Given that your dentist may at some point offer you a prescription for an opioid painkiller after a procedure, there are some things you should keep in mind before heading to your local pharmacy.
If I sound like a broken record, I’m sorry. It is, however, always worth mentioning that heart disease is the leading killer of both American men and women. Until this fact changes, I honestly do not think that I can discuss heart disease prevention enough.
The sports world was stunned recently when four-time Grand Slam winner Naomi Osaka withdrew from the French Open for mental health reasons. Osaka revealed that she has battled depression and social anxiety, the latter of which was exacerbated by the media conferences and interviews that players are required to do when they compete in these types of tournaments. She said she felt “vulnerable and anxious” and that she decided for “self-care” to skip the post-match press conference. After being fined for doing so, and seeing the commotion this step caused, she decided to leave the tournament all together.
It’s so discouraging to be in the middle of a really good workout, or, in my case, during a golf game, and get derailed by a muscle cramp. Also called muscle spasms or a ‘Charley/Charlie horse’ (when occurring in the legs), muscle cramps are defined by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) as sudden and involuntary contractions or spasms in one or more of your muscles. That sounds about right! To some, muscle cramps may just be a nuisance, but I believe that anything that interferes with you being physically active (which is such a key pillar to good health and wellness) must be addressed. And, of course, muscle cramps are uncomfortable!
The latest foods to find themselves portrayed as dietary “villains” are those that contain what are known as antinutrients. The word itself is almost enough to make any health-minded person run in the other direction avoid them at all costs. After all, by definition antinutrients are compounds found in plant and animal foods that inhibit our bodies’ ability to absorb these and other foods’ various nutrients.
Meat purists insist that the only way to really enjoy meat is to have it rare. Some go so far as to only eat it raw as carpaccio or tartare. They argue that anything else ruins the flavor and even reduces the nutritional value of the meat (which is not true – there is no nutritional difference between a steak that is cooked medium rare versus one that is well done). Some may also say it is just a matter of personal taste. The reality, however, is that eating raw or very undercooked meat carries significant health risks. And is being considered a beef “connoisseur” really worth getting sick or risk dying for?
At-home blood pressure monitoring may be key in catching high blood pressure. But as I always like to say, prevention is better than cure. And one of the ways we can help prevent high blood pressure is by maintaining a healthy diet void of excessive amounts of sodium (salt). It’s also extremely important to be aware of specific nutrients that may help prevent high blood pressure or help manage it.
At 61-years-old, pop music icon Madonna is still touring. But unfortunately, she recently had to cancel the last North American show of her Madame X Tour due to what she described as “indescribable pain” that brought her to tears.
There are many different types of mushrooms. I’m most interested in the potential health benefits of these fungi that people either love to love or love to hate.
We recently discussed 11 types of magnesium supplements and the roles they play in maintaining our health - from relieving constipation to aiding in heart health. Of these 11 types of magnesium, there is one in particular that I would like to explore further: Magnesium Orotate. I became particularly interested in Magnesium Orotate because it is praised for its cardiovascular health benefits, including the ability to effectively treat hypertension (high blood pressure). In addition to this, Magnesium Orotate is said to be well absorbed by the body and not cause diarrhea.
I grew up seeing ‘Milk of Magnesia,’ an antacid and laxative, in the medicine cabinet. And as a child, when I complained of indigestion or constipation, my mom would use this over-the-counter medicine to relieve these tummy troubles. And it worked!
It is my opinion that magnesium is a miracle mineral. It is one of the critical nutrients we need to stay healthy. It is an important cofactor for hundreds of processes and reactions in the body, including energy. It is also important in sugar breakdown and use, blood pressure regulation and muscle and nerve function, including the heart muscle.
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