Friday, July 31, 2015

DR. STEVEN NISSEN, CHAIR OF THE CARDIOLOGY DEPT. CLEVELAND CLINIC, ON DIET AND HEART HEALTH

According to Dr. Steven Nissen, chair of the cardiology department of the Cleveland Clinic, today's 75-year-old can live to be 90 or 95. But there are some things to do and not do to stay healthy, especially heart healthy. Here is his #1 thing to stay away from: Fad Diets! He says there are many diet books out there and all are mostly contradictory. "One will say eat no fat. The next one will say eat no carbs. They're all wrong. None of these diets is healthy or appropriate for cardiac health." That is a quote from Dr. Nissen. His #2 thing to stay away from is dietary supplements. He stated, "There's no way to know what's in them (they are largely unregulated).

He says heart health is determined by the quantity and types of foods one eats. He cited a recent study in the New England Journal of Medicine that looked at a low-fat diet versus a Mediterranean-style diet. Those who consumed a diet rich in olive oil and nuts (both have fat content but they are good fats) had a much lower risk for heart disease. That would be a Mediterranean-style diet.


Thursday, July 30, 2015

7 PLUS SERVINGS OF FRUITS AND VEGETABLES PER DAY!

We are often told to eat 5 servings per day of fruits and vegetables but a British study three or four years ago found that by increasing our daily servings to 7+ we can live longer. By adding the extra servings the researchers found that one can reduce the risk of early death by 42%. Love life and want to hang around as long as possible? Increase the fruits and veggies in your diet.


Saturday, July 25, 2015

USE HERBS TO CUT DOWN ON INFLAMMATION

Not only does inflammation in the body cause pain and misery, it is damaging to the body. Studies a few years ago (2012, if I remember correctly) show that 63% of people who added 2 teaspoons of dried herbs or 2 tablespoons of fresh herbs to their daily diet cut down the inflammation levels in their body within 1 week! The reason? Herbs and spices are powerful anti-infammatories and anti-oxidants that quickly break down inflammation molecules in the digestive tract, muscles, pancreas and other tissues. Researchers list the following as the most powerful: Rosemary, thyme, basil, parsley, curry, turmeric, cayenne, chili powder, oregano, sage, ginger, cloves and allspice.


Tuesday, July 21, 2015

GLUTEN-FREE DIETS

Are you aware that only 1% off the population has celiac disease? And only around 8% of the population have any medical reason for eating gluten-free. Here are some tips about whether or not to eat gluten-free (frankly only when told to do so by a doctor, in my opinion):

Do go gluten-free if you have biopsy-confirmed celiac disease. Eating gluten-free in this case will prevent intestinal damage and help manage your symptoms of the disease.

Do go gluten-free if you have medically documented gluten sensitivity.

Do go gluten-free if your doctor told you to do so.

Don't go gluten-free thinking gluten-free foods are lower in carbs. In fact gluten-free foods often contain more carbs as sugar and other high carb ingredients are used to replace the wheat or other gluten grains. (Diabetics beware of this one. You don't need that extra sugar!)

Don't go gluten-free as a way to lose weight. If you do lose weight under such circumstances it is probably because you gave up crackers, pastas, breads, etc.

Don't make the mistake of thinking gluten-free foods are more nutritious. Most gluten-free foods are not enriched with the B vitamins and/or iron.


MUSCLE VS FAT

FYI - Per Calorielab.com, 1 pound of muscle burns 7 to 10 calories during the day while 1 pound of fat only burns 2 to 3 calories during the day!


Sunday, July 19, 2015

INEXPENSIVE HOMEMADE ICE PACKS

My personal notes: Double bag to prevent leaks. Before loading bag take a sharpie and write, "Contains alcohol - do not ingest."


Saturday, July 18, 2015

ZINC TO COMBAT BODY ODOR

Studies have shown there may be relief for persons who battle body odor. If you feel like your deodorant isn't doing its job, try taking a 30 mg zinc supplement daily. This amy help stop the growth of odor-causing bacteria under the arms and on feet!



Note: This is not a brand endorsement. Used for reference purposes only.

Friday, July 17, 2015

STAYING ACTIVE LOWERS ALZHEIMER'S RISK

According to the medical journal Neurology, staying active cuts the risk of Alzheimer's disease by 50% at any age. And this doesn't mean you have to spend hours in a gym exercising. Things as simple as housework, taking walks, etc count.

Personal note: My husband has COPD and Alzheimer's. He was a very active person most of his life. When his COPD really slowed him down his Alzheimer's because worse.


Sunday, July 12, 2015

TRANS FATS AND INTESTINAL INFLAMMATION

Having intestinal problems? Try cutting the trans fats from your diet. By the way, on food labels trans fats are listed as "hydrogenated" or "partionally hydrogenated" oils or fats. Almost all commercially prepared pies, cakes, cookies, etc contain trans fats. Studies have shown trans fats can make intestinal inflammation jump for up to three hours after comsuming them. Once again, I know I say it often, read food labels and know exactly what you are eating.


Saturday, July 11, 2015

CITRUS FRUITS HELP TO RESIST COLDS

Scientists says eating 1/2 cup of citrus fruit a day could cut ones risk of getting a cold, especially summer colds, by 85%. The reason? Citrus fruits contain bioflavonoids that strengthen sinus tissues keeping germs from penetrating. Most cold germs enter our bodies through our noses followed by the eyes.


Sunday, July 5, 2015

ONE MORE REASON TO EAT AN APPLE

Need to get rid of belly fat? Try choosing apples for snacks. Studies have shown that pectin, a fiber in apples, helps blast away belly fat. Not only is belly fat unattractive, it can lead to a whole series of health problems. Keep apples handy and grab one the next time you need a snack, especially if you are fighting belly fat.


Friday, July 3, 2015

GERBERA DAISIES FOR BETTER SLEEP

Another tip that has nothing to do with kitchen medicine but might be helpful to many of you readers. Could something as simple as a plant help you sleep better? Studies have shown that a plant in your bedroom can cut down on tossing and turning, help you to fall asleep faster, and wake up less during the night. That is because we sleep better in a space with lots of oxygen in the air. Gerbera daisies are the best for this, according to scientists who study such things, because while most plants emit extra oxygen during the day, gerbera diasies absorb toxins and carbon monoxide and give off more pure oxygen at night. Scientists epsecially recommend this for those suffering with sleep apnea.




Thursday, July 2, 2015

PURCHASE SOME CACTI

Disclaimer: This isn't exactly kitchen medicine but I thought it interesting enough to share here.

Do you spend hours working at a computer? If you do and you ever get 'brain fog' or dry eyes from looking at a computer screen for long periods of time some Swiss researchers have a solution for you. These researchers state that keeping a potted cactus plant near your computer will boost concentration and help ward away dry and tired eyes. Would you believe cacti have unique compounds that counteract electromagnetic radiation from computer screens. This is believed to be a survival mechanism for cacti that has developed to cope with exposure to harsh solar radiation.


Wednesday, July 1, 2015

PROTECT KNEE CARTILAGE WITH OLIVE OIL

By substituting 2 tablespoons of extra-virgin olive oil for other cooking oils one might reduce knee pain by as much as 20%. Research has shown that olive oil contains a natural anti-inflammatory that stops immune cells from attacking kneww cartilage.