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Dr. Oz’s 5 tips to stay ALIVE – Numbers you NEED to know

Dr. Oz’s Know Your 5: The Lifesaving Numbers You Need to Know

1. Blood Pressure

Over 50 million American adults have high blood pressure, also called hypertension; within this range,1 out of every 3 isn’t even aware they have this serious medical condition. High blood pressure can cause a host medical problems including cardiovascular diseasechronic kidney disease and stroke, which can strike suddenly.

2. Waist Size

If you’re sporting a large waistline, your risk of dying prematurely is nearly double. The reason is because belly fat, often fondly referred to as a spare tire or abeer gut – sends out a toxic stream of chemicals impacting the whole body.

3. Weight

Stepping on a scale and finding out your body weight is one of the easiest numbers to calculate and an excellent indicator of your overall health. According to theCenters for Disease Control (CDC), 1 out of 3 Americans are considered obese, which can cause a slew of health problems such as cardiovascular disease, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), gout, hypertension, high blood pressure and cancer.

4. Cholesterol

High cholesterol is a major risk factor for cardiovascular disease.

5. Fasting Blood Sugar

Testing your fasting blood sugar (FBS) measures your risk for diabetes, a chronic disease that can lead to blindness, cardiac disease, kidney failure, nerve problems and an impaired immune system. Diabetes is particularly high in the African American community.

Homeostasis – listen to your body talk

Testing the blood glucose level yourself

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Same, similar. Thats homeostasis. Thats what your body wants and does.

98.6 body temp

120/80 blood pressure

Blood Glucose (sugar)

2  REM cycles

Body weight

All the above are just numbers or guidelines that have shown to be optimal for our Human body.  There are others as well but I want to focus on these.

98.6 Body Temp helps to fight infection, just as important its optimal prime for organ function.  The more variation of hot & cold temperatures we impose can directly effect our organ function and be detrimental to life.  The better conditioned or healthier bodies can withstand more fluctuation in body temperature.

120/80 has said to be optimal BP since they started practicing medicine long ago.  When I worked in the hospital I felt the  140/90 suggestion was a business decision to capture more low dose practices.  Good news is a minimal 20 minutes of brisk walking or stair climbing most days of the week is the recommendation for heart health, thats it.  Now go tell granny.

Blood sugar has to be in balance.  When sugar levels are high for 5-8 yrs (kids & adults) it can damage the small blood vessels in our organs and tissues.  So that pretty much means every place in your body I can think of.  Something will break down eventually.  What we eat and how much we exercise will determine what blood glucose level we maintain. What did you do today?

2 REM cycles or 8 hours of sleep.  Rapid Eye Movement is a must for a good nights sleep and the brain enjoys 2 cycles each cycle lasting around 4hrs.  Dreaming is very important to the human psyche.  The brain by the way, is the most complex study on this Earth.  We can poke and prod but the more scientists learn how it works and connects, the more questions they ask each other.

Body Weight.  For every height, there is an optimal weight that correlates to health.  A human skeletal frame can only support so much mass.  MASS is fat as well as muscle when we talk about total weight.  People say what about athletes? Look at the ones that die during competition, if you look at their height most are more muscular than the average person.  My mission when I train people is to attack the fat!!  You are born with fat cells, how full they are and what you weigh can be manipulated.

You and your body’s ability to keep these 5 health variables in homeostasis is important to your mental, physical, social, and spiritual well-being.  Which leads to my definition of health, the mental, physical, social and spiritual balance of well-being as we know it.  If your balance tips, so does your life.  Ask your personal physician, trainer, or healthcare provider their definition of health.  Their response just might surprise you.

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