The Synergistic Relationship of Vitamins D and K

Vitamins D3 and K2In recent years, vitamin D has received a lot of attention for its important role in health and wellness. From bone support, cognitive function, inflammation support to immune system optimization, vitamin D is a vital player in many aspects of health. Low levels of vitamin D has been linked to autoimmune disorders, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, cognitive disorders, cancer, obesity and more. Data shows that most people are deficient in vitamin D. Fortunately, the majority of doctors are now routinely testing vitamin D status and advising supplementation.

Newer research is focusing on the synergistic relationship that vitamin D has with vitamin K2, another essential fat-soluble vitamin. Continue reading “The Synergistic Relationship of Vitamins D and K”

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Snack Today: Coconut Oat Squares

oat coconut squares bIf you are looking for a tasty and healthy treat, this is it! These coconut oat squares are delicious, perfect for snacks and to throw into lunches, plus they are filled with heart healthy goodness. And kids love them!

Oats are fiber-filled whole grains and may help lower LDL (bad) cholesterol and protect against coronary heart disease, as well as some cancers. As if that’s not enough, this power-packed grain also eases constipation and helps control blood sugar levels. Hemp hearts and flaxseed are also heart-friendly foods that provide good fats, fiber and plenty of flavor. Continue reading “Snack Today: Coconut Oat Squares”

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Insomnia Linked to Heart Attacks

sleeping4People who have trouble sleeping may be at greater risk of heart attacks and stroke. According to a new Chinese study published in the journal Neurology, people who struggled to fall asleep, woke up too early, or struggled to focus during the day because of lack of sleep, were 18% more likely to suffer from a heart attack, stroke or cardiovascular disease. The link between insomnia symptoms and these diseases was even stronger in younger adults and people who did not have high blood pressure at the start of the study, so future research should look especially at early detection and interventions aimed at these groups. Continue reading “Insomnia Linked to Heart Attacks”

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Heartburn Drugs Linked to Stomach Cancer & Heart Disease

antacidsAnother study has linked commonly prescribed heartburn drugs to fatal health conditions. This isn’t the first time that research has shown that these drugs have serious side effects. Also linked to liver disease and kidney disease, it may be time to reconsider popping those antacids and looking for an alternative. The class of drugs that were looked at is called proton pump inhibitors (PPIs). These are commonly prescribed to treat gastrointestinal conditions that involve an excess of acid production. Nexium, Aciphex, Zegerid, Dexilant, Prevacid, Prilosec, and Protonix are only some of the brand names that PPIs have taken over the years. Continue reading “Heartburn Drugs Linked to Stomach Cancer & Heart Disease”

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Understanding Blood Pressure

blood pressureAccording to the CDC, 75 million Americans have high blood pressure. And another one in three Americans are at risk for developing high blood pressure. Having high blood pressure puts you at risk for heart disease and stroke, which are leading causes of death in the United States. The American Heart Association now defines high blood pressure as 130/80 mm Hg or higher.

Blood pressure is the force of blood pushing against the walls of the arteries that carry blood from your heart to other parts of your body. Blood pressure normally rises and falls throughout the day, but it can damage your heart and cause health problems if it stays high for a long time. Continue reading “Understanding Blood Pressure”

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