Male Heart Health

How Pushups Can Help Men’s Hearts

By Matt McMillen

In a 10-year study published in February, researchers reported that men who can do 40 pushups have a whopping 96% lower risk of heart disease than guys who can’t muster 10. The average man in the study: Nearly 40 years old and overweight, but not obese. All 1,562 men were physically active firefighters rather than office workers. The study’s results strengthen the case that muscle-building promotes heart health.

Read more HERE.

Peaches

Do you like peaches?

There are health benefit to eating the delicious, fuzzy fruit (If you’re like me, you peel them first). And of course, this is peach cobbler season! 

  • They have lots of vitamin C.
  • They have beta-carotene which is good for your eyes.
  • They have fiber, which helps control your weight and appetite.
  • They have flouride, which helps protect teeth.
  • Go HERE for more information about the health benefits of peaches.

How to peel a peach when you want it to be perfectly round:

Gat a small pot and fill it with water, leaving space about 2 inches from the top. When the water is boiling, ease the peach into the water.

Let it stay in the boiling water for maybe a minute, then take it out and put it into cold water. The skin should slide off easily.

Sweet Potatoes

From Cook’s Vegetables Illustrated cookbook

Sweet potatoes are emphatically not the same vegetable as yams, which can grow to be 5 feet long. This may come as a surprise, but sweet potatoes are not related to potatoes, either. They are actually members of the morning glory family, whereas potatoes belong to the nightshade family. But they’re nearly as versatile in the kitchen as regular potatoes and can be cooked in many of the same preparations, though the techniques need to be adjusted to account for the higher sugar and lower starch content of sweet potatoes. Don’t do this: Refrigeration will cause sweet potatoes’ cores to change texture and become distressingly similar to a damp cork. Do this: Store them in a cool ventilated spot for up to 1 month. Or at room temperature, they will keep for a week or two.

Holiday Stomach Issues

Help For Your Holiday Stomach Issues 

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Six Ways To Overcome Indigestion During the Holidays If you are enjoying too many holiday treats, then you may have stomach issues that can make you feel uncomfortable the next day. In addition to eating too much at parties during the holidays, you may consume a wide variety of foods that don’t digest well at the same time. Some of the items that are likely to spoil quickly at a holiday buffet include:

Seafood – shrimp, caviar or oysters
Eggnog – eggnog contains raw eggs
Salads – covered with mayonnaise dressings
Milk – main or side dishes that have milk
Meat – meat that isn’t at the right temperature

When you do get an upset stomach from holiday foods, there are several ways to help you feel better.  Read the list of ways  HERE.

High Sodium Foods


High Sodium (salt) Foods !

Sodium levels of the same food can vary widely, so choose wisely. 1 slice of white bread contains 80-230mg of sodium; 3 oz turkey breast, deli or pre-packaged lunch meat contains 450-1,050mg; 4 oz slice frozen pizza, plain cheese, regular crust contains 370-730mg; 4 oz boneless, skinless chicken breast, fresh, contains 40-330mg; 3 oz chicken nuggets, frozen and breaded contains 200-570mg; 1 cheeseburger from a fast food restaurant contains 710-1,690; 1 cup canned pasta with meat sauce contains 530-980mg; 1 oz plain potato chips contains 50-200mg.

While you are enjoying all of the partying and dining out this holiday season, be careful not to eat too much salt. When we are rushed, we turn to convenience foods at home that may be high in sodium.  If you have diabetes or high blood pressure, too much sodium may have a negative impact on your health. Here are some foods which can be high in sodium:

  • vegetable juice
  • frozen dinners
  • deli meats
  • canned soup  (oh no)
  • soy sauce and ketchup
  • salty snacks like chips, pretzels & dry roasted peanuts

For more information about sodium and its effects on the body check  out these websites:

Brain-Blood Sugar Connection

The Brain Health–Blood Sugar Connection You Need To Know About

David Perlmutter, M.D.

By David Perlmutter, M.D.December 18, 2018 — 8:00 AMAlzheimer’s is the fastest growing epidemic in America. Not too long ago, experts started referring to this disease as type 3 diabetes because of its intricate connection to diet and lifestyle factors like lack of exercise and sugar intake.  The studies describing Alzheimer’s as a third type of diabetes began to emerge in 2005, but the link between poor diet—notably a high-carb one—and Alzheimer’s has only more recently been brought into sharper focus with newer research showing how this can happen. Read the entire article HERE.