How Ruth the Physician Lost 10 Sizes and Renewed Her Life">

How Ruth the Physician Lost 10 Sizes and Renewed Her Life

Meet Ruth O’Mahony.
She’s a 49 year old physician-turned health content manager who struggled for years with an unhealthy eating, yoyo-dieting, lack of movement, and a constant struggle to stick with anything for more than a few weeks before life got in the way.
This is something we can all relate to!
Although she found Nerd Fitness in early 2015, she spent months telling herself “I’m not ready yet, I’ll get started someday.” So she signed up for our email list, said “eventually!” and did nothing.
Sound familiar?
After she could barely close the seatbelt on a flight to Disney (where just walking was a chore), her mentality started to change “maybe ‘someday’ will never happen…I need to change my strategy on this.”
Fast Forward 7 months…. and she now had a support group to learn from, a basic plan to follow, and excitedly started her push towards a better life.
So WHAT happened? Why, after 11 months of reading Nerd Fitness did she FINALLY take action? How did she go from “I’ll level up someday” to “I level up every day”? How did she drop 70+ pounds, go down 10+ clothing sizes, and radically transform her life?
Keep reading!

Ruth’s Story

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Adding vitamin D to food reduces deaths, say scientists">

Adding vitamin D to food reduces deaths, say scientists

Move would also save NHS money, argue authors of major study that shows vitamin D can reduce risk of respiratory infectionsAdding vitamin D to food would reduce deaths and significantly cut NHS costs, say the authors of a major global study that shows it can reduce the risk of colds, flu and other dangerous infections such as pneumonia.A government advisory committee on nutrition has already warned of the low levels of the so-called “sunshine vitamin” in the UK population and recommended food fortification as a possible course of action. In the US, for example, milk is fortified with vitamin D. … …read more

How to Keep Your Mental Edge & Memory">

How to Keep Your Mental Edge & Memory

Occasionally forgetting where you left your keys or what you were supposed to buy at the market might be annoying, but it’s not usually a sign of Alzheimer’s disease. Nor does it point to Alzheimer’s prelude: mild cognitive impairment (MCI). MCI is characterized by significantly poorer memory than what is common for one’s age, and Alzheimer’s signs include severe deterioration of memory, difficulty completing familiar tasks and trouble with planning or solving problems.
By middle age, it’s normal to have occasional memory lapses, especially when we’re juggling so much in our always-on, 24/7 world. “The brain, like every other organ in the body, depends on good nutrition,” says Ron Hoffman, MD, a nutritionally oriented physician in New York City. “The B vitamins, DHA, phosphatidylserine and resveratrol are among the supplements that have helped patients’ memory and cognitive function.”
If you feel like your memory and thinking aren’t as sharp as they once were, consider the following:
Mediterranean Diet
Spanish researchers asked 447 healthy men and women in their late 60s to eat either a low-fat diet or a Mediterranean diet (an emphasis on plant-based foods) with extra amounts of either extra-virgin olive oil or nuts. After four years, people eating the Mediterranean diet with …read more

Grapes Could Help Protect Against Cognitive Decline">

Grapes Could Help Protect Against Cognitive Decline

The January 2017 issue of Experimental Gerontology published the finding of researchers at the University of California, Los Angeles of a protective effect for powdered grape against a decline in brain metabolism in older adults. The results of the investigation suggest that eating grapes might contribute to the prevention of Alzheimer’s disease.
The study included ten men and women with mild cognitive decline. Participants were given freeze-dried grape powder or a placebo similar in flavor and appearance but lacking beneficial grape polyphenols. The grape powders, which provided the equivalent of three servings of grapes per day, were mixed with water and consumed in divided daily doses for six months. Cognitive performance and changes in brain metabolism as assessed by PET scans were evaluated before and after the treatment period.
At the study’s conclusion, participants who received the placebo experienced significant metabolic decline in areas of the brain affected during aging and in the early stages of Alzheimer’s disease, while no decline occurred in those who received grape polyphenols. The latter group also showed an increase in metabolism in areas of the brain that were associated with improvements in attention and working memory performance. “This pilot study contributes to the growing evidence that …read more

How Aspirin Works Against Cancer">

How Aspirin Works Against Cancer

Aspirin’s association with a lower risk of numerous types of cancer has been attributed to its anti-inflammatory effect; however, research reported in the February 2017 issue of Cancer Prevention Research suggests another potential mechanism.
In experiments utilizing colon cancer cells and a mouse model of colon cancer, Houston researchers observed that aspirin prevented the cancer-promoting interaction between cancer cells and platelets by inhibiting cyclooxygenase-1 (COX-1)-mediated platelet activation. Platelets are involved in the formation of new blood vessels which, although beneficial in most cases, enhances tumor growth.
While common aspirin was used in some of the experiments, other experiments utilized a complex of aspirin with phosphatidylcholine, a lipid that occurs in lecithin. The combination, which is being developed under the name of Aspirin-PC/PL220 by a pharmaceutical company, has fewer gastrointestinal risks than regular aspirin, and in the current research, it was shown to have stronger anticancer effects.
“These results suggest that aspirin’s chemopreventive effects may be due, in part, to the drug blocking the proneoplastic action of platelets and the potential use of Aspirin-PC/PL2200 as an effective and safer chemopreventive agent for colorectal cancer and possibly other cancers,” authors Lenard M. Lichtenberger and colleagues conclude.
The researchers plan to evaluate the aspirin/phosphatidylcholine complex’s effects among …read more

The 20 Best Foods for Your Sex Life">

The 20 Best Foods for Your Sex Life

You know that you should eat healthy to protect your heart and your health in general. But, I bet you weren’t really aware that food can also protect your sexual health and boost your sex drive. That’s right. Nature contains all the sex-boosting nutrients your body will ever need. Let me tell you about them.
20 Common Foods That Boost Your Sex Drive
It’s a no brainer that eating healthier will boost your general health. It follows that, if your body is healthy, your sex drive will also be healthy. Yet, there are some specific foods that contain certain natural vitamins and chemical compounds that really do more to boost libido in humans – both men and women alike. Starting from A to Z, here are 20 of the best sex drive boosting foods out there.
1. Almonds. Contain zinc (testosterone production), selenium (antioxidant), and Vitamin E (reproductive health booster).
2. Apples. Contain quercetin a natural anti-inflammatory that helps boost prostate health (the seat of male sexual function).
3. Avocado. Full of Vitamin B6 which helps the human body make the sex-driving hormone testosterone in both men and women. It also …read more

Drinking Soda: Do Things Really Go Better?">

Drinking Soda: Do Things Really Go Better?

Pop, soda, or soda pop, whichever name you prefer, let’s face it, is an American icon. I, like many of my patients, grew up with it and couldn’t get enough of that ice cold blast of sugary delight hitting the back of my dry throat after playing outside on a hot summer day. Who can forget all those rainbow colored, knee-high glass bottles of soda with the delicious fruity names and flavors?
Years ago, soda was considered a once in a while treat. Today, it’s become a staple in our refrigerators. Americans consume an incredible 160 gallons of soda a year! Next time you’re in the check out line at the grocery store, look at how much soda people have in their baskets! Better yet, look at all the soda bottles returning – some people need several baskets just to haul them.
As I explain to my patients, our obsession with soda consumption has taken its toll on the overall health of people in the US. Bone loss issues, like osteoporosis (loss of bone density) or osteomalacia (bone softening), and other bone related diseases are growing in numbers. Add to that tooth decay and destruction of tooth enamel as well as chronic …read more

Rainbow Chard-Berry Salad with Salmon">

Rainbow Chard-Berry Salad with Salmon

By Laura Marzen, RD for Delicious Living
Full of summer flavors and textures that harmonize and contrast in all the right ways, this salad is simpler than it looks to toss together, AND it’s gluten free. Snip some fresh rosemary for the dressing and you’re on your way to a new favorite.
¼ cup very thinly sliced shallots
¼ cup plus 2 Tbs. champagne vinegar
¼ tsp. coarse salt
6 cups torn, trimmed, fresh rainbow chard
1 cup coarsely shredded yellow beet (1 large or 2 small beets)
¾ pound grilled, roasted or smoked skinless salmon, coarsely flaked
1 cup sliced fresh strawberries
½ cup pistachio nuts or almonds, chopped and toasted
1½ tsp. Dijon mustard
1½ tsp. snipped fresh rosemary
1/8 tsp. coarse salt
¼ cup plus 2 Tbs. olive oil
In a small bowl combine sliced shallots, vinegar and salt. Toss to coat. Submerge shallot slices so they are covered with as much vinegar as possible. Cover and let stand at room temperature for 1 hour or chill up to 2 days ahead. Drain shallots; reserve vinegar mixture for dressing and pickled shallots for salad.
To assemble, arrange chard on a serving platter. Top with shredded beet, salmon, pickled shallots (drained from step 1), strawberries and pistachios.
For the dressing, in a …read more

Passionflower Eases Anxiety & May Help Sleep">

Passionflower Eases Anxiety & May Help Sleep

Purple passion flower is an indigenous herb used both in food as well as medicinally also called Passionflower or Passiflora incarnata. You may also recognize it as Wild Passionflower, apricot Vine, Holy-Trinity flower, or Maypop. Dried aerial parts of this flower have been used as both a sedative and hypnotic for sleep and relaxation. This herb has also been used to help with gastrointestinal distress caused by nerves. There is evidence that Native American tribes including the Houma and Cherokee used it both in their diets as well as medicinally. Purple Passionflower is a perennial vine that blooms in the summer and is native to the Southeastern U.S.
You can find Passionflower in liquid extracts and tea, dried herb preparations and tinctures but always choose a product that has been third-party tested for safety and quality. Passionflower is one of many supplements whose herbal standards did not match the label on their product bottle when investigated. Keep in mind that there are more than 40 species of Passiflora but the constituents that appear to be active and provide health benefits in these preparations include antioxidant flavonoids like vitexin, isovitexin, coumarin, apigenin, and maltol.
The strongest evidence for Passionflower is for both controlling …read more

Romance Lives! 12 Foods for Lovers">

Romance Lives! 12 Foods for Lovers

With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, our thoughts turn to adding a little more love and romance to our lives. Can certain foods boost romantic relationships and enhance sexual desire? According to St. Thomas Aquinas, aphrodisiac foods had to produce good nutrition and a “vital spirit.” In other words, the nutrients that contribute to overall well-being will also help to ensure a healthy love life.
Chocolate is typically at the top of my list for Valentine’s Day, particularly dark chocolate. It truly is one of the best superfoods for lovers. Dark chocolate can help relieve stress, sharpen our minds, improve blood flow and even aid weight loss. Read more about the great benefits of chocolate, and where to find some delicious varieties in my 6 Super Reasons (Excuses) To Love Chocolate.
But chocolate is not the only food that can boost the libido, here are 12 suggestions that are not only delicious, but will help keep romance in your life:

Rich in heart-healthy, energy-boosting monounsaturated fats, avocados help keep blood flowing to all the right places. According to the Prevention website, they’re full of libido-boosting vitamin B6,folic acid, and vitamin E, which is often called the “sex vitamin” due to its youth-boosting …read more