Did you know that you have about 95% control over your health outcomes? This means that
whether you live a long healthy life OR NOT, is almost 100% in your hands. So when does it
matter that you take control of your health to create the healthspan (how long you’re healthy
while you’re alive) and lifespan that you desire?
One of the reasons I am obsessed with knowing how our body works is that the most important
currency for me, besides time, is energy. How, when and what we eat is a large determinant of
our energy. And understanding why we want the foods we want is part of that knowledge. If you
didn’t know there are 6 types of human hunger, you know it now. And I revealed the first two in
my last blog. I’m sure you can guess some of them, but understanding how they work and
putting it all together can be a game changer.
Have you ever thought about how long you can go without certain nutrients? For some it’s
years, some months, some days, but this one it’s just minutes. Without it you die. So for your
entire life, you are getting enough, but are you getting the optimal amount? And what if you
infuse your cells with this nutrient intentionally? How will it affect your health? What is it?
If you’re human, and I know you are, we all veer from our ideal habits from time to time. And if you’re like most people, some of your habits are less than ideal most of the time. I always see a new year as a great time for a reset. A time to create a new lasting healthy habit that gradually pays you back with dividends. There is a kind of health care that when practiced, has an anchoring effect making it much more likely that your health will go exactly the way you intend. What is it?
We all know about diet and exercise to improve your health. Usually when I see a new patient, they have tried these things and they aren’t working. People take supplements, and often don’t know if what they’re taking is working or not. Labs can be very helpful at identifying issues, but clues are often missed because most practitioners don’t know how to interpret labs outside of normal ranges. On the off chance that all of these things are appropriately addressed, we often see resolution. For a time. And then things can regress. What is the missing piece of the puzzle that helps keep your health at the level that you are actually seeking?
It seems that getting sick is easier than it used to be before the pandemic. There are a
multitude of reasons for this, but instead of seeing it as part of life, you can arm yourself
with some habits and a few supplements to boost your immune system and feel great all
winter long. Here are the simple rules I follow - and they work every time.
This could not be more true today than it was 17 years ago. I wasn't a parent then. Now I have three kids. We typically host and aren’t traveling to Ohio for Thanksgiving anymore. The food is mostly the same, the crowd is different. But it’s still my favorite holiday. I wrote this article about a habit that still, if in place, will reduce your holiday weight gain or even prevent it. Guaranteed. This article was published in Seattle in 2006! - I was even interviewed on NPR about it. I guess it resonated with more than just me!
Cancer and heart disease often take years to develop. Tissue breakdown and joint degradation is the same. We all know beaches were formed over millions of years. A process of rocks slowly being chipped away to form sand. At one point there is a straw that breaks the camel's back - and that is when we know it’s there. Disease, in the form of pain or dysfunction. And what do we do to solve the problem? We try to mask the symptoms or attack it, try to kill it or remove it.. Occasionally there may be a drug that is helping to support a healthier process, but most times they come with more side effects than the problems they solve. So, what is the best way to guarantee (at least as close to a guarantee as we can have) staying healthy as we age? And it’s not treating something once it’s taken hold. It’s not having arthroscopic surgery to replace an already deteriorated joint. Smart people solve problems. But geniuses
What would happen if you had a number of symptoms and went to the right specialist to have each issue addressed. BUT, what if all of those symptoms were actually caused by the same thing? Yikes. Each specialist will diagnose you with a different ailment, with the potential of 5 or more prescriptions. Here is an example
There are many ways to skin a cat. Such a cliche, but so true. I’ve heard about so many ways and types of detoxing/fasting it’ll make your head spin. I recently heard of sugar-free September. And there is Dry January. There is Lent, Ramadan and Pancha Karma. The Master Cleanse, Whole 30, intermittent fasting and Infrared sauna. There is a liver cleanse, a colon cleanse, a cellular cleanse . They may have different intentions, but they all have an effect on the body. Some work better than others. And different things have different impacts on different people, depending on their toxic load and their current state of health.
So, when is the best time to detox?