Study Suggests Only 5% Wash Hands Correctly. Yuck.

Wash your hands.  We have all heard this phrase at least a million times.  I think we all know that one of the most effective ways to avoid contact with germs is to wash our hands and yet, a recent study revealed that very few people wash their hands correctly.  hand-washing

Apparently, very few of us wash our hands for long enough to do the job.  We walk our kids to the sink, sing “Happy Birthday” or whatever hand washing song comes to mind, and walk out feeling satisfied to have ridded ourselves of hand cooties.  Unfortunately, we probably spent too little time at the sink. Continue reading “Study Suggests Only 5% Wash Hands Correctly. Yuck.” »

Body Piercings and Fat Loss

Did you know that removal of body piercings can trigger fat loss?  Body piercings can cause the body to hang onto a excess abdominal fat.  This is because body piercings tend to raise cortisol levels, introduce metal toxins into the system, and interfere with immune and endocrine functioning.

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Body piercings in the naval area can cause women to hang onto abdominal fat.  Removing a naval piercing can trigger rapid fat loss in that area.  If you have a “belly ring” and can’t seem to find your six pack, try removing your piercing and see what happens.

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Your Neurotransmitters and Brain Health | Serotonin and Dopamine

We hear about neurotransmitters and SSRIs on a daily basis, but what are they, exactly?  SSRI is an abbreviation for serotonin selective reuptake inhibitor.  Whatever.  It basically means that the medication you’re taking is going to increase the serotonin levels in your brain.  For some people, this is a good thing because they’re running a little low on that precious neurotransmitter.  This happens for a variety of reasons.  Some people are genetically wired for a little less serotonin to begin with (not fair, but you can work through it), and other people run low due to chronic stress, medications, poor diet, poor sleep quality, and even low vitamin B levels (because Vitamin B is necessary for synthesizing serotonin).
Neurotransmitters are important in our brain because higher amounts of them speed up, slow down, and intensify or decrease the intensity of a message being sent within your brain.  Some of the most important are not only serotonin, but dopamine and GABA, too.MM Button Continue reading “Your Neurotransmitters and Brain Health | Serotonin and Dopamine” »

Ten Reasons to Quit Dieting Forever | Females, Hormones, and Intermittent Fasting

Have you ever been on a diet?  I’m sure you have.  Haven’t we all?  The older I get, the more convinced I become that dieting will soon be an archaic term.  They never work in the long run and nearly always do more harm than good.
The effects are different in women.

In fact, females are more sensitive to the physical stress imposed by dieting and Intermittent Fasting (IF).  We experience problems with circadian rhythm, hormonal balance, and adrenal fatigue pretty quickly.  If you’ve ever laid awake at night feeling rather jacked up and hungry or “wired but tired,” you know what I’m talking about here.

Here are ten big reasons to quit dieting and start thinking differently about getting healthier.  Believe me, your adrenals, ovaries, and brain will all thank you for it.

1.  Increased ghrelin.   Severe food restriction (consuming 500-800 calories per day) causes an increase in ghrelin, better known as the “hungry hormone.”  This hormone is the reason for your ravenous drive through the Chic-Fil-A window after an exam, a sleepless night, or an emotionally stressful week. WORSE:  This effect does not end when you stop dieting.  It can go on for up to a year after you stop food restriction. Continue reading “Ten Reasons to Quit Dieting Forever | Females, Hormones, and Intermittent Fasting” »

Alcoholism vs. Sugar Addiction | Is Sugar Really the Problem?

I have written quite a bit on this blog, and much of it is lost in the archives from years ago.  I am reposting this article because alcohol abuse is a common problem, and many people don’t understand the connection between alcohol abuse and sugar addiction……so here you go.  Eat your heart out, Google Panda.

All of us know those moms who like to throw a few back.  Some of them openly have a few libations and the closet drinkers carry their own sippy cups around town.  Motherhood can certainly drive us to irrational behaviors, but it’s not the best idea to abuse alcohol.  Before you have your next 12 noon happy hour, take a look at this information.

Recent research has conveyed that sugar may be just as addictive as heroine. If you consider yourself a recovering alcoholic, a functional alcoholic, or just a heavy drinker who has always struggled with occasional alcohol abuse, you may want to look at the possibility that you may actually be addicted to sugar.

Most people don’t realize that alcohol is actually the quickest acting sugar on the brain. In short, a “buzz” is actually a sugar high. The first research on sugar addiction in 2001 was conducted at Princeton University, and scientists have come so far since then that research is now focusing on how to address the problem (not whether or not it exists).

Sugar tends to affect the same part of the brain that heroine, cocaine, and other hard drugs do when a person uses them. The two main neurotransmitters involved with sugar addiction are serotonin and beta endorphins. We think of serotonin as the depression hormone, but it’s also responsible for concentration, attention, and impulse control. When your serotonin levels are lower, you may become less able to say “no.” Beta endorphins are that feel good chemical that is released after exercise, but this neurotransmitter is also associated with self esteem. Those with lower levels of beta endorphins who have excellent insight and are well accomplished might still have great difficulty with self esteem.

Sugar tends to increase both of these important neurotransmitters, thereby altering the brain’s biochemistry and correcting the deficiencies that may have been there. In other words, there are many people who are self medicating for specific deficiencies with sugar, and they are likely addicted to sugary foods for this reason. Even sugar replacements such as Splenda tend to trigger cravings for sweet foods, thereby feeding the sugar addiction.

An excellent 7 step program for changing the brain’s biochemistry and effectively treating sugar addiction is the book, Potatoes, Not Prozaac. In this book, the author outlines and describes these seven steps, which have been highly effective in helping people considered “treatment resistant” in other treatment centers. I would recommend referring to this book as an excellent resource if you believe any of this information applies to you. You may find that all along, your problem was actually sugar addiction, not alcohol abuse and depression.

The Top 7 Fitness Apps You Should Have on Your SmartPhone

Here is a great post on the best 7 fitness apps you should have on your smart phone.  I like this list because these are highly usable, very useful apps that serve a real purpose instead of being redundant, copy cat, semi-useful crap sitting on your phone.  No reason to rewrite the goods here-this list is well outlined here:

Best 7 Fitness Apps for your Smartphone from I AM NOW.  I AM NOW is a cutting edge fitness apparel line that rocks, and you’ll probably agree when you see their new Crossfit tanks, t-shirts, board shorts, and burnout styles.  LOVE, LOVE, LOVE.

Stress Awareness Month | How to Fix Adrenal Fatigue

Do you feel tired, yet wired?  Do have trouble falling asleep at night or have trouble sleeping through the night?  Are you putting on pounds around that dreaded abdominal area?  Are you a mom who runs around feeling overwhelmed on most days?  If you answered yes to any of these, join the crowd and by the way, welcome to the Adrenal Fatigue Club.

Most of us understand the connection between chronic stress and cortisol.  Long term, emotional stress increases cortisol levels and generally wreaks havoc on our neuroendocrine and immune systems, making weight loss virtually impossible.  In fact, elevated cortisol triggers inflammation at the cellular level, and guess what?  Inflammation at the cellular level is where all of the nine degenerative disease processes begin.  Strike 1.

Over time, elevated cortisol compromises our thyroid functioning and hormonal balance.  This can make any perimenopausal woman feel like she is losing her mind while sitting in a heated oven.  Chronically elevated cortisol triggers thyroid dysfunction, which is also an underlying cause of panic disorder, anxiety, and depression (for which people are often misdiagnosed and inappropriately treated with psychiatric meds).  Strikes 2, 3, and 4. Continue reading “Stress Awareness Month | How to Fix Adrenal Fatigue” »

WOD to This!

I can not get enough of this song.  LOVE. IT.  Mr. 305 does it again with this great track.  What is it with new music during the Spring?  There are so many great new songs out right now. Continue reading “WOD to This!” »

Post Spring Break Post

 

Yes, I know that it has been too long since I posted here.  Spring Break happened, and Savanna was out of school for 10 day.  My web page seemed to get Sandboxed by Google temporarily, thank you spammy comments.  Then, my grandfather died.

Here is a rundown of the highlights I want to share with you today.

1.  Funniest Blog Post I Have Ever Read.  Thank you, Beastmodal.  I am adding you to my blog roll today.

2.  I am addicted to this song.  Love.

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This Explains Everything.

Here is one more reason we can all be glad that we live in the USA:

German Plane Drops Chunks of Shit and Urine

Yes, seriously.

Can you believe that shit?  Sorry, I couldn’t resist.  That’s all for today from Boca Raton, folks.  It’s been a long week, and it’s only Tuesday.  More on the reasons why later…..ta-ta for now!