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
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
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
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
This video is courtesy of "Breathe and Flow" found on YouTube. It's very challenging and the instructor provides easy to follow instructions. As always, please be sure you discuss your exercise plans with your doctor. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OHNNfNHxapc
Banana ice cream Cut or break three or four bananas into one inch chunks and freeze them. Once frozen add to food processor or Ninja and blend until smooth. If you like, add strawberries, blueberries, walnuts, chocolate chips as a topping. To make chocolate ice cream simply add one or two teaspoons of cocoa powder. … Continue reading Five healthy, delicious and easy to make at home snacks…
We all know cholesterol is something we need to pay attention to because it leads to cardiovascular disease but do you know what it is, do you know there are two types, why good cholesterol is important and how to control the bad? What is cholesterol and why is it important for good health? According … Continue reading What is cholesterol and tips for lowering your numbers
Post-exercise recovery for any sport is important and plays a critical factor in not just recovery but in how well an athlete performs. For aquatic athletes specifically, what is the quality, quantity and timing for intake of fluids and food after workouts or during a competitive event; to take advantage of re-hydration and repair? There … Continue reading Recovery nutrition guide for aquatic sports
The following video is courtesy of Forks Over Knives website and shows the amazing variety of plant-based foods available. If you like, check out their website for lots of great recipes: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2WWn7_NDs84&feature=youtu.be