It’s a topic that many doctors don’t want to touch: Fraught with political incorrectness, the subject of body fat is just too sensitive for many health professionals to mention. As a result, most people remain unaware of just how detrimental excess fat (especially around the midsection) can be to the health.
When excess fat accumulates, it begins to secrete toxic chemicals known as adipokines. These are believed to contribute to the development of many health conditions, including diabetes, heart disease and cancer.
The real problem with sore throats, especially during the winter, is that it’s very, very hard to tell the difference between a strep throat, which is a bacterial infection and hence can be treated with antibiotics, and a sore throat caused by a virus, which should never be treated with an antibiotic because, well, because antibiotics don’t kill viruses.
And when we use antibiotics inappropriately, such as in the treatment of viral sore throats, we increase the risk of several very significant health problems: rising resistance to antibiotics, development of hardier and hardier bacteria, and complications from antibiotics, such as significantly higher risks of developing a Chlostridium difficile infection, a potential nightmare.
Celebrities like Victoria Beckham and Jennifer Aniston have recently brought the ‘alkaline lifestyle’ to the forefront, causing one to immediately wonder: is this another fad diet? What is alkalinity really all about?
Here are the basics: Your body must maintain a pH balance of about 7.4 to survive, and your internal systems work hard to maintain this balance. Your pH is impacted by the food and drink that we consume, which are either acidic (lower than pH 7) or alkaline (higher than pH 7). Over the last near century, our diets have changed significantly to incorporate large amounts of dairy, animal protein, processed foods, and sugar-laden drinks and desserts – all of which are acidic.
September is National Arthritis Month and the curious thing to me is that there actually is a single month dedicated to a problem that is not a single entity but rather more of a family of conditions. When the rheumatic experts parse the problem, they end up with roughly a couple of dozen of different forms of “arthritis” (or better “rheumatic” illnesses) such as rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, psoriatic arthritis, the arthritis that accompanies lupus, gout, pseudo-gout, to name just some of the most well-known types.
Inflammation. While the word itself sounds daunting, inflammation is actually a natural response by your body to a stressful situation. Inflammation is the first response as your immune system protects your body from infections, irritation and allergies. Even good sources of stress—such as exercise—can increase inflammation in your body.
Unfortunately the swelling, redness, and pain that inflammation can cause is never wanted, and chronic inflammation can cause serious illnesses. Help your body protect itself by adding foods that promote health, while reducing unnecessary inflammation. Here are 5 anti-inflammatory foods to add to your grocery list today:
Want to reduce inflammation after exercise? Popeye knew what he was doing with his spinach consumption! Spinach contains antioxidants vitamin C, and E, as well as carotenoids and flavonoids—all which fight against inflammation.
If you’re already eating spinach salads, try adding a handful to your Vega One http://myvega.com/product/vega-one-nutritional-shake/ smoothie for an extra green boost!