by Dr Elaina George, MD
Instead of waiting for the outcome of the healthcare debate to decide your fate, use some simple common sense strategies to take back the power to control your own health.
- Start exercising
An increase in activity of as little as 20 minutes 3 times a week can make a difference in your risk of heart disease,
diabetes and obesity. You don’t have to get fancy with a gym membership. Try taking the stairs at work instead of the
elevator, or park further from the entrance when you go to the market or mall.
- Eat Smaller portions
You may not want to give up your junk food or fried food, but try to limit your portions. Instead of buying a six pack
of soda, buy a two liter bottle. You can better control the portions along with your intake of calories.
3. Drink more water
The average person should be drinking 1 ounce per kilogram of his/her weight in water per day. (1 lb = 2.2kg).
Studies have shown that people eat more when they are dehydrated because the signals in the body can confuse
hunger with thirst. If you are hungry, try drinking an 8-12 oz glass of water before you decide to eat that snack.
4. Avoid salt
The average American diet consists too much salt. Salt is found in everything from canned foods to frozen foods. Not
only does salt make your body retain water, it also dulls your sense of taste when it comes to sugar. As a challenge,
decrease the amount of salt you eat for about 1 week, then drink a non-diet soft drink. Not only will you lose about 3-
5 lbs of water weight, but you will see that the soda is incredibly sweet. In addition, try to use sea salt.
5. Avoid high fructose corn syrup
Studies have shown that most products in this country are made with high fructose corn syrup that is contaminated
with mercury (a known neurotoxin). Instead try to choose foods made with cane sugar. When you drink soft drinks
that are made with sugar you will be less likely to crave salt and be able to stop with one soda because there is no
‘sugar high’ that leads to the craving that makes you want to have more.
Dr Elaina George is Board certified Otolaryngologist who started Peachtree ENT Center with a mission to practice state of the art medicine that is available to everyone. She graduated from Princeton University with a degree in Biology. She received her Masters degree in Medical Microbiology at Long Island University, and received her medical degree from Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York. Dr George completed her residency at Manhattan, Eye Ear & Throat Hospital. Her training included general surgery at Lenox Hill Hospital, pediatric ENT at The NY-Presbyterian Hospital, and head and neck oncology at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. She has published in several scientific journals and presented her research at national meetings.
To contact Dr. George for speaking engagements or media appearances, please call (901) 413-0203