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?
If you’ve been reading my blogs the last week or two, you know about the first 4 human
hungers. Today we are on human hunger number 5. It’s why you get bored eating the same
thing over and over. And it’s tightly linked to another human hunger. What is it?
Why do we scarf down a whole bag of sour cream n’ onion chips? Or eat a tub of ice cream in one sitting? And maybe that’s not you, but maybe you’ve been known from time to time to have a few more pieces of pizza than you should. I acknowledge the fact that yes, these foods are designed to be addictive, there is another reason why some of us may have difficulty eating just a little. I’ve written about the first 3 human hungers recently. The number four human hunger, and the only true human hunger is for…
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!
There are a lot of things people attribute to aging. Poor memory is definitely one of them. What most people don’t realize is that your habits have a lot to do with how your memory works. They also think that Alzheimer’s and dementia are hereditary. 50% of dementia is caused by