Archive for the ‘Health’ Category

I just read a study by the Physical Activity Council that found that over 60 million people in the U.S. are totally inactive!  A shocking number.  And we can’t pin this all on the seniors since the study found over a third of these people are between the ages of 6 and 34!  Additionally, the number of 6-12 year olds who are inactive has more than doubled since 2008!  Somehow we need to reverse this trend or there will be a grave price to pay down the road.  Take notice and take action.

The article is here:

http://www.physicalactivitycouncil.com/pages/scactivecoalition/pdfs/2011PAC-ReportRelease.pdf

Microwaving in Plastic Containers

Posted: April 28, 2011 in Health

I was reading an article a few years ago (wish I saved the link) that really stuck in my mind and changed some of my habits for life.  It was an article by a prominent doctor about the most important things you can do to stay healthy and live a long life.

As I started the article I wasn’t expecting to glean anything spectacular, as I consider myself well read in the area of health.  The doctor started his list with the obvious advice: eat healthy, low fat meals…..regular exercise….and there may have been other points, but none struck me as news bulletins.  But then the doctor stated something that really caught my attention:  Do NOT microwave your food in plastic containers!

Of course, I had heard this advice before, however the fact that a well known doctor listed it as a health factor that he considered just as important as eating right and exercise really stood out in my mind.  This was not some quack doctor on the fringe.  Since then, I have stopped microwaving food in plastic containers, even those containers that claim to be microwaveable.

Do I feel any different now that I am not microwaving in plastic?  No, I feel the same really.  However, I definitely think I am healthier on the inside.  We don’t know everything there is to know about plastics; compounds that we were once told were 100% safe are now known to be carcinogens.  If you still microwave in plastic, please do some research and know your risks.  Technology should help us, not kill us!

Recent Studies on Coffee

Posted: April 24, 2011 in Health

I started drinking coffee at about 12 and have pretty much been an addict my whole life, starting every morning with a cup of coffee and finishing my day with a cup.  And often several cups in between.  Recently, I decided to cut out the coffee because I suspected it might be having negative effects on my health, mainly my blood pressure.  It’s been a few months and I’ve only been drinking herbal tea, usually with no caffeine.

Now I come across two new studies on coffee:

First this one from Reuters Health:

http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/04/21/us-coffee-bloodpressure-idUSTRE73K7K220110421

This article downplays coffee as a risk factor for high blood pressure.  After reading this I am thinking maybe it’s okay to go back to coffee?  But then I read the next article from emaxhealth  and it makes me think I am on the right track:

http://www.emaxhealth.com/1020/coffee-fatty-meal-raises-blood-sugar-diabetes-level

This article essentially says that following a high fat meal with a cup of coffee (who doesn’t like doing that?) raises your blood sugar levels to dangerous levels.  It seems that the caffeine interferes with the normal release of insulin.  This is important if you are predisposed to type II diabetes.

Based on these articles, my recommendation is moderation.  Enjoying a morning coffee after a low-fat breakfast is probably fine for most healthy people.  However, after a heavy meal, it’s probably a good idea to switch to a non-caffeinated beverage, especially if you have concerns about your blood sugar.  For now, I will stay with the herbal tea…..I am actually starting to enjoy the variety!

Stay healthy!