Go Soy to Lower BP

Soy bean productsRecent study results indicate that consuming soy protein can lower blood pressure. There are also some laboratory studies reported by the American Institute for Cancer Research suggesting that consuming soy early in life (around adolescence) may help protect against breast cancer later in life (the evidence for prevention when consuming soy later in life is not very promising). The only contraindication to soy ingestion is for women receiving anti-estrogen treatments such as tamoxifen for breast cancer. READ MORE

Color Your Bones Healthy

carotenoid veggiesCarotenoids, found in fruits and vegetables (particularly lycopene), may protect older men and women against bone loss, according to a study by Tufts University, Boston University and Hebrew SeniorLife. They surmise this is because of the antioxidants in carotenoids that protect the skeleton by reducing oxidative stress, which then inhibits bone breakdown. READ MORE

Maintaining Acid-Alkaline Balance for Bone Health

Yogurt with fruitBodies require an environment that is slightly alkaline to function properly. Perfectly equal acid-alkaline balance is a pH of 7.0. Healthy bodies need to maintain a pH that is just over 7.0.

In general, foods that are high in protein, fat and sugar are acid-producing. These include meats, seafood, fish, poultry, dairy, and grains.  Foods producing an alkaline environment after being metabolized by the body are mostly fruits, vegetables, lentils, seeds, sprouts, roots, and tubers. READ MORE

Brown-Bagging It

Healthy packed lunchMany of us do not have the opportunity to go home from work during lunchtime. The best way to ensure that your lunch will be healthy and safe – and a lot less expensive than eating out – is by preparing your own and bringing it to work. It’s also portable; you can take your lunch to the break room, outside for a picnic or to a nearby park where you can walk around and fit in some physical activity! READ MORE

The 6% Solution

Have your sports drink handy during exerciseThe 6% Solution When exercising or competing in events of greater than 60 minutes, particularly if high intensity, we may want to consider a sports drink. Specially-formulated sports drinks can aid our performance by providing energy in the form of carbohydrates. They can also replenish the electrolytes that we lose from our bodies via sweat. As with many things, more is not necessarily better. Look for sports drinks that provide nominal amounts of carbohydrate – about 6%. The greater the carbohydrate content above 6%, the higher the risk of gastrointestinal upset. To determine if a drink meets the “6% solution,” be a Sherlock and sleuth it out. Here’s how: READ MORE