Fatigue and Depression

Being sluggish and tired is often caused by foods low in nutritional values and by a lack of exercise. This makes sense, when we are tired we tend to be less active and by being less active we are prone to burn less calories. This is a recipe for low energy and weight gain.

This situation is sabotaging all our best intentions to stay fit and active and can lead to frustration and depression, accompanied by negative thoughts and more destructive behaviour. [Read more…]

Causes of Weight Gain

There are many causes for gaining weight, but some of the main reasons are related to our genetic make-up. Every cell in the body has a central control system, the nucleus which controls our genes and chromosomes.

The blueprint or operational manual responsible for our physical make-up, our hereditary traits and natural inclinations are stored in our DNA. [Read more…]

Andropause and Weight Gain

Andropause or male menopause – defines a gradual decline of androgenic hormones such as testosterone in the human male with its associated side effectIs there such a thing as a male menopause? Hormonal changes are real, and the symptoms can range from loss of libido and erectile dysfunction to fatigue, depression and night sweats.

This gradual change usually happens between the ages of 45 to 55, but the production of testosterone declines gradually starting at the age of 30 at the rate of about one percent a year.

There is also a strong connection between weight gain and andropause related hormonal changes. Declining testosterone levels and an increase in cortisol promote an increase in body fat around the midsection and a decrease in muscle mass.

A high degree of stress during this time can lead to an increase in appetite, low energy and fatigue and less physical activity which is a sure way to weight gain.

Seasonal Affective Disorder

dreamstime_m_35188315-Seasonal Affective Disorder or SAD primarily affects people during the fall and winter season. It is a form of depression, with periods of being sad, angry or irritable and may leave you feeling more tired than usual.

The shorter days and the lack of sun light, especially in areas located far from the equator can disturb your internal clock and you may feel the need to sleep more than usual. [Read more…]

If You Have A Heart Attack – Insist On This

dreamstime_m_21122666-If you end up in the emergency room with a heart attack, make sure you insist on a 2 cc injection of magnesium sulfate.

In double-blind, placebo-controlled scientific study, they looked at 273 patients who were admitted to the hospital for a heart attack. The study published in one of the most prestigious medical journals revealed that after 4 weeks, the people who received the magnesium, [Read more…]

Carbs and Sugar

dreamstime_m_53705203 (1)-xCarbohydrates consist of complex long-chain and short-chain carbohydrates or sugars.  All the cells – the cells in the brain – more than the rest – depend on glucose for energy and to function properly. The body makes glucose by splitting complex sugars and carbohydrates into their basic units – mostly sugar. [Read more…]