1. The HIDDEN cause of weakness in seniors – and how to FIX it

    You can feel like a kids’ toy with a dying battery – getting slower… weaker… and fading fast.

    If only you could replace your own batteries as easily as one in a toy!

    You could keep going… and going… and going!

    Well, friend, I’m here today with a discovery that shows how restoring muscle power could be as easy as a battery swap.

    Because new research reveals how the REAL PROBLEM behind failing strength could actually be a battery problem… deep inside your body.

    While you can’t quite replace those batteries, you certainly can recharge them.

    And today, I’m going to share exactly how to juice up those internal power levels to restore your strength, energy and vitality.

    What happens to aging muscle

    Leonard Cohen probably said it best: “I ache in the places where I used to play.”

    Is there a better description of the toll of aging on your muscles than that???

    Over time, however, those aches can become something worse. You get weaker… and weaker… until you’re facing a debilitating condition known as sarcopenia, which can lead to disability, loss of independence and death.

    Now, the new study uncovers what could be a reason for it.

    More importantly, it also suggests a way to FIX it.

    Researchers used muscle samples from seniors with sarcopenia in three different countries in three different parts of the world.

    And they found those muscles all had one thing in common.

    Those tests revealed the muscles were suffering from dysfunction in the mitochondria, which are the energy centers of each cell.

    Yes… in a very real way… the batteries were fading!

    And they found that the key to recharging those batteries – and restoring those muscles – could be in a compound called nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide, also known as NAD.

    This all fits in with the big picture; NAD levels plunge as we get older. They drop so rapidly that by the time you’re 60, you only have HALF the levels of when you were in your 40s.

    As a result, raising NAD can help with many of the struggles of aging – including muscle loss. One study on mice found boosting NAD led to:

    • BETTER muscle function
    • BETTER strength
    • BETTER endurance

    It can also fight off DNA damage, protect the brain and cut the risk of chronic disease – including heart disease.

    One way to raise NAD is with calorie restriction.

    When we cut back on eating – by a LOT – our NAD levels jump, which could be a key reason why very low-calorie diets have been linked to longer lives.

    But where’s the fun in that???

    There’s an easier way to boost NAD and enjoy ALL of the benefits that come along with it.

    One I recommend is a precursor to vitamin B3 known as nicotinamide riboside, aka NR, which is available in a formula called Tru-Niagen from Chromadex – just one a day.

    And for overall better strength, muscle and endurance, I also recommend 10-20 grams of branched-chain amino acids (BCAAs) daily, ideally in combination with a high-protein diet low in carbohydrates and other refined and/or processed foods.

  2. Losing weight with a low-calorie diet

    The best Christmas present you could ever give yourself

    I've never been shy about saying "Merry Christmas."

    Not the sterile generic greetings that are all the rage these days like "Happy Holidays" or "Season's Greetings," but "Merry Christmas" -- and no matter what religion you follow, I hope you find peace, joy, and a good meal with family on this special day.

    Of course, next week is New Year's, a time when people of all faiths make promises to themselves that they almost never keep like starting a low-calorie diet or joining a gym. Let's change that this time -- if you're overweight or obese, promise yourself you'll lose the weight... and this time, keep that promise.

    But don't try any old diet, because some of them can actually do way more harm than good. And for seniors, a bad low-calorie diet doesn't just mean regaining weight. It could mean losing weight, but losing muscle with it -- putting you at risk for sarcopenia.

    That's a condition where muscle levels shrink so much that you become frail and weak, and face a higher risk of mobility problems, disability, and even death.

    Now, it's normal to lose a little of that muscle as you age. And it's inevitable that you'll lose a little muscle when you diet. The trick is making sure you minimize that muscle loss and maximize the loss of fat.

    And now, one new study shows that a low-calorie diet supplemented with whey proteins and essential amino acids can help make that happen.

    Over 12 weeks, obese seniors given a low-calorie diet including those whey proteins and amino acids lost 7 percent of their body weight. Seniors given a diet with the same number of calories, but without the whey and amino acids, also lost 7 percent of their body weight.

    The main difference? Dieters given whey proteins and amino acids lost more where it counts -- they lost more body fat.

    I've used very low calorie diets with my own patients for short periods of time and seen remarkable results firsthand -- including loss of fat, preservation of muscle and, more importantly, a dramatic reduction in risk factors for diabetes, heart disease, and more.

    If you need help, don't wait for the New Year. Pick up the phone and call a holistic physician who can help you lose weight ASAP. And for a comprehensive personalized weight loss program, make an appointment to see me at the Stengler Center for Integrative Medicine.

  3. A new look at LDL

    You've probably heard that LDL cholesterol is bad -- they even call it "bad cholesterol," and you'd have to earn a name like that, right? Well, not so fast... because despite what you've heard, your body needs its cholesterol -- even that supposed "bad" stuff.
  4. Why muscle loss can be deadly

    Since there's no drug to treat sarcopenia, odds are you haven't heard much about it.

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