Healthy Foods

Are statins safe AND effective?

Are statins safe AND effective?

Statins lower cholesterol in most people’s blood. There is no disputing this fact. But questions still remain about whether the results are worth the risk. Researchers and doctors do not yet know what the long-term effects might be for people who are prescribed statins. They are not sure about side effects, and they don’t know for sure if statins can...

Synergy of walnuts is powerful

Synergy of walnuts is powerful

“Synergy” is an old word that came back into its own in the late-1970s, and perhaps is more significant now than ever when it comes to healthy living. It refers to elements working together to achieve a result greater than the sum of its parts. Take walnuts for example. Eating them on a regular basis slows the growth of breast...

Red, White, and Blue Cheesecake Strawberries

Red, White, and Blue Cheesecake Strawberries

Fourth of July is synonymous with cookouts and barbecues, but healthy eating isn’t always a priority. If you are health conscious or thinking about beginning a healthy lifestyle, start with your food choice for this red, white and blue weekend. I like to bring a healthy dish to my Independence Day celebrations so I know there will be a healthy...

A Perfect Summer Sandwich

A Perfect Summer Sandwich

Summer has arrived in the South Carolina lowcountry, and along with it comes fresh tomatoes, sweet and spicy peppers and rich, leafy spinach — the makings of a perfect sandwich. All you need to add is two slices of whole grain bread and cheese, and you have the main course for a healthy midday meal. Let’s take a closer look...

Now’s the time for spring veggies

Now’s the time for spring veggies

If you’ve been meaning to clean up your diet, there is no time better than right now to get started. Farm-fresh spring vegetables are hitting the Lowcountry, S.C., and you’d be very smart — health wise — to buy them. Most plentiful at the moment are nutrient-loaded greens — turnips, kales, lettuces, chards and collards. Asparagus, peas and Spring onions...

Focus on a Plant-Based Diet

Focus on a Plant-Based Diet

Plant based diets can be very beneficial to your health. Switching to a plant-based diet does not necessarily mean you must give up meat all together. But for most people, it does mean a change in food priorities. In other words, when planning your menu, build meals around fruits and veggies, and not meats. This simple shift will do more to...

Get Smart with Exercise

Get Smart with Exercise

Regular exercise is not only a young person’s game.  Studies show that as your age, getting a regular workout affects the brain in such a way that strengthens cognitive abilities. How long do you exercise daily?   Do you wear a tracking device that records the number of steps you take each day?  If not, then consider buying one.  Fitbits and...

Get Smart with Blueberries

Get Smart with Blueberries

It’s the spring growing season in South Carolina.  Have you forgotten that this is the time to get your garden ready for organic delectables?  Why not try blueberries this year?  The small blue fruits that grow happily on bushes in sandy soil gives your brain the juice it needs to run smoothly year after year, according Science Daily about healthy...

Don’t Buy Supplements Without Doctor’s Approval

Don’t Buy Supplements Without Doctor’s Approval

Walk into a name-brand drug store and check out the colorful vitamins and minerals aisle.  Look at all the health supplements!   Need more energy? Less wrinkles? Sleep? Iron? Goat Weed?  It’s like a Yellow Brick Road. A bottle of every vitamin and mineral you’ve ever heard of and more are right there waiting for you.  All you need is red...

Are Nutritional Shakes Worth It?

Are Nutritional Shakes Worth It?

Are those powdered protein shakes everyone seems to be purchasing now from stores as well as home dealers good for you?  Are they the secret to losing weight? “Maybe,” according to a recent report published by the Mayo Clinic.  But they certainly are not a secret elixir to weight loss. The key to dieting is the fact that dropping pounds...

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