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Top Tips to Avoid Menopausal Heart Disease June 20, 2016

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Top Tips to Avoid Menopausal Heart DiseaseHeart disease is the leading cause of death among women so taking care of it through diet, exercise and bioidentical natural progesterone will all help your heart stay healthy.

June 14, 2016  

 

Once she reaches the age of 65 a woman’s rate of heart disease has caught up with that of men so it makes sense to be proactive and minimise your risk factors for a long and healthy life.
Risk Factors:
The biggest risk factors are smoking, high blood pressure and cholesterol levels, being overweight and having an unhealthy diet. They are also risk factors for a number of other serious health conditions including diabetes so reducing them will improve your health profile immediately.
It is a common misconception that women suffer exactly the same type of heart disease as men, but yet again there is a real difference between the sexes. Women post-menopause can have narrowing of the arteries and a build-up of deposits just like men do, but it is much more common for the cause of the heart attack to be spasm of the coronary arteries. Research suggests that the oestrogen component of HRT may aggravate coronary artery spasm, where bioidentical natural progesterone will relieve it.
What to do to minimize your risk:
You already know to eat a varied, healthy diet with plenty of fruit and vegetables but there is now a new player in the mix. Interesting new research from Malmo in Sweden found that women whose diets were high in fibre had almost 25 percent lower risk of heart disease than women whose diets were low in it. The best fibre source is fruit and vegetables, rather than bread, so you are getting multiple health benefits as well as heart protecton.
A real health boost will be yours if you also follow an anti-inflammatory diet with lots of omega-3 fatty acids and antioxidants – including vitamins A and C – plus the minerals potassium and magnesium.
Good news if you love chocolate – and who doesn’t – because cocoa has been validated as having these cardiovascular benefits:
• Inhibits the oxidation of LDL
• Improves endothelial function
• Inhibits platelet activation
• Reduces LDL
• Increases HDL
• Increases insulin sensitivity
• Reduces inflammatory proteins
• Lowers blood pressure
Of course these are not just found in chocolate – you will get the same benefits in tea, fruit, vegetables and red wine so you can balance out your chocolate intake! The chocolate health winner though is raw chocolate and you can add it to smoothies, drinks and shakes. If you want to chew on a bar then go for dark (plain) chocolate with a high cocoa content of at least 75%.
Regular, enjoyable, exercise is also key and if it is weight bearing it will help with osteoporosis too.
Stress affects every single part of your body and if you are regularly stressed, and on a long-term basis, then this is a serious risk factor and needs to be addressed. Find ways to reduce the pressure whether that is taking a walk, talking to a friend or taking up a hobby. Singing, dancing, meditation are all good ways to relax – just find what suits you and stick to it.
Summary:
Tackling your diet, exercise regime and stress levels will make a huge difference to your risk of heart disease. There is also another two other things you can do to protect your heart.
It has been known for many years that progesterone is effective in relaxing coronary arteries which have gone into spasm, and that excess oestrogen can in fact cause spasm. As we have seen, most menopausal women’s heart attacks are due to heart spasm so this is a simple and effective preventive measure to avoid a potentially fatal heart attack.
Oestrogen dominance is also linked to heart disease so tackling that as well will give you a good healthy way to take care of you heart.
More information
http://www.bio-hormone-health.com/2016/01/18/3-ways-to-reduce-high-blood-pressure/
http://www.bio-hormone-health.com/2016/02/05/top-tips-to-avoid-menopausal-heart-disease/

http://www.bio-hormone-health.com/2016/03/21/what-signs-of-oestrogen-dominance-do-you-have/

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Forget Cholesterol!  April 12, 2016

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Forget Cholesterol

Inflammation’s the Real Enemy
Keeping up with which foods to eat and which ones to avoid could be a full-time job. That’s because scientists continue to learn more about what we put in our bodies.
Some of their latest findings could change your mind about fat.

  
Twenty years ago, doctors told us to stay away from high-fat foods like eggs, bacon, and butter because they raised cholesterol and could lead to heart disease.
America responded and stopped eating fat. In its place, however, we ate more sugar and other carbohydrates.
How did that work out? Not great. As a whole, Americans grew fatter and sicker than before. Scientists back then may have reached the wrong conclusion.
Now a growing number of medical experts say weight gain, heart disease, and other illnesses are not caused by high cholesterol, but by something different: inflammation.

  
That means instead of avoiding foods that raise our cholesterol, we need to avoid foods that cause inflammation.

Cholesterol’s Bad Rap

Dr. Beverly Teter, a lipid biochemist at the University of Maryland, studies how the different kinds of fat in food affect our health.
Teter said scientists wrongly blamed cholesterol for heart disease when they saw high levels of it at a damaged blood vessel. Teter believes the body put the cholesterol there to fix the problem, which was actually caused by inflammation.
“It’s the inflammation in the vessels that start the lesion,” she explained. “The body then sends the cholesterol like a scab to cover over it to protect the blood system and the vessel wall from further damage.”
Research also shows cholesterol can protect against respiratory and gastrointestinal problems, and helps create vitamin D. People with higher cholesterol live longer.
Teter said that’s a scientific fact that she can vouch for personally.
“I come from a family that has, my mother’s side, had naturally high cholesterol. Her cholesterol was between 380 and 420 when I started watching her medical records, and she died at 97,” she said. “So I don’t think that cholesterol was too bad for her.”

Inflammation Producers

Cholesterol is especially important in the brain, which contains more cholesterol than any other organ and needs it in order for a message to get passed from one brain cell to another.
Therefore, Teter said when it comes to food choices, don’t worry if it raises your cholesterol. Focus your attention instead on whether it reduces inflammation.
When choosing which fats to eat, pick the ones that are high in Omega 3 fats and also choose natural saturated fats. On the other hand, stay away from the fats that lead to inflammation, such as trans fats and Omega 6 fats.

  

How to you tell the healthy Omega 3s from the unhealthy Omega 6 fats? Vegetable oils and mayonnaise contain Omega 6 fats, so be careful with how much you consume.

  

Ideally, Omega 6 fats are healthy but only when consumed in the same amount as Omega 3 fats. The typical American, however, consumes 15 times more Omega 6 fats than Omega 3s. This imbalance creates inflammation.
So cut back on the Omega 6s and increase your consumption of Omega 3s. These are in foods like olive oil and avocados.
Cold water fish is an excellent source of Omega 3 fat, particularly DHA, which is a super brain booster. One great way to make sure you’re getting enough Omega 3, specifically DHA, is by taking a fish oil supplement. Doctors recommend one that contains at least 750 mg of DHA daily.

Butter is Better

At one time dieticians considered margarine, which is a trans fat, heart healthy. Doctors now say a better choice is butter.
In the last 20 years, trans fats have become the ingredient of choice for almost all processed foods. You can tell something contains trans fat if you see the word “hydrogenated” in the list of ingredients.
Saturated fats have really gotten a bad reputation over the last couple of decades. But they are not as bad as they have been made out to be. In fact, doctors recommend eating some saturated fats every day, such as coconut oil.
This saturated fat fights colds and the flu and has even reversed the symptoms of Alzheimers, ALS and Parkinson’s Disease in some people.

Say ‘No’ to Inflammation

You should also remember those non-fat foods that make us fat and increase inflammation contain sugar and refined carbohydrates. Anything containing high fructose corn syrup or other sugars leads to inflammation.
So do grains, especially refined grains such as white bread, pasta, rice, and so on.
So when it comes to your health, inflammation beats out cholesterol as the new enemy. Take it on by saying “yes” to foods like fish and coconut oil, and “no” to sugar and carbohydrates, and dangerous trans fats.
*Originally aired February 1, 2013.

 

Eggs Evil Cholesterol Bombs? November 8, 2014

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“Eggs Are Evil”</strong

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This one hits close to home because delicious omelets are one of my favourite foods. Eggs get a bad rap because they contain a large amount of cholesterol, therefore people think eggs will increase their risk of heart disease.

Lucky for you and I, science is showing that cholesterol in the diet doesn’t really raise the cholesterol in the blood. Eggs actually have the opposite impact. Eggs raise the “good” cholesterol and are not shown to increase the risk of heart disease. 1 2

Here’s the truth: Eggs are one of the most nutrient dense foods in the grocery store. They are loaded with a variety of nutrients and even powerful antioxidants to protect your eyes. 3

Eat Clean. train Smart. Feel Great

Jax

References
1. http://www.bmj.com/content/346/bmj.e8539
2. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19369056
3. http://ajcn.nutrition.org/content/70/2/247.short

 

Addicted to Bread? November 7, 2014

Loaf Lie #1: “Whole Grains & Whole Wheat are an Essential Part of a Healthy Diet”

If you’ve set foot in a grocery store or read a newspaper in the last 50 years, you’re familiar with the message that whole grains are healthy… and the more you eat, the better off you’ll be.

This is a LOT more than a “little white lie” invented to sell cheap agricultural products at huge markups… it is the biggest health scam ever perpetrated on the public!

Of course, this message comes to you from the same corporate interests and government health nannies who urged you to replace farm-fresh butter with heart stopping trans-fat (in the form of industrially-manufactured margarine).

The truth is that there is nothing “essential” about whole grains. In fact, they are among the unhealthiest foods you can consume.

One of the most important reasons is that…

Whole Grains Spike Your Blood Sugar
You probably know that high glycemic foods cause a rapid rise in blood sugar and insulin.

This triggers a cascade of inflammation and increases your risk for cancer, Alzheimer’s, heart disease, fatty liver and diabetes.

And it doesn’t make you look very good either…

High insulin levels promote the storage “visceral” belly fat, which surrounds your organs and sends metabolic messages that promote disease.

High blood sugar also causes the formation of advanced glycation end-products (AGEs) – nasty little compounds that speed up the aging process and damage tissues (especially the skin, in the form of wrinkles and lost elasticity).

And guess what?

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And it’s the specific TYPE of carbs in bread that are to blame.

About 75% of the carbohydrates in wheat are in the form of amylopectin A – a compound that is unique in just how rapidly it is transformed into glucose.

This is why wheat spikes your blood sugar higher than almost all foods – even when the same number of carbohydrates is consumed!

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And that’s not all this health-harming carb can do…

“Heart Healthy” Whole Wheat… Causes Heart Disease!
The medical establishment has greatly exaggerated the role of cholesterol in heart disease.

But there is one type of cholesterol closely linked to this killer – small dense LDL particles.

A study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association showed that people with high levels of small dense LDL have a 300% greater risk of heart attack!

Many doctors believe it is the number one risk factor for heart disease in the U.S.

And guess what triggers these dangerous compounds to form more than any other food?

It is the amylopectin A found in wheat!

Think about that the next time you see the American Heart Association “Seal of Approval” on a package of whole grain bread.

And to think they recommend you eat this food AT LEAST three times per day!

In fact, if you are eating grains this often, it might not be your fault…

Are You High on Bread?
The Addictive Properties of Wheat
You’ve probably heard that sugar triggers the same pleasure centers in the brain as drugs of addiction. That’s why it can be so hard to “just say no” to
sweet treats.

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But wheat has drug-like properties even more powerful than sugar!

That’s because in addition to the rapid sugar rush wheat provides, it also produces specific compounds that bind to morphine receptors in the brain.

In addition to subtle euphoria, these opiates cause a repetitive cycle of cravings – for more grains!

It’s no wonder a study published in the journal Psychosomatic Medicine showed that people who eat wheat consume an average of 400 calories more per day.

So, next post we’ll look at another dangerous misconception about bread (as well as cookies, crackers, cereal, pasta and cake)…

Eat Clean. Train Smart. Expect Results.

Jax.

 

Full Fat Dairy & Diabetes Shock October 16, 2014

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Full-Fat Dairy Products May Protect Against Type 2 Diabetes

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For years we have been told that a low-fat diet, and in particular the avoidance of saturated fats, will reduce the risks of both type 2 diabetes and its most important complication, heart disease. But recent research has shown that not all saturated fats are equal and that those in dairy products could actually help to prevent type 2 diabetes.

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A new study at the University of Cambridge examined the relationship between blood levels of nine different saturated fatty acids and the risk of developing type 2 diabetes in later life.1 From an analysis of data on 340,234 European adults, 12,403 of whom developed type 2 diabetes, they found that one group of saturated fatty acids was associated with a lower risk of this condition, while other saturated fatty acids were associated with a higher risk.

 

Fats – choose them wisely! September 14, 2014

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The Skinny on Choosing Fats

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Processed seed and veggie oils are very high in Omega-6 polyunsaturated fatty acids. As you know when the Omega-6 to Omega-3 ratio shifts too high in favour of Omega-6, bad things happen in your body.
The excess Omega-6 can cause inflammation (1)
Inflammation is linked to cardiovascular disease, cancer, diabetes, arthritis and more.
Studies also show that Omega-6 fatty acids may increase death from heart disease.

So, when you are told to avoid saturated fats consider what you are the alternatives are doing to your body.
I would NEVER encourage you to go Low Fat either. Your body needs fats – they’re not called Essential Fatty Acid for nothing!

REFERENCES
2. Rose, G. A., Thomson, W. B., & Williams, R. T. (1965). Corn oil in treatment of ischaemic heart disease. British medical journal, 1(5449), 1531.

3. Christakis, G., Rinzler, S. H., Archer, M., & Kraus, A. (1966). Effect of the anti-coronary club program on coronary heart disease risk-factor status. Jama,198(6), 597-604.

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Cooking Fats

What’s the best way to choose fats?

Look at these three things:

1. How they are made. Choose least processed options, the unrefined or ‘virgin’ oils.

2. Fat composition, more saturated fat content means less heat damage when cooking.

3. Smoke point, how hot it gets before it smokes! But look at fat composition first.

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Try cooking with these fats instead of processed veggie and seed oils: Coconut oil, butter (or clarified butter called Ghee), and even animal fats like goose fat and lard! Yes lard…

Don’t cook with these processed oils at high heat, they are not stable. In fact, we recommend you avoid them all together. Stay away from margarines too, remember even insects won’t touch them!

Soybean oil
Canola oil
Corn oil
Safflower oil
Cottonseed oil
Sunflower oil
Rapeseed oil
Rice Bran oil
Olive oil, virgin, is still an excellent choice but for dressing hot and cold foods NOT for frying or roasting! It’s attributed to the amazing health of the Mediteranean diet. (7)

Remember, processed seed & veggie oils are snuck into a lot of foods. If you really want to avoid them, always read the label!

Reference 7
7. Kontogianni, M. D., Panagiotakos, D. B., Chrysohoou, C., Pitsavos, C., Zampelas, A., & Stefanadis, C. (2007). The impact of olive oil consumption pattern on the risk of acute coronary syndromes: the CARDIO2000 case–control study. Clinical cardiology, 30(3), 125-129.

Eat Clean. Stay Active. Feel Great

Jax

 

Heart Problems Detected Via Webcam? September 10, 2014

Filed under: Health — jax allen @ 8:35 am
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Heart problems could soon be detected with a webcam, claim scientists… Posted Daily Mail. UK
10/9/2014

http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/health-and-families/health-news/heart-problems-could-soon-be-detected-with-a-webcam-claim-scientists-9700468.html