Hypertension and vascular stiffness are inevitable as you get older—or so we thought. But a new study found these problems may not be as present in hunter-gatherer populations that walk and run to get their food from nature. This means there is hope for keeping the vascular system healthy as we age despite living in a society where our food is often delivered to us.
You’ve read it on the sides of yogurt containers, or maybe you’ve heard it from your doctor: probiotics or good bacteria are good for your gut. Now, research suggests that they may also help you maintain a healthy weight.
Some of us celebrate Father’s Day by firing up the grill and sharing a home-cooked meal with our meat-and-potatoes kind of guy. While catering to dad’s classic meal is okay on occasion, there is actually a nutrient that we need to make sure he doesn’t have too much of all year round. It’s iron.
Dandelion, also known as “lion’s tooth” and part of the daisy flower family, is often the biggest nuisance to gardeners and people trying to keep their lawns clear of this rapidly growing yellow flower.
Figs are one of the oldest fruits known, and California ranks first in the nation for fig production. It has been reported Franciscan monks, who started missions from San Diego to Sonoma, brought figs to California from the Mediterranean around 1768. The name Black Mission Figs was created, because figs were planted in all the missions along the Camino Real.
As a young adult, I used to get obsessed with whether I was eating well and taking an appropriate amount of supplements. The problem was I rarely concerned myself with whether I was taking too much of certain vitamins and minerals. I now know there may be health consequences to getting more than the recommended daily amount (RDA) of any of the six nutrients, which include minerals, vitamins, proteins, fats, carbohydrates and water. I discussed the problems associated with over-consuming minerals in “Minerals: The Forgotten Nutrient.”
If you are a parent, you may not want your child to get visible tattoos out of fear your child may look unprofessional or regret making a permanent body change. However, the real concern is much deeper than physical appearance or having regrets in life.
I think beets are underrated and deserve more credit. They are root vegetables harvested all through summer and late fall. Don’t throw away the leaves! You can throw them in a salad or smoothie to mix up your greens. Beets are delicious, nutritious and store very well. You can actually keep them for months! Just remember when you have eaten them, so you don’t think you have blood in your stool the next day, as they may give your stool (and urine) a reddish color.
Maybe you’ve struggled with back pain from being sedentary, pulled muscles after heavy lifting or have had repeated surgery like Tiger Woods. Although athletes are known for their health, they’re no stranger to injuries or taking prescription painkillers to get through the next day’s demands.
Accidents happen. Young or old, we sometimes slip and take a tumble. However, for the elderly a fall can result in much more than a few bruises or embarrassment. A fall may result in death for someone older!
I recently came across this story about one of my peers, a lawyer, who prefers to remain anonymous and goes by the name of “Julie.” Julie suffers from chronic depression but did not want to get therapy out of fear of having to disclose medical records. And according to the story, “Julie's worries were warranted: All 50 states' bar associations ask about applicants' mental health histories, and there are several cases of people being denied admission to practice law on the basis of mental health problems—even if they've been successfully treated.”
Cherries. They are probably one of the cutest, smallest fruits out there, but they pack an incredible amount of nutritional power. There are roughly 1,000 types of cherries grown worldwide, and about 10 types are grown commercially in the United States.