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Stress Fighting Fat Reducing Foods


Many people already realize that what we eat has a profound influence on our level of health. Enormous research reveals how using dietary discretion to balance your body chemistry has a great impact to produce wellness and increase longevity.

With today’s arduous lifestyles, we can all gain a significant advantage by including certain foods in our diet and avoiding others.

Recently for example, I was reading through various articles one of which was published on WebMD which had a list of foods that diminish cortisol, the stress-related hormone that tilts metabolism toward fat storage, especially belly fat. Deciding to eat better is a simple and sane solution, available to almost everyone. It doesn’t have to be extreme, just sensible.

Foods can help tame stress in several ways. Comfort foods, like a bowl of warm oatmeal, boost levels of serotonin, a calming brain chemical. Other foods can cut levels of cortisol and adrenaline, stress hormones that take a toll on the body over time. A healthy diet can help counter the impact of stress by shoring up the immune system and lowering blood pressure. Do you know which foods are stress busters?

Not surprisingly, most of these foods are fruits and vegetables, since the primary cortisol antagonist is the plain old magical molecule known as Vitamin C, present in a wide variety of plant foods. Each delicacy offers its own menu of molecular assets, inviting you to explore, make some choices, and of course pass these distinctions along to those around you.

For example, cherries are mostly water, so they’ll fill you up without packing on the calories – a cup has a quarter of your daily Vitamin C requirement, and they also provide melatonin, which helps you sleep. Blueberries stimulate your brain function, attack belly-fat, lower blood pressure and corral free radicals that disrupt your physiology.

Strawberries and tomatoes have high levels of polyphenols, which not only fight disease but also prevent fat from forming. Turnips combat body fat with a rich storehouse of phytochemicals and glucosinolate, which reduces inflammation and lowers the risk of cancer. Sweet potatoes stabilize blood sugar levels, which reduces cravings and lowers insulin resistance, which drops fat conversion.

Pineapple contains bromelain, which breaks down foods and reduces bloating, while broccoli’s cancer-fighting sulforaphane boosts testosterone and interferes with body-fat storage. Red peppers offer dihydrocapsiate, which drives metabolism and burns fat, while green peas plunge cortisol levels. Raspberries, asparagus, Brussels sprouts, red cabbage, guava, bok choy, melon, kale, oranges – Nature gives us what we need, we just have to pay attention and respond accordingly, and we can be thinner and less stressed when we are more discerning about what we put in our mouths.

Some may look at this list, scratch their head and shudder – and that’s the point. It’s the main reason we have such a cultural issue with obesity, that many of us simply haven’t yet learned to enjoy at least some of these delicious foods. When the standard nutritional fare is mostly processed meats, processed grains, unhealthy fats and empty carbohydrates, what could we expect besides an overweight public?

Fortunately, the opposite is also true – the more we incorporate healthy foods into our daily routines, the less we’ll suffer the onslaught of cortisol-induced stress, the slimmer we will be, and the happier overall our society will become.

All that from eating more fruits and veggies? It may seem simplistic, but eating nutrient dense foods has a tremendous impact on our health in a very positive way. Try it and see how it works for you and your family – it’s a personalized “things natural” habit that is likely to reward each individual many times over, while moving our world toward wellness.

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Yours for Better Health, Dr. Shapero


Alzheimer’s Disease and Prevention

Is there a connection with Sleep, Diet or Medication?


Currently affecting 11% of the population 65 years and older Alzheimer’s Disease (AD) is up 71% and is the third cause of death.

Research from both Mary S Easton Center for Alzheimer’s Disease Research Department of Neurology, UCLA & Buck Institute for research on Aging, Novata Calif. concur with Dale Bredesen, MD who was quoted at the Scripps Functional Medicine Seminar in San Diego saying “9 out of 10 display subjective or objective improvement in cognition beginning in 3-6 month.  With sustained improvement, 2.5 years after commencement of treatment.

What has been shown is that a Monotherapeutic approach is unsuccessful (including Alzheimer’s drugs or herbs).  What is needed is a multipronged approach.  Most successful are multitherapeutics including diet, organ system functions, multiple herbs and food based therapies.

There are several primary causes and initiating factors regarding AD.

Trauma such as automobile accidents, concussions from blunt trauma, as well as jarring forces such whiplash type trauma can result in an autoimmune response which leads to antibodies to brain tissue.  The immune response in the brain results in Amyloid Plaques.  These protect the brain from bacteria, biofilms and oxidative stress or free radicals.  However, when this system is overactive the defense becomes the attacker and compromises brain tissue.

Inflammation which can come about by gut dysfunction, bad teeth, obesity, toxicity, or infection.

Insulin resistance due to the inflammatory nature of insulin.

Bioaccumulation of toxicity.  In other words and accumulation of toxins in the body.  Which is also a driving force to inflammation.

Vascular Insufficiency as well as Atrophic changes from various imbalances as mentioned above.

Common symptoms used as early warning signs are:

Memory loss that disrupts daily life.

Difficulty completing familiar tasks

Time / Place confusion

Visual image interpretation decline

Inability to retrace steps with misplaced items or when traveling.

Sever Alzheimer’s is NOT reversible that we know of so it is very important to use the early warning signs and intervene quickly.

There are many medications such as Klonopin which along with being addictive are known to cause permanent memory loss and increase AD.

Sleep has shown to play an important role in brain health.  A good night’s sleep conveys many benefits to a person, including boosts to memory, concentration and learning, creativity and ability to solve problems.  Studies are now revealing that lack of sleep can cause the premature onset of Alzheimer’s’ Disease.

Most importantly is the early detection.  If you know of someone who may be exhibiting these symptoms or you suspect a decrease in memory and problem solving ability the sooner you act the more likely it would be able to be turned around.  If you or someone you know would like more information such as a private consultation please feel free to contact my office.  Mention this article and you can arrange for a free consultation by phone.

Yours for Better Health, Dr. Shapero

Congratulations Grads of 2016 – – Now What? STRESS – PGSD

gradStressCongratulations on a achieving your goal.  You made it!  Now what?  That is the question that has caused much anxiety for many graduates.

In fact the stress is so common there is even a label for it.  However, this is NOT a condition that needs medication.  Post Graduation Stress Disorder is when the high of graduation decreases and the reality of what’s next is faced square on.

This type of stress can lead to some very bad habits and can also lead to premature death.

Most graduates are so excited about graduation and have poured hours and days into their studies to pass examinations and get ready for the big day.  However, few have taken time to properly prepare for the next step which is how to use this new knowledge which has been worked so hard to get.

This type of stress bears the following symptoms:

  • Feeling you are not in control of your life
  • Feeling a lack of support after commencement
  • Feelings of failure if the new graduate is unable to find work in their area of specialty in a reasonable length of time
  • Sleeplessness and irritability
  • Avoidance of normal, everyday activities* – *Please also be aware that these symptoms might not present themselves until some weeks or months after the commencement.

There are some very straight forward steps one can take to reduce the stress and take control of the situation.

First sit down and make a plan.  It is good to talk with someone who has been through this already perhaps in the same industry.  Map out your first couple of weeks.  Then the first few months, six months and one year.  Organize this into clear actions steps and prioritize these so that you have a step by step program.  Now get busy on the plan.  Use the same enthusiasm for this plan as you did for graduation.

What is YOUR Purpose.  Have a clear picture of where you want to go and know that it will take work and persistence to get there.  As long as you keep your vision on the goal you will get there.  Be flexible in your plan so that you can make the appropriate changes as you progress.  Just like sailing a ship you must navigate changing waters.   Also, have a clear idea of WHY you are doing what you are doing.  What is the driving force that keeps you excited and will continue to push you through the troubled times?  Write it down and look at it often.

Put a winning team together.  We rarely function alone.  As you put your plan together take a look at those you know or those you will want to get to know that can help you on your journey.  What is YOUR all star team.  Who do you want those players to be.  This may include coaches, friends, colleagues or other entrepreneurs, doctors, trades people, accountants, attorneys etc.

Keep in mind YOU have what it takes right now to take the next step.  If you keep taking that next step you will be less stressed but most of all  you WILL be successful.  Here is to YOUR next step.  If you are a graduate reading this Congratulations to you.

If you know someone that you feel would benefit from some personal coaching or needs guidance with a health related problem or to manage stress Dr. Shapero can help.

Yours for Better Health, Dr. Shapero


Top 5 Causes Of Insomnia

insomnia-causes1If you are having trouble falling asleep and staying asleep, chances are high that one or a combination of the top five causes of insomnia is keeping you up. Caffeine, alcohol, medication, stress, and anxiety can all interfere with your ability to get a good night’s sleep. Some of these sleep–stealers are more easily dealt with than others. For example, you can cut out caffeine after lunch time so that it does not interfere with your rest.

It has long been known that good sleep is essential for the body to repair. So while you may think your body is completely resting and taking time off while you are dreaming, it is actually busy replenishing cells and recharging the immune system for the next day.
Here are some other things you may not know. Sleep helps your memory, helps your body decrease inflammation as well as increases your natural creativity. Were you aware that too much or too little sleep can shorten your life span? Getting the correct amount of sleep is truly essential. Adequate sleep affects many aspects such as proper metabolism for stabilizing weight, mental sharpness, decreasing stress and will even help you eliminate accidents or mistakes.

Getting a good night’s sleep may seem as elusive as a fairy tale ending. However, a good night’s sleep may be closer than you think. If you are ingesting caffeine or alcohol, you may be able to help yourself by substituting water instead which will assist you to a better night’s sleep. However, if you think it’s your medication or stress and anxiety then we can certainly help. I have seen many medications interfere with sleep. Some of the most common are anti-depressants, blood pressure medication, over-the-counter and prescription cold medicines. Even asthma medications known as bronchodilators like Albuterol and Salmeterol, can amp you up and interfere with sleep.
If you think that your medication, stress, or anxiety are keeping you awake, consult Dr. Shapero who has been helping people overcome this burden for nearly two decades. Let us help you get back to sleep. We also specialize in assisting people with stress reduction which will lead to a more joy-filled life.

Yours for Better Health, Dr. Shapero

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