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…

How does exercise protect your blood vessels?

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?

Surprising benefits of beets and why you should eat them

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

What are the healthiest vegetables and why?

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?

Heart healthy blueberry and peach smoothie

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

Why magnesium is important for good health

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

Studies indicate turmeric could reduce heart disease and cancer risk

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

Consuming sugar-filled drinks increases risk of cardiovascular disease

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

Stress eating? The struggle is real… here’s how to break the cycle

Even before a global pandemic more than half the U.S. population struggled with stress eating as they turned to food for comfort. Stress eating can occur for a variety of reasons, anxiety, sadness, boredom, grief, and of course a lot of stress. These are negative feelings and to help us cope we turn to food … Continue reading Stress eating? The struggle is real… here’s how to break the cycle

Change your environment for a leaner body

Did you know that making changes to your daily environment helps develop good habits that will improve your lifestyle and lead to a leaner and healthier body; no calorie counting required? As part of any healthy lifestyle it is important to know the two key factors for success, which are, eating well (nutrition) and exercise. … Continue reading Change your environment for a leaner body