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Healthy Tips After 50 Podcast
7 minutes | Jul 29, 2021
Love Yourself Very late posted podcast and it’s explained in the podcasted. Taking care of myself in the midst of a busy week. Something for everyone to learn about dealing with overwhelm - especially self-imposed overwhelm (ladies are you listening?). An update on my completion of the 7-month Clarity Certification Training (for coaches) and how to contact me to set up a conversation about how to do self-care for yourself. Send me an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or a message at my website (www.healthytipsafter50.com) or on FB.
9 minutes | Jul 20, 2021
Mediterranean Memory Diet
Mediterranean Memory Diet A new study has been accepted for publication by Neurology and it’s about the impact of the Mediterranean Diet on memory and Alzheimer’s. It’s a very exciting and very important study in that it found a relationship between adherence to a Med diet and a stronger memory center of the brain. This podcast gives you some of the details of the study - who was involved, what the results were of the study, what you can do to protect/improve your memory, and how easy it is to do it. There is more investigating needed to get specific food recommendations but in the meantime enjoy eating the Mediterranean Diet knowing that you’re strengthening your brain.
8 minutes | Jul 13, 2021
Mushroom Power What do you think about eating mushrooms as a way to beat cancer? Sounds good to me. This podcast is about a few studies that looked at mushrooms and their connections to lower risks for premature death and cancers. One study’s finding said that people eating 18 grams of mushrooms per day - equal to 1 medium white mushroom - had a 45% lower risk of cancer compared to those who didn’t eat any mushrooms. Listen in to more information in this short podcast! let me know if you eat mushrooms in the comments below!
40 minutes | Jul 6, 2021
TMJ Migraines and Chronic Pain
TMJ Migraines & Chronic Pain Today’s podcast is a follow-on from my original interview with Dr. Dave Sherazi, DDS. In this discussion we talked about the relationship between TMJ and tinnitus, chronic pain, migraines, brain issues and other disorders. Dave tells us about his journey from dental school to an entirely new field around TMJ, jaw disorders, and pain. If you are interested in learning more about TMJ you can contact Dr. Sherazi at the following: https://tmjandsleeptherapycentre.com https://www.facebook.com/tmjandsleeptherapycentreofLA https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC1Vcqj4_9x_BAO2ZkHWwWUw
8 minutes | Jun 29, 2021
Best Ways To Listen
Best Ways to Listen Most people don’t do a very good job of listening to other people or even themselves. This podcast is about what best to do and not to do to become a better listener. These suggestions apply to conversations with friends, family, colleagues, and ourselves. It really is amazing how wonderful it is to be truly listened to when you’re trying to get across how you’re feeling or what you’re doing. I talk about an exercise I did with a group of professionals who were blown away by what it felt like to be fully listened to by one other person. That’s how we can also feel when we make the effort to listen to ourselves. Hope you listen well and enjoy!
47 minutes | Jun 23, 2021
Talking About Menopause
Talking About Menopause With Dr. Cris Azzola This week’s podcast is a discussion about Menopause. Dr. Cris Azzola and I talked about how overwhelming it can be, how unique it is to each of us, and how much healthier it is to view it as a stage of life not as a disease or condition to be controlled and/or managed. One area we talk about is how many menopausal symptoms are also symptoms of different issues. For instance, women with ovarian and other types of cancer can have night sweats so be sure to talk with your doctor about your symptoms as you navigate through the years of menopause. Watch for the next interview with Cris which will be about Andropause - the male version of Menopause. Should be very interesting and enlightening. Contact Cris at her website www.DrAzzola.com or email her directly at Contact@DrAzzola.com
21 minutes | Jun 15, 2021
Problems With Hip Pain
Problems with Hip Pain This week’s podcast is a replay from 2019 but it’s just as important as it was the first time I posted it. We have all been sitting at our desks and/or in front of our computers more in the past year during Covid which has not been good for our hips. So listen up and you’ll learn about why so many of us over 50 folks have hip issues. Issues like cartilage wear and tear, arthritis, lupus, bursitis, and rheumatoid arthritis. And of course, osteoporosis, and tendinitis. There are so many different causes of hip pain which can lead to other more debilitating situations which is why it’s so important for us to take care of ourselves and our loved ones. Hope you enjoy and learn something helpful.
11 minutes | Jun 8, 2021
Becoming Vegan or Vegetarian
Becoming Vegan or Vegetarian These days there are so many different diet plans available and today I’m going to talk about 2 of the originals - Vegetarian and Vegan. They are both healthy for you and actually are pretty easy to stay on if you like plants - vegetables, fruits, grains, oils. What more could you want? I go through the advantages, the health value, and some of the many ways to ease into a plant-based diet. There are many wonderful ways to cook vegetarian and vegan food and there are some incredible restaurants serving it as well. Hope you enjoy the podcast - let me know if you decide to try it out.
44 minutes | May 31, 2021
Why We Snore
Why We Snore - David Sherazi, D.D.S. Dave and I had a great conversation about TMJ (when you clench your teeth), snoring / sleep apnea, alzheimer’s, and how all of these relate from & to your overall health and wellness. I know I learned a lot about all of these areas and it got me thinking about how to improve some of my issues, like TMJ and snoring while I’m sleeping on my back. I always enjoy learning new and valuable information especially when I can use some of it for myself or others I know. Dr. Sherazi is based in Southern California and has 2 Therapy Centers there. You can contact him at his website , on Facebook , and on YouTube .
12 minutes | May 25, 2021
Do you take naps?
Do you take naps? Today’s podcast is about taking naps and if is it good for you to do that. There are a lot of pros and cons mostly because you could be napping due to poor nighttime sleeping or you could have trouble sleeping at night because of the napping. 20 minutes seems the longest we should nap because after that your mind/body starts to think you’re going to sleep which is why you are drowsy when you wake up - just like getting woken up in the middle of the night. Let me know if you like to take naps and for how long. I’m interested to know.
13 minutes | May 18, 2021
American Diet Today
The American Diet Today The American diet is not getting healthier - it’s getting unhealthier. The average daily calorie count that the “normal” American eats has increased from 2000 calories in 1970 to 2500 calories in 2019. It is not surprising as the 2018 level of meat, eggs, nuts, and grains was higher than the USDA’s 2020-2025 Dietary Guidelines for Americans published in 2019. This podcast walks through the USDA’s 2021estimates as to what food companies and farmers produce in different food areas. Things like meat, poultry, and seafood; cheese, ice cream and yogurt; added sugars, and fruits and vegetables. Lots of interesting information. Let me know in the comments how you eat and what you think healthy eating means.
12 minutes | May 12, 2021
Good Gut Bacteria
Good Gut Bacteria This week’s podcast is is about Probiotics, what they are, how they work, and what they work for. Did you know that they are bacteria, live microorganisms, and they work best in conjunction with prebiotics which feed the probiotics. Many are packaged together in the same supplements. Actually not as complicated as it sounds. They are found in many foods, things like yogurt and other fermented foods. They are particularly helpful dealing with many intestinal, urinary tract, and vaginal tract issues - especially with anything having to do with yeast. If you are dealing with any of those issues talk to your doctor or healthcare professional to get their advice on which probiotics/prebiotics you should take and how to take it. Do you currently take any probiotics? Leave me a comment if you do…
16 minutes | May 4, 2021
How Well Do You Sleep?
Sleeping is one of those things that we don’t think too much about until we start experiencing issues with it. This podcast is about some of those issues and a few suggested solutions. As we get older sleep patterns change and if we don’t sleep well or long enough it can affect our bodies and our brains. One of the things your body and brain do when you’re sleeping is to clean up all of the residue from the day. During sleep your body also reduces inflammation and C-Reactive Protein, lowers blood sugar levels, and kills harmful bacteria and viruses. Not getting enough sleep can lead to weight gain, heart disease, and depression among other negative ramifications. The large majority of people need 7-8 hours of sleep a night but as I know from personal experience many of us only get 5.5-6.5 hours. I used to get the lower amount but now I get 7-8. Other things covered in this podcast is your sleeping environment, snoring, supplements, blue-blocking glasses, and other things that can help you to sleep better.
33 minutes | Apr 26, 2021
Nutrient Needs & Aging
Nutrient Needs & Aging - An Interview Dr. Cris Azzola, N.D., is my guest again in today’s podcast for the second part of our discussion around how our bodies change as we age. The first podcast was about digestion and this podcast is about how our nutrient needs change, partly as a result of our digestive changes. We talked about protein, iron, vitamins, calories (density and number of), muscle mass, exercise, and food combinations. I learned a lot about what foods to add to my diet and what to cut back on. Our bodies do change so much as we get past 50. One of my big takeaways was that this is not a one size fits all kind of discussion - there are so many different things that can affect your nutrient needs. Some of those things arer your physical issues, what kind and how much exercise that you do, and your level of stress no name just a few. These are the kinds of things to talk about with your doctor or health advisor. If you’d like to contact Dr. Azzola you can do that at her website www.DrAzzola.com or via email at Contact@DrAzzola.com The video of the podcast is available on YouTube https://youtu.be/_KtqiYbhwS4
10 minutes | Apr 19, 2021
Improving Memory and Focus
Improving Memory & Focus Everyone, but especially those of us over 50, is trying to find out how to improve our memories and our focus. And there are a lot of people and places looking at that subject. I was interested to find 2 newsletters with articles about it on their front pages this month. One of them explained the 3 phases of memory - encoding, storage, and retrieval. The other newsletter gave an explanation of and suggestions about how to improve focus and concentration which results in better memory recall. As with so much else in life, it all works better to be calm, attentive to one thing at a time, and to add feeling to the memories as we create them. There are also some other specific suggestions for increasing your focus and improving your memory. I learned a lot from both of these articles and I’m sure you will too! Enjoy!
31 minutes | Apr 12, 2021
Digestion & Age
Digestion & Age Dr. Cris Azzola joined me for a talk about digestion and how it changes as we age. It was so informative and interesting to go deeper into the subject of how our bodies change, creating new ways for our digestion to be supported or not by specific types of foods. Cris tells us about bitters and tart food, how it wakes up our senses, how taste and smell affects our saliva and enzymes, and the herbs and spices that can help our overall digestion. There is also information about how all of this affects how much we do or don’t eat as we age. Then we talked about stomach acid and how important that is to the whole digestion process so we get all of the nutrients in our food. Cris explains how important it is to find out why someone is not digesting their food because there are many different causes of upset stomachs as we age, sometimes too much acid and sometimes not enough. You’ll learn a lot by listening / watching this podcast with Dr. Cris Azzola, N.D. If you would like to contact her you can go to her website at www.DrAzzola.com or email her directly at Contact@DrAzzola.com
11 minutes | Apr 5, 2021
What is Calorie Density?
What is Calorie Density? Have you heard of calorie density before? I hadn’t and I was surprised as I’ve been a student of healthy food and diets for over 30 years. I was especially surprised to learn that it is one of the main reasons that we overeat. Calorie density is also known as energy density (hadn’t heard of that either) and is a measure of the calorie content of food relative to its weight or volume. The usual measure is the number of calories per 3.5 ounces (100 grams) of food. Fruits and vegetables are examples of low calorie dense foods. They are also examples of foods that can fill up your plate at the same time as providing lower calorie totals. Another interesting fact is that low calorie dense foods are not necessarily low in carbohydrates so you can end up eating healthier foods with fewer calories leading to weight loss. A perfect trifecta! I quote from the Nutrition Health Newsletter which is published by CSPI, a non-profit who has been “America’s Science-Based Food and Health Watchdog for Nearly 50 Years. You can check them out at cspinet.org
11 minutes | Mar 31, 2021
Revisiting Benefits of Red Wine
Revisiting Benefits of Red Wine I have re-recorded a podcast about the many benefits of drinking one glass of red wine each day. There are many studies which I talk about that show the positive benefits of red wine. It has been shown to have anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer behavior in your body as well of benefit in the fight against cardiovascular disease. I talk about studies that have shown it reduces the risk of diabetes, multiple sclerosis, Alzheimer’s, and stroke along with heart disease, obesity, and infectious diseases. It also provides food for beneficial gut bacteria that stops the creation of other bacteria which causes atherosclerosis. There are many other studies that I cover in this podcast related to colorectal cancer, stem cells, inflammation, aging, blood vessels, and blood clotting. Enough with the lists - listen to the podcast and get all of the details. But remember that this applies to 1 glass for women and 1-2 for men a day, more than that and you will lose the health benefits. So, enjoy and don’t overdo!
15 minutes | Mar 22, 2021
New Dietary Guidelines for Americans
New Dietary Guidelines for Americans Every 5 years the US Dept of Health & Human Services along with the Dept of Agriculture (USDA) are required to publish a new “Dietary Guidelines for Americans”. The 2020-2025 Edition is out and I am giving you all a shortened version of the 164 page document. There were some changes made this year that makes this more usable and applicable than previous years’ editions. For instance it now includes people who have chronic diseases and/or are at risk for chronic diseases - e.g. cancer, obesity, and heart disease. They also have changed their focus to “dietary-patterns” which makes it much more flexible for people who eat according to cultural, geographic, taste-preferences, or budgets. Lastly, they have changed it to be more responsive to lifespans and where you are in your individual lifespan. What this means is that the dietary patterns are applicable and vary from infant through to old age. The Guidelines are split into 4 different guidelines which much detail in each in the full report. The Executive Summary gives a high level description of each which is helpful so you know where to look for what’s interesting to you. You can find the full report as well as the Executive Summary at DietaryGuidelines.gov
41 minutes | Mar 17, 2021
Talking Toxins With Dr Cris
Talking Toxins With Dr. Cris This show marks the return of Dr. Cris Azzola, a licensed naturopath in San Francisco. Cris is going to come on the show on a regular basis to talk about different topics. We thought that talking about toxins and toxicity would be relevant after last year’s wild fires in so many parts of the US and the world, Covid-19, and the chance of more wildfires starting in the spring again. We also talked about environmental toxins and how our body does or doesn’t deal with those. Cris talked about the different kinds of toxins, how our bodies deal with and clear toxins as well as how our bodies can get overloaded and overwhelmed (like during the fires). She also gave us some specifics about body organs and systems (like the hormonal system). We talked about how to help clear toxins, how some supplements interact with each other which can cause toxic reactions, and be careful about self-prescribing to take clear toxins out of your body. Cris did a nice job summarizing our discussion and best take-aways from our conversation. You can also find an informative (quick read) by Cris on Medium that’s called Detoxing After the 2020 Wildfires, you can read it here on Medium. To get in touch with Dr. Azzola you can go to her website www.DrAzzola.com or email her directly at Contact@DrAzzola.com
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