5 Secret Ways to Protect Your Heart
September 15, 2014
These days, almost everyone over the age of 30 is worried about their heart health. It's one of the first things patients ask me about when they visit my office.
They try to do everything right. And you probably do, too.
At the top of the list are keeping your weight down, staying physically active and eating heart-healthy foods. However, there are several little-known risk factors you can address that can greatly reduce your chance of developing heart disease or suffering a heart attack.
The Answer Behind My 13% Rule
Commercially raised meats come with a hefty dose of antibiotics, hormones, genetically modified corn from animal feed, and other health horrors you don't want anywhere near your dinner plate.That's why I always recommend choosing grass-fed, pastured and organic meats and poultry.
But even when you choose these healthier forms of meat, problems can arise if you eat too much of them. Part of it has to do with the way you cook them… and part of it has to do with the way they alter the immune response in your gut. Let me explain…
Shut Down Migraines Before They Happen
If you suffer from migraines, there may be any number of triggers that set the pain and agony into motion. But there's one thing that's for sure. People who experience migraines have reduced levels of a specific neurotransmitter that inhibits pain and regulates mood.
You've probably heard of it before. It's called serotonin.
Low serotonin levels can make you feel stressed, anxious and depressed. But that's not the end of it. People who have low levels of this neurotransmitter are more likely than other folks to suffer migraines. Worse yet, serotonin levels fall even further during a migraine attack.
Now, here's the thing…
Should You Get The Shingles Vaccines?
Some of my patients have been asking about the vaccine for shingles. They've seen the commercials for it on TV and want to know if they should get it. Now, there's no doubt that shingles is a painful condition. And it's something you want to avoid if at all possible.
It's caused by the varicella-zoster virus, the one that causes chickenpox. This microbe never really goes away after a chickenpox attack. Instead it sets up housekeeping in your nerves, where it can lie dormant for years. When you get older, it can be reactivated as herpes zoster – the virus linked to shingles.
My Top Choices for Meat Eaters
I've been warning my patients away from cured, smoked and processed meats for years. But I still have some who say, "Oh, a couple of pieces of bacon or sausage patties each morning aren't going to hurt me."
From my experience, this is already too much. Add in the occasional corned beef dinner, smoked fish or ham sandwich, and it could be a death sentence. That's because people who regularly eat processed meats are more likely to end up with cancer, heart disease, diabetes, and stroke. Put all of these risks together, and you could be walking straight into a health nightmare.
Why are processed meats such a problem? Here's the low-down…
This Is Your Vision on Sugar
Only about half of Americans who have vision loss are even aware it could be linked to diabetes. Even fewer have ever been told by their doctors that diabetes might be affecting their eyesight.
When your vision is impaired, normal activities can become challenging. Even things that used to be fun can turn into a chore. And it's not just a case of correcting your vision with reading glasses or prescription lenses. Let me explain the role blood sugar has on your eyesight.