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Atrial fibrillation (AF) is a type of abnormal heart rhythm (arrhythmia).

Your heart has four chambers that beat in a rhythm; two atria and two ventricles. The atria are the upper chambers. AF happens when the atria beat too fast and irregularly. They “quiver” instead of pumping properly.

AF is the most common arrhythmia worldwide. In fact, in the US, you have a 25% risk of getting it in your lifetime. The number of people with AF is increasing and is expected to increase further as the population ages.

Symptoms of AF include fatigue, dizziness, shortness of breath, chest pain, and reduced ability to exercise. Sometimes you may not experience any symptoms.

Who is most likely to get AF? About 70% of people with AF are between 65-85 years old. AF is more common in men than women.

Why should we be concerned with AF? People with AF have a steep increase in risk of blood clots, heart disease, heart failure, stroke, and death. These are because the blood is not being pumped around the body properly.

Having AF also triples the risk for dementia.

AF is a serious condition that requires medical advice. Treatment involves medications; but, can also involve pacemakers or implantable defibrillators.

Tuesday, 21 November 2017 14:22

Beautiful skin with hyaluronic acid

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Did you know that back in medieval France, King Henry II’s wife, Princess Catherine, believed that if she ate chicken combs she would become beautiful? Even before that (in the 700s) Yang Guifei, one of the four beauties of ancient China, also ate chicken combs.
 
Chicken combs, as it turns out, contain a lot of a substance known as hyaluronic acid. Recent clinical studies show that ingesting hyaluronic acid actually can increase the moisture content of the skin. This shows up as more hydrated, and “beautiful” younger-looking skin.
Monday, 16 October 2017 20:06

Blood Sugar Creeping Up? Get Control by Doing These!

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Blood sugar is literally that: the sugar in your blood. Your blood contains all kinds of important nutrients and other substances that we need to be healthy. Including sugar. Blood is the liquid transporter that distributes these compounds to all parts of our bodies.

Sugar (a type of carbohydrate) is one of our body’s main fuels. The other two fuels are fat and protein. I call it “fuel” because our cells literally burn it to do work. It’s this “biochemical” burning of fuel in all of our cells that is our metabolism.

Monday, 16 October 2017 20:01

The Hormonal Effects of Crash Dieting

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Let me ask you a couple of questions:

Have you ever been on a diet?
Have you ever restricted calories in hopes of losing weight?
If you have been on a diet before how long does it take you to gain the weight back?
Do you find yourself more hungry after a crash diet?
Are you happy with your current weight?
Yo-yo and crash dieting is serious business. People want results quickly. They can starve themselves for a short period of time to get results. There are very real consequences to crash dieting; rebound weight gain, a slower metabolism, horrible digestion, an unhealthy relationship with food, intense cravings, binges and the worst offender…the inability to lose real fat later on.

Wednesday, 27 September 2017 18:34

Homemade Pumpkin Puree

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Homemade Pumpkin Puree 

Homemade Pumpkin Puree is a snap to make and saves you a lot of money versus the canned versions.  Every Fall I got to the local farmers and purchase lots of pumpkins for baking soups, muffins, loaves and making smoothies over the winter. Pumpkin is rich in vitamin A and provides 245% of your daily requirement per cup. 

Pumpkin purree is simply cooked pumpkin, mashed or blended. Pumpkin pie filling usually has added spices like cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, cloves and sugar.

When I make my puree, I like to add the spices but not the sugar.  Then I simply freeze in small silicone muffin trays.  When they are frozen, I pop them out and seal them in an air tight container to be used over the winter and into the spring.

 

Pumpkin Puree

2 small pumpkins, cut in half and seeds scooped out.

Place on baking sheet, cut side down and place a little water in the sheet.  Bake at 350 degrees till soft.   Let cool and scoop pumpkin out into a bowl.

Add cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg and ginger spices.Scoop into small silicone muffin containers and pop in freezer till solid.  Then store in an airtight container.  Stays good in freezer for several months.

 

 
 
Green tea extracts are promoted for both weight loss and sports performance.
 
But, do they actually work?
 
Not only this, you may have heard about serious side effects. Some cases of death have been associated with use of these supplements.
 
But you still see green tea supplements on the shelves.
 
So, let’s dig into the use of green tea extracts for both weight loss and sports performance. Then we’ll talk about how you can use these supplements safely.
Athletes & Antioxidants, is there a time I shouldn’t take antioxidants?
 
You may not be an 'athlete', but if you are like me, you do like to throw the weights around in the gym and maybe train for the odd multiport race.  Or maybe your children are heavily in to sports like gymnastics, dance, hockey, lacrosse or soccer.  It's good to know how to support optimal muscle recovery and fueling your young athlete and yourself so to prevent major injuries down the road.  As a mother to a teenage dancer/gymnast who has been dancing since the age of 4, we have encountered our share of sports injuries.  I always like to ensure that we are obtaining optimal nutrition and balance for healing.
 
You may have heard that antioxidants can help reduce your recovery time after strenuous exercise. You know the stiffness, swelling, pain, fatigue and reduced strength that your muscles experience after a good workout.
Tuesday, 01 August 2017 18:13

Nutrients for Brain Health

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The best nutrients for brain health (and how to get them)
 
There are so many nutrients that you need for overall health. Vitamins, minerals, probiotics, and essential fats, just to name a few.
 
But which ones are the most important for your brain? 
You probably wouldn’t be surprised to know that more stress and stress hormones promote weight gain, would you?
But what exactly is stress, and how does it keep you from your weight loss goals?

 

 
 
There may not be an obvious link between sleep deprivation and your weight, but more and more research is showing just how important sleep is for your mood, mental performance, overall health and wellness, and especially when it comes to maintaining a healthy weight.
 
Many studies show that people who have a short sleep duration simply weigh more. And, in fact, as the levels of chronic (long-term) sleep deprivation have increased over the past 50 years, so have the growing epidemics of being overweight or obese.
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