Do you know where the term, "an apple a day keeps the doctor away" comes from? It was published in 1913 based on the original quote from Notes and Queries magazine, "Eat an apple on going to bed, and you'll keep the doctor from earning his bread." Of course many of us have heard this … Continue reading An apple a day helps prevent heart disease and cancer!
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
How does exercise protect blood vessels? Getting regular exercise (30 minutes per day, if your doctor approves) improves endothelial function; which is the thin layer of cells lining the inside of our blood vessels. When we exercise these cells produce nitric oxide which is necessary for keeping our blood vessels healthy. When we have insufficient … Continue reading How does exercise protect your blood vessels?
This video is from Dr. Balduzzi, founder of the Fit Father Project and The Fit Mother Project. He discusses the importance of walking and the many overall health benefits of walking each day. He also discusses the best time of day to walk; in the morning and again after eating a meal (typically dinner). This … Continue reading Walking is the best medicine, a doctor explains the importance of walking
This is a video from Dr. Gupta a Consulting Cardiologist. He talks about two types of heart attack and how to prevent them. The first type is when patients have a slow build up of plaque (caused by cholesterol) and begin to feel symptoms due to reduced blood flow to the heart. One of the … Continue reading A cardiologist’s tips for preventing a heart attack!
Did you know magnesium is an essential mineral; playing a role in more than 300 enzyme reactions in our body? Some of these include muscle and nerve function, regulating blood pressure and supporting the immune system. Magnesium is one of seven essential macro-minerals that we need to consume in large amounts each day to help … Continue reading Why magnesium is important for good health
If you've never used turmeric before, you may want to consider giving it a try. According to a 2012 study published in Nutrition Research, using turmeric daily was noticeably effective in increasing blood flow and artery dilation. In another study published in the National Library of Medicine; found that patients given turmeric after coronary artery … Continue reading Studies indicate turmeric could reduce heart disease and cancer risk
Each year 17.9 million people die of cardiovascular disease; which are conditions affecting the heart and vascular system. Contributing factors are diet, high blood pressure, elevated blood sugar and cholesterol. To combat cardiovascular disease, doctors try to help at risk patients avoid a metabolic disorder called dyslipidemia, which is an abnormal level of lipids in … Continue reading Consuming sugar-filled drinks increases risk of cardiovascular disease