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Welcome to another issue of
The Optimal Heart Beat

Burgeoning Bergamot
By. Dr. Feyrer-Melk, M.D.
Dr. Feyrer-Melk is excited to offer benefits of a new supplement derived from Bergamot fruit.

Bergamot has been shown to reduce Blood Fats, including the small, nasty “golf ball” sized cholesterol particles which can get into the lining of the artery and “ feed plaque”.

Even more importantly, and rarely studied with other supplements, is the fact that Bergamot has been shown to improve the actual thickening of the carotid artery lining. This would be reflected in the “CIMT” test that all OHC patients undergo annually to look at their personal Vascular Age.

Bergamot has also demonstrated a positive effect to improve blood vessel inflammation, especially the hs CRP and the TNF-alpha labs that Dr. Feyrer-Melk checks quarterly on her Member patients.

So, for her Member patients struggling with elevated Blood Fats or Blood Vessel Inflammation despite ongoing lifestyle modification and current medical regimen, Bergamot may be Dr. Feyrer-Melk’s next recommended supplement.

 
Smart about Water
By. Dr. Steve Feyrer-Melk, Ph.D., M.Ed.
 All right Dr. Steve, I get it, water is important and I should drink more of it. Got it….next . . .

Well, I wish it were that easy, but saying it and doing is much harder than it seems. Don’t get me wrong, I wish it were just a matter of cause and effect. I wish it were just a matter of “I need more water so I drink more water.” But that’s not real life, it’s a little more complicated. You see, for most of us, drinking a healthy amount of water* is not on our minds and if it is, it may not be personally pressing enough to take action. On the other hand, if we do take action, we would most likely rather have a can of soda, a cold beer, a glass of wine, a fruit juice or whatever . . . but water would not be our first choice.

Ok Dr. Steve, I get it, water is better, but can you help me take action?

First off, please know that you have the power to change behavior and sustain it over time. That’s a fact, but again, easier said than done. What research tells us is that when we make a change in our behavior that personally impacts us we are more likely to succeed.

So check this out, according to Mosby’s Medical Dictionary,
Cognitive Function is an intellectual process by which one becomes aware of, perceives, or comprehends ideas. It involves all aspects of perception, thinking, reasoning, and remembering.

And guess what? Even mild to moderate dehydration negatively impacts cognitive function. In other words, not drinking a healthy amount of water results in you having less ability to think, remembering, reason, comprehend, etc.

Ouch. . . Now that hits close to home for me. How about you?

Now, ask yourself three questions.

1. If I had more energy how would I feel during the day?
2. If I were stronger what would I be able to do that I can’t or struggle with?
3. If I had less aches in my joints, what would my daily activity be like?

mmmmmm….
Now picture your wonderful body, fully hydrated from head to toe, thinking and functioning at the top of your game. Sound good to you? Well, it sounds so good to me, that I’ll drink to it! (water of course!)

Caution: If you can’t concentrate or don’t understand the above, have a glass of water and reread it ;)

*We recommend working up to ½ your body weight in ounces. Weigh 150lbs so drink 75 ounces of water.

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