There are a few lifestyle changes I make every year when summer starts. We all want to look and feel our best during the summer months, and my little mental checklist makes me feel at least a little more in control and prepared during swimsuit season. Here’s my list of healthy habits for summer-ready skin from head to toe.
I think of food as information. The right food can bring out the best in your genes for a healthier life. Most of us believe that age related diseases like high blood pressure, heart disease, arthritis, adult onset diabetes, stroke, cancer, etc are the inevitable consequences of aging, but we are now finding out that this is not necessarily true. Healthy aging is mainly the result of how we “communicate” with our genes — through our diet!
A revolutionary new science, Nutrigenomics, is showing how different foods may interact with specific genes, how food “talks” to our genes and how our genes express themselves after the conversation. Eat the right foods and they will send instructions to your genes for good health. Eating the wrong foods however, sends messages for disease.
This section will include articles/blogs on all matters relating to food and supplements. In time, you will also find great recipes for making healthy and delicious food.
Here at the Eleven Eleven Wellness Center, we believe that there is not one diet that is right for everyone, which means we encourage patients to get curious about how certain foods make them feel to determine if they work well with their body. Although not all foods follow this individualized plan (things like gluten and sugar are generally no-nos), dairy is one of the foods we spend time talking about with patients, and that is because there are a few things to consider when deciding if dairy is a good choice.
One of summertime’s greatest joys? Travel to faraway places. One of its biggest headaches (other than the TSA lines)? Jet lag. It’s the traveler’s equivalent of a hangover, with the main difference being that you probably had no fun getting it, and the pain will last longer than the alcohol-induced kind. And why does jet lag still have such power over us?
Supplements enhance and support the benefits of a healthy diet. While we all have our go-to supplement regimens, we interviewed the Be Well Health Coaches to find out their favorite Be Well supplements.
Summertime and the living is easy—but for some, it’s the eating that can be hard. For those who are new to eating food with the goal of health and sustainable wellness, the summertime gathering season can feel like a minefield of food-related challenges and temptations. So, how to eat well and navigate party-time wisely when you have no control over the menu? Here are a few tips to make eating well this summer a veritable piece of cake:
1. You’re Swallowing Air (Aerophagia)
It’s normal to swallow a little air when you eat or drink, especially if you’re drinking carbonated beverages like seltzer, beer, soda, or champagne. But as the day progresses, if you feel like the Michelin woman and fantasize about deflating your stomach with a pin (not a good idea!), you may be swallowing large amounts of air on a regular basis—a condition called aerophagia, which can lead to a massive buildup of gas in your GI tract and major bloating.
There is a big reason why breakfast has long been referred to as the most important meal of the day—the food you eat in the morning will influence your energy levels, cravings, emotions, and clarity throughout your day and can even affect how you sleep that night!
Incorporating nutrient-dense foods for breakfast, such as healthy fats, good-quality proteins, and colorful vegetables, will provide a sense of balance and satiation, encouraging you to continue making healthy choices all day.
Dr. Lipman: You say in your book that obesity is not from eating too many calories or expending too few. Can you explain?
Dr. Fung: Obesity is often considered a problem of excessive calories. This caloric obsession has been indoctrinated into all of us since we were children. Too many calories in, too few calories out, or some combination is what we believe leads to weight gain and obesity. If it were indeed true that excess calories leads to weight gain, then the solution is simple: Reduce calories eaten. This has formed the standard dietary advice of the last 50 years. And it has failed spectacularly. Obesity rates have skyrocketed upward despite continual exhortations to cut calories.
The idea that a person can be addicted to food has recently gotten more support from science. Here, I look at how eating certain kinds of food could be driving people to make further poor food choices.
On the third episode of Doctor in the House, the D’Arcy family orders four chicken meals, seven burgers, five large fries, and four large sugary drinks—just for one single meal. Eighteen-year-old Brandon often eats like this two or three times per day.
Vitamin D. It’s the cornerstone of good health, so it’s mind-boggling to me how often vitamin D levels are overlooked or given short shrift by primary-care physicians. Numerous studies have shown a link between vitamin D deficiency and devastating health problems, many of which might well be avoided if we paid more attention to filling the D-gap. If your doc gives you the brush-off when you ask him or her to measure your vitamin D level, then you need to take charge. Educate yourself, get tested (or test yourself), and then work with your doc to develop a plan to get your D up to an optimal level. Your continued health may depend on it!