Sunday, January 22, 2012

New Year's Weight Loss Resolution: Hows That Working Out For You?

The battle of the bulge is perhaps greater now  more than ever in our life times and ironically it may be due to our accessibility to more leisure and the tech that supports it . We know how easy it is to "pile on" the extra calories beginning in November so that if there is any guilt association to it, we can all shed those pounds with a new weight loss regimen for New Year's. But, as usual that doesn't seem to be as easy as it sounds. It appears each year we lose the motivation to keep up a new program maybe from the pressure of the commute, forgetfulness  or boredom.

The American College of Cardilogy in 2012 just released a report stating that anyone who participates in sedentary "screen-related" leisure activities(computer, television, texting,  gaming etc...) appear to have a higher rate of non-fatal and fatal heart events. Those who participate in those activities  for more than 4 hours may have a 125 % higher risk of these events happening. If thats not enough the stress of life is adding to more insomnia. Studies are showing a realtionship between lack of sleep and type 2 diabetes.So, it may not be possible just to sleep on this problem.

A combination of stickiness of blood, fat and inflammation all may somehow work in a metabolic derrangemnet increasing chances of heart attack or other problems. Heart specialist are now making further claims that even if you do exercise and diet, the good effects could become neutralized by this high amount of inactvity with a screen device.

Long term studies have evaluated how well diet or exercise do to keep weight off and the 5 year results aren't looking that promising . If can be difficult to maintain a regular workout to keep weight off . Diet alone keeps weight off for at best 6 months and after 2 years all weight that was lost will begin to creep back to where you started.

Health professionals are quick to point out the statistics of morbidity and mortality,  but, many consumers are not totally satisfied with taking NSAIDS(non-steroidal anti-inflammatory meds) , lipid lowering drugs(Statins) or medicines for diabetes. This may be due to personal reasons , costs ,  or side-effects. Old habits are very hard to break after a few weeks into the New Year. So, what else can we do that are healthy alternatives to prevent  even getting into these conditions in the first place expecially if we are already exercising and dieting?

We tend to overlook that metabolism is all happening on a cellular level and that bio-nutrients such as vitamins, antioxidants, minerals and enzymes are assisting us. There was a time when all foods were organic and we didn't have to "re-supply" (supplement) the lack or the loss of these nutrients continously with commercial sources of them .  Re-supplying has become a necessary protective measure to help improve lifestyle. By doing that we may improve morbidity and mortality to more serious matters.

Along with regular prescribed exercise at the level of tolerance to improve cardio-pulmonary resistance such as daily walks, one can also obtain nutritional support on a cellular level that helps reduce the dangerous maechanisms of cardiovascular disease, naturally.

Organic anti-inflammatory products such as Nattokinase, Niacin, Omega 3 oil(DHA) have been found to help reduce the "stickiness" of blood cells. To obtain these one can eat more fish, take capsaician, cayenne pepper, or eat more berries such as strawberries and cherries. It is beleived that inflammation of cells in the blood and along the blood vessels wall causes clotting to occur leading to heart attack and stroke.

Natural anti-clot products that may improve your lifestyle may include Nattokinase, Guarana, cayenne, and the flavonols in dark chocolate. Today we take lots of aspirin, coumadin, and newer blood thinners to reduce clot formation, however they may cause bleeding especially to those more predisposed or have current bleeding diseases(ulcer, cancer, past stroke , post-op surgery, etc...)

Much of improving your cardio-pulmonary resistance to perform exercise is based on the amount of oxygen carrying capacity to you have. Low red blood cells in anemia and narrowed blood vessels create oxygen debt which can lead to "oxygen death". Many drugs are used to open up blood vessels. These same properties are bio-available in organic products as well.

Alternative vasodilators that help open up blood vessels to allow more perfusion and oxygen include magnesium, nitrous oxide, pycnegenol, arginine,and ginko biloba. Drinking beet juice is a good source for nitrous oxide.  There are reports that Goji berries can be beneficial for this problem. The herbal plant Hawthorne has proved to be supprotive as a dilator as well.

To help lower blood sugar by improving the utilization of extra calories from high "sugar" substances one may want to consider adding the mineral chromium picolinate or the herbal Gynema.

Using sugar alternatives from adding fruits in your meals , using the natural sweetner Stevia or substitute with Xylitol are healthy alternatives along with raw organic honey and molasses.

There are many many more organic bionutrients that can offer micro -nutritional support on the cellular level  along with a healthy diet and  regular exercise .

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