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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…https://www.dietdoctor.com/new-study-blood-pressure-drops-big-time-on-low-carb

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How one’s environment impacts weight

An environment that promotes a lack of activity and unhealthy food choices puts one at risk to gain weight unhealthily.

You’ve seen your doctor and followed her advice regarding healthy weight loss, and you finally get to your weight goal. Are you still at risk for weight re-gain? Yes, if your environment hasn’t changed. An obesogenic environment may sabotage your result and make a healthy weight maintenance program more difficult.

Take the quiz below and find if you are at risk then read on for some simple solutions for combating it:

  1. My neighbors and I can walk or ride a bicycle to work, school, church or shop
  2. There are bicycle path and walk space along the roads
  3. We have parks, picnic areas, and sports areas in my hometown.
  4. I feel safe walking outdoors in my neighborhood.
  5. There are fewer than three fast-food restaurants within a 5-minute drive from my house.
  6. There is plenty of farmers market in my hometown.
  7. I can find a wide variety of fresh produce and healthy, minimally processed foods at my local grocery stores.

Mostly no answers indicate high risk.

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Backyard space with play area (photo by jllrealviews.com)

Recommendations to overcome the obesogenic environment are the following:

Get your incidental exercise 
Studies of where there is mixed land use that is, there are residences and businesses nearby— have been shown to contribute to lower obesity rates. Similarly, sidewalks and bike paths also have been shown to correlate with healthier body weights. Instead of the long commute, plan a long bike trip to run errands, or walk to the house of your friends instead. Make this a weekly habit, and it helps burn the calories efficiently, increase your fitness level, and is more environmentally friendly as well.

Take advantage of the great outdoors
If there is a shortage of good, safe parks in your neighborhood, merely being aware of the impact on your fitness helps. Living in metropolitan areas, have Sport and Fitness Clubs that offer weekly organized sports and fitness events at area parks. You may want to convert your backyard into a play area. Have your friends and neighbors come over for a volleyball tournament.
       
Keep it fresh and local
Avoidance of fast food joints, perhaps by taking a different route home can help. But if a lack of healthful staple foods also plagues you, you need to go on the offensive. There are at least one farmer’s market or co-op within driving distance; you will be surprised at the different products they have.

Research your neighborhood for better supermarket choices; Try not to let cost dictate your decisions; often, healthy food does cost a bit more. You will also likely spend more time getting to and from a larger and more health-focused store. However, the rewards you will reap with your health and medical weight loss program more than outweigh the incremental time and cost.  

Cheryl SarmientoHow one’s environment impacts weight
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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.
https://www.cnn.com/2019/01/14/health/poor-sleep-plaque-buildup/index.html?utm_medium=social&utm_source=fbCNN&utm_term=link&utm_content=2019-01-15T07%3A00%3A17&fbclid=IwAR2mbHXvHWTb1KfqcfpnM_pcYsqDKvFldS3DEPDUk1e14hpYoLKZ5vIFSzM

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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 …
https://www.cnn.com/2019/05/22/health/diet-cancer-risk-study/index.html

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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…
https://www.cnn.com/2019/04/19/health/bolivia-heart-disease-chasing-life-gupta/index.html

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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.
https://www.cnn.com/2018/12/20/health/us-average-height-weight-report/index.html

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Body Composition Analysis: InBody test.

Just at Doctor For Life. The InBody 570 goes beyond traditional body composition analysis. It not only analyzes how much fat and muscle you have, but it also measures your Total Body Water and divides it into Intracellular Water and Extracellular Water- values important for understanding a user’s fluid distribution in medical, wellness, or
fitness contexts.

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Think Food as Medicine

Food is medicine as Hippocrates famously espoused it. Medicine is a substance used in treating disease. Similarly, Food is a substance that all living things eat, drink or absorb to maintain life and growth. These substances if misused, abused or underused will cause weight gain.

Why “Food is Medicine” important?

1. It is a treatment – Studies show that high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, dyslipidemia, and coronary artery disease to name a few can be treated with proper diet and other lifestyle interventions as effectively as with state-of-the-art modern drugs.
2. It is pleasurable – Our social life revolves around food and food meets our emotional needs whether it’s positive or negative. Prescription drugs are not the centerpiece of our gatherings, holidays, and celebrations nor we share with our family or friends; food is.
3. It helps overall health – With food as a medicine, you don’t have to deal with side effects. While medication may be a source of relief, it is rarely a source of pleasure. Good food equals good health!
4. It improves quality of life – Drugs are just a Band-Aid. It treats a given symptom or disease temporarily and rarely makes us well. The right food always goes far beyond a targeted risk factor, a sign, or a condition and contributes to overall health and vitality.

According to The Lancet study, the less optimal diet causes far more deaths compared to tobacco smoking. High salt, sugar, and fat intake have been the main focus of diet policy debate in the past two decades. Foods high in salt, low fibers, low in vegetables, and low in omega-3 fatty acids are the leading dietary risk factors for mortality accounting for more than 2% of global deaths.

There’s an urgent need to improve the overall diet of the whole nation. A complete, well-balanced meal such as whole grains, fruits, nuts, and seeds is what is needed and follow a healthy dietary pattern or behavior. Eat as close to nature if possible – whole, minimally processed, mostly plant-foods. Food that is focused only on macronutrients, high intake of sodium, low intake of whole grains and low consumption of fruits were the leading dietary risk factors for premature deaths in the modern world.

At Doctor for Life, our staff recognizes the importance of Food as Medicine. Whether you, your child or your whole family want to embrace a healthy lifestyle, we can help. The 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.

Work cited:
1.https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/food-medicine-david-l-katz-md-mph-facpm-facp-faclm
2.https://www.thelancet.com/pdfs/journals/lancet/PIIS0140-6736(19)30041-8.pdf

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Benefits of Shopping at Your Local Farmer’s Market

On Saturday mornings from the beginning of May until the end of October, two blocks of downtown Greenville Main Street are transformed into a bustling farmers’ market. The market features over 75 vendors selling the season’s freshest produce and the area’s most original and high quality crafts.  Other local markets in Travelers Rest and Simpsonville are also gearing up in May.  Take a morning and try out these markets.  Not only will you get in some beneficial exercise, you will also be able to pick up some amazing locally grown produce and proteins.  Have a great summer.  Remember, FOOD IS LIFE, CREATE AND SAVOR YOURS!

1. Buying Locally                                                                                       

Buying from your local farmer allows you to support local agriculture. This means that the food you are eating comes from nearby, and does not require us to waste lots of energy and petroleum to ship the food halfway around the world. You are eating food in your environment, where it has perfectly-created nutrients for your specific climate and region. You are also supporting the environment by reducing the usage of fossil fuels.

2. Cheaper Organic Fruits & Veggies

You can find a variety of fresh, organic produce at more affordable prices than in a supermarket. There are also many farmers that carry products that are not technically “organic,” but have many low-priced foods that are pesticide and herbicide free. The advantage at a farmers market is that you can actually talk to the farmer, learn about their methods, and then decide for yourself. In some cases, they may even allow you to come and visit their farm.

3. Supporting Your Local Economy & Farmers

You are supporting human beings and the local economy, not massive agribusiness GMO food conglomerates. Not only will your money be staying in your area, but you will happily please the farmer that worked to grow that food. Your belly will remember the farmer’s smile as they handed you that juicy peach.

4. Eat Seasonally

By shopping at the local farmers market, you will eat seasonally, fresh and ripe. This is a great way to increase your overall health. Supermarkets offer too much variety, and the food is picked before it has ripened decreasing the vitality. The body does not need to be eating imported pineapple in the dead of a Montana winter!

5. Safer Foods

Food from your local farmers market is generally safer. Remember the recent outbreaks of E. coli in bagged spinach? These things happen mostly in large industrial settings, where business-men work to mass produce food, preserve it and bag it in mass amounts.

6. Fresher Fruits & Veggies

The food from your local farmers market is, quite frankly, fresher. Because it was grown locally, there is a good chance that the apple you buy from the farmer was picked a few days ago. This is virtually impossible in a big supermarket.

7. Great Variety

There is usually an amazing variety of fruits and veggies at your local farmers market. Each farmer may have a method for growing tomatoes or peppers. This is something that never happens at a grocery store.

8. Better Taste

There is no doubt that locally-grown foods just simply taste better. You will never be able to eat a carrot from the grocery store again!

9. It’s Healthy!

There’s just no way around it, eating fresh, locally-grown fruits and veggies are great for your health.

Buy yourself some local honey, which is sold at most local farmer markets. It has just the right components for allergy prevention in your neck of the woods, not to mention it’s tasty!

10. Most Importantly — It’s Fun!

We stated it in the beginning, but farmers markets are just plain fun for the whole family. Meeting your local community is an excellent way to feel connected to the world around you, increasing health for body, mind, and spirit.

As always, our physicians, coaches and dietitians are here to help you along the way as well at Doctor for Life.  We offer expert help here at Doctor for Life in getting you started on your Healthy Weight Lifestyle program. 864-640-0009

Greenville Saturday Market begins May 4

https://www.saturdaymarketlive.com/

Simpsonville Market begins May 11

https://www.simpsonvillefarmersmarket.com/

Travelers Rest Market begins May 4

https://www.travelersrestfarmersmarket.com/

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