Heart Health Requires Potassium

You probably know that February is American Heart Health Month.  But did you know that heart health requires potassium?  A hundred thousand times a day, potassium helps trigger your heart to squeeze blood through your body. It also helps your muscles to move, your nerves to function, and your kidneys to filter blood. Potassium doesn’t treat or prevent heart disease. But staying on top of your…

Diabetes in Heart Attack Patients

Diabetes and heart disease often go together. In fact, adults with diabetes are twice as likely to have a heart attack or stroke than those without it.  According to a recent study, at least 1 in 10 heart attack patients may have undiagnosed diabetes.  Researchers tested the A1C levels (a standard test to determine blood sugar… Read more »

The Danger of Undiagnosed Heart Conditions

According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), an estimated 30.3 million U.S. adults have diagnosed heart disease. Millions more may have undiagnosed heart conditions. Heart conditions can affect anyone, regardless of age, gender, or physical fitness, and can get better or worse as we age. Heart screenings can be life saving. Many people don’t realize that…

The Best Heart Health Diets

The results are in.  U.S. News ranked 24 diets based on input from a panel of health experts and identified those that are best for people concerned about heart health — from helping control blood pressure to reducing cholesterol.  Here are the top five:

Krill for Your Heart

The Omega 3 fatty acids found in krill oil have been shown to support healthy blood pressure and heart rhythm, plus long-term heart health. For optimizing healthy cholesterol and decreasing triglycerides, research suggests krill for your heart is the way to go.  A study published in the journal Lipid Technology looked at people with high cholesterol and… Read more »

Healthy Foods for Healthy Eyes

During the dry, winter months, our eyes need a little more TLC. Maintaining a well-balanced, healthy diet is the key to healthy eyes, and may help reduce your risk for developing certain eye conditions. Serious eye conditions may be avoided by consuming foods that contain a range of vitamins, nutrients, and minerals, known as antioxidants. …

Five Foods for Joint Pain

If you suffer from arthritis, you know just how painful this condition can be. Arthritis is a term referring to a class of diseases that cause pain, swelling and stiffness in the joints. It affects people of all ages, genders, and ethnic backgrounds. According to researchers from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention… Read more »

Reduce Your Osteoporosis Risk

Osteoporosis causes bones to become weak and brittle — so brittle that a fall or in extreme cases, bending over or coughing can cause a fracture. A good first step in preventing and reducing osteoporosis risk is to get screened with a bone density test.  It takes about five minutes and is a simple, painless process.  For the…

Post Workout Rest and Recovery

When you live an active lifestyle, you might not think about what your body needs post workout.  However, rest and recovery after exercise is essential to muscle and tissue repair and strength building.  After heavy use, a muscle needs anywhere from 24 to 48 hours to repair and rebuild. Working it too hard or too soon can… Read more »

Is Your Osteoarthritis Weather Sensitive?

Winter is here and with it comes that arctic winter air.  Unfortunately, for those suffering from osteoarthritis (OA), the cooler temperatures can cause an increase in discomfort.  Luckily, if your OA is weather sensitive, there are solutions. A study of people with osteoarthritis published in BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders asked participants if and how weather influenced their pain. Of the 712 people… Read more »