6 SIMPLE KEYS TO KEEP YOUR HEART STRONG

6 SIMPLE KEYS TO KEEP YOUR HEART STRONG

6 SIMPLE KEYS TO KEEP YOUR HEART STRONG WHY THE FUSS ABOUT CHOLESTEROL? It is a fatty, waxy material that is found in high-fat meat and dairy products, as well as egg yolks, organ meats and shellfish. Because of the essential role cholesterol plays in every cell of the body to help digest fats, strengthen cell membranes, and make hormones – the body creates all it needs on its own – about 1,000 mg a day. In order for cholesterol to reach our cells, it must rely on special carriers called lipoproteins: low-density lipoproteins (LDL)-“bad” form and high-density lipoproteins (HDL)-‘good” form of cholesterol. LDL carries cholesterol through the body and deposits it in the cells. HDL transports any cholesterol the cells don’t need to the liver, where it eventually gets processed and eliminated. Although various body tissues remove LDL cholesterol from the bloodstream and then use it to make cell membranes, bile acids, vitamin D and various hormones, once the tissues have acquired all the cholesterol they need, they stop extracting LDL cholesterol from the bloodstream. The extra cholesterol, which happens when we eat too many foods high in cholesterol, continues to circulate in your arteries. LDL deposits the excess cholesterol onto artery walls, where it forms plaque that clogs the blood vessels and can ultimately lead to heart disease or even a heart attack. A good idea is to keep your LDL cholesterol level under 2.5 mmol/L (96 mg/dL) and your total cholesterol about 3.9 mmol/L (150 mg/dL)-4.7 mmol/L (180 mg/dL). WHAT ABOUT THE CHOLESTEROL LOWERING DRUGS CALLED STATINS? New research has shown that 1/2 the people who...
Dark Chocolate Without Guilt for Valentine’s Day?

Dark Chocolate Without Guilt for Valentine’s Day?

Dark Chocolate Without Guilt for Valentine’s Day? Make dark chocolate your indulgence of choice, and consider organic dark chocolate that contains at least 75% cocoa. Not only will you be solving your sweet tooth craving, but you will be providing your body with heart and brain health benefits and in turn reduce blood pressure, inflammation and increase blood flow. Why does Chocolate Make Us Feel Good? It contains over 500 natural mood-elevating chemicals with theobromine at the top of the list. It’s a molecular cousin to caffeine but without the stimulating effects to the central nervous system. Chocolate also contains Phenylethylamine (PEA) which when eaten releases endorphins or “feel good chemicals”. That, along with serotonin, will have you feeling fine! Chocolate For Your HEART Yes, dark chocolate is low on the glycemic index(the measure of a food item’s impact on one’s blood sugar level). It is loaded with antioxidants, like polyphenols and flavenols, which are plant compounds. Studies have shown that dark chocolate and cocoa may improve blood flow and keep blood vessels healthy and improve our cells’ sensitivity to insulin and glucose. The cocoa found in chocolate triggers the production of nitric oxide in the blood which relaxes and dilates blood vessels allowing more blood to pass through them. In addition, these flavenoids found in cocao beans, red wine, green tea and cranberries are good to keep your blood pressure under control and your LDL’s or bad cholesterol levels in check. They help prevent free radicals from causing cell damage leading to heart disease. So, for Valentine’s Day this year… enjoy your chocolate… in moderation of course! Dr...
Freedom of Completion 2017

Freedom of Completion 2017

FREEDOM OF COMPLETION for the year 2017 As we approach the end of the year and beginning of a new year, we request that you use the following approach to be complete with the past, wipe the slate clean, and prepare yourself for a loving, joyous, and prosperous 2018. Don’t think about doing it. Just do it. You won’t be sorry and you’ll be pretty happy when it’s done. The freedom of completion Let’s explore the phenomenon of being complete. The first part of being complete is to notice that we naturally want to allow ourselves to express whatever we are experiencing. You see this most clearly with little children. They never hesitate to let you know exactly what they are feeling. Simply said, laugh when you are happy, cry when you are sad, yell when you are angry, and apologize when you screw up! Learn to get present to the moment and be aware of your body sensations, your emotions and your thoughts about yourself and others. Little by little, you will get faster at noticing yourself in the present moment and be able to respond authentically and responsibly to what is happening with you. You will be amazed at the freedom gained just by this simple process. The second part of being complete is to learn to let go of grudges, just like children in a playground. When someone takes away their toy, they might throw a tantrum, but when they have fully let out their anger, they usually go back to playing together! We highly intelligent, highly evolved and oh-so-cool grown-ups, however, might not ever speak...
10 Solutions to Your 2018 Resolutions

10 Solutions to Your 2018 Resolutions

10 SOLUTIONS TO YOUR 2018 RESOLUTIONS How can you make 2018 your best year ever? Take this opportunity to say GOODBYE to the past and HELLO to creating a future with limitless possibilities. Begin with a renewed OPTIMISM by getting a NOTEBOOK or JOURNAL and contemplate these few questions: What did you accomplish in 2017 that made you feel good about you? Did you celebrate it? If not, what will you do? What one behavior are you still doing that is negative? What can you do now to end it? Who has influenced you during this past year—either hurtful or supportive? Thank them for their contribution to you either privately or personally. Go to our website, driris.com and review the article on the Freedom of Completion for 2017 & do the 6 exercises to get complete. Once done, now you are ready to move on….   CONSIDER MAKING “ONE” LIFESTYLE CHANGE PER MONTH FROM THE LIST OF 10 BELOW Are you swearing off cookies and alcohol? Studies show that the three most common New Year’s resolutions are losing weight, exercising more and quitting smoking . . . all health related. You can achieve your goals, as well as maintain those changes all year round by balancing your body and mind and learning about a lifestyle conducive to optimal health. We would like to suggest 10 Solutions to Your 2018 Resolutions. Consider ONE change per month and at the end of 2018 you will have 10 lifestyle changes!!!   1. Food 6. Quit 2. Movement 7. Simplify 3. Sleep 8. Enjoy the Simple Things 4. Laughter 9. Hydrate 5. Breathing/Spiritual...
DO YOU CRAVE SUGAR?

DO YOU CRAVE SUGAR?

DO YOU CRAVE SUGAR? THIS IS… “NATIONAL DIABETES MONTH” Can this be possible?.. Recent statistics have shown that 2/3rds of Americans are overweight or obese and that 30% of American children are obese. In addition, millions of us are in a state of insulin resistance, or pre-diabetes, that could progress into diabetes. According to the latest research out of the University of Missouri, one in four Americans are struggling with diabetes with the majority of them as type 2. Haven’t you heard that breakfast is the most important meal of the day? Now imagine how you feel when you skip breakfast. Your body begins to run low on energy, and your fuel supply, like the engine in your car, begins to slow down thereby causing you to run on fumes. So, by mid morning, you grab a high-calorie food item like a muffin or donut to relieve your hunger. What happens next? This high calorie, sugary snack causes insulin to be released out of the pancreas into the bloodstream, while the body is trying to adapt to the surge in blood glucose from the snack just eaten. When this pattern is repeated throughout the day, blood sugar levels show sharp spikes-both highs and lows. Over time, the insulin-producing cells in the pancreas wear out leading to high levels of blood glucose which is called diabetes. Normal fasting blood sugar should be less than 100mg/dl. Diabetes can cause many serious health issues and is associated with obesity, heart disease, and increased mortality. It is the fifth deadliest disease in the United States. A preventative approach would be to make sure...

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