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Age with Grace and Health

By |2019-09-18T10:51:22-04:00September 17th, 2019|Weight Loss Articles|

“Aging is not lost youth but a new stage of opportunity and strength.” – Betty Friedan

September is Healthy Aging Month, an annual health observance designed to focus attention on the positive aspects of growing older. This movement was created by Carolyn Worthington, editor-in-chief of Healthy Aging Magazine and the mindful practice has been in place for twenty years. Healthy Aging Month inspires adults to improve and maintain a good quality of physical, mental, social and financial well being.

If you think you’re “too old” to start exercising and lead a continued healthy life, think again! Maintaining a good physique by working out as often as you can keeps your health in check. In addition, as you age your body will need a bit of extra help in maintaining its optimal state. 

Nutritional supplements are an additional way to support cell regeneration, help maintain healthy vision, skin, bones, and joints. Below are just a handful of quality supplements that we suggest that can help with various aspects of aging.

Bioflavonoids: 

Bioflavonoid Antioxidants are dietary supplements that are naturally derived and are rich in quercetin and retin. As a potent antioxidant, they help combat many potentially damaging free radicals, which are unstable chemicals formed in the body during metabolism, are increased when the body is stressed and from exposure to pollution in our environments. These Bioflavonoids Antioxidants are believed to be highly beneficial to help maintain optimal cellular restoration from natural wear & tear.

Omega-3 Fish Oil: 

Omega-3 fatty acids are widely known for their anti-inflammatory benefits including reducing systemic inflammation and many believe provide joint lubrication. Omega-3 fish oil has also been shown to be beneficial in treating certain lipid abnormalities

Get Back on Track During the 2019 Hurricane Season

By |2019-09-03T12:39:50-04:00September 3rd, 2019|Weight Loss Articles|

The Storm

Hurricane Dorian affected thousands of South Florida residents. Most of us prepared for the intense storm by heavily stocking up on canned, prepackaged, non-perishable food and water, in case the storm eliminated power and the means to leave the area. In South Florida, most homes and families were completely spared from catastrophe, but there is another type of aftermath that does affect individuals’ health habits. 

The Hype

As many know, the media sensationalizes weather related topics, including almost every bit of information about a hurricane’s past, present and future. While it is of course beneficial to stay informed of important storm issues, it’s often at the expense of homeowners and residents over- preparing for something that may or may not affect them. Many tend to overstock on long-lasting items such as processed foods, chips, candy bars, alcohol, canned foods, pasta and packaged meats chocked full of sodium and preservatives. The emotional nature of this hoarding tends to lead to bulk buying of products  that we typically do not purchase.

Get Back on Track

After the storm passes, many are unfortunately left with an unusually large inventory of ready-to-eat foods and snacks, making it easy to grab something we usually prefer to avoid and is not good for us. Many of these foods are easily addictive and can derail any healthy lifestyle ambitions, especially if we are under stress, sedentary or simply over weight. As we gain weight from the readily available inventory of snacks and even alcoholic drinks, it becomes increasingly more difficult to make a 180 degree turn in the right direction.

Obesity and sedentary lifestyles are among the top preventable causes of death, and being aware of our

Don’t Underestimate the Importance of a Healthy Liver

By |2019-08-28T15:39:07-04:00August 27th, 2019|Weight Loss Articles|

As we approach the end of Summer, we head into a post-vacation mindset packed full of kids going back to school, busy work schedules, Fall/Winter holidays and often falling back into unhealthy lifestyles revolving around our old eating and drinking habits.

Ideal health comes with a focus on caring for your body internally and externally, yet many of us often forget that on the inside there are other key organs to care for, in addition to seeking the usually recommended optimum heart and gut health. The human liver is often a health topic that flies under the radar with the public, often only being talked about in reference to alcoholism, yet there are other common liver ailments including hepatitis, gallstones, cirrhosis, cancer and more, that occur for various reasons. 

We should always be mindful of how our entire body works in harmony, as we dedicate time to its overall nurturing. The liver is one of the most important and largest organs, critical to staying alive, and has over 500 primary functions, including filtering blood from the digestive tract prior to moving it along to the rest of the body. Also, the liver acts as a detoxifier for our body, filtering chemicals, metabolizing drugs and making proteins for blood clotting. 

There are common recommendations for keeping a healthy liver, such as avoiding excessive alcohol intake, smoking, and toxic household chemicals. We also need to be mindful of eating healthy foods and maintaining a balanced diet. In addition, there are supplements that may help to keep our liver performing at its best, including our own CardioMender, MD, Hepato Support and Bioflavonoid Antioxidant. 

Select ingredients in these common liver supplements include

Strategies for Successful Weight Loss and Keeping It Off!

By |2019-08-20T23:31:45-04:00August 19th, 2019|Weight Loss Articles|

Strategies for Successful Weight Loss include consistently balancing the three food groups to change your body’s physiology from the inside out, along with proper portion control. Choosing the right foods is pretty straightforward. The key is to select low glycemic carbohydrates including fruits and vegetables, lean proteins, such as lean meats, and low-fat dairy, limiting saturated and trans fats. What is a normal or “healthy” portion of food? The National Institute of Health defines a portion as “…the amount of food that you choose to eat for a meal or snack.” Therefore, the portion size depends entirely on the consumer. The size is determined by calorie restriction, food groups and hunger level.

Portion Control and Food Group Variety leads to Successful Weight Loss and Keeping It Off. In fact, reducing meal portions and pairing the right food groups, and eating food with more fiber, while avoiding processed foods, can lead to fewer calories ingested due to faster satiety. Unfortunately, portion sizes have tripled in the last few decades, coupled with increased consumption of processed foods and sugary beverages, causing dieting to be that much harder.

Here at CardioMender, MD, we know that Strategies for Successful Weight Loss include teaching our patients about portion control while balancing nutrition. The evidence-based tips below will teach you how to be nutritionally responsible for every meal and achieve Successful Weight Loss and the ability to Keep It Off!

  1. Your Plate Matters
    The size of the plate can be critical for Successful Weight Loss and Keeping It Off.  Indeed, eating on a smaller plate will change your perception of a moderately sized meal. Especially, if you fill half your plate with low calorie and fiber rich

Getting Back to Our Routines and Achieving Balance!

By |2019-08-14T19:40:28-04:00August 12th, 2019|Weight Loss Articles|

Summer vacations are drawing to a close and some of us will be readjusting from a more relaxed mode to a more hectic life, while others are looking forward to the routine lifestyle the school year brings. It’s easy to go off plan and gain weight when our routines change, either way. If weight gain was truly unintended, then it’s time to take an honest look at ourselves.

When we gain weight unintentionally, our diet is out of balance with respect to our individual energy expenditure, genetics and physiology; otherwise maintaining a healthy weight would not be a challenge. Struggling to maintain a healthy weight is just one manifestation that our bodies and our lives are out of balance. Each of us have competing priorities and, at the end of the day, most of us do what is convenient and not in our best, long-term interest, in the moment.

We choose food and make lifestyle choices inconsistent with what we tell ourselves are our goals and intentions, that is to look and feel great and be healthy.  To further complicate matters, our bodies are forever changing along with our personal circumstances. Therefore, what works for us today may not be solutions for us tomorrow. Having this knowledge and implementing a lifelong adaptable strategy that addresses this paradigm is the secret to achieving sustained weight loss, and achieving and maintaining optimal health and happiness. It is up to each of us to use our acquired knowledge and self-awareness not only to adapt to the moment but to also thrive into tomorrow! You’ve Got to Live It!™

CardioMender, MD Weight Loss Specialists is South Florida’s most trusted medically supervised weight loss program.