Archives for February 2017

Why Dietary Guidelines Are Changing: Full Fat is Back

When President Dwight Eisenhower had a heart attack in 1955, it changed the way science looked at nutrition. Experts determined that fat was a major obstacle to cardiac health. This hypothesis pointed the finger at fat and meat as the probable cause of heart attacks like the one Eisenhower suffered that day. Since that time, cardiovascular disease and fat have been linked together, especially after clinical research provided evidence that a low–fat, high-carb diet lowers the risk of heart issues. Researchers called cardiovascular disease an epidemic that centered specifically on the amount of fat and cholesterol people ate. They failed…. [Read More…]

Over Indulgence: Alcohol and Probiotics

Anyone who drinks alcohol or has a taste for processed foods risks overindulging now and again. Imbibing in spirits can lead to unpleasant symptoms of a hangover, such as a banging headache, rolling stomach, and whole-body fatigue. Crawling out of bed can be downright unpleasant, especially for those who have somewhere to be the next day. Many an employee has called in sick, claiming they have contracted a stomach bug rather than confessing they have a bad case of “brown bottle flu.” Ironically, the bacteria living in a person’s gut can actually affect how quickly someone recovers from an “overactive…. [Read More…]

Walking for Heart Health

Is walking enough of an exercise for heart health? Today, fitness magazines are filled with vigorous routines designed to get you back into shape, so it may seem like the simple act of walking isn’t enough. There are real advantages, though, to walking over high impact exercises like jogging unless you are training hard for a marathon or some other competitive sport. Consider some ways a daily walk can do the heart some good and reduce your risk of injury at the same time. Why Walk? Any regular exercise is good for your heart, so why choose walking? The most…. [Read More…]

Probiotics for Heart Health

As Valentine’s Day approaches this year, consider ways you can give the people you love the best gift of all – a promise to get heart healthy. February is the month we typically think about those we love, our Valentine’s, and, so it just makes sense that is it is also designated Heart Health Month. After all, heart disease is the number one cause of death in the U.S., according to The Heart Foundation. The good news is it only takes a few well-placed lifestyle changes to improve your heart health. Joining a gym and creating a consistent workout routine…. [Read More…]