One of the biggest barriers to good nutrition is…all the information about what constitutes good nutrition! Patients come into my office all the time expressing how confused they are by the sheer volume of information about nutrition out there, much of it contradictory: “Eat fat!” vs. “Don’t eat fat!” “Eat carbs!” vs. “Carbs are bad for you!” “Be vegan!” vs. “Veganism will mess up your body!” Unfortunately, a typical response to this feeling of being overwhelmed is just giving up. If there’s too much information, and if the advice is all over the place, what’s the use of following any of it? With the amount of nutritional information out there rising every day, it’s become very difficult for the average person to sort it all out. But nutrition is much simpler than people think. It can be broken down into two basic principles. The First Principle of Nutrition: Eat Real Food and Drink Real Water This is the foundation of nutrition, and it’s a no-brainer. Eat real food. Drink real water. If it’s a food found in nature in the form you eat it in, go for it. That’s real food. In other words, if you can grow it, you … Read More
Beginning as early as your late 20s, hormonal changes can have a profound impact on your life and health. These changes affect the rate at which you are aging. Age Management Medicine The field of Age Management Medicine is fairly new to the medical world. Most people just assume it’s “Anti-Aging” Medicine, which has a sort of built-in connotation of vanity or the quest to live forever. There often ends up being an immediate reaction that it’s not “real” medicine, but a luxury reserved for the rich and famous or people who fear death – or simply fear looking old. Clearing Up the Myths: To start, I’d like to dispel the myth that Age Management is simply a “vanity” sort of medical field. A good place to begin is simply by defining Age Management Medicine. Age Management Medicine is a proactive, preventative approach to healthcare. It’s not simply Human Growth Hormone (HGH), testosterone, estrogen, progesterone, thyroid, etc. It is a scientifically-based approach to aging focused on preservation of optimum human function and quality of life, making every effort to slow the process of degeneration of the body that comes with aging. So Age Management Medicine is not about living to … Read More
Dr. Jill Stocker is a board-certified physician. She practices Age Management Medicine & Hormonal Optimization at The Body Well in Los Angeles. Q. I’ve been hearing people talk about the health benefits of turmeric lately. I thought it was just a spice used for cooking. Should I be taking it as a supplement? A. Turmeric is a spice best known for its uses in Indian cooking, and is what gives curry its yellow color. It also contains compounds called curcuminoids, that have medicinal properties. The most important curcuminoid is curcumin. Curcumin works at two key levels in the body, it’s a strong anti-inflammatory agent as well as being a strong antioxidant. Curcumin also helps delay aging at a molecular level with its antioxidant effects. Cellular functions in the body require oxygen, but sometimes the metabolic processes of this functioning can generate unhealthy byproducts, known as free radicals, which can ultimately damage the cells. The imbalance between the production of free radicals and the ability of the body to counteract their harmful effects is called oxidative stress. Antioxidants reduce oxidative stress by combatting the free radicals, preventing their damaging effects on the body. Below are some of the known benefits … Read More
I’ve recently been thinking more about what I consider to be normal aging. That is, what can we realistically expect to change in our bodies as each year goes on? So I did a brief search of common medical websites (WebMD, MayoClinic, The Merck Manual Home Edition, etc.) to see what they had to say. According to some of the most visited medical information websites, a few of the symptoms listed as part of “healthy” aging are as follows: decreased energy decreased metabolism decreased skin elasticity decreased sleep decreased muscle mass decreased memory decreased libido decreased sexual function decreased cardiovascular function I don’t know about you, but this sounds like a lot of decreases to me! I felt like they should at least have mentioned things such as ‘increased wisdom’ or ‘increased confidence.’ But alas, they weren’t listed. The list looked grim, at best. So it got me thinking some more. Is this what we’re all in for? Do we just have to accept all this? Well, yes…but then again, perhaps, no. What Can Make Getting Older Look Different for You The truth is, I see something different in my patients. Just because these are the common signs of aging doesn’t mean they have to be your path. You … Read More
We all age. It’s part of life. But most of us hope that as we age, we can maintain the highest quality of life possible. That we can keep as much of the energy, strength, and and appearance we enjoy in youth. At the same time, most of us hope to be spared the impairment that comes with chronic, degenerative diseases. Hormones are key players in our ability to feel and look young – as well as stave off the degenerative diseases of aging. You see, as we age, hormone levels change. Typically, the hormones we like at high levels – fat burning, energy producing hormones – will fall. And the hormones we like at low levels – fat storing, energy depleting hormones – tend to rise. With this change, we look and feel older. Hormones often fall into a deficiency range, below the levels associated with the best health outcomes. This is when intervention with hormone optimization (through diet, the right amount and kind of exercise, sleep, lifestyle modifications, and hormone supplementation) can be extremely beneficial. Human Growth Hormone (HGH) is one of these hormones. Unfortunately, it isn’t available to everyone who needs it, largely due to its price … Read More
It’s the most common health problem over 40. You’ve got fat around your middle and you’re tired all the time. To top it off you may have • A foggy brain • Low moods • And no libido And it seems there is no quick easy fix because you’ve tried everything. Aging well can be hard. There is so much information out there and sometimes no answers. That’s why my good friends and colleagues Dr. Anna Cabeca and Robin Nielsen, NC and have assembled 25 of the world’s leading health experts in integrative and holistic health care to give you their top secrets for aging more vibrantly and feeling better than ever before no matter what your age. You deserve to feel fabulous. And they’re going to help you get there. In a hurry – get more info here: http://www.mcssl.com/app/?af=1557415 Welcome to Season 2 of Sexy Younger You where 25 of the world’s leading age management experts will talk about how you can recreate yourself… as a “Sexy Younger You!” You’ll learn Why hormone shifts change brain chemistry and what you can do about it The top foods for longevity What’s up with all the fat around your middle and how … Read More
Age Management and Anti-aging include caring for your skin as well. The 2 most effective ways to prevent your skin from prematurely aging are: 1. Don’t smoke 2. Avoid overexposure to the sun (while still maintaining optimal Vitamin D levels) For the face, The Body Well Esthetician Shani Darden recommends a simple skin care program using: A) gentle cleanser B) exfoliator C) toner D) quality retinol product E) moisturizer Stay away from alcohol-based products as they are excessively drying. Exfoliation is key because excess dead skin cells need to be removed before any moisturizer will penetrate the skin. Retinol products will also help slow the development of fine lines and wrinkles as well as brown spots. Shani also does custom facials at The Body Well.