As of 2012, the CDC projects that approximately 70% of all deaths in the United States are due to preventable chronic diseases such as cardiovascular disease, cancer and diabetes.
Don’t Let Pain Limit Your Activities
Do you have pain that is gnawing at you in such a way that it disrupts your life and limits your activities? Perhaps you just need a second opinion or some reassurance that there is nothing seriously wrong – this is where Dr. Harpe can help.
How is it that many of us end up weighing a lot more than we ever intended to? Dr. Harpe believes that we tend to lose our Intrinsic Power over our weight and health because we are heavily influenced by the Food and Medical Industries.
Sleep. Unlike diet and exercise, it is something that should be an easy sell. After all, who doesn’t like sleep?! Sadly, it’s something few of us get enough of in both quantity and quality. This is a bigger deal than you may think. A good night’s sleep is anywhere between 7-9 hours and anything less than 5- 6 hours is usually considered too little for a healthy night’s rest. Here are some reasons a good night’s sleep is so important.
Weight and Nutrition
When you regularly don’t get enough sleep, your chance of obesity increases by 21%. Research has shown that even short term sleep deprivation causes us to gravitate towards larger portions of high calorie, high carb foods while eating and even when grocery shopping. It also slows your metabolism while causing your appetite to increase. It shouldn’t be a surprise that a combination of poor food choices and lower metabolism would cause weight gain and result in poor nutritional outcomes. Also, you are more likely to catch a cold or other infections from your lack of sleep. There is also a firm belief that this sleeplessness could increase your likelihood of diabetes, stroke and cancer.
The most obvious side effect is your eyes. They can become bloodshot, droopy, puffy and develop dark under-eye circles. This is so common that there are entire lines of beauty products targeting these problems directly. Beyond your eyes, a lack of sleep can cause wrinkles, increase age spots and discoloration. This is due to its interference in the production of collagen, the key protein that keeps your skin youthful and healthy.
Anyone who has pulled an all nighter even once in their life shouldn’t be surprised by this disturbing fact. Controlling everything from your cognitive functions to your emotions, when your brain is affected EVERYTHING is affected. A poor night’s sleep can have you struggling to make decisions, concentrate and recall things, as well as severely slowing your reaction times. It can also cause depression and mood swings. In many ways sleep deprivation can be similar to being severely intoxicated.
As you can see, a good night’s sleep is probably the most important thing we can do to help keep ourselves healthy.
“You are what you eat.” It’s a phrase we’ve all heard more times than we can count but do we really ever think about what it actually means?
How many times have you ordered a pizza and ended up eating more than you might have originally planned? Or taken out a sleeve of Oreos swearing you were only going to have one and then realize you’ve somehow eaten the whole thing? While fulfilling as it may be while you’re eating, almost as soon as you’re done the next thing out of your mouth is probably “Ugh!!!” or “ That was a bad idea!”
On the flip side, I feel pretty confident you’ve never regretted eating too much broccoli or grilled chicken. We all instinctively know these foods are obviously better for us but have you ever really thought about why? Simply put: ingredients. Could you even pronounce or guess half of the listed ingredients for the pizza or Oreos? Now think of the broccoli and chicken. A lot easier to name. Quite simply, the simpler the food, the less likely you’re going to feel any negative effects after you eat it.
In a land of processed foods and ingredient lists as long as CVS receipts, is it really any wonder the foods we eat are affecting us negatively? We are so used to the instant gratification these foods provide, we don’t even stop to think if they’re good for us. Instead of settling for “good enough” we should emphasize filling our bodies with the best fuel possible. But how?
Anyone can tell you to “eat more vegetables” or “watch your carbs” but while that may help you lose weight, it likely won’t help you use your diet to help find your best you.
With an individual nutrition evaluation we can help you find the best possible nutrition plan catered just to you and any special needs you may have. If you’re going to put forth the effort, shouldn’t you make sure you’re doing it right from the start?