Tag: Heart of Perfect Health

Healthy Colon Action Steps for a Happy Life!

Healthy Colon Action Steps for a Happy Life!

There are many ways to look directly at the gut connection to cancer. I believe the most important information you can receive is how to support and maintain a healthy colon. I realize now that in these four posts honoring Colon Cancer Awareness Month I have only scratched the surface of the information I would love to share with you. Over…

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…

Skinny Gut Your Gumbo

Skinny Gut Your Gumbo

With the Fourth of July just around the corner, our family always starts to plan for picnics and get-togethers. I thought I’d take this opportunity to share a simple and delicious gumbo that is always a crowd pleaser! It’s easy to double or triple this recipe and make a delicious offering for a large group! Seafood Gumbo (this recipe can…

Toxic Heart, Toxic Body

Toxic Heart, Toxic Body

As American Heart Month 2016 winds down, I’d like to shift my focus to an area that we don’t always associate with heart issues – toxins. Toxins are everywhere; there is no doubt about it. In the air we breathe, in the water we drink, in the food we eat, in our homes, in most products we use—even in the…

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…

No Link between Eggs and Heart Disease—Shocked?

I was pleased to learn about a recent meta-analysis published in the British Medical Journal that will hopefully put to rest one of the biggest diet myths—that eggs are bad for your heart. The analysis analyzed data from eight clinical studies involving almost half a million people, and found no association between high egg consumption and risk of heart disease…

Omega-3 Boosts Heart Health in Smokers

Cigarette smokers are at greater risk of poor heart health due to the oxidative stress brought on by cigarette smoke in the bloodstream. After all, the lungs are in close contact with the bloodstream: each inhalation brings in air—and toxins found in smoke—that enters the blood after it passes through the lungs. Cigarette smoking is one of the main risk…

Have we Been Misled? What you Should Know about Dietary Fats

Have you been given the advice to substitute vegetables oils high in polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs) for animal fats high in saturated fats? Sure you have—if you have been listening to worldwide dietary guidelines since the 1960s. The basis of this advice relates to studies that found diets high in PUFAs are associated with lower levels of cholesterol. So a…

Lower Blood Pressure in People Who Eat Gaspacho

High blood pressure is a major risk factor for the development of heart disease—particularly heart attack and stroke—nd is a sign of an underlying process known as silent inflammation, as I talk about on my new PBS show and book of the same name, Heart of Perfect Health. About 25 percent of the adult population has high blood pressure. Have…

An Apple a Day May Help Keep Heart Disease Away

The old proverb, “An apple a day keeps the doctor away,” rings true when you consider the healthy attributes of the apple. Apples are rich in antioxidants—nutrients that protect against the harmful effects of oxidative stress—especially when you include the peel. Also, the high fiber content of apples gives this fruit its digestive and heart health benefits. A recent study…