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gyms in Scottsdale


Are you looking for the best gyms in Scottsdale? Do you want to exercise on a regular basis to achieve your fitness goals? Most of the people join gyms in January and the gyms are half vacant by February. When you join the best gym that offers superior services, you would enjoy going to the gym all the year round. When you feel comfortable at the gym, you will visit it regularly. You would notice a boost in your energy levels when you select the right gym.



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It can be a good idea to choose a gym that is close to your home or work place. Most of the people avoid going to the gym as they do not prefer to drive more than 15-20 minutes for going there. You can use Google maps and search for nearby gyms in Scottsdale. Check all the factors such as ease of parking, the crowd that comes to the gym, hours of operation, timings, how friendly the staff is before you make the decision.


Saturday afternoon can be an ideal time to visit the gym you’re planning to join. Choose to visit the place at your preferred workout time so that you can check all the parameters and get an idea about everything. If there is a lot of crowd, you may choose another gym.


The cleanliness of the equipment is an important factor one should considering while comparing several gyms in Scottsdale. Gym is a hub of germs and regular cleaning of the equipment and premises becomes important. You can talk to the professionals and get an idea about the cleanliness of the gym.


You can check the ventilation at the gym before joining it. Remember that the temperature inside the gym will increase in afternoon. If you want to visit the gym in noon, visit the premises and check the air conditioning and ventilation.


Most of the gyms have sauna, snack bar, steam rooms, massage rooms, weight and diet counseling, physiotherapists, and personal trainers. Check out all the facilities offered by the gym before joining it.

No matter what your fitness goals may be, it is important to buy membership at a reputed gym. Pulse Fitness is at the top of the list of the most trusted gyms in Scottsdale helping men and women of all the age groups achieve their health goals and live a healthy lifestyle. The gym has experienced trainers to help you plan effective training programs and prevent injuries. Talk to the experts and discuss your personal fitness condition and goals to get advice and suggestions. You get the best value for the money you spend. The gym aims to help clients get personalized training programs in a neat and tidy environment. You’ll feel at home when you visit Pulse Fitness on a regular basis. So, what are you waiting for? Join it now and enjoy the endless benefits.


Life expectancy is the highest it’s ever been in human history but rates of chronic disease and mental illness are skyrocketing. 1 in 3 Canadians now report having a chronic disease such as diabetes or hypertension, and in any given year 1 in 5 Canadians experience mental illness; by the time Canadians reach 40 years of age, 1 in 2 will have or have had mental illness. That is absolutely terrible. We live longer, but our lives suck…

According to a new wave of expert exercise physiologists, including Daniel Liebermann, PhD, who interestingly, runs barefoot on the daily but has tenure while teaching at Harvard, diseases and discomfort arise because our environment and our behaviours do not match our biological makeup. ”Diseases of excess” such as obesity and hypertension arise because we are hardwired to be hunter-gatherers, yet we lazily stuff ourselves with processed, pre-packaged junk. “Diseases of disuse” such as anxiety or type 2 diabetes occur because we are designed to move and stress our bodies constantly, yet we prefer to Netflix and chill. “Diseases of novelty” such as low back pain or nearsightedness arise because we contort ourselves in novel ways to be as un-human as possible.

Humans, or homo sapiens, have been around for 3 to 5 (depending on which evolutionary biologist you talk to) million years. But agriculture dates back only 10 000 years. Even more recent, industrialization and the advent of computers, junk food, and the “9 to 5” dates back only a couple hundred years. A couple hundred years is a blink of an eye in human history. Psychologically and physiologically we must remember that we are still animals. And while we are supposed to be outside hunting, gathering, and engaging in meaningful interactions with members of our own species, we are put in cages. Modern, social cages that take the form of office jobs and the need to keep up with the Jones’. We are becoming frail, isolated, depressed, and anxious because of it.

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While modern medicine and cultural innovation has been a godsend in many ways (for example, vaccinations, or hip hop), it has created a disconnect between what we think we are, and who we actually are deep down in our DNA. When was the last time you swam in a lake? When was the last time you woke up to the sunrise? When was the last time you picked fruit from a tree and ate it? These are examples of inherently homo sapien activities. Activities that make us feel good – deep down in our DNA kind of good, not succumbing to the mouth pleasure of Pringles but making the cells in your body weep kind of good. We must remember that before we are lawyers, before we are teachers, before we are accountants, we are homo sapiens. We must remember that before any other artificial social role we identify with, we are inherently, unavoidably homo sapiens. And accordingly, we should curate our lives from an evolutionary perspective; this is the best way to ensure deep, lasting health and happiness.

While it would be ill-advised to quit your job and live out in the woods, it is imperative that we find a balance in maintaining some of our modern day luxuries while simultaneously doing the things that homo sapiens ought to do. And hey, if you’ve never been the type to walk around barefoot or swim in open water, don’t worry, I’ve created the following checklist to ensure that you avoid any and all diseases of excess, disuse, or novelty:

Health checklist:

1. Have a tribe. Friends and family that you can share the highs with, and protect you against the lows. People that you can hug, dance, and/or have sex with. People who care about your well-being more than they care about the ”bottom line”

2. Embrace hormetic stressors. These are “natural” stressors that are good in moderation, but dangerous in large amounts. Exercise. Take a cold shower and shiver. Sit in a sauna and feel too hot. Go several hours, maybe even a day without eating. Stress your body so that it stays strong and healthy.

3. Limit modern-day luxuries. Processed food is awesome in small amounts, but will eventually make you obese. Computers and phones are awesome as tools of learning, or for business, but will eventually make you depressed, anxious, and isolated.

Let’s all stop acting weird and start acting human again.

As always, if you’d like to know more about, and start taking responsibility for your own health, fitness, and wellness, please reach out to Crux Fitness Richmond Gym for any of your personal training needs.

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Protein and Muscle Gains

Meat Proteins:

As far as meat protein sources are concerned, red meat is good because it raises testosterone levels. Fish is also good because it contains good fatty acids such as Omega 3 and 6 and has higher nitrogen utilization than other meats.

Whey Protein:

Whey is a milk derived soluble protein that is digested quickly. Whey has been clinically shown to increase protein synthesis by as much as 68% when consumed after a workout. This is because whey floods your body with amino acids, causing an increase in protein synthesis.

Unfortunately these same clinical studies showed that whey did nothing to prevent catabolism (muscle breakdown) so what is it good for? Whey is good when consumed post workout because your muscle\’s need protein fast and whey gives it to them fast, since it is digested in about 30 minutes. For this same reason, you should not take whey on an empty stomach or by itself at any other time of the day.

Another reason why whey water drink should only really be used post workout is because at any other time when it is taken by itself your body only uses about a third of the amino acids. This is because whey rapidly increases the amount of amino acids in the blood flow and the body thinks it has more protein than is actually true and sends the \”excess\” to the liver, where it is oxidized and used as energy.

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Derived from soy plants, soy is unique because it is the only complete, non-animal protein. Complete means that it contains all the essential and non-essential amino acids. It is also rich in Glutamine, which is touted as the most important amino acid for body building. So what\’s it good for? Overall, soy is good for your health. However there are better proteins for bodybuilder\’s goals.

It has been stated that soy raises estrogen levels in the body. It is true but only if you soy consumption is very large, so don\’t be scared to have soy every now and again.


Casein is the essentially the opposite of whey. It is an insoluble, slow-digesting, milk derived protein. Casein has been proven to prevent catabolism in several studies but has no effect on increasing the synthesis of protein. So what is it good for? Casein gels in the stomach and is very slow to digest, providing a slow constant flow of protein all day.

In fact it takes casein at least 2.5 hours to digest and sometimes up to 4. This means it is good at any meal other than post workout. Casein is an excellent choice especially right before bed since it gives you a slow stream of aminos over about 3-4 hours and prevents muscle breakdown. You need this slow stream of aminos since your body will be going 8 hours without any protein.

Egg Protein:

Eggs have the best amino acid profile available on a single protein. They also have the highest net nitrogen utilization rating, which means that you use more nitrogen which is what actually builds the muscle. Egg is a medium rate digesting protein, about 1.5-3 hours. So what is it good for: Egg protein would be good at breakfast, lunch, whenever, save post workout and before bed.

Life itself could not exist without protein. Likewise, without protein, muscle wouldn\’t exist. Without enough protein, you can expect to make almost no gains.

Scientists have studied how much protein is needed by the body per day. The GDA is roughly 1/3 gram of protein per pound of bodyweight. This is the minimum amount of protein needed to sustain a healthy body and maintain normal cellular functions. For athletes, however, that amount is certainly higher.

For bodybuilders participating in intense training programs the amount is higher still. When you lift heavy weights, your muscle fibres tear. To repair this damage so your muscles you need a large amount of protein.

Just how much protein? I would recommend about 1 gram per pound of bodyweight. People with faster metabolisms may need even more, up to 1.25 grams per pound of bodyweight.

These numbers are not set in stone as some people will probably need more or less due to differences in how their bodies work. For example some people will have a higher rate of nitrogen retention than others, and some peoples muscles are broken down more than others during training, but this a good starting point.

As well as worrying about the amount of protein, there is the is also the problem of which kind of protein is the best? Is there one kind that is more beneficial than the rest? The quick answer is, as long as the protein is from an animal source, no. However certain types of protein are better to take at certain times of the day or in certain situations than others. Here are the different kinds of proteins and how they can be used to have maximum gains!

From all of this information I would recommend that a blended protein source would be optimal for muscle growth. A protein containing fast digesting Whey to increase protein synthesis, medium digesting egg for a great amino acid profile, and slow digesting casein for anti-catabolic support.

Post Bariatric Diet

The bariatric surgery diet is the food plan that you will be following for the first 8 weeks following gastric bypass surgery. This surgery can give you a new lease on life, but a big part of that will be up to you. How well you follow what you learned in your prep classes will be a big determining factor in how much weight you lose and how much of that weight loss you will have maintained five years later. For the first 9-12 months, the weight will come off easily. After that, it will be up to you to continue the weight loss or to maintain what you have lost.

The gastric bypass diet starts out with clear liquids and this is really no different than the diet following many surgeries. You will be on this part of the diet for the first day or two. By the third day, you should be eating at step 2 part of the gastric bypass diet. This is the part of the diet is easy to follow, but you will probably be tired of it before it is time for you to move on to the next step of the diet. Step 2 consists of liquid protein, baby food or strained pureed foods. You can have any or all of these types of foods, but that is it. If you have to chew it, it does not step 2 and you shouldn’t be eating it at this point in the bariatric diet. This step can last from 2 to 8 weeks.

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Step 3 is where you begin eating real food again. You will start with soft foods…things that will be easy on your stomach that is still tender. Make sure that all foods are well chewed. Your food should be liquid before it is swallowed. Try different things, but go easy at first. Proceed with caution. Overeating can cause vomiting and not chewing well enough can cause severe pain. Make sure that you avoid drinking 30 minutes before eating and 30 minutes after eating. Eating can actually be frustrating at this time. It is a time-consuming process because everything has to be chewed so well.

You should be consuming 60 grams of protein each day and 32 ounces of liquids. Eating can be a full-time job during the first several months. By the end of the eighth week, you should be eating almost all foods, but meats will be difficult and should be cut into small pieces. There are foods that can present problems. Fats and sugar will be the most difficult and you may always have to avoid these foods in any quantity. Eating these foods in excess can cause pain and may also cause dumping syndrome.

Getting through this diet and back to eating regular foods is a process and you will get through it. Your weight loss surgery will give you an opportunity to do things that you may not have been able to do in years. It is a tool and that is how it should be used!


The Night Owl Effect and Your Health

Some people wake up early, fresh, and roaring to go. Others, on the other hand, are not morning people. They keep late nights, and would rather wake up a few hours later. Coffee may be the first thing that makes up their early morning ritual, and they tend to do their best work from late afternoon until well into the night. These are those for whom the term ‘night owl’ has been coined.

Differences Between a Night Owl and an Early Bird

Studies show that, when comparing those who get up early and those who go to sleep late, the two groups tend to show certain differing personality traits.

People who get up early, for example, have a tendency to not tire as quickly as their night owl counterparts. They are more persistent, and more able to resist frustration and difficulties, while they also tend to have less anxiety and depression. They also seem to have less of a likelihood of abusing alcohol and/or drugs.

A night owl, on the other hand, and also, generally speaking, tends to be more extravagant, impulsive, and temperamental. People in this group are also more likely to have attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), suffer from insomnia, and have a higher tendency towards mental disorders and addiction. This includes antisocial tendencies and mental disorders.

Two possible reasons for the differences between these two groups have been determined. The first is that your genes play a role in determining your inner circadian rhythm. This refers to your inner clock that regulates both your sleep and physiological processing. Interestingly, a number of studies have linked the genes governing your circadian rhythm to a number of mood disorders, the occurrence of schizophrenia, and drug misuse.

The second possible reason is when your biological clock and that of society become unsynchronized. When this happens, people tend to have to force themselves into a certain pattern of behavior in order to adapt to the schedule commonly kept by everyone else and what is considered the social norm. Someone classified as a night owl may find this difficult, and over time, develop anxiety or depression (as well as other disorders as previously mentioned).

But being a night owl also has its positive side. This group includes those who tend to be more creative. The downside, however, is that they have a much higher mortality rate, i.e. they are more prone to die at an earlier age than their early bird counterparts.

The Night Owl Gene

Many a night owl will tell you they prefer to work at night, as they have the quiet they need to concentrate better without distractions. Others might tell you they prefer the dark to the light. The reasons they may come up with as to why they stay up so late may all differ. Researchers, however, have determined that most night owls have one thing in common – a mutated gene. To be more specific, a variant of the CRY1 gene that slows down your circadian clock. The result is someone who gets tired and is ready to sleep much later at night.

It is your circadian clock that determines your sleeping and waking patterns. In those who have the night owl mutated CRY1 gene, their circadian rhythm is extended. In other words, their bodies are programmed to stay up later than other people. Interestingly, research indicates that this gene mutation may affect up to as much as one in every 75 people.

Night Owl Studies

It is estimated that up to seventy million U.S. citizens alone suffer from some type of sleeping disorder. Included amongst these are those suffering from various related conditions such as insomnia and narcolepsy. People with sleeping disorders of whatever kind are more predisposed towards diabetes, obesity, and depression. Being a night owl is often associated with what is known as delayed sleep phase disorder (DSPD), where the sleep and wake cycle is delayed. This usually leaves these people feeling energized long after other people have already gone to bed. Of course, this implies they would wake up later in the morning. Studies have linked the night owl gene mutation to DSPD, a neurological sleep disorder where the sleep/wake cycle is delayed when compared to the regular day/night cycle.

Society, however, has people waking up at a certain time to get to work, school, or for other activities at a certain time in the morning, resulting in night owls usually not getting the recommended eight hours of sleep per night. The end result is not only too little sleep but someone who is tired for the greater part of the day.

But not only is the circadian rhythm of those with the night owl gene affected, their body temperature and hormones also seem to be affected, most particularly, melatonin. Melatonin plays an important role in sleep regulation, with levels increasing around the time most people go to sleep. In the case of a night owl, the melatonin levels may only go up in the early hours of the morning.

How a Hormone Imbalance Contributes to the Night Owl Effect

Being a night owl may have devastating consequences to your neuroaffective circuit. This circuit is part of your body’s NeuroEndoMetabolic (NEM) Stress Response, i.e. your body’s automatic response to stress which results in the increase in cortisol and other stress-related hormones. When stress is continuous in nature, this increase in cortisol production may be long-term, with devastating implications for your health and well-being. One of these consequences is a hormonal imbalance.

Night owls, specifically, have a tendency towards a deficiency in melatonin. Symptoms commonly associated with a melatonin insufficiency may relate to Adrenal Fatigue Syndrome. Amongst these symptoms are included

  • DSPD (night owl effect)
  • Insomnia
  • Memory loss
  • Depression
  • Chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS)
  • Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)
  • Osteoporosis
  • Acid reflux
  • Infertility
  • Menopausal issues
  • Stress

Where Does Melatonin Come From?

Night owl effect and melatonin

Melatonin is synthesized and secreted by the pineal gland which is found in the brain. The main function of this hormone is to communicate information about lighting to the different parts of the body. In so doing, it plays an integral part in your body’s biological rhythm and has an impact on your reproductive and many other body functions.

The pineal gland itself is located more or less in the upper central part of the brain, where it uses serotonin to make melatonin. In other words, serotonin is the precursor of melatonin and is a neurotransmitter that is derived from tryptophan, an amino acid. Interestingly, tryptophan plays a role in appetite suppression as well.

Cortisol Impacts Melatonin Production

Serotonin also plays a role in cortisol production. Under normal circumstances, when your body is in a state of balance, this poses no problem. During periods of stress, however, your body produces more cortisol, utilizing more of your available serotonin. This usually poses no problem as a balance is once more maintained once the stressful situation passes. Constant stress, however, leads to an imbalance regarding the production of melatonin as increasing amounts of serotonin are reserved for cortisol production in the adrenal glands. The end result is a steady decline in melatonin, and of course, a skewering of your internal circadian rhythm which leads to many people becoming what is commonly referred to as ‘night owls’.

Addressing the Issue

You would think that by increasing your tryptophan intake your body would produce more serotonin and that this would allow your pineal gland to up its melatonin production. While suffering from adrenal fatigue this might be true, but you also have the possibility that even more cortisol may be produced.

It is not uncommon for those practicing conventional medicine to prescribe 5-hydroxytryptophan for those with sleeping issues. This is a chemically modified form of the amino acid tryptophan. Abuse of this supplement, however, may result in neurological damage and may result in a condition known as serotonin syndrome – characterized by an excess of serotonin. Tryptophan is present in many foods, so diet may be more beneficial in upping these reserves in order to help in balancing your melatonin (and other hormones) production. Besides getting the necessary tryptophan your body requires for the production of serotonin and melatonin, a good diet also provides you with the other essential amino acids, healthy fats, and vitamins and minerals your body requires in order to function at an optimal level. In so doing, you also get the calories needed to help combat fatigue, get rid of food cravings, and balance your blood sugar levels.

Night owl effect and protein

While tryptophan is present in plants, animal protein sources generally have more concentrated amounts of this and other amino acids. Combining your protein with unrefined carbohydrates helps tryptophan cross your blood-brain barrier, and in so doing, boost serotonin (and thus melatonin) levels.

Foods That Contain Large Amounts of Tryptophan Include, Amongst Others:

  • Red meat
  • Beans and legumes
  • Potatoes
  • Eggs
  • Dairy products
  • Walnuts, cashew nuts, and sesame seeds
  • Bananas

In Closing

Please note that being a night owl is not a psychological disorder. Instead, it is a neurological disorder that may be the result of a gene mutation. It could, however, lead to certain psychological issues because a night owl may very often get too little sleep. While you cannot change the makeup of your genes, you can do much to try and manage this condition in a natural, effective manner.

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Choosing the #1 Orthodontist in Monroe, NY

Life is a lot of work, and it is far from being perfect. Although, you have to battle it out on more than just one occasion, feeling good about yourself shouldn’t cost anything.

Life is after all, still so beautiful. And so is that bedazzling smile on your face that wins this world over.

Reading this, if you feel not so happy about how your pearls look, then this article is just the thing you have been waiting for.

If you are facing the problem of low self-esteem because of your crooked or misaligned teeth, you should consider visiting an ‘orthodontist’ without further delay.

An ‘orthodontist’ is a dental specialist who deals primarily with rectifying the positioning of your dental structure on your jaws. An orthodontist treats and prevents any forms of a ‘malocclusion,’ or a ‘bad bite.’

This practice is interchangeably known as ‘orthodontia,’ ‘orthodontics,’ or ‘dentofacial orthopedics.’

And if you live in Monroe, NY, then we have good news for you!

Here in this guide, we have brought for you the ways of selecting the best orthodontist in Monroe, New York.

Why and When to visit an Orthodontist?

Although an orthodontist may be recommended to you by your regular dentist, you may visit one even without a recommendation. An orthodontist specializes in treating and preventing any form of dentofacial irregularity. Malocclusion can be a result of several factors.  Do consider consulting an orthodontist, if you have dental problems such as:

  • ‘Diastema’ or a gap between teeth
  • Malalignment of teeth
  • Open or crossbites
  • Biting the cheek frequently while chewing
  • Overbites or underbites
  • Disproportionate jaws and teeth
  • Any clicking or popping sound during jaw movement
  • Crowded or blocked-out dental structure

Such dental issues can lower self-esteem and is detrimental to both health and hygiene. A faulty dental structure is difficult to care for, causing problems like tooth decay and severe gum infections. Premature tooth loss becomes a common problem due to these factors.

Parents are usually advised to have their children undergo an orthodontic screening by the age of 7. This is because the gum and dental structure are the most adaptive to orthodontic treatments at this age.

But, the good news is, orthodontic treatments are suitable for all ages, as contrary to a common misconception. So, it is not too late, even for the adults to benefit from orthodontic procedures.


What do Orthodontists do?

Orthodontists fix the dental structure and straighten any malalignment of teeth with braces, retainers, and aligners.

Braces are the most common solution to treat misaligned teeth. The orthodontist will put strong bands around your teeth, fixing them with dental ‘brackets’ or ‘trays.’ He will then connect them using metal wires. The entire structure, in combination, pulls up your teeth and sets them straight over a significant period of time.

Retainers are fixed to the teeth structure after the braces are taken off. Retainers help to hold the newly developed dental structure and makes sure that it doesn’t lose it’s formed, once the braces come off.

Aligners, too, are used to fix misaligned teeth, and they are less conspicuous to the eyes. But, the treatments with these methods will be different for different people, depending upon the prognosis.

The duration for the treatment, generally, takes about 2-3 years. During the period of treatment, your orthodontist will suggest the measures regarding dental care for you to follow. Check-ups are usually advised every 6-10 weeks following the procedures.

Selecting the best Orthodontist in Monroe, NY:

Even though, your dentist may pick an orthodontist for you, make sure to check the proper credentials of any orthodontist you plan to consult with. We have listed specific guidelines to help you select only the best in Monroe, or even at other places for that matter.

  • Observe how your orthodontist manages his office. This speaks a lot about his work-ethics. There should be no hidden clause when it comes to financial agreements. Policies and discounts should be thoroughly discussed. Do not hesitate to clarify any query.
  • Seek recommendations from your family and friends first, to have a consensus about any orthodontist you plan on seeing.
  • Since you will be making frequent trips to your orthodontist once your treatment starts, consider the kind of distance you will have to cover to reach the clinic.
  • Every orthodontist is given specialized training in dentofacial orthopedics for an extra 2-3 years apart from the usual course in dental-school. Only those who have completed the entire course become members of the American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) and are legally allowed to practice. Do not forget to verify their license before going ahead with the treatments.
  • Make sure that he is registered under the state of New York and is board certified.
  • Since children are the most frequent visitors to an orthodontist, take note of the provisions that are available for them in the office. Observe how he deals with kids and his behavior towards them.
  • Avoid going to an orthodontist who keeps a messy and dirty office. Enquire about the disposition of the staff.
  • Discuss with your orthodontist his plan of action for you. Study the policies and arrangements before proceeding with your plan. Make sure you get a fair deal for your money.
  • Find out if you are being offered newer and advanced treatment procedures. More modern, innovative techniques can efficiently work towards procuring better results for you.
  • If you want, you can shortlist the most reputed amongst the selected orthodontists in your locality and make short trips for inspection before deciding on one.

No matter whom you select, know that it is not just your money, but a lot more than that, which you will be entrusting your orthodontist with.

Your personality is an object of envy and attraction. And, this should not require for you to compromise with your beautiful smile.

So, Why Settle for Less When You Can Have the Best?

If you’re looking for a reliable Orthodontist Monroe, don’t hesitate to contact Dr. Patel in Orange County Orthodontics. He’s a highly qualified and super-professional orthodontist who will ensure you end up with that enviable set of pearls you’ve been longing for.

Hope you found this guide to be as important as that smile on your face is for us. So, don’t wait any longer. Call right now!

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Should You Be Avoiding Healthy Foods? It May be Good for Your Health

Obviously, you shouldn’t actually be avoiding healthy foods, but there are some “health foods” that aren’t all that healthy; some may even be very toxic to your health. In fact, some of these “healthy” foods constantly trigger the bodies immune system, which can lead to chronic inflammation. This is just the grounds of Adrenal Fatigue Syndrome needs to develop. Let’s take a look at the 16 most dangerous foods that are thought to be healthy, and consider their impact on the AFS and Neuroendometabolic (NEM) system; the last one may really surprise you.

Avoiding Healthy Foods and Their Role in AFS

What are AFS and the NEM system?

In brief, AFS is a condition that affects the adrenal organs, which are a component of the NEM system. The NEM system is a way of looking at the network of organs, nerves and other systems that make up the body. Each part of the NEM system is connected to the other parts, and each is impacted by the proper function or dysfunction of each part.

AFS itself is expedited by consistent worry from the condition of your environment, and your internal well-being. The adrenal framework is accountable for the “fight or flight” response, which has evolved to keep you away from danger, by creating hormones like adrenaline and cortisol. In any case, chronic stress taxes the adrenal organs and can prompt AFS as a result of a wear out of the adrenal organs, and if left unchecked, can cause dysfunctions in other parts of the NEM system.

Why avoiding healthy foods may be healthy.

Health crazes come and go, almost every week there is some new superfood or a healthy alternative to add to our diets. These foods, however, are not often tested and may not be what we first think. Unfortunately, it often takes years for people to figure out which foods aren’t actually healthy. Avoiding so-called healthy foods which actually have many negative impacts on the body can be beneficial to your health, and could alleviate the work required by your adrenal glands and the NEM system as a whole.

Many of the foods on this list cause inflammation, irritation and can stress the body in many different ways. Avoiding these foods can lead to a less stressed NEM system allowing you to live a happier, healthier, more energetic life.

You Should Be Avoiding Healthy Foods, That is on This List:

Fruit juice

Avoiding healthy foods: fruit juice

Yes, occasional juice can certainly be beneficial, but too much fruit juice can be harmful. Consuming an 8-ounce glass of orange juice is the equivalent of eating 4 oranges worth of sugar in moments. This puts parts of your NEM system, particularly the pancreas and liver in stress, as well as spiking blood sugar. This process day after day can really cause a lot of stress on the body.


I know this one hurts because we always thought sushi was a healthy alternative, and in some ways it still is. However many varieties of sushi are not a low-calorie food. Those tiny rolls may not look like much, but in fact, they are much bigger than they appear. Just one California roll, just one, has as much imitation crab as two sandwiches.

You may then opt for the vegetable tempura, but that is another calorie packed order. A typical order of vegetable tempura can have 1,600 calories and 60% of those are from fat. Crazy right?

To avoid packing on the calories at the sushi bar,

  • Ask the cook to go lite on the rice
  • Be sure to order a side salad
  • Go light on the sodium packed soy sauce
  • Avoid fried and tempura options, as delicious as they may be!


With fewer calories than chips, and a simple ingredient list it can seem like pretzels are a healthy alternative. While it is true there isn’t nearly as many calories or fat, there isn’t much else either. Pretzels hold almost no nutritional value, but still, require your body’s work to digest them.

Artificial Sweeteners

Artificial sweeteners are one of the most dangerous “health foods”. They are supposedly better than sugar because a low sugar diet is a good right? Although it is certainly a good idea to keep sugar intake to a minimum, artificial sweeteners are not healthy in the least.

In studies, daily use of artificial sweeteners in diet soda has been linked to a 67% increased risk of being diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. Yes, that’s right, “diet soda” has been found to increase the risk of acquiring type 2 diabetes.

And that is not all, these sweeteners are clinically linked to:

  • Allergies
  • Bladder and breast cancer
  • Brain tumors
  • Headaches
  • Hypertension
  • Lymphomas/leukemia
  • Seizures
  • Weight gain/obesity

Artificial sweeteners impact the neuroendometabolic (NEM) system in so many ways that they should be avoided at all costs. Artificial sweeteners may be one of the worst foods you can eat if you are looking to avoid or alleviate AFS. Maybe now you are starting to see why you should be avoiding healthy foods.

Sugar Alcohols

Commonly found in sugar-free gum and sugar-free baked goods, sugar alcohols like xylitol, erythritol and others may not be the healthiest foods you thought they were. Though not as harmful as artificial sweeteners, these sugars have been linked to Small Intestine Bacterial Overgrowth (SIBO), headaches, allergies, gas, rashes and bloating. Though likely not quite as harmful as artificial sweeteners, they are certainly something to consider avoiding.

Instead: Try Stevia, raw honey or monk fruit. In moderation of course.

Spinach Wraps and Pasta

Avoiding healthy foods: Spinach wraps

Avoiding healthy foods may seem silly until you realize just how many ways you as a consumer have been tricked. Spinach pasta and spinach wraps may seem like a healthy alternative to whole wheat wraps, but in reality, there is little to no difference between the two. It’s not that spinach pasta and wraps aren’t healthy, it’s that they are no healthier than their whole wheat cousins.

‘Atlantic’ Salmon and Farm-Raised Fish

Farm raised fish, like salmon, is not nearly as healthy as their wild-caught counterparts. Not only are chemicals often added to help them retain their color, farm-raised fish is devastating for the environment. Farm raised fish also contains much less fatty acid and nutrients than wild caught fish.

In October of 2016, a study found that levels of omega-3 in farmed raised salmon was half of what it was 5 years prior. Much of this had to do with the decreased anchovy content of their food.

The University of New York in Albany found that environmental pollutants, dioxin, in particular, were found at levels 11 times higher than levels in wild-caught salmon.

A Food and Water Watch aquaculture report in 2011 noted several concerning statistics. Hundreds of thousands of farm-raised fish make it out into the wild. It’s not just the fish that are escaping either, these fish carry with them parasitic “super lice” which are not killed by even the harshest chemicals. It’s not just the lice either, they carry with them diseases that nearby fish populations cannot endure.

In 2015, the FDA approved the sale of genetically engineered salmon, and sellers of this fish are not required to label them. Approval was granted despite the fact that the salmon did not grow as fast as the creator had claimed.

Instead of eating farm raised fish, chose wild-caught salmon, Atlantic Mackerel, and Pacific Sardines.

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How Microbiome-Optimized Probiotics Can SUPERCHARGE Your Health

Balanced gut Microflora is critical for health and wellbeing… Scientists have found that probiotics can be a powerful ally in the fight against a range of health challenges, including allergies, arthritis, asthma, cancer, depression, heart disease, and gastrointestinal (GI) problems. And a recent study showed that good gut microflora can even help with weight loss!

The probiotics (the beneficial bacteria) and prebiotics (the food for good flora) works together to give your health and wellbeing a major boost. At Biom, we use a TriBiom technology which includes Probiotics, Prebiotics and clinically-proven Immunobiotics in a single dose to nourish and balance your gut good flora.


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Family Dentist in Huntington Beach

Are your dental bills giving you nightmares? Have you ever considered getting dental treatment outside the country? Why not come to Huntington Beach. Huntington Beach, specifically the Huntington Beach offer excellent dental treatment at a fraction of the cost of your treatments in your home country.

Having a dental treatment in the Huntington Beach not only has the benefit of being inexpensive but the standard of facilities is world class. Dentists in the Huntington Beach have extensive training both in their home countries and abroad so you can expect incredibly high standards. The dentists and staff are caring, skilled and have high English skills so communicating won’t be a problem.

Family Dentist in Huntington Beach


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Many dental tour packages are now available which offer everything from visas, transportation accommodation, personal concierge, tours and anything else that you might need for your dental vacation. So why not combine your dental treatment with the vacation of a lifetime – and save money as well! Click on the links to begin your dental vacation of a lifetime.