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7 Factors That Influence Your Lifespan

We all want to live longer, better lives… here are some smart tips to help you reach that goal. It’s true that some things that affect lifespan are under the influence of genetics and how our mother behaved during pregnancy, still there are other factors that we can control that also have an impact on our chances of enjoying a long, healthy life. Let’s look at both.

Understand that much of the research into aging has been focused on the part played by telomeres, the protective tips at the end of chromosomes. They safeguard the end of the chromosome, preventing the loss of genetic information as cells divide. Every time this happens, the telomeres get shorter and eventually are so short they stop cells from dividing. This is how we age. Research has found that longer telomeres are linked to living longer, and can be inherited by the next generation.

Everyone knows that even before birth a child’s health is impacted by the lifestyle choices (good or bad) made by its mother. There’s much research that’s found if an expectant mother is highly stressed this can impact the baby, so that they are less capable of handling stress in their own lives. Heavy drinking during a pregnancy can bring on foetal alcohol syndrome, which often results in physical issues and lifelong learning disabilities in the child. Smoking also effects a baby’s development, and even the diet a pregnant woman eats can up her unborn child’s risk of obesity by making changes in the baby’s DNA.

What’s more, having a happy childhood may also boost your lifespan. One study found that those who were unhappy in their younger years had a higher risk of heart disease as adults. Getting outside as a child, spending time in natural sunlight, gives every child a key source of vitamin D. Today one in four kids are deficient in this nutrient, needed to build strong bones, by helping the body absorb calcium and phosphorus from the foods we eat.

No one disputes the many benefits of regular exercise to the body and mind. Exercise has a direct impact on how long you live because it ensures you get a healthier heart, while also boosting good mental health and offering an effective stress management technique that works on anxiety and depression too. Another key benefit of regular exercise is that it helps you reach (and keep yourself at) a healthy weight, which cuts the risk of diabetes. Weight bearing exercises are especially good for helping with bone density and offering protection against osteoporosis.

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As we get older, the strong bones of our youth are no more. People start losing bone density in their mid 30s as a normal part of aging. The good news is that you can fight back against natural bone loss/weakening by eating a diet rich in calcium and exercising as often as you can. Exposure to natural sunlight is also crucial as this helps your body produce more vitamin D.

One key to longevity in terms of diet is to limit or avoid certain foods and drinks. You know the ones, those with lots of calories that are loaded with salt, simple carbs (sugars) or fat that taste great but also pack on the weight. Trans fats are particularly bad for you, raising the levels of “bad” LDL cholesterol and raising the risk of atherosclerosis, heart disease and even stroke. If you want to live longer, healthier, avoid these foods. Too much alcohol can also have serious consequences on your health – drinking more than is recommended over the long haul can cause damage to vital internal organs.

Smoking is also a well-known life shortener. Smokers have higher risk of over 50 serious, life altering health problems. Smoking is the cause of almost 90% of lung cancers, does damage to the heart and circulation, makes respiratory conditions worse and even effects fertility. If you want to live longer, stop smoking now.

Beyond eating right and exercising, drinking alcohol in moderation and not smoking, another key area that helps with longevity is to have friendships.

Research on loneliness has found that social isolation is linked to a higher rate of death in older adults. Loneliness may well prove to be the hidden, unacknowledged killer of older people. Research has also found that those who are married live longer than single adults do. The reason may be the improved social support networks
of spouses, which cuts down on the risk of isolation and loneliness.

To your good health,

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Rare Blood Type And Dementia Risk

If you have blood type AB, about 4% of the total population do, new research holds a warning for you – you may also have a higher risk of memory problems as you get older. A recent study published online in the journal Neurology found that over nearly three years, those with this blood type were almost two times as likely to show memory issues as those who had type O blood, which is the most common blood type. If you have AB blood, don’t panic, there may be other factors that play a bigger part in your risk for mental impairment than your blood type. Plus the association was small, and needs more work to be confirmed.

For the research, the team gave 30,000-plus subjects over 45 years old a series of memory and thinking tests, and then repeated the tests just about three years later. From this group, there were 495 who scored low enough to fall in the range of having some memory or thinking issues. Their blood types were compared to those of 587 subjects who had normal testing scores. After adjusting for age, race, sex and geography, those who had type AB blood were 82% more likely to have impaired cognitive skills than those who had type O blood.

These findings might not be all that startling based on some other recent work. It’s already known that the AB blood type can impact how your blood clots, and ups the risk of blood vessel related conditions. Researchers earlier in 2014 found that the AB blood type was also associated with a higher risk of debilitating stroke.

At least half the association between stroke and the blood type was related to higher amounts of clotting Factor VIII, a protein in the blood that helps it to stop bleeding. If you have hemophilia, you are deficient in Factor VIII, and if you have too much, your blood forms clots too easily and this can lead to heart attack, stroke or large clots that clog veins.

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In the most recent work, only about 20% of the link between memory problems and type AB blood could be accounted for by the higher levels of Factor VIII. This suggests other reasons for the link, reasons research has yet to identify. Perhaps, the association between type AB blood and vascular issues (stroke and dementia share several risk factors) that research has yet to understand. Interesting that those in the study who had memory and thinking issues were also more apt to smoke and have high blood pressure, conditions like diabetes, heart disease or high cholesterol.

The risk of dementia is much, much higher when connected to other lifestyle factors, such as smoking, not being active, being obese and making unhealthy lifestyle choices. If you’re worried about your own dementia risk, make healthy lifestyle choices now to lower that risk, no matter what type blood you have.

The most important message to take from the work is not worry about what type of blood you have, but instead focus on achieving a healthy lifestyle. Don’t smoke. Exercise regularly and eat a healthy, balanced diet. Also be sure to keep up with your preventive care and screenings, as these are your best weapon to identify something before it takes hold.

Remember too, that to keep your brain healthy and strong going forward, you need to exercise it. Read, play games, engage with others… do something that you find mentally stimulating and you’ll go a long way toward keeping your thinking sharp and your memories clear.

To your good health,

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How Zinc Fights Infection

Many of you have probably tried a zinc cold lozenge in hopes of fighting off a cold, and now a new bit of research in the journal Cell Reports may explain how this essential, relatively simple mineral might work. The study, led by Daren Knoell who is a professor of pharmacy and internal medicine at Ohio Statue University uncovered just how zinc works to balance the immune systems response to infection, tapping the brakes (so to speak) to prevent out of control inflammation.

On the cellular level zinc stops the activity of a protein that plays a key role in our natural immune response to infection. It acts to keep inflammation in check, inflammation that can be damaging, even deadly.

Surprisingly, a deficiency of zinc affects almost 2 billion people the world over, and this figure includes about 40% of the elderly in the United States. The lack of this mineral can have some unpleasant consequences for vulnerable people, or at the time of an infection could be very serious according to the researchers. If you don’t have enough zinc your immune system is amplified, and not in a good way.

After looking at animal studies and human cell cultures of those with sepsis (a dangerous systemic response to infection), Knoell and his team saw that a specific protein draws zinc into key infection fighting cells, first responders in the fight against infection. Here it balances the immune response. This is the first time this pathway has been studied. In earlier work in animals, Knoell found that mice deficient in zinc developed significant inflammation in response to sepsis than did the mice fed a normal diet.

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This might explain why taking zinc supplements at the beginning of a cold seems to ease your symptoms. In the future, there may be therapeutic benefit to giving zinc supplements to some patients with certain conditions. But no one is saying that if very ill patients in hospital ICS’s, where sepsis can be life threatening, would benefit from supplements of zinc. Not all patients might need them, perhaps only a portion.

The team also believes that the findings are applicable to other diseases and will continue to study this pathway, inflammation and zinc deficiency. Without enough zinc to start with, perhaps people are more likely to pick up an infection.

Most healthy adults should be getting from 8 (for women) to 11 (for men) milligrams of zinc each day. The U.S. National Institutes of Health tells us that natural sources of zinc include red meat and poultry. Other rich sources of zinc include nuts, beans, some shellfish (oysters, crab, lobster), whole grains, dairy products and fortified cereals. It’s also available as an affordable, easy to take dietary supplement.

If you’re looking for ways to help your immune system, living a healthy lifestyle is one of the best. This includes getting regular exercise (20 minutes with your heart rate up, three times a week), eating more natural sources of antioxidants (besides zinc, vitamin C, and E and beta carotene), being sure you’re getting enough sleep as fatigue increases your susceptibility to illness. Rounding out the list, manage your stress levels as cutting stress brings down levels of cortisol and helps you sleep better. Perhaps most fun of all… laugh as this brings down the levels of stress hormones and increases a type of white blood cell that fights infection.

To your good health,

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Detect Signs Of Nutrient Deficiency

Our bodies are amazing… they can sometimes tell us when something’s wrong before a doctor can confirm it with tests. If you start to see a change in your own body… in your hair, your nails, your skin or even your energy level… this could be a signal from your body that a vital nutrient is missing from your diet.

Some of the signs your body might give you…

Unhealthy looking nails

Healthy strong nails are a sign of good overall health and strong immunity. What you don’t want to see on nail surfaces are white spots (injury), raised ridges, an inward curve or nails that otherwise look less than healthy. Most often unhealthy looking nails are a sign you need iron (not zinc, that’s a popular myth) so try to include as many natural sources of iron (red meat, fish, poultry, lentils and beans) as you can in your diet.

Interesting that you’re not alone, according to the World Health Organization, iron deficiency is the leading nutritional disorder the world over.

Leg cramps at night

Cramps in your legs or calves at night are a sign that you’re lacking potassium, and essential nutrient. This can happen easily if you’re exercising hard during the day, losing both fluid and electrolytes and only replacing the fluid. Rehydrate with electrolyte rich drinks or try some potassium rich foods like bananas, spinach, broccoli or grapefruit.

And while healthy adults should get enough potassium from food sources, often we don’t. Your doctor may recommend a potassium supplement, or you might try upping natural sources for a time and see if this helps.

Numb hands or feet

If you feel like your hands (or feet) go numb or you get tingling or a prickling feeling in your limbs this can signal a low intake of B vitamins like B6 or B12 and folic acid. Deficiencies of B vitamins directly impact the peripheral nerve endings on the skin’s surface. You’ll want to eat lots of dark leafy greens like spinach and lean proteins like eggs, beans and poultry. Fortified whole grains are good too.

Again, deficiencies of this nutrient are surprisingly common, with about 15% of the general population affected by a deficiency.

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Acne

Small red or white acne like bumps on your skin (face, arms, even thighs) can signal a vitamin A deficiency. This nutrient helps to remove dead skin and unclogs pores to discourage the growth of acne bacteria. Veggies or other foods rich in beta carotene (a precursor to vitamin A) are key here.

Sadly vitamin A deficiency is a problem for more than half of all nations, especially in Africa and South-East Asia.

It’s important to realize that if you are deficient in one nutrient, based on your body signals, you are likely lacking others as well. It’s hard to believe that with the abundance of food in the developed world that nutrient deficiencies happen at all, but as you see, they are surprisingly common. Once you take steps to address them, you’ll be feeling and looking better than ever – a signal from your body that all is well.

To your good health,

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Bad News For The Instant Noodles Lovers

They’re affordable, tasty and easy to make… but eating lots of instant noodles can also bring some serious consequences to your health. In fact, a new study appearing in The Journal of Nutrition finds that eating lots of instant noodles may up the risk of a condition known as cardiometabolic syndrome that can lead to stroke, heart disease or diabetes.

Asian populations eat lots of instant noodles, so a Baylor University team relied on diet information taken from the Korean National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey IV (2007-2009) on 11,000 subjects ranging in age from 19 to 64 years old. The subjects reported what they ate, and the team then categorized the diet as either traditional or fast food focused. Traditional dietary pattern (TP) included lots of fish, rice, veggies, fruit and potatoes – while the fast food pattern (MP) had lots of meat, soda, fried and convenient foods… including those instant noodles so familiar to struggling college students everywhere.

It’s no surprise that the fast food eating pattern was linked to higher obesity rates and higher levels of cholesterol, just as the traditional dietary pattern was linked to normal blood pressure and a lower chance of being obese. Neither diet demonstrated a clear link to a risk of having cardiometabolic syndrome.

Here’s the thing… when the team looked at the data on instant noodle consumption they saw that eating the noodles at least two times a week was linked to a 68% higher incidence of metabolic syndrome for women, even after accounting for sodium intake, estrogen use and waist circumference. Eating these noodles one time a week brought at 26% higher prevalence of metabolic syndrome. The relationship held for leaner women who said they did more exercise, though it was not found in men.

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Researchers explain the increased risk as the result of all the calories, refined carbs, saturated fat and sodium in those instant noodles. Women may be especially susceptible to the negative effects due to hormones that impact a woman disproportionately, or metabolic differences. Another concern is the chemical BPA that’s in the styrofoam container used to package those instant noodles, a substance known to mess with the way hormones (particularly estrogen) send messages in the body.

There are limitations to the work. One being that the numbers from the nutrition survey didn’t account for serving size, only the number of times a given food was eaten. Still, the team is hoping that people become more aware of their food choices, and that some packaged foods may be just as bad for the body as fast food.

Also of note, the research has brought out feelings of wounded pride, stubborn resistance, even nationalism in South Koreans, who, it turns out, eat more instant noodles than anyone. They refuse to give up their noodles, and are trying to keep the dish healthy by adding veggies, taking supplements, using less seasoning and avoiding the soup. Others wonder if facilities in junk food loving America are capable of producing unbiased research on nutrition.

So as you consider buying instant noodles, at least recognize that this is not a healthy choice. You are purchasing a processed food, a food with unhealthy additives. If you just can’t break the instant noodle habit, consider not eating them every single day, and control the portion size. You might try making home cooked pasta – not as fast or affordable as the instant variety, but the time and effort are certainly worth it when you think about the nutrient value of the end product – the meal you are using to fuel your body.

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The Difference Between Weight Loss And Fat Loss

When it comes to looking better, feeling better, what you’re truly after is not weight loss, but rather fat lass. Stop eating and you’ll lose weight, both muscle and fat, which isn’t really what you’re after. What makes weight loss successful is to preserve as much muscle as you can (maybe gain a bit) while losing all the body fat you can.

This is why the body fat percentage is a better indicator of weight loss success than the bathroom scale. What’s worse, the number on the scale can play tricks on your resolve… encouraging you to give in when you are actually making solid progress in terms of body composition.

Muscle is super important to helping you lose the most amount of fat possible. Inside our muscles are fat burning engines known as mitochondria that are responsible for the production of energy. It’s here that fat is metabolized – there’s even a positive correlation between the number of mitochondria you have and the amount of muscle in your body. The more you have, the more fat you can burn.

So how do you get more mitochondria? Offer the body a reason to make more of them by doing high intensity exercise, HIIT (high intensity interval training) or strength training are excellent choices. By naturally creating a demand for energy over and above what your body can produce, you’re forcing the body to create new mitochondria to be ready for the next time your muscles need that extra energy.

Because muscle is active tissue, needing constant energy to maintain, it will burn fat all through the day.

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Focusing on fat loss is a smart way to think about achieving your weight management goals. Try not to get caught up in a number on a device… think instead about how you feel, how you look and how your clothing fits. Before and after pictures are another excellent, unbiased way to judge your progress. Bear in mind that not all progress is able to be measured – you may feel more confident and this is a huge leap in terms of progress toward you long term goal. If you must be obsessed with a number, look to the percentage of body fat you now carry as a great measure of your success and achievement.

Strange as it sounds, the best thing you can do to keep
from sabotaging your weight loss goals is to eat enough calories
. Too few calories causes muscle loss and once you do this, losing the fat is that much harder. This is why so many diets fail.

This is why it’s so important to take in enough calories for your body size and how active you are, making certain they are nutrient dense (from fruits, veggies, meat, eggs, dairy, legumes, tubers, and whole grains). Key the number of calories you get per day on the 10 to 12 times your body weight figure, starting high and dropping the number as needed.

You’ll also want to keep up with the strength or HIIT training, giving your muscles a reason to stay strong. Without constant stimulation your body will naturally shed the unneeded muscle and that’s not what you’re after.

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Unexpected Ways Your Tech Devices Can Hurt You

We know that computers, tablets, laptops and cell phones have made life so much easier for many of us. The downside to all the access and convenience is that there are some technology related injuries – milder harm to neck and shoulder for instance all the way to deadly accidents – we need to recognize. A national study from 2009 appearing in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine shows sudden computer associated injuries rising at a rapid pace in the U.S. What’s worse, younger children are even more at risk than adults.

Here are some of the odd ways your tech devices can hurt you…

Lightening strikes are rare things, and bad enough on their own, but far worse when you’re holding an electrical object. When lightening strikes a person, the current goes over the skin (known as flashover) without entering the body, but holding a metal object against the skin disrupts the flashover and can result in internal injury.

PlayStation palmar hidradenitis (PlayStation rash) is a newly identified skin problem that’s named after the popular gaming system because it comes from holding the controllers too tightly for a long period of time. The game maker defends the product and mentioning how hundreds of millions of people use the game without the condition arising.

TV screens and photosensitive seizures happen to a small number of players when watching some light patterns on a TV screen or in a video game. Almost 3-5% of epileptics have a photosensitive form and should stay away from any regular moving patterns or flickering lights. Strobe lights in clubs and emergency vehicle lights may also product the same effect.

Computer vision syndrome is a risk for those who use a computer for move than 2 hours a day, and may affect up to 70% of users. Gazing at a computer screen is visually demanding and does tire your eyes causing issues like eyestrain, headaches, blurred vision and dry eyes. Most often the problems are temporary, but they can be trouble if they happen all the time or every day. You can help yourself by putting the screen 4-5 inches below your eye level and 20-28 inches away from your eyes. Anti glare screens and good lighting may also be helpful.

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Death from using counterfeit chargers. The inside of our device charges are rather sophisticated yet also rather easy for third parties to take apart, remake and sell more cheaply. Some of these knock offs have been involved of electric shocks caused by malfunctions of the units. Buyer beware.

Disturbing tinnitus is more likely in those who use their cell phones intensely for long periods, at least according to some recent research. Those with tinnitus hear sounds (buzzing, ringing, etc.) in the absence of external sound. The condition can go from mildly annoying to so severe it interferes with daily living for an estimated 1 in 100 adults.

Quiet death due to headphones that let us escape all the noise yet deafen us to warnings of danger that we’d otherwise hear in our environment. The numbers of traffic accidents that involve pedestrians who are wearing headphones is increasing. Most victims are male, under 30 – over half the accidents involved trains, another third involved vehicles that sounded a warning before the crash.

Nintendinitis and Wiiitis (names now used in the medical literature) cover the increasing numbers of injuries that players inflict on themselves as they play the games on the systems. Injuries traced back to the Wii games include shoulder dislocation, bone fractures and head injuries.

To your good health,

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The 6 Most Confusing Health Terms Explained

When you walk the aisles of your local supermarket, it’s easy to be confounded by all the claims and counter claims, all the delicious, nutritious looking foods, packaged and presented to win us over. There are a number of terms that sound healthy… all-natural or fat free come to mind, but are actually are anything but. In fact, a Nielsen survey finds almost 59% of us have trouble understanding nutrition labels.

Let’s touch on some of the worst offenders…

NATURAL: Believe it or not, the US Food and Drug Administration has no formal definition for the term natural. It’s okay to use the word if the product doesn’t have any added color, artificial flavors, synthetic substances. Natural does not mean organic, and it does not mean a food is healthy. When you see this word, check the list of ingredients, as it’s the only way to really see what’s inside.

ORGANIC: The USDA Organic Seal tells you that a food was produced without synthetic pesticides, genetics, petroleum or sewage sludge based fertilizers. On meats it signals animals that were fed organic, vegetarian feeds and had access to outside and were not treated with antibiotics or hormones. Again this term does not necessarily mean healthy, so check the ingredient list of what you’re buying.

LOCAL: This term is only an indication that an item was produced within a certain geographic region as determined by number of miles or state borders. There’s no formal definition here, so you should also keep in mind that local isn’t organic – according to recent surveys in both US and Canada that show the false assumptions we have about the term. Many think local products are more nutritious yet they do not carry a Nutrition Facts label for you to check.

GLUTEN-FREE: The US FDA says that a food must limit the unavoidable presence of gluten to under 20 parts per million (ppm), and must not have any ingredient that is any type of wheat, rye, barley or crossbreeds of such grains or derived from them. Foods that are naturally gluten free (water, fruits, veggies) can be labeled as such, and does not mean that a food bearing the label is a whole grain, organic, low in carbs or healthy. Many gluten free foods are highly processed and have refined ingredients.

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GRASS FED: The parameters for feeding animals, as set by the USDA, say the cattle must be fed mother’s milk and forage during their life. The forage can be grazed or eaten as hay but the animal must have access to pasture. These cattle can still be given hormones and antibiotics. Grass fed dairy and meat have been found to have more of the good fats (less of the bad) as well as more antioxidants and vitamins. To be sure the product is organic as well, look for the word “organic” on the label and the USDA organic seal.

ALL NATURAL: There is no Food and Drug Administration definition here either, though a manufacturer won’t be bothered so long as an item doesn’t have any added colors, artificial flavors or synthetic substances. There’s lots of room for interpretation with this one, so watch and read labels carefully.

In the end, understand that no matter what a food manufacturer puts on the label, it’s up to you to be sure that product is what you are expecting it to be. Don’t make assumptions. Check the ingredient list or ask how something was made, where it was grown. If you want to be sure you’re eating healthy, you need to be a careful, attentive gatekeeper to each and every thing you put in your body.

To your good health,

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7 Simple Signs Of Health Troubles

Turns out, you don’t need tarot cards or a crystal ball to predict the future… you can do this for yourself by relying on the observations of your own five senses. You might be surprised to learn that many health problems often begin with a physical change you might not think is anything to be concerned about, something so subtle you might not notice it at first. Yet these changes can be warning signs you’ll want to heed.

One of the most surprising links between the senses and chronic disease comes in the form of hearing loss. Hearing loss is more likely in those who have diabetes. The higher than normal blood sugar may also do some damage to the blood vessels in the ears themselves. If you notice a decline in hearing, have a full hearing evaluation, as well as a physical and blood work, to see where you stand.

Vision changes can be an early signal of cognitive decline. The veins in your eyes are very much the same as the ones in your brain, so larger veins in your eyes could indicate a decline in the health of your brain years before any signs appear. Your eye doctor will be able to examine you for this.

If your sense of smell is slipping, this has been shown to be a potential early sign of Alzheimer’s disease according to the latest studies in the area. The changes that come in smell may appear much sooner than those that happen I the rest of the brain. If you’ve noticed a decline earlier than age 70, talk with your doctor.

Bad breath is a well-known (and despised) sign of gum disease, but this unfortunate problem can also be linked to erectile
dysfunction.
Brush and floss daily and make sure you have regular dental exams and cleanings every year. If it persist despite your good dental care, talk with your doctor to look for other causes.

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7 Simple Signs Of Health Troubles Continued…

Your own reflection can tell you a lot about what’s going on inside your body. Those who look older than their age, with 3 to 4 visible signs of aging, have a higher chance of heart issues later on according to research. If you’re concerned by looking older, ask your doctor to check for any other heart disease risk factions and remember that you can change your risk by the choices you make going forward.

Your hairline can give clues to thyroid issues, and while thyroid issues affect many hormones in the body, one of the most visible is the hormone that is linked to hair growth. You might see your hair getting dry or coarse before it begins to fall out, you might also notice thinning of your eyebrows. Talk with your doctor about your concerns and have blood work done to check for thyroid hormones.

Smooth, spot free fingernails are a sign of good health. If yours have redness underneath this could be an early sign of lupus. You may also notice swelling and puffiness at the base of your nails or a rash on the backs of your hands and fingers.

If you have concerns about these, or any symptoms you are experiencing, talk to your own doctor. An honest discussion and careful evaluation by a trained professional will reassure you, and perhaps set you on the path to better health by making healthy choices about what you eat, and how active you are. Early intervention is also incredibly beneficial, often keeping you healthier, longer than you might be otherwise.

To your good health,

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To Lose Weight, Eat ENOUGH Calories

We’ve talked before about the typical weight loss strategy – cutting calories to the bone – and how this might not be the best thing for weight loss. Sounds wrong, we know, but give the idea a chance.

Experts know that severely limiting calorie intake, as many dieters do, is actually counterproductive – you trigger inborn survival instincts that actually lower your metabolic rate. You starve and deprive yourself and end up not losing much, if anything. You tell yourself you’ve failed (again) and take one step further away from your weight loss goals, but the real reason may be that your body is using natural, inborn alarms that call for conserving energy in a time of little food.

When you cut calories too drastically, the result is…

- Slowed thyroid production to maintain energy

- Decreased muscle mass, one of the first things your body looks to use for energy

- Low leptin levels, an energy regulating hormone that tells the body it is hungry.
Low leptin levels encourage you to eat more.

- Less energy in part because neurotransmitter action is limited, bringing a lack of motivation, the natural way the body has to slow down, save energy.

What you need to do is eat enough of the right type of (nutrient dense) calories so that you will lose weight the healthy, lasting way. In fact, ideally you want to eat as many calories as you can and continue to lose weight.

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To Lose Weight, Eat ENOUGH Calories Continued…

Unfortunately there’s no magic number for how many calories you need to eat to lose weight – each metabolism is different. Calories counters are all over the internet and can give you a general idea; but they can’t account for the many variables in how many calories your body needs to perform each day. Turns out, your metabolism is as unique as you are.

To find the calorie intake that’s right for you:

- Decide on what amount of weight loss you are looking for per week and use body fat calipers to see where you stand. If you’re losing more than you expect each week, add calories to your diet. You don’t want to drop too much weight, too fast as this means you are losing muscle mass.

- Use a pen and paper food journal, or perhaps an app for your handheld device such as MyFitnessPal or Lose it to keep track of everything you eat, including calories.

- Eat 10 to 12 times (200 lbs. = 2,000 to 2,400 daily calories) your body weight in calories a day; using the lower number if you’re very overweight. Plan your meals in advance so you are sure you’re getting the right number of calories.

- Keep an eye on the scale, and wait at least 2 weeks to see real results.

It’s hard to have the patience real, lasting weight loss requires. Most of us want the weight gone this instant – impatient to see results, to feel better. If you’re truly sticking to your diet and exercise plan and your loss has stalled, consider that your issue might be not enough calories. Focus on taking in as many nutrients as you can in what you eat, and this may spark your weight loss.

To your good health,