Monthly Archives: February 2011

Drink Filtered Water

It was recently reported by the Environmental Working Group (EWG) that tap water in over 30 U.S. cities contains hexavalent chromium, a probable carcinogen. Hexavalent chromium is the chemical that was made famous by the movie Erin Brockovich. In the EWG study, tap water was tested in 35 cities; 31 of those cities’ water contained hexavalent chromium. The Environmental Protection…

Are You Getting Enough Omega-3s From Your Fish Dinner?

It is well-known that fish is a healthy food. Even the American Heart Association recommends at least two servings of fish every week for heart health. Unfortunately, not everyone is aware of the differences in omega-3 levels in fish. For example, a woman who eats tilapia three times per week may think she is getting plenty of omega-3s, when in…

Fish Oils – A Healthy Way to Help Protect your Heart and Cardiovascular System

There have been several epidemiological studies which support the fact that individuals at risk for cardiovascular and heart disease benefit from the consumption of plant omega-3s (alpha linolenic acid—ALA), and fish-derived omega-3 fatty acids (especially EPA and DHA). There are numerous mechanisms by which these omega-3 oils help prevent heart and blood vessel disease, including: 1. Decrease dangerous ventricular arrhythmias…

New Dietary Guidelines Recommend Nutrient-Rich Foods

Renew You Challenge Let’s start this week off right! Weekly challenge (I mean, opportunity!) to help set you off on the right foot and in the right direction for bringing health to your week. You could even add it to your calendar.  Join us!  Every five years the Dietary Guidelines for Americans is reviewed, updated if necessary, and published.  The…

Air Pollution and Heart Health

 Most people know that a diet high in bad fats (saturated and trans fats) and low in dietary fiber can lead to heart disease. But did you know that air pollution is also a risk factor? Of particular concern is the particulate matter (PM) or particle pollution, which is composed of solid and liquid particles in the air. PM comes…

Added Sugars and Heart Disease

 It seems that the general public is aware that reducing saturated and trans fats, improving the diet by eating more fruits and vegetables (and thus, fiber!), and exercising regularly can help reduce the risk of developing heart disease later in life. When saturated fats were reduced in foods in response to public awareness of the heart-related dangers of these fats,…

Boost Your Immune System With a Better Outlook

Weekly challenge (I mean, opportunity!) to help set you off on the right foot and in the right direction for bringing health to your week. You could even add it to your calendar. Join us! An interesting study published last year found that optimism boosts the immune response. That’s right—filling your half empty cup to half full can improve your…

Medicated Hearts

The recommended prescription medication for high cholesterol is usually statin drugs. These drugs are widely prescribed for people with high total cholesterol, and particularly those with high LDL (bad) cholesterol levels. Recently, it was recommended that people with high levels of the inflammation marker C-reactive protein (hsCRP) in their blood should also be taking statins. High CRP indicates systemic inflammation,…

Omega-3 Oils and Heart Health

There is a definite connection between having a healthy heart and consuming Omega-3 fatty acids (especially EPA and DHA) found in fish oils.  Though many studies on the heart benefits of fish oil exist, we need look no further than this month’s issue of the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. In this edition there are no fewer than four articles…