Simply To Chai For! – the super-tasty superfood that boosts hormones

Chai. The first time I had anything chai was after a yoga class. The instructor served spiced chai tea laced with soy. She had soaked chai seeds overnight and they were a plump and creamy surprise at the bottom of my cup. The whole combination was delicious. Sipping that tea gave me a comforting memory I recall often.

Chai is a lightly nutty little seed that is packed with so much healthy goodness it is called a “superfood.” It can be sprinkled on things like salads, yogurt, eggs, and oatmeal. It can be soaked which softens and plumps up the seeds that can be used in puddings, smoothies, and casseroles. They are so mild that they can be added to muffins, cakes, and breads without modifying recipes. Yummy, yes, but there is more to Chai than meets the eye.

The health benefits of chai are all over the “plate.” They are high in minerals that are important for proper organ functioning. They are rich in antioxidants which help stop damage at the cellular level. They can boost energy better than an energy drink and they contain 500% more calcium than milk! No bone to pick there. They help balance hormones and being a fan of optimized hormones, thanks to BioTE® Medical, I am all about foods that help the cause.

Chai seeds contain a secret weapon: Omega-3 fatty acids. The Omega-3 fats can reduce the risk of heart disease, balance thyroid hormones, and offer protection against breast cancer. These fats support brain and heart health and give skin and hair a healthy shine. Omega-3 fats may help lower the risk of heart disease, depression, dementia, and arthritis. In the heart, they can ease inflammation and improve the effectiveness of anti-inflammatory medications. They can lower triglycerides and slow down plaque buildup in the blood vessels.

So, eat up, drink up, bake ‘em up, or just grab a handful and chew ‘em up. They’re healthy and they taste great on or in just about anything. Seriously, they are simply “to chai for.”

Just for the health of it,

Kelly

BioTE® medical providers are nationwide. For a provider near you, visit www.biotemedical.com


The Chubby Kid Inside Me – A fitness expert’s battle with body dysmorphia

I have felt self-conscious about my body every since I was a little boy. My mom struggled with her weight and I’ve battled the overweight kid and chubby teenager who have lived inside me my whole life. I felt so flawed in my own eyes that I thought I needed to be perfect to make any kind of mark in the world.

Food is at the heart of my own personal war. It was and remains my nemesis. I have not stepped on a scale in decades. Even with my regimented workout schedule (and 5% body fat at times), I’ve never been completely satisfied with my body. That might sound strange coming from a lifelong fitness expert; but, I am no different than other people who suffer from body dysmorphia.

What is Body Dysmorphia?

Body dysmorphia is a mental disorder that is characterized by a person’s obsession with one or more real or perceived minor flaws on his or her body. Brain changes, genes, and environmental factors can cause dysmorphia. The Mayo Clinic lists they symptoms of the disorder and they include:

  • Strong belief that you have a defect in your appearance that makes you ugly or deformed
  • Constantly comparing your appearance with others
  • Always seeking reassurance about your appearance from others
  • Being so preoccupied with appearance that it causes major distress or problems in your social life, work, school or other areas of functioning

How I Cope with Dysmorphia

My poor self-image drove me to the gym at an early age*. Results came slowly for me, unlike my friends who were ripped and lean with half the effort. Undaunted, I pressed on. Now, I am in my mid-50s and I look pretty good. In some ways, I am better than ever. I have worked hard to calm the negative self-talk that has rung in my ears for decades.

To deal with my own dysmorphia, I have found other ways to determine how I feel about myself. How do my clothes fit? Do I feel rested and ready to take on the day? Do I have a positive attitude toward what I may encounter? Have I eaten healthy food today and am I looking forward to my workout? Am I determined to take care of myself? Have I had my hormone levels checked to see if I am optimized?

Make Sure Your Hormones are Optimized

I’m not saying hormones are the complete answer; yet, I know they are a vital piece of the total health puzzle. We know nutrition and exercise play key roles in our health. However, without optimized hormones, nutrition and exercise can take us only so far, especially as we age. I chose BioTE® Medical hormone replacement therapy to help me optimize my own levels.

Hormone optimization helps maximize the work your food does and your workouts can yield. It can encourage weight loss, increase bone density, enhance mental clarity, stabilize moods, and improve the overall quality of your life.

We may all have something we don’t like about our bodies. So what? If we eat well, exercise, get regular medical check ups, take care of ourselves the best we can, and make sure our hormones are optimized, we can learn to appreciate ourselves for the amazing individuals we are. After all, perfection is not the goal, progress is.

Here’s to a Better You,

Larry North

Host of the Larry North “Better You” radio show

CBS KRLD 1080 am

Sundays 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm Central Time

Listen wordwide at www.radio.com

or join the show by calling 214.787.1080

*It is always a good idea to check with your doctor before starting an exercise program. And, getting your hormone levels optimized with BioTE® can be an important factor in your overall health.

BioTE® Medical practitioners are nationwide. For a provider near you, visit www.biotemedical.com

 

 

 


21st Century Fitness – Optimizing every moment in and out of the gym

The 90s were hot for the gym market. In fact, I sold four clubs to a large, well known fitness company. Gyms were massive structures containing lots of mirrors, free weights, cardio machines, racquet ball courts, friendly staff members, regulation-sized basketball courts, yoga studios, spin classes, great music, group exercise classes, simulated golf-swing practice rooms, and non-gym amenities like cafes, pools, and spas. Members* could hire a trainer who’d design a personalized workout program, but most members paid a monthly fee and were on their own from there. That was then. This is now.

Today’s gyms are different – I know mine are. The 21st Century gym is still large and boasts first-class weights, machines, amenities, and staff. But, it has advanced in ways that help members maximize the overall results of their efforts in and out of the gym. Here’s what we are doing in my gyms:

  1. Technology. Handheld devices and apps have changed the world of fitness forever. Gym members have immediate access to nutritional data, body mass index (BMI) calculators, heart rates, tips, nudges, keep track of members’ progress, send out reminders, motivate, calendar item and keep track of exercise – you name it. It is available with a few finger taps. And, members are equipped to ask questions and to challenge beliefs. This can “up” everyone’s game.

From the administrative side, technology keeps gym teams connected to members. We text reminders and email all kinds of information; we forward blogs, take suggestions, answer questions, and post successes so others can get inspired. Technology is making for a great relationship between gyms and members.

  1. Nutrition. We know more about food than ever before. We have learned over the years that one size doesn’t fit all when it comes to eating. Counting calories has been replaced with the right balance between carbohydrates, fats, and proteins. Carbs and fats have been given a bad name but in the right proportions, they can improve results fast. Protein, is the zenith of muscle building yet may gym-goers still don’t understand the importance of consuming protein before and after their workouts.
  1. Training/Education. Personalized training may seem like a luxury, especially if you have just shelled out bucks for a membership. It can be the change that makes all the difference in results. A well trained, knowledgeable, up-to-date pro can educate you on the latest advances in the science of fitness. He or she gives ndividualized attention and that can help you break through limiting beliefs. This accountability can be the difference between being in “good shape” and “awesome shape.”
  1. Hormone Optimization. This may be the biggest change of all in the 21st Century gym. I have understood the hormone-health connection for a long time. For decades, I believed what I had always been taught about them. I knew that they naturally declined with age. My levels were low from a very young age and I was told I could boost mine a little with synthetics (which I did) but would probably suffer the adverse side effects (which I did). No more.

This year, I learned the difference between “normal hormone levels for your age” and “optimized hormones.” I discovered BioTE® Medical’s bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT). It has changed my belief about hormones and it has improved my life. Hormone optimization helps people gain the maximum benefits from your fitness and nutrition.

The 21st Century gyms – my gyms – integrate these components into our health and fitness philosophy. My trainers are working to ensure that individualized training sessions include the “hormone” talk. Trainers are helping our members understand the importance of hormone optimization in helping them reach and sustain their health and fitness goals. Long term.

The gym of the future is here. People’s gym workouts are better and more effective than ever. Gyms have always tried to offer ways for members to benefit from their time in them. The 21st Century gym goes 10 steps farther. We are working to help our members maximize every moment in the gym while optimizing every moment outside of it, as well.

Here’s to a Better You,

Larry North

Host of the Larry North “Better You” radio show

CBS KRLD 1080 am

Sundays 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm Central Time

Listen wordwide at www.radio.com

or join the show by calling 214.787.1080

*It is always a good idea to check with your doctor before starting an exercise program. And, getting your hormone levels optimized with BioTE® can be an important factor in your overall health.

BioTE® Medical practitioners are nationwide. For a provider near you, visit www.biotemedical.com


Breaking up with Calories – Falling in love with carbs, fats, proteins, and optimized hormones

Convincing a 54-year old woman that she should stop counting calories is a hard sell. I grew up in the era of drinking lemon water and using baby oil to get a tan. If you wanted to lose weight, you simply decreased your caloric intake. “Skinny” came in a pink can called, “Tab.” The rule was to eat what you wanted, just make sure you didn’t go over your daily caloric allotment. It stuck with me and trying to shake it has been like melting a glacier with a glass of water. I loved my calories, the few I had. We were a couple, committed to each other.

Things started to change when I met my trainer, Javier. He’s super-smart. He’s made me strong, lean, and more toned than I have been in my previous eight years of lifting. He pushes me hard and I do what he says. But when it came to nutrition, I had no idea what he was talking about. He first tried to explain it to me with words like, fat oxidation, anabolic, ketosis, post-absorptive rate, thermodynamics, epigenetic phenomena – Quick, somebody hand me a Snickers bar! I needed a simple explanation of why heavy weightlifting 30 minutes then spend between 8 – 13 miles on the “wogging” (walking and jogging) trail daily wasn’t losing weight on a 1200 – 1500 calorie-a-day diet. I knew I couldn’t cut calories much more without fainting but I didn’t understand what I was doing wrong. When he first told me that I needed to increase my caloric intake, I almost left the gym. Something kept me from that impulse – it could have been the burn my legs were feeling from the lunges I just completed.

I asked Javier to try again, to make it simple. Remedial. Elementary. While he can’t really seem to count reps accurately (“20” is not “5,” Javier…), he has helped me understood the importance of carbohydrates, fats (yes, “fats”), protein, and hormone optimization. Calories are not to be completely ignored, but they are not the stars of the show.

My explanation below is unworthy of a grade higher than a C+ but it has worked for me. Everybody’s gotta start where they are and I was at the bottom.

Pack on the Protein – Protein is essential for building muscle. Lean beef, chicken, turkey, fish, eggs, egg whites, and whey are in that wheelhouse. Protein feeds muscles the nutrients they need to build healthy mass and function properly. It’s difficult to over-due protein so it is the last of my worries.

Get Chummy with the Carbs – Carbs have gotten a bad rap. Complex carbohydrates convert to fuel. Good carbs are high in fiber and encourage but slow digestion and are found in whole grains, beans, oats, fresh fruits, veggies, and nuts. They prevent those spikes in blood sugar that contribute to hunger cravings and mood swings. They keep us full longer, staving off hunger. They lower bad cholesterol, improve memory, help prevent some diseases, and bump up serotonin production – the happy hormone. Bonus.

Our bodies don’t store them as fat when eaten in the right proportion to good fats and protein. Eating too few good carbs can turn the body into a hoarder and make losing excess weight and maintaining a healthy weight almost impossible.

Get Friendly with Fats – The good fats are essential for optimal weight and health. Bad fats are what increase the risk of certain diseases. Good fats protect your brain and heart, and help keep you at a healthy weight. Like the good carbs, they can protect against diseases, boost a person’s mood (yay fats!), and help us maintain a healthy weight. Some examples of good fats are salmon, soybeans, flax seeds, peanuts, avocados, olive oil, almonds, and walnuts.

We need fat. I’ve learned that it’s important to eat them in disproportionate amounts. What I mean by that is that if you are eating higher carbs one day, then your fats should be lower and vice versa. They take turns as the premium fuel your body uses to run. They also keep the body from settling into complacency and not burning fuel like it should.

OPTIMIZE YOUR HORMONES – For the last three years, I have been on bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT). Hormone levels naturally decline as we age. Low hormones increase the risk of heart disease, some cancers, and a host of other health challenges – think “menopause, mood swings, hot flashes, weight gain, insomnia, forgetfulness…” I get BioTE® Medical’s subcutaneous pellets inserted every 3-4 months. They are cardio-activated and because my activity level is extremely high, I get pelleted more often than the average female patient who goes every 5-6 months.

I’m feeling better than ever. I have dissolved my exclusive relationship with calories. The breakup was difficult. It took a long time and it was painful. We had some great times together. But I am stronger, healthier, happier, and leaner than ever and the glacier is starting to melt.

Just for the health of it,

 

Kelly

 

BioTE® medical providers are nationwide. For a provider near you, visit www.biotemedical.com

 


There’s a New Kid in Town – Hormone optimization’s got star power

I’ve been in gyms and associated with weightlifting activities* most of my life. It’s normal for my friends to participate in bodybuilding competitions but you don’t find many 70- and 48-year old competitors, like Harvey and Jennifer.

Harvey is over 70 years old. He is 5’8” tall and weighs 170 pounds. His body fat is 6%. Harvey was always the thin, talkative, smart, friendly but not-very-toned guy at the gym. To look at his muscle tone and definition now, you would conclude he was either “born that way” or had “work done.” He wasn’t and he hasn’t. His secret to good health and his incredible body is actually no secret. I’ll get to that in a minute.

Jennifer is 48. She began working out after her three pregnancies left her with excess weight and a fluctuating self-image. The thought of entering a bikini competition in heels was unthinkable when she began working out. Her trainer persisted though and Jennifer finally accepted the challenge.

Harvey and Jennifer are opposites in many ways. Harvey is a guy and 70+ years old. Jennifer is 48, female, and the mother of three kids. Harvey concentrated his weightlifting efforts on his arms while Jennifer focused more on her glutes and lower body. He does the treadmill for his cardio blast; she opts for the stair master. Still, they have one thing in common that sets them apart from the rest of the field. It has to do with hormone levels- for many of us, that means BioTE® Medical.

Recently, I asked Harvey, “What’s your testosterone level?” He responded with bravado, “1,000!” I asked Jennifer the same question and she said, “250!” Later, I asked the same question to a 55-year old colleague of mine who has struggled with weight, low energy, and home and work stress. His answer? “I have no clue.” Poor guy.

Bodybuilders, elite athletes, and super-fit, healthy folks follow a simple recipe for lean muscle development, low body fat, overall health, and maximized fitness. They combine healthy portions of carbohydrates, fats, and protein- we all know that. Those are well known, accepted truths. But, hormone optimization is the new kid in town. It’s got the kind of star-power we haven’t seen in a while.

Oh, by the way, Jennifer started prepping 14 weeks out and took 2nd place in her first show in the 45 masters division. Harvey won it all in the over-70 division. Yeah, I’m talking “Superstars.”

Here’s to a Better You,

 

Larry North

Host of the Larry North “Better You” radio show

CBS KRLD 1080 am

Sundays 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm Central Time

Listen wordwide at www.radio.com

or join the show by calling 214.787.1080

*It is always a good idea to check with your doctor before starting an exercise program. And, getting your hormone levels optimized with BioTE® can be an important factor in your overall health.

BioTE® Medical practitioners are nationwide. For a provider near you, visit www.biotemedical.com

 


The Unintended “Pokemon Go” Effect – the evolution of fitness and technology

Technology dominates. We use it to make travel plans, submit applications, track our activity, make dinner reservations, lock the house, send gifts, order groceries, remember special occasions, connect with others, and get work done. It takes place on gadgets that fit in the palm of our hands. The fitness world has taken advantage of technology but it wasn’t always that way.

Workouts and fitness routines used to happen exclusively in the gym. Gymnasiums have been around since the 18th century; circus performers used them to practice and wrestlers and boxers trained in them. Gyms were raw, sweaty hotboxes filled with homemade weights – nothing like the state-of-the-art, high-tech gyms of today. Technology was brewing but has finally taken the fitness world by storm.

Jack Lalanne, the grandfather of fitness, built the first modern-day gym in Oakland, California in the 1940s. His popular television show aired for years and had a massive following. In my own gyms, I used common, everyday objects like bowling pins, brooms sticks, cables and bands, rubber balls, heavy books, and sand-filled bags as weights. My gym looked more like a garage sometimes than anything else.

It wasn’t until the 70s that the techno-savvy “Life Cycle” arrived. It is the most popular stationary bike in history, but it took a while to reach that pinnacle. Dr. Keene Dimick created it as a way to exercise without making his own back pain worse. Around 1977, Augie Neito and his business partner bought the rights to the bike but was a hard sell; it was very expensive. The guys pressed on and decades later, the “Life Cycle” is considered the standard stationary bike in the United States.

In 2001, Apple handed the fitness world a treasure when it introduced the “iPod.” This small device allowed people to download songs and create personalized playlists then clip it to their active wear and go! That gadget was a hit. Research shows that music can elicit feelings that become powerful motivators. Music can distract athletes from “bodily awareness” and controlling one’s own music can help people find the pace and rhythm that can keep them motivated and “in the zone.” I still get chills when I hear the theme from Rocky (the first movie) and Peter Frampton brings me back to high school after the first note.

Since then, Apple has dominated the Personal Digital Assistant (PDA) world. It has gone from letting people listen to music to texting, reading email, browsing the web, shopping online, making appointments, binge-watching shows, and making travel plans. People are exercising and getting tons done simultaneously.

Another technological advancement is transforming people’s lives and their desire to stay healthy and get fit. It is in the bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT) space. Recently, I went to BioTE® Medical and had my hormones optimized. The natural hormone therapy has changed my life and reintroduced me to the energy and quality of health I had in my early 20s.

Technology shows no signs of slowing down. Within the last few weeks, the latest techno-phenomenon has hit the streets. Twenty years after the original Pokemon became a household name, the Pokémon Go app arrives to celebrate its anniversary. The PDA game places virtual Pichachus, Jigglypuffs, Granbulls, Psyducks, and other Pokémon characters all over the nation. Characters “show up” and the virtual game has people running – literally – all over the nation to find rare and desired Pokémon characters and advance up the game’s levels. The characters don’t hang around for long so people make haste to find them. People are running, jumping, cycling, climbing, and speed walking to get to these imaginary treasures to appear on their PDAs.

By connecting humans with imaginary characters, Pokémon Go has injected fun back into exercise. I have forever-preach that people must find something fun, something they enjoy doing, to make exercise a part of their daily lives. Pokémon Go has breathed new life into fitness because it is a game for all ages and people love games, especially fun ones.

Technology has come a long way in the 30 years since I opened my first gym. One technological advance I brought into my gyms was the HDTV on cardio machines. It personalized people’s workouts, making them easy, fun, and interesting – the secret to get people moving.

So, who cares that people are getting their daily does of fitness via something that doesn’t really exist? You know sometimes getting healthy and fit means trying something new and different. Or, in today’s age, it may mean trying something that isn’t really there at all.

I’m beginning to believe that the singularity is here.

Here’s to a Better You,

 

Larry North

Host of the Larry North “Better You” radio show

CBS KRLD 1080 am

Sundays 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm Central Time

Listen wordwide at www.radio.com

or join the show by calling 214.787.1080

 

*It is always a good idea to check with your doctor before starting an exercise program. And, getting your hormone levels optimized with BioTE® can be an important factor in your overall health.

 

BioTE® Medical practitioners are nationwide. For a provider near you, visit www.biotemedical.com

 


The Hot-Dog-Days of Summer – Finding ways to eat healthy on vacation

Summer’s reputation has been built on barbeques, hotdogs, hamburgers, French fries, beer, cobbler, ice cream, fast food, and an assortment of other temptations. Summer lets us relax some rules and break others. But, even though we loosen our belts, it doesn’t have to mean buying a bigger pair of pants.

Summer also means travel, sometimes lots of it. Years ago, I was trotting all over the world to countries like New Zealand, Europe, Canada, South and Central America and the Middle East giving healthy-living presentations. Much of my travel coincided with the hot-dog-days of summer. Consequently, I had to develop my own healthy eating habits while traveling. It was up to me to stay healthy because I wasn’t getting any help from airlines, hotels, family, friends, and restaurants along the way. It was tough but I managed to develop some good habits that helped me maintain healthy eating habits on the road. Here are some vacation eating tips that have kept me on track when summer travel has tried to derail me.

  1. Download your apps. Smart phones can be your best friends on the road. There are many apps that track nutritional information of restaurant food, fast food, common grocery store items, and name-brand products. This allows you to know when you have met your limit of carbs, sugars, fats, calories, and protein. Additionally, they track your daily exercise (passive and active – it all counts).
  2. Pack your own picnic. Taking your own food with you is the ideal solution but if that is impractical (or rude), at least pack your own snacks.
  3. Insulate yourself. Well, what I mean is get an insulated lunch bag. They can be put in the freezer first then they will keep food cold for up to eight hours. This allows you to carry fresh food with you – the best kind – when you can get it.
  4. Call in your order. When I am staying at a hotel, I call in advance or check the hotel website before I book to make sure they have:
    1. An onsite 24-hour fitness center
    2. Refrigerators in guest rooms
    3. Restaurants and grocery stores within walking distance, a quick cab drive away, or delivery service (Apps help here, too)
    4. Healthy, sugar-free, or gluten-free menu selections; better yet, special food requests
  5. Take half. If you can’t have it all your way, “half” it your way. Look, half of a hotdog is better than the whole thing.
  6. Remember, you’re on vacation. That means, give yourself a break. It’s okay to stray a little here and there. Drop the guilt and commit to getting back on track in the morning.

So, go fire up the grill and enjoy the hot-dog-days of summer just don’t overdue the barbeque.

Here’s to a Better You,

Larry North

Host of the Larry North “Better You” radio show

CBS KRLD 1080 am

Sundays 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm Central Time

Listen wordwide at www.radio.com

or join the show by calling 214.787.1080

 

BioTE® Medical practitioners are nationwide. For a provider near you, visit www.biotemedical.com

 


No Pain, a lot of Gain – Transforming your workout into recreation

As a trainer inducted into the personal trainers hall of fame, I take the most pride in having helped people learn how to exercise properly and enjoy their fitness routines. I subscribe to the Goldilocks approach: not too little, not too much, just right. But, many people overdo their workouts and risk injury and souring on exercise altogether. When this happens, people never see the results they are expecting and exercise becomes a chore. No wonder the word “workout” becomes synonymous with “pain” – physical and mental. It doesn’t have to be that way. In fact, “pain” is your first clue that something is wrong.

Decades ago, a “workout” was done in the gym, with heavy weights and a lot of grunting coming from red-faced, sweaty bulked-up bodies. No one looked like he (or she) was having a good time. In fact, if anyone cracked a smile, other gym rats looked disdainfully on him and labeled him a “poser” regardless of how fit he was. The word “workout” was associated with pain, sweat, injury, distress, aches, hassle, soreness, and anguish – no pain, no gain. Suck it up or don’t bother. With all that “fun,” who could resist? Well, a lot of people could. But, not any more.

Today, there is a smorgasbord of exercise options and people can and should be selective. It is like going to a favorite restaurant with unlimited choices. Group classes over here; one-on-one training sessions over there. Indoor? No problem. Oh, you prefer outdoors? We got that, too. Then, there’s yoga, spin, Crossfit, circuit, swimming, Zumba, weights, Pilates, running, rowing, jogging, walking, ropes, mud runs, and Ninja Warrior courses. You name it and you can find it on the menu. With so many choices, choosing one, two, or three that you like is a lot easier. And, if you find something you enjoy, the chances of ordering it again and again increase exponentially. Plus, our brains may be hard-wired to exercise and actually enjoy it.

Recently, researchers studied how the brain responds to running and found that the ability to get “high” while logging miles might be programmed in our brains. Years ago, our ancestors’ survival likely depended on literally chasing down food. The faster someone could chase prey running away, the higher the chances of survival. Those feel-good chemicals the brain released made the high-risk business of survival a little more, well, “fun.”

“The desire to live was possibly their motivation to run and run fast, and the feel-good brain chemicals released when they did so may have helped them achieve the speed and distances required,” says David A. Raichlen, Ph.D., an associate professor of anthropology at the University of Arizona. “The runner’s high may have served (and serves today) as a natural painkiller, masking tired legs and blistered feet.” Makes sense, doesn’t it?

Here are a few tips to help you learn to enjoy your fitness routine and turn your workout around*.

1) Check your hormones. Hormones affect every cell of our bodies. It is important to optimize your hormone levels for your fitness routines to achieve maximum efficiency and effectiveness. (www.BioTEMedical.com)

2) Ease into exercise. Gradually increase duration, intensity and frequency. You should never be feeling pain, just a manageable burn.

3) Set realistic goals. Never worked out? Create a 30-60-90 day plan that has weekly milestones and take one week at a time very seriously. And, don’t overdo it. Exercise three – four days a week so your body can rest and recover properly.

4) Choose the right exercise. Some people want to work out alone; some have to be part of a group. Explore your options and take your time to figure out what works for you. It’s all about you and it’s YOUR decision.

5) Celebrate small successes. Each time you exercise, you have a reason to pat yourself on the back. Exercise does your body so much good and it is worth a “Well done, me!” when you finish your workout.

6) Reward yourself with healthy stuff. Eating poorly sabotages your exercise efforts. You can exercise twice as hard with half the results if you have poor eating habits.

Finally, it’s time to enjoy your workouts and turn them into recreational events. Even though some people believe “If it isn’t hard, it’s not worth doing,” a wise philosopher once said, “Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm.” And, while the guy may not have been an exercise fanatic, Ralph Waldo Emerson seemed to know exactly what he was talking about.

Here’s to a Better You,

 

Larry North

Host of the Larry North “Better You” radio show

CBS KRLD 1080 am

Sundays 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm Central Time

Listen wordwide at www.radio.com

or join the show by calling 214.787.1080

*It is always a good idea to check with your doctor before starting an exercise program. And, getting your hormone levels optimized with BioTE® can be an important factor in your overall health.

BioTE® Medical practitioners are nationwide. For a provider near you, visit www.biotemedical.com

 


Follow Your Gut – The probiotic-health connection

Dr. Derrick DeSilva is a smart, witty, kind, educated, savvy internist. He is a nationally recognized television and radio host and he is an eloquent, articulate, captivating speaker. His expertise is in the broad area of nutraceuticals. He is a medical rockstar of sorts, but he has an evidence-based practice so he’s a legit rockstar. And, I take his advice seriously.

Recently, DeSilva spoke to a group of medical practitioners. Before he finished, he made sure that everyone knew and understood his #1 recommendation for better health: Probiotics. He is so convinced of the power of probiotics that he says, If you are breathing – that includes babies, kids, and adults – you need to be taking a daily probiotic.”

Why? Well, in short, it’s the good bacteria. It helps heal your gut and cuts inflammation – the root of so many medical conditions. Dr. DeSilva explained that probiotics do four big things:

  1. Probiotics keep the Immune system healthy. Between 60-70% of the immune system resides in the gut and probiotics keep the immune system loaded with the good bacteria to function properly.
  2. Probiotics aid in digestion. Dr. DeSilva helped develop BioTE® Medical’s probiotic. The capsule technology is different. The acid-stable capsule opens in the small intestine before it dissolves. This means that the viability of the probiotic organisms is between 60-70% vs. the 2-5% of other brands.
  3. Probiotics encourage elimination, Dr. DeSilva says straightforwardly and unapologetically, “After you eat, you gotta poop. If you don’t poop, you have a problem. You have to get rid of the bad nutrients that are left after the gut takes what it needs from food.” Probiotics help us poop with the regularity our bodies need to make sure we are getting rid of the leftovers.
  4. Probiotics make almost all of the B vitamins. B vitamins help convert food into fuel to keep our energy levels high and our bodies running.

As if that weren’t enough, probiotics also help a slew of other conditions like diaper rash, athlete’s foot, yeast Infections, diabetic rashes under the breast, acid reflux, and even acne. In fact, one dermatologist in the audience said he had taken Dr. DeSilva’s advice and started having his patients make a paste with probiotics to use on their acne. It was so successful that now he regularly prescribes it for his acne patients. How’s that for street cred? Bam!

Still, some skeptics retort with, “Probiotics don’t work for me. They either constipate me or give me gas.” DeSilva unequivocally says that means you are either dehydrated, eating the wrong food, and/or taking the wrong probiotic. So, drink more water, eat properly, and take the right nutraceuticals.

Before he ended his talk, DeSilva looked around the room and asked if there were any questions. One brave soul challenged him and asked, “Dr. DeSilva, are you really sure that we ALL need to be taking a probiotic?

No,” DeSilva say to the momentarily stunned amazement of everyone in the room. Then he added with conviction, “I’m positive.”

My gut instinct told me that he knew what he was talking about. So, yeah, I’m a fan now, a Dr. D. groupie. And, you probably already guessed that I am taking my BioTE® probiotic every day. After all, I’m breathing, aren’t I?

Just for the health of it,

Kelly

BioTE® medical providers are nationwide. For a provider near you, visit www.biotemedical.com

 


Just Breathe (Easy for you to say!) – An asthmatic’s journey to fitness

I had slight asthma as a youngster but with an afternoon of rest, I was back outside playing. Throughout the next 30+ years, I had minor reactions to foods and air-born stuff that made me wheeze. It didn’t stop me (I was a gymnast) and it was so infrequent that I never worried about it.

Both of my children had asthma growing up. They had a few of attacks that landed them in the hospital and we had a nebulizer at home. My daughter’s asthma stopped when she was around five, but my son had severe asthma for years. It was bad in the morning and in the middle of the night – the times when his tiny lungs had compressed from sleeping.

During his attacks, I would cradle him my arms, reading a book in one hand and holding the nebulizer in the other while he inhaled albuterol. When he was able to breathe enough to sleep, I would cry. I kissed his forehead and held him close. I prayed fervently for years, begging God to give me my son’s asthma. As he grew and got stronger, my son played soccer and basketball. In high school, he was ranked as one of the top point guards in Texas and earned scholarships all over the country, just like his sister had done. He still carries a rescue inhaler but you would never know now what he suffered then.

A month before I turned 40, I broke out in hives. I laughed, thinking it was a reaction to “ratcheting up the rhetoric” during the 2000 presidential election with hanging chads and polling-place misconduct. My doctor treated me with Allegra D and Fluticasone. My hives were deemed to be “Idiopathic Chronic Uticaria” (ICU) – no known cause – but the meds kept them at bay so I didn’t care.

I was managing until 46. During an evening jog around Town Lake in Austin, Texas in October, a time when the weather transitions quickly from summer to fall, I had an attack. I hurried home. I sat alone in the kitchen gasping for breath. All I could think of was what my son used to go through. I cried. I didn’t go to the emergency room. I just forced myself to calm down. I closed my eyes. I lay down on the cold tiled floor. I took slow breaths. I put a wet rag on my forehead. It took two hours before I could catch my breath. It was scary but I thanked God for answering my prayer.

From that point on, my breathing was different, harder. At 49, I moved to Dallas and married my husband (after dating on and off for 9+ years). I was allergic to one of our dog’s dander. My breathing go so bad, the dog went to live with relatives; I got on more meds. In addition to the Allegra D and Fluticasone, I was given a nebulizer treatment and put on Singulaire, Symbacort, steroids, and antibiotics to clear up my lung infection. Then, I was prescribed a “rescue inhaler,” in case I needed it. I did. Often.

By this time, I had been lifting weights for three years and still jogging but my breathing got worse. It would take two hours in the morning to get my breathing under control. During the middle of the night, I had coughing fits that landed me in front of the bathroom sink spewing phlegm. Not real sexy hocking up loogies, just ask my husband.

As an important aside, at 51, I got my hormone levels checked and went on BioTE® Medical bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT) and pharmaceutical grade supplements (nutraceuticals). To say that it changed my life is an understatement. It has helped me improve in every area of my life. I still have difficulty breathing but without BHRT, I have no doubt, my body and my emotions would never be able to withstand the stronghold asthma has had on me.

I am now 54. It has taken me years to admit that I have chronic asthma. I can’t breathe sometimes. It’s a rough condition, a disease according to the medical bible. Recently, I did the full blood panel and scratch testing for allergies. I am allergic to plenty of things, most of which I had already figured out on my own. I’m on immunotherapy (allergy shots) that will hopefully bring relief. I still jog but do more walking and for much longer distances (7-10 miles a day, sometimes more). I am lifting with a trainer who has decided I need to get “competition ready” over the next 12-20 weeks. I’ve never done anything like that but I have accepted the challenge. (I am chronicling that journey an may write about it soon…)

I still have asthma and it still sucks. It is daily and nightly. I can even trigger an attack from laughing too hard – no joke. Asthma doesn’t prevent me from exercising though. It never has and I don’t expect it ever will. Exercise is my revenge. Asthma be damned.

I consider my chronic asthma an inconvenience, a small roadblock about which I’ve decided I will just jog around and power-lift through. So far, I’m winning – and I’m still breathing.

Just for the health of it,

Kelly

BioTE® medical providers are nationwide. For a provider near you, visit www.biotemedical.com