Tag: heart health

Simple Holiday Tradition Recipes – From My House to Yours

Simple Holiday Tradition Recipes – From My House to Yours

I’ve certainly noticed over the years that traditions vary, family to family. I’d like to share two of my favorite simple holiday tradition recipes with you here. In our house, rather than turkey or ham at Christmas, we opt for beef. And often, instead of potatoes, we choose butternut squash. If your dinner choices aren’t quite set, I’m hoping you’ll…

Heart for the Holidays

Heart for the Holidays

With the holidays now in full swing, rarely do we find a person who doesn’t experience some type of added stress. “Joy to the world” is sometimes difficult to achieve as we frantically shop and make arrangements to accommodate the arrival of friends and family. Some of us are reminded of those that are no longer at our table, and…

Fish Oil Supplementation Favorably Alters Markers of Vascular Function

Endothelial dysfunction (dysfunction of the endothelium, or the inner lining of the arteries), involves damage to the artery lining that triggers inflammation and the development of lesions characteristic of atherosclerosis, the accumulation of plaque buildup in the arteries. Endothelial dysfunction (ED) occurs very early and throughout the atherosclerotic process. ED indicates an imbalance between endothelial damage and repair, which can…

Higher Omega-3 Levels Linked to Preserved Brain Cells

Elderly women with higher omega-3 levels were found to have larger brain volume when compared to women with lower omega-3 levels, according to a new study published in the journal Neurology.  Researchers from the University of South Dakota tested the blood of over 1,000 women enrolled in the Women’s Health Initiative Memory Study. They analyzed the red blood cell omega-3…

Cooking Oils Not as Healthy as Claimed

You may be under the impression that vegetable oil, safflower oil, corn oil, etc. are all healthy oils that should be used in place of butter and shortening for cooking and baking. In Canada, vegetable oils and foods containing these oils are allowed to suggest “a reduced risk of heart disease by lowering blood cholesterol levels” on their labels. But…

Low Fiber Intake, Higher Cardiovascular Disease Risk

If you haven’t yet heard that a high-fiber diet is good for your heart, I would be surprised. For years nutrition experts, including myself, have been telling people to eat more fiber not only to support heart health, but also digestive health, which is the foundation for total-body health. A new study published in The American Journal of Medicine analyzed…

Watch My Segment on Leaky Gut on The American Health Journal

Have you heard the term “leaky gut” but didn’t really understand what it meant? Recently I explained leaky gut in detail and how it relates to silent inflammation and heart disease on The American Health Journal, airing on Public Television in different markets nationally. You can watch the entire segment below: [vimeo 74309037 500 375] Let’s face it. Most people…

Phthalate Exposure Linked to Increased Blood Pressure in Children and Teens

Phthalates (pronounced THAL-ates) are chemicals added to plastics used in a wide array of household items from flooring to furniture, plates to plastic wrap, and kids’ toys to tubing. It’s everywhere. While once thought a harmless chemical, studies are continually linking this chemical to negative health effects. A recent study published in The Journal of Pediatrics found that dietary exposure…

LDL Cholesterol Levels Not Giving an Accurate Picture of Heart Health

The cholesterol story is getting interesting. It used to be that “high cholesterol”—meaning high total cholesterol—caused people to worry about heart health. Then they realized it was more important to look a little closer at the two types of cholesterol—the “good” and “bad” cholesterol, which actually refers to the carriers of the cholesterol rather than the cholesterol itself. LDL cholesterol…