Tag: heart

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…

Gut Microbes Responsible for Chocolate’s Healthy Effects

One of the best things about chocolate—dark chocolate, at least—is that it’s good for you. Chocolate is known to have a number of health-promoting qualities, including heart and brain health benefits. In a recent study presented at the National Meeting and Exposition of the American Chemical Society, researchers discussed their findings that certain gut microbes are responsible for some of…

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…

Acid Reflux Drugs May Impair Heart Function

Sixty percent of adults experience acid reflux—also known as gastroesophageal reflux and, more commonly, heartburn—at least once each year while 20 to 30 percent experience acid reflux symptoms on a weekly basis. The most commonly prescribed drugs for this condition are proton pump inhibitors (PPIs), with FDA estimating that about 1 in 14 American’s have used them. I have written…

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…

Obesity and Heart Disease—Good News and Bad News

Which do you want first, the good news or the bad news? I’ll start with the bad news and finish with the good so that you end up with some hope in your heart. The American Heart Association (AHA) recently published their “Heart Disease and Stroke Statistical Update 2013” in the journal Circulation. In 2010 the AHA set a goal…

Probiotics Boost Gut Health in Athletes

Gastrointestinal complaints such as nausea, cramps, vomiting, and diarrhea are common among athletes. This is thought to be due to the change in blood flow during intense exercise—blood is diverted from digestion to the heart and muscles where it is needed. The decrease in blood flow to the intestines during intense exercise is known to increase intestinal permeability, or leaky…

Krill Oil – Are We Being Misled?

The other day I was so pleased to see the message that I share on Heart of Perfect Health, my new PBS special, discussed from a different angle on the Dr. Oz Show.  The more this heart healthy message is broadcast, the healthier Americans will be! Dr. Sinatra, the cardiologist who wrote the book The Great Cholesterol Myth stated clearly…

Omega-3 Fish Oil Links Brain Health to Heart Health

Two of the most well-known beneficial effects of omega-3 fish oils are the improvements of cardiovascular and cognitive (heart and brain) health. These two benefits are usually investigated separately in studies, but a recent study published in the Nutrition Journal1 evaluated both together. They investigated the effects of fish oil supplementation on cognitive performance in healthy individuals, and related that…