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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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…
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?
We all know the importance of eating anti-inflammatory foods; but, we may not always know what foods to eat or how to prepare them. This is a video by Lacy, SweetPea Chef. She presents a 5-day meal plan for anti-flammatory meal prep. She will show you how to make delicious meals that are easy to … Continue reading 5-day anti-inflammatory meal plan
You might be surprised to know that beets are a super food. They contain essential vitamins, minerals and plant compounds and they even have medicinal properties. Let's take a look at what makes beets so awesome! Vitamins, minerals and nutrients While beets are low in calories, they contain lots of vitamins and minerals as well … Continue reading Surprising benefits of beets and why you should eat them
We all know it's important to eat our vegetables, but which ones rank high on the list for their nutritional value? Let's take a look at each one and why you should add them to your daily nutrition plan. Romaine lettuce If you are using iceberg lettuce (which has almost no nutrients) you'll want to … Continue reading What are the healthiest vegetables and why?
If you are looking for a heart healthy smoothie that is loaded with antioxidants, tastes great, and is easy to make... give this one a try. It's also a great after dinner dessert! CaloriesProteinFiber180 per serving6.7 grams per serving6.8 grams per serving This recipe makes two Servings, serving size is about 1.5 cups cup frozen … Continue reading Heart healthy blueberry and peach smoothie
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