Posts Tagged ‘optimal health’

The Forgotten Path to Health and Happiness

Friday, June 5th, 2009

Lean, Happy and HealthyAre you overweight, tired, anxious, depressed or irritable? Do you have allergies, digestive issues, or aches and pains? If you’re like most people, then the answer is probably yes. Instead of focusing on what causes these problems, most people turn to quick fix remedies that may temporary relieve symptoms, but allow the problem to persist and potentially develop into disease.

Many of us are eating unhealthy diets, are consistently exposing ourselves to excessive stress, and are disregarding the need for rest. This leads to the physical and mental symptoms of poor health that burden so many people on a regular basis and is also why we have such a high prevalence of diseases such as heart disease, cancer, diabetes and autoimmune disease. Instead of acting on this obvious correlation between lifestyle and poor health, we’ve accepted the consequences as a normal part of aging and continue to compromise our health and our lives with unhealthy habits.


3 Diseases You Should Fear More Than Swine Flu

Monday, May 11th, 2009

Heart Disease, Cancer and DiabetesWhile the media frenzy surrounding the so called swine flu pandemic is causing many people to panic, we have much more serious problems to worry about such as heart disease, cancer and diabetes. Despite the fact that these diseases are killing people in much larger proportions than any pandemic we’ve had in modern times, many of us have grown numb to their frightening prevalence.

In a single day, more people die in the United States alone from any one of these diseases than the total number of people who’ve died worldwide from the recent outbreak of swine flu. What we should really be concerned about is not a pandemic of swine flu, but rather an epidemic of poor health!


Are You Afraid of the Swine Flu?

Monday, May 4th, 2009

Swine Flu PandemicThe media has created quite a stir about swine flu and has many people envisioning the possibility of millions of deaths. Before you waste precious energy and emotion fearing the swine flu, take some time to understand the situation and ground yourself with a rational perspective.

What is the Swine Flu?

Swine flu is a form of influenza that typically spreads among pigs, but can also be transmitted to humans. The specific strain of swine flu that has been on everyone’s mind lately contains a strange combination of genetic material from human, bird and pig specific strains. It also has never before been found in a human or animal, including pigs.


Is Your Microwave Nuking Your Health?

Friday, March 20th, 2009

Risks of Microwave OvensBecause of the convenience they provide, microwave ovens have become so popular that they’re found in nearly every household and restaurant. The word “microwave” has even been formally accepted as a verb in the dictionary. However, popularity is not always a reliable measure of goodness, and the convenience of microwave ovens may come at a significant cost.


Weight Loss and Apple Cider Vinegar

Tuesday, March 17th, 2009

Ask Vin“I was wondering what you think about the apple cider vinegar diet for weight loss. I thought it seemed like one of those diet fads, but after reading about it on health websites, it seems that the diet actually works and isn’t bad for you. In fact, they even say there are other benefits as well.”

Apple cider vinegar has been regarded as a health food for a long time. As such, it’s even sold in supplement form. While very few of the beneficial claims associated with vinegar are supported by trustworthy evidence, there is research suggesting that apple cider vinegar has a beneficial effect on diabetes and weight loss. This information has given rise to the so called “apple cider vinegar diet” that consists of 2 teaspoons or tablespoons of apple cider vinegar mixed with water and consumed twice per day.


Adrenal Fatigue: Whipping a Tired Body

Wednesday, February 25th, 2009

Due to the fast paced and convenience driven lifestyle that has become so common, few of us are as healthy as we think.

In a world where nearly everyone is run down, it’s easy to accept as normal. But in reality, this is a compromised state of health that deprives you of a much better quality of life and can eventually lead to serious disease.

What is Adrenal Fatigue?

Although not formally recognized by conventional western medicine, adrenal fatigue is an extremely common condition in which the body is no longer able to handle the daily demands of our busy lives. The adrenal glands are at the center of our ability to handle the fast paced lifestyles that most of us live, and in many cases, these small glands can’t keep up with this level of demand long term. As with any other part of our body, with enough wear and tear, they begin to function with less capacity.


Is Disease Sneaking up on You?

Wednesday, February 18th, 2009

The prevalence of disease is at an all time high, and unfortunately, it’s become synonymous with modern society’s perception of aging. Do you know that the two leading causes of death, heart disease and cancer, were barely even a concern just a century ago? What’s happened since then?

Frightening Statistics

According to a 2005 National Cancer Institute statistic, 1 out of every 3 people will develop cancer, and according to a 2005 American Heart Association statistic, 1 out of every 3 people will develop cardiovascular disease. If you’re lucky enough to be part of the remaining third, you’re still not free from danger because chances are good that you’ll develop an autoimmune disease.


The 7 Foundational Factors of Optimal Health

Wednesday, February 11th, 2009

7 Foundational Factors of Optimal HealthWith the prevalence of poor health and disease in today’s society, it’s evident that many people are not properly caring for themselves. They often blame their poor health on genetics and circumstance, but in most cases, this is an excuse that will prevent them from ever achieving better health.

Modern medicine is so focused on chasing symptoms that good health is often considered to be elusive and highly complicated. This is unfortunate because excellent health really doesn’t have to be this mysterious. Unhealthy lifestyle habits are nearly always at the root of poor health and disease, and this is something that we all have the ability to change.

Living a lifestyle that promotes optimal health is by far the best method of preventing disease and building the vitality you need to get the most out of life.


Cardio: A Waste of Time and Energy?

Monday, February 9th, 2009

Although cardiovascular exercise is extremely popular, it’s a less effective way to exercise in most cases and can even be counterproductive.

The three primary reasons for the popularity of cardiovascular exercise are health, weight loss, and athletic conditioning. Each of these goals have unique characteristics that make cardiovascular exercise a questionable choice for achieving them.


Is Your Doctor a Salesman?

Thursday, February 5th, 2009

Although we’ve been conditioned to trust doctors with our health, many people are beginning to realize that prevention is the key to good health and that their doctors are letting them down.

Many of the health books I’ve read were written by medical doctors with a fully qualified MD degree that chose to practice alternative and natural medicine. One opinion they all tend to have in common is that modern health care is seriously flawed and that the problem originates within medical schools.

Medical School or Drug School?

Many doctors openly admit that while in medical school, they received virtually no education on nutrition or lifestyle and very little on vitamins. Nutrition and lifestyle are two of the most significant aspects of good health and are frequently associated with many of today’s most prominent and deadly diseases. Why is it that medical schools don’t recognize this? Perhaps they do but choose to ignore it.