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FIFTY@FIFTY-Tracey Jackson talks With 50 People On Being 50:#23 Dr. Phillip Rabito

Screenwriter, director and author Tracey Jackson talks with Dr. Phillip Rabito about the dangers of Diabetes, the causes, and ways to combat it (exercise, diet and lifestyle change). ” You can’t change your genetics, but you can CHANGE your bodyshape and lifestyle. Exercise and lifestyle modifications are key.” -Dr. Phillip Rabito

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How Chronic Stress Can Create Hormonal Havoc, Part Two

In part one of this blog, I described how stress could make you fat, miserable, and throw numerous hormones out of balance. Fortunately, an arsenal of strategies can help you keep your calm when life doles out storms. Among them, these 13 are some of my favorites:

1. Tap. Tapping combines ancient Chinese acupressure and modern psychology. Pick up a copy of Nick Ortner’s new book The Tapping Solution to learn more.

2. Address the underlying causes of stress. Find the biological causes of problems with the mind by working on the "7 Keys to UltraWellness." Mercury toxicity, magnesium and vitamin B12 deficiencies, and gluten allergies could be changing your brain. Changing your body can change your mind.

3. Actively Relax. Humans remain primed to always do something. Even when we’re not working, our mind is on work. Learn how to actively relax. To engage the powerful forces of the mind on the body, you must do something relaxing. You can’t just sit there watching television or drinking beer. Whether that means deep breathing or a simple leisurely walk, find active relaxation that works for you and do it.

4. Learn New Skills. Try learning new skills such as yoga, biofeedback, and progressive muscle relaxation or take a hot bath, make love, get a massage, watch a sunset, or walk in the woods or on the beach.

5. Move Your Body. Exercise is a powerful, well-studied way to burn off stress chemicals and heal the mind. Studies show exercise works better than or equal to Prozac for treating depression. Try interval training if you’re short on time but want a powerful, intense workout.

6. Supplement. Take a multivitamin and nutrients to help balance the stress response, such as vitamin C; the B-complex vitamins, including B6 and B5 or pantothenic acid; zinc; and most important, magnesium, the relaxation mineral.

7. Try Herbs. Use adaptogenic herbs (herbs that help you adapt and balance your response to stress) such as ginseng, Rhodiolarosea, Siberian ginseng, cordyceps, and ashwagandha.

8. Use Heat Therapy. Take a hot bath or a sauna to help your body deeply relax and turn on the relaxation response.

9. Change Your Beliefs. Examine your beliefs, attitudes, and responses to common situations and consider reframing your point of view to reduce stress.

10. Find a Community. Consciously build your network of friends, family, and community. They are your most powerful allies in achieving long-term health.

11. Breathe. Most of us hold our breath often or breathe swallow, anxious breaths. Deep, slow, full breaths have a profound affect on resetting the stress response, because the relaxation nerve (or vagus nerve) goes through your diaphragm and is activated with every deep breath. Take five deep breaths now, and observe how differently you feel after.

12. Meditate. Find a practice that works for you. You can also try my UltraCalm CD, featuring guided meditations and relaxation techniques.

13. Sleep. Lack of sleep increases stress hormones. Get your eight hours no matter what. Take a nap if you missed your sleep. Prioritize sleep.

What one technique or strategy would you add to this list to manage stress levels? Share yours below or on my Facebook fan page.

Wishing you health and happiness,
Mark Hyman, M.D.

Mark Hyman, M.D. believes that we all deserve a life of vitality — and that we have the potential to create it for ourselves. That’s why he is dedicated to tackling the root causes of chronic disease by harnessing the power of Functional Medicine to transform health care. Dr. Hyman and his team work every day to empower people, organizations, and communities to heal their bodies and minds, and improve our social and economic resilience.

Please join him in helping us all take back our health at www.drhyman.com, follow him on Twitter and on Facebook and Instagram.


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How Worrying Less Will Make You More Successful

Few things in life are more disheartening than failing to reach our goals. But what if the problem lies in the way we set goals in the first place? Founder and medical director of UltraWellness Center Dr. Mark Hyman joined HuffPost Live host Caroline Modarressy-Tehrani today to discuss how he changed the way he approached goal setting to achieve more positive outcomes.

“I think when we’re striving, we often end up with not letting magic happen,” said Dr. Hyman. “We’re trying too hard, we’re pushing, we’re shoving our life into a certain idea, pattern or goal as opposed to actually letting go and trusting that everything will work out… If you kind of have an attitude that if you do your best, you show up, you do the next moment and the next thing, extraordinary things happen. The less I worry, the better off my life is. When I try to be successful, it’s doesn’t work. When I just show up and I’m in the moment and I trust that the right thing is going to happen… then I don’t have to worry.”

Instead of forcing the impossible, Dr. Hyman suggests setting specific, attainable and personally tailored goals that will ultimately leave you feeling empowered rather than let down.

“You have to figure out what’s right for you,” he said. “There is no one right diet, there is no one right lifestyle, and there is no one right approach. Everybody’s different.”

To hear more about how to set yourself up for success, watch the full HuffPost Live clip in the video above.

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