Eat These Foods to Reduce Inflammation

Inflammation may be the “hot” topic in medicine, but no one’s really talking about how to keep it in check using what Mother Nature gave us. There’s plenty of information on OTC (a.k.a.—over the counter) and prescription anti-inflammatory creams and pills, but not a whole lot of talk on healthier options like food or lifestyle habits.

Since we have to eat anyway, wouldn’t food be the logical place to start? Especially since there seems to be so many side effects associated with suppressive therapies.

If you like food—and who doesn’t?—read on. There are some high powered, plant-based foods that can help you reduce inflammation naturally and as an added bonus, they taste good too!

The Ways to Jumpstart Your Metabolism Naturally

If you continually diet, you are putting your body in a quasi famine situation.
It slows your metabolism down and breaks the thermostat.
Diets don’t work.
They don’t help you understand why you’re eating more
than your body wanted in the first place.
~ Susie Orbach


A question I’m often asked is, “Do “calories” really count?”

I want to say yes, but it’s not that simple. Calories aren’t the only thing that matter when it comes to how much you weigh and the amount of energy you have. It’s all about your metabolism. Which is a bit more complicated than calories in and calories burned.

Metabolism is the process of taking in oxygen and food and using them for energy, heat, and storage. But what’s more important is how fast your metabolism works, which is often referred to as your “metabolic rate.” And you may have heard of RMR and TDEE, which are ways to measure your metabolic rate.

What you really want to know is what affects your metabolic rate, and how can you use that to your advantage. It’s not just about how much you eat. It’s about your hormones, body composition, and of course, what you eat.

Click here to read the full post about metabolism, what affects your metabolic rate and try my new recipe for a lean (metabolism-boosting) protein!

Have a great week and be sure to get outside for a walk or a run. Both boost your metabolism!

Testosterone Supplements, Boosters & the Facts

andropauseIf you are a man this is one topic that you are sure to be interested in.  If you have ever priced and looked at supplements that claim to increase or boost testosterone levels then you know that they are expensive.  The question is do they work?  If they do not work what does?

Typically most supplements that allege to increase or boost testosterone levels contain a combination of the following ingredients:  Tribulus, Fenugreek (Testofen), horny goat weed, longjack, catuaba, mucuna pruriens, yohimbe, avena sativa and others.

A look at the literature is mixed at best.  Yes there is a study here and there but not suggestive or convincing enough to make this author drop $50 to $80 plus per bottle.  In addition on May 22, 2015 a class-action lawsuit has been filed against companies that market supplements as “testosterone boosters”.  The lawsuit claims Testofen supplements don’t boost testosterone. In addition Testofen has not been shown to increase free testosterone levels, and the existence of four published studies showing that it has no such effect.  The plaintiff’s  lawsuit cites three other studies that found fenugreek extract has no impact on free testosterone levels. One of the studies cited by the plaintiffs found the placebo group experienced a rise in testosterone by an average of 10 nanograms per milliliter (ng/ml) over the course of the experiment, while the group who ingested fenugreek suffered a decline in testosterone by an average of 4 ng/ml.

WebMD published an article on boosting low testosterone naturally.  Number one suggestion was to start looking at your daily habits.  Look at what you are eating.  Get plenty of sleep (7-8 hours). Keep a healthy weight and lose those extra pounds. Stay active and go for brisk walks (10 to 20 minutes/day). Try to limit stress in your life as it increases the stress hormone cortisol. Review your medications with your physician to affirm that they are not adding to the problem.

This author feels that a big part of the problem is all of the plant based estrogens that men consume today.  Two of the biggest culprits are soy and flax seed.  Soy was not a part of the human diet until 1979 when the first soy milk was introduced into the grocery store.  Prior to this it was a product that was not considered fit for human consumption.  Both soy (93% is genetically modified and sprayed with the herbicide RoundUp) and flax seed products are high in plant based estrogens (female hormone).  Published studies have shown that the consumption does adversely affect testosterone levels.   A simple search on phyto-estrogens  (plant based estrogens) will help you to learn which foods may be adding to the problem of declining testosterone levels.

The bottom line at this time is that testosterone boosters are expensive and do not appear to deliver the goods.


Weight Loss and Losing Weight

Nutrition vs Calories Matrix - Diet of the Best Foods

There are so many diets what works and motivates?  There are so many gimmicks about this berry or that that claim to be the answer.  It is pathetic.  The weight loss industry is a multi-billion dollar industry.  At IMS Supplements, Inc.  we receive telephone calls about this pill or that and people want the truth.  The truth is there is no magic bullet or pill when it comes to weight loss.  The only thing lighter after watching some program or advertisement is your pocket book.

The truth is that we are hungry due to all the empty calories that we are consuming in processed foods.  I never was one to recommend multi-vitamins but it appears despite alleged vitamin fortification in this and that in the grocery store we may be getting short changed when we are shopping in the produce section.  The vitamins and minerals in produce come from the soil.  When the soil is over farmed and simply replanted after every crop without rest the amount of nutrients become reduced.  More and more people are gravitating towards USDA organic products and non-GMO and this is obviously the best place to start.

After the first step you need motivation.  Well what motivates you?  For many of us it is as simple as looking in the mirror.  Next it is about education.  There are multiple ways to educate yourself.  The easiest is to search out video programming on the internet.  Even Netflix® has some great documentaries.  Well you may ask – what are they?

In no particular order of importance these are our recommendations: koverk  hungrykillratlrg farmagedfatsickKoverKextvegicatedengine2frankbeef

In addition the following video is excellent by Michael Moseley, MD

Eat, Fast & Live Longer HD by limoslight

And your video education would not be complete without: The-world-according-to-monsant

It is important to note that we have no affiliation nor do we receive compensation for or from any of the video or books mentioned in this article.

These informational video documentaries should be enough to convince anybody that we are in a nutritional crisis in North America. Obesity and Diabetes and Coronary Heart Disease are endangering the lives of a majority of Americans and Canadians.

Here are several more to motivate you to do something to change the inevitable sickness and ensuing death.

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So what are the solutions?  Well personally I have purchased and read the following books.  This is step two of the education and motivation.  I am not sure what will work for you individually but the point is begin.  Find the way that works for you.  And this is why I went out and purchased the following:

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Through reading and education one must truly find a way that allows and encourages them to make changes that are healthy and that they can live with.  Part of this journey involves finding recipes and foods that you enjoy.  A few of my favorites are:

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I’m on a journey and I hope you are too.  A healthy and happier one.  Oh I almost forgot. My best friend is an app (yes application) on my smart phone and tablet that allows me to track what I’m eating nutritionally and calorically.  It’s called “My Fitness Pal”  Check it out at:

A Health Coach is another viable option for those seeking help.  A special program         ” The Secret to Losing Weight Once and For All ” Healthy Habits.

Check out: and sign up today!

Before you begin any weight loss or fitness program you should consult your health care provider to ensure that it is safe for you.


The Secret to Losing Weight Once and For All

Check out Healthy Habits  at:

I know what you’re thinking – ” Yeah right. I’ve heard that one before. “
If you’re like most people, every time you’ve ever tried to lose weight, you’ve done it wrong ……
We’ve all done it. We’ve all been there. You go through a weight loss program, you deny yourself everything you love, you torture yourself at the gym, and you lose weight. You think you’ve done a good thing for your health, for your life, for your family.
And then the weight comes creeping back. Maybe even some extra on top.
Sound familiar? Click on the link below to see why this time it’ll be different.
This program starts on April 21st, 2014 — there is still time to enroll.
by Kathleen Ogar

Health and Wellness Coaching – Is it for You?

 Health Coach  by telephoneEarly in the 1990s health coaching began with psychologists treating persons with addictions.  Due to the success of these beginnings health, wellness and fitness coaching have become common and sought out by many individuals.  

The advantages of a health or wellness coach is often over looked and most individuals simply make a resolution that often ends in failure.  The advantage of a health coach is that it requires accountability and hence a motivation that few individuals can make with themselves.  The process of coaching is:

1. Establish a relationship – This relationship has borders that prevent emotional attachment which often can undermine success. 

2. Motivational Interview – This process involves the health coach exploring your internal motivating factors, core values and goals.  This is where the health coach discerns what motivates you and he or she will employ what is learned in this phase to motivate you to reach and exceed your goals. 

3. Wellness Vision – This is where you decide what it is you hope to achieve with respect to your health.

4. Goal Setting – This is formulated with you and your health coach to set attainable sub-goals and goals.  This ensures and prevents overall failure of goals that are not realistic.  Goals promote behavior change. A health coach helps the client progress and move through any negative self-talk, ambivalence, resistance and other hurdles.

With health and wellness coaching, you don’t have to go it alone. And your chance for success is more assured due to personal support, encouragement and the motivation you need to succeed.

How do you find a good health coach?   Often many people start with a visit to a health coach yet in today’s busy world something always comes up that somehow sabotages our health and wellness goals. So what should be most important is choosing a medium that does not interfere with your busy life.  Uniquely the healthcare provider Kaiser says it best:  ” Sometimes a lack of time, resources, or support can make it hard to live your healthiest. Wellness coaching by phone can help you eliminate those barriers, allowing you to make positive changes. 

Partner with a good coach today:

• Focus on healthy habits—Make healthy behavior changes to help you lose weight, quit smoking, manage stress, get more active, or make healthier food choices.

• Create a customized plan—Work with your coach to outline manageable steps you can take to reach your goals. Little changes over time can help you achieve long-term success.

• Schedule convenient telephone sessions—Coaching takes place over the phone, so you can set up calls at times that work for you. 

Health coaches essentially partner with their clients to help them set and achieve specific, measurable goals.  They offer accountability, motivation and guidance.”

A great place to start is right here:  

Kathleen Ogar, CHC, Dipl. ABT, C.Hom.  617-678-4088

I have personally known Kathleen for over a decade.  In addition her credentials and qualifications speak for themselves.

Kathleen is a certified health counselor. Kathleen’s experience spans over a decade. 

The programs at Infinite Health & Wellness are designed to empower the client to achieve optimal health with a step by step plan personalized just for them. Kathleen loves coaching her clients to create a happy, healthy life in a way that is flexible, fun, and free of denial.