April 2015 Newsletter
Diet vs. Exercise
Diet vs. exercise, which one works better for weight loss? A general rule of thumb is that burning 3,500 calories can help you lose 1 pound, meaning if you burn 500 more calories per day than you consume, you will lose about 1 pound per week (7 days X 500 calories = 3,500 calories or 1 pound per week). It turns out, diet has more of an immediate impact on helping you to lose weight, but exercise helps you keep the weight off long-term.
Is Organic Food Really Better For You?
In a recent study, Consumer Reports found that 85% of Americans are concerned about the levels of pesticides in their bodies and that concern is justified. Michael Crupain, M.D., M.P.H., director of Consumer Reports’ Food Safety and Sustainability Center explains “we’re exposed to a cocktail of chemicals from our food on a daily basis…we just don’t know enough about the health effects.” Even though the cost of organic produce is greater than that of conventionally grown foods, Consumer Reports believes that you should always choose organic if you can, because it is better for your health, the environment, and the people who grow the food.
Eating Wholesome Healthy Foods Helps to Reverse Alzheimer’s
Doctors at UCLA recently finished a medical trial with patients suffering from Alzheimer’s disease. The focus of the trial was to see if changes in diet and lifestyle could reduce patients’ memory loss symptoms. They found that changes in lifestyle, including the elimination of processed foods, gluten, and simple carbohydrates, and eating more vegetables, fruits and non-farmed fish actually helped to reverse the symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease.