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Dr. Len Lopez is a nutrition and fitness expert who takes a more natural, holistic approach to health and fitness.
Posted 11/5/12 at 1:52 PM | Dr. Len Lopez
Did you know that the ‘walk’ for better health and fitness is somewhat similar to your spiritual walk? They both encompass choices and our free will.
Do you eat healthy? Do you exercise? Do you stay away from the bad foods?
What about your spiritual walk, how is your pride? Do you stay away from envy, lust, greed? Do you choose love, patience, kindness, etc?
I ask those questions, because when I read Romans 7 I see a similar parallel between our spiritual and physical walk. It was Paul who wrote how he wants to do good, but evil overtakes him. I know what I should do, but evil still wins out, he says.
Are those regretful thoughts similar to the person snacking on a bag of cookies, candy, or sugary treats wondering why he or she can’t stay on a good clean diet? They want to eat right, they want to exercise…but somehow, someway they get tempted away from making the right choices.
Choices are just that - an opportunity to express your own free will. It’s not always easy to make the right choice. Although I do believe it is easier to make the right choice when you have the Holy Spirit inside you as Paul talks about in Romans 8. FULL POST
Posted 5/21/12 at 3:36 PM | Dr. Len Lopez
Heart health, arthritis, hormone imbalance and depression can all be helped with the right diet and or fish oils. The right diet should have the right balance of saturated fats to unsaturated and monounsaturated fats such including fish, olive oils, nuts and seeds. But if you are like most people and are eating too many of the saturated fats and not enough of the good fats – you could be setting yourself up for problems.
I don’t believe the good Lord made a ‘bad’ fat as some doctors like to call it. The problem isn’t saturated fats! The real problem is that we are eating too many of the saturated fats in proportion to unsaturated and monounsaturated fats.
Back in biblical times there wasn’t a fast food around every corner serving you foods loaded with saturated fats. Most of the apostles were fishermen, so they were eating lots of fish, which were loaded with the good omega-3 fats. Those who weren’t eating a daily diet of fish were eating range fed beef. It has a much higher concentration of omega-3 fats than the beef of today that are raised on fed-lots eating mostly grain. FULL POST
Posted 4/19/12 at 1:02 PM | Dr. Len Lopez
When you look at the way Christianity started – it parallels natural, holistic medicine in many ways.
Christianity first stated by threatening the established Jewish tenants. Natural, holistic medicine does the same thing to mainstream medicine.
The reasons why the traditional, establishment questioned anyone who thought outside of their views can be discussed for hours. The point of this article is to share some insight into the difference in beliefs and philosophy of traditional medicine and those of natural, holistic medicine.
We all know the struggles that the Apostle Paul went through when he changed his thinking and became a Christian, but did you know there was another gentlemen, who like the apostle Paul, was trained at some of the most respected institutions and revered by his colleagues for his knowledge.
His name was Dr. Linus Pauling, and is recognized as being one of the two greatest scientists of the 20th century. His discoveries in chemistry set the foundation for molecular biology and chemistry. He is the only person to ever receive two unshared Nobel prizes. However, when he started sharing his knowledge on the benefits of Vitamin C, nutrition and the whole healing model…he was quickly labeled a quack. FULL POST
Posted 2/29/12 at 4:01 PM | Dr. Len Lopez
If you are looking to start working on your temple (your physique, overall health) there are a few things you need to know before you actually start execising. Are you wanting to lose weight, add shape and tone, better health, or competition? Depending on your reason(s) will determine....
And does your current health condition affect your training.
Getting healthy and fit is about training and dieting smarter - not harder and longer. You don't need to over-train and spend too much time exercising and sacraficing other important things in your life. So here are a few things to think about as you design your fitness program.
Aerobic exercise should not elevate your stress hormones very much, but the higher the heart rate the more intense and stressful it becomes, thus elevating your stress hormones. The fact that a great percentage of people perform their aerobic exercise incorrectly is why so many people walk around in a state of Aerobic Deficiency and Anaerobic Excess! Remember Jesus walked everywhere he went which built up his aerobic capacity. Today most people don't get enough aerobic activity in their daily life. FULL POST
Posted 1/13/12 at 3:29 PM | Dr. Len Lopez
Now that the New Year is upon us and all our resolutions are at the forefront lets think about how our metabolism is functioning in accordance to how He designed it. This is important because many of the marketing hype out there is geared towards revving up your metabolism – which doesn't mean it is triggering it to burn calories from stored body fat, which is the key indicator as to whether or not you will lose the weight and keep it off.
Not that everyone is trying to lose weight and become healthier, but if that is you here are a few things you need to consider so you don't waste your precious time and energy.
Posted 12/6/11 at 1:55 PM | Dr. Len Lopez
It's easy to let your training and dieting efforts drop to the wayside during the Holidays, but don't despair because the attitude you have when you have that extra helping of food or dessert can have as much of an effect on the scale or in the mirror, as those extra calories and fat grams.
If you are in a happy, joyous state of mind...go ahead and eat those extra yummy treats, because the effect it has on your body won't be as bad, if you ate the same thing in a negative, unhappy state of mind.
There is a biblical passage that i'll paraphrase, and it goes something like this, "better a plate of veggies in a state of happiness than the fatted calf in anger." What do you think that means?
I think it was understood way back then, that there is a mind/body connection. So don't get all bummed out and depressed if you splurge a bit during the Holidays, especially if you're enjoying the Holidays and are in a happy frame of mind. The positive, mental feelings have something to do with how your body absorbs and utilizes those nutrients. FULL POST
Posted 9/16/11 at 2:29 PM | Dr. Len Lopez
If you are hoping to keep your temple in shape and I hope you all are, one of the biggest questions I get is what is the best exercise to do to trim my tummy. The two most common movements are crunches and leg raises, so I want to explain why one is superior over the other, and why one can contribute to back pain.
Let me first say that depending on how old you are you may have forgotten that straight legged sit-ups were shunned years ago, because it aggravated low back pain. But aren't leg raises pretty much the same thing as the straight legged sit-ups... done in reverse?
To understand why I am cautious about recommending leg raises, you only need to know a little anatomy and physiology. I'll also show you a simple test you can perform at home to illustrate why I recommend one movement over the other.
The good Lord designed our boy like a 'pulley' system, so all you need to know is where muscles attach. Once you know that it's pretty easy to understand which exercise or movement works a specific muscle.
The Basics FULL POST
Posted 8/16/11 at 6:33 PM | Dr. Len Lopez
It was Hippocrates, the Father of Medicine who said,
Let food be your medicine and let medicine be your food
What do you think that meant? Don't you think he was saying that some foods have healing, therapeutic benefits to your health? Didn't it say in Genesis that all foods (fruits, veggies, seeds, beef, fish, etc.) was given to us and they were good?
If some foods can have positive healing effects on us, couldn't you also argue that some foods can also have a destructive negative effect on our health?
Do you think all the processing and refining of our food that takes away all the nutritional value of the food is very healthy? What about all the soft drinks, snack foods and junk food on the market...do you think they have positive, healing effects on the body? Or are they more destructive to our healthy? Which do you eat more of?
I wonder if Hippocrates was still around today, heading up all the medical schools – if he would be saying the same thing? Do you think he would be emphasizing to all the medical students how powerful various foods, plants and herbs can be to our health. Would he be preaching on how some foods can have a negative impact on our overall health and how important it would be to educate the public about that fact alone? Would he be teaching that some foods, plants, and herbs have tremendous healing power – and that they don't subject the individual to any potential side effects? FULL POST
Posted 7/6/11 at 1:34 PM | Dr. Len Lopez
Fiber for Elimination and Detox
It has been estimated by those who practice natural, integrative medicine that 90 percent of all diseases begin in the colon. The reason for this is because the colon is the sewage system for the body. Scriptures doesn't talk specifically about fiber or constipation, but I can tell you that the diet Jesus ate, and what most people have been eating over the last few millenniums was loaded with fiber.
When you eat food, you should eliminate what was just eaten in approximately 24 hours. This is referred to as transit time, which is the amount of time it takes from when you swallow food to when you eliminate it out of your body. The average transit time for most Americans is approximately 50 to 60 hours.
Think about that for just a minute. When you become constipated you hold poisons inside your body. These toxins that are supposed to be eliminated in about 24 hours are hanging around, putrefying and rotting inside your body for an additional 20-30 hours. Those toxins are sipping into your blood stream, making your body more polluted and needlessly activating your immune system. FULL POST
Posted 5/23/11 at 12:19 PM | Dr. Len Lopez
If you are over 40 years of age there is a good chance that more of your testosterone is converting into estrogen then you would like. Yes, both men and women make testosterone. The good Lord didn't just make testosterone for men. It's the hormone needed for both men and women to add lean muscle, keep your energy up, weight down, motivate you to get out of bed and of course give your libido a lift.
The problem that happens for a lot of men and women is that too much of their testosterone is converting into estrogen. This not only causes loss of energy, weight gain, fatigue and difficulty adding lean muscle to your body, but it also leads to what is called 'estrogen dominance,' which make you more susceptible to a whole host of other problems including cancer.
For men the obvious sign of too much estrogen aside from the obvious listed above is added fatty tissue around the chest...the basic men-boobs. More adipose (fatty) tissue in your chest and waist, as opposed to packing it on in your back side.
There is a big push by drug manufacturers for men to have their testosterone checked to see if that's what is causing your erectile dysfunction, loss of stamina and libido. Unfortunately they are more interested in prescribing synthetic testosterone drugs, instead of the old fashion, inexpensive testosterone that doesn't have a patent on it. Nor are they interested in helping you figure out why your body isn't producing enough testosterone. Not only that – but when you take these synthetic testosterone drugs as replacements, your body will produce less on its own – so when you stop taking the drug you feel terrible and compelled to get another prescription. FULL POST