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Harness the power of berries

Heart health

Harness the power of berries

Mother Nature’s bounty to the rescue again, with tiny berries chock full of antioxidants   When you’re just passing through the kitchen, how often do you grab a handful of choke berries or black currants? How about snacking on a bowl of them in front of the TV or serving them at a picnic? Probably never, because choke berries aren’t very tasty and black currants are hard to find.   None the less, if you could, ingesting berries like these are great for your heart.   Your blood vessels are lined by a single layer of cells called the endothelium,...

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Big Pharma, Bad Pharma – There is no magic pill

Heart health

Big Pharma, Bad Pharma – There is no magic pill

Taking pharmaceuticals for blood pressure and cholesterol, particularly if you’re not in the high risk category, is probably a bad idea. The more likely solution involves lifestyle modifications like better diet, weight loss, no smoking and improved fitness.  No drama here, just good, clean living, on a consistent basis.  Food is often, both the cause and treatment for cardiovascular disease.  There’s no magic pill, just big profits for Big Pharma the more prescriptions are filled. Unfortunately, a lot of the studies done, showing drug benefits, are funded by, you guessed it, Big Pharma.  There’s huge bottom line incentives, to support...

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Apple or pear, we don’t care

Heart health weight loss

Apple or pear, we don’t care

Much has been made of body type and weight loss.  A number of studies have outlined the role of genetics, body type and sugar metabolism, to explain all sorts of reasons why it’s harder, for some people, to lose weight and keep it off.  Others seem to effortlessly maintain without even trying.  But how much does it really matter and what can you do to stack the odds in your favor?  Step, by step, here goes: Genetics matters, but not as much as you think. It does not usually determine the ultimate outcome, or at least, the timing of the...

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A little, in the middle, is a dangerous thing

Heart health weight loss

A little, in the middle, is a dangerous thing

It’s just a few extra pounds, you tell yourself, but even a little bit of extra weight can disrupt your circulation, when it’s accumulated around your belly, increasing your risk for high blood pressure and other cardio vascular problems. The cells that line your blood vessels, endothelial cells, are crucial for blood vessel function.  They contract and dilate the vessel, controlling the blood flow.  If these cells are damaged, the vessel’s function can be compromised and eventually, blood vessel disease and high blood pressure set in. Even a little bit of weight, if it’s in your belly, will tend to...

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Would you like to have more energy, feel younger and live longer?

Heart health

Would you like to have more energy, feel younger and live longer?

Total health optimization is the name of the game for achieving vitality and longevity. One of the best parts of my job as a holistic nutrition practitioner is that I get to help my clients transform from the inside out. Knowing that I helped someone not only look 10 years younger but also feel 10 years younger is incredibly rewarding. Having more energy, strength and vigour now means being able to go on adventures, run marathons, play with children, work more efficiently, achieve their goals, push their boundaries and not feel exhausted.  Beyond attending to stress management, improving the diet...

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