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Food as Medicine

Food as Medicine

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The food we eat plays a vital role in our overall health. We need vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients in order for our bodies to function as intended. Unfortunately, the food we consume is frequently chosen because of time constraints and convenience rather than for the vital role that it has on our wellbeing. Caroline Denton, a contributing writer for Taking Charge of Your Wellbeing, a program based at the University of Minnesota, says, “One of the breakthrough concepts from the Human Genome Project is that ‘genes in and of themselves do not create disease. Only when they are plunged into a harmful environment unique to the individual do they create the outcome of disease.’” As we consume more unhealthy foods, we often look to modern medicine to combat the associated toll on our bodies. But, scientific research increasingly supports that eating the right kinds of food can fight numerous diseases and provide a higher level of wellbeing. The more that we refine or process foods, the fewer nutrients they contain. Sadly, many of the foods that we choose for ease of consumption are highly processed. Choosing more whole foods, particularly fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and natural proteins can make a difference in how our bodies operate – for the better! Fruits and vegetables provide vitamins and minerals, fiber, and phytonutrients. These healthy components help prevent numerous dire health conditions such as cardiovascular disease and stroke. Whole grains have many of the same nutrients that are essential to normal cell function – vitamins, minerals, and fiber. Plus, whole grains have been found to actually assist in controlling weight (instead of the often cited beliefs to the contrary). Proteins help our bodies regulate numerous systems such as insulin regulation and hormone development. They also are a key source of amino acids. Consuming more on fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and natural proteins really can help provide healthy environment within our bodies. The essential ingredients that minimally processed foods provide are essential to our health and can prevent our need for many artificially manufactured medications! To learn more about how food can be used as preventative medicine, give me a call! I’d be happy to discuss the powerful combination of food and exercise in your journey to better health.   Photo courtesy of herbmother and licensed under Creative...

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Make Your Metabolism Work for You!

Make Your Metabolism Work for You!

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Looking to slim down before the New Year? Sometimes, your metabolism just needs a kick start! Your metabolism is the rate at which your body burns calories. Many factors can affect your metabolic rate, including gender and age. You’ve likely heard that your metabolism slows as you age. However, that’s not necessarily the case. As we age, we often slow down our activity levels. As our activity decreases, so does our metabolism. By keeping active, you can help combat the effects of age and gender. Here are key ways to build your body’s fuel burning capacity. Increase EPOC (excessive post oxygen consumption) by doing the following: Opt for high intensity cardio intervals over continuous exercise Choose high intensity strength training over cardio for EPOC Research has shown that resting metabolic rates are higher in individuals with more muscle. Your activated muscles will help you burn calories throughout the day. Metabolic rates stay elevated longer with higher intensity workouts, so don’t skimp on your effort level! Keep an eye on how often you eat and drink. It’s important to stay hydrated, with water. Water is essential for your cells to process nutrients properly. Consuming at least eight glasses a day is recommended. Eat small meals, more frequently. By eating every 3-4 hours, you will help keep your metabolism active throughout the day. Consider black coffee for a short term boost. Or, choose green tea for a longer-lasting metabolic pick-me up. Choose more proteins. Your body requires more energy to break down protein-rich foods than it does for carbohydrates or fats. If you’d like to learn more about how your exercise and diet choices effect your metabolism, give me a call. I’d be happy to discuss how you can get the most out of your...

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