Hormones, Menopause and Keto-Green Way

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      The Psychology of Successful Aging

Dr. Anna Cabeca is an internationally-acclaimed menopause & sexual health expert, global speaker and pioneering promoter of women’s health. She is Emory University-trained and triple board-certified in gynecology and obstetrics, integrative medicine and anti-aging and regenerative medicine. She is the author of best selling book “The Hormone Fix,” a diet and holistic lifestyle program for menopausal women and the new release with the foreword written by Dr. David Perlmutter, “Keto-Green 16” designed for improving energy, hormones, and weight loss.

Dr. Anna has reached hundreds of thousands of women around the globe, inspiring them to reclaim their optimal health and realize they can journey through menopause and find more purpose and pleasure than they ever dreamed  possible.

https://drannacabeca.com/

Every organism on the planet needs water to regulate its every function — especially human beings. Keep in mind that every breath, thought, sensation, and muscle twitch relies on millions of tiny processes happening at a microscopic level. Let’s look at the major ways water works within our own bodies. 

Heat Regulation

Critical to every biological process is heat regulation. Energy expenditure puts out heat, and our bodies need a cooling mechanism to keep that heat in check. Because water requires a very particular level of heat to raise its temperature, it’s able to absorb a significant amount of excess heat that would otherwise cause enzymes to burn out and cease to properly function.

Your body cools itself by sweating. So of course the water that leaves your body when you sweat needs to be replaced. Drinking water throughout the day revives the body by allowing it to maintain its natural cooling process and by preventing dehydration — particularly important during the summer time when people are more prone to heat exhaustion and stroke.

Universal Solvent

Water is made out of two hydrogen atoms, and one oxygen atom. This chemical bond draws both positive and negative ions, so when water mixes with other substances, positive ions move toward the water’s oxygen atom, while negative ions move toward the hydrogen atoms. This setup allows water to break down a variety of compounds. Within our bodies, water dissolves many of the chemical material we need to survive — like the glucose in the food we eat. That content can then be moved throughout the body via our bloodstream and catalyzes all the crucial reactions our body executes to stay alive.

Metabolism 

Take all the chemical reactions that go on inside of an organism — we refer to that summation as metabolism. Water is the chemical that contributes to these reactions and fuels ALL the processes that keep plants and animals alive from moment to moment.

In plants, water facilitates photosynthesis, the process plants use to turn sunlight into food. In animals, water facilitates respiration. Respiration brings oxygen into our cells which is then used to make ATP. ATP gets divided into ADP and phosphoric acid. This division releases the cellular energy that powers every reaction, and removes waste molecules from the body after the respiration cycle has finished.

This metabolic cycle is part of the process that naturally removes the build-up of toxins within our bodies — toxins that typically come in the form of cellular waste.

Detoxification 

The pile-up of cellular waste throughout the body de-optimizes the lifecycle of our cells. Cells rely on water to turn over regularly and efficiently, and to provide for the healing, growth, and recovery we need to live our best lives.

We can’t build muscle, lose fat, gain flexibility, or improve our skin if cellular waste weighs down our metabolism and slows the process. This is why many sports physiologists actually suggest drinking plain water rather than sports drinks that tout an abundance of electrolytes. Because electrolytes comprise much of our typical diet anyway, and we ingest these salt ions via vegetables and other nutrient-dense foods, it makes more sense to workout with pure water that can dilute and flush out the cellular waste our bodies need to remove.

The process of anaerobic respiration breaks down sugars and results in waste like:

  • Carbon dioxide 
  • Nitrite
  • Succinate
  • Sulfide
  • Methane
  • Acetate

Water helps to eliminate all of this.

Inner Environment

Through our bloodstream, water also acts as the insulation and conduit that delivers energy to all regions of our body, and keeps every organ system in operation. The unique ecology of our gut bacteria requires a continual supply of adequate water to break down and synthesize the nutrients we consume. And all of it must be sorted and allotted for use in energy, growth, maintenance, and healing.

Picture the complicated job of our digestive, urinary, and circulatory systems. These systems are tasked with breaking down every substance that enters our body, using it as energy, delivering it where it’s needed, and then expelling it as waste. How could our bodies achieve this without water as a processing agent? 

Water makes way for every bodily operation by clearing space for new cells and diluting the debris that needs to be flushed out in sweat or urine. Traces of heavy metals, for example, sometimes get stored in fat and must be cleared out to improve our functioning. This process of diluting and flushing works toward the health of every system — including the lymphatic system. Metabolic waste molecules impair our immunity when they build up to clog the lymphatic system and create a honey-like consistency that needs to be more fluid.

Weight Loss 

If you’re attempting to lose a few pounds, water intake is crucial. Water helps you suppress your appetite and metabolizes the fat you want to be breathed out and excreted a little at a time. If your kidneys aren’t operating with the correct amount of water, the liver steps up to do the job of eliminating toxins. The downside of this? If the liver is needed to fulfill the role of the kidneys, it’s not converting your fat into energy. Instead, your fat stays in place and continues to store itself.

Any aerobic or weight training program designed to shed body fat must be accompanied by plentiful water intake to maximize your success. When your system is working harder than its use to, you have to give it every advantage.

Disease Prevention

Because of water’s role in these many crucial processes, every doctor advocates property hydration as a defense against:

  • Chronic joint diseases
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Inflammation
  • Poor cartilage health
  • The visible signs of aging
  • Constipation
  • Diabetes 
  • Hypoglycemia 
  • Obesity 
  • Arthritis 
  • Kidney stones
  • Dry skin 
  • Wrinkles 
  • Cataracts
  • Glaucoma

You can see why water is such a critical component of our makeup, as it leads all of the biological interplay that allows us to exist. Just as the earth is an ecosystem reliant on water for its many cycles and dynamics, the human body is also its own complete ecosystem, and the right choices keep it healthy! 

In upcoming blogs, we will discuss the different kinds of drinking water on the market, and which provide the most benefit for our daily functioning and extended longevity. Stay tuned! I’ve got more valuable tips and techniques right around the corner!

Click here to watch a short intro video to kick off the water series!

The Psychology of Successful Aging with Dr. Alan Castel

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      The Psychology of Successful Aging

Alan Castel is a Professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of California, Los Angeles.  He studies learning, memory, and aging, and is interested in how people can selectively remember important information.  He received his PhD from the University of Toronto, did a fellowship at Washington University in St. Louis, and has been at UCLA since 2006.  He lectures internationally to people of all ages, and has received several teaching awards.  His work has been featured in the New York Times and Time Magazine.  His new book is entitled Better with Age: The Psychology of Successful Aging.  He lives in Los Angeles with his wife and three children.

https://www.psych.ucla.edu/faculty/page/castel

 

The Craving Cure, the Mood Cure, and the Diet Cure
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      The Craving Cure, The Mood Cure, & The Diet Cure

Julia Ross is a world leader in the use of Nutritional Therapy for the treatment of mood problems, eating disorders, and addictions. After 10 years as a psychotherapist working with individual adults and adolescents, families and groups in a variety of in psychiatric and outpatient settings, Ross began to direct programs. Some of her early achievements included the founding of the San Francisco Bay Area’s first programs for food addicts and for drug-addicted adolescents and their families.

www.juliarosscures.com

Can food heal the lasting effects of covid-19
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      Can Food Heal the Lasting Effects of COVID-19

William W. Li, MD, is an internationally renowned physician, scientist and author of the New York Times bestseller “Eat to Beat Disease: The New Science of How Your Body Can Heal Itself.” His groundbreaking work has led to the development of more than 30 new medical treatments and impacts care for more than 70 diseases including cancer, diabetes, blindness, heart disease and obesity. His TED Talk, “Can We Eat to Starve Cancer?” has garnered more than 11 million views. Dr. Li has appeared on Good Morning America, CNN, CNBC and the Dr. Oz Show, and he has been featured in USA Today, Time Magazine, The Atlantic and O Magazine. He is president and medical director of the Angiogenesis Foundation and is leading research into COVID-19.

https://drwilliamli.com/

Teen Health and Young Women's Wellness
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      Teen Health & Young Women Wellness

Linda M. Rhodes brings more than 35 years of volunteer and staff management experience to her role as Executive Director at The Women’s Fund for Health Education and Resiliency.  Rhodes joined The Women’s Fund in 2014 and under her leadership, the organization has exponentially grown its community outreach footprint, annual revenues and number of staff employed.

With Rhodes’ passion and dedication to educating girls and women in the Houston area,

The Women’s Fund serves close to 12,000 women and adolescent girls and distributes 9,913 publications each year. Using her strength in bringing individuals and teams together, Rhodes has been able to collaborate with community partners to provide The Women’s Fund programing and resources free of charge to the communities with limited access to health information. As a dynamic leader, Rhodes has extensive experience in negotiations, strategic planning, event coordination, management, marketing and promotion, fundraising strategies and recruiting and cultivating volunteer leadership.

Rhodes has held several leadership positions for nonprofits including Vice President of Corporate Development for the American Heart Association where she managed and grew the Houston Heart Ball revenue by 51 percent from 2009 to 2011 landing the no. 3 position nationally for both overall revenue and special appeal revenue in 2011.

From 1995 to 2008, Rhodes held local, state and national positions at the March of Dimes.  As the State Director of March for Babies, their largest fundraising event, Rhodes was responsible for prospecting, creating and selling state-level and multi-market sponsorships, managing, developing and implementing fundraising strategies with 20 Statewide teams, developing and writing strategic plans and budgets and development and training of division staff in 18 field offices.  Under her leadership, the Texas Chapter revenue grew from $8.8 million in 2003 to $12.3 million in 2007 representing a 39.7 percent increase.

Prior to joining March of Dimes, Rhodes held various positions as a buyer, manager and in marketing as an independent bookseller for both local retailers and wholesalers.  She served on the board of the Houston Area Booksellers for more than 10 years.  During her tenure as President of that board, she served as a member of the executive planning committee for the Houston Chronicle Book and Author Dinner assisting with volunteer recruitment and author selection and assisted with the planning and execution of the Mid-South Bookseller’s Trade Show.

Rhodes has been a member of Sterling Group since 2011 and served as the Programing Chair on the Board from 2016 to 2017. She recently served as a member and on the Board for the American Heart Association Guild of Houston. In 2015 she served on the Auction Committee and as the Heart Card Special Events Chair in 2014. Rhodes has served as Décor Chair for the Houston Symphony’s Magical, Musical Morning in 2013. Additionally, Rhodes served as a member of the Board of Directors for Waymaker Life Strategies/H.Y.P.E Freedom Schools.

A native Houstonian, Rhodes has been married for 20 years and enjoys playing golf, reading, painting and traveling. At home, her time is spent with her husband, grandchildren and their Cocker Spaniel named Cooper.

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The Warby Parker of Hearing Aids with Patrick Freuler
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      The Warby Parker of Hearing Aids

Patrick Freuler is a Swiss entrepreneur with a Masters in Aerospace Engineering from MIT. He worked as a consultant at Mckinsey, then as an investor at Bain Capital, where he discovered the enormous cost and complexities of getting a hearing aid in America. The issue of access to treatment hit home with Freuler on a personal level, with his grandmother’s own experience with hearing loss.

In 2012, Freuler left Bain to found Audicus, on the simple principle that getting a high-quality hearing aid should be easy, accessible, and affordable. Since then, Audicus has reimagined how hearing health is done with the world’s first accurate Online Hearing Test and by making high-quality hearing health radically more affordable and accessible with an innovative DTC model and unlimited access to experts.

www.audicus.com

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Specialized Eating Plans can reduce Inflammation with Dr. Haya Al Khatib
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      Personalized Eating Plans Can Reduce Inflammation After Meals

Dr. Haya Al Khatib is a Nutritional Scientist and one of the lead nutritionists developing the ZOE test kit and app. With over 10 years of experience in the field of nutrition, Haya is passionate about offering people a biological solution to reduce inflammation and promote healthy weight.

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Oxalates: What are they and how do they hurt us ? with Sally Norton
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      What Are They And How Do They Hurt Us?

Sally K Norton is a leader, teacher, and coach serving people in need of oxalate-aware eating and support for healing chronic health conditions naturally. Throughout my career in Public Health, she has been lucky to work in many different settings with a wide diversity of people and organizations.

Sally provides nutritional guidance to individuals, business, community organizations, and professional associations who are seeking concrete solutions to specific health concerns, and loves to deliver seminars and lectures on nutrition, wellness, and other health topics. Specializing in seminars on the low-oxalate diet for pain and functional disorders, she also offer seminars on a variety of health and lifestyle topics.

Sally’s credentials include a master’s degree in Public Health Leadership from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, a bachelor of science degree in Nutrition Science from Cornell University, and experience in health research and education in medical schools and communities.

https://sallyknorton.com/

Lifting Weights is a Waste of Time with Dr. John Jaquish

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      Lifting Weights is a Waste of Time

Dr. John Jaquish is an expert in osteogenic loading and joins Dr. Susanne to talk about bone density, load-bearing on bones, healthy calcium levels in the body, and amino acids.

https://www.jaquishbiomedical.com/