Energy Tips for Hopatcong Residents
Boost Your Energy
Are you experiencing fatigue or that constant afternoon slump? Turning your health around through nutrition and exercise can heal your body from the inside out. The results include many benefits, such as contributing to everyday energy. By following the correct diet and increasing physical activity, you can lose weight, turn around your gut health, treat insomnia, lower blood pressure, and more.
Bijal Dave, MD
I’m a family physician specializing in diet-oriented treatment of chronic diseases. I’m passionate about weight loss management, obesity counseling and smoking cessation. I started with Advanced Primary Care in 2014 and when I’m not taking care of my patients, I stay busy playing full time Mom and Gourmet Chef. I dedicate my methods to the idea of plant forward, clean healthy eating. I have created this blog to share healthy vegetarian recipes from all over the world which are cooked in my kitchen and served to family & friends.
Successes With My Patients
I employ a combination of trusted, non-surgical methods to my patients. These include a variety of plant based recipes, intermittent fasting, optimization of medications, and treatment of phycological conditions that might be contributing to emotional eating. Hopatcong is a borough in Sussex County full of heart healthy options. Hike the Roland-May Eves Mountain Inlet Sanctuary Trail, which has green markers on the trees and posts in the ground at different stations to keep you on track. Explore a variety of outdoor activities on Hopatcong’s seven different athletic fields.
Nutrition and Heart Health
What foods are good for my heart?
Eating specific foods on a regular basis can help to reduce the risk of heart disease. A heart-healthy diet is not only good for our heart but also for our waistline.
Turmeric – The yellow spice that gives Indian curries its distinct color has been known for its medicinal properties in the Indian subcontinent for thousands of years. Science is now backing up that curcumin, turmeric’s active compound, has a plethora of health benefits.
- It has heavy duty antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and anti-platelet activity, which means it not only lowers inflammatory changes that are the root cause of heart disease, but it also acts as a blood thinner, which prevents clot formation in heart disease. Curcumin supplementation at certain amounts will reduce ischemia (i.e. reduced blood supply), injury or inflammation to the already-affected heart muscle. Curcumin has super antioxidant activity is comparable to vitamin C and vitamin E and it also helps with improving blood flow through vessels. It is especially helpful in diabetics to reduce the incidence of cardiovascular complications such as heart failure.
Nuts – Eating walnuts, almonds, or pistachios, a couple of times a week make great heart healthy snacks. They pack a protein punch and nuts are great sources of PUFAs and MUFAs, which help lower the bad cholesterol. They are also rich in fiber and plant sterols, which reduces cholesterol; vitamin E, which helps reduce the development of plaque in arteries; and L-argininie, which improves the flexibility of arterial walls, thereby reducing incidence of narrowing and less prone to blood clots.
Berries – Berries are chock full of heart healthy phytonutrients such as polyphenols and fiber, which are very helpful in preventing heart disease. They have a heavy dose of antioxidants, which makes them a sweet medicine indeed for prevention of cardiac disease.
Chia seeds – Ground flax seeds and hemps seeds in that order are omega-3 powerhouses and should be consumed on a daily basis. Just add them to your salad, smoothie or cereal to ensure optimal heart health.
Are You Ready For a Lifestyle Change?
You don’t need to struggle with weight loss on your own. I am here to help you every step of the way. As a metabolic medical practitioner, I have your best interest in mind. After thoroughly evaluating your personal health and lifestyle, I can recommend the methods that will best work for you. Call one of our three convenient locations today.