Currently, I am in Thailand experiencing the culture and learning about how other, often slimmer, cultures live and experience life. One thing I have noticed while here in Thailand is the posture of the locals. It is near perfect. In the US, it is very rare to see so many people with great posture.Read More
Breakfast has long been a staple in the American diet. Recently, intermittent fasting and other trendy diets have promoted skipping breakfast and eating only during a small window. Those diets do have some merit but are not a positive contributor to having, or maintaining, a healthy weight for the majority of the population.Read More
What is it? It kind of sounds like an oxymoron. The concept of healthy vanity is taking a healthy interest in what you look like including fat distribution, skin health, hair quality, posture and overall everything you see in the mirror. This all to ensure maximal health and vitalilty. This is a concept and way of maximizing your human self. Men and woman should be lean, have great muscle tone (that you can see), vibrant skin and hair, and a bright face and eyes.
I grew up in the Midwest and putting a high interest in what you look like was considered vain. It took me a long time to break this and realize the better I look on the outside, the better my health is on the inside. No one looks good on the outside and has a healthy interior. To have healthy looking skin, with no wrinkles and an even skin tone takes proper hormone balance, sufficient intake of fat soluble nutrients, Vitamin D and a healthy functioning gut for starters. Healthy skin is a physical sign your health is moving in the right direction. Why shouldn't you be a little vain?
I have started coining the term 'healthy vanity'. This term is to help bring people to the understanding is it OK to think about what they look like and strive to look great. I have had patients come into my office crying because they had a close friend get on their case for trying to lose some weight, improve energy and overall feel better. This is negative body shaming. Simply because an overweight person feels a leaner person shouldn't strive to be better is a problem.
We have become far to complacent with obesity. Obesity is a clinical disease. It is a major health problem, and will kill you faster. An obese person's brain is 15 years older than the age matched healthy weighted person. The risk for heart disease, cancer and diabetes are much higher. This concept of healthy vanity needs to be embraced.
Healthy vanity would allow people to objectively look at themselves and see excess fat for what it is. A hormonal imbalance. This hormonal imbalance can be driven by toxins, stress, bad sleep, terrible eating habits, etc. Let me be clear, hormonal imbalances are driven by lifestyle. You either have an optimized hormone lifestyle or a deficient toxic hormone lifestyle.
Where we place fat on our body is hormone regulated. That's right. Hormones dictate body fat distribution. So in essence, you can simply look at a person and see hormonal imbalance and ultimately create a lifestyle plan to optimize and balance the hormones.
Today is the day to take control. It is time to become a little VAIN! Your doctor should be assessing your body fat, fluid distribution, body fat distribution along with all the other health parameters. One of my life goals is to pioneer full comprehensive body composition assessments as part of the norm in healthcare.
The Earth is at one of its most toxic points in history. Every single person, plant and animal species is toxic. 100% of people tested are positive for toxins. Detoxification is a must in the 21st Century. I recommend a comprehensive detoxification program at least 4 times a year and some form of support everyday...Read More
Have you ever felt like your quads aren’t growing the way you think they should? Do your legs not get sore with an intense leg work out? Do you not have the definition and strength you want? Can you flex your quads as a whole group without any mushiness? And I mean REALLY flex as a whole group...Read More
Stress is killing everyone! 75-90% of doctor visits are because of stress. Stress is a contributor (or direct cause) of high blood pressure, high cholesterol, digestive problems, heart disease, stroke, insulin resistance, diabetes, increased blood clotting, atherosclerosis, heart attack, immune system problems, autoimmunity and the new big worry Alzhiemer’s and dementia. Almost every single problem with health can be traced back to stress or minimally is made worse by stress, but is stress the real problem?Read More
In today's state of health, we are beginning to see chronic disease in everyday people. It is no surprise that a specific thyroid problem called Euthyroid Sick Syndrome, or non-thyroidal illness syndrome, thought only to appear in acute illness, is beginning to show up in many people with overt hypothyroid symptoms...Read More
When deciding to change your life and become healthy it takes a very conscious effort. The more resistance you body has (leptin, insulin, cortisol, etc.) the harder it will be. Good, healthy, sustainable, organic, non-GMO, non-processed food definitely doesn't taste as good as food engineered to taste better than the original thing...Read More
It is no surprise that the medical field is becoming less and less efficient when treating chronic diseases. Traditional medicine has created a media campaign on prevention, when in reality it is really early detection. Get screened, tested, and probed as often as possible, so when you get cancer we can treat it with the most advanced drugs, surgery, chemo, radiation, and other very expensive (80-90% chance, not proven) strategies and fast as possible...Read More
Goal setting is the stuff of champions. There is a reason most of the leadership gurus preach about goal setting. It seems that some of the most successful people in the world in all areas of commerce have this trait in common.Read More
Beginning anything new is stressful and requires a big step out of the "comfort zone". Starting a new healthy lifestyle is no different and might be one of the most stressful things a person can do. Comfort zones are what keep us locked into habits that might not be helping us better ourselves...Read More