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2 Foods that Help You Live Longer

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

June 4, 2018

  • A third of deaths could be prevented by eating these foods
  • What are you eating?
  • Easy ways to slip more fruits and veggies into your diet

Here’s a statistic that absolutely floors me…

Only one out of every 10 adults eats the recommended daily servings of fruits and vegetables. This means 90% of Americans are eating less than the current guidelines of 1½ to 2 cups of fruit per day and 2 to 3 cups of vegetables.

This is tragic!

Eating fresh, plant-based foods is one of the easiest ways to prevent cancer. These foods protect against high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke and mental decline. They preserve your vision, prevent diabetes, keep you thin and support a healthy gut microbiota.

To top it off, it’s estimated that about a third of early deaths could be prevented… just by eating a diet high in fruits and vegetables. Continue reading

5 Habits for a Healthier Life

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

May 28, 2018

  • How many years do you have left to live?
  • 5 healthy habits for a longer and healthier life
  • Add 10 or more years to your life expectancy

It’s not uncommon for people to start thinking about their mortality once they reach the age of 50. They often wonder how many years they have left. Is it 20? Maybe 30?

Well, what if you could make it closer to 40 years?

You might be surprised to learn that it might be easier than you think. All it takes is five healthy lifestyle habits. That’s right. There are five simple changes you can make to add a decade or more of healthy years to your life. Continue reading

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

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

Resistant Starch: A New Superfood for Your Digestive System

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

April 6, 2018

  • All starches are not created equal
  • Resistant starch: A superfood for your digestive system
  • Where to find these health-giving starches in your diet

A large part of the carbohydrates in your diet comes from starches. Potatoes, breads, pasta and rice all fall into this category.

I’m not a fan of these types of starchy foods. That’s because when you eat too many of them they can drive your blood sugar up and lead to metabolic disorders. So these are some of the foods I consistently advise my patients to cut back on.

However, there is a certain type of starch that has garnered more and more interest over the years. It’s called “resistant starch”. And it falls into an unusual category. Along-side being a starch, it’s also a highly-fermentable insoluble fiber. Continue reading

4 Eating Habits for Permanent Weight Loss

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

April 2, 2018

  • A diet by any other name…
  • Is this popular diet trend right for you?
  • 4 eating styles for permanent weight loss

I can’t count the number of times patients have asked me about some fad diet or another. Over the years there has been the cabbage soup diet, the grapefruit diet, the apple cider vinegar diet, the juicing diet, and countless others that I can’t even remember.

These days something called “souping” – or the “souping diet” – tops the list.

Now, this trend has become big business. Companies are bottling up thick soups in a grab-and-go form with claims that the soups will help you lose weight, purify your body, rebuild your immune system and rejuvenate your life.

Is it true? Can you really get all of these wonderful benefits by eating soup for 24 hours, two days, or five days a week?

Here’s what I tell my patients… Continue reading

Why You Feel Hungrier after Weight Loss

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

March 9, 2018

  • Losing weight is tough. Keeping it off is even tougher.
  • Train your hunger hormones for successful weight loss
  • Developing a healthy balance for life-long results

Losing weight can be a real struggle. But despite popular belief, most people are able to do it on their own. The real battle is keeping it off after you lose it. Only about 20% of dieters succeed at maintaining their new weight.

The sad part is that people often blame themselves for their inability to prevent the pounds from creeping back up. But in many cases, it’s not entirely their fault. Rather, it’s the way that our hunger hormones respond to weight loss. Continue reading

What Your Walking Speed Says About Your Lifespan

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

February 19, 2018

  • Feeling weak and out of balance?
  • How fast (or slow) you walk may predict longevity
  • Unusual exercise boosts muscle and bone strength

Growing old gracefully is something everyone strives for. But sometimes life catches up with you faster than you realize.

The next thing you know, you’re feeling weaker than you would like. Your muscles and bones aren’t as strong as they used to be. And your risk of falls and fractures increases exponentially.

You might think this only happens to “old” people.

Well, believe me!

I’ve met plenty of patients in their 50’s and 60’s that are already experiencing muscle loss, balance issues and osteoporosis. As a matter of fact, about 40% of folks in this age group already have low bone mass in their hips or spine.

Once these types of problems rear their ugly head, it can literally steal away your livelihood. Continue reading

When is the Best Time to Eat?

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

February 5, 2018

  • Eating too much at all of the wrong times
  • Here’s what happens if you never get hungry
  • Meal timing strategy triggers your body’s ancient cleansing system

For our entire lives we’ve been told to eat three square meals a day.

Some people eat even more than that – snacking all day and well into the evening so that they never get hungry. And for some unknown reason, the majority of folks here in the U.S. eat for an average of 15 hours or longer each day.

Not only are we eating too much and too often, we’re also eating the bulk of our foods at the wrong time of the day. (If you’re like most Americans, you probably eat several small meals and snacks during the day, followed by a big evening meal.)

This may be a driving factor in the obesity epidemic… and presents more health risks than you might imagine. Continue reading