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Getting a healthy jump start on matters of the heart

Well it’s not quite February yet, but we thought we’d get ahead of the curve and begin posting about Heart Health today!

Why? Well we just ran across this interesting article in the BBC today: Vegetarians ‘cut heart risk by 32%’. The piece outlines findings from a recent study which illustrates the role that Vegetarianism can play in promoting a stronger ticker.

It reads in part:

A study of 44,500 people in England and Scotland showed vegetarians were 32% less likely to die or need hospital treatment as a result of heart disease.

Differences in cholesterol levels, blood pressure and body weight are thought to be behind the health boost.

Image courtesy of Grant Cochrane at FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Heart disease is a major blight in Western countries. It kills 94,000 people in the UK each year – more than any other disease, and 2.6 million people live with the condition.

The heart’s own blood supply becomes blocked up by fatty deposits in the arteries that nourish the heart muscle. It can cause angina or even lead to a heart attack if the blood vessels become completely blocked.

Dr Francesca Crowe said: “The main message is that diet is an important determinant of heart health, I’m not advocating that everyone eats a vegetarian diet.”

The results showed the vegetarians had lower blood pressure, lower levels of “bad” cholesterol and were more likely to have a healthy weight.

Tracy Parker, from the British Heart Foundation, said: “But remember, choosing the veggie option on the menu is not a shortcut to a healthy heart. After all, there are still plenty of foods suitable for vegetarians that are high in saturated fat and salt.”

The study was originally published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.

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When it Comes to Weight Loss, Consider the Timing–Not Just the Content–of Your Diet

So you’re doing everything right. You’ve done the impossible and stayed true to your New Year’s resolutions.

You figured out ways to soldier on with regularly scheduled sweat sessions despite a recent weather pattern that screams at you to surrender to the security of your most comfortable blanket.

You stick to your diet and remain ever mindful of what you eat; but somehow the weight loss just isn’t going as planned.

According to a new study published today in the International Journal of Obesity, when it comes to losing weight, the time you eat can have as much of an effect as what you eat. (Original article appears here.)

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“We should start to consider meal timing in addition to calories and meal composition when thinking about weight loss.”

-Frank Scheer, senior author of the study, assistant professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School and an associate neuroscientist at Brigham and Women’s Hospital.

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It’s definitely food for thought, and a welcome bit of news as far as we’re concerned. Who wants to put off that long-awaited lunch break anyway? After all, doing so is bad for your health!

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Big wins for Folic Acid

The benefits of folic acid, or “folate” are numerous. So it’s unfortunate that such a large proportion of the population is deficient in this vital nutrient. Low levels of folic acid can lead to anemia, kidney and liver complications, etc., as well as an inability to absorb nutrients in general.

Folate enjoys wide consumption as a way to prevent certain types of cancers, heart issues, stroke, hearing and memory loss, gum infections, osteoporosis, depression and more. It’s been used as a treatment for alcoholism. Expectant mothers take it to prevent miscarriage and birth defects.

In a press release issued today, Barbara Griffin, NMD, CNC, Certified Gluten Practitioner, and owner of Vital Health, Inc. suggests “L-MethylFolate” to be the preferred form of folate ingestion due to long-standing absorption issues associated with other methods.

“L-5-methyltetrahydrofolate (L-5-MTHF) is the predominate form of folate. L-5-MTHF is a reduced, metabolically active form of folate that occurs naturally in foods and is the primary form of folate found in the blood and tissues,” Griffin says in the report. “As a result, it is far more effective for people who have or are prone to a folic acid deficiency.”

Just as every rose has it’s thorn, so have there been reported downsides to adding folate to your vitamin regimen. Some studies have linked it to increasing the risk of developing certain types of cancer.

Contrary evidence released today sheds a ray of hope on the subject. A study, conducted by Stein Emil Vollset, MD, from the University of Bergen in Norway, receives analysis in this Health.com article.

“The study provides reassurance about the safety of folic acid intake, either from supplements or through fortification, when taken for up to five years,” study author Robert Clarke, from the University of Oxford, said in a journal news release.

Bread: Folate rich since 1993. Click for info on the healthiest types. Image courtesy of stockimages at FreeDigitalPhotos.net.

Bread: Folate rich since 1993. Click for info on the healthiest types. | Image courtesy of stockimages at FreeDigitalPhotos.net.

As with everything of nutritional value, folic acid is found in an assortment of fruits and veggies. For the past 15 years, federal law has required carb manufacturers to add folic acid—a water soluble ‘B’ vitamin—to their products. These days everything from flour, and breads, to pastas, cereals, cookies and crackers is flush with folate.

Still, there simply is no substitute for the real thing. Not only is folate obtained via natural foods more efficiently absorbed, but the risks associated with supplement intake is nullified.

 

Eat healthy!!

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Eat these:

Naturally high Folate foods:


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Mmmm… broccoli… Click for broccoli-rich, side dish recipes from allrecipes.com. | Image courtesy of Toa55 at FreeDigitalPhotos.net

  • Spinach
  • Broccoli
  • Lettuce
  • Okra
  • Asparagus
  • Bananas
  • Melons
  • Lemons
  • Beans
  • Yeast
  • Mushrooms
  • Beef
  • Liver
  • Kidney
  • Orange juice
  • Tomato juice

 

 

 

 

Women, are you *still* smoking?

The answer is “Yes” according to new research published today by the New England Journal of Medicine.

The study reports that these days women who smoke are at a much greater risk of dying from lung cancer than their predecessors. This is due to a growing parity in smoking habits among men and women over the years. Apparently today’s woman has come a long way baby as far as smoking younger and more often.

In fact, women have basically achieved equal opportunity when it comes to dying from smoke related diseases such as emphysema. If they continue on this tar and nicotine filled trajectory, they will surpass men… in a very unsavory way.

I don’t know about you, but I really don’t think this is the right way to go about achieving greater equality.

Smoke like a man, die like a man: Study says women have caught up to men on lung cancer risk – The Washington Post.

Time to QUIT. But don’t do it alone! Here’s how:


 

Click the pic for info on how to quit smoking for good! Credit: voxxi/Shutterstock photos

Resolution and Weight/Weight Loss Revelations

aflogo-96x96Let’s face it. These days, weight loss tops the list of the most popular New Year’s Resolutions. Of course many also hope to get a new job, better education, etc., However it seems that all but the conviction to shed a problematic fat suit is engulfed in the wake of the post-holiday surrender to reality.

Not that we are lazy or that we give up easily, it’s just that continuing on with the same job or level of education does not increase our risk of diabetes, heart attack, stroke, along with a whole host of serious health issues that are part of and parcel of being—and staying— overweight. (In other words, your physician will not peer at you from behind a furrowed brow of concern in response to your modest salary.)

Many of us view the debut of a new year as a solid, tangible break from the past that translates into a “break” from our old, unhealthy habits. It’s a whole new paradigm; another chance.

As we should. Depending on your disposition, you can either view the American obesity epidemic as discouraging or an opportunity for growth; *not* in the physical sense of course.

Percentages of Overweight Americans Ages 20+


  • More than two-thirds (68.8 percent) of adults are considered to be overweight or obese.
  • More than one-third (35.7 percent) of adults are considered to be obese.
  • More than 1 in 20 (6.3 percent) have extreme obesity.
  • Almost 3 in 4 men (74 percent) are considered to be overweight or obese.
  • The prevalence of obesity is similar for both men and women (about 36 percent).
  • About 8 percent of women are considered to have extreme obesity.

Source: Weight-control Information Network

Yesterday we wrote about some healthy weight findings that we found to be a little unorthodox: A recent study claims that those who carry a few extra pounds around have a lower risk of premature death than that of their healthy weight counterparts. The article does not address obesity however. A person is obese when their BMI (body mass index) is 30 percent or above.

This is a different story. An article in USA Today “weighs” in on the topic with the help of a few reputable physicians. The piece is a fitting follow-up to yesterday’s post. Plus it includes links to diet and exercise tips and information on how to lose weight by forming healthier habits.

Need help sticking to your resolutions? We do too!

 

Resolution and Weight/Weight Loss Shockers

aflogo-96x96Perhaps prompted by all the hyper-idealistic discussion about resolutions (which always inevitably revolve around diet and weight loss,) the Los Angeles Times recently reported that a few extra pounds is fine for your health.

I don’t know about you, but this news prompts in me a rare reaction of simultaneous shock and comfort. It evokes the former because it flies in the face of virtually everything else I’ve heard regarding weight and health for ohhh… my lifetime; a.k.a., more than the past thirty years.

It’s comforting because I am—like many of you I’m sure (hey, we’re Americans)—a few pounds overweight. I’m working on it though. My meticulously planned resolutions are on track now for three days and counting.

Regardless, the story is worth a gander. Plus the page features a Dr. Oz “Real Age” calculator. It’s smack dab in the middle of the story in the form of a Google Ad, but as far as ads go, you have to admit, it’s a good one. If you’ve never calculated your real age, it’s worth a go. It can be a real eye opening experience; and depending on your lifestyle, that can be either good or bad. You’ve been warned.

If this short series of bombshells are not enough for you, take heed. Solace comes in the form of another article listed off to the left of the page under “RELATED.” There is a link to a bit of news that ran in late December. It reports that running is actually a more effective way to shed pounds than weight training.

(Huh?) What is going on in this bizarro world of ours?

Personally, I’m happy about this one too. I like lifting weights, but through the years I have found a shortage of things in this world that that offer a greater sense of satisfaction and well-being than a good, hard, sweat-inducing, mind-wandering, run.

Not only does it promote a leaner body and a stronger heart, but it just as equally results in clarity of mind and an overall sense of calm.

Ahhh… 2013 is going to be a great year. I can feel it.

Ooohhh…. Jackpot.

 

Creative Relief for Arthritis, or Chronic Pain due to “Arthritis”

aflogo-96x96The cold winter months can bring pain and discomfort for arthritis sufferers. Joint inflammation, commonly known as “arthritis” affects all age groups including nearly 300,000 children. It is second only to heart disease as a cause of work disability.

In severe cases, arthritis can interfere with the most basic daily tasks such as walking, climbing stairs, using a computer, brushing your teeth or preparing food.

Fortunately, thanks to new treatments, the disease process that leads to joint destruction can be controlled in most people – particularly those with Rheumatoid Arthritis.

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Form-fitting designs of soft touch fabrics target pain-prone areas. They serve as an effective, natural alternative (or complement) to over-the-counter drugs.

The Bed Buddy Hot & Cold Pack easily conforms to the body, even when cold.

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Plus it’s simple and safe, filled with natural grains, herbs and flowers and is available in a number of scents including lavender, rose and cherry blossom, eucalyptus, rosemary, orange, vanilla, coconut, almond and more.

The Bed Buddy Iso-Ball is a unique product designed to help patients living with arthritis by providing moist heat therapy. The Iso-Ball fits in the palm, providing warmth while you exercise your hand.

The moist heat makes it easier to exercise and increase movement in arthritic joints. You will feel improvement in pain and stiffness almost immediately.

The Bed Buddy Warming Bear is a cute and cuddly way to apply soothing moist heat. Buddy was designed with 100 percent natural grains in his belly, hands and feet. He can be used hot or cold to keep you warm through those cool nights or provide soothing comfort to an ear or tooth ache.

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Exercise for Reduction of Holiday Stress

aflogo-96x96Physical activity increases the heart rate and enhances fitness. People who engage in exercise are less likely to develop many serious diseases. An inactive lifestyle doubles the risk of having a heart attack.

Exercise is an excellent way to improve not only physical health but mental health as well.

The stress of the holidays can cause even the most balanced among us to feel out of sorts. So drop the candy cane and hop on the stationary bike or rowing machine, STAT.

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Benefits of physical activity


People who get enjoyable, regular physical activity can improve their overall quality of life. Physical activity can lower a person’s risk for the following disorders:

A Bright Light for Skin and Acne Treatment

Problem skin is reborn anew under the red, bright light of the Baby Quasar Plus Red Light Therapy from ActiveForever. This easy-to-use, device delivers the latest breakthroughs in blemish and wrinkle reduction and acne treatment. But without the sterile discomfort of the doctors office or clinic.

Fresh, beautiful, youthful and clear skin is generated from within using the FDA approved, Photo Rejuvenation Light Therapy. The Baby Quasar Plus is an easy-to-use, at-home device that uses the same wavelengths and frequencies as photo rejuvenation models used by dermatologists. It’s safe, non-invasive, there’s no pain or downtime.

This Red Light Therapy Device works by warming the deeper layers of collagen underneath the skin’s surface. This stimulation reduces acne, scars, broken capillaries, fine lines and blemishes. The result is a firmer, more even complexion, and a refreshed tone and color with less-visible pores.

Those in the market for an improvement in their skin are increasingly turning to the Baby Quasar Plus for it’s fast, easy and reliable results.

The Baby Quasar Plus uses FDA approved, photo-rejuvenation technology to uncover fresher, younger looking skin, easily.

 

 

ActiveForever Mobility Aids featured on Stroke-Network.com

ActiveForever-logoActiveForever has teamed up with Stroke-Network.com to address the issues surrounding Stroke recovery.

This week we discussed mobility aids for the different steps of the rehabilitation process. After all, you’ll never reach your recovery goals if you don’t keep moving.

The Carex Ultra Ride Rollator Transport Chair is versatile enough to accompany you through each step of the recovery process. $127.32

We carry an extensive line of Carex mobility products at the best prices in our Stroke and Neuro Rehab line. These products are smart, adaptable for different phases of progress, and created with the goal of progress in mind.

According to to the American Stroke Association, Stroke is the No. 4 cause of death and a leading cause of disability in the United States. Although in recent years there have been increasing occurrences in younger adults as well.

Stroke kills more than 137,000 people a year. There are different types of Strokes, however a commonality is the fact that likelihood for survival and speedy recovery is increased exponentially with timely detection and treatment.

That’s why we’re thrilled to have the opportunity to raise awareness of the signs, symptoms, effects and issues, surrounding Stroke.

Winning Winter Tips

What comes to mind when you think of healthy foods?

Green tea, broccoli, bran flakes? of course. But hot cocoa?

According to CNN.com Health, the rich sweet goodness in a cup is right up there when it comes to a winning winter diet. That’s some welcome news! Looks like we’re doing things right after all. So drink up, but you might want to hold off on the marshmallows… At ActiveForever, we’re always thinking about your health and ours, so thought we’d bring you this informational little blurb to start your day off right.

While we’ve got you in a health-oriented state of mind, be sure to check out our luxurious skin care products in honor of National Healthy Skin Month. There’s nothing like showing the harsh winter weather who’s boss by pampering your largest and arguably most precious organ this time of year. Women especially need to take heed as they have a thinner, drier dermis than that of their male counterparts. Barrier creams reinforce the skin’s natural shield and prevent precious moisture from exiting the skin’s surface.

‘Tis the season, so all of our winter products are moving fast, especially where attire is concerned. Our collection of heated and insulated clothing is material proof that you really can be stylish and comfortable at the same time.

Also, be sure to pick up your copy of our Essential Gifts catalog while supplies last!

Give the gift of health this season!

So, grab some walnuts, but just a few, (they are rich in fat,) the good fat, but still… and shop healthy!

ActiveForever and CMTA

Did you know that Charcot-Marie-Tooth Disease (CMT) currently affects roughly 115,000 Americans of all ages?

The hereditary, neurological disorder first diagnosed in 1886, is not life-threatening and almost never affects the brain. It does however, cause damage to the peripheral nerves. These nerves connect the brain and spinal cord to the muscles and sensory organs in our bodies. This neuropathy (nerve damage) causes muscles to become weak and deteriorate as well as a loss of sensation in the extremities.

The genetic causes of CMT were unknown as recently as 1991. As of now, scientists and physicians have helped to concretely identify 10 different genes linked to CMT. In all, there are a total of 30 genes in which abnormalities are thought to lead to CMT.

As part of their growing arsenal of partnerships, ActiveForever has joined forces with the Charcot-Marie-Tooth Association (CMTA). Together we advocate for the support, education and pursuit of a cure for those afflicted with CMT.

We invite you to learn more about this cause and find out ways in which you can become involved!