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Quick-Fix Diets Aren’t the Answer for Lifelong Health PDF Print E-mail

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Quick-fix diets are routinely promoted as a magic bullet for weight loss. With the recent popularity of the K-E Diet or “feeding tube” diet, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics reminds everyone that the best path to reaching and maintaining a healthy weight is a lifelong combination of eating smarter and moving more...and enlisting the help of a registered dietitian.

 

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The Low Down on High Blood Pressure PDF Print E-mail

High blood pressure, commonly known as hypertension, is having a systolic blood pressure (pressure when heart contracts) of ≥140 and a diastolic blood pressure (when heart relaxes) of ≥90. Having high blood pressure increases your risk for heart disease, stroke, and kidney failure. Lifestyle modification plays an important role in blood pressure control. 

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What are Sweet, Healthy, and Red All Over? Strawberries, Of Course! PDF Print E-mail

Strawberries are a naturally sweet fruit associated with love- after all; they are both red and heart shaped. So, it isn’t too surprising that this delicious fruit is also good for the heart. Researchers in Oklahoma found that strawberry supplementation decreased certain cardiovascular-related risk factors such as dyslipidemia in subjects with metabolic syndrome (Basu, et al., 2010) while researchers in Ontario, Canada found “reduced oxidative damage to LDL while maintaining reductions in blood lipids and enhancing diet palatability and added fruit may improve the overall utility of diets designed to lower coronary heart disease risk” (Jenkins, et al., 2008). Researchers at the Harvard School of Public Health found that women who consumed two or more servings of strawberries a week were less likely to have elevated levels of C - reactive protein (CRP), an inflammation marker potentially associated with increased risk of Cardiovascular Disease (CVD) (Sesso, Gaziano, Jenkins, & Buring, 2007) which could be related to the anthocyanins discussed below.  Other studies indicate strawberries are good for your heart in other ways: they may lower blood pressure, and increase HDL (the good cholesterol) levels. Strawberry seed oil is also rich in polyunsaturated fats- an essential fatty acid that is more heart healthy than saturated fats.

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Celebrating All Things Green PDF Print E-mail

When I think about the month of April, images of blooming flowers, spring rains, and well, pollen - at least in the state of Georgia, come to mind. Then it’s no surprise that April is a month for celebrating all things green. April is “National Garden Month”, established by the National Gardening Association, and is home to “Earth Day”, a holiday in its forty-second year of celebration across the nation. Promoting sustainability, conservation, recycling, reduction of waste, and the beautification our earth are causes definitely worth a month of celebration. In addition, these causes encourage us to remember the benefits of healthy eating, and to take notice of the effects our food choices have on the earth and our environment.

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