With our patients’ 24-hour lifestyles, sleep often takes a backseat. But when they skimp on sleep, they not only feel extra tired but they are also speeding the aging process, driving weight gain and increasing risk for diabetes, obesity and cardiovascular problems. While a sleep strategy can be very individualized, here’s how the Be Well team conquers the almighty sleep routine.
Best of Health
My friend and colleague, Dr. Mark Hyman is a practicing family physician, a nine-time New York Times bestselling author, and an internationally recognized leader, speaker, educator, and advocate in our field. He is the Director of the Cleveland Clinic Center for Functional Medicine. He is also the founder and medical director of The UltraWellness Center, chairman of the board of the Institute for Functional Medicine, and a medical editor of The Huffington Post. We’re both pro-fat—and we’ve long discovered that the right fats can help you become lean, healthy, and vibrant. Dr. Hyman talks to me about the fat facts.
When I work with clients, they often think that the most important things to focus on when cultivating greater health are diet and exercise. While these are incredibly important for optimal health, stress reduction is just as important and often falls to the wayside. Meditation is one of the best tools out there to promote a relaxation response in the body and soothe your parasympathetic nervous system. Here are my top tips for developing a regular meditation practice.
It's not always easy to follow through on the New Year's resolution to exercise. Even with the best intentions, getting it done in the cold, dark months of winter can be especially hard! So many of our clients need some extra motivation. Here are a few fun ways to work out more in 2016!
Of the many resolutions we can make this year to improve our health, spending more time in the kitchen is one of my top recommendations. As numerous studies have shown, increased home cooking correlates directly with healthier dietary patterns. Thanks to the food industry’s sugary, salt-laden, factory-farmed foods, home-cooked meals are almost always healthier than prepared and restaurant meals.
Many clients that we see in our practice are worn out, run down, and confused as to why they don’t have the energy that they used to. After hearing these common complaints, we always ask them to describe their bedtime routine, including the amount of hours they get on average, the quality of their sleep (if they wake up during the night) and what time they are getting into bed.
As a health coach, almost every client I work with is concerned about weight loss. Even if their health is suffering on multiple levels, weight loss takes precedence. I help clients strategize lifestyle changes that lead to sustainable, healthy weight loss. We shift the focus from calories to quality of food. Here are my top strategies:
A Conversation with Dr. David Ludwig on His New Book: Always Hungry? Conquer Cravings, Retrain Your Fat Cells, & Lose Weight
For over two decades, Dr. David Ludwig has been at the forefront of research into weight control. His groundbreaking studies have contributed to new understandings of the relationship between diet, hormones, metabolism and body weight. Dubbed an “obesity warrior” by Time Magazine, Dr. Ludwig has fought for fundamental policy changes to support a healthier food environment.
It’s the dawn of a new year, the time of beginnings, the clean slate, and a fresh start. After all the seasonal excesses, now’s a great time to start or re-start your wellness journey. For many people the first question is, where to begin? In my practice, we answer that question – and hundreds more – every day with the help of the Be Well health coaches, our in-house team of wellness pros who support, guide, educate and advise patients through each phase of their wellness program, from dazed and confused newbie to healthy and focused wellness warrior.
Last June, we saw a patient named Charlotte who had fatigue, poor digestion and itchiness all over her body, which are classic signs of a yeast overgrowth. The antibiotics she had taken for Lyme’s disease had upset the balance of the microflora in her gastrointestinal tract, leading to a dysbiosis. As the “good guys” in her body were decimated, the yeast moved in, multiplied and took over. Read on to hear her story and how she restored balance to her body using a specific diet and supplements.
There are a million reasons to detox—and probably a million different ways to go about it. But what must one look for? What’s the best way?
You’re not sleeping well. Your belly seems perpetually upset. Your nose is stuffed up and you’re feeling down. You head to your GP for (if you’re lucky) a 10-minute chat about what’s ailing you. The GP then hands you a few prescriptions, shakes your hand and shows you the door. Case closed. Is this any way to heal the unwell? Does this approach actually make anyone better? In a word, no – and more likely, this here’s-a-prescription-‘later-dude’ approach may even make patients sicker, which is one of the reasons I’ve dedicated my life to helping my patients to create and sustain long-term health using the principles of Functional Medicine. So, just what is “Functional Medicine?” I believe it’s the most profound and effective way to treat patients – particularly those with chronic health issues – and here’s why: