We are designed to have 24-hour rhythms to our physiology and metabolism. Our bodies have an internal clock that we refer to as our circadian rhythm. This internal clock is influenced primarily by light exposure during the day and darkness during the night. Ideally, sunlight at sunrise “sets the clock” while darkness after sunset “winds the clock down.” We have a wake cycle, activated by light exposure, during the day and a sleep cycle, activated by darkness, at night. Many organs show daily changes in their function based on circadian influences. Genetic expression, which genes are turned on and which genes are turned off, is also directly influenced by circadian rhythms. In fact, thousands of genes change their expression according to circadian rhythms throughout the day and night. Continue reading
Although Celiac disease affects a minority of people, many of us have gluten intolerances which may manifest simply as brain fog, low energy levels, weight gain or an autoimmune disease such as thyroiditis, arthritis or dermatitis such as eczema and psoriasis. Today, nearly 30 percent of Americans are avoiding gluten, according to a NPD research group survey cited in the Wall Street Journal. It’s obvious gluten-free is a growing craze, but the same Wall Street Journal article is now questioning: Is it healthy?
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1) EAT LESS, EXERCISE MORE, TO LOSE WEIGHT
WHY NOT: This advice implies that if you are overweight it’s simply because you eat too much and don’t exercise enough. Most people will not effectively burn fat following this advice. We need to eat LESS processed-food and eat MORE healthy-food. We need to exercise MORE efficiently but NOT excessively.
INSTEAD: Eat more nutrient-dense food and avoid processed foods. Focus on high-quality proteins, fats and low-glycemic carbohydrates to balance blood sugar and promote fat burning. Eat Paleo. In addition, promote fat-burning metabolism with short-duration, high-intensity exercise.
Our lifestyle choices can greatly impact our hormone production.
I frequently see male patients in my office with hormone imbalances that are the result of poor diets, sedentary lifestyles, high-stress levels and poor sleep patterns. Continue reading
A common misconception is that eating fat makes us fat and eating a low-fat diet will promote fat-loss. In reality, a low-fat diet, especially combined with processed carbohydrates such as grains, will actually promote fat-storage and weight-gain. Continue reading