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5-Point Friday, October 9th, 2015

Happy Friday, I hope you enjoyed last weeks 5-Point Friday post!  I’m still playing with different categories week to week.

I hope your week finds you strong and moving towards better health, productivity, and fitness!

1)Positive Thought:

“It had long since come to my attention that people of accomplishment rarely sat back and let things happen to them. They went out and happened to things.”

Leonardo Da Vinci

2)Health News: 

According to a recent study, people who drink diet soda (Especially with Aspartame) have a 70% greater average waist girth than non-diet soda drinkers!

Additionally, the study revealed that diet soda consumption increased rate of abdominal girth increase 5x over those who do not drink diet soda!!  Ouch.

Clinically my experience matches what earlier artificial sweetener studies suggest.  First, artificial sweeteners trigger weight gain independent of their caloric content.  Second, artificial sweeteners appear to trigger sugar/carbohydrate cravings leading to greater consumption of foods known to trigger weight gain.

Go natural, avoid processed sugar, artificial sweeteners, and apparently you will statistically have better health, less obesity, and diabetes.

3)LOL Moment:  While talking with a patient earlier this week…

ME–“The research shows limiting sugar, sodas, and alcohol can improve diabetic control.”

PATIENT–“I don’t like that research

4)What I’m Listening To:  This week I hit the podcast circuit hard.  Some podcasts that I seem to gravitate towards given their whole food, lifestyle, human performance, and sustainable agriculture bends included:  Permaculture Voices, The survival Podcast, Ben Greenfield

I love learning.  It’s amazing how much you can learn from the thousands of podcasters out there.

What are some of your favorites?

5)Health Nugget:

The digestive tract is the core of our immune system!

Bloating, gas, heartburn, indigestion, diarrhea or constipation, and skin issues all point to imbalanced health in the gut.

Poor gut health triggers increased susceptibility to allergies, infections, acne, rosacea, diabetes, obesity and autoimmune disorders.

Low stomach acidity and incomplete digestion combine to trigger many of these symptoms.

Besides proper diet….I often recommend Super Enzymes 1-2 with meals as a aid in the repair and strengthening of digestive health.  This product is safe, effect, and very often helps eliminate bloating, gas, heartburn, and constipation.   (You can often get off antacids too!!)

Don’t forget food sensitivities and common dietary triggers–(More on those topics here, here, and here)

As always, leave comments, ask questions, share ideas!

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Thanks for reading! Have a wonderful weekend!

W. Curtis, MD

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