Denver has made it to one of the top healthiest places to live since 2009. And we’re always doing more to make it more so. Despite our abnormally fit populace, however, Denver likes to eat. Quite a bit, actually. So while our minds are on being healthy, they’re also on what’s new on the menu. What’s interesting to know, is that the big trend in the culinary world these days is using locally grown ingredients, and Denver is way ahead of the curve here with its free-range meats, artisan cheeses and fresher-than-fresh fruits and vegetables. These should be considered great comfort foods, but burgers, fries, beer and anything big and greasy hasn’t gone away. All of which can add on pounds that pound on peoples’ consciences. Skipping meals, binging then starving, following all kinds of crazy diets can rob you of the nutrient, vitamins and minerals essential to your health.
FEAR OF MIRROR
No matter how healthy the environment, both men and women of all ages still obsess about the numbers on the scale and the size clothes they wish they could fit into but can’t. Besides hating to see our bodies staring accusingly back at us from the mirror, we can’t face reality either. So we do the dangerous “D” word. “Diet”, with its images of depressing, tasteless everything and a long list of “don’t”. Lazy dieters tend to look for the easy way out turning to microwaved answers, which while at times cut calories, easily cut essential vitamins and minerals. Fat isn’t healthy and obesity is dangerous, but the fact is, cardiovascular disease rates are lower than average here and our residents are less likely to be obese, have diabetes or die of heart disease. It’s our much too often weigh ins that scare us to death. Our advice? Get over it. No one’s a model. Except a model. And their eating habits, well, stink. It’s about health, folks. And there is so much you can do about taking control of it.
NO ONE RUNS ON EMPTY
Exercise (which we do a lot of) is really where you have to exercise caution about what you eat. “I’ll just cut out the carbs” is the type of thinking you have to cut out completely. Carbohydrates, which are stored mostly in the muscles and liver are needed to provide energy during exercise. They also provide much needed vitamins, minerals and other nutrients. Protein is important for muscle growth and to repair body tissues. Protein can also be used by the body for energy, but only after carbohydrate stores have been used up. Most Americans already eat almost twice as much protein as they need for muscle development. Too much protein in the diet:
- Will be stored as increased body fat
- Can increase the chance for dehydration (not enough fluids in the body)
- Can lead to loss of calcium
- Can put an added burden on the kidneys
Water is the most important, yet overlooked nutrient for everyone, especially athletes. And yet few people get as much as they need. Actually, most don’t even know how much they need. Whether you’re a triathlete, weekend warrior or just plain worn out, overworked and overstressed, if you don’t eat right, you’re going going to be undernourished and going nowhere fast.
RECIPE FOR SUCCESS
NO MATTER HOW WELL YOU EAT AND EXERCISE, THE FACT IS THAT IF YOUR HORMONES ARE IMBALANCED, YOU’RE NOT GOING TO REAP THE FULL REWARD OF YOUR EFFORTS. SO HOW DO YOU REACH THE OPTIMUM HORMONE BALANCE? YOU NEED TO START BY DETERMINING EXACTLY WHERE YOU ARE. FORTUNATELY, YOU CAN GET ANSWERS AND RESULTS WITH DR. STEPHEN A. GOLDSTEIN, M.D, F.A.C.S. AT DENVER HORMONE HEALTH. HIS EXPERTISE IN BIOIDENTICAL HORMONE REPLACEMENT THERAPY OR BHRT AS IT IS OFTEN REFERRED TO HAS GIVEN HIM YEARS OF EXPERIENCE IN HELPING PEOPLE FEEL BETTER AND HAPPIER. THE FIRST THING HE DOES IS FIND OUT WHAT’S BOTHERING YOU, WHETHER IT’S FATIGUE, DEPRESSION, LOW LIBIDO OR EVEN A HANGOVER. THEN WITH SIMPLE TESTS, HE CAN DETERMINE ANY HORMONAL DEFICIENCIES OR EXCESSES THAT COULD BE EXACERBATING YOUR PROBLEM. FROM THERE HE CREATES A SOLUTION THAT IS UNIQUE TO YOUR NEEDS, AN INTEGRATED THERAPY PLAN THAT INCLUDES DIET AND EXERCISE. THE PERFECT INGREDIENTS FOR FEELING LIKE YOU CAN TAKE ON THE WORLD. SO CALL DR. GOLDSTEIN FOR AN APPOINTMENT NOW.
AND GET A TASTE OF THE HEALTHY LIFE.