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Are You A Victim Of One These Weight Loss Myths?

10 Myths That Obese People Believe, and How to Overcome Them By Dr. Scott Saunders, M.D
Being a doctor and working with people for over 20 years, trying to help them get healthy has given me a unique perspective on obesity.

I think I have heard every excuse in the book.

Because of this, I no longer tell people what they want to hear, but rather I tell them the truth.

The truth begins by finding out the cause for overindulging. Your own personal reason may be different from that of anyone else. In dealing with obesity, it is important to understand why you are overweight. If you do not deal with this question, you will not be successful in your struggles to lose weight.

In one case, a woman came in to see me saying she wanted to get off her diabetes medications because they took away all of her energy.

I explained that since she weighed over 250 pounds the fat would prevent her from achieving her goal and we would have to deal with that. She came in faithfully every two weeks for o…

Aging Cancer Risk Alert, The Symptoms And How To Prevent

Cancer can occur in individuals of any age but many cancers are directly related to age and have an increasing incidence as one ages.
Here are four cancers you stand a greater chance of getting as you age: Breast Cancer

The incidence of breast cancer increases with age. For example, a woman aged 50 has a 2.29 percent chance of getting breast cancer over the next ten years, while a woman 60 years of age has a 3.48 percent chance of getting breast cancer over the next ten years. For women aged 70, they have a 3.88 percent chance of getting breast cancer in the next ten years and a 6.16 percent chance of getting breast cancer over the next 20 years.

What is Breast Cancer?
Breast cancer happens when cells that do not know how to shut off production of more cells begin to grow out of control in breast tissue. The cells eventually replace normal breast tissue, can travel to the lymph nodes through the lymph system, and can eventually spread throughout the body, including the liver, lungs…

What Risks of Eating More Protein Than You Need?

According to statistics, most individuals in the US take in 3-5 times more protein than they need.
An ideal protein intake is about 0.5 grams (500 mg) of protein per pound of lean body mass.

This calculates to about 40-70 grams of protein per day. While high protein diets are extremely popular, eating excessive amounts of protein can be damaging to your health.

The Dangers Of Eating Too Much Protein
If you eat more protein than your body really can use can cause problems with your overall health and fitness in several ways.
Too much protein can lead to these health issues: Increased blood sugarWeight gainToo much body fatStress on your kidneys, which must get rid of excess proteinLoss of minerals from your bonesDehydrationCancer cell stimulation That said you must know that your body cannot live without protein.

While the body can make some amino acids, several essential amino acids cannot be made by the body tissues but must be taken in through food sources. Your amino acids are wh…

Eating Clean: Spiralizing Health Benefits

The spiralizer might sound like something from a child’s playroom, but this culinary gadget has quickly become necessary have in kitchens all around the world.
Put simply, the spiralizer is a tool that allows users to turn vegetables into noodles. With a razor sharp blade mechanism, the spiralizer allows you to feed any kind of vegetable through a rotary blade system that leaves your vegetables sliced up into long thin noodle shapes.

So how exactly does a spiralizer work?

The mechanism is simple. 
Take your vegetable or fruit of choice (long, solid veggies like carrots or squash work particularly well) and stick it to the holding disc. Then, using nothing more than gentle pressure, turn the handle and gently slide the vegetable through the spiralizing blades. 
Then what you have is perfectly formed vegetable noodles ready for instant use!

It really is that simple - there is no chopping or preparation involved.

Choose your veg and away you go!

While that is fine, some of you may be …

How To Practice Mindful Eating To Improve Your Health

Mindful eating is a practiced skill worth learning. The skill of mindful eating is can change the way you think about what goes on your plate.
In the course of our usual meal, we might pay attention to the first few bites, which helps us recognize if the food tastes well. However, after that, eating often becomes an insensible activity.

Mindless eating becomes an unconscious habit and often leads to a harmful association with food.

Some undesirable eating incidents may include anxiety, boredom, guilt, and cravings.

"How to Master Mindful Eating" on Health Perch

Take care and be well.
Tommy Douglas

Does Genetic Make Up Determine The Medicine You Need?

How your genes influence what medicines are right for you
Julie A Johnson, University of Florida

You have a headache.

Do you reach for Tylenol or Advil?

Most people have a preference because they have learned over time that one works better than the other at relieving their pain.

This type of variability from person to person is true for nearly every medication, whether it requires a prescription or can be purchased over the counter.

Pharmacists, physicians and researchers have tried for decades to understand why the same medication, at the same dose, can work well for some people but not for others, or why some people need higher or lower doses of the same drug, or why some people have side effects, while others do not.

Many factors contribute to these differences in how people respond to the same medication, including age, other medications they may be taking, kidney function and cigarette smoking, to name a few.

But it’s become increasingly clear that genetics can also be an imp…

Best Nutrition and Exercise for Preventing Osteoporosis

Osteoporosis is one of those diseases we do not think about until it happens to us, or someone around us.
Still it is happening on a daily basis all around the world and all around us. In fact, approximately 75 million of people are affected by osteoporosis in USA, Europe and Japan, alone. Every three seconds osteoporosis-related fracture occurs somewhere in the world. The micro-architectural deterioration of bone tissue and low bone mass, lead to bone fragility and increased risk of fracture, which is increasing exponentially with age.
Knowing all of this, you should start thinking ahead and stop this maleficent disease, before it occurs.

Eat Your Vegetables
Yes, your mother did not talk nonsense. Every vegetable is good for your health, but as for the bone density, leafy greens are the best choice. They are packed with calcium (dairy products are not the only ones with that super-power) which is the bone-building material.
Besides, they contain plenty of vitamin K, which is known f…

Stroke: How to Reduce Your Risks Now

Stroke is a condition that falls under the umbrella of heart disease.
Most people don’t realize that there are three kinds of stroke and that there are things you can do to for prevention of all kinds of stroke.

The three major kinds of stroke include the following: Thrombotic stroke
This is the type of stroke in which plaques build up on the arterial walls of the arteries leading to the brain. The plaques narrow the blood vessels and clots can form in the narrowed areas, causing a reduction in oxygen and blood flow to the brain stops.

Embolic stroke
This is the type of stroke in which there is a blood clot somewhere in the body (usually on a heart valve) that breaks off and travels through the bloodstream so that it cuts off the circulation to an area of the brain, resulting in a stroke.

Hemorrhagic stroke
Rather than an area of the brain being without blood and oxygen, a blood vessel in the brain opens up, causing bleeding to occur within the brain. This can be due to areas o…

5 Reasons Why You Have Lost Your Motivation

We all lose our focus from time to time, even on important things.
Motivation is the same way.

Because of your busy life or other factors, your burning desire to reach a certain goal or achieve a desired result can slip away. Be aware of the following five reasons that may cause you to lose your motivation on the way to success.

1 - You experienced a drastic lifestyle change.

Stress, health problems, the birth of a new baby - these are all major lifestyle events. No matter how dedicated and motivated you are, life sometimes gets in the way of you achieving your dreams and desires. 
To be successful at any major achievement, you are going to have to negotiate speed bumps along the way. This includes any major lifestyle changes you may experience.

2 - You are not seeing results fast enough.

Some people start fired up and motivated expecting to see results immediately. However, some efforts require time before significant improvement happens.

One-way to keep from losing motivation i…
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