A healthy body and a healthy mind is THE prescription for a happy new decade.
What Type of Diarrhea Do You Have?
is defined as abnormally frequent intestinal evacuations, with liquid
or loose stools. It is commonly considered that diarrhea is due to
gastrointestinal infection, and while that is a common cause, many
other factors can lead to diarrhea. Chronic or recurrent diarrhea can
not only uncomfortably disrupt an individual's lifestyle, but also
result in nutritional and physiologic imbalances over time.
following the ingestion of dairy may signal an inability to digest the
milk sugar, lactase. The perfect test is an easy breath test to evaluate lactose intolerance.
or recurrent diarrhea may indicate intestinal imbalances that are
accompanied by 'leaky gut' and translocation of toxins. There is an intestinal permeability test to verify that origin.
Intestinal irritation from excessive bacteria in the small bowel can cause diarrhea in some individuals. There is a simple breath test to check that out.
there are imbalances in absorption or dysbiosis (including Clostridia),
that are both possible causes of diarrhea. The Comprehensive Digestive Stool Analysis can help investigate this further.
How to Boost Energy & Feel Younger
Woodson C. Merrell, MD., of the Beth Israel Medical Center says that exhaustion is an underrecognized epidemic in the US. Up to 75 million Americans report feeling "extreme"
fatigue at work. Fatigue is among the top five complaints that people
discuss with their doctors -- even though it's estimated that
two-thirds of people with chronic exhaustion never mention it to their
Every physical activity, from the beating of the heart to running to catch a train, depends on adenosine triphosphate (ATP),
chemical energy produced inside cells. Nearly everyone can
significantly increase daily energy by �increasing the cellular
production of ATP and reducing unnecessary consumption of ATP. Most
people know that exercise boosts energy -- but you also can boost your
ATP in other ways:
activates the sympathetic nervous system, which triggers thousands of
chemical reactions that consume tremendous amounts of energy -- energy
that is then unavailable to the body. People who experience chronic
stress may have insufficient energy even for normal body repairs. It is
estimated that up to 80% of all illnesses are due in part to stress.
Try keeping a stress log.
Every day, write down the events or situations that put you over the
edge. These might include rush-hour traffic or dealing with a difficult
boss. Once you recognize your flash points, try to eliminate them -- by
taking a different route to work, for example, or avoiding unnecessary
encounters with difficult people.
Harvard mind-body researcher Herbert Benson, MD., suggests frequent breath breaks. He found that the body's energy expenditure dropped by as much as 17% during meditation. A less formal approach, when you notice signs of stress, is to take a "breath break."
How to do it: Inhale slowly to the count of four, pause for one second,
then exhale slowly and completely to the count of six. Pause for one
second, then repeat four more times.
who take a breath break every one to two hours usually notice that they
have more energy throughout the day. They also have a slower pulse,
lower blood pressure and lower levels of cortisol (the primary stress
A Harvard study found that the -- majority of American adults are --
deficient in vitamins and minerals. These deficiencies usually aren't
severe enough to cause diseases, but they can impair the body's ability
to manufacture usable forms of energy.
Choose a "rainbow diet"
-- including blueberries, broccoli, carrots, spinach, tomatoes and even
dark chocolate. A variety of colors is important because different
plant pigments, such as carotenes and flavonoids, help prevent
metabolic by-products from damaging the mitochondria (energy-producing
machinery) within cells.
Eat fish two to three times a week. The
omega-3 fatty acids in cold-water fish reduce inflammation -- saving
the energy that is normally needed to fight it. To avoid the risk of
excessive mercury, eat small fish, such as sardines, anchovies or
trout. Large, predatory fish, such as tuna and sea bass, tend to have
the most mercury.
Avoid refined carbs.
White bread, sweets and other refined carbohydrates are rapidly
converted to blood sugar. This causes an energy surge that is followed
by a longer-lasting energy decline. Spikes in blood sugar also cause
glycation, a process that prevents cells from working efficiently.
preferable is: Whole grains, lentils, beans and other foods high in
complex carbohydrates. These are digested more slowly and provide the
materials for longer-lasting energy.
Drink water -
at least six glasses a day. Many people are dehydrated. Water supports
the body's ability to eliminate free radicals (cell-damaging molecules)
and other toxins that impair energy production.
The Juice Cleanse
fasts allow the digestive tract to rest while promoting detoxification,
reducing inflammation and dramatically increasing energy. One study
even found that people who fasted once a month were 39% more likely to
have healthy hearts than nonfasters.
a month, consume nothing but juice for an entire day. Use a juicer to
combine a variety of organic vegetables, such as spinach, carrots and
broccoli. Add a small amount of apples, cherries or other fruits as a
normal to feel a little worse during the day of the fast. That's when
the body is shedding the most toxins. Most people feel much more
energized and clear-headed on the day after the fast.
Be careful if you have a severe chronic disease, diabetes or are pregnant. Consult your physician before fasting.
Supplements Can Help
Woodson C. Merrell, MD., recommend
supplements to patients who don't notice significant energy
improvements within a few weeks of eating a healthier diet or making
other lifestyle changes.
that include acidophilus and bifidophilus. People who take probiotic
supplements have improvements in immunity and digestive function.
Standard dose: One to two daily supplements containing at least 10
billion organisms per dose.
Multinutrient that includes at least 400 international units (IU) of vitamin D.
People who have been diagnosed with low vitamin D need 1,000 IU to
2,000 IU daily. Vitamin D is very important for immune strength and
cardiovascular health -- and is crucial for maintaining healthy
circulation and energy.
Did You Know???
Cold weather raises blood pressure.
Archives of Internal Medicine reports on a study of 8,801
people, age 65 and older, by researchers in 3 metropolitan areas in
and diastolic numbers rise about five millimeters for every 25-degree
drop in temperature. Cold temperatures have the greatest effect on
people age 80 and older.
Broccoli sprouts may help fight allergies.
Marc A. Reidl, MD., a researcher at UCLA's Department of Medicine -- Clinical Immunology and Allergy and co-author of a study published in Clinical Immunology,
reports that people who ate seven ounces of broccoli sprouts daily for
three days had up to a 200% increase in the production of antioxidant
enzymes in the nasal passages. The antioxidants help fight the
inflammation that contributes to allergy symptoms. Broccoli sprouts are
very high in sulforaphane, which starts a process that leads to the
Americans consume more than 22 teaspoons of sugar a day.
Rachel Johnson, PhD., RD., Associate Provost and Professor of Nutrition, University of Vermont Berlington,
reports that soft drinks make up one-third of the added sugar. One
12-ounce can of regular cola has about eight teaspoons of sugar.
Sweetened dairy products, fruit drinks, alcoholic beverages and and
candy account for 16%. Cakes, cookies and pies acocunt for 13%.
new American Heart Association guidelines states: Men should have no
more than 150 calories of added sugar per day -- about nine teaspoons. Women should have no more than 100 calories -- about six teaspoons.
Dr. Rachel Johnson is also a lead author of the American Heart Association Scientific Statement on Dietry Sugars and Cardiovascular Health, published in Circulation.