Eating healthy doesn’t have to be boring. Here we list Healthy Ways to Cook Salmon. Make sure to look for wild caught salmon rather than farm raised salmon. When preparing your salmon dish look for the additional ingredients that are natural and preservative free (See “The Nasty List” of preservatives to avoid).
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Creatine is a popular workout supplement used by many individuals and athletes to enhance exercise performance and increase muscle mass. Chances are you or someone you know has used or is using creatine.
Although creatine is found naturally in our bodies and may have therapeutic uses for treating some medical conditions, using creatine as an exercise or muscle mass enhancer may not be good for you or your hair.
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A patient recently asked “Are prescribed medications harmful like some preservatives? I am thinking about stopping prescription medications as they were man-made and our bodies will find them as unnatural as food additives and preservatives.” As many of you are aware, I am a physician and am committed to teaching the tenets of healthy eating so we may avoid disease and pursue good health. I am not opposed to medications when prescribed correctly. Should we be avoid medications that are appropriately prescribed by our doctors? Absolutely not! Yes, many medications are man-made and are unnatural for our bodies, however they are rigorously tested and passed by the FDA to be used as medications if they are effective for the condition they are treating and the side effect profile is acceptable. Generally, the longer a medication has been on the market and the more it has been prescribed the greater information about side effects are known and as a physician my comfort level prescribing them increases. The newer the drug on the market, the more skeptical I am as I want to avoid harming my patients.
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If you are like the rest of the thousands of people who grab lunch or dinner every day from the local deli, you probably think you’re eating fresh healthy food. But are you?
In my daily practice of medicine, it became apparent to me that individuals who grabbed a deli sandwich every day or who consumed a lot of processed meats, seemed generally less healthy and were more likely to suffer from other health ailments such as high blood pressure, low thyroid, obesity, type 2 diabetes and even cancer. Those were my observations and what led me to dig deeper and look for evidence to support my suspicion that processed meats were not healthy.
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What do most cereals and gasoline have in common?
With that question you may be asking yourself; how can there be anything in common between gasoline and the cereal that I eat? The sad truth is that there is. BHA (Butylated hydroxyanisole) and BHT (butylated hydroxytoluene) are added to most cereals and cereal packaging as a preservative.
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Love Butter? Great!
Fat in butter and other foods have been maligned for many years as the cause of heart disease and stated as the reason we have become a fat and unhealthy society.
But is butter and saturated fat the reason we get heart disease?
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Get Healthy! And make it last!
The Tortoise wins the race! A slow and steady pace wins the race! You can do this but get started slowly!
“Where do I begin?” “How do I go from unhealthy to becoming healthy?”
I have had a lot of questions lately about “going healthy” to become healthy and the paradigm shift that is required for someone to get started. It seems overwhelming to many people and rather than getting started in the right direction, it seems easier just to forget it and continue the same bad habits.
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Good Fish, Bad Fish
Generally, fish has been lauded as a smart choice for the health conscious individuals. Studies show that people who eat fish live longer than those who consume red meat, especially cured or smoked meats. As a rule, the oilier the fish the healthier; and choosing wild caught fish is a better choice than farmed fish.
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Minnesota has just banned 2,000 products that contain the chemical Triclosan. Congratulations Minnesota! Unfortunately, the law in Minnesota does not go into effect until 2017. This chemical has been shown to cause hormonal imbalances in animals which means it is probably doing the same to us.
In December 2013 the FDA asked the manufactures to show evidence that these soaps reduce infections. In fact, none of the manufacturers have shown any convincing evidence that antibacterial or antimicrobial soap is more effective in reducing infections than washing with regular soap and water. In addition, Triclosan has been shown to increase bacterial resistance and may indeed lead to more serious infections because it kills the healthy bacteria on our skin.
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Why is Nitric Oxide important for your health?
More than 30 years ago Nitric Oxide (NO), not to be confused with Nitrous oxide (laughing gas), was discovered as a single molecule in the body. It has many health benefits. It was an amazing discovery and Nitric Oxide was named molecule of the year in 1992 by the Journal of Science.
In 1998, Robert F Furchgott, Ferid Murad and Louis J Ignarro, the three scientists behind the discovery of how Nitric Oxide functions, were awarded the Nobel Prize in Medicine for their research. The three scientists had discovered an entirely new principle, that Nitric Oxide (a gas) produced by one cell in the body, transmits signals which penetrate through the cell membrane (outer border of the cell) and regulates the function of other cells in our body.
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