Evidence is mounting that common pain killers such as ibuprofen and naproxen may be tied to greater risk for heart problems, reports The Independent (U.K.). Doctors have long been concerned that non steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) may play a role in heart failure, because they reduce the body’s ability to metabolize salt. To investigate that link, researchers in Italy examined the health records of 7.6 million people who had recently been treated with NSAIDs, and compared them with data on 8.2 million people who didn’t use the drugs. They found that with the exception of celecoxib (Celebrex), NSAIDs raised the relative risk of heart failure by 19 percent. The higher the dosage of these drugs, the greater the risk. The researchers said the fact that these drugs could be bought over the counter fueled the misconception that they were harmless in high doses. Peter Weissberg, from the British Heart Foundation, (Read More)
The Superbowl is almost here – and whether you’re hosting a party or attending a potluck, it’s important to stay on track of your health goals. Don’t let the excuse of, “That’s all that was offered,” get the best of you. Be proactive and bring a dish or two that fits in your eating plan. Whether you’re gluten-free, dairy-free, Broncos or Cardinals, we have an option for you! We surfed through some of our favorite health bloggers for recipes that would be perfect for this Superbowl. Mini Meatballs Blog: Just Jessie B This recipe comes from one of our favorite health food bloggers, Just Jessie B. These bite-sized treats are gluten free, dairy free and 100% Paleo-friendly. The recipe below yields approximately 50 mini meatballs. Ingredients: 1 lb grass-fed ground beef 8 oz gluten free pork sausage 1 cup cashew meal 1/4 cup unsweetened coconut milk 2 eggs 2 cloves garlic, (Read More)
A healthy Thanksgiving might sound like an oxymoron, but we’ve put together a list of healthy, yet satisfying twists to some of the holiday classics. So even if you stuff yourself to discomfort, you can save yourself the guild trip. Try swapping several of these recipes at your Thanksgiving celebration next week. Maybe your family won’t even notice! Pear, Prosciutto & Hazelnut Stuffing Ingredients: 3 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided 4 ounces prosciutto, thinly sliced, cut into ribbons 2 cups onion, chopped 2 cups diced fennel bulb 1/4 cup minced shallot 2 teaspoons minced fresh sage 2 teaspoons minced fresh thyme 1 teaspoon minced fresh rosemary 8 cups stale baguette, preferably multi-grain (not sourdough), cut into 1/2-inch cubes 2 Bosc pears, ripe but firm, chopped 1/3 cup chopped flat-leaf parsley 1/3 cup chopped hazelnuts, toasted 1 14-ounce can reduced-sodium chicken broth 1/4 teaspoon salt Freshly ground pepper, to taste Preparation: (Read More)
When we are born, we are blessed with approximately 305 bones. As we grow and develop, many of these bones fuse together to become our basic skeleton. By the time we become an adult we have approximately 206 bones. This remarkable skeleton is made up of bones stronger than reinforced concrete. As we age, our bones become less dense and more brittle. What most people don’t understand is the connection between the foods we eat that cause us to lose this strength little by little – about 1% per year. Like the proverbial lobster boiled alive in water that starts out tepid and slowly comes to a boil – our poor food choices over time eventually takes its toll on our bones. This weakening of our bone structure becomes more pronounced at 30-40 years of age and gradually gets worse if we don’t take action. What you eat plays a (Read More)
Maybe it’s time to rejuvenate your thyroid – that master of metabolism. When your thyroid is functioning at less that optimum, you can bet that you will feel sluggish, tired and foggy. It is estimated that as high as twenty percent of all adults have hypothyroidism that has not been clinically diagnosed. And when the condition is diagnosed, the drugs used to combat it often yield little or no results. You see, the thyroid produces four different hormones and the drug addresses only one of these by replacing it. If you had four bad tires on your car, would you only replace one? Even worse, the “hormone replacement” drug actually depresses the thyroid from producing any hormones because it begins to feel as if “someone else” is doing its job, so why work?
Living a healthy lifestyle isn’t always easy. In addition to concerns about eating healthy and exercising to lose weight, we must also consider other health concerns like high blood pressure and cholesterol. High blood pressure is particularly dangerous because it can lead to a number of life-threatening problems such as hypertension, heart attacks, and strokes. Fortunately, many of the things that work for losing weight also work for lowering blood pressure. According to a study from the American Heart Association, physical activity has a significant impact on blood pressure. This impact is particularly pronounced in individuals who consume a high-salt diet. Salt is well known to be a leading cause of high blood pressure, so individuals looking to reduce the risk of high blood pressure due to their high-salt diet are encouraged to increase their level of physical activity. However, the best way to offset the negative effects of salt (Read More)