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This Leap Year, Leap into Wellness

By |2020-02-26T21:40:27-05:00February 25th, 2020|Weight Loss Articles|

This year, 2020, is special, not just because it’s a new decade, but also because it’s a Leap Year. Take advantage of the extra day this month to celebrate a healthier, more energetic you and Leap into Wellness! Remember, we are unable to realize optimal health and energy levels without achieving and maintaining a reduced waistline.

The Truth Behind Addictive Snack Foods

By |2020-02-18T21:37:18-05:00February 15th, 2020|Weight Loss Articles|

A Closer Look at Snacks – Addictive or Healthy

February is National Snack Food Month, but that doesn’t mean that we’re suggesting you run out and celebrate with your favorite chips, crackers and cookies. This is a month for awareness about how these addicting snacks are triggering compulsive thoughts, adding pounds and leading us back to the cupboard over and over. The consumer-targeted snacks that we love, strategically developed by food scientists and engineers, can act powerfully like a drug, and many snack favorites are widely misunderstood due to the packaging and advertising which are often intentionally misleading.

Super Bowl Party! Kick off Success!

By |2020-01-28T22:27:23-05:00January 27th, 2020|Weight Loss Articles|

Going to a Super Bowl Party on Super Bowl Sunday has become quite an ‘event’, even for those who don’t follow professional football. It does NOT have to be a weight gain event. 

Check out some of Doc’s Super Bowl Tips and learn how to celebrate, lose weight and be a winner!  You can do it!

Keto Diet: Does It Work and Is It Safe?

By |2020-01-24T12:04:13-05:00January 21st, 2020|Weight Loss Articles|

If you are interested in losing weight, undoubtedly you have heard the chatter about the Keto Diet. ‘Keto’ is short for Ketogenic, the metabolic state where your body ‘burns fat’, which is what everybody who is trying to lose weight wants. The Keto Diet is the latest craze in dieting and because of this, and the reach of social media and the internet, there is an abundance of ‘information’ available to those who seek it. While the Keto Diet is NOT entirely ‘Fake News’ (i.e. you can lose weight on it), like many fad diets, the devil is in the details. Before we jump on yet another ‘diet’ bandwagon, it is in our best interest to become more familiar with the details, specifically the possible health risks as well as its potential to help us lose weight.

Learning More About the Gluten-Free Lifestyle

By |2020-01-14T20:02:57-05:00January 13th, 2020|Weight Loss Articles|

As we begin 2020, we can choose to be more focused on the quality as well as the quantity of the types of foods we consume. Just decades ago people were often misinformed about many common foods, their ingredients and how they could possibly affect overall health and undiagnosed conditions. 

One commonly discussed topic is gluten, which is a collective of proteins found in grains, including wheat, rye and barley. Now, knowing that gluten is in so many foods, and the effects it may have on us, can put each of us at a distinct advantage over those who previously did not have access to this knowledge. Although the effects of gluten vary, it’s important to understand what gluten is, and who truly needs to restrict gluten or maintain a gluten-free diet vs. those who simply can avoid gluten at their own discretion. 

Emotions and Hormones During the Holiday Season

By |2019-12-30T20:20:12-05:00December 28th, 2019|Weight Loss Articles|

Emotions, Hormones, Neurotransmitters and Holidays

The holidays can bring out the best and worst of our emotions. From the pure relief of having well-deserved time off, to the elevated financial stressors, holiday deadlines, family issues and nostalgic thoughts, the resulting emotional response is different for each of us. The emotions that we feel are not only brought on by outside stressors or situations, but are also the result of internal biological reactions that many of us don’t understand or are completely unaware of. Our emotions are affected by a mixture of our environment psycho-social factors, and by our body’s production of hormones and brain neurotransmitters, which are triggered knowingly and unknowingly throughout our lives.

Hormones and Neurotransmitters and their Effects

When we experience emotions, our bodies produce a variety of hormones and neurotransmitters. These include dopamine, serotonin, norepinephrine and cortisol.

Dopamine is a neurotransmitter which affects motivation, mood, pleasure seeking behavior, memory, and even body movement. Reduced levels of dopamine are associated with a negative impact on both motivation and mood.
Serotonin is thought to help modulate mood, pleasure, behavior, hunger, digestion, sleep, memory, and libido and sexual function. Low levels of serotonin are associated with depression, craving sweets and carbohydrates, impaired sleep, memory issues, anxiety and low self-esteem. However, increased levels of serotonin are associated with reduced libido and impaired sexual function.
Norepinephrine is both a hormone and neurotransmitter. It is released during stress or when our body senses danger. Its release heightens our awareness of our surroundings and gets our body ready to deal with a perceived threat with a fight or flight response.
Cortisol is a hormone that is released during stress. It helps regulate metabolism, blood sugar, sodium, fluid balance and

How to Balance Foods and Sweets This Holiday Season

By |2019-12-17T23:26:45-05:00December 17th, 2019|Weight Loss Articles|

The Conundrum

With the holiday season now in full swing, one thing we can count on is an overabundance of food including high glycemic baked goods, candy and other sweets available at our fingertips. On the heels of Thanksgiving, the end-of-year gluttony begins and puts us in the mindset of eating more than usual. The conundrum: While we all love a great treat, we also value how we look and feel, and excellent health. In the spirit of the holidays, how do we balance our desire to celebrate with maintaining a healthy weight?

November Is National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month

By |2019-12-03T00:02:00-05:00November 26th, 2019|Weight Loss Articles|

The Benefits of Curcumin, Antioxidants and Hope For A Cure

November is National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month, which was designated by Ronald Reagan in 1983, to bring further awareness to the growing number of Americans suffering from Alzheimer’s Disease. As the sixth leading cause of death in the United States, the ongoing research to find a cure and to prevent this tragic disease is a priority for our country and the medical industry. With the increased amount of Alzheimer’s Disease cases and deaths resulting from this tragic disease, we actively research lifestyle and treatment alternatives that can lead to a prolonged and better quality of life.

About Alzheimer’s Disease:

Alzheimer’s Disease is essentially a neurodegenerative disorder which results in impaired neurologic function in the brain and is also tied to nerve cell loss. The accumulation of free radicals in the brain leads to massive nerve damage and the death of neurons in certain parts of the brain which contributes to the development of the well-known symptoms of Alzheimer’s Disease including memory loss, verbal challenges and unpredictable behavior.

With potentially 200,000 people under the age of 65 having early-onset Alzheimer’s Disease, awareness and prevention is key, and taking steps to keep a healthy mind and body is a priority here at CardioMender. While many key environmental, lifestyle and genetic factors account for the onset of Alzheimer’s, we suggest an appropriate diet rich in pigmented fruits and vegetables and possibly the addition of certain nutritional supplements to help offset or even prevent the development of this degenerative disease*.

Free Radicals:

Free radicals are produced as a byproduct of normal metabolism and accumulate in our body. A build-up of

Today Is World Food Day – Let’s Talk About Healthy Foods and Weight Loss

By |2019-11-05T08:17:55-05:00October 15th, 2019|Weight Loss Articles|

World Food Day:

World Food Day is October 16 which celebrates the founding of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations. Over the decades, the organization has gained worldwide awareness for providing an education on improving diets with the overall goal of eradicating hunger by 2030 (UN News, 2018). Our team finds this day to be important, as we stress the significance of a healthy diet to live a healthy, fulfilling life. However, there has been paradoxical consequences of these efforts. According to the World Health Organization, “Most of the world’s population live in countries where overweight and obesity kills more people than being underweight.”

Age with Grace and Health

By |2019-11-05T08:20:29-05:00September 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.