Vitamins and Supplements to Include in Your Daily Routine

In our fast-paced world, staying healthy can be a real challenge. Between juggling hectic schedules, relying on convenience-based foods, and facing various environmental factors often means we forget the importance of getting the right nutrients in our daily diet. While a balanced diet forms the foundation of excellent nutrition, vitamins and supplements act as an additional pillar of support to your overall health and wellbeing. Vitamins and supplements help promote essential functions including energy production, the immune system, and tissue repair. In this post, we will identify 5 vitamins and supplements for you to include in your daily routine.

CoQ10

Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) is a super nutrient that serves multiple purposes. It’s a substance that is found in almost every cell of the body and actively works to convert food into energy. CoQ10 has gained recognition for its role in supporting heart health. Some research even suggests that CoQ10 can help reduce the risk of heart disease, including heart failure. As an antioxidant, it helps protect the heart from oxidative stress. Additional benefits include lowering blood pressure and cholesterol. While some dietary sources like salmon, spinach, meat, and whole grains contain CoQ10, supplementation can be beneficial, especially for those with specific health concerns.

Omega-3 Fish Oil

Another important supplement to incorporate into your daily routine is Omega-3 fish oil. Packed with essential fatty acids like EPA and DHA, Omega-3s play a crucial role in brain function, joint health, and inflammation regulation. In addition, Omega-3s have been shown to prevent hypertension, coronary heart disease, and various cancers including breast and colon. Fatty fish like salmon and mackerel are excellent dietary sources of Omega-3, but for those who find it challenging to consume enough fish regularly, supplements can be a great alternative.

MultiVitamin

No matter what your health concerns or goals are, adding a MultiVitamin into your daily routine is a comprehensive way to improve your vitamin intake. It provides a broad spectrum of vitamins and minerals and ensures that your body receives the essential nutrients it needs for overall well-being. Exceed recommends and offers Pure Encapsulation’s MultiVitamin that includes Vitamins A through E, Biotin, Thiamin, Zinc, and more. Keep in mind that while a MultiVitamin should not replace a balanced diet, it can serve as a valuable supplement to fill in potential nutritional gaps.

Cortisol Manager

Stress is an inevitable part of modern life, and its impact on our health should not be underestimated. Cortisol, known as the stress hormone, can have detrimental effects when chronically elevated. Lifestyle changes including mindful meditation, exercise, and rest are excellent ways to manage stress, however, depending on your stress levels, a cortisol manager supplement can come in handy. Cortisol Manager supplements often contain a blend of natural herbs such as Ashwagandha or Magnolia along with other nutrients that support healthy cortisol levels, fostering stress management and overall well-being.

Probiotics

Last but certainly not least, let’s talk about your gut health. Probiotics, often referred to as the “good” bacteria, play a pivotal role in maintaining a healthy digestive system. They support the balance of gut microbiota, aiding in smooth digestion and nutrient absorption. Incorporating probiotic-rich foods like Greek yogurt, Kefir, or Kombucha into your diet or taking a daily probiotic supplement can contribute to a healthier gut environment.

 


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Welcome to Exceed – Brokke Hall

Brokke is most excited to help our patients experience a renewed zest for life, and we can’t wait to introduce you in person!

Before joining Exceed Hormone, Brokke gained valuable experience working as a charge nurse on a medical-surgical telemetry unit and as an Assistant Director of Nursing at an ambulatory surgery center. Brokke holds a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Tennessee and a B.S. in Nursing from New York University. 

In 2019, Brokke earned her M.S.N from University of Texas and became a board-certified Family Nurse Practitioner. She is a member of Phi Beta Kappa, Sigma Theta Tau honors nursing society, and the Tennessee Nurse Practitioner Association. Brokke is also pursuing a designation as a NAMS Certified Menopause Practitioner.

In her free time, she enjoys cooking, reading, and traveling with her husband and children. We feel so fortunate that Brokke has returned to Memphis and is here to help us serve all of our wonderful patients.

Please help us welcome Brokke to the Exceed Hormone Specialists  family next time you are in the office.

Set Yourself Up for Success in 2024

As 2023 draws to a close, we find ourselves on the brink of a new year, ready to turn the page into 2024. During these final days of the year, a moment of transition allows us to consider the past twelve months, embracing the highlights and confronting the challenges we have faced for the valuable lessons they offer. Whether you are approaching the new year with caution or optimism, here are a few tips to set yourself up for success in 2024.

Journal

Take a moment each day to pause, reflect, and put your thoughts on paper. Journaling provides a therapeutic outlet to unwind, think about the day, and acknowledge the personal growth you have reached through times of adversity. Over the years, you will have a beautiful memoir filled with special details and milestones from your life. Whether you are guided by a prompt or by spontaneous thoughts you’ve had throughout the day, dedicating time to journal is a great way to practice self-care and self-awareness.

Set Achievable Goals

The excitement and optimism that comes with a new year can often translate into a desire to set lofty, life-altering goals. The end of the year is a time of reflection, and for many of us, a time to think about the positive and negative in our lives. This is why so many of us create a list of resolutions to start achieving come January. However, if too many goals are set or you are not giving yourself ample time to achieve your resolutions, burnout and discouragement are likely. In fact, studies have shown that setting too lofty of a goal harms your mental health.

The trick is to start small with bite size goals. If you aim to go from walking 20 minutes each day to running a 5k, start by jogging for 5 minutes on one of your walks. Or, if your goal is to lose weight, consult with your doctor to create a manageable and sustainable plan to help you achieve your goals. Remember that progress takes time, so no matter what your resolutions are, start slowly and enjoy the process.

Social Connection

As you navigate the transition from one calendar year to the next, the significance of spending quality time with loved ones becomes even more meaningful. Social connection is pivotal to health and wellness, and can even lead to a longer life and better health. The CDC emphasizes that maintaining strong social connections leads to more stability, healthier life decisions, and makes you better in coping during times of stress, depression, or anxiety.

Set a goal of getting together with a group of your loved ones twice a month. Even those of us who lean on the introverted side can benefit from one-on-one time with our closest friends. When walking into a new year, it helps to have friends by your side to encourage and support you.

Screentime Moderation

In the midst of the festive holiday season, added time in front of the screen can slowly creep up and take over our evenings. It’s important to find a healthy balance between enjoying our favorite holiday films and taking much-needed time away from the screen. Excessive screen time can have a negative impact on your overall health. Studies have found that too much time in front of the screen can decrease your quality of sleep and even contribute to poor stress regulation, obesity, and cardiovascular disease. Consider setting time limits on your devices to moderate screen time. Learn how to set time limits on your iPhone here.

Being deliberate about how much time you spend in front of the screen will also allow you to enjoy more intentional engagement with your surroundings, fostering deeper connections with loved ones.

Schedule Your Physical

Be sure to set up a routine physical with your doctor to discuss health concerns or goals you might have. Your doctor can provide support during the visit or connect you with the right resources to create a plan that suits your needs.

Another beneficial step to start the new year is by checking your hormone levels. Consider making an appointment at Exceed to have a specialist evaluate your hormone balance. It’s a straightforward way to gain insights into your health and make any necessary adjustments.

Taking these small, proactive measures sets a positive tone for the new year and contributes to a healthier, happier you in 2024.


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Stay Physically and Mentally Healthy This Holiday Season

The holiday season is officially upon us. It’s an exciting time of year filled with fun, family, and delicious treats. But for some, the holidays can also be an overwhelming time of the year. The increase in business, change in regular routine, and increase in monthly spending can give rise to some stress. To keep the holiday blues at bay, here are a few tips on how to stay physically and mentally healthy this season.

Stay Physically Active

This is easier said than done during the busy holiday season, but it’s important to do your best to maintain some semblance of routine, especially when it comes to physical activity. If you usually wake up every morning to go for a walk, practice yoga, or bike, then keep it up! Activity is a wonderful way to alleviate stress and keep you healthy by increasing serotonin (the feel-good hormone) throughout your brain and the rest of the body. Find out if your serotonin levels need a boost by visiting Exceed for a hormone evaluation.

Get your family involved in the activities! After Thanksgiving dinner, take a family walk in your neighborhood and see the Christmas lights instead of turning the television on. This is a great way to connect with your family while getting some exercise.

Maintain Healthy Habits

You should feel at liberty to partake in the holiday treats! But make sure you balance the sugary foods with healthy choices. Pick your favorite treats and skip the ones that you can do without. If you know that you’ll be at a holiday dinner party, start your day with a breakfast smoothie, or have a healthy snack like carrots and hummus or an egg on whole wheat toast before you go. That way, you won’t be as tempted to overindulge in sugary foods.

Healthy habits are not exclusive to your diet! Keep mentally fit by reading, praying, or meditating. Know your limits and feel free to politely decline if your schedule is becoming too crowded. If you do end up attending several holiday events and you’re feeling overwhelmed by the crowds, feel free to excuse yourself and walk around outside to take a few deep breaths.

Create a Budget

Did you know that the average American spends about $1,000 dollars each year on holiday gifts? While everyone enjoys giving their loved ones thoughtful gifts throughout the season, this can quickly get expensive, especially with inflation taking a toll on most of us. It’s important to create a budget that fits around your finances. Know what you can afford, write out your list, and designate the amounts that you can spend on each person. There are many ways to show your family and friends that you care without spending a significant amount of money. Handmade gifts like a knitted scarf, blanket, or photo album are meaningful and lasting.

Cultivate Meaningful Relationships

Don’t take the extra time with loved ones for granted. Sometimes we can get so caught up in the business of the season that we can forget to pause and enjoy being around our family and friends. The holidays offer the perfect opportunity to check in and create lasting memories. Take time to connect amidst the business and tell your family that you care about them.

We hope that your holiday season is filled with joy, peace, and cherished memories.

 


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5 Ways to Manage Menopause Symptoms this Fall

The fall season is here and for many of us, it’s the beginning of what will be a busy season filled with festive activities and time with loved ones. With the added busyness in our schedules, it’s important to feel our best so we can truly savor this special time of year. For those navigating the challenges of menopause, balancing the fluctuations in hormones and the accompanying physical and emotional changes can be quite demanding. This month, we are going to explore five ways to manage your menopause symptoms this fall.

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For women navigating menopause, radical hormone shifts often come with the territory.  This can make it incredibly difficult to get through your daily routine, let alone the busy fall season.

Over the past 70 years, Bioidentical Hormone Therapy has been extensively studied by medical experts, with the Exceed Team establishing itself as a skilled contributor to this field of research and implementation. Bioidentical hormones, made from soy and yams, perfectly match the molecular structure of your body’s natural hormones. When introduced to the body, these hormones are seamlessly recognized and utilized by the body, exactly like its natural hormones.

Bioidentical Hormone Therapy stands out as the safest and most effective solution to manage menopause symptoms. The team at Exceed understands that, when it comes to your hormones, there is no “one-size-fits-all” solution to managing your menopause symptoms and treatment. Through personalized, compassionate, and science-driven care, Exceed’s team of experts will listen to your symptoms, and then thoughtfully tailor a treatment plan to meet your unique needs and lifestyle. To learn more about bioidentical hormone replacement or schedule a consultation, connect with the team here.

In addition to Bioidentical Hormone Therapy, there are several practical adjustments you can make to manage your menopause symptoms this fall…

Manage Your Stress

Stress has a significant impact on our body, especially when it comes to menopause. During the fall season, when additional obligations, activities, and financial factors come into play, we naturally experience additional stress that impacts cortisol levels. When cortisol is triggered, menopause symptoms accelerate, making hot flashes, mood swings, and fatigue even more prevalent.

To manage your stress, it’s important to start by identifying the specific triggers that induce stress. Becoming self-aware of the factors that cause you to feel overwhelmed will help you curate a plan to better handle stressful situations. Sometimes it’s impossible to avoid stress altogether, but there are practices that you can incorporate into your daily routine to help you cope with stress. Consider deep breathing sessions, meditation, or taking a walk.

Maintain Frequent Exercise

Though the weeks become busier and the days become shorter, it’s still important to prioritize time in your schedule to exercise. Regular exercise will help you manage stress, increase your energy levels, and potentially reduce the frequency of certain menopause symptoms. Some studies have shown that maintaining a regular exercise routine has helped to reduce the frequency and intensity of hot flashes, depression, anxiety, and insomnia throughout menopause.

Please note that while exercise has lasting benefits to your health and wellness, if your menopause symptoms are causing difficulty in navigating your daily routine, consult your doctor or schedule an appointment at Exceed Hormone Specialists for evaluation.

Eat Healthy Foods

During the fall season, comfort foods and festive holiday dishes often take center stage at the dinner table. While some indulgence is expected and encouraged (who doesn’t love fresh apple cider and holiday treats?!), it’s important to consume wholesome foods that contain the vital nutrients you need to feel your best.

There are several food choices that help reduce menopause symptoms, including fatigue, inflammation, bloating, headaches, and mood swings. While there isn’t a specific diet guaranteed to reduce menopause symptoms completely, some studies have shown that the Mediterranean Diet is a good place to start. Foods that contain whole grains, legumes, herbs, spices, and healthy fats can show relieving results.

Additionally, it’s important to consume calcium-rich foods to prevent osteoporosis which is more likely to occur around the same age of menopause onset. During menopause, the body loses estrogen, which can accelerate the decline of bone density, potentially leading to osteoporosis. Here are a few calcium-rich foods to eat:

  • Skim milk
  • Low-fat cheese
  • Greek yogurt
  • Cow’s milk

Helpful tip: During the holidays, try to follow the 80/20 rule, consuming 80% whole/healthy foods and leaving 20% of your diet to holiday treats. This will help you foster balance and maintain a healthy diet throughout the season.

Communicate With Family

Open and honest communication is key, especially throughout your journey with menopause. Sharing your experience with your loved ones can lead to greater understanding and support. Let them know how you’re feeling and what your limitations are. If you find that certain activities or commitments exacerbate your symptoms or leave you feeling drained, express this to your family. This way, they can assist in accommodating your needs and ensuring that you have the space and support you need to manage menopause effectively. Whether it’s offering a listening ear, providing extra patience, or simply being there with a comforting presence, their understanding can make a significant difference as you navigate menopause. Remember, your family is there to support you, so don’t hesitate to lean on them this season.

 


If you feel like you’ve lost your vitality, spark, or the drive that sustains you, Exceed Hormone Specialists is here to help. Contact us today to schedule your one-on-one consultation.

Nurturing Cognitive Health for a Vibrant Life

Ensuring strong brain health and cognitive function is equally important as tending to our physical well-being. Just as physical health is essential for a vibrant life, cognitive health plays a critical role in shaping our experiences and interactions with the world around us. It’s a fundamental aspect of our well-being but is oftentimes overlooked due to the nature of our busy lives and schedules.

In this article, we will explore what cognitive health is, why it’s important, and how you can preserve and improve your cognition throughout the years.

What is cognitive health?

Cognitive health refers to the performance of our mental faculties, encompassing a wide range of functions. Cognitive health is one aspect of having a healthy brain that possesses the capacities for:

  • Attention
  • Sound judgment
  • Reasoning
  • Motor skills
  • Understanding and expressing language
  • Regulating emotions
  • Learning new things
  • Memory

We utilize multiple facets of our cognitive health for daily living. For example, those of us who work a full-time job are required to exercise our cognitive health to remember assignments, make decisions, handle stressful scenarios in a professional manner, and learn new skills or technologies.

Even outside of the workforce, we use our cognitive health on a daily basis to handle medication management, read, engage in meaningful conversations, and remember important dates.

Why is cognitive health important?

The core functionalities that impact our ability to live vital lives are widely impactive by our cognitive health. Functions like our decision-making, judgment, ability to learn and retain information, and our problem-solving skills are all determined vastly by cognitive health. It’s important to have strong cognitive health to succeed in the workplace, maintain strong relationships, practice self-care, and think clearly. Maintaining strong cognitive health will help you feel more confident and equipped to function in a fast-paced society.

How to preserve and improve cognitive health

There are several ways that you can both preserve and improve your cognitive health for the years ahead…

Take care of your physical health
Prioritizing your blood pressure is essential for cognitive health. Research has confirmed that having high blood pressure not only increases the likelihood of early-onset Dementia but also increases the chances of developing several vascular cognitive impairments. It’s been shown that over 1.2 billion people across the globe have high blood pressure, impacting cognitive decline as early as childhood.

If you’re unsure about whether you have high blood pressure, schedule a visit to your doctor to assess your vitals and establish a plan for maintaining healthy blood pressure. Additionally, for best practices at home, consider incorporating magnesium-rich foods into your diet, as magnesium promotes blood vessel dilation and can assist in reducing blood pressure. Excellent dietary sources of magnesium include legumes, seeds, nuts, whole grains, leafy greens, bananas, avocado, and cocoa. Potassium is another valuable nutrient for blood pressure regulation, promoting vasodilation. You can obtain good sources of potassium from a variety of foods such as fruits, vegetables, dairy products, meats, poultry, and grains.

In addition to dietary changes, it’s also important to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Regular exercise and sufficient sleep are essential components of overall well-being that can contribute to better blood pressure management.

Take care of your mental health
Keeping your mind active and alert is an essential way to protect and improve your cognitive health. Lacking robust cognitive health can lead to challenges in maintaining clear thinking, reasoning, and the ability to acquire and process information effectively.

Engaging in word games, puzzles, and reading books are excellent methods for enhancing logical reasoning, preserving cognitive acuity, and bolstering memory retention. It’s also important to stay connected with friends and loved ones. Socializing can stimulate your attention and memory, helping to strengthen cognition and improve your mental health. Research has found that those with strong social communities are less likely to experience cognitive decline than those who spend time alone. One study with 12,000 participants suggests that those who are lonely risk of dementia rises by as much as 40%. Find engaging activities to do with your loved ones and try to connect on a regular basis. If you live far away from family, consider joining a group in your community to cultivate meaningful relationships.


If you feel like you’ve lost your vitality, spark, or the drive that sustains you, Exceed Hormone Specialists is here to help. Contact us today to schedule your one-on-one consultation.

The Key Benefits of Maintaining Core Strength

Embracing the process of aging with vitality and purpose is a journey that unfolds the beauty found throughout life’s various stages. When it comes to aging, one important aspect to focus on is maintaining and enhancing your core strength. This is a key ingredient to aging gracefully while staying healthy. As time passes, the body faces inevitable changes that can impact your mobility, stability, and overall well-being. Understanding how core strength influences the aging process becomes a compass for navigating the years ahead. From fostering physical well-being to building mental resilience, the advantages of a strong core ripple across multiple facets of life. In this article, we will look at the key benefits of maintaining core strength as well as a few exercises to implement into your weekly routine.

Stability and Balance

Building and maintaining core strength as you age will play a pivotal role in stability and balance within the body. The muscles of the core, including the abdominals, obliques, and lower back, provide a solid foundation for movement and posture. As these muscles engage and strengthen, they create a stable center of gravity that supports the body. When we focus on improving our core strength, the spine and pelvis will be better positioned, preventing undue stress on joints and minimizing the risk of injuries. This heightened stability not only helps with maintaining balance but also enhances performance in dynamic movements, making core strengthening an essential component of overall fitness and functional well-being.

Daily Tasks

Having adequate core strength will enable you to perform daily tasks with ease as the body matures. Movements such as getting up from a chair, practicing yoga, bending down to pick up objects, or even walking require a stable core to provide a solid base of support. Think of your core as the foundation of a house. Just as a house needs a strong foundation to support framing and structure, your core muscles provide the foundational support that your body needs to accomplish daily activities. Strengthening the core muscles also helps to counteract the loss of muscle mass and bone density (known as osteoporosis) that can occur with aging, enhancing your posture and reducing the risk of falls. Core strength minimizes strain on the lower back, reducing common aches and allowing for greater comfort while performing routine movements. By prioritizing your core strength, you can maintain independence longer and enjoy a higher quality of life as you navigate the business of daily life.

Protection for Organs

The body’s core muscles surround some of the most important internal organs of the body including your liver, spleen, and kidneys. Maintaining a strong core will provide a shield for those organs and protect the tissue from any external force or damage that might occur. To maintain a strong core, speak with your doctor about incorporating these three exercises into your weekly routine.

Modified Planks

Planking is a great way to build core strength and can be done from the comfort of your own home. There are several variations of planks that can be practiced, the modified plank being one of the best options for middle-aged to senior individuals. You can start the plank on your hands and knees. Tighten your abdominal muscles and lower the upper body to your forearms (be sure to align your shoulders directly over your elbows and hold your feet in the air). Keeping your back straight, hold the position as long as you can and repeat this ten times.

The Bridge

The Bridge is another core strengthening exercise that is low-impact and easy to practice from your home. Start by lying on the ground with your knees bent. Keep your back in a neutral position and raise your hips off of the ground until your hips are aligned with your knees and shoulders. Hold the position for three seconds then return to the start position and repeat 10 times.

Opposite Arm and Leg Raises

For this exercise, start on all fours with your head and spine in a neutral position. Extend your left leg into the air and at the same time, extend your right arm out in front of you. Hold for three sections, then lower your arm and leg gently to the starting positions. Next, extend your right leg into the air while simultaneously extending your left arm in front of you and return to the starting position after holding for three seconds. Repeat the exercise on both sides 10 times.

 


 

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Five Tips for a Healthy Summer

Summer is in full swing, and there’s no better time to focus on maintaining a healthy lifestyle while enjoying the warm weather to the fullest. With longer days and ample opportunity for outdoor activity, it’s important to keep your well-being at the forefront of your daily schedule. Whether you’re planning a beach getaway or simply looking to make the most of the remaining sunny days, here are five tips to help you enjoy a healthy and fulfilling summer.

Skincare

Taking the proper steps to protect your skin from the sun is a year-round responsibility. However, when summer arrives, it’s even more important to shield yourself from harmful  Ultraviolet (UV) radiation. Sunscreen protects you from painful sunburns, skin cancer, and premature aging. The Sunburn Protection Factor (SPF) in your sunblock indicates how long it would take for the summer’s UV radiation to burn or redden your skin when using the product as directed, compared to the amount of time spent outside without any sunscreen. For example, SPF 30 would provide 30 times longer protection against burning compared to not wearing any sunscreen. To ensure effective coverage while enjoying the outdoors for an extended period of time, The Skin Cancer Foundation recommends using a water-resistant, broad-spectrum sunscreen with SPF 30 or higher.

While this is a fantastic start to your summer skincare routine, it’s also important to remember that sunblock alone cannot shield your skin against all UV rays. You should also consider wearing a lightweight hat that will provide further protection to your scalp.

Insect repellent is another vital component of your summer skin care. As the temperature rises, so does the need to shield yourself from pesky insects. Mosquito bites are not only irritating but can serve as a gateway for diseases that can wreak havoc on your well-being in the long run.

Mosquitos are not the only troublemakers to watch out for during the summer months. Ticks have also been on the rise this summer, especially for those living in heavily wooded areas. Ticks are known to carry Lyme disease, which results in various symptoms, including fever, extreme fatigue, headaches, and muscle aches. In more severe cases, Lyme disease can affect the body’s heart, joints, and nervous system. Take preventative measures and throw on some lightweight long-sleeves, use insect repellant, and conduct regular tick checks after spending time in areas where ticks are present. If you notice a bullseye-shaped rash on your skin, experience any flu-like symptoms, or suspect you may have been exposed to ticks, be sure to visit your doctor quickly.  Early detection and treatment of Lyme disease can greatly improve recovery outcomes and prevent any long-term complications from arising.

Eyecare

Protecting your eyes from the sun is another key element for a healthy summer. Wearing the right sunglasses will reduce your eye’s exposure to UV-A and UV-B rays which can cause damage to your cornea, retina, central vision, and macula. Sunglasses that absorb UV rays will give you the most protection! You’ll also want to keep the area around your eyes properly moisturized, so schedule a visit with your dermatologist and get their recommendation on which moisturizer is right for you.

Hydration

With temperatures hitting record highs this summer, it is vital to drink plenty of water. There is no “one size fits all” answer to how much water you should drink, but most health experts recommend that adult males consume about 15.5 cups and adult females about 11.5 cups of water each day.  If you’re spending extended amounts of time outdoors or exerting energy while working, running, hiking, or swimming, you’ll also want to make sure you replace electrolytes. You can do this by adding extra nuts and broccoli to your diet or by consuming a sports drink like Gatorade.

The key to maintaining proper hydration lies in listening to your body’s signals. If you are losing sweat, or getting fatigued, take a break indoors and rehydrate. To help you stay on track with your hydration, you can even set reminders on your phone to prompt you to drink more water. If you’re an iPhone user, take advantage of the Health App and conveniently track the amount of water you drink on a daily basis.

Get Outside

Summer is the perfect season to embrace the great outdoors and soak in the rejuvenating benefits of Vitamin D. Take some time away with your family to go on a hike or enjoy an early morning walk through the neighborhood. For those who enjoy being in the water, swimming offers a refreshing and invigorating way to optimize the summer season and get some exercise. Swimming engages multiple muscle groups, improving your strength, flexibility, and cardiovascular fitness. It’s also a low-impact exercise that puts minimal stress on the joints, making it an ideal option for those who want to engage in a non-weight-bearing activity. Swimming is the perfect way to cool off and beat the heat during the hot summer months, allowing you to fully enjoy the benefits of being outdoors while staying refreshed.

Rest

For many, summer is one of the busiest times of the year, and it’s important to take time out of your schedule to rest. Make sure you get plenty of sleep each night to effectively recharge for the next day. As you probably already know, rest is much more than mere sleep! Summer is also the perfect time to unwind from technology. Taking a break from screens not only provides your eyes which much-needed respite but also opens up opportunities to cherish moments with your loved ones and engage in meaningful activities. Take advantage of the long days and connect with old friends, sit by the pool reading your favorite book, or relax on the porch and enjoy the sights and smells of summer.

 


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The Mediterranean Diet – Overview + Benefits

The Mediterranean diet is a concept you have most likely encountered, perhaps on the cover of a magazine at the doctor’s office or by scrolling through the internet and finding various articles on the benefits of the diet. When the word “diet” is mentioned, most of us tend to associate the term with restrictive eating, calorie counting, hunger, and fatigue. However, the Mediterranean diet is different and should be viewed more as a healthy and sustainable way of eating akin to a lifestyle change rather than a passing fad diet. This approach focuses on consuming nutrient-dense foods without the need for calorie counting or extreme restrictions. In this month’s post, we’ll explore the Mediterranean diet and its numerous benefits for your overall health and well-being.

What is the Mediterranean Diet?

The origins of the Mediterranean diet can be traced back to the 1950s when researchers discovered that the populations of the Mediterranean Sea basin were in better overall health than those of the Western regions of the world. It was found that the populations of these regions had lower rates of cardiovascular and metabolic diseases and greater longevity. When looking further into their discovery, they found that the staple foods consumed in Mediterranean regions such as Greece, Italy, Spain, Morocco, Egypt, and Lebanon played a significant role in promoting good health among these populations.

The diet primarily revolves around a rich assortment of micronutrients made up of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, seafood, nuts, legumes, and healthy oils. It also allows for moderate consumption of lean protein sources like eggs, poultry, cheese, and dairy products. Conversely, the Mediterranean diet tends to avoid the consumption of red and fatty meats, including beef and pork, as well as processed foods, refined grains, and hydrogenated oils.

While food is a driving factor of the Mediterranean diet, it also extends beyond consumption and encompasses a comprehensive approach to promoting overall well-being. It emphasizes not only the selection of nutritious foods but values various lifestyle habits such as physical fitness, fostering strong social connections, and prioritizing relaxation. When conducting their studies, researchers found that mental health is a priority for the populations of the Mediterranean regions, significantly contributing to optimal health and an overall sense of well-being.

What are The Benefits?

The Mediterranean is widely regarded as one of the healthiest eating patterns in the world.  Here are the top three  benefits of the diet:

  • Heart health: It’s been well established through several studies that sticking to the Mediterranean diet can do wonders for your heart. One specific study, the PREDIMED study, investigated the effects of this dietary pattern on 7,000 men and women in Spain with type-2 diabetes or who were at risk for cardiovascular disease. Over a span of five years, participants who followed the Mediterranean diet with unrestricted calorie intake experienced a remarkable outcome: a significant reduction in the risk of heart events, with approximately 30 percent lower risk observed by the study’s end.
  • Cancer prevention: Researchers have been intrigued by the impact of the Mediterranean diet in regard to cancer risk and have conducted multiple studies to uncover a correlation between the diet and a reduction in cancer occurrences. Many of their studies have shown a clear correlation in the reduction of the following cancer types:
    • Colorectal
    • Breast Cancer
    • Stomach Cancer
    • Pancreatic Cancer
    • Prostate Cancer
    • Lung Cancer

While there are multiple factors that contribute to a person’s risk of cancer, the findings of each study highlight the importance of consuming rich nutrients and healthy fats.

  • Cognitive function: Over the years, there has been growing evidence that the foods we consume can play a vital role in our overall cognitive health. Diets that are low in saturated fats and high in nutrients will have a vascular and anti-inflammatory effect on the body’s organs, the brain being one of the many beneficiaries. It’s been found that adherence to the Mediterranean diet is associated with improved cognition, slower cognitive decline, and a reduction of Alzheimer’s disease. While diet is important, it’s also important to remember that overall lifestyle habits are critical – exercise and maintaining social connections are key elements of Dementia prevention.

 

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Preventative Care – Screening Tests and Strategies to Prevent Chronic Illness

The healthcare industry is continually growing, and we’re fortunate to live in a time where its focus is shifting from the treatment of illness to prevention. The significance of preventive care is increasingly gaining recognition and respect in the medical field, and the best part is that everyone can incorporate basic practices into their routine. By taking a proactive approach to your health, you can transform your life by avoiding the onset of chronic illnesses. Instead of waiting for symptoms to appear, why not embrace a proactive mindset toward your well-being? Incorporating regular screenings and adopting effective strategies into your daily routine will empower you to live a vibrant life while reducing the potential impact of chronic illnesses. In this month’s post, let’s explore three tests and strategies that can implement to prevent chronic illness in your life.

Annual Physicals

Scheduling an annual physical with your General Practitioner is an excellent starting point for preventive care. It’s a good idea to book this appointment early in the year to assess your overall health and address any concerns that may arise. Annual physicals are typically non-invasive and can provide reassurance about your well-being while establishing a baseline for your current health status and future goals. During the physical, your doctor will assess vital signs such as weight, hearing, vision, blood pressure, heart rate, and body mass index. If you feel dissatisfied with your current health, feel free to ask your doctor for guidance on how to improve and ensure that you’re in a better place by your next physical examination.

Cancer Screenings

Scheduling a cancer screening may seem daunting, but they are vital to your long-term health. Undergoing a cancer screening enables your doctors to detect cancer at an early stage, potentially avoiding the need for more invasive treatments in the future. Women are advised to have mammograms and pap smears, while men should consider prostate cancer screenings. Other important tests include lung cancer screenings and colonoscopies. Though most experts recommend receiving a cancer screening every few years, we encourage you to speak with your doctor about your family history and to determine what precautionary tests are right for you.

Lifestyle Modifications

While doctor’s appointments and regular screenings are necessary, preventing chronic illness will also require you to make long-term lifestyle modifications. Studies have shown that maintaining a healthy weight, exercising regularly, following a healthy diet, and not smoking have been shown to reduce as much as 80% of chronic illnesses including heart disease, diabetes, and certain cancers. Healthy lifestyle choices will positively impact all aspects of your life, including your physical and mental health.

Lifestyle changes may seem challenging to make, but if you start with simple practices to build healthy habits, anyone can make life-altering changes that will prevent long-term illness. Find an exercise that you enjoy doing, whether it’s biking or spending time outside doing yard work. Additionally, find meals that you enjoy eating and learn how to cook them in a healthier way. By making these small changes to your daily routine, you will actively improve your health and vitality.

If you feel like you’ve lost your energy and spark that sustains you, Exceed Hormone Specialists is here to help.
Contact us today to schedule your one-on-one consultation.