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Eternal Youth is Hiding in Your Telomeres

By David Blyweiss, M.D., Advanced Natural Wellness

  • Living healthy to 100 isn’t a pipe dream
  • Enjoy health and independence in your “old” age
  • The fat that turns back the hands of time

Most people expect to live well into their 70’s. They hope they’ll make it into their 80’s or 90’s. But I find that most of my patients and other folks I talk to want to reach – and even surpass – their 100th birthday.

While this may sound like a pipe dream to you, it’s a reality for more than 315,000 centenarians worldwide.

Now, I’m sure that some of these centenarians have their share of health problems. But oddly enough, most “super-seniors” don’t die of things like heart disease or cancer like younger elderly patients.

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Does Moderate Drinking Really Help You Live Longer?

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By David Blyweiss, M.D., Advanced Natural Wellness

May 23, 2018

  • Should you drink for your health?
  • Studies on the benefits of moderate drinking are flawed
  • The dark side of alcohol

Over the years there have been plenty of positive news stories about the “benefits” of moderate alcohol consumption. Every now and then a patient even tells me they’re thinking of taking up drinking as a way to improve their health.

After all, it sure sounds like an easy way to promote heart health, lower your risk of diabetes, help prevent the onset of Alzheimer’s and live a longer lifetime, doesn’t it?

But despite these potential healthy side effects of drinking in moderation, it also comes with some decidedly unhealthy ones.

What’s more, it turns out that many of the health benefits associated with moderate alcohol consumption may be based on flawed research. Continue reading

3 Healthy Alternatives to Pasta

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By David Blyweiss, M.D., Advanced Natural Wellness

May 16, 2018

  • Can eating pasta help you lose weight?
  • Why adding more processed carbohydrates is a bad idea
  • Here’s how to satisfy your pasta cravings

I constantly warn my patients not to take news headlines to heart. But when some sort of weight loss miracle hits the major news outlets, it’s hard for some folks to ignore.

The latest bit of news that has taken the media by storm is that eating pasta can help you lose weight. Almost all of the big players have featured this breaking story – from News Week to USA Today.

Well, before you decide to add more pasta to your diet, you should probably know two things. Continue reading

Could Allergies be Affecting Your Mood?

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By David Blyweiss, M.D., Advanced Natural Wellness

May 14, 2018

  • Is depression an allergic reaction?
  • Why do you have seasonal allergies in the first place?
  • My 3-pronged treatment to overcome allergies and depression

Spring allergy season is still in full bloom in some areas of the U.S., leaving some folks sneezing, sniffling and feeling miserable. However, seasonal allergies aren’t restricted to springtime. They can also occur in summer and early fall. And some people suffer from hay fever year round.

Regardless of which category you fall in, those allergy symptoms may come with an unwanted side effect… Continue reading

7 Tips for Improved Sleep

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By David Blyweiss, M.D., Advanced Natural Wellness

May 11, 2018

  • A good night’s sleep may protect against Alzheimer’s
  • Here’s what happens to your brain while you sleep
  • Snooze your way to a sharper mind

You know how important a good night’s sleep is. If you get less than seven or eight hours, you wake up groggy. It throws your whole day out of whack… making it hard to concentrate and focus in on anything.

And when it comes to your good health, sleep is just as important as diet and exercise. It lowers your chances of an early death, protects against diabetes and heart disease. It even helps you to maintain a healthy weight and helps protect against premature aging.

Regularly getting a restful night’s sleep is also critical for your brain health. Especially when it comes to the prevention of… Continue reading

7 Health Conditions Related to Low T

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By David Blyweiss, M.D., Advanced Natural Wellness

May 7, 2018

  • Low T: More than a problem in the bedroom
  • The problem with testosterone replacement therapy
  • 4 herbs to boost testosterone levels

If you suffer from low testosterone, it could be affecting much more than your performance in the bedroom. Low T is associated with energy loss, decreased muscle mass, mood swings and all sorts of other things that can make any man feel miserable.

To make matters even worse, testosterone deficiency may also contribute to the development of many chronic medical conditions – sometimes multiple chronic health conditions – in men 20 years of age and older. This is especially true if you’re between 20 and 40 years of age, or over 60.

In particular, your blood pressure, triglycerides and risk of cardiovascular disease all go up with low T. Your chances of arthritis, diabetes, stroke and depression also rise. And the probability that you will experience two or more of these health problems at the same time goes up considerably.

Considering that about one out of ever four men over 30 is estimated to have low testosterone levels, this is extremely alarming news.

But prior to taking any drastic measures – such as opting for testosterone replacement therapy – let me fill you in on a few things you should know about first. Continue reading

3 Common Drugs Wrecking Your Gut

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By David Blyweiss, M.D., Advanced Natural Wellness

May 4, 2018

  • Antibiotics aren’t the only meds wrecking your health
  • 3 drugs that destroy your gut microbiome
  • Quickly replenish the healthy microflora in your digestive tract

If you’re like most people, you take the health of your gut for granted. The last thing on your mind is how the foods you eat or the medications you take might affect your digestive tract.

But as strange as it might seem, your gut should be a major focus in your life.

You see, a healthy gut microbiome is your first line of defense against infection, disease and illness.

When the beneficial bugs in your digestive system flourish, good things happen. They aid in weight loss, boost your mood and help your body absorb nutrients from the foods you eat. When they are in short supply, just the opposite happens.

This makes antibiotics one of your worst enemies. These drugs not only kill harmful bacteria… they also wipe out strains of beneficial bacteria that are absolutely necessary for good health.

But antibiotics aren’t the only medications that are disturbing your gut microbiome. Continue reading

This Missing Mineral May be Robbing You of Vitamin D

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By David Blyweiss, M.D., Advanced Natural Wellness

May 2, 2018

  • An overlooked cause of vitamin D deficiency
  • Magnesium and vitamin D work hand-in-hand to protect your health
  • How to get more of the “missing” mineral

As unbelievable as it may sound, at least 40% of Americans are vitamin D deficient. And depending on what measure is used as the cut-off for deficiency, it could be as many as 75%.

This is a huge problem. It’s also why I recommend that everyone have their vitamin D levels tested.

But what happens if you’re low on this nutrient? Will taking a vitamin D supplement bring your levels back up to part? And what if you are taking vitamin D supplements and still insufficient in this nutrient?

Well, today I want to alert you to another deficiency that may actually be robbing your stores of vitamin D. Continue reading

How to Slash Your Toxic Load

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By David Blyweiss, M.D., Advanced Natural Wellness

April 27, 2018

  • Another reason eating out is bad for your health
  • The many ways you are exposed to phthalates
  • Here’s how to slash your toxic load

If you’re trying to eat a healthy diet, dining out can be pretty tricky… especially if you eat out more often than you eat at home.

Healthy sounding soups, salads and flatbreads are often extremely high in sodium. Many of the foods are laden with inflammatory omega-6 fatty acids and unhealthy additives. Plus, a lot of menu choices contain a lot more calories than you would expect.

Now there is another threat to take into consideration when dining out. Continue reading

Eat This and Shave Off 6 Years

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By David Blyweiss, M.D., Advanced Natural Wellness

April 25, 2018

  • Is fiber the latest anti-aging treatment?
  • Take up to 6 years off your biological age
  • Here’s how easy it is to slow down the aging process

Did you know that if you aren’t eating enough fiber you might be aging more quickly than your peers? Sure, you might be the same age chronologically. But biologically you may look older, feel older and have more health problems.

You see, it turns out that people with a high fiber intake have longer telomeres than people who eat diets low in fiber.

If you aren’t familiar with them, telomeres are segments of DNA at the end of our chromosomes that control aging. If your telomeres are shorter than average, it increases your chances of developing age-related diseases such as cancer, diabetes, heart disease and dementia are increased. Shorter telomeres also mean a reduced lifespan.

Longer telomeres, on the other hand, are associated with a long and robust lifetime.

So just how amazing is it to discover that every gram of fiber you eat on a daily basis could reduce telomere shortening? Continue reading

3 Foods that Raise Your Blood Pressure

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By David Blyweiss, M.D., Advanced Natural Wellness

April 18, 2018

  • Are you grilling your way to high blood pressure?
  • The “other” white crystals that contribute to hypertension
  • 4 nutrients to improve your blood pressure readings

If you are trying to maintain a healthy blood pressure, you probably analyze labels very carefully for salt content. But did you know that there are other foods and beverages – ones that aren’t high in salt – that can affect your blood pressure too?

For example, most folks don’t realize that something as simple as the way you cook your meat can raise your chances of high blood pressure by as much as 17%.

You see, when you cook meat, poultry and fish at high temperatures, they create cancer-causing chemicals called heterocyclic aromatic amines. The more charred the meat, the more of these compounds are produced. A similar unintended consequence occurs forming acrylamides (a DNA mutagen) while cooking high starch content foods in high temperature, think  French fries or potato chips.

Well, here’s the thing. Continue reading