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Are You Weird?

Today’s post is a terrific message from MY coach – Joe Arangio (check him out HERE if you want to get in the best shape of your life)

I love this message and have “tweaked” it just a little bit to make it relevant for your health.

Enjoy!

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One of the things that I’ve come to accept is that successful people are weird.

They are different.

And frankly, that’s how you lose fat, get healthy, and slow aging too… by being different.

By taking uncommon actions.

See, if you do what everyone else is doing it’s easier to be what everybody else is… sick, overweight or obese (well, 2/3 of the population is in this category).

To become lethargic and unhappy and unsatisfied.

But if you show up differently, you can stand out. You have a greater likelihood of living the life you desire and deserve.

So think about what your unhealthy friends and family are doing… and be different. Do the opposite.

Be the weirdo, you know, the health-and-fitness “nut.”

Perhaps it’s being willing to do what they’re not willing to do when it comes to prepping meals ahead of mealtime.

It could be getting up early for a workout, which most are unwilling to do (because they’ve prioritized popcorn and Netflix, the night before, over their health).

Perhaps it’s skipping the wine and cheese after dinner, because that extra 600 calories is keeping you fat.

It might be investing in coaching or a doctor when the rest of the crowd won’t.

Look, there are no shortage of ways to be different… from how you train, to how you eat, and get a good night’s sleep.

But most will settle for being the same.

They’ll accept “getting older and fatter” or “just going to the gym” with no real long-term plan of action.

They’ll do what everyone else does and then, predictably, be dissatisfied with their ordinary results.

So be willing to take unusual action.

To commit to being weird on a daily basis.

I know you’re reading this because you want uncommon results. You want your ideal body and life…

…and being willing to take unusual action is one big step toward achieving that goal.

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Thanks Coach Joe. Couldn’t have said it better myself…

The Calcium Myth…

Calcium may well be the world’s most popular nutritional supplement.

Why is that?

The main reason for calcium’s popularity is just good-old-fashioned Madison Avenue propaganda.

For four decades Americans have been the beneficiaries of major advertising campaigns from the dairy industry promoting milk as the ideal food, especially for growing children. And milk’s calcium content has been its major selling point. Everyone has just come to accept “on good authority” that calcium is in a class by itself as a nutrient. In reality, despite its high profile, calcium is no more important, or any more likely to be deficient, than many other mineral nutrients.

In the last several years, much media hype has been directed to osteoporosis and calcium supplementation.

According to an article in Barrons, billions of calcium tablets were swallowed by a misguided American public in 1986 and 1987 in the name of strong bones. Scarcely a few grams is likely to have ever found its way into osseous tissue, as tons of chalk were flushed down millions of toilets.

Some nutrition “authority” came up with the notion that a person is in “calcium balance” if they swallow calcium at a rate faster than their bowels and kidneys can dump the stuff. That the gullible public bought it is no surprise. But that health care professionals are as easily duped is a sad state of affairs.

But my Doctor said I need 1200 mgs of Calcium to prevent Osteoporosis!

There are a few little-known facts about osteoporosis that you must understand. The truth is physicians are not helping their osteoporosis patients at all — even while throwing tons of calcium at their bones. The sad reality is that millions of patients are swallowing billions of calcium tablets, the calcium from which largely ends up being flushed down the toilet.

Precious little of this calcium ever finds its way into osteoporotic bone. If you want to really prevent osteoporosis then you must rid yourself of the misconceptions held by all the mass media and mis-informed physicians.

Learn these facts:

Osteoporosis has almost nothing to do with a deficiency of calcium.

There are several other minerals and trace minerals that are far more important than calcium in reversing osteoporosis.

You need to get a clear mental picture of what osteoporosis is — and what it is not.

Osteoporosis is NOT a deficiency of calcium in the bone. There is a condition in which the bone structure is intact but there is just a deficiency of calcium — this condition is called osteomalacia.

Osteoporosis, on the other hand, is a breakdown in the matrix of the bone. The matrix is the fibrous protein backbone upon which mineralization occurs in osseous tissue.

Have you ever been on a construction site when they were pouring a concrete slab for a floor or a sidewalk?

Do you remember seeing the metal rods or mesh onto which they poured the concrete?

Well,if we make an analogy between a sidewalk and bone, you can think of the concrete as the minerals of the bone and the reinforcing rods as the bone matrix.

What would happen to that sidewalk if they poured the concrete without reinforcing rods? In no time the concrete would crumble and fall apart.

What happens to an osteoporotic bone?

With the deterioration of the fibrous protein matrix the minerals cannot be held. The bone gradually loses mineral density over time.

What happens when you take calcium supplement? Mostly nothing.

If the fibrous tissue of the bone couldn’t hold the calcium it already had, neither can it hold the calcium supplement.

The truth is that osteoporosis does involve calcium but no more than it involves any of the other minerals and trace minerals required for bone formation — including silica, magnesium, manganese, copper, selenium, iodine, and phosphorus.

Each of these minerals is, qualitatively speaking, every bit as important as calcium in bone formation. One very interesting study showed that supplementing with trace minerals with no additional calcium cut the amount of bone loss in half in osteoporosis patients.

Are you beginning to realize that you need a little more than a calcium supplement to help your osteoporosis patients?

Don’t be fooled by the notion that you will develop osteoporosis without taking a truck-load of calcium. Remember, it takes having a healthy balance of all your essential mineral to prevent osteoporosis.

If you want to be confident that you are taking adequate amounts of the essential minerals and more important “absorbing” your minerals, then I encourage you to have an essential mineral blood test (if you have questions on this test just let us know…)

Having the knowledge that you are obtaining all the essential minerals for bone health will go a long way in preventing mineral-induced osteoporosis.

Information compliments of www.FunctionalMedicineUniversity.com

Silent Bug and Heart Disease

How secure should you feel if your doctor tells you that your cholesterol levels are normal?

Are you immune to heart disease just because you have been informed you have normal cholesterol levels?

If you have been a reader of my weekly articles for any length of time, you should know that cholesterol is not the culprit we have all been led to believe.

Remember, half (50%) of the folks who die of a heart attack never had high cholesterol.

There are other more important markers to consider if you want to know your risk of getting a heart attack or stroke.

Again, remember correcting elevated cholesterol does not guarantee immunity from a heart attack.

Today, I want you to learn one unappreciated cause of silent coronary artery disease.

This silent cause is from a bacteria called Chlamydia.

In fact, 4 out of 5 coronary artery plaques examined contain antibodies to this bug.

Chlamydia is a bacterial pathogen that will eat away at your coronary arteries.

Tests like C-Reactive Protein (CRPhs) and fibrinogen are indicators of raging inflammation or hidden infection, signaling the need to check for, among other things, Chlamydia.

I also recommend you ruling out Chlamydia in the event you have a high calcium score. Click Here to read more about the calcium score.

You may be wondering how do you get Chlamydia?

This bug is a common cause of colds, flus, or bronchitis, and we’ve all had these.

But for some folks this is not the end of the story, for the coronary plaque can emerge decades after a common cold.

Again if you have have coronary artery plaque found from a Heart Scan (calcium score), elevated hsCRP and/or fibrinogen, your next step is to get the antibody test to Chlamydia pneumoniae.

The problem is not many doctors including cardiologists are familiar with Chlamydia as a diagnosable and treatable cause of coronary artery plaque.

BUT…You now have improved knowledge to prevent or minimize your risk of a heart attack or stroke.

Information for this article compliments of www.FunctionalMedicineUniversity.com

You Snooze…You Lose…How to Get Better Sleep and Have More Energy During the Day

During sleep, your body goes through a number of sleep cycles ranging from 90-110 minutes. As the time approaches for you to wake up, Your body has several mechanisms to prepare you to wake up and get moving. One of these is turning up your core temperature, which makes you feel more alert and less sleepy. This starts about two hours before the body feels ready to wake up, says Rafael Pelayo, MD, a sleep specialist at the Stanford University Sleep Medicine Center.

If you’re not getting enough sleep, your alarm clock is going off while your temp is still in the deep-sleep range thus making it harder to wake up.

Just one week of poor sleep can lead to heightened stress, weight gain, lowered immunity and increased inflammation.

Pelayo recommends setting your alarm for the time you have to get up and then actually get up when it goes off!

Every day.

At the same time.

Eventually, this consistency may help you feel naturally sleepy at the end of your day, so you’ll feel compelled to go to bed when your body needs to, and then wake up without the need for an alarm.

AND relying on your snooze button may be doing you more harm than good, experts say.

• Hitting the snooze button may make you less alert and productive
• It’s a phenomenon known as “sleep inertia”

If you hit snooze, you may lose (productivity, that is)

When you doze off after your alarm wakes you in the morning, you’re actually setting yourself up to feel less alert and productive later in the day.

“When you hit the snooze button repeatedly, you’re doing two negative things to yourself,” says Robert S. Rosenberg, medical director of the Sleep Disorders Centers of Prescott Valley and Flagstaff, Arizona.

“First, you’re fragmenting what little extra sleep you’re getting so it is of poor quality.

Second, you’re starting to put yourself through a new sleep cycle that you aren’t giving yourself enough time to finish. This can result in persistent grogginess throughout the day.”

Scientists have identified the culprit behind this stupor that’s brought on by a too-brief slumber: sleep inertia.

The National Sleep Foundation defines this state as “the feeling of grogginess and disorientation that can come from awakening from a deep sleep.”

It slows down your decision-making abilities, impairs your memory and hurts your general performance once you do get out of bed. Even worse, coffee and a cold shower can’t combat it: It can take up to an hour and a half to shake off sleep-inertia grogginess.

According to Rosenberg, that’s because the snooze button messes with your brain hormones. “You’re throwing off your circadian cycle,” he says. Disrupting the circadian cycle can impair your ability to feel awake during the day and sleepy at night.

So, is banishing the snooze button enough to make you feel your best during the day?

Nope, says Rosenberg.

The urge to sleep a bit longer is really a symptom of a larger problem.

“Most people are doing this because they’re not getting enough sleep on a daily basis,” he says. This chronic sleep deprivation (which is defined as six or fewer hours of sleep a night) is called “social jetlag.”

Over time, some sufferers have been shown to have a higher body-mass indexand an elevated risk of diabetes.

If hitting the snooze button isn’t the key to better sleep, what is?

Rosenberg has a few suggestions to help you stay alert and refreshed:

Turn in earlier, consistently.

Rosenberg suggests going to bed a half-hour earlier than you have been. Over time, he says, this will reduce your overall sleep deprivation. And if it doesn’t? Turn in an hour earlier.

Banish “screens” from the boudoir.

Devices like smartphones, digital tablets and laptops emit blue light that hurts your sleep. “The exposure to blue-light-emitting devices results in a delay in melatonin production,” says Rosenberg.

So give yourself a tech curfew: Turn off those electronics 90 minutes before lights out to help promote sounder sleep.

Make mornings a scavenger hunt.

If you’re still having trouble getting up, hide the alarm from your groggy early-morning self. “Put that alarm clock where you can’t reach it,” Rosenberg advises.

That search to put an end to the annoying beeping sound is sure to foil your desire to sneak in more Z’s.

It may seem silly, but it’s doctor-approved.