When I offer a patient my medical opinion that for whatever ails them they should eliminate grains, I often hear from the patient or the family, “But aren't grains an important part of a balanced diet?”
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One needn't look far in the conventional press to read about the hazards of eating eggs and red meat when it comes to heart disease. Both food groups have been implicated as heart hazards for the last fifty years, which always seemed in opposition to more enthusiastic consumption of both foods during times when our heart disease risk was lower. As it turns out, with the benefit of a retrospective vantage point, numerous research review have confirmed that eggs, red meat, and saturated fat are all fine foods to eat and that they do not raise the risk of heart disease. I would actually say that they are all actually foods that if wisely chosen (organic, grass fed, carefully cooked) are beneficial to your heart and they should be eaten on a regular basis!
Now that I've summarized the thoughts on the three most maligned food groups, let's take a more thorough lookat the relevant principles of nutrition and food choices that can help support a healthy heart and cardiovascular system.
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Patients Ask Me
Recently I’ve heard from two folks with a not uncommon complaint: while traveling they picked up some intestinal bug, took the locally available antibiotic, and their gut has never been the same. The process for proper healing from the combined assault of the parasite and the treatment requires a full understanding of all that can be affected and what needs to be resolved.
Start with what you are eating. As with most situations in my clinical practice, my first recommendation involves counsel on what foods to include and what foods are better avoided.
If you received last month’s newsletter, you might have noticed a tiny sentence, tucked at the top, suggesting that exercise is not particularly useful for weight loss, a statement that had many folks scratching their heads and wondering about the role of exercise in a healthy lifestyle.
No secret: people are sick more often with colds and flu during the winter. Possible reasons include loss of sunlight enriched vitamin D levels, exposure to cold and damp, indoor air quality, and greater indoor crowding. Most of these conditions are beyond individual control, but there are still things you can do for yourself to stay as healthy as possible during the winter.