Gluten Free Products:  Life Changing for Many

As a consumer, I bet you are increasingly seeing shelves in stores of all kinds getting more and more populated with products the prominently display “gluten-free” on the label. It seems as if gluten is the new “bad boy” in many of the foods we eat and supplements we take. With gluten intolerance being a health hot button, it is important to have a thorough understanding of what gluten is and how it impacts health. Gluten is a family of proteins in wheat, barley, and rye. These gluten proteins are found in the mature seed of these cereal grasses, which is commonly referred to as the grain. … [Read more...]

Exercise Literally Saved My Life!

I had no idea what lie ahead on that fateful day in late March 2011. I went to work that day just like I had been doing the past 10 years. I worked in the natural products industry. I loved my job. I felt fulfilled by my job in health. However, at the end of the day, I was without a job. The economic downtime was in full swing. And I was the latest casualty. What was I going to do? I had 4- and 6-year-old boys. My wife wasn’t working. And I had a mortgage that was suffocating. One month later, I realized the inevitable. My marriage was in disrepair. It had been so bad for so long. I left … [Read more...]

Understanding Adrenal Health: Your Body Will Love You for It!

When thinking about the state of your health, when was the last time you thought about the health of your adrenals. Typically, when I think about health, I think about cardiovascular health, immune health, digestive health, blood sugar management – the list goes on and one. And you’ll see huge sections in health food stores dedicated to these specific categories. However, adrenal health is largely overlooked. And I cannot remember the last time I saw a meaningful area in a health food store dedicated to adrenal health. Your adrenal glands are the two walnut-sized endocrine glands on top of … [Read more...]

Heart Health Supplements have Profound Impact

As the invincibility of youth gives way to the reality of aging, one key issue on the mind of any man or woman entering their middle aged years is cardiovascular health. Everyone understands the importance of eating nutritious foods. This impacts your weight, your energy level and, ultimately, your cardiovascular health. However, in this day and age of processed foods, what are we REALLY putting into our bodies? According to WebMD.com, Americans spend $20 billion dollars annually on herbs and supplements And heart health supplements top the list. They range from fish oil to flaxseed oil to … [Read more...]

Weight Management Still the Heavyweight Health Problem

Health professionals have long debated the best approach to maintain an ideal weight. And it is safe to say that most agree you need to find the right balance of calories and activity to stay at a healthy weight. Maintaining a healthy weight will not only help you look great all year long, it will also go a long way to offset the risk for heart disease, stroke, diabetes, high blood pressure and other diet-related conditions. The number of calories you need to maintain a weight that is right for you depends on several factors. Before we get into those factors, it is important to note that … [Read more...]

All-New: Dietary Choices Clearly the Path to Healthy Aging

The more health researchers discover about aging-nutrition, the more it becomes glaringly apparent that dietary choices are vital to delaying the beginning of aging and diseases associated with aging. Not only is nutrition our “fountain of youth”, the opposite can also be said – what we eat can speed up the aging process. So, if you are still searching for that next great diet or pill, stop now and start eating a good diet, because facts are facts: food will either speed aging or slow it. In fact, many health professionals claim that age related disease and deterioration of the body that … [Read more...]

Fitness Tips for Frequent Travelers

I have travelled extensively through my almost 20 year professional career, first as an auditor…then as a senior finance executive, and now as an entrepreneur.  On average, I was away from home about 33% of the nights during this period….but some years I was away 75% of the time!  Yet, throughout my life, particularly over the past 20 years, I have maintained myself in good physical health.  I can still bench over 300 lbs., have a 10+ inch measurement differential between my chest and waist, and I can run a pretty respectable clip in the one minute mile. Staying in shape can be a … [Read more...]

Childhood Obesity: How do Parents Impact this Epidemic?

As I begin to formulate my thoughts for this column, I find myself thinking about my 6- and 7-year old boys Nick and Noah. I also think about spending my entire childhood overweight. I think about what I experienced from both a physical and psychological perspective. And I don’t want my boys to ever have to go through that. One of the major challenges a parent faces every day is providing their kids with healthy foods to eat. It is not only a struggle for parents to provide healthy foods for their children, but it is equally as challenging getting kids to consume those healthy foods. And, … [Read more...]