Stress Management

New study: blood pressure drops big time on low carb

Remember that toe-tapping reggae song “Pressure Drop” covered by groups like the Clash and the Specials? The lyrics repeated: “Pressure drop, oh pressure, oh yeah, pressure gonna drop on you…
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Poor sleep linked to buildup of dangerous plaques throughout body, study says

Here’s another reason why getting a good night’s sleep should be on your must-do list: Sleeping fewer than six hours a night or waking frequently raises your risk of developing damaging plaque in arteries throughout your body, not just your heart.

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Stress at work may contribute to weight gain.

You are having problems at work or at home. Stress is beginning to show — in more ways than one. You have noticed a bulge around your mid-section that was not there before. Where are these extra pounds coming? One of the culprits is stress. Stress temporarily dampens the appetite, but long term it can boost hunger.

Fight and Flight Reaction

When we feel pressured, we are a risk to become overeaters. The fight-or-flight response does what it feels it needs to survive, once your body reaches a certain stress level, most cases, will cause you to eat not mindfully. Why? Because our bodies believe it used up calories to deal with the stress, even though it has not, and as a result, it thinks you need to replenish those calories, though you do not.

Cortisol and Comfort Foods

Tension filled times increase Cortisol levels the stress hormone, which causes sugar and fatty foods cravings that leads to overeating. Overeating then will stimulate insulin secretion the insulin cause sugar to drop, so crave sugar and fatty foods. This cycle of tension, the stress hormone, craving sugar, overeating, sugar dropping, craving sugar turns into a habit.

More likely, you will reach for cookies or mac and cheese instead of healthy fruits and vegetables. These “comfort foods.” makes the body releases chemicals in response to the food that might have a direct calming effect.” Jason Perry Block, MD, says eating can be a source of comfort and solace. Stress puts a person at risk in choosing the wrong kind of foods such as fatty and sugary foods. As a result, stress can lead to more stress hormones, junk food cravings, more storage of belly fat.

Long term effects of unhealthy weight :

Carrying the extra weight can lead to other, more severe problems, including:

  • High blood pressure
  • Diabetes
  • Heart disease
  • Stroke
  • some cancers

Tips to Relieve Stress:

  1. Massage therapy reduces stress, helps alleviate anxiety, depression and improve sleep.
  2. Exercise, but don’t overdo it. An activity like yoga and Tai Chi are examples of mindful breathing exercises. The intensity workouts can raise cortisol levels. Try brisk walking instead.
  3. Try to get enough sleep and Meditate. These methods can help clear your mind and curb those comfort-food impulses.
  4. Have a supportive family and friends who listens and understands. When you are feeling tense, it is always good to have someone you can trust and talk.
  5. Others stress relieving factors:
    Listen to music

If you are gaining weight due to stress, tackle some good habits that can help you get back to your old self. Eat healthily, get active, and do things that make you relaxed and happy.
We have a day to day struggles and challenges which caused the stress. We have to take charge and manage our stress as best as we can. One way to deal with tension is to resist overeating.

At Doctor for Life, our staff recognizes the importance of stress management. Whether you, your child or your whole family want to embrace a healthy lifestyle, we can help. Doctor for Life has a full team dedicated to creating a doctor-guided, patient-centered program individualized to your needs. We address all aspects related to living a healthy lifestyle, including nutrition, exercise, behavior, and pharmacotherapy. Always, our physicians, coaches, and dietitians are here to help you along the way. We offer expert help here at Doctor for Life in getting you started on your Healthy Weight Lifestyle program. 864-640-0009

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Thousands of cancer diagnoses tied to a poor diet, study finds

FACTS: *1 in 6 deaths worldwide is due to cancer *40% of people in US will be diagnosed with cancer during their life.
An estimated 80,110 new cancer cases among adults 20 and older in the United States in 2015 were attributable simply to eating a poor diet, according to the study …

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Life lessons from the native tribe with the healthiest hearts in the world

… On average, the Tsimane (Bolivian native tribe) take about 17,000 steps a day. While there is so much advice we all get about the optimal types of exercise — cardio, high-intensity interval training (aka HIIT), resistance training — those with the healthiest hearts in the world are constantly active but not intensely active. And they hardly ever sit…

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Are you heavier or shorter than the average American?

BMI, a formula involving height and weight increased. In 2015-16, the average BMI was 29.1 for men and 29.6 for women. Both numbers have increased since 1999-2000 when they were 27.8 in men and 28.2 in women.

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Food security is the answer to a healthy weight

The government obsession in fixing poverty makes Americans too fat. Among the states, the prevalence of food insecurity ranged from 14.1% in Kansas to 24.9% in Alabama. South Carolina, had a prevalence of >20% according to the study done by the Borgen

Food insecure adults had a significantly higher incidence of obesity. Approximately 1 in 3 US adults are obese, and they are at increased risk of adverse health consequences, including premature death, coronary heart disease, hypertension, stroke, type 2 diabetes, and certain types of cancer. Food insecurity implies a limited ability to secure adequate food due to insufficient household resources. They are more prevalent among low-income populations because:

  1. Individuals could overcompensate when food is readily available, and so the overall food intake is higher. Studies found that food expenditure and energy intake increased dramatically after food stamps are received. 
  2. In response to food shortage, the body increases its fat storage. When food is restricted periodically, not only there’s an increase in body fat, but also a decrease in lean body muscle mass, and a quicker weight gain. Weight cycling due to food insecurity could make the body use dietary energy more efficiently. 
  3. Energy-dense foods such as high in added sugar and fat, are often less expensive. Overconsumption of low-cost, energy-dense foods may result in higher energy intake and lead to obesity. Food insecurity correlates with low food expenditure, low fruit and vegetable consumption, and a less-healthy diet. 
  4. Food insecurity independent of socioeconomic status is also related to negative psychological consequences, such as anxiety and depression, these may also contribute to obesity.

Therefore to lower the prevalence of food insecurity for all adults that will help maintain a healthy and active life is to increase not only access to affordable healthy foods that is safe and nutritious but also include safe environments, adequate income, meaningful and valued social roles, secure housing, higher levels of education, and social support.

At Doctor for Life, our staff recognizes the importance of Food Security. Whether you, your child or your whole family want to embrace a healthy lifestyle, we can help. Doctor for Life has a full team dedicated to creating a doctor-guided, patient-centered program individualized to your needs. We address all aspects related to living a healthy lifestyle, including nutrition, exercise, behavior, and pharmacotherapy.

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Is my Metabolism working against me?

Do you know people who complain about having a slow metabolism and how they barely eat anything yet still gain weight? Or have you met people who complain about someone they know who can eat whatever he or she wants — including large portions of junk food — due to a fast metabolism and apparently never gain weight. In both cases the individual usually ends by saying, “It’s not fair!” These scenarios raise several very good questions:

  • What role exactly does metabolism play in weight gain or weight loss?
  • Is your metabolic rate determined by your genes? If so, can you speed up a slow metabolism through exercise, drugs or certain foods?
  • Is the importance of metabolism just a myth? Is weight gain or loss purely due to “calories in and calories out?”

Pausing, and deciding to rest, is not only the hallmark of most people who are successful and healthy, but can actually give you more results from all the hard work you do!

For example, did you know that if you keep working out every day, you’ll quickly begin to plateau? You’ll be exercising on top of your poor muscles that are torn down but can’t rebuild. And rebuilding is the only way they become stronger, more defined, and end up burning more calories, day and night.

Your metabolism is a lot of systems and processes, all working to keep you alive and nourished. When it works well, you look and feel great. When it doesn’t, you get sluggish, fatigued, bloated, and even sick.

Metabolism or metabolic rate is defined as the series of chemical reactions in a living organism that create and break down energy necessary for life. More simply, it’s the rate at which your body expends energy or burns calories.

The reality is that for most people, excess weight is not all due to bad luck, thyroid trouble or some other unexplained, uncontrollable external factor. It’s simple accounting involving calories in and calories out that determines changes in weight over a lifetime.

Regardless of whether your metabolism is fast or slow, our bodies are designed to store excess energy in fat cells. So if you eat and drink more calories (energy “intake”) than your body expends (energy “output”) you will gain weight. On the other hand, if you eat and drink fewer calories than are burned through everyday activities (including exercise, rest and sleep), you’ll lose weight. Our bodies are also programmed to sense a lack of food as starvation. In response, our BMR slows down, which means fewer calories burned over time. That’s one reason why losing weight is often difficult.

When it comes to weight, metabolism is important and does have a genetic component. Clearly, you can change how you balance the calories you take in against the calories you burn up through activity, which can change your weight.  As you can see, there are many factors involved in your metabolism and your ability to follow a Healthy Weight Lifestyle.  This is our specialty here at Doctor for Life.  We help you each step of the way.  Identify possible obstacles, help you plan your successful journey, conduct medical test as necessary and coach you each step of the way.  Give us a call today to schedule your first step to your Healthy Lifestyle 864-640-0009.

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Proven Benefits Of Gratitude That Will Motivate You To Give Thanks Year-Round

The word gratitude is derived from the Latin word gratia, which means grace, graciousness, or gratefulness (depending on the context). In some ways gratitude encompasses all of these meanings. Gratitude is a thankful appreciation for what an individual receives, whether tangible or intangible. With gratitude, people acknowledge the goodness in their lives. In the process, people usually recognize that the source of that goodness lies at least partially outside themselves. As a result, gratitude also helps people connect to something larger than themselves as individuals — whether to other people, nature, or a higher power.

People feel and express gratitude in multiple ways. They can apply it to the past (retrieving positive memories and being thankful for elements of childhood or past blessings), the present (not taking good fortune for granted as it comes), and the future (maintaining a hopeful and optimistic attitude). Regardless of the inherent or current level of someone’s gratitude, it’s a quality that individuals can successfully cultivate further.

Gratitude is a way for people to appreciate what they have instead of always reaching for something new in the hopes it will make them happier, or thinking they can’t feel satisfied until every physical and material need is met. Gratitude helps people refocus on what they have instead of what they lack. And, although it may feel contrived at first, this mental state grows stronger with use and practice.

There are many studies that have been conducted over the years with very positive findings.  Results show those people who wrote about or gave verbal gratitude were more optimistic and felt better about their lives. Surprisingly, they also exercised more and had fewer visits to physicians than those who focused on sources of aggravation.  But most of the studies published on this topic support an association between gratitude and an individual’s well-being.  Other studies have looked at how gratitude can improve relationships. For example, a study of couples found that individuals who took time to express gratitude for their partner not only felt more positive toward the other person but also felt more comfortable expressing concerns about their relationship.  Managers who remember to say “thank you” to people who work for them may find that those employees feel motivated to work harder. Children and teens who take time to thank someone who has help them develop show findings that suggests gratitude is an attainment associated with emotional maturity.

Take a moment today to offer gratitude to someone.  This will show positive effects on physical health, psychological health, reduce aggression, improve sleep, and increase mental strength.  Finding yourself is all part of a Healthy Lifestyle.  We can help you here at Doctor for Life using our evidenced based programs.  Give us a call today to schedule your first step to a more healthy future.  864-640-0009

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