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These days heart disease is a main concern for most people, but they are unaware of the actual causes of heart disease. There are several major reasons why someone would develop a heart condition. It’s important to know the facts since heart disease is the number one killer of people.
The main role in the development of heart disease is genetics. Some people can still have a healthy heart even if they eat what they want, smoke, and even avoid physical activity at all costs. It’s unfair, but it happens.
However, most people aren’t so lucky. If you have a family history of heart disease, you’re more likely to develop heart disease—especially if you don’t lead a healthy lifestyle.
The most common cause of heart disease is coronary artery disease. This is a narrowing or even a blockage of the blood vessels. This basically puts a strain on the heart and can even cause the heart to be cut off from the blood supply. If this happens to the blood vessels in the heart, it could possibly result in a heart attack.
Another source of heart disease is trouble with the valves of your heart. Your heart has valves inside it that help to keep blood flowing in one direction and prevents blood from flowing back to another chamber. If this part of the heart is damaged, this may cause heart disease.
Diabetes (a very common disease I see in my office daily!) is another major contributor to heart disease in adults. Anyone with Type 2 diabetes has a higher risk of developing heart disease. Unfortunately, by the time someone has been diagnosed with this illness, it’s possible he or she already has atherosclerosis.
What that means is that he or she will be more likely to have heart disease and has an increased risk of heart attack. The fact of the matter is that diabetics have twice the risk of heart problems as people who don’t have blood sugar problems.
One of the best ways to prevent or help your heart become healthier is to lose excess weight. A successful weight loss program, like the one at Plymouth Hypnosis Center is usually the answer.
And, if you smoke, you must quit smoking now. Call us. 610-397-1515
As always, results may vary.
Last updated 8 days ago
It's always amazing to me how the "cost" of smoking cigarettes is so high. It's not just the health costs: Ruining the Skin • Darkening of the Teeth • Emphysema • Lung Cancer • and MORE...! It's also the financial cost of smoking:
Figure (in this area) the costs of cigarettes at $6 a pack, the average smoker who smokes just a pack a day is spending almost $2,200 a YEAR on cigarettes! (Of course, two packs a day is over FOUR THOUSAND DOLLARS a year!)
Doesn't that just blow your mind?
Years ago, when I first started in this business, I had a client come in who quit smoking at Plymouth Hypnosis Center in the first visit. (This is what I expect and you'll see Bob on the video in my office.)
So, I called him a few weeks ago just to see how he was doing. Still not smoking (of course!) and he said something that was astounding:
"Bryan, it's funny you called because I was just saying to my wife the other day how much I saved on cigarettes by not smoking."
"How much?" I asked.
TWENTY-SEVEN THOUSAND DOLLARS!
Yes, it does work. Just come to my office and find out how.
UPDATE: It's been over TEN YEARS. He's still not smoking. (Of course.) — November 2012
Of course, your results may vary from Bob's.
Last updated 15 days ago
Calories are simply units of measure. They don’t really exist as “things” in and of themselves; they are labels, just how an inch really isn’t anything, except as a measurement of the distance between two points. So, what do calories measure?
One thing: they measure energy. That’s it. Nothing so evil; just a measurement of energy.
This is important because the body itself, despite its amazing structure and functions does not really do a very intelligent job of distinguishing “good” energy from “bad”.
Really, the body doesn’t care about where the energy comes from. Let’s look at food choices.
When we shop, with the almost unlimited of varieties of foods available—there seems to be a fair awareness of what’s good food, and what is bad or junk food.
We all know, of course that an apple is a “good” food, whereas a plate of nacho chips with lots of cheese is a “bad” food. And, while nachos are not bad tasting, you won’t find many fit people eating a plate of nachos, for obvious reasons.
So what does this have to do with calories and energy?
It’s this: while you and I can determine our choices of food and say that something (like an apple) is a reasonably healthy source of energy, and something else (like a plate of nachos) is an unhealthy source of energy, the body can’t determine this.
It may sound strange and amazing, but your body really doesn’t care either! To your body, energy is just energy. It takes what it gets. Without “thinking about it”.
So if we apply this to the body and to weight gain, when the body receives a calorie—which, as we now know, is just a name for energy—it must DO something with that energy.
So, putting all other nutrients and minerals aside, if an apple delivers 100 calories to the body, it has to accept those 100 calories. The same goes for 1,500 calories from a plate of nachos… those 1,500 calories have to be dealt with.
Next, the body does two things to that energy: it will either metabolizes it via anabolism (convert the energy (calories) into cells/tissue), or it will metabolizes it via catabolism (use that energy (calories) to break down cells).
Do you see now how the link between calories/energy, metabolism, and weight loss becomes rather clear and direct?
In your body, when there is an excess of energy, and the body can’t use this energy to deal with any needs at the time, it will be forced to create cells with that extra energy.
Even though the body may not want to, after realizing that the energy can’t be used to do anything (such as help you exercise or digest some food), it will turn it into cells through anabolism.
And what are those extra cells? Yes... added weight!
To sum up, the whole calorie/metabolism/weight gain thing is really just about... excess energy!
When there’s too much energy from food, i.e., too many calories in the body— then the body transforms those calories.
And, most of the time, it is fat.
Want to avoid taking in those extra calories you accumulate by eating the “wrong” food? Hypnosis is perfect for that! Call me, Bryan Toder, at 610-397-1515 and we’ll talk at at free screening appointment.
Of course, results may vary.
Last updated 20 days ago
Do you know those ads for those “famous” weight loss or diet centers where they have testimonials like: “I lost 10 lbs. In 14 days at LA Weight Loss!” Did you ever wonder why you hear this so often? It’s because of water!
It wasn’t the amazing weight loss center, or their magical scales or the “delicious” meals they tell you to buy (costing you around $5,000- $6000 a year!!). It was the water they drank. Lots and lots of water.
You (yes, you!) probably don’t drink enough water. Most people don’t, but you need to.
Why? Because you need to metabolize the fat in your body.
One of the main functions of the liver is to convert stored fats onto energy. But, if the kidneys are not getting enough water to work properly, the liver will need to step in and pick up the slack — which takes away from its main function, converting that fat into energy.
So, drink less water and store more fat. It’s an easy equation.
"But, This Is Too Hard To Do!"
One of the easiest ways to lose about 10 pounds is to start drinking water. Is that really so hard to do? Of course, you’ll be running to the bathroom constantly, but after a few weeks your body will become accustomed to the water and you won’t be running so often.
This is because your body will not have to retain the water anymore because it “knows” that it’ll get hydrated! (Your body is very smart.) You see, your body was in “survival mode” — it didn’t know when or if it was going to get its necessary water. So, after a week or so, the water it had been retaining is flushed out of the system. (Usually 8-10 pounds of water!)
Some Additional Benefits to Drinking Water
Did you know that drinking 8 to 10 glasses of water a day will also help you look and feel younger? Drinking water will:
Flush out impurities in your skin, improving your complexion.
Hydrate your skin (filling in those wrinkles and sagging skin).
Improve your muscle tone (you need this water if you are lifting weights).
How Much Water Should You Drink?
Now, check with your personal physician first, as this is in no way medical advice. The average person should drink 8 eight-ounce glasses of water a day. And, for every 25 pounds you are overweight, an additional 8 ounces.
Most of my clients carry a water bottle around with them to remind themselves to drink the water. (I know one guy who just fills up a one-gallon container and sips from it throughout the day.)
Oh… coffee is not water. Tea is not water, Juice is not water. Soda… get it? Water. Add a slice of lemon, if you want some flavor.
And, one more thing: Stop drinking about three hours before bedtime. :-)
As always, results may vary.