay, if, after all of this fantastic news about magnesium, you just can’t get past your chocolate craving, then at least choose the best chocolate. Look for a minimum 70 percent or more cocoa solids. It’s the healthiest way to satisfy a craving for chocolate, without consuming all the sugar and saturated fat common with milk chocolate.

Originally Published: September 28, 2017

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