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3 Odd, Effective Fat Loss Methods

You already know about the diets. Probably too much at this point.

You know how important exercise is and are going to do it or not. Hopefully, the former.

And supplements? You know too much.

Let’s switch gears here and talk about 3 odd, unusual and yes, effective methods to help you win the battle of the bulge.

  1. Clean your room. The ancient masters used this “prescription” whenever the liver was congested to any degree. The liver loves organization and the act of cleaning is therapeutic for this major organ. Turns out, it is also good for fat loss. Researchers have found that cleaning your home makes it easier to “clean up” your diet too. The skill is in fact, transferable.
  2. Adopt and dog and treat them like family. Being a great dog owner means the benefits will come right back your way. People with dogs live longer, have lower blood pressure, and experience lower incidences of heart attacks. And it helps with keeping the gut healthy and thus, promotes fat loss.
  3. Light the Fire. Increasing the libido and engaging in amorous activities is more than just enjoyable and healthy. Aside from the calories burned, The “love-hormone” oxytocin has an inverse relationship to obesity. In short, the more oxytocin the person has, the lower the weight and vice-versa.

Though the aforementioned should be combined with the “big 3” of diet, exercise and supplementation, they will go a long way to your overall health and wellness goals.

Allergies are Back and Here’s What To Do

Sneezing, itchy eyes, congestion and fatigue. Welcome back, Allergies! ‘Tis the season yet again.

According to the Mayo Clinic, ”

Allergies occur when your immune system reacts to a foreign substance — such as pollen, bee venom or pet dander — or a food that doesn’t cause a reaction in most people.

Your immune system produces substances known as antibodies. When you have allergies, your immune system makes antibodies that identify a particular allergen as harmful, even though it isn’t. When you come into contact with the allergen, your immune system’s reaction can inflame your skin, sinuses, airways or digestive system.”

Fortunately, there are things that can be done and are effective. They are as follows:

  1. Butterbur. This herb is at least as good if not better than antihistamines AND will not make you sleepy or drowsy. Inexpensive and easy to find also.
  2. Bump up the intake of Omega 3s in the form of salmon, flax seeds, chia seeds or supplement with fish oils. This will reduce the overall inflammation in the body and elevate the immune system too.
  3. Increase citrus foods. These will provide ample amounts of Vitamin C which as with #2, will elevate immunity and reduce inflammation. Also, Vitamin C (along with NAC) will reduce the amount of mucus.

Simple Steps to Avoid Getting Migraines

A migraine is more than your typical headache, and if you’re familiar with the pounding pain, nausea, and sensitivity to light and sounds that come with a full-blown migraine, you are not alone. The American Migraine Research Foundation reports that the condition affects 39 million people in the United States.

A previous post here on Doc Wellness blog discussed a powerful solution to the condition. But wouldn’t it be great if you can avoid suffering migraines in the first place?

While the exact causes of migraines are unclear, forming healthy habits and using nonmedical remedies have been proven to help prevent attacks. Here are some simple steps to do so.

Know and avoid your triggers

If you have a history of getting migraines, you will notice that there are certain dietary, environmental, or psychological factors that can trigger the condition. explains that triggers can be due to a number of things, from eating certain cheese, chocolate, or citrus fruits to being exposed to loud noises, smoke, or strong scents. Others may suffer from migraines because of specific medications, a shift change in work, or changes in sleep patterns.

Do your best to avoid known triggers. While this might not always be possible, especially if your trigger involves weather patterns or other uncontrollable phenomena, try and mitigate its effects by limiting exposure or quickly moving away from the headache-inducing circumstances. If you don’t know your triggers yet, start a headache diary that records the times and severity of your headaches, along with several factors that might be related to your migraines. These include what you eat and drink, how you exercise, what the weather is like, and what sort of emotions you were feeling before the onset of your migraine.

Maintain good posture and move around

In addition, it’s also good to be conscious of how you move (or don’t move) throughout the day. At work, be mindful of your posture and check if your neck is remaining stiff. It also helps to study the ergonomics of your work area to see what you can improve in the long run. Make sure you move around frequently as well, even if it’s just a short walk or stretch in between bouts of desk work.

Eat smart

If you haven’t eaten anything in a while, low blood sugar can be a contributing factor to the onset of your migraine. Researchers have found that it’s better to eat small meals throughout the day instead of just three large ones to keep blood sugar levels stable and migraines at bay. Food rich in magnesium, such as spinach, tofu, or pumpkin seeds can be especially helpful in both filling your stomach and preventing migraines.

On the other hand, do your best to avoid food containing the flavor enhancer monosodium glutamate (MSG). A study published on the Journal of Headache and Pain reveals that just a single intake of MSG can produce headache and migraine symptoms, and most people cannot build a tolerance for the substance.


Last but not least, it’s very important to get the appropriate amount of sleep. Too much or too little can leave you with your head pounding, and irregular sleep hours have been found to cause migraines.

If you feel a migraine coming in, the best thing to do is to take a break and rest. American Headache Society President Dr. Elizabeth Loder told Time Magazine, “Many people are very busy and reluctant to take the time, but if you consider the tradeoff of spending 10 minutes to close the blinds, lie down, and relax… that might be a better use of your time than being incapacitated later on.”

Migraines can be a painful and something that can impact your everyday life, but with a healthy lifestyle and constant monitoring, you can find ways to lessen your chances of getting this terribly common illness.

Another New Calcium?

Calcium aspartate anhydrous is the new, latest, greatest form of calcium. Or so the manufacturers claim. They cite absorption as high as “92%.”

While this all sounds promising, looking for the research and proof that that percentage is accurate, none exists. There are a couple of unpublished reports

Searching the information further, the claims stated by said manufacturer are nearly identical to those claimed by “coral calcium.” These calcium products were fined by the FTC and federal courts.

Let’s give our friends here the benefit of the doubt for the moment. What if 92% is accurate. Sounds good? Maybe not. Here is why:

  • Hypercalciuria or excessive calcium in your urine, is associated with 90% of kidney stones.
  • Calcium interferes with the absorption of iron and lowers the effectiveness of tetracycline.
  • Stomach pain, loss of appetite, nausea and vomiting may all be side effects of too much calcium aspartate anhydrous.

4 Foods That Worsen Chronic Pain

Few things are more distracting or more energy draining than chronic pain. According to a study in The Journal of Pain, chronic pain affects over 30%  Americans. Not surprisingly, this has had the negative effect of heavy use, over-use, and abuse of prescription painkillers and other substances. Addiction to said substances is rapidly approaching dangerous levels.

If prescription meds are not the answer, then what is?

A study from a few months ago provided the clear solution. There is strong evidence that diet and pain are interconnected.

Here are the top 4 food groups that contribute to inflammation and thus, increase of pain.

1. Dairy

Lactose is the main type of sugar found in cow’s milk. Some 75% of people worldwide have intolerant of this to one degree or another. This intolerance contributes to digestive issues which in turn, creates additional inflammation systemically.

2. Nightshades

Nightshade vegetables are a group of plants which include tomatoes,  eggplants, potatoes, and certain peppers. While healthy for most, they can also start a chain reaction of negative symptoms ranging from joint issues to muscle soreness which can last for long periods of time.

3. Gluten

You knew this would be on the list. Gluten is a type of protein found in specific types of grains. Simply stated, many simply cannot process this substance and the results are pronounced when this occurs. At the top of the list is initiating or worsening of chronic pain.

4. Sugar

Is there a “negative list” where sugar is NOT on? Sugar is associated with negative effects on wellness ranging from tooth decay to obesity to cancers. Those you probably are aware of. What you may not know is that because sugar disrupts the gut (called the microbiome), it promotes inflammation and weakens immunity.

What is MCT and Why It is Good For You

This healthy fat from coconut oil can greatly boost energy, fight off pathogens, promote a healthier heart and a lot more. Of all of the fats that can be consumed, there is one is has emerged as perhaps, the healthiest of all.

It is called MCT Oil. MCT stands for medium chain triglycerides. They are found in, among other things coconuts.

Here are the top reasons why it is the top oil:

  1. Increases energy. Because they are more easily digested, they are more quickly metabolized and converted into usable energy.
  2. Weight Loss. More calories are burned on diets that contained MCT versus those that did not. Fat loss can be significant.
  3. Heart Protection. MCT helps prevent metabolic syndrome, a major factor in both diabetes and heart disease.
  4. Elevates the immune system. This oil inhibits the growth of pathogens that have become resistant to antibiotics.
  5. Alzheimer’s Relief. Alzheimer’s patients have experienced improvement in memory and other symptoms with the inclusion of this oil in their diet.

Introduce it slowing into the diet at first and once you recognize that it is compatible with your chemistry, you can then consume the full dosage.

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