The holidays are here and our usual schedule is often thrown out the window. Chances are you might not make it to yoga (or spin or on that run or pilates) as often as you would like for the next few weeks. But you do have time for this simple stretch! It’s great to counter all the forward action of sitting and typing we do every day.
We all know that exercise does the body good, but did you know it also works wonders for the brain? Turns out, working up a sweat has a positive impact on what’s happening inside your head—and the benefits are major, ranging from improved memory and increased focus to a better ability to manage stress.
Walking. Most of us have been doing it since we were very little kids. Not only is it an excellent way to get from one spot to the next, it's an excellent, and often underrated, form of exercise that far too many people simply don’t do enough of. Long commutes, sedentary jobs, family and social obligations make finding time tough, but walking is an essential health-booster that I urge everybody to fit into their day – even if it’s only for a few minutes at a time.
Despite the fact that I am a functional and integrative cardiologist, I often look first at a patient’s gut health to shed light on the underlying cause of heart disease. What could the gut possibly have to do with the heart? It’s all about inflammation.