Archives for January 2023

Health Update: Save Your Own Life Because…

Hello again everyone: The bad news is that less than 7% of our nation has good cardiometabolic health. In this article, they used the term ‘devastating’ to describe how serious this is. The good news is that you can fix this! Here is what the research revealed: “Researchers evaluated Americans across five components of health: levels of blood pressure, blood sugar, blood cholesterol, adiposity (overweight and obesity), and presence or absence of cardiovascular disease (heart attack, stroke, etc.). They found that only 6.8 percent of U.S. adults had optimal levels of all five components as of 2017-2018.” “These numbers are striking. It’s deeply problematic that in the United States, one of the wealthiest nations in the world, fewer than 1 in 15 adults have optimal cardiometabolic health,” said Read more

Health Update: Plant Based Diets Lower Hot Flashes

Hello again: I hope that this new year is treating you right, and here is some really great news about hot flashes. A recent study found that the combination of a plant-based food plan, along with soy, avoiding animal products, and reducing fat led to a reduction in hot flashes as effective as hormone replacement therapy. This is important because traditional hormone replacement therapy has some dangerous risk factors while this approach to hot flashes is not only NOT risky but offers significant advantages such as weight loss, lower cholesterol, and improved overall health. Here are some of the insights from the study: Highlights:

  • A new study suggests that a low fat, plant-based diet rich in soy is as effective as hormone replacement therapy (HRT) for reducing hot flashes.
  • The 12-week trial found that a plant-rich diet reduced moderate to severe hot ... Read more

Health Update: How to Reduce Brain Inflammation & Save Your Memory

Hello everyone: Here is some great information on how to keep your brain healthy and lower your inflammation burden. This article link is not long and an easy read, but here are the highlights:

  • Brain inflammation (neuroinflammation) is linked to worse mood, cognition, and general brain health.
  • How we eat influences our overall inflammatory state, and may significantly influence brain inflammation.
  • A poor state of metabolic health, exposure to excess smoke, and drinking alcohol may all negatively impact brain inflammation.
“When we experience inflammation in our joints, we may have redness, swelling, and pain. If we have inflammation in our skin, we might get an itchy or otherwise annoying rash. But what happens if there is inflammation in our brains? In recent years, scientists have shown ... Read more

Health Update: Sustainable Nutrition Goals

Hello again everyone: As we move forward into this new year, we are discovering that our individual health is intertwined with that of the planet. This connection is through our food choices. Food can make us ill or food can contribute to inflammation and cause, aggravate, and/or perpetuate every known human ailment…including aging. We need a bigger viewpoint from which to view our place in the grand scheme of things, and that is what articles like the one below is all about. As you will read, it is a really complicated issue and we should all become aware and seek to do our part to resolve it and save our future. We each need to get informed and act on that information. “Some foods take up many more resources than others. At the upper end, just 100 grams of beef protein can result in the release of the equivalent of 105 kilograms of CO2. The same amount of protein from a ... Read more

Health Update: Start Your New Year by Choosing Organic

Hey everyone: A great way to kick off the New Year is by committing to a mostly organic whole-foods plan. If you are looking for the ‘why’ as to why you should eat to optimize your health and the planet at the same time, then this article that I am sharing is totally worth the read. Here are some excerpts: Unhealthy diets contributed to more deaths globally in 2017 than any other factor, including smoking2As the world’s population continues to rise and more people start to eat like Westerners do, the production of meat, dairy and eggs will need to rise by about 44% by 2050, according to the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).           That (increased production of meat, dairy, ... Read more