L. Reuteri – A probiotic that targets cardiovascular disease
As promised in the Progress Report I posted a few weeks ago, I want to tell you about something new we’ve learned. It all started during Bill’s checkup in April last year when Dr. Crandall encouraged us to look into a probiotic for heart health. Well.. you don’t have to ask me twice! I researched it as soon as I got home, and Bill started taking it that very week. It’s called Lactobacillus Reuteri 30242, or more commonly known as L. Reuteri. It’s a specific strain of Lactobacillus–a friendly bacteria that lives in our bodies and is found in some fermented foods like yogurt. These friendly bacteria are also called probiotics.
The American Heart Association reported this probiotic lowers bad (LDL) cholesterol and total cholesterol in people with high cholesterol. In the study, a dosage of 100 mg taken twice daily was used, and after only 9 weeks total cholesterol dropped an average of 9.1% and LDL dropped 11.6% as compared to the study participants taking the placebo.
And so did Bill’s! He began taking L. Reuteri in April in a dose of 2.5 Billion CFU (colony forming units) twice daily with food. At the end of September his new lipid profile showed his total cholesterol had dropped 6.9% Continue reading Probiotic for your Heart?
Healthy, Wholesome Gingerbread Muffins
The smell of these muffins baking just fills your world with warmth! I have some in the oven right now to take to a small holiday get-together tonight. I like that they’re made with the wholesomeness of whole grain spelt and pumpkin–you get a healthy dose of fiber and nutrition, plus the molasses gives you a bit of iron too.
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A B+ you say? What?
Well I kind of expected it.
Life stuff over the summer caused some stress and a wavering in focus on our exercise program and even some on our diet. And there’s the irony! Because when motivation suffers, we all know that exercise and eating well are the best things you can do to combat the blues and stressful life stuff!
We haven’t been terrible.. we didn’t completely fall off the wagon and abandon our healthy focus. Still plant-based, mostly whole foods, avoiding sugar and so on, but too often our dinner meals were getting skimpy on the greens for example.
And the gym.. well.. sometimes talking about the stress stuff, or computer time on Bill’s photography passion gobbled up the day before we knew it and we’d miss the gym. So we didn’t always get the cardio time we know we need. And this seemed to lead to staying up too late, a little too much late-night popcorn (no butter of course), along with broken sleep and wakefulness in the night. So things have not been going as well as they had been. Our daily routine just plain got out of whack. Continue reading Progress Report~Fall 2015
Heart Healthy Pancakes
“I don’t have to tell you I love you. I fed you pancakes.”
~Kathleen Flinn in “Burnt Toast Makes You Sing Good”
Our Thanksgiving holiday travel plans got cancelled at the last minute, so we spent a quiet Thanksgiving Day together at home. As most of you know, we stopped eating meat and poultry after Bill’s event (and we avoid common wheat as well) so our holiday meal is a bit nontraditional anyway. Yet the feast with the family is always wonderfully bountiful with an abundance of vegetables and Uncle Ernest’s famous homegrown butter beans!
Suddenly unprepared to put together the usual Thanksgiving fare (sans the turkey and stuffing), I used this unexpected change of plans to test this recipe and we were not disappointed! Our nontraditional Thanksgiving meal magically became a heaping plate of blueberry pancakes Continue reading SPELT-BLUEBERRY PANCAKES
FIX IT PLAN
It’s good to re-fuel with a fresh dose of motivation and guidance, and with that in mind I want to tell you about Steven Masley, MD’s “The 30-Day Heart Tune-Up”. I talked about it in an earlier post and linked to it on the Books & Links page, and (ta-da!) I’ve just finished reading it cover to cover.
Masley sums up the book’s purpose quite nicely in the very beginning: “What is the 30-Day Heart Tune-up? It’s all about shrinking arterial plaque, improving circulation, and strengthening your heart-beat.”
An important message I got from this book is that medicine may help us live longer, but it doesn’t stop the underlying cause of elevated blood pressure or cholesterol that leads to being prescribed medication in the first place. So if we rely on medications alone, our bodies will very likely still be forming deadly arterial plaque. Continue reading Book Review~The 30-Day Heart Tune-Up