Monthly Archives: May 2011

The Ups and Downs of Heart Health

  Optimum heart health involves paying attention to a lot of different factors. There’s cholesterol (but not just cholesterol—there’s good cholesterol, bad cholesterol, total cholesterol, oh my!), triglycerides, blood pressure, and inflammation markers like C-reactive protein – not to mention omega-3 levels and even vitamin D! Trying to look after your ticker is enough to make your head spin. Let’s…

Omega-3s for Mama and Babe

  Omega-3 fatty acids from fish oil are high in EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid) and DHA (docosahexaenoic acid). These fatty acids have been associated with heart health, joint health, brain health, gut health… the list goes on and on. The two often go hand in hand, and for most conditions, researchers don’t know the perfect ratio of EPA to DHA. But…

How Your Gut Affects Your Heart

  Did you ever think that what goes on in your gut could affect your heart? It may seem far-fetched, but it’s not. Think about it: the intestinal lining is connected to the bloodstream, which acts as a direct communication line with the heart and the rest of the body. Recent studies have found an interesting gut-heart connection. When gut…

Cell Phone Radiation—Beware

 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! When Prevention Magazine is touting it, you know people are listening—cell phone radiation is hazardous to…

Stress and Your Gut

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! I talk all the time about the gut connection to other areas of the body—like when…

So SAD

The Standard American Diet (aptly named SAD), also known as the Western diet, is full of processed and fried foods, refined carbohydrates and sugars, and saturated and trans fats. It is low in fiber, fruits and vegetables, whole grains, lean proteins and beneficial fats (like omega-3s). This diet has been blamed (and rightfully so) for so many different health conditions,…

Getting Fat? It’s in Your Gut

To me, a very interesting gut connection is that of microbial gut balance to obesity, a condition plaguing one-third of Americans. Studies are very new on this subject of the link between the gut and obesity. In fact, there have only been a few. But boy are they changing how the world looks at the gut—namely, they’re really starting to…

Health Link—Avoid Toxins in Personal Care Products

The Environmental Working Group (EWG) does excellent work to spread information about the harmful chemicals in everyday products. They have an extensive database on chemicals found in personal care products to help you determine which products are safest. They also have a quick instruction guide on what to look for when buying personal care products. Check it out. It will…

American Heart Association Says Fish Oil and Fiber Important for High Triglycerides and Cardiovascular Disease

The American Heart Association (AHA) released a scientific statement this week on triglycerides and cardiovascular disease. In the statement, certain lifestyle factors—diet and exercise—were considered with regard to their effects on lowering triglycerides. Almost one-third of Americans have high triglycerides. Since 1976, average triglyceride levels have risen alongside the growing epidemic of obesity, insulin resistance, and type 2 diabetes, all…

Cracking the Gut Microbial Code: Are We There Yet?

“In the future, when you walk into a doctor’s surgery or hospital, you could be asked not just about your allergies and blood group, but also about your gut type.” This is a quote from ScienceDaily (Apr. 21, 2011) referring to a recent article in Nature Magazine. The study, published in Nature, also uncovers microbial genetic markers that are related…