Many of us know that the worlds leading cause of mortality in developed and developing countries is cardiovascular disease (CVD). But do we know why? For many years scientists and doctors have pointed to the fact that Dyslipidemia, high low density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-C or "Bad" Cholesterol), triglyceride concentrations, and low high density lipoprotein cholesterol (HDL-C or "Good" Cholesterol) concentrations are associated with elevated CVD risk. This is what lead many doctors to attack dietary cholesterol, citing it as the source of high LDL levels, which could lead to CVD. In doesn't stop there, saturated fats have also been under fire for causing high LDL levels.
But is this actually the case? Can eating foods high in dietary cholesterol and saturated fats really lead to cardiovascular disease? I will answer all these questions and more, based on my research and the latest studies available, to find out all there is to know about cholesterol. The good, the bad, and the healthy!
It's that time of year, where a lot of us are outside enjoying the beautiful weather. No matter if its a barbecue, sporting event or graduation party. The one thing in common is that we are all enjoying some fresh air and sunshine. Among that fresh air and sunshine is a whole world of wildlife and wild plants. This diverse eco system is filled with edible plants and fruits that mother nature provides. From common food sources such as berries and apples to some not so common nutrient packed plants like purslane, which is widely considered a weed that is just picked and thrown out of a garden. I will break down some of the most common, easy to find and nutrient packed wild edibles out there.
We all have days where we are a little moody and don't quite feel like ourselves. Sometimes it's is because of certain events that can be traced back to the source. Other times however, we are left in the dark, wondering why we feel the way to do. This results in many people getting prescribed pharmaceutical drugs to fix something that might be able to be fixed through your gut. Thats right your gut. Studies have shown gut microbiota that interact with brain regions associated with mood and behavior. Lack of these beneficial bacteria have also been linked behavioral disorders like anxiety. As well as neurodegeneration in the brain in the form of Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s diseases.
With the everyday advancements in modern science and medicine, such as stem cell technology, genetics and aging research, is seems as though humanity is on the path to eternal life. This path however, sounds like something out of a sci-fi novel. Is there another way to slow aging, heal the body and stay youthful without feeling like a lab rat or guinea pig? Luckily mother nature provides us with amazing superfoods and herbs, which combined with other practices and techniques, can lead to slower aging, faster recovery and a more youthful looking body. All without becoming the Frankenstein Monster!
Being healthier and eating right can be harder than it seems at times. With the typical fast paced lifestyle of most people juggling a job, taking the kids to school, sports practices, going to the grocery store and everything else that comes up. It can be hard to find time to get in a healthy meal. For those moments where you need a quick nutritional boost, look no farther than this new "Food Is Fuel" series that will feature quick and easy, healthy, meal replacements, snacks, smoothies and shakes!
“If you know the way broadly you will see it in everything.” - Miyamoto Musashi. Sometimes the key to alleviating stress, reducing anxiety and even advancing our physical performance lies in the simplest things. The keys lay there in wait once you master these simple things to there fullest. Much like the quote starting out this post expresses. Once you have mastered that simple thing, the path to mastery of all things will be seen. There is nothing simpler and no better place to start this journey of self-mastery, than with the breath.
It's long been known that desserts, candies and other sweet treats are not good for us because of all the sugar, which can lead to all kinds of health problems, including heart disease. In a pervious blog post called "Fight Fat, With Fat!" I mentioned how in the 1970's, the sugar industry paid off Harvard Scientists to downplay sugars role in heart disease, the number one killer in America, and shift the blame to saturated fat.
While non-meat eating diets seem to be on the rise, a 500% rise in the vegan diet since 2014 to be exact, more and more companies are coming out with plant based "Meat Like" products. This is something that could be heaven sent for those plant based dieters that are getting bored with their same old meals, while remembering what it was like to eat Chinese take-out, burgers, brats or even a spaghetti dinner! In this post, I will take you through a few of my favorite plant based takes on take-out classics, while breaking down the nutritional info along the way.
It seems like you can't listen to any radio station, without hearing commercials for some drug that helps men with low testosterone
. They tell you all the side effects of low testosterone like, Lack of Energy, Mood Problems including Depression, Increase of Body Fat, Loss of Muscle Mass and Strength, Sexual Disfunction, Decreased Libido or Sex Drive, and Erectile Dysfunction. But none of them seem to ask, why do all these men have low testosterone now? What has changed, that has made males testosterone levels decrease? The answer lies in many areas. Including Diet, Exercise and Environment. To try and figure out how or why so many males testosterone levels are dropping, you must first look at how the body produces testosterone.
With the ever expanding list of health and fitness supplements making it to the market. One question keeps emerging for athletes or health and fitness professionals. Or just anyone looking to reach their body's full potential and feel the best they can possibly feel. That question? What supplements are best for my health and fitness goals?