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Natural Supplements for Heart Health That Work

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Fish oil is essential in daily diets.

There are many supplements that claim they can help lower your cholesterol.  Unfortunately, most over the counter supplements don’t work.  There are a couple supplements that are proven to work.  These natural supplements are safe and can significantly lower your triglyceride level.

Fish Oil is an Omega-3 fatty acid and has a proven track record to help your heart.  The two ingredients in fish oil that make it so effective is DHA (docosahexaenoic acid) and EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid).  The heart-healthy dose of fish oil is between 1,000-2,000 milligrams per day.  Fish oil lowers triglycerides and reduces inflammation.  It also reduces the risk of abnormal heart beats which can cause heart attacks.  Fish oil is also good for your brain, bowels, skin and lungs.  It may also help prevent Alzheimer’s disease.

Plant Sterol Esters and Stanol Esters block cholesterol absorption in your small intestine.  The esters act like a cholesterol medication.  They lower cholesterol absorption which lowers the cholesterol in your blood.  These plant sterols are safe and have no side effects.  It is recommended that you take 2-2.5 grams a day to lower your cholesterol level by 10-14%.  If you have slightly elevated cholesterol, taking sterol/stanol supplements may be enough to lower your LDL cholesterol.

Fiber supplements are very important to slow down digestion.  Having enough fiber prevents surges in blood sugar.   It is especially important for those who are pre-diabetic to make sure they have enough fiber or take fiber supplements.  Psyllium is a recommended supplement that is safe.  Take your fiber supplement with an 8 oz glass of water. 

Natural supplements are effective at lowering cholesterol for some people.  There are people who will also need to be on a statin medication to control their cholesterol level.  It is also important to exercise regularly and to eat a diet low in saturated fats.  A diet high in fiber, lean proteins like chicken and salmon with lots of veggies and fruits to help keep your heart healthy!

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Teach Your Kids the Importance of Eating Fruit!

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Jonathan Margolis and his daughter picking Apples.

Eating fruit is one of the most important parts of your child’s diet.  Fruit is full of fiber, low in fat and calories and it’s full of healthy nutrients to help your child grow!  Eating fruit protects your child from some diseases and illnesses.  Unfortunately, more than 60% of all children in the U.S.  do not eat enough fruit.  In fact, 1 out of 3 children is obese or overweight due to bad diets.  

Fruit is a great way to lower your child’s caloric intake which can help prevent obesity.  It’s easy to replace a processed snack with a fresh piece of fruit each day in your child’s lunchbox.   Fresh fruit also provides natural energy from the healthy sugar found in fruit.  Active children are less likely to have problems with their weight!

Kids need fiber to help keep their digestive systems working normally.  Fiber reduces constipation, helps lower the risk of heart disease and Type 2 diabetes.

Fruit is also packed with vitamins and minerals that keep the body healthy.  Fruit like bananas is packed with potassium which helps keep blood pressure normal.  The vitamin C found in citrus also helps boost the immune system and fights infection.  Vitamin A which is found in watermelon and mango also promotes eye health.

There are so many reasons your children need to eat fruit for good health.  Eating enough fruit helps build strong bones and reduces the risk of some cancers such as lung, throat, and stomach.  Eating enough fruit supports brain health which helps your child learn. Eating fruit can also help your child focus and retain information better in school.  

Fruit is healthy, it’s full of health benefits and it tastes delicious.  Take the time to teach your child the importance of eating fruit and make it fun!  Try taking your child apple picking or pick your own strawberries!  This is super fun and you will get exercise at the same time!

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Get Rid of BELLY FAT now!

How To Get Rid of Belly Fat

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Get rid of Belly Fat NOW!

Belly fat is not just ugly but it is also unhealthy for you!  Visceral fat is the fat that is deep in your abdomen which is the problem.  This fat can affect the ability of your liver to manage cholesterol.   This increases your risk of heart disease.  Visceral fat also causes insulin which  stores fat to be less effective.  This increases your risk of diabetes.  Visceral fat is also linked to an increased risk of breast cancer.

The good news is you can do something about this toxic visceral belly fat.  It’s important to adopt the right habits to fight this dangerous fat.  There are lifestyle changes that are key to busting this belly fat and it’s not just what you eat.  Let’s take a look at what you can do.

1.  Alcohol is a huge belly fat generator!  If you have one cocktail per day, chances are you will burn it off.  However, if you have more than one, the alcohol turns into belly fat.  Alcohol interferes with fat burning in the stomach turning calories into fat.

2.  Nicotine from smoking also prevents fat burning in the abdomen.  Smokers have more visceral fat than nonsmokers do, even if they are not overweight.  

3.  Skip the trans fats.  Check nutritional labels and stay away from foods that contain partially hydrogenated oils!  

4.  Bake your own muffins and cookies.  Store bought foods, donuts etc..all have trans fats.  Use canola oil and sweeten with fresh fruit instead.

5.  Ditch the fried foods!  Frying food changes the chemical structure of food and leads to an excess of trans fats.

6.  Workout!  Hit the cardio workouts to burn abdominal fat.  Diet alone does not work!!  Abdominal fat is more responsive to exercise than any other fat in your body.  Get moving!  

7.  Eat healthy fats.  You need 30% of your calories from heart healthy monounsaturated fats and omega-3 fatty acids.  Add olive oil, avocados and nuts to your diet to keep healthy.  

8.  Sleep 7 hours at least per night to keep fat away.  Lack of sleep makes you hungrier and it can increase your cortisol level which may be associated to abdominal fat.

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Fruit for Athletic Performance and Stamina

Many Fruits are for Athletic Performance and Stamina but these are the best.

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Eat certain fruits when you workout –>

When most people think about athletic strength and diet, protein is the most popular food.  Protein does build muscle and it also repairs them after a heavy workout.   Fruits and veggies contain micronutrients that are necessary for optimal health and performance.  These powerful nutrients produce energy and help tissue recovery during athletic training.  If the body does not get enough fruits and veggies, the body can suffer fatigue and muscle damage.  Lack of these foods can also cause a  lack of muscle strength and it can adversely affect the immune system.  Fruits and veggies are necessary for sports performance, recovery and overall fitness.

For those who exercise at a very high level, there can be a higher risk of illness and infection.  Athletes need more anti-oxidants contained in fruits and veggies to stay healthy.  Vitamins A, C, E and  magnesium and potassium come from fruit and keep the immune system strong.  They also provide strength to the muscles.  These anti-oxidants protect the body against free radicals which can damage cells.  

Vitamin C is found in berries, oranges, grapefruit, kiwi, brussels sprouts and kale.  Vitamin C supports the white blood cell production and keeps the immune system healthy.

Vitamin E is found in olive oil, seed oils, kale, tomato, spinach and other leafy green veggies.  Vitamin E improves stamina during exercise.

The B Vitamins help with energy metabolism, muscle and nerve conduction.  They are in legumes, nuts, seeds, veggies and fruits.

Magnesium and potassium are all necessary for healthy muscles and nerve function.  These minerals are in green veggies, avocado, figs, apricots and bananas.

Quercetin is a flavonoid in fruits and veggies It improves mental and physical performance and can reduce risk of infection during heavy exercise.

Its easy to add more fruits and veggies to your diet.  Try a breakfast smoothie with your favorite fruits or bring an apple or banana to work to snack on during the day!  Its important to get 5-7 servings per day to keep your body healthy and for better workouts!

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Snacks that Actually Lower your Cholesterol

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Cholesterol lowering Snacks

Snacking is something that everyone does every day.  We snack for all kinds of reasons whether it is to get energy or because we are bored at work.  The average person consumes more than 600 calories from snacking each day.    It is important to choose  healthy snacks so you avoid adding inches to your waistline.

Snacking can also be a  big contributor to your cholesterol level.  Choosing the right healthy snack can actually lower your LDL or “bad”  cholesterol.  Choosing the wrong snacks can cause your bad cholesterol levels to increase.

Skip the chips or other vending machine processed snacks which are “bad” for you.   Try these healthy snacks that will help you lower your LDL level:

Apples are full of anti-oxidants.  Eating 2 per day can help slow down the oxidation of LDL cholesterol and help prevent the build up of plaque.  Be sure to bring apples to work to snack on and they go great with some organic peanut butter!

Grapefruit contains liminoids which are phytochemicals that destroy LDL.  If you take statin meds, you may not be able to eat grapefruit so be careful.

Nuts and Seeds are also cholesterol busters!  Seeds like pumpkin, flaxseeds and sunflower seeds are filling and healthy.  Almonds, cashews, walnuts and pistachios can lower your  bad cholesterol.  Just be sure not to eat too many nuts as they are high in calories so 1/4 cup per day is adequate.

Oat Bran is full of water soluble fiber and is also great for lowering cholesterol levels.  Enjoy a bowl of oat cereal for breakfast or for an afternoon snack!

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Blueberries are Best for Health

Blueberries are a super food and super delicious!  These little blue berries can do a lot of great things for your health.  They can lower your cholesterol level, lower your risk of heart disease and diabetes as well!  Blueberries are help improve your sugar levels and insulin sensitivity.

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Best for your Health are Blueberries

Blueberries are higher in antioxidants than any other fruit.  They have Vitamin A, B, C, E and minerals such as copper, zinc, iron and selenium.  Eating a diet rich in blueberries can help boost your immune system.   Eating blueberries also add more hemoglobin and oxygen into your blood.

Blueberries are the best Anti-Aging fruit!  They contain the antioxidant Anthocyanin which makes the blue color.  This antioxidant neutralizes the free radicals that promote aging and disease.

Blueberries also can reduce belly fat. Drinking blueberry juice  can also lower your risk of heart disease and metabolic syndrome.

Blueberries are great for your eyes!  They contain anthocyanosides that slow down age related eye problems like macular degeneration.    They also contain  lutein, resveritrol and Vitamins A, C and E which are all great for ocular health.

Blueberries improve your brain health!  The antioxidants, vitamins and minerals in blueberries can keep your brain healthy.  These vitamins and minerals prevent neuron degeneration and keep the nervous system healthy.

A handful of blueberries improve digestion and prevent constipation!

Lastly,  blueberries are high in fiber and their antioxidants help dissolve bad cholesterol!

There are so many good reasons why we should eat blueberries!  Remember to choose organically grown berries if you can!

Sharon Baker

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Bust Your Belly Bloat!

Bloating is a big problem for women.  Bloating is the fluid build up between the cells in our bodies.  Belly bloat can come from poor digestion, menstruation or too much sodium.  There are some diet tips that can help you get rid of belly bloat and make you feel more comfortable in your clothes.  

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Bust your belly bloat now!

Drinking water with fresh squeezed lemon is a great way to flush your body and get rid of toxins.    One might think that you should not drink water when you are bloated because it would add to the bloating.  The truth is that the body retains water to prevent dehydration.  So when you are bloated, it is the time to add more water, not restrict water.  Lemons are helpful as they act as a natural diuretic.  Add fresh squeezed lemon juice to warm water and it will help reduce the amount of salt in your body.

Celery is another helper to aid digestion and help keep your bowels moving.  Celery has lots of water which can control intestinal gas.   Remember to cook your veggies which makes them easier to digest.

Watermelon is 92% water.  It has natural diuretic properties and it is full of potassium.   A balance between sodium and potassium is important to prevent and control bloating.

Turmeric is another anti-bloat remedy.  It is an inflammation buster and it also helps fight pain as well.  Add some turmeric to your favorite dish or smoothie to reduce intestinal gas.

Yogurt has live cultures and is already pre-digested.  The milk sugar is already broken down which helps reduce gas and bloating.  The active cultures acidophilus and lactobacillus  are great for busting belly bloat.  Add some watermelon to your yogurt for more belly bloat fighting help!

Diet is very important to get rid of bloating.  Choose fresh whole foods instead of processed.  Limit alcohol as it leads to dehydration and that causes bloating.  Get enough sleep and exercise at least 30 minutes a day to keep your fluids moving.

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Fiber Health and Benefits for healthy Body and Colon

The Importance of Fiber to Your Health

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Benefits of Fiber and importance.

Adults should eat 25-25 grams of fiber per day for optimal health.  Unfortunately, most adults get 15 grams of fiber or less in their diet.  Fiber is very important for many reasons.   There are 2 different kinds of fiber and both are important.  There is soluble fiber which dissolves in water and comes from fruits, veggies, oats and wheat.  Insoluble fiber leaves the body unchanged and is found in nuts, seeds and celery.  

 Fiber is necessary for good colon health.  A diet high in fiber helps prevent constipation and hemorrhoids.  Fiber adds more bulk to stool so waste and toxins can be more quickly passed and eliminated.  Another benefit of fiber is weight control.  Eating a diet rich in fiber makes you feel fuller, longer.  This means you eat less which helps reduce calories.  

Another benefit of fiber is it helps control blood sugar levels.  Fiber slows down the absorption of glucose into our bloodstream.  This prevents the spikes and drops in blood sugar levels and is very helpful for those who have Type 2 diabetes.

Fiber is also good for people who have high cholesterol levels and heart disease.  Fiber can reduce cholesterol levels and decrease the risk of heart attacks. 

Here are some yummy foods that can help you add more fiber to your diet.  Its always better to get your fiber from whole foods, not processed foods that have added fiber.  

*  Brown rice and oatmeal

*  Chia and flax seeds

*  Berries

*  Beans (black, red, garbanzo)

*  Almonds

Sharon Baker

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Uterine Cancer and Weight Loss

Uterine Cancer and Weight Loss

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Uterine cancer and weight loss

Today in the United States, more than two-thirds of adults are overweight or obese.  The approximate medical cost of obesity is $147-$210 billion per year.   Obesity also costs companies another $4.3 billion per year due to lower job productivity.  

Now there is another great reason to loose weight.  Weight loss is associated to a lower risk of uterine or endometrium cancer.  Endometrial cancer is one of the most common kinds of gynecologic cancer.  More than 75% of this cancer happens to women over the age of 55.  Obese women who loose 5% of their body weight lowers her risk of uterine cancer by 56%.  Women over 50 who loose 5% or more of their body weight lowers her risk of uterine cancer by 29%.  Obese women who loose weight do show the greatest reduction in uterine cancer risk.  Women who gain more than 10 pounds increased their risk of uterine cancer by 26%.  It is never too late to loose weight to lower your risk of this cancer and some weight loss is also beneficial.  

The best way to maintain a healthy weight is through regular exercise and eating a healthy diet.  Increase fruits and veggies and decrease processed foods and anything made with sugar.  Bread and pasta are high in carbohydrates that all turn to sugar and make you gain weight.  Stick to lean proteins like fish or chicken and cut back on your consumption of red meat.

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Egg Yolk or No Yolk?

To Yolk or Not to Yolk?

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Egg yolks are very healthy and good for you

There is a lot of confusion about whether it is healthy to eat whole eggs.  Eggs do contain cholesterol and saturated fat.   New research shows that saturated fat does not increase the risk of heart disease and stroke.  In fact,  if you are only eating the egg whites, you are not getting the full health benefits from the egg!  The yolk is the healthiest part of the egg which contains protein, Vitamins, and Antioxidants.  The yolk contains Vitamin A which is great to keep your skin young looking.  The yolk also contains B Vitamins which provide energy and choline which is great for your brain and muscles The saturated fat in the yolk is also important for hormone production and it helps the body absorb vitamins and minerals.  Another benefit of eating the yolk is that it contains the antioxidant selenium which protects against certain forms of cancer.  Yolks also are great for your eyesight as they have lutein and zeaxanthin.   These antioxidants reduce the risk of macular degeneration.

Whole eggs do contain about 70 calories each.  If you are trying to loose weight,  use one whole egg and 2 egg whites in your omelet to save some calories.  Remember…Don’t throw out the yolk!