Four types of exercises and the benefits of doing all of them

When exercising we often have a tendency to focus on one or maybe two primary types of exercise and of course any exercise is good exercise. However, studies show that by combining all four types of exercise (endurance, strength, balance and flexibility) we achieve the most health benefits and improve overall health and physical ability. … Continue reading Four types of exercises and the benefits of doing all of them

Lasting benefits of exercise

We all know the importance of exercise; study after study tells us the numerous benefits to our body. Conversely, there are studies that show there are significant risks for not exercising; especially as we age. Without regular exercise we begin to lose strength, mobility and flexibility and this can lead to increased visits to the … Continue reading Lasting benefits of exercise

What’s your fitness age this simple test will tell you

Its never too late to start exercising and improve your fitness; doing so has many health benefits. Even if you haven't worked out in years, you can still begin a fitness program that works for you and will improve you overall health. Did you know we all have a "fitness age"? As well know exercising … Continue reading What’s your fitness age this simple test will tell you

JAMA study shows cardiovascular effects on patients with recent COVID-19

A study published in July 2020 in JAMA (Journal of the American Medical Association) explored the question, what are the cardiovascular effects in patients with recent coronavirus disease? The objective of the study was to evaluate if there is evidence of myocardial injury in patients recently recovered from COVID-19. Their findings indicated there is sufficient … Continue reading JAMA study shows cardiovascular effects on patients with recent COVID-19

How to prevent a stroke with fiber rich foods

According to Dr. Michael Greger, MD, FLCAM, “Stroke remains one of the most devastating of all neurological diseases, killing about 5 million people a year worldwide, and is the leading cause of permanent disability in the USA.” But the good news is that about 80 percent of stroke risk may be due to basic lifestyle factors: primarily, improving our diet, stopping … Continue reading How to prevent a stroke with fiber rich foods

Foods that lower cholesterol

According to an article published by Harvard Medical School in February 2019; changing the foods we eat can, and does, lower LDL cholesterol while also improving the healthy fats our bodies need. Since different foods lower cholesterol in various ways, like soluble fiber which binds with cholesterol and its precursors and prevents them from entering … Continue reading Foods that lower cholesterol

Best diet plan for weight loss and disease prevention

Are you looking for a nutrition plan that is not only good for weight loss but has the added bonus of disease prevention? In the video below, Dr. Greger explains the best diet plan to accomplish both. In short, adopting a plant-based diet (or mostly plant-based) provides many benefits; including weight loss and disease prevention. … Continue reading Best diet plan for weight loss and disease prevention

Supplements for high cholesterol, blood pressure and anxiety

Did you know there are some herbs, vitamins, and minerals (supplements) that may help improve cholesterol, lower blood pressure and help with anxiety? In an article published by Harvard Medical School in September 2020, high cholesterol, high blood pressure and anxiety are three common conditions that are often treated with medications. In some cases, patients … Continue reading Supplements for high cholesterol, blood pressure and anxiety

Benefits of indoor bike workouts

We all know the importance of cardiovascular exercise for overall fitness and heart health; it's also a great way to burn calories and strengthen the lungs and muscles. Using a stationary, often referred to as a "spin bike", provides and excellent aerobic workout while putting less stress on your joints. Let's explore some of the … Continue reading Benefits of indoor bike workouts

The best exercises for any age or fitness level

Are you looking for an exercise program but aren't sure what the best exercises are for your individual needs and perhaps the gym isn't right for you? There are several options that are great for overall health including weight management, improved balance, range of motion, strengthen your bones, protect your joints, and even help slow … Continue reading The best exercises for any age or fitness level

Surprising levels of plastic in the foods we eat

As you all know, this blog's focus is primarily exercise, nutrition and heart health. However, while the topic of plastic in our food might seem a little outside those areas; when it comes to nutrition we should always consider the importance of all issues that have an impact on the foods we eat and the … Continue reading Surprising levels of plastic in the foods we eat

Fighting inflammation with food and why its important

According to a Harvard Medical School article on foods that fight inflammation one of the best ways to reduce it is through the foods we eat, not the medicines we take. What is inflammation? Our bodies have an inflammatory response when anything foreign, like bacteria, microbes, plant pollen, or chemicals are detected. While the inflammatory … Continue reading Fighting inflammation with food and why its important

Ten foods that help lower cholesterol

Over the years many people see their cholesterol numbers increase; and, as we all know, higher cholesterol numbers can lead to heart disease. Specifically, its the LDL that is most harmful because it can build up in artery walls and trigger an inflammatory response that increases the risk of a heart attack. According to Dr. … Continue reading Ten foods that help lower cholesterol

Food as Medicine as presented by Dr. Greger, M.D.

Dr. Greger has scoured the world's scholarly literature on clinical nutrition and developed this presentation based on the latest in cutting edge research exploring the role diet may play in preventing, arresting, and even reversing some of our most feared causes of death and disability. In this video he talks about preventing and treating most … Continue reading Food as Medicine as presented by Dr. Greger, M.D.

White potatoes or sweet potatoes, the healthier option is…

For years we've all heard the pros and cons of sweet potatoes and white potatoes and the debate over which one is healthier. Lets first talk about what we've all been told; which is, white potatoes are too high in carbs and sweet potatoes are a super food. What if I told you both of … Continue reading White potatoes or sweet potatoes, the healthier option is…