Eggs Shift from Health Risk to Superfood

Eggs Shift from Health Risk to SuperfoodEarly last year, 40-year-old guidelines from the government related to the consumption of cholesterol were changed. Basically, Washington finally caught up to science in understanding that cholesterol in the food we eat does not have a significant impact on cholesterol levels in our blood.

Thanks to decades of ignorance, one of the healthiest, most budget-friendly food options has gotten a bad rap. Because the average large egg contains more than 200 milligrams of cholesterol, which is approximately two thirds of the recommended daily allowance, egg consumption was incorrectly linked to heart disease.

Fortunately, the public is becoming educated about the myths and realities of cholesterol, and eggs are receiving long overdue recognition as a source of:

  • Protein
  • Vitamins A, D, B6 and B12
  • Minerals, including iron, calcium, folate, phosphorus, selenium and zinc
  • Choline, which promotes normal cell activity, liver function, and nutrient movement in the body
  • Amino acids
  • Omega-3 fatty acids, which lower triglycerides to reduce the risk of heart disease
  • Antioxidants, including lutein and zeaxanthin

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About Dr. James Proodian

Dr. James Proodian is an accomplished chiropractic physician, health educator, and professional public speaker who founded Proodian Healthcare Family of Companies to help people feel better, function better, and live longer. His expertise is in identifying clinical imbalances and restoring the body to health and functionality. Contact: jproodian@naturalhc.com or (732) 222‑2219.

Want to Live a Healthy Lifestyle? Coke Is NOT It

No Soda Zone imageYou’ve probably seen or at least heard about the ads and videos from Coca-Cola that preach healthy living and obesity prevention. They proclaim that a calorie is a calorie – meaning that calories in Coke products are no different than calories in other foods – and they defend the use of low-calorie sweeteners as “safe, high-quality alternatives to sugar.”

I’d call these ads and videos a joke, but there’s nothing funny about the effects that Coke and other sweetened beverages have on our health and our healthcare system.

Instead, a more accurate label for the claims made – and the products they promote – is garbage.

The average soda has absolutely no nutritional value. It has sugar or artificial sweeteners, carbonated water, artificial color, artificial flavors, caffeine and other chemical substances that lead to chronic diseases like high cholesterol, cardiovascular disease, hypertension, stroke, cancer and metabolic syndrome, a precursor to type 2 diabetes.

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About Dr. James Proodian

Dr. James Proodian is an accomplished chiropractic physician, health educator, and professional public speaker who founded Proodian Healthcare Family of Companies to help people feel better, function better, and live longer. His expertise is in identifying clinical imbalances and restoring the body to health and functionality. Contact: jproodian@naturalhc.com or (732) 222‑2219.

Shedding Pounds for Summer? Don’t Fall for These 5 Weight Loss Myths

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Skinny jeans. Swimsuits. Tank tops. Skirts and shorts. Yes, we all would like to look our best for summer, and maybe losing 5-10 pounds would help us feel a little more confident as we spend more time outdoors and on vacation.

If you’re thinking of shedding weight for summer, don’t believe the myths or fall for the gimmicks you see on TV or read about online. None of them follow the Triad of Health and integrate physical, nutritional and psychological components in a way that’s balanced and healthy. Remember, the scale and the mirror are far less important than our actual body composition and proper blood values.

So many of these myths produce short-term results – if any results at all – and lead to a lifetime of poor, unhealthy habits and decisions. In fact, named diet plans have more than a 90 percent failure rate after three years. That doesn’t sound like a great investment. Let’s learn the science and implement good habits for life – not just to fit into a bikini or a new dress. Here are five common weight loss myths.

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About Dr. James Proodian

Dr. James Proodian is an accomplished chiropractic physician, health educator, and professional public speaker who founded Proodian Healthcare Family of Companies to help people feel better, function better, and live longer. His expertise is in identifying clinical imbalances and restoring the body to health and functionality. Contact: jproodian@naturalhc.com or (732) 222‑2219.

Time To Take Back Your Health

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If you’ve ever heard me speak about nutrition, you know how I feel about diets. You die on a diet. It’s that simple.

As we make New Year’s resolutions to lose weight, eat healthy and get in shape, too many of us rely on diets that involve some type of deprivation, which is inevitably followed by some type of binging. It’s just not a healthy or sustainable way to live.

Instead of relying on others and unhealthy gimmicks, we need to make it our personal responsibility to take our health back – physically, nutritionally and psychologically – in order to avoid disease, chronic illness and stress. We need to take better care of ourselves.

Perhaps the biggest obstacle is the state of our health care system, which is overly burdened and fundamentally broken at its core. Not that there aren’t wonderful doctors out there who are saving lives and doing great work, but there’s not enough of a focus on preventative care.

It’s a question of sick care vs. health care.

Sick care is designed to treat a disease or illness after we already have it. Health care – the new model – is designed to prevent illness before it happens.

Right now, we essentially operate under a sick care model focused on disease management. For example, if you’re diagnosed with type-2 diabetes, you’re told to eat more frequent, smaller meals. Instead, we should be receiving good advice all along that helps to prevent us from getting the disease. This is the new model of health care, which is focused on prevention.

In this model, we need to be careful about whose advice we’re taking. Are we taking advice from a health care provider or a sick care provider? Unfortunately, many sick care providers aren’t specifically trained in preventative medicine.

For example, I saw a prominent doctor on national television who said statin drugs – cholesterol-lowering medication – are a great form of preventative medicine. I sat back in my chair and said to myself, “Now millions of people think they should take statin drugs to lower their cholesterol.”

I take issue with this. I’m not anti-statin drugs, but as someone in clinical practice, I can tell you that if you want to lower your cholesterol, it can be done naturally without medication in most cases.

Sick care certainly has its place, whether it means conducting yearly physicals or treating the “God forbids,” like a heart attack or a broken leg. We need highly trained neurosurgeons and other doctors whose very job is to save lives.

Instead of thinking in a single dimensional way to correct a problem, a health care provider thinks in a multi-dimensional way, considering the whole person when offering advice on how to prevent a problem. A health care provider’s job is to save lives by helping us lead a healthy lifestyle in order to avoid illness and disease whenever possible.

Adelle Davis, one of my favorite nutritionists, once said that we do one of two things every day. We either build health or produce disease in ourselves.

Instead of latching on to the latest weight loss gimmick, let’s think about preventing disease, not waiting for a bad diagnosis and figuring out the best way to treat it. Look for nutritionally dense food, like broccoli and kale, an amazing super food with cancer-fighting properties that’s great for the gastrointestinal system.

Avoid the obvious, like fast food and soda, but also foods that have hardly any nutritional value, like white bread, sugar and starch. Filling up on non-nutritionally dense foods is what makes us obese.

When we follow the advice of health care providers and educate ourselves, we become empowered to make smart decisions. As we kick off 2013, let’s skip the resolutions. Let’s make a long-term commitment to taking back our health using this new preventative health care model.

About Dr. James Proodian

Dr. James Proodian is an accomplished chiropractic physician, health educator, and professional public speaker who founded Proodian Healthcare Family of Companies to help people feel better, function better, and live longer. His expertise is in identifying clinical imbalances and restoring the body to health and functionality. Contact: jproodian@naturalhc.com or (732) 222‑2219.

“Wow” Your Holiday Guests with Delicious and Nutritious Dishes

Nutritious food on the holiday dinner table ranks about as high as coal in the stocking for too many people. That’s because people incorrectly associate nutrition with a lack of flavor. It’s the food they have to eat, not the food they want to eat.

This stereotype couldn’t be further from the truth. There are literally dozens of deliciously nutritious holiday food choices out there, but here are a small handful of ideas to give you a little inspiration.

Kiwi is a bright green, tropical fruit that’s bursting with flavor. It also happens to be one of the most nutritiously dense fruits available. Kiwis are full of antioxidants, vitamin E and lutein that help to prevent vision problems, blood clots and high cholesterol.

The flavonoids in blueberries guard against heart disease, memory loss and cancer, while both blueberries and cranberries can help to prevent urinary tract infections. Think about how delicious a fresh fruit salad with kiwis, blueberries and cranberries would be – and think about the festive colors it would bring to the dinner table!

How about fresh, homemade salsa and guacamole? Tomatoes, peppers and lime – salsa’s main ingredients – are high in fiber and vitamins A and C, and very low in calories. Avocados, the star of guacamole, are loaded with heart-friendly unsaturated fats, as well as antioxidants and nutrients like beta-sitosterol, which can lower bad cholesterol. Your taste buds and your guests will thank you.

Salmon is one of the richest sources of omega-3 fatty acids in the world, and two servings of omega-3 foods per day can reduce the risk of a heart attack and cardiovascular disease. Salmon can even improve your skin tone. Smoked salmon as an appetizer or salmon filets with lemon juice as an entrée will make your guests’ glow on the inside and the outside.

Make dark chocolate part of your dessert menu, not just because of its rich, sweet taste, but because it has many of the same antioxidants as fruits, vegetables and red wine. These antioxidants improve blood pressure, prevent clots, reduce inflammation, and lower insulin resistance, the main issue behind diabetes. If you like to dip your fruit in chocolate, dip it in dark chocolate!

The holidays are a time to indulge and have fun, and I don’t expect you to shy away from every dish that might be the slightest bit unhealthy. Just keep in mind that you can indulge in healthy foods without sacrificing an ounce of flavor or an ounce of enjoyment. If you try a new recipe with nutritious ingredients, you may just “wow” your holiday guests!

What deliciously nutritious dishes do you serve during the holiday season?

Dr. James ProodianDr. James Prood­ian is an accomplished chiropractic physician and health educator who founded Proodian Healthcare Family of Companies to help people feel better, function better, and live longer. His expertise for the past two decades has been in physical rehabilitation, and he has successfully established himself as a spinal specialist. In his practice, he advocates the science of functional medicine, which takes an integrative approach to treating patients by addressing their physical, nutritional, and psychological needs. Alarmed by the escalation of complex, chronic illness in our country, Dr. Proodian has been speaking to companies and organizations through his “Wellness at Work” program since 1994, motivating thousands of people to make positive lifestyle choices and lead healthier, more productive lives. He can be heard weekly on his radio program, “Proodian Healthcare By Design,” on Tandem Radio.

About Dr. James Proodian

Dr. James Proodian is an accomplished chiropractic physician, health educator, and professional public speaker who founded Proodian Healthcare Family of Companies to help people feel better, function better, and live longer. His expertise is in identifying clinical imbalances and restoring the body to health and functionality. Contact: jproodian@naturalhc.com or (732) 222‑2219.