You Can Lose Weight Even With A Bad Diet

There are dozens of diets out there, from Paleo, to Vegan to strange and completely stupid. But one thing most of them have in common is that you can lose weight even if they are bad diets.

The best most recent example is of the famous television magician who lost a lot of weight by eating only potatoes for one year. Sounds crazy but it worked.

What is important to remember is that it wasn’t that potatoes are a magic weight loss food, it is all about what he didn’t eat and drink. All the sugar, the junk food, the rich gourmet meals, and all the alcohol and sweet drinks. Leaving all of this bad food out of his diet for a year was a huge caloric burden being lifted.

It is also important that while he lost weight his health would have been compromised to some extent by missing out on some key nutrients in his diet, which would become a problem over time. Low protein for muscle and immune function, plus insufficient fats for brain, cell and nervous system health, and a gap in some specific minerals and nutrients.

On even such a strange diet he would have felt better because he was resting his system from the stresses of his old diet. But this would not be sustainable.

There are, and have been many bad diets, most of which will cause people to lose weight in the short term, often through calorie restriction, which means being hungry. Some using highly processed drinks and bars to replace meals, rob people of the very basic ability to shop and construct a healthy meal.

The problem is that the weight loss industry is not necessarily a part of the wellness industry. But weight loss without an increase in health is a short term fix to a long term problem and will usually result in weight returning plus some.

Healthy weight loss requires the right food plan, plus adequate movement and importantly the right mindset and emotional support.

Most people want to have their cake and eat it to, but I’m sure we all know that it just doesn’t work that way.

Sugar, and sugar rich foods such as grains all become fat in your body and most processed foods are not fit for healthy human consumption. You can either have your cake or your health, but there is little room for both.

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Erectile Dysfunction Due to Metabolic Syndrome

When a guy’s penis is functioning properly, everything’s right with the world. When erectile dysfunction rears its ugly head, the world is no longer so bright and cheery. Certainly no man welcomes erectile dysfunction, but sometimes this condition can be a warning call of issues beyond penis health. For instance, in some cases this problem could be a clue to possible metabolic syndrome.

About metabolic syndrome

Although it’s frequently called a condition, metabolic syndrome is a term used to refer to the confluence of several different conditions. In general, it occurs when a person has chronic high blood pressure; runs high levels of “bad” cholesterol; runs low levels of “good” cholesterol; maintains a sugar count that is too high; and tends to have too much fat around the midsection. When a person has at least three of these conditions, he is said to have metabolic syndrome, which puts a person at risk of heart disease, stroke and diabetes.

Although the term metabolic syndrome is not familiar to the general public, it is far from uncommon. In the United States, it is estimated that a full 25% of the adult population falls into the category of metabolic syndrome. And the odds of getting it increase with age.

Spare tire

The biggest symptom associated with metabolic syndrome is the “spare tire” – meaning the big belly that many people develop, giving their bodies an “apple” or “pear” shape. But it is possible to without being seriously overweight – just as it is possible to be somewhat obese without having metabolic syndrome.

The penis effect

So other than the big belly, what is another symptom of this problem? That’s right – erectile dysfunction. Unfortunately, many men with the syndrome have a difficult attaining or maintaining an erection.

Metabolic syndrome can create cardiovascular issues. It can weaken the lining of the arteries, decrease the flow of blood and cause the heart to work harder. None of these things are good for heart health, and what is bad for the heart can have an impact on the penis.

As most men know, the erectile process is dependent upon the ability of the penis to accommodate a rushing influx of blood. When a man becomes aroused, the gateways open and blood fills the available space in the penis, getting soaked up by spongy tissue. The tissue expands and causes the penis to expand, too. But if the blood flow into the penis is sketchy, it is not able to become as firm as it needs to. And if the blood can’t remain trapped in the penis for a long enough time, it will result in the erection fading before it is meant to.


The best treatment is prevention. Eating a well-balanced diet and getting plenty of exercise to ward off obesity and keep cholesterol and blood sugar at healthy levels is crucial.

For guys who have already developed metabolic syndrome, modifying diet and exercise is still a good idea. In addition, a variety of medications may be recommended to treat the symptoms. Sticking to a doctor-developed treatment plan – including the doctor’s recommendations on diet and exercise – is essential. Metabolic syndrome can be managed, which can have a positive effect on erectile dysfunction.

Of course, managing erectile dysfunction brought on by metabolic syndrome will be easier if the penis itself is in good health as well. Regular use of a superior penis health crème (health professionals recommend Man1 Man Oil, which is clinically proven mild and safe for skin) can make a difference. Look for a crème that includes L-arginine and vitamin C among its ingredients. L-arginine is an amino acid involved in keeping penis blood vessels open and receptive to increased flow. And vitamin C aids in collagen development, which in turn gives tone and elasticity to the penis skin, essential for proper growth capability during the erectile stage.

Visit for more information about treating common male organ health problems, including soreness, redness and loss of male organ sensation. John Dugan is a professional writer who specializes in men’s health issues and is an ongoing contributing writer to numerous online web sites.

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The Amazing Health Boosting Benefits of Black Pepper

Black pepper is one of the most popular and widely used spices in the world, but you might be surprised to know that it has also been used for centuries as a natural medicine. It has many health benefits that include helping with respiratory illnesses, coughs and colds, muscular strains, coronary heart disease, indigestion and stomach issues, impotency, and constipation among others. Many asthma sufferers report improvement in their conditions using this spice.

The black pepper that we use to spice our foods is derived from the Black Pepper plant, which is native to the southern part of India. It is grown year-round, so it is always readily available. It has strong antibacterial properties, which is the root of its use as a natural health remedy. In addition to this, its antibacterial properties make it a popular choice as a food preservative.

It is also rich in iron, potassium, manganese, vitamin K, vitamin C, and fiber. It has been found to help increase the secretion of Hydrochloric Acid in the stomach, which helps to improve digestion. This explains why it assists with indigestion and other issues related to digestion. It also helps to repair the mucosal lining of the stomach in the event of disease such as peptic ulcers.

It is an effective way to speed up weight loss, as it has a thermogenic effect on the body. What this means is, it can slightly increase the core temperature of the body temporarily after consumption, which increases metabolism. It has also been found to assist in the breakdown of brown fat cells in the body.

There is research that demonstrates black pepper’s ability to aid in respiratory conditions such as asthma because of its anti-inflammatory properties. It helps to breakdown phlegm in the respiratory tract, and aids in both opening and draining the sinuses. Its antioxidant properties help to repair the damage our body sustains from free radicals found in both unhealthy foods and in toxins from the environment.

There is a particular compound found in pepper called Piperine, which has been linked to improvements in memory and cognition. In addition to all these health benefits, there is also more and more research coming out that shows it might be beneficial in killing cancer cells found in the body. While there is more research to needed in this area, the preliminary findings are encouraging. Given the many ways that this spice can be used in cooking, and the potential health benefits that it offers, it is something that you should consider using in many of the meals that you eat if you are not already doing so.

Dr. Chris is a Chiropractic Physician, Certified Yoga Instructor, and Certified Fitness Trainer. He is the author of Simply Wellness: Learning to Live a Wellness Based Lifestyle One Day at a Time and The Wellness Revolution: A Chiropractic and Natural Approach to Optimal Health available on Amazon. You can sign up for Dr. Chris’ newsletter at or on Facebook at

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Understanding Population-Based Health Care to Engage Physicians

Wow, just writing this title excites me. Partly since I have such a passion for bringing together practitioners and patients for better health outcomes. But mostly because when we add a powerful mission that inspires real action that is based around population health management, I believe we can make some real progress in creating healthier and happier lives. To me, that’s exciting because what it takes is us working together to implement a system that engages patients to become participants in their health. And this, my dear heart-centered friends, is where you as a holistic and wellness practitioner enter the traditional health care scene with your subset of skills and heart-centered characteristics that can lead health care teams toward new clinical benchmarks never before experienced in a clinical setting. Yes, that’s a bold statement but one that I am convinced is not just possible but necessary.

So how does one undertake such a task? How can integrative practitioners not only be viewed as a viable part of the health care team but as a real contributor to the patients’ health outcome?

I see population-based health care as a type of stone soup. If you remember the original folktale, villagers are tricked out of their greed and fear and into sharing and enjoying life with their neighbors. All thanks to a soup that didn’t even exist… until everyone, unsuspecting even to themselves, contribute their one and only ingredient; that alone wouldn’t amount to much. If each of us is truly interested in spreading our mission in which we all share the same outcome goals of healthier and happier people, then we must be willing to participate as a team. We must be willing to see, not only how our own “ingredient” brings value but how each member of the team brings value to the ultimate outcome of restored health and happiness. We must move past the “we against them” mentality that has plagued our health care system. We can no longer afford to see the split between social determinants of health and the physical manifestations of disease. The lifestyle medicine movement is already verifying the need to include what many holistic practitioners have known for decades, that individuals are not separate from their thoughts, feelings, beliefs, and habits which have a direct impact on health outcomes. We are not so different and clinicians are more open than ever to understanding all determinants of health.

There are several things that we must take into consideration first before we take on such a task and one of the biggest challenges I see from holistic and wellness practitioners is the willingness to speak and understand the same language as our clinical colleagues. It would be like moving to a foreign country without knowing the language. This most often happens because in our passion and excitement for giving witness to our mission, we tend to hyper focus on the techniques of our modalities rather than on the intended health outcome. Can you imagine a surgeon giving the details and methods of using a scalpel to cut into our flesh? Ugh, who wants to hear that but another colleague? All I want to know is if I’ll get better and how! Not the details of the technique. Focus on the health outcome that your modality offers which in turn is your mission!

The next thing is that we must step up and position ourselves and our scope of practice so it’s aligned within the standards of care for a specific disease state. For example, if you are a certified or licensed massage therapist and you have additional certification in lymphedema treatment then you would focus on chronic conditions that are known to cause lymphedema such as cancer treatments or diabetes among others. Obviously, your scope of practice must align with the chronic conditions in which you are certified. I’ll be discussing in greater detail how to position your scope of practice to build stronger relationships with clinicians in future postings. But for now, it’s important to know that not being clear on how your scope of practice aligns with standards of care for a specific disease state, may be the reason for your difficulty in getting clinician referrals or collaborations.

Lastly, we need to get a clear understanding of the “lay-of-the-land,” of not only within the clinical health care setting but the new payment system that rewards doctors and hospitals for improving the quality of care. Pay-for-Performance is a term for initiatives aimed at improving the quality, efficiency, and overall value of health care. These arrangements provide financial incentives to hospitals, physicians, and other health care providers to carry out such improvements and achieve optimal outcomes for patients.

Pay-for-performance has become popular among policy makers and private and public payers, including Medicare and Medicaid. The Affordable Care Act expands the use of pay-for-performance approaches in Medicare in particular and encourages experimentation to identify designs and programs that are most effective. I see this as another opportunity to expand your mission by demonstrating how you can help increase quality measures, efficiency in care, diminish gaps in care, and provide value in optimal health outcomes.

Therefore, in part 2 of this posting, I will clarify what we mean by population-based health management within the constraints of an integrative health practice. In fact, we may need clarification on several terms that are now being used in the health care settings such as integration, quality measures and how understanding these key components within clinical settings can help establish you as a viable member of the health care team and secure your position as the expert in your field.

Until then, be well my friends as you help move people towards the truth of well-being with hope, love and laughter!

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Gut Health and Autoimmune Disease

One of the biggest recent medical revelations is the vital connection between gut health and wellness. Ongoing scientific research suggests that the microbiome, the good bacteria in our gut, helps prevent (perhaps even heal) autoimmune diseases. In fact, our bodies are full of more healthy bacteria than actual human cells!

Being that the gut is the center of our immune system (making up almost 80 percent), it’s incredibly important to develop nourishing routines and practices. Although a healthy microbiome is partially inherited, there are many choices you can make to ensure a functioning, protected, and flourishing immune system – read on below to learn more!

Link to Autoimmune Diseases.

Characterized by the immune system targeting normal proteins as though they are harmful invaders, there are over 80 types of autoimmune diseases. This high alert reaction results in a chronically inflamed immune system. Often debilitating, autoimmune diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis or celiac disease have a massive impact on everyday life. Increasing numbers of medical experts believe that microbiome imbalances can play a part in triggering autoimmune issues.

Poor Dietary Choices.

The most foundational element of maintaining a healthy gut is establishing good nutritional habits. A diet with high amounts of refined carbohydrates, sugar, and alcohol can increase your gut’s production of bad bacteria and weaken its lining. However, there are countless foods you can add to your diet to help facilitate better gut health. Be sure to seek out plenty of foods filled with probiotics (or good bacteria) such as yogurt, kefir, sauerkraut, kimchi, kombucha, miso paste, sourdough, and pickles. In addition, a diet rich in prebiotics will help to feed those good probiotics. Add to your diet plenty of fruits and vegetables filled with fiber including berries, leafy green vegetables, and cruciferous vegetables.

Excessive Antibiotic Use.

Antibiotics kill threatening infections, which can be helpful when necessary but can additionally have unintended consequences. Beyond eradicating harmful bacteria, antibiotics can also disrupt or even wipe out your good gut bacteria. If you do need to take an antibiotic, make sure you finish the entire prescribed dose; this ensures that you won’t need to take another round and further endanger your gut bacteria. Choosing probiotic rich foods from the list above and considering a probiotic supplement can help to support your good gut bacteria while taking needed antibiotics. When taking a probiotic supplement take it at least 2 hours apart from the time of taking the antibiotic.

Creating a diet that nourishes your gut and provides nutrients for optimal health can go a long way to prevent and help to manage autoimmune disease. If you are ready to get your health back, don’t wait another day. Contact the experts at Be Well Nutrition Consulting at (612)-581-4668.

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