The Ideal Protein diet and semaglutide are two weight loss solutions that can be combined for even greater benefits. The Ideal Protein diet focuses on reducing carbohydrate intake and increasing protein intake, while semaglutide is a medication that mimics the activity of a hormone called GLP-1 to help reduce hunger and food intake.
When used together, the Ideal Protein diet and semaglutide can have several benefits:
Greater weight loss: Combining the Ideal Protein diet with semaglutide can lead to greater weight loss than either option alone. The Ideal Protein diet can...
Maintaining motivation and the right mindset is crucial for successful weight loss. Here are some tips and strategies to help you stay on track:
Set realistic goals: When setting weight loss goals, it's important to be realistic and set achievable targets. Unrealistic goals can lead to frustration and loss of motivation. Break your goals down into smaller, achievable milestones, and celebrate your achievements along the way.
Find your why: Understanding why you want to lose weight is important for motivation. Whether it's to improve your health, feel more...
Stress is one of the body’s natural defenses. It activates our ‘fight or flight’ mechanism whereby our body prepares to confront a danger or retreat to safety. During a stress response, the body produces larger than normal quantities of certain chemicals that improve a person’s ability to respond to a potentially hazardous or challenging situation. When we feel stressed, blood pressure and pulse rate rise and muscles become more tense. Some other bodily functions such as digestion and immune response slow...more
The popularity of low carbohydrate diets seems understandable since research shows that a low-carb diet can be effective for weight loss. This type of diet helps stabilize blood sugar levels and ultimately drops the body’s levels of insulin, a fat-storing hormone. This helps to explain why many type 2 diabetics are often encouraged to follow a low-carb diet. Generally speaking, a low-carb diet means restricting most grains. So, are there any low-carb grains that do not have to be off limits?
One of the first...more
PEMF stands for Pulsed Electro-Magnetic Field therapy; using this process involves delivering pulsed energy waves towards the damaged or injured areas of the body. These waves pass painlessly and quickly to the damaged cells in whatever area of the body is being treated.
As you probably know our body is made up of many cells. When an injury or disease process happens, the cells are what get damaged and “sick”. When a cell becomes sick its energy reduces and this reduction causes a disruption in the normal cell metabolism and if our cells are not healthy then neither is our...more
Vitamin C, also known as ascorbic acid, is an essential nutrient. Our bodies don’t produce Vitamin C so we need to get it from our diet. A deficiency of Vitamin C can cause symptoms such as fatigue, irritability and weight loss. Severe deficiency can result in a disease called scurvy (though such a diagnosis is rare in this modern era).
So, we know Vitamin C is good for us. But do you know the many ways in which Vitamin C supports optimal health? Here are some benefits of...more
The start of a new year may have you resolving to make positive changes to your lifestyle. The first step toward change is awareness and once you are aware of behaviors that can have a big impact, you’re on the road to success. Try following these four simple tips to improve your health this year.
Get Moving. There is good reason why doctors say “sitting is the new smoking.” Being sedentary can increase the risk of certain cancers and cardiovascular diseases and...more
Did you know that our bodies are made up of about 60% water? Our blood itself is about 90% water. Our bodily systems are basically created with water and water is the medium for many different reactions that occur in our body. This is why it is crucial for health and well-being that we are drinking plenty of water every day.
Some of the benefits of good hydration are:
- Helps optimize...
As technology has become ever more pervasive in our daily lives, we spend countless hours looking at various devices. Many spend 40 or more hours a week sitting at a desk. Is it any wonder that many of us suffer from poor posture?
Poor posture leads to back pain, neck pain, shoulder pain, headaches and decreased flexibility. Poor posture contributes to spinal degeneration, it affects balance and can even contribute to digestive issues.
Good posture means keeping our...more
One of the best ways to limit your exposure to EDCs is to limit your use of plastics. Plastics are a pervasive and widespread source of exposure and they can contain and leach these hazardous chemicals.
Endocrine-Disrupting Chemicals (EDCs) can be found in a variety of consumer products like food packaging, cosmetics, personal care products, children’s toys and furniture. These chemicals interfere with the body’s hormonal system. Some EDCs mimic our hormones and fool the body into thinking that they...more
Sleeping well makes us feel better, more alert, energetic, and better able to concentrate and perform our daily tasks. Getting enough sleep each day is one of the most important things you can do for your health and well-being. When you sleep, your body:
- repairs muscles
- grows bones
- manages hormones
- sorts memories
When you get the necessary amount of sleep, you are helping to boost your immune system, keep off extra pounds, improve your mood and improve your...more
Preservatives are crucial to the preservation, safety, and freshness of the foods in the food supply system. They are added to food to prevent spoiling and to maintain nutritional value. There are two types of food preservatives, natural and artificial. Natural preservatives, such as oil and salt, don’t alter the chemical composition of the food and are full of antioxidants, helping to delay the process of aging or oxidation. Curing and freezing are two methods of natural...more
The human body prefers to generate most of its energy using aerobic methods, meaning with oxygen. The oxygen helps to convert glucose into energy. Some circumstances, however, require energy production faster than our bodies can adequately deliver oxygen. In those instances, the working muscles generate energy anaerobically. The body produces lactic acid when it is lacking in the oxygen it needs to convert glucose into energy. The lactic acid allows glucose breakdown—and thus energy production—to continue.
People often experience high levels of lactic acid during or...more
Many of us have done a juice cleanse in order to eliminate internal toxins from our body, but how many of us do anything about the toxins in our own homes? Common household products are increasingly being found to have negative health effects on the nervous and immune systems, on our reproductive systems and on our endocrine, cardiovascular and respiratory systems.
The average home may contain as many as 400 or more harmful chemicals, a lot of which we are unable to see, smell or taste. These chemicals may be tolerated in small doses, but problems can occur when we are exposed in...more
When it comes to working out, a lot of us are creatures of habit. We head for the same pilates class, do the same circuit while weight training, or run the same route each time we lace up our running shoes. Of course, regular exercise is good for you, but mixing up your fitness routine can provide extra benefits.
Here are three reasons why you should consider varying your workouts:
Prevent Overuse Injuries
When you do the same exercise every day, you risk suffering from repetitive stress injuries. These are a gradual buildup of damage to...more
A large percentage of Americans are found to be deficient in Vitamin D. It’s an incredibly important vitamin yet it can be hard to obtain through just diet alone and is reliant on regular sun exposure. We need vitamin D to help the body absorb calcium and phosphate from our diet. Vitamin D has many roles in the body. It helps to:
- promote healthy bones and teeth
- support immune, brain, and nervous system health
- regulate insulin levels to support diabetes management
- support lung function and cardiovascular health
- influence the expression of genes for...
Yoga is a spiritual discipline based on an extremely subtle science which focuses on bringing harmony between mind and body. It is an art and science of healthy living. The word ‘yoga’ is derived from the Sanskrit word meaning ‘to join’ or ‘to yoke’ or ‘to unite.’
When considering modern day yoga, most of us think of the physical practice of asana, a series of postures often weaved together. Asana practice combines physical exercises, mental meditation, and breathing techniques. It is generally intended to build strength and stamina, to improve flexibility, coordination, balance and...more
Ever wondered if you should ice that sprain or use a heat pack instead? Treating pain with hot and cold can be very effective for a lot of different conditions and injuries; and it’s very accessible and affordable. The tricky part is knowing when to use heat and when to use cold. Sometimes a single treatment will even include both. As a general rule, use ICE for acute injuries or pain and for inflammation and swelling. Use HEAT for muscle pain or stiffness.
Ice therapy works as a vasoconstrictor. It causes the blood vessels to contract and reduce circulation, therefore decreasing...more
Added sugar provides “empty” calories with no nutritional value. Eating too much sugar is linked to weight gain and various diseases like obesity, type 2 diabetes, tooth decay and heart disease.
It’s important to make the distinction between added sugars and sugars that occur naturally in foods like fruits and vegetables – these are healthy foods that contain water, fiber and various micronutrients. Naturally occurring sugars are absolutely fine, but the same does not apply to added sugar. There is absolutely no nutritional need or benefit that comes from eating added...more
We all have a friend who can eat or drink whatever they want and never gain an ounce. Some, on the other hand, can’t even look at a piece of cake without gaining five pounds. No fair! What gives? It’s the differences in metabolism. How fast your metabolism functions is determined mostly by your genes. However, age can also affect metabolism, often slowing as we get older.
What exactly is metabolism? It is the range of chemical processes in the body that convert what we eat and drink into the energy we need to survive. We need that energy to function: to breathe, to circulate blood,...more