Encouraging patients to make healthy lifestyle changes is integral to the practice of holistic medicine, since so many modern diseases relate directly to modern lifestyles. The new year provides a perfect occasion to prioritize this with patients, since so many people spontaneously resolve to relinquish old habits around this time, or begin new ones, often with the specific goal of improving their health. But we all know from experience how many of these people are likely to fail, and wonder perhaps if there are natural means to assist patients in keeping their new year’s resolutions to become healthier.
The winter holidays are a time when many people gain weight, shortly after which many people will make resolutions to lose weight. To this end they may consult the medical profession, and unfortunately conventional medicine’s approach to weight loss is as misguided as its approach to most health matters.
Few food additives have stirred up more controversy than monosodium glutamate (MSG). Occurring naturally in certain foods, added to almost everything these days, hidden beneath an ever-growing list of deceptive ingredient names, the controversy continues as to whether or not MSG is actually that harmful.
Growth hormone levels decline with age, and this decline is thought to mediate many of the untoward symptoms of aging. Intermittent fasting is one of the most effective ways to naturally increase growth hormone levels and has been shown to have a variety of other health benefits, including weight loss, improved blood sugar control, reduced inflammation, and the ability to stimulate autophagy, the process by which the body regenerates itself at the cellular level.
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