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If You’re a Male Above 40, You NEED To Read This!

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I know the title of this article seems a bit partial to men but the honest truth is all the points made here apply just as much to women over 40 as it does to men over 40. I just wanted to use this article as a basis for focusing a bit on the men because we (or perhaps should I say I) often focus on our health concerns more from a women’s perspective (understandably) than from the men’s, so I guess this is just my way of giving the guys a bit of TLA (tender loving attention).

We live in an age where problems like diabetes, obesity and a plethora of other medical issues are at epidemic levels. Most of these problems are the result of poor dietary choices, a sedentary or inadequately active lifestyle and too much stress.

Doctor taking blood pressure of patient --- Image by © Dann Tardif/LWA/Corbis

Doctor taking blood pressure of patient — Image by © Dann Tardif/LWA/Corbis

These can be all avoided or the risks at least minimized if one takes positive steps to address these problems before they worsen or even show up. However, in these current times it is so easy to make excuses for keeping unhealthy and unfit rather than rising up to the health challenges we all face as we grow older. The problem is that developing a healthy lifestyle and eating habits is a discipline that needs to be cultivated, nurtured and stuck with and that can be hard if you are disinclined to for one reason or the other.

Health and fitness is not about the presence or absence of a six pack. It is more fundamental and though the discipline of cultivating a healthy lifestyle might be difficult, taking this lifestyle journey in small manageable steps can be easy, each step at a time as you learn to gradually incorporate small healthy lifestyle adjustments to habits and routines on a daily or weekly basis

The repercussions on your health when you ignore your body’s health needs (particularly your internal body make-up) can cost you in the long run. For instance, most men with abdominal fat are exposing themselves to many possible health risks. The belly is one of the first places where men and women over forty particularly gain weight. For men, this easily translates into a paunch and for women you develop layers of fat around the belly and having a waistline rapidly becomes a myth!

You must be aware that there are two kinds of fat in the body. There is subcutaneous fat which is fat under the skin and there is visceral fat, which is fat that builds up in the spaces around your organs such as the intestines and stomach.

It is this visceral fat that causes your body to store toxins and also causes inflammation. The dangerous part here is that even with a body that doesn’t seem morbidly obese, you might have quite a lot of visceral fat stored in your organs.

This sets the stage for problems like diabetes, heart disease, inflammation and all the other problems that are just waiting for the right opportunity to strike.

Always bear in mind – prevention is better than cure. I know I sound like a boring old school teacher but I would not wish the affliction of a chronic disease or serious ill-health on anyone. I went through my bout of chronic ill-health many years ago and in my write-ups, I never forget to reference the horrors of what I went through for five years. So if I sound like a boring old fart (pardon the crudity), please bear with me. At least now you know why.

Anyway, back to my health lecture; high blood sugar levels, high cholesterol levels, unexplained aches and pains all over the body, lethargy, depression and many other problems are the result of a poor diet and an inactive lifestyle. You can keep many health problems at bay just by watching your diet, making the right food choices and getting daily exercise. As much as possible, avoid processed foods, consume alcohol sparingly and not as a habit. Please avoid smoking if you can at all help it and if you can’t then just get help and quit! Basically, I am encouraging you to please take an active interest in your general health and there are many ways you can start to do that. Don’t think you have to do all these things at once. It would be great if you did but you probably would not be human if you could.

Aging is a slow process and most men forget that with time, their bodies just can’t cope with the ravages of an unhealthy lifestyle. In your forties, you’re not old but you aren’t that young either. Certain unhealthy habits were fine when we were young but can have lethal health consequences for us if we continue in the same vein without making serious efforts to transform these bad health and lifestyle habits.

The sooner you do, the better. The foundation of all happiness is good health. Eat clean. Be active and live well. Look out for my next article in the series of tackling health issues and concerns for men over 40!

 

From my heart to yours, always,

Kobi Emmanuella-King

Stress and Diabetes: Cause, Prevention, Natural Treatment

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If you’ve been diagnosed with diabetes, mainstream medicine treats you as if you have an incurable disease. It’s like they’re saying, “Now you’re a diabetic… that’s who you are… and that’s who you’ll always be.”

diabetes-lellitusThis approach is dead-wrong.

How does diabetes develop?

Adult diabetes is not something wrong with you. It’s not that you were born cursed to develop it. It develops because of lifestyle choices and environmental factors. And it CAN be reversed.

And here’s something you probably don’t know: Mainstream medicine’s attitude that diabetes isn’t curable is actually making your health worse. Because it leaves you feeling hopeless and causes you stress.

What causes diabetes?

Stress leads to inflammation. And inflammation leads to chronic diseases — like diabetes.

Not only does stress cause your glucose levels to rise, a recent study has uncovered a distinct biological pathway between stress and diabetes.1 And it all starts in the part of your brain that regulates inhibition, or attention control.

Researchers found that people who have poor attention control also have higher anxiety. And when your anxiety increases, your body produces pro-inflammatory cytokines. One of them is called interleukin-6 (IL-6).

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IL-6 is a biomarker of acute and chronic stress. It’s also been associated with higher blood glucose levels and diabetes.

Reading through the study, I was encouraged that its authors suggested both mindfulness therapy and cognitive behavioral therapy to address patients’ stress. I thought to myself: “That’s a good start… maybe they’re finally getting it!”

But the very next line read: “That doesn’t mean that medicines that promote inhibition, such as stimulants, shouldn’t be considered…”

It’s Big Pharma to the rescue! Of course!

Stimulant drugs are what they prescribe to kids — and sometimes adults — with ADHD. Adderall… Ritalin… Vyvanse… Concerta…

Side Effects of Stimulant Drugs

Not only can they have serious side effects, they’re highly addictive. Some of the side effects include:

  • Increased heart rate, blood pressure and body temperature
  • Insomnia
  • Erratic and/or violent behavior
  • Hallucinations
  • Psychosis

They’re also totally unnecessary. At my clinic, I tackle stress and anxiety head-on. But I do it in a safe and natural way.

How does therapy help relieve anxiety?

I DO agree that mindfulness therapy is a great option. It’s a form of meditation. The practice is so useful at squashing anxiety that even the U.S. Marines and Special Forces use it!

One study looked at 30 Marines getting ready to deploy to Iraq. The Marines were split into two groups. One group practiced mindful meditation. The other group did nothing. The group that meditated scored much better on tests that assessed their stress and anxiety levels.

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Meditate and Breathe

You can do this at home. Just sit somewhere comfortable and quiet with your eyes closed for 10-15 minutes every day. Keep your back straight, your chin tucked in, and focus on your breathing.

Bali’s natural remedies for anxiety

Nature is also full of anxiety-busting remedies. I learned about some great new ones during my travels to Bali.

butterfly-peaI wrote about them in my new book, Healing Herbs of Paradise. But I want to share a few with you right now.

  1. Butterfly pea. This beautiful plant has so many healing properties. Studies show that it reduces both anxiety and depression. One of those studies revealed that it’s “adaptogenic” at higher doses. That means it can help your body adapt to stress. You can order dried butterfly pea flowers online. I like to add them to my salad. You can also grind them into a powder and mix the powder into a smoothie.
    1. Holy basil. The locals call it “tulsi.” So do the healers in India. The Balinese swear it’s excellent for reducing anxiety and depression. And animal studies back this up.2A great way to get the calming effect of holy basil is to make “tulsi tea.” Here’s how I do it:tulsi-tea

      Put 3 heaping teaspoons of leaves in a quart of hot water. Fresh or dried leaves both work. You can get dried leaves at most health food stores or online.Let them decoct for about 5 minutes.Strain into a cup or glass. You can drink it warm, but I like it over ice. ylang-ylang-oil

    2. Ylang-ylang. Aromatherapy can help soothe anxiety. The people in Bali use ylang-ylang essential oil to calm nervousness, anxiety and stress. I’ve tried it myself, and I definitely felt more relaxed after breathing in the beautiful fragrance. 

      You can buy ylang-ylang essential oil online or at an Asian specialty store. Make sure it’s 100% pure, therapeutic grade oil.

      Try mixing a few drops into a teaspoon of honey and add it to your bath water. Then breathe in the soothing aroma as you soak in the warm water.

      To Your Good Health,

      Al Sears, MD

      Al Sears, MD, CNS


      1. Williams M. “Rice study details stress-diabetes link,” Rice University (news.rice.edu). June 6, 2016
      2. Cohen, Marc Maurice. “Tulsi – Ocimum sanctum: A herb for all reasons,” J Ayurveda Integr Med. 2014 Oct-Dec; 5(4):251-259