Posts Tagged ‘Dr. Christopher Calapai D.O.’

“TO DO’S” ON HOW TO FIGHT THE FLU!

Tuesday, December 19th, 2017

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As we head into flu season there are many things we can do to “flu proof” ourselves. Regardless of whether we choose to get a flu vaccine or not, there are things we can do to heighten our chances of not getting sick this winter.  Dr. Christopher Calapai, a New York based Osteopathic Physician board certified in family and anti-aging medicine, shares his top list of “to do’s” to fight the flu.

Keep your surroundings clean, wipe surfaces at work, keep your cell phone clean. According to the CDC viruses can survive on a surface for up to 8 hours

Wash your hands frequently and use a hand sanitizer. Remember the workplace and public spaces are a hotbed for germs. This is where the hand washing comes into play.

Increase intake of vitamin D, C, E and A. Include foods such as red bell peppers (add to salads), sweet potatoes, chicken soup, salmon and garlic. Research shows that keeping vitamin D levels at 80 ng/ml or so decreases the risk of catching the flu and swine flu.

Bring your own lunch to work where you can control food prep and ensure surfaces are clean.

Get a full night’s sleep. When you feel run down you’re more susceptible to illness.  (more…)

FOCUS ON DIETING: OLD WIVES TALES & MYTHS!

Thursday, November 23rd, 2017

photo credit: Conscious Health

Now that several of us have enjoyed that double-helping of pumpkin pie (following the turducken, cornbread, stuffing, cranberries, and ham), all we can think about is getting back onto our dietary plan. After all, its just a month until Christmas and the season’s festivities are just beginning … so how can we effectively shed a few pounds?  Dr. Christopher Calapai, a New York City Osteopathic Physician board certified in anti-aging medicine, shares,“People are dealing with dieting information overload. It is hard to know what is sound weight loss advice and what is a myth.”   Here he sets the record straight on some of the most common dietary myths.

MYTH:  YOU CAN EAT ANYTHING IF YOU EXERCISE  Unfortunately, a half hour on the treadmill isn’t going to help you lose weight if you reward yourself by downing a few slices of cake and an order of French fries. While treadmill indicated that you that you burned 500 calories, those estimates are not always accurate.  “It’s nearly impossible to out-exercise a bad diet unless you plan to spend half your day in the gym,” explains Dr. Calapai. “You must workout and eat smart to see results.

MYTH:  YOU CAN LOSE TEN POUNDS IN TWO WEEKS   “You probably can lose ten pounds in two weeks if you crash-diet, but that pace is rarely sustainable,” warns Dr. Calapai.  Most of the weight will return once you start eating normally. To truly lose one pound, one needs to “eliminate” 3,500 calories—the amount stored in a pound of fat—by eating less and moving more. Realistically, if one cuts  500 calories (or 300 and burns 200 through exercise) every single day of the week, she will lose about a pound a week.

MYTH:  DON’T EAT AFTER 8PM    It doesn’t matter what time of day you eat. According to Dr. Calapai, “It is what and how much you eat and how much physical activity you do during the whole day that determines whether you gain, lose, or maintain your weight.” No matter when one eats, the body will store extra calories as fat.  “If you want a snack before bedtime, think first about how many calories you’ve eaten that day,” he suggests. (more…)

FIVE FOODS TO DEFY FLIGHT-INDUCED DEHYDRATION!

Tuesday, June 27th, 2017


As we gear up for our summer vacations, many of us will experience the dehydrating effects of air travel.  Today’s flights include a quick visit from the beverage cart, occasionally accompanied by a pack of peanuts or crackers.  Undercover Agents know the Golden Rule:  hydrate, hydrate, hydrate.  Yet, drinking water on a plane is a double-edged sword; if you do not drink enough the epidermis dries significantly; if you drink too much, though, he lower body retains too much liquid. So what’s a non-ankle-swell-enthusiast to do?  Dr. Christopher Calapai DO, an anti-aging expert and long time health advisor to the New York Rangers, shares how to fight flight-induced dehydration with foods!

Watermelon  “Watermelon is one of the most hydrating foods there are,” says Dr. Calapai “It’s a great alternative to plane snacks which have large amounts of sodium, which in turn make you more dehydrated.”  Pack big thick slices in a large plastic baggies and take them in your carry-on.  They will not be relinquished at the TSA checkpoint and will help you avoid salty snack

Cucumbers  Cucumbers are about 96 percent water and contain no saturated fats or cholesterol.  According to Dr. Calapai, they are also high in Vitamin B6, “which helps in the production of serotonin which is the brain chemical that controls mood,” he shares.  Sliced or cubed they are also TSA-approved.  Dr. Calapai suggests preparing small cucumber-watermelon bites, as they make delicious snacks.   (more…)