• Brent Gallagher

#AskAvenu 003: Turning 50, Diet Coke, & Plantar Fasciitis

Updated: Feb 25

In keeping with our mission to make a healthy lifestyle sustainable, I'm answering your questions the old fashion way: The Written Word. Here's what we're jumping into:

  • How to get rid of plantar fasciitis.

  • Turning 50 and the changes in your body.

  • Diet Coke and your longterm health.

Sooooo here we go:

1) Any tips to alleviate pain from plantar fasciitis and heel spurs? Does rolling the foot help?

Yes, rolling your foot on a lacrosse ball for 60 seconds will do wonders. It's a great short-term solution.

If you're searching for the root cause, or what's the long-term solution, start by adding daily stretching / mobility to your hips, especially on the side the foot is giving you problems.

Most of the time, when foot issues develop, there’s an alignment problem in the hip that’s causing the issue.

2) I just turned 50 and it sucks to know my body is changing and I can't fix it. What gives? First know this: you're not alone. Every man, woman, and young whipersnapper faces the same fate: Getting older brings unwelcome changes to every system of your body at every observable level. Even for the greatest physical specimens on earth, getting older means getting a little slower, weaker. Based on science, here's what you need to do: Prioritize strength. Sarcopenia, the wasting of muscle, starts around 40. By 50, your rate of muscle loss exceeds the rate of fat gain.

By 70, more than 15% of your muscle mass is gone. Running builds cardiovascular health, which is needed but not to the extent you neglect hitting the gym. Building strength sustains muscle, burns fat, reduces aches and pains, and keeps you strong, quick, and nimble, which we all need more of.

3) What's wrong with drinking Diet Coke everyday?

It all depends on your goals. If you want to soak up life to its fullest, then enjoy. But since you asked, I'm sure there's a little voice in your head questioning what this Diet Coke habit is really doing to your health longterm. Think about this:

  • The artificial ingredient aspartame triggers headaches.

  • The mouths of a cocaine-user, a methamphetamine-user, and a habitual diet-soda drinker have the same level of tooth erosion.

  • Diet soda devotees were 43% more likely to have experienced a vascular event (stroke, heart attack, TIA).

I'm sure you knew all about that though. My encouragement is for you to work through these questions:

  1. What do you want your longterm health to look like?

  2. How does drinking Diet Coke daily align with those goals?

  3. What's behind your decision?

Set your expectations based off what you want, not what anyone else says.

What am I missing? I'm missing your questions. Fire them through via email or tag #AskAvenu on social media and I'll get them into the queue.

You keep asking questions... We'll keep answering them.

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