Sleep… what a waste of time…. or is it? Psalms says it this way, “It is vain that you rise up early and go late to rest, eating the bread of anxious toil; for he gives to his beloved sleep.” In the midst of our busy lives and “productivity” we seem to have forgotten the ancient wisdom of getting adequate rest. Modern research tells us that the psalmist was right! Sleep is a blessing and is to be protected and appreciated. Let’s see why…
Would you like to improve your mood, have more energy, avoid anxiety, and lower your cravings for carbohydrates? Vitamin D (the “sunshine vitamin”) may be just what you need! In fact, vitamin D is one of the most researched vitamins for enhancing mood and avoiding common forms of depression.
As a physician who routinely checks vitamin D blood levels, I made an interesting observation a few years ago.
Omega-3 oils (EPA and DHA), found in wild ocean fish and fish oil supplements are among the most researched and recommended nutritional supplements of all time. Let’s be reminded why…
A patient told me recently that her personal physician had questioned her about taking vitamin supplements. “Why are you taking those vitamins anyway?” Then, with a condescending tone, stated, “I don’t think you need them! I want you to stop taking them!”
Really? My patient was caught off guard. Doesn’t everyone know that vitamins are not only good for us, they are essential for great health? Why would he oppose taking something proven safe and, in fact, necessary for life and health, and yet embrace the idea of being on prescription drugs and treatments known to have significant side effects? It just didn’t make sense…
Unwanted weight gain is a real bother. Gaining just 15 lbs is enough to increase one’s risk of ugly things like cancer and heart disease. A few extra pounds can also impact our appearance, our self-confidence, our energy level, and even whether or not our clothes fit. Truly, no one wants to be overweight. It can be painful, frustrating, and downright depressing!
For weight loss success, one must first WANT to lose weight. Envisioning our future with the many rewards of weight loss can be all we need to give us that added motivation to get the job done.
The holidays are upon us! What a great time of year! Unfortunately, the holidays can also mean less than ideal foods. Here are a few of my favorite ideas from my 2014 “tweets” to get you through the holidays while maintaining your health and avoiding unwanted weight gain.
- Drink plenty of sugar free beverages to stay trim and fit. Water, tea, and coffee are all winners!
- Eating a protein-rich breakfast causes lower body weight. Eat more and weigh less… I like that!
- Mild dehydration can feel like hunger. Stay well hydrated to lose weight!
- A protein based meal increases your metabolism as much as 30 minutes of exercise. Don’t forget your protein or your fitness time!
- A handful of mixed nuts each day can be a healthy snack and lower heart risks. Enjoy!
- Sleep 7 ½ hours a night to increase metabolism and reduce food cravings! Sleep is awesome!
- Energy Plus with synergistic ingredients works to support energy AND metabolism! Check it out.
- Eating lean protein will speed your metabolism. It costs more than carbs, but it’s worth it!
- Red wine is the only alcohol not associated with high blood pressure. If you are going to drink, go red.
- Fitness time daily can reverse a sluggish metabolism! Commit to 9 minutes daily!
Let’s march through the holidays with the strategies we’ve learned this past year so we’ll be in a great position to have Optimum Health in 2015!
Note: These and other fun facts about nutrition and health can be found on Facebook and Twitter. There will be plenty more to come in 2015!
Blessings of Optimum Health,
Rick Tague, M.D., M.P.H.
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