Rich Stagliano MD's blog

If Homer Can Do it, So Can You

A few months back I wrote a post about the many benefits of exercise. Exercise really is medicine and ideally you want to get a dose of it every day.  So are you exercising on a consistent basis?  If not, is it because you are feeling a bit unmotivated? 

To Lose Fat Get Your ZZzz"s

Most of my patients are not surprised to hear how beneficial getting enough sleep is for their overall health, but many who are trying to lose weight are surprised to learn what an important impact it has on their weight.  Most weight-loss diets and exercise plans won’t work well if you’re sleep deprived according to sleep specialist and clinical psychologist Michael Breus, who was interviewed for a recent article on mind-body health in Success magazine.
 

Your Scale May Be Lying to You

It’s not that your trusty bathroom scale is malicious…more along the lines of deceptive.  What do I mean by this?  Well, weight is defined as “the vertical force exerted by a mass as a result of gravity.”  So while your bathroom scale is accurate in terms of measuring the effects of gravity on you, it’s not telling you the whole story.  What it doesn’t tell you is exactly what mother earth is pulling on with her said gravitational force.  Enter the concept of body composition – the ratio of lean bod

Vitamin D - Odds Are You Aren't Getting Enough

Vitamin D is the latest nutrient in the media spotlight, and for good reason.  Technically not a “vitamin,” vitamin D is in a class by itself.  Its metabolic product, calcitriol, is actually a hormone that targets over 2000 genes (about 10% of the human genome) in the human body.
 
Problems linked to vitamin D deficiency

Stressed Out? Rewire Your Brain for Calm

Have you been feeling stressed lately?  Chances are you have. 
 
One recent Gallup poll showed that the percent of people in America experiencing stress has grown to nearly 80%; half of whom reported being “very or extremely stressed.” 

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