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New Year-New You

December 30, 2010

Exercise Makes You Smarter and Healthier.

I don’t have to be a mind reader to know that many of you are already thinking about making a New Year’s Resolution.

For most of us, a worthwhile resolution usually involves our health.

My own personal resolution is to give you some of the best reasons in the world to exercise and follow a healthier lifestyle.

Exercise is essential to our health, particularly for women.

Studies show that exercise at different “doses” of physical activity yields different responses in cardio-respiratory fitness among sedentary, overweight, and postmenopausal women with elevated blood pressure.

Women who exercise to varying degrees experience the positive changes of increased muscle mass and decreased fat, proportionally determined by how much they work out.

Exercise not only builds muscle and burns fat; it also resets the body’s resting metabolic rate to a higher set point, so you burn more calories when resting.

Walking is an ideal exercise, because it is low impact and still somewhat strenuous. Walking 10,000 pedometer-measured steps daily has been shown to create positive metabolic balance (i.e., weight loss). Normally, we walk about 6,000 steps a day and need 30 minutes more of treadmill time to gain the remaining 4,000 steps.

If you walk less than 5,000 steps a day then your lifestyle is considered sedentary: couch potato status.

Women and men need daily walking and workouts with weights several times per week.

Yes guys, both women and men may begin developing osteoporosis in their thirties, so get moving!

As the oilMD I’d also recommend several essential oils that may contribute to bone health, such as: sage, juniper, pine, dwarf pine, and eucalyptus, and even oils derived from common kitchen spices. Rosemary, thyme, and sage are also effective due to their high monoterpene content. Choose Bone Balancer by the oilMD.

These oils work by inhibition of osteoclasts that remodel and tear down bone cells (Muhbauer, 2003).

Here’s another powerful reason to exercise more: your brain.

Exercise Your Brain Power
Scientists have made preliminary observations that new nerve cells can be grown in the human brain simply by putting subjects on a three-month aerobic workout regimen.

New brain cells are actually created as we exercise.

The wonderful Miracle Gro-like substance called brain-derived neutrotrophic factor (BDNF) induces growth of new neurons.

Exercise affects cognitive ability just as it affects muscles, making the brain better and smarter. These new BDNF-stimulated brain cells have increased capillary circulation and higher levels of the neurotransmitters dopamine, serotonin, and norepinephrine.

Researchers also believe that exercise benefits your memory. Paradoxically, exercise is remotely chemically akin to the combined antidepressant effects of taking Prozac and the mental stimulation of taking Ritalin. Call it natural medicine for your body, if you will.

Physical activity could also become instrumental in preventing Alzheimer’s disease, attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), and other cognitive disorders.

No matter what your age, an active body is essential for an active mind and strong immune function.

Also keep in mind that the better quality foods you eat and the more you exercise throughout your life will not just build up your muscles, but it may prevent heart and brain failure.

Will you keep that New Year’s Resolution to eat well and exercise?

I guess it all depends on how much smarter, happier, and healthier you wish to be to enjoy many more New Years to come.

The oilMD Holiday Sale features oil and book deal! You can choose any oilMD blend, especially Bone Balancer and The Sweet Smell of Success hardcover book for $24.95. Save $25.

Look for the soft cover version of The Sweet Smell of Success, Your Doctor’s Natural Guide to a Longer Healthier Life,  coming out early in the New Year.

Before I go, I should also tell you that I will be appearing on the Lifetime Network national cable television show, The Balancing Act in January 17th, 2011@ 0700 EST/PST. The Balancing Act is America’s only one-hour morning show about women and for women and in the past they have interviewed such notables as Evander Holyfield, Carl Brown, singer Danny Gokey, and reality show host, Jeff Probst. I will be interviewed by host Danielle Knox.

Among other almost-miraculous medical secrets, I’ll be revealing to the world why I’m so fascinated by the field of aromatherapy and essential oils and you’ll get a rare glimpse of what it’s really like to be a doctor in the operating room.

I hope you’ll tune in.
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Have a Healthy and Happy New Year!

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