All about inflammation and anti-inflammatory lifestyle (Part 2)

anti-inflammatory strategies

In Part I we discussed how inflammation can cause a wide variety of serious medical conditions.  So, obviously, you should make every effort to keep inflammation at bay.  This article discusses anti-inflammatory strategies to improve your health and prevent chronic diseases. One big problem with the way inflammation is being treated in traditional medicine today is that – as with many other conditions – the emphasis seems to be on managing symptoms with anti-inflammatory drugs, rather than eliminating the root cause (one could argue that this is a much more profitable approach for pharmaceutical companies in the long-run).  Anti-inflammatory drugs (also called non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, or NSAIDs) reduce pain, fever and swelling by blocking proteins and enzymes naturally produced in […]

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6 big myths and misconceptions in healthy eating

healthy eating myths debunked

When it comes to healthy eating, there are many myths and misconceptions that just won’t die.  Some of them may be silly, while some others may be dangerous, because following them may lead to the results opposite to what you would expect (to the detriment of your health). The funny thing is that most people who propagate them by trying to “educate” their friends have no idea why they need to follow these “guidelines” – they were just told to, at some point, by another friend, a popular magazine or even doctors, who got stuck in the last century and didn’t care to update their knowledge with the latest research. Are any of these myths worth believing in?  See for […]

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Heart Health: Part III – regeneration, genetics and supplements

heart health

Wear and tear, cell regeneration and impact on heart health Most people pretty much accept the inevitable decline in heart health as they age, believing that the heart (just as the rest of the body) wears out with time.  It is almost expected that your heart, as you get older, will start changing for the worse – the cardiac muscle is expected to thicken (and weaken at the same time), arteries – to stiffen and overall cell regeneration process – to slow down.  The implied lack of exercise at an older age makes these processes accelerate even further. This grim picture, however, doesn’t have to be your reality. It is true that myocardium cells may not possess the same remarkable […]

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Heart health: Part II – Heart rate, variability and food

checking for heart rate

Resting heart rate – slower is better As your heart gets more efficient and stronger – it can pump more blood with each stroke (and, potentially, require less energy to do that).  Eventually, what this leads to is slower resting heart rate.  Remember, the heart rate is a product of the demand for oxygenated blood and your heart’s ability to satisfy that demand.  As this ability improves, the heart doesn’t need to beat as fast. This is precisely where the benefit of exercise comes in.  Exercise not only strengthens the heart itself and makes it more efficient in accessing oxygen in the blood (by growing more mitochondria) – but it also triggers the growth of new mitochondria (as well as […]

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Is red meat bad? (Part II – IGF-1, risk of cancer and more)

Is meat bad for you

Let’s continue our discussion that we started in Part I and see if there really is any association between meat and cancer. It’s different if you already have a pathology It is often implied that high-protein diet causes damage to your kidneys by “overloading” them with nitrogen by-products of protein digestion (that they naturally metabolise and excrete) – but as a healthy individual, you will have difficulty overconsuming protein, since your body has natural regulatory mechanisms that drive the desire for protein-containing foods.  So you are unlikely to ever eat too much. But is it correct to say that eating any amount will put a strain on your kidneys?  Should you specifically reduce protein consumption to avoid damaging them? The […]

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Why deep-fried food is such a bad food (even in moderate amounts)

deep-fried food

There is really no shortage of bad food out there – probably around 80% of what you can buy at grocery stores or restaurants is harmful to you in some way.  Some items merely require caution – and very close attention to their source and quality.  Some others, however, fall into the “really bad foods” category – no matter where or how you get them. One common type of such really bad food has more to do with the cooking method used, rather than the ingredients – because if you use this cooking method, you can easily destroy even the healthiest product and turn it into poison. The cooking method we are talking about is deep-frying.  It is used extensively […]

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Saturated fat & unsaturated fat: what you didn’t know about bad fats and good fats

saturated fat and unsaturated fat examples

For many years, when people talked about healthy eating, any low-fat diet was a staple.  The USDA food pyramid and its equivalents produced by government authorities responsible for making sure we eat well have been vilifying fat for decades.  American Heart Association still recommends limiting foods containing saturated fat, such as butter or red meat – and to go for leanest cuts whenever you do eat red meat.  They still recommend “replacing foods that are high in saturated fat with healthier options can lower blood cholesterol levels and improve lipid profiles”.  In their own words: “You should replace foods high in saturated fat with foods high in monounsaturated and/or polyunsaturated fat. This means eating foods made with liquid vegetable oil but not […]

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Skinny Fat: When Losing Weight is Not Good

skinny fat parade

A very common mistake of “losing weight” can totally mess up your health. How often have you seen thin people resembling oversized stick figures? How often have you secretly wished you were skinny? Perhaps because the media constantly promotes the image of light-weight and slim models – or perhaps you think this would be a healthier version of yourself? Here is why you might have been wrong about this.

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