Lifestyle Medicine (LM) can be defined as a therapeutic use of evidence-based lifestyle interventions to treat and prevent lifestyle related diseases. This type of approach empowers individuals with the knowledge and life skills to make effective behavior changes that address the underlying causes of their condition (American College of Lifestyle Medicine). Basic Lifestyle Medicine Intervention Guidelines LM is based on scientific evidence that the body will heal itself...Read More »
A quick overview Advanced Glycation End Products, or AGEs are harmful compounds that are formed when proteins or fats combine with sugar in the bloodstream. They also go by the name glycotoxins. Exogenous AGEs are found in foods that you put into your body as breakfast, lunch and dinner. As opposed to endogenous AGEs, exogenous AGEs are not formed in the body, but are ingested. AGEs also accumulate naturally as you age. The pathological problem happens due to their...Read More »
When cooking and reheating foods quickly, most people will turn to the microwave to get the job done. Homes today have built-in microwave ovens. They come in all sizes and colors. Reheating food by microwaving is fast, convenient, uses less energy, recommended by food manufacturers. But as I often share in my posts, there is always a catch to today’s modern conveniences–and microwaving food is no exception. There are hidden dangers...Read More »
What is the endocrine system? The endocrine system is the collection of glands that produce hormones that regulate metabolism, growth and development, tissue function, sexual function, reproduction, sleep, and mood, among other things. (1) It includes the adrenal glands, parathyroid gland, pituitary gland, and thyroid gland, as well as the ovaries, pancreas, and testes. What does your endocrine system do? The endocrine system influences how well your body...Read More »
I’ve had a number of people ask me what I do to stay healthy and how have I avoided the flu bugs. So in this post, I’m going to share with you easy protocols for staying healthy daily. You can find most of the supplements listed below at any natural food store. Please don’t purchase nutritional supplements from a drug store or market. If you want some recommendations, just let me know. I am a firm believer in purchasing quality nutritional...Read More »
Here we are at the end of our 4-part “Understanding Toxicity” series. We’ve explored how to determine what your body’s reactions might be when exposed to toxins. Now we’ll take you full circle in the cycle of toxicity. Immune reactions Your immune system develops reactions to substances it’s not equipped to handle on top of the preceding phenomena. Specifically, an immune reaction is when the body produces antibodies to...Read More »
In part 2 of this series–Understanding Toxins – Detoxification Capacity, you learned that removing toxins is different for everyone. You also learned three things you can do right now to help increase your rate of detoxification. In this post, you will learn how effectively the body manages toxins through gene expression. Did you know genes and gene expression regulate sensitivity? – Genetics – The speed with which you’re genetically programmed (built)...Read More »
In the previous post, Understanding Toxicity – Exposure, you learned that toxic exposure is one of the four factors that determine how your body handles foreign substances. In this post, we will cover the second factor: detoxification capacity. You will even learn how to increase your rate of detoxification. Factor 2 – Your detoxification capacity – Effective workload (or throughput) Like a pump’s capacity to transfer water, the volume of a toxin that...Read More »
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