Tired of the Pain? There is Hope!

By: Dr. T.G. Day, MD

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“And the sun was darkened, and the veil of the temple was rent in the midst. And when Jesus had cried with a loud voice, he said, Father, into thy hands I commend my spirit: and having said thus, he gave up the ghost.” -St. Luke 23: 45, 46-

What does Easter mean to you? For some, this is a time for Easter Egg Hunts, and the exchange of Easter baskets with bunnies.  But for many others, this is the remembrance of the greatest events of Jesus Christ; the betrayal, the judgement, the crucifixion, and rising from the dead.

“Then delivered he him therefore unto them to be crucified.  And they took Jesus, and led him away.  And bearing his cross went forth into a place called the place of a skull, which is called in the Hebrew Golgotha: Where they crucified him, and two other with him, on either side one, and Jesus in the midst”.  -John 19: 16-18-

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“And he was withdrawn from them about a stone’s cast, and kneeled down, and prayed, Saying, Father, if thou be willing, remove this cup from me: nevertheless not my will, but thine, be done.  And there appeared an angel unto him from heaven, strengthening him.  And being in an agony he prayed more earnestly: and his sweat was as it were great drops of blood falling down to the ground.” -Luke 22:41-44-

There was excruciating pain that Jesus suffered, but he was willing to bear it, so that God’s will could be done.

Pain, stress, disease, sickness, heartache, anxiety, fear, anger, loneliness, brokenness, hopelessness, abuse, addiction, betrayal, and denial are all things and more that Jesus suffered, but conquered on the cross, so there is hope if we encounter these situations in life.

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“But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.” -Isaiah 53:5-

There are so many pains in this world that we encounter.  There are sorrows that we face, and it can feel overwhelming. But, you don’t have to walk alone, and there is no situation that is hopeless because of the victory Jesus Christ won.  Easter is a great time to reflect and share the hope that believers have because of Jesus! “But these are written, that ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God and that believing ye might have life through his name.” -John 20:31-

Cholesterol: What’s good and bad about it?

by : Dr. T.G. Day, MD

Cholesterol is quite important to the human body, and usually people tend to think about it more with aging.  Hypercholesterolemia or high cholesterol is one of the major risk factors for heart disease.  I wrote about the risk and contributing factors for heart disease in a previous blog post. In this blog post, I will discuss the importance of cholesterol for the human body, the negative affects on the body, and the dietary impacts on total cholesterol.

What does cholesterol have to do with you?

Cholesterol has everything to do with every human being.  It is the compound that helps make up the structure of human cells.  It is also needed to make very important steroid hormones, such as, estradiol, testosterone, and cortisol, bile acid, and vitamin D. Cholesterol is made in the body through a very intricate biochemical process. We can also consume cholesterol through our diet.  Cholesterol is only found in animal and animal products.  It is not found in plants.  Therefore, if we eat animals or animal products, such as, chicken, beef, turkey, eggs, or milk, we consume additional cholesterol into our bodies.

If I eat only plants, will I still consume cholesterol?

Plants or vegetables don’t contain cholesterol.  They instead have a compound called phytosterol.  When you eat plants/vegetables, phytosterols are consumed.  Phytosterols compete with the absorption of cholesterol in the Gastrointestinal tract, thereby, lowering the absorption of cholesterol that was consumed by animal products.  So yes, eating more plants/vegetables does lower the amount of cholesterol that your body takes in.

How does cholesterol become elevated?

There are several ways in which cholesterol can become elevated.  There are hereditary conditions that can cause high cholesterol.  Usually these are diagnosed earlier in life by your physician.  If you don’t have a hereditary condition that causes high cholesterol, then the consumption of too much cholesterol can lead to high cholesterol.  A diet that contains a large amount of animals and animal products can increase one’s risk of developing high cholesterol. There could be other causes, so consult with your physician to identify your specific cause.

What is good and bad cholesterol?

Cholesterol is carried in the body by special transporters called lipoproteins.  These lipoproteins are chylomicrons, vLDL, LDL, and HDL.  The major transporter is LDL. Briefly, HDL is the “good” component of cholesterol because, it removes fat from the artery walls, thereby preventing atherosclerosis, which is plaque accumulation in the blood vessel walls that can cause Heart Disease.

However, LDL is considered to be the “bad” component of cholesterol.  It carries cholesterol through the body, but can become oxidized, and eaten by macrophages (blood cells to get rid of it), but in the process, this becomes large and foam cells are formed, which can get trapped inside of blood vessel walls and cause atherosclerosis, plaque formation.  Again, atherosclerosis can lead to Heart Disease.

What’s the take home message?

Now, the science behind cholesterol, LDL, HDL, atherosclerosis is very intricate and can be somewhat overwhelming.  However, knowing how it affects your overall healthis what is most important.  Yes, our body needs cholesterol to make the important hormones to function normally.  But understanding that if cholesterol is too high in our body, it can lead to serious problems, such as heart disease. As I discussed in a previous blog post, “5 Ways to have a Healthy Heart”, Heart Disease in the #1 cause of death in men and women in the U.S., and High cholesterol is a major risk factor for Heart Disease. The foods that we eat that have cholesterol in them are animals or animal products.  With this knowledge, you can choose your nutrition to help prevent elevated cholesterol by selecting more plant based foods. If you haven’t had your cholesterol level checked, I would recommend you consulting with your physician.  If you would like more information on nutritional ways to prevent high cholesterol, contact me for a free health coaching consultation.

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References:

“LDL and HDL, Bad and Good Cholesterol.” Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. CDC.

Cholesterol at the US National Library of Medicine Medical Subject Headings.

2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines: Answers to Your Questions.  Choose My Plate.gov, US Dept of Agric. Jan. 2016.

Author: Dr. T.G. Day, MD is the CEO and Founder of Flourish Health Coaching, LLC.  She is helping others achieve excellent health through wholistic health coaching.  If you are in pursuit of excellent health, and becoming the healthiest and fittest version of yourself, contact Dr. T.G. Day, MD for a free health coaching consultation.

5 Ways to Have a Healthy Heart

by: Dr. T.G. Day, MD

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Have you ever thought about your heart’s health? Have you wondered if there was anything you could do to strengthen your heart and make it healthier? In this blog post, I will discuss things that you can do to help your heart to be healthier.

According to the CDC, 1 out of every 4 adults die of heart disease each year!  More than 650,000 people die of heart disease annually in America! It is the leading cause of death for men and women.  This is a very alarming statistic!

Now, there are certain risk factors that increase one’s chance of suffering from heart disease.  Let’s discuss these risk factors. The main risk factors for heart disease are:

  1.  Smoking
  2. Hypertension (High Blood Pressure)
  3. Hypercholesterolemia (High Cholesterol)

Contributing factors for Heart Disease are:

  1. Overweight/obesity
  2. Diabetes
  3. Poor Diet
  4. Physical Inactivity
  5. Excessive Alcohol Use

Interestingly, when we look at the main causes and contributing factors of heart disease, in most cases, these things can be prevented or controlled based on lifestyle and nutrition. There are things that can be done to prevent or reverse the risk and contributing factors for heart disease.

Let’s start with lifestyle changes.  Since smoking and excessive alcohol use increase the risk of heart disease, by eliminating smoking, and not drinking alcohol excessively, your risk will thereby decrease.

Poor diet is a contributing factor for heart disease.  So what is considered to be a poor diet? According to the American Heart Association, a diet that has a lot of high calorie foods and beverages, as well as large portions of saturated and unsaturated fats, and sodium. Therefore, the American Heart Association recommends a heart healthy diet which includes a variety of fruits and vegetables, whole grains, low fat dairy products, skinless poultry and fish, nuts and legumes, limited sugary foods and beverages, sodium and fat, and the leanest cuts of red meat.

Physical inactivity increases the risk of heart disease, so just by being physically active, you can lower your risk of developing heart disease.  The Exercise recommendations by the American Heart Association are, at least 150 minutes per week of moderate exercise or 75 minutes per week of vigorous exercise (or a combination of moderate and vigorous activity). Thirty minutes a day, five times a week is an easy goal to remember. You will also experience benefits even if you divide your time into two or three segments of 10 to 15 minutes per day.

If you have been diagnosed with Hypertension, Hypercholesterolemia, Diabetes, or Overweight/Obesity, there are still things you can do to improve these conditions and thereby decrease your risk of heart disease.  Eating a Healthy Diet as discussed above, and exercising for at least 150 minutes per week of moderate exercise, eliminating smoking, and avoiding excessive use of alcohol will improve all of the above mentioned diagnoses. Also, avoiding prolonged states of emotional stress. Stress can also have negative affects on the heart by overworking it. Therefore, it is important to try to eliminate significant stress from your life.

Knowing the statistics of heart disease and death in American adults are so compelling that it is crucial to take a moment to self reflect and evaluate your physical state. If there are risk factors that you can eliminate by diet, exercise, and lifestyle changes, I encourage you to do so, because it will help you have a healthier heart and thereby decrease the alarming 1:4 death statistics from Heart disease.

If you would like additional information on nutrition and diet, or customized meal plans that lead to a healthy heart, please contact me. 

Author: Dr. T.G. Day, MD is the CEO and Founder of Flourish Health Coaching, LLC.  She is helping others achieve excellent health through wholistic health coaching.  If you are in pursuit of excellent health, and becoming the healthiest and fittest version of yourself, contact Dr. T.G. Day, MD for a free health coaching consultation.

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Never Thirsty

by: Dr. T.G. Day, MD  /   Inspiration

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“But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life.” ~John 4:14~

Over the last month, I have written blogs to discuss the importance of water in our lives.  From the physical need of water, to the cleansing and healing properties of it.  In the above Biblical scripture, Jesus talks about giving water in which you will never thirst again.  This is the water that satisfies the spirit.

Have you ever felt stressed with trying to do it all? Have you felt that you were just trying to make it through the day, just to wake up the next day and repeat it all again? Have you ever felt that you were at a place in life in which you were stuck and didn’t know how to get out? Or maybe you’ve had feelings of being alone or depressed? Or maybe life threw some curve balls that you didn’t expect or plan for? If you answered yes to any of these questions, then this is where this “well of water springing up into everlasting life” comes into play.

You see, this “well of water springing up into everlasting life” represents the Holy Spirit.  So during times of stress, despair, depression, or doubt, you can know that you are not alone, and there is a peace that you can receive which passes all understanding, and yes, it can keep your heart and mind.

In this life, it is not promised that it will be easy or without trials, but it is promised that we will never be alone, or forsaken, and can have peace in any storm.

Water is necessary for replenishing the physical and spiritual components of the human body.  So I encourage you to remember that there is a water that you can drink and never thirst again.  It is the water given by Jesus, which shall be “a well of water springing up into everlasting life”.