May 8th, 2010
This is a follow up to, Does your waist size influence your brain size?
CARDIO WORKS! - Subjects with mild cognitive impairment who performed high-intensity exercise for 45 - 60 minutes four days per week saw improved cognitive performance after 6 months (Archives of Neurology, Jan. 2010)
THINK FISH - Fatty acids are essential in myelin sheath formation (crucial protection around nerves - that speed up signals). If you don’t like fish, try a supplement form like Genuine Health’s O3mega (this is our favorite! It is toxin free)
WEIGHT MATTERS - If you are overweight or obese, then you are increasing the chances of diabetes, stroke, and depression which compromise brain health. Choose smaller portions, eat Food For Function, and move more on a daily basis to rev up your metabolism. For more tips on weight loss please refer to our book: The Miracle of Health
Uche and Kary
Authors of the Miracle of Health (c) 2009
May 6th, 2010
Is your brain health directly related to your physical health? In the January issue of the Archives of Neurology, one long-term study indicated that regular moderate exercisers were 39% less likely to develop mild cognitive impairment as they aged. Exercisers have more BDNF (Brain Derived Neurotrophic Factor) which protects and maintains neurons and their synapses in the brain. Researchers are also studying the link between excess body fat and brain size as we age.
Preliminary reports are showing that overweight and obese patients have smaller brains (up to 8% smaller) that look much older than their normal weight counterparts.
Are you at risk? Two measurements can help you determine your risk factor:
1. The BMI (Body Mass Index) calculator tool can be found at www.nhbisupport.com/bmi/ (National Heart Lung and Blood Institute).
2.You can also check your waist circumference. There are significant associated health risks with a waist size of over 40 inches in men, and over 35 inches in women. Use your navel as your landmark.
What to do next?
We will tell you tomorrow…
Uche and Kary
May 1st, 2010
Just read an article in a Men’s Health magazine about the calories burnt while standing vs sitting during a 10 minute phone call - 38 calories burnt.
Extrapolating out to one year. At just one 10 min call a day is 4 pounds a year.
Or get this - 2 hours a day and standing just half of that time or 60 minutes is 20 pounds a year!
Just like compound interest with investing….a little by little is powerful
“You don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step.”
– Martin Luther King, Jr.
“One may walk over the highest mountain one step at a time.”
– John Wanamaker
Have a healthy day!
Your fitness confidant
Check out this mommy website that interviewed us…
April 22nd, 2010
I enjoyed my morning Brushamania visit at Pineway Public School in North Toronto. It is my 6 th year volunteering and each year I learn something new.
It was with energy and enthusiasm that I left my house at 8:30am April 16th. Armed with a box of kids’ stickers, pencils, gloves, a couple of masks, and two hand puppets, I drove down the 404 rehearsing my script for the elementary school children. I have lectured at dental conferences across North America, but nothing can throw more fear into the heart of a speaker than facing 30 JK children. I knew I had to compete with seasoned teachers at school, TV, the Internet, Wii Fit and DS’s at their homes.
Shary Janmohamad, the principal, was very organized. Everything was set up and ready for me when I arrived at the office. I lugged a box of Brushamania gear around to seven different classes. During the next 90 minutes, there were 100’s of questions asked, pop dental quizzes answered, and brushes and stickers given out.
I especially enjoyed encouraging the quiet kids who were not as quick to participate. Enthusiasm seemed to be the name of the game. “Taking care of your teeth is fun” was my mantra. I said good bye to the staff in the office and left the building. Another year of Brushamania over…
Having fun sharing some inspirational ideas with the kids
March 26th, 2010
One way to get inspired to take care of yourself is to shut off all the other messengers telling you about getting a six pack, building buns of steel and trimming those thighs.
You can Google any of those topics and get all the information you want. Actually if you Google the word, “nutrition” you will see 106 million results. Google the word “exercise” and you will see 135 million results. Information has a poor history or history of creating change.
There is an inner game of fitness. A philosophy of healthy eating. A mindset of active living. Each of these requires you to have the combination lock inside your head click on the secret code. And when it clicks, you will “take action”, “eat mindfully” and enjoy the journey to health and wellness.
It isn’t a sprint. It isn’t a 100 yard dash.
Enjoy the journey.
Ask yourself the question,”Can sitting too long on the couch numb your brain?” http://www.oralhealthjournal.com/issues_DPM/ISarticle.asp?aid=1000364599&PC=DPM
Email us your thoughts….
March 23rd, 2010
Get FIT and Get SMARTER!
Hey, we were invited to speak at a large high school in Hamilton today. We were blown away by the kids. It was a huge student body, but the kids were so mature and at the same time energetic and fun!
We had a group of knowledgeable students doing AV duty. They had a great sound board and equipment. Two students introduced us and did a super job. They even had greeters at the front door when we arrived - made us feel well taken care of!
We went through the full gamut of “How to get in shape” “Developing powerful reasons to get started” “How not to fall off track” “Nutrition strategies that work” and “Simple exercises to boost brain power.”
All in one hour? Is that possible? Well, we share insights and principles, not a litany of rules, research and formulas (which you can download online anytime for free).
Anyway, we had a load of fun meeting the kids and teachers. This school is already on track. We heard about their healthy eating initiatives and athletic programs in place. At the end of the hour, there were some fun photo ops and then we bid them farewell.
March 14th, 2010
We did a one hour breakout session at the Total Health Show in Toronto today. Spoke to a packed room of abour 75 people.
Our goal was to inspire them to get passionate about their health.
After we signed books and spent time at Hoopers Pharmacy Booth for Genuine Health.
Uche sandwiched between two awesome people from Genuine Health www.GenuineHealth.com
It was a busy weekend at this huge health expo. 1,000’s of people attended. Being a rainy weekend, it appeared to be a super time to head downtown to learn, shop and network with likeminded people.
After a busy four hours we headed home
Next week (Friday March 19th) we are in Hamilton to do an appearance at Goodness Me.
Monday March 15th we are being interviewed on an online TV show.
Love this quote from the German writer, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe:
“Whatever you can do or dream you can do, begin it. Boldness has genuis, power and magic in it. Begin it now.”
March 7th, 2010
Dr Uche Odiatu likes the line from Jon Secada’s classic song I’m Free: “Things are only as important as I want them to be.” Stress management at its finest
Our program Creating Balance: Take This Stress and Love It! was well received. It was repeated twice due to the demand.
Here are some images from the conference room:
Driving home a point…
Like Eminem recommends in 8 Mile, "You have to lose yourself in the moment..."
Kary and Uche at the Total Health Show at the Toronto Metro Convention Centre Sunday March 14th - with Genuine Health www.genuinehealth.com
At Goodness Me March 19th Get Fit - Get Smarter! www.goodnessme.ca
Excited about doing some media Monday March 15th and then doing an assembly for 2000 high school kids in Hamilton March 23rd
January 26th, 2010
Uche Odiatu interview on 97.3 fm got rescheduled from 7:20am today to Wed Jan 27th 7:15am eastern standard time. Listen on www.boom973.com Jan 27th 7:15am for fitness tips and HOW TO BEAT THE WINTER BLUES!
January 22nd, 2010
On www.LifeScripts.com we contributed to an article http://www.lifescript.com/Life/Money/Save/100_Money-Saving_Health_Tips
Check it out and take good care of yourself. Remember there is only one of you and you have to last a lifetime!
“Focus on the journey, not the destination. Joy is found not in finishing an activity but in doing it.”
~ Greg Anderson