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Sleep and You

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.

Appearance

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.

Mental Health

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.  

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You Are What You Eat

“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?

Asheville Nutrition

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?

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Dr. Harpe and Hana Landa, a Grandmothers’ Testimonial on Weight Loss and Wellness

http://www.wlos.com/health/features/health-alert/stories/Health-Alert-Naturvore-Power-242461.shtml#.VnLTUyg_7Io

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For Wellness + Weight Loss

Meet Hana Landa in the above link to the interview on WLOS.  She says after meeting Dr. Harpe and reading his book, she changed her life!  Dr. Harpe strongly believes that anyone can make postive shifts in their health.  His principles have helped patients lose considerable weight, and have increased energy and better health,  all without the use of risky hormones or prescription medications.  In fact, Dr. Harpe has also been able to help many patients reduce their current prescription medications because the root cause of the disease is being addressed,  and they are simply getting better. Individual nutrition and personalized plans help patients address their unique sensitivities, GI problems and other issues that may be keeping them from releasing weight and feeling well.

Dr. Harpe uses the Power of Real Food.  He guides his patients in Lifestyle and Nutrition shifts that impact their health and quality of life.  These are not diet gimmicks, or fads but rather shifts in daily choices that have lasting and powerful effects. He believes health is not complicated, it can be very simple.  It is mainly about the choices we make.  Make the choice to feel better today by reaching out to Dr. Harpe for your first wellness visit.

To  your health~

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Get Up and Move – It’s Good for You!!

Studies show that “Sitting for more than 3 hours a day can shave your life expectancy by 2 years, even if you exercise regularly.” It is said that sitting is the new smoking, so it may be wise to make some adjustments in our work environment. Setting a timer on our cell phones to remind us to get up and stretch or do a couple jumping jacks is a good way. This mental break also helps us be more productive and relieves stress. Standing desks are also helpful but standing all day may not be practical. Here are some great ideas behind sit to stand desks – check them out.

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Nutrition Counseling

Dr. Harpe offers Nutrition Counseling. Do you have trouble losing weight, have frequent heart burn, bloating, constipation, inflammation and low energy? Food Sensitivities and Autoimmune Symptoms are often related to Leaky Gut. This article has a good Description of how the process works and the importance of probiotics. Dr. Harpe can help! We offer nutrition counseling as well as physician strength probiotics and other natural recommendations to address your symptoms. A nice plus, our visit includes daycare for your little ones.

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