What Is Your Statin Really Doing For You?

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You’ve been diagnosed with high cholesterol so you should go on a statin drug right? How many of you have had this conversation with your doctor?
The first questions you may want to ask your doctor is, “How will lowering my cholesterol improve my health?” and, “why should I be on a statin?”
It’s in our nature to trust our doctors and to follow their diagnosis, but are they sometimes to quick to provide treatment before they have determined the actual cause?
Here are some facts about that statins that you should know:

-There is no evidence that statin drugs improve cardiovascular health. In fact, more evidence suggests that cardiovascular risk can be increased with the use of statins especially in women, diabetics and young people.

-Statins do not decrease the risk of heart attack.

-Statins are designed to lower cholesterol. Studies have shown that low cholesterol levels are associated with an increase in cancer, neurological disorders and muscle disorders.

-Statins poison crucial enzymes in the body like CoQ10.

-Studies have shown that older people with higher cholesterol levels have increased longevity. Every cell in the body needs cholesterol for optimum functionality.

Statins are the most widely prescribed pharmaceutical today and Big Pharma is making millions of dollars off the marketing of these drugs. They will be the last to come clean about health risks.
If you’re concerned about your cardiovascular health, have a conversation with your doctor. Discuss natural alternatives like a healthier diet and introducing anti inflammatory foods like fish oil, turmeric and ginger.
Don’t fall into the medication trap. Prevention is the cure.

Just say no to statins!

If you’re interested in learning more about healthy living through nutrition and exercise, “Click Here” for your “Empower Your Health Strategy Session.” Together we will put you on the path to great health.

Stay healthy my friends.

Cholesterol, Your Friend, Not Your Enemy

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Recently I’ve seen a lot of articles about how cholesterol is no longer the enemy when it comes to cardiovascular health. The low fat/high carb diet is out and healthy fats are now touted as the fuel that are bodies need.

Cholesterol is actually helpful, not harmful. It plays a critical role in protecting the arteries from inflammation, which is the real culprit. Where does inflammation come from? From the low fat/high carb diets that we’ve been told are good for us.

Even though they should know better, the healthcare industry continues to tell us that saturated fat and cholesterol are silent killers, thus depriving us of necessary nutrients and allowing us to consume unhealthy oils, trans fats, sugars, and chemical ridden low fat junk foods.

Our bodies require saturated fat and cholesterol for proper metabolism, healthy brain function(the majority of your brain is made of cholesterol) hormone balance and cell formation. Without these two nutritional components major health issues such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s can arise.

I’ve had high cholesterol my entire life and have been told by my doctor that I’m at high risk for a heart attack or stroke. But is cholesterol really the issue? I’m having that conversation with my doctor. What about you? Where do you stand on the great cholesterol debate? I’d love to hear your thoughts.

I will continue this important discussion on cholesterol and inflammation in future posts.
In the meantime, if you’re interested in learning more about how your cholesterol and diet may be effecting you, please “click here” for your “Empower Your Health Strategy Session.”

Have a great day!

Bruce

Juicing-What’s So Weird About Drinking Kale?

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In the past few years, the practice of juicing has gone from a health food store novelty to a national phenomenon. Juice bars, juice distributors, and juice trucks are popping up all across the country. These juices aren’t your average breakfast table variety like orange or apple juice, they incorporate a wide variety of fruits, vegetables and herbs such as kale, ginger, and pomegranate. They pack a nutritional wallop and have been proven to be beneficial for health issues like  anti-aging,weight loss, digestion and even cancer.

I could probably right a book on this subject, but for the sake of my readers, I’ll keep it simple and give an overview. We can get to more specifics in future posts.

I started my relationship with my juicer about 2 years ago. It is a Breville Juice Fountain Plus, designed to pulverize fruits and veggies into amazing concoctions of nutritional bliss. Our love affair has been passionate and intense. Juice has become my muse. My creative outlet to healthy living.
So how did I become a juicer? My journey began in my girlfriend’s kitchen early one morning, where I was presented with a luminous green glass of liquid and was told to drink it because it was good for me. Yeah, I’ve heard that one before. I eyed it suspiciously and took a small sip. I’ll have to admit that my first taste wasn’t very pleasant, but I committed to drinking the entire glass and by the end I was beginning to find the taste rather appealing. Taste was only the beginning. I felt fresh! Energy was coursing through my mind and body. I thought to myself; “we may have something here”.
Since that morning, I became a dedicated juicer. I began experimenting and creating different juices with different flavors and health benefits. I toyed with the idea of starting my own juice company, but instead, incorporated juicing into my coaching practice to help my clients.
With any new health concept, there is always debate and pros and cons about the benefits. So how do you know if it’s right for you?
Ask yourself some simple questions. Do I want to improve my health? Will juicing help me reach my health goals? How do I get my juice? How do I feel after drinking fresh juice?
If you’re new to juicing I would suggest keeping it simple. Stop by your local health food store or juice bar and try some juices and see what you like.
If you’re ready to go all in and invest in a juicer then you can pick one up for $100 to $300. Read reviews on what juicers are best or ask me. I strongly suggest juicing from home. Your juice is made fresh by you, you can make it the flavor you want, and it’s made with love.
When first preparing your juice, try some greens like Kale or romaine. Add a nice root like ginger or turmeric, lemon or apple for flavor, and cucumber or celery for volume. Voila! You have a nutritional power house. Here’s a favorite recipe of mine:

Bruce’s Mean Green(Bruce Juice) 25-30 oz.
1 large handful of Kale
1large handful of spinach
2 celery stalks
1 green apple
1 medium cucumber
1/2 inch tumeric
1 inch ginger
1/2 lemon(peeled)

A few other tips; Always buy organic!
Go easy on the fruit! Fruit can cause a rapid rise in blood sugar.
If you currently have some health issues, consult your Doctor and learn which juicing regimen may be right for you.
Why not commit to your own juice regimen today? I promise you that your body and mind will feel better for it.
Need a little nudge? I offer juice detox packages and a free health consultation to get you going.
Lastly, I want to thank local artist Arleta Pech for contributing the awesome pic of the antique juicer squeezing out mouth watering cherry juice. You can see more of her work at www.arletapech.com.

Stay juicy my friends,
Bruce