WELLNESS--We have been having record breaking heat in Southern California and with the planet continuing to warm up, there’s a good chance we have not seen the end of it.

WELLNESS--For starters, the all or nothing attitude towards exercise is not the mindset we want to hold.

WELLNESS--Last week two high profile celebrities Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain took their own lives.

WELLNESS--There is a drug that has taken the psychiatric world by storm and it’s called Ketamine.

WELLNESS--A cleanse doesn’t have to mean drinking awful green potions and starving yourself of everything you enjoy for a month. A cleanse can also be a time of gentle purification. During a cleanse it’s important to note that they’re may be a period of time where one feels more cranky and fatigued. That is mostly due to the die off of my cotoxins in the body and is a temporary state. With some persistence and determination, that time will pass and coming out the other side will feel incredible. 

WELLNESS--We all have stress in our lives, but imagine if you could reduce your stress levels by making some small, simple and effective changes?

The DASH diet (dietary approaches to stop hypertension) is a dietary pattern used to control hypertension. The diet is designed to use a variety of foods including fruits, vegetables, whole grains, meats, fish, nuts, and low fat dairy options. DASH limits sugar and sweeteners, added fats and excessive red meat.

The DASH diet was created in 1992 by the National Institutes on Health to help balance out and reduce the amount of hypertensives in the US.  According to current statistics, high blood pressure affects roughly 50 million Americans. That’s close to twice as many residents as the entire state of Texas. Worldwide, close to 1 billion humans are dealing with hypertension.

Up until recently, the diet was only though to help lower blood pressure and risk of stroke, but now research is showing a clear link between DASH diet participants and a reduced prevalence of depression.  According to doctors at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago the DASH diet may have the dual benefit of not only protecting the heart, but also boosting the mood and lifting depression.  The study indicated an 11% reduction in depression for those that adhere to the DASH diet. 

This study will be formally presented in April and will go into greater detail the challenges of late life depression especially post stroke and heart attack. Awareness around seniors and their health is still skewed heavily towards the physical, but as people age and end up losing people close to them, it is easy for loneliness and depression to take hold.

While this study focuses on seniors with a mean age of 81, it is not a far reach to assume that diet and nutrition has a powerful effect on all of our bodies and minds. Regardless of our age and current health status, the choices we make are crucial so understanding the pitfalls of diet can make or break our health status. As usual we want to avoid sugar and added sweeteners. Healthy fats like avocados, nuts, olive oil and ghee are not the enemy but fried greasy fats and cakes and cookies are.  Ideally we drink more water than any other liquid in a day, and keep our alcohol intake to none or very little. 

Treating food as medicine and making healthy choices will undoubtedly extend our lives and make us happier more present individuals. As tempting as the junk food can be, when we make healthy food choices instead, we always feel better afterword. 

 

(Christian Cristiano is an acupuncturist in LA www.AcupuncturebyChristian.com TV host of Wellness for Realists and writes on wellness regularly for CityWatch. Christian can be reached at 310.909.6956 twitter: @CristianoWFR )

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WELLNESS--A few years back, fitness trackers like Fitbit, Garmin, and Apple watch among others swept the United States and the modern world as a must have device if one wanted to stay fit. Data shows that in 2016 alone there were over 125 million wearable devices sold worldwide. There is no question that these gadgets are helping companies get rich, but are they helping people get fit?  The jury is still out on this one.  

WELLNESS--As more and more people are considered “overweight” in our country there are a few things happening. On one hand, the battle cry over the bulge seems to get louder and doctors and health officials are yelling from the mountaintops that people need to lose weight. On the other hand, as a culture we are getting used to having so many people in this situation that it is becoming more socially acceptable. 

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