The term metabolic syndrome is used a lot within the medical community. But as a patient, what exactly does it mean? Think of metabolic syndrome sort of like a doctor telling you of a condition you have that if you don’t make certain lifestyle changes, than there will be serious health consequences in the future.
Have you ever wondered “what is the fountain of youth?” Is it found in a bottle of skin cream, eating just the right foods or obtaining sufficient sleep each night? Even though all those things can certainly help in the quest for eternal youthfulness, probably one of the best known explanations is staying active throughout our lives.
The spontaneous act of dropping pounds unintentionally may seem like a dream for many but not for those who are not deliberately trying to lose weight. Anytime a person’s weight goes down without trying, it could be a sign of something more serious and should be addressed by a doctor. The sooner a person with unintended weight loss sees their doctor, the quicker they can figure out why weight loss is occurring and then work on getting back to a healthy weight.
Nothing beats an all-day long surplus of energy. Wait a minute, did you say you don’t experience that – ever? Don’t worry – there happens to be a surplus of supplements claiming to fulfill the promise of relieving fatigue and providing a shot of an energy boost. But before you head out the door to go spend good hard-earned money on their supposed guarantee, here’s what you need to know.
Anyone who has ever attempted weight loss has also attempted to find some way to boost or speed up the rate at which they burn calories. Metabolism, defined as the sum of all physical and chemical changes taking place in living cells in order to maintain life, can either make or break our ability to be successful at weight loss. Think of your body like an engine with your metabolism the rate at which your engine runs. By making a few adjustments, you can cause your engine to rev up a little higher burning a few extra calories.
Stress – it’s never ending. There will always be a certain amount of stress we experience each day from meeting deadlines, worrying about a loved one, disagreements with others, or maybe sitting in stalled traffic. We may not be able to wipe the slate clean eliminating all stress but we can develop better methods of how we handle it.
Nothing beats the ability to look in the mirror and accept yourself as you are. The ability to say, “Hey I look good. I like my current weight as I feel healthy and full of energy.” Yet how many people say this to themselves - particularly women?
The last thing you want to do when attempting weight loss is to have to do it all over again if you gain the weight back. Think about it. You put in all that time and effort losing pounds. Then when you reach your goal, suddenly you find yourself going back in reverse with the scale creeping back up again.
Walk into any pharmacy, grocery store, or giant retail store, head to the section selling supplements and there will be plenty of supplement makers marketing pills for split and brittle nails. Many of us – up to 20% - at one time or another have had nails that may be weaker than we like and most of us are familiar with vitamin/mineral supplements promising to cure that.
Everyone loves a winner. We love them so much we hand out awards and heap mounds of praise on them. We tell people “don’t quit” when times get tough. But there is one time when a person quits and we say “great job – good for you!” One time that is so important for their health that we are excited to realize they have just extended their life by years.
Before you rush out to buy apple cider vinegar believing it can “do it all,” take a deep breath and think it through. Regarded by some as a natural miracle cure for just about anything from soothing a sore throat, reducing your blood sugar, fighting cancer, preventing heartburn , banishing belly fat or removing warts, how can one product live up to that reputation and what does science say.
Anyone who’s ever had a hobby knows the pure joy and gratification they can bring. Hobbies enrich our lives by providing a purpose and a means of taking time out to delight in the pure pleasure they offer. Even though we may associate having a hobby only with those who have time on their hands leading carefree lives, the busiest of us should take notice as hobbies have numerous health benefits.