What do the 2015-2020 USDA Dietary Guidelines mean to you?

Cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes and obesity have been on the rise, but an abundance of research shows that healthy eating patterns and regular physical exercise reduce the risk of chronic diseases and lead to longer lifespans. We also need essential supplements to provide sufficient living nutrition to promote cellular health needed for optimal health.

USDA Dietary Guidelines

Under the 1990 National Nutrition Monitoring and Related Research Act, the U.S. Departments of Health and Human Services (HHS) and of Agriculture (USDA) must publish a report outlining nutritional and dietary information and guidelines for the general public. The jointly published report seeks to educate medical professionals and the general public on new nutritional research that can lead to a healthier, and longer living, populace.

Could Adrenal Fatigue Be The Cause Of Your Chronic Exhaustion?

Remember when your heart was pounding out of your chest, your palms became sweaty and you felt nauseated before a big exam or speech in school? If anything traumatic has ever happened in your life, do you remember being physically and mentally exhausted in the aftermath? How about dizzy after having the flu or in between meals? All of these examples highlight the adrenal system.

adrenal fatigue

The adrenals are part of our intricate endocrine system that releases hormones throughout the day, all working together to help our bodies run efficiently. In fact the whole system is a giant feedback loop that is exquisitely controlled. Unfortunately, it can get overwhelmed.

The hypothalamus in the brain stimulates the pituitary which then activates the adrenal cortex to produce hydrocortisone, cortisone, aldosterone and sex hormones like estrogen, or testosterone (although these are mostly produced in the actual sex organs). These regulate metabolism, cardiac function, blood pressure support, inflammation, immune system support and the ability to fight off infections, sexuality, and much more.

For example, one of the most important things that cortisol, released by adrenal cortex, does is to control immunity (IgA) in your gut. Hence, if you’re stressed, the immune response in your gut suffers, increased gut wall permeability occurs and good bacteria gives way to bad bacteria, causing immune dysregulation.

But that’s not all… The adrenal glands also have an adrenal medulla (the inside part of the gland) which is responsible for the famous fight of flight syndrome that occurs when adrenaline or epinephrine/norepinephrine, is released. It is regulated by the sympathetic nervous system and can be quieted by some simple Eastern medicine techniques.

7 Superb Superfoods to Power Up Your Life [Infographic]

Eating healthy is almost synonymous to staying healthy. Almost 80 percent of the positive effects you reap from a wholesome lifestyle can be attributed to a balanced and nutritious diet, with the remaining 20 percent coming from exercise.

Courtesy of Mercola.com

Unfortunately, most Americans are uninformed about what actually constitutes healthy eating. In a poll of more than 1,200 American adults, nearly 90 percent said their diet was either “somewhat,” “very,” or “extremely” healthy.  However, 43 percent of the survey respondents said they drank at least one sugary soda or sweetened drink every day. A third of the respondents also said they were at an ideal weight, when they actually were overweight or obese.

It’s hard to get anywhere near your wellness goals if you’re misinformed about what foods are truly healthy.

I believe that one key aspect of eating well is ditching highly processed, fast food meals, and opting for fresh, whole, locally grown foods – organic as much as possible – packed with valuable vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients. An excellent example of this would be superfoods.

Natural Sun Protection the Wellness Way

It’s summertime and millions of Americans are excited to spend hours outdoors at the beach, sunny parks and beautiful bike trails. At the same time, sun protection and fear of skin cancer is a major concern as well. Have you wondered if lathering up with the highest SPF sunscreen is really the best option? Are you concerned about the chemicals in traditional SPF suncreens?

Summer Sun Protection

I am definitely looking forward to spending some long afternoons at the beach with my family. However, as with most other activities, our wellness lifestyle causes us to buck the traditional trends. We avoid chemical-laden sunscreen lotions and practice sun protection from the inside out!

How to Get the Best Results From Your Health

How many times have you started a new diet or exercise routine – expecting great results – only to be left disappointed or frustrated with your outcome? You are not alone. You may be missing this key that will help you get the best results.

Best Results

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Often, we focus too much on our desired results and not enough on the best way to get there. As W. Edwards Deming said “You can expect what you inspect.” That  is, we don’t get what we expect, we get what we inspect.

Mr. Demings has been called the ‘Father of Quality’. His influence has helped people produce many great products and services for nearly one hundred years. However, disregarding this important concept regularly leads to poor products and poor results. This applies not only to business and industry but to your life and health as well.

Healthy Attitudes That Encourage Natural Healing

Your attitude, not your aptitude, will determine your altitude” said Zig Ziglar. This is true is life and  your health. Your aptitude – your natural ability, your genes, your knowledge, your resources, your health insurance, etc. – determines less about your health than your attitude. Establishing the right healthy attitudes about healing will take you far beyond the limits of your insurance coverage or your doctor’s diagnosis than you ever dreamed possible!

Healthy Attitudes

Attitude – “a settled way of thinking or feeling about someone or something, typically one that is reflected in a person’s behavior.”

You may not be able to easily change your aptitude but the good news is that your ability to positively change of your attitude is limitless! Regarding your health, you may be stuck with bad insurance or no insurance. Your insurance may have been recently cancelled for not living up to unrealistic guidelines (Thanks Obamacare!). You may have a genetic health condition or a seemingly unbeatable diagnosis. However, it is your attitude towards these things will determine your ability to heal.

Does Your Doctor Treat Disease or Care for Health?

Have you ever had this experience? You go to your doctor with several symptoms, hoping to leave with a better understanding of what is causing them only to walk out a new drug prescription. At the conclusion of your visit, you are even more confused and have no idea what is actually wrong with you. You desire clarity of your health condition. You didn’t want another drug to mask the symptoms and pretend that they aren’t there. You leave with frustration and reluctantly accept that this is just how healthcare works.

Does Your Doctor Treat Disease or Care for Health

Why does this happen? Why does there seem to be such a huge disconnect between you and your doctor? Are the two of you on completely different pages in the story of your life and health? What is the solution for this problem? Is there a solution?

5 Foundations of a Healthy Lifestyle

A healthy lifestyle is the key to enjoying a long life free of disease and dangerous drugs. Your healthy lifestyle has the extraordinary power to defeat diabetes, heart disease, cancer, Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. If you are reading this, then you likely already know that. However, it is easy to become overwhelmed with all of the information available on the internet. Don’t let this paralyze you! Let’s simplify the process by implementing these five foundations of a healthy lifestyle!

Healthy Lifestyle

Acid Reflux Drugs May Cause Dementia and Neuropathy

Has your memory been slipping lately? Have you experienced unexplained pain, weakness, numbness or tingling in your arms of legs? Have you also been taking an acid reflux drug like Nexium, Prevacid or Prilosec for a couple years? If so, then you may be the latest victim of the pharmaceutical industry’s medical model of healthcare.

After that first paragraph, you may have expected to see an attorney’s phone number to call and join a class action lawsuit! Well, I am sure that it won’t be long before that actually happens. New research, published Monday in The Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), showed that certain acid reflux drugs are “significantly associated” with vitamin B12 deficiency. In turn, vitamin B12 deficiency causes serious health consequences including anemia, osteoporosis, depression, memory loss, dementia, neuropathy and cardiovascular disease.

If you have acid reflux, you need to understand what is causing it. Find the cause and correct the cause. Simply popping pills to block the natural production of stomach acid has proven to only cause even more serious health conditions. Read on to learn how to restore your health without these dangerous drugs!

More Evidence that Sugar Fuels Cancer Growth

Sugar Fuels Cancer

Cancer is not a curse – it is a lifestyle! You may have certain genetic risk factors for cancer, however, it is your lifestyle that activates those genes and allows cancer to develop. In fact, cancer develops over many years as a result of the combined effect of daily lifestyle choices. New research, reported in the New York Times Health blog, adds further evidence that sugar consumption – especially sugary drinks fuels the growth of cancer.

Few words have the ability to strike such fear into one’s heart as the words: “You have cancer.” In our society, cancer is viewed as a raging enemy that is stalking us, preparing to pounce when we are most unaware. However, this is simply an inaccurate view of this disease.

The truth is that cancer is not a curse that strikes randomly. It follows a very specific pattern. It actually develops when it is most expected to. It is not the result of a random curse but rather, it is the result of a specific lifestyle. The good news about this is that you can literally choose to live a cancer-proof lifestyle. You can beat the odds of cancer!

How to Escape the Coming Firestorm of Obamacare

Healthcare Firestorm

There is a firestorm coming that will destroy our healthcare system as we know it. In fact, there are presently many fires raging in our healthcare system. We have skyrocketing healthcare costs. We have ever-soaring rates of chronic disease. Even worse, these chronic diseases such as arthritis, diabetes, heart disease and cancer now start in early childhood. We have a medical system that is the third leading cause of death in the U.S.

These raging fires are growing worse and will soon accumulate into one massive firestorm that will destroy the entire system. Worse yet, rather than stifling the flames, the continued roll out of Obamacare has only added fuel to the fire. Unless you take personal responsibility for your own health care and begin to radically shift your lifestyle, then you will likely be consumed by the flames.