Category Archives: Kids Health

A Not-So-Secret Weapon Against Cardiovascular Disease

If you are one of those people who are tired of hearing about how good fruits and vegetables are for you, this may finally get your attention: A certain nutrient found in them reduces the risk of cardiovascular disease and early death.

In a large study, researchers noted that high levels of vitamin C in the blood are associated with a decreased risk ofcardiovascular disease and early death. And fruits and vegetables are the best way to raise those levels of vitamin C.

foodcolors_m55t_0hl8_cb661

Those people who had diets high in fruits and vegetables had a 15% lower risk of developing cardiovascular disease and a 20% lower risk of early death compared with those who very rarely ate fruit and vegetables.

Vitamin C serves many functions in the body. It is vital for the growth and repair of body tissues. It is necessary to heal wounds and form scar tissue, and it aids in the formation of collagen that is needed to make skin, tendons, and ligaments. It is also an important antioxidant that blocks some of the harm caused by free radicals in the body. These destructive molecules are believed to play a role in the aging progress and are suspect in the cause of cancer and heart disease.

“We know that fruit and vegetables are healthy, but now our research is pinpointing more precisely why this is so. Eating a lot of fruit and vegetables is a natural way of increasing vitamin C blood levels, which in the long term may contribute to reducing the risk of cardiovascular disease and early death,” Boerge Nordestgaard, a clinical professor at the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, University of Copenhagen, and a consultant at Herlev and Gentofte Hospital, said in a statement.

Getting the vitamin from food is preferable to supplements he adds. Not only is it more likely to help people develop a healthier lifestyle, food sources contain other nutrients that contribute to health and that may work best in conjunction with vitamin C.

Our bodies cannot make vitamin C, so we must obtain it from the foods we eat. All fruits and vegetables contain vitamin C, but some are better sources than others.

fruits2

Citrus fruits are the most well-known source of the vitamin, but cantaloupe, watermelon, kiwi, strawberries, and blueberries are also good sources. Vegetable sources include broccoli, potatoes, red and green peppers, tomatoes, and leafy greens. All it takes is five servings (generally a half cup each) to meet your quota for the day.

The study is published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.

Advertisements

Less than 3%

There are really only a few basic habits we know should help keep people healthy: eating well, exercising, avoiding smoking, and keeping body fat in check.

Turns out a shockingly tiny number — just 2.7 percent — of Americans actually manage all four habits, according to a new study published in Mayo Clinic Proceedings.

The research, led by Paul Loprinzi of the University of Mississippi, used data about the lifestyles of nearly 5,000 US adults from the 2003 to 2006 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey. (That’s the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s biggest national health survey.)

The researchers zeroed in on information about exercise (whether people got 150 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity weekly based on accelerometer data) and smoking status (measured by blood levels of cotinine, a biomarker for tobacco exposure). As for eating habits, the researchers looked at self-reported 24-hour recall data about diet and used the Healthy Eating Index score (an indicator of diet quality that takes into account how many fruits and vegetables people eat, as well as meat, beans, oil, saturated fat, alcohol, and sodium). To evaluate physical fitness, they also looked at body fat percentage.

681a404058aa29dc143bbca7f42f3612

The researchers also looked at how these behaviors corresponded with biomarkers related to chronic diseases like diabetes and heart disease, including cholesterol and fasting glucose.

The findings were stark.

Only about 38 percent of Americans surveyed had a healthy diet, just 10 percent had a normal body fat level, and fewer than half (47 percent) were sufficiently active. On the upside: 70 percent of adults reported themselves as nonsmokers. But overall, fewer than 3 percent of Americans managed all four healthy lifestyle behaviors. Eleven percent had none.

Generally, the researchers also found, people who had three or four of these behaviors had better biomarker measures compared with those who managed none.

activitypyramid-500r

This new research should be a reminder of how difficult behavior change is, and how addressing society’s obesity challenge is going to take more than simply telling people to eat better and exercise more.

From VOX, read post here

Have You Built a Quit Plan? | Smokefree.gov

Planning ahead improves your chances of quitting smoking for good. Follow these steps to create your own individual quit plan.

image-detail-for-stop-smoking

Source: Have You Built a Quit Plan? | Smokefree.gov

quitSTART | Smokefree.gov

quitSTART is a fun, free app with tips to help you quit smoking: Distract yourself from cravings with games and challenges; earn badges for smokefree milestones; share your progress with your friends

screen568x568

Source: quitSTART | Smokefree.gov

18 Ways Smoking Affects Your Health | Smokefree.gov

The Great American Smoke Out is coming….

Every year since the 1970’s the third Thursday in November has been designated to help those quit tobacco use.  For the next six weeks, I’ll share tips and guidelines to help you, or someone you love, quit

Smoking-cessation2

Smoking Effects Quitting Effects

Source: 18 Ways Smoking Affects Your Health | Smokefree.gov

NATIONAL STOP BULLYING DAY

National Stop Bullying Day, which is referred to by some as “unity” Day is celebrated annually on the second Wednesday in October  This annual celebration is to bring awareness of the need to stand up against and put and end to bullying.

406602_10151565261049167_1001436574_n-Copy

http://www.stopbullying.gov/

CELEBRATE

Use #NationalStopBullyingDay to post on social media.

October is National Spinal Health Month

Choose Chiropractic First