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POTASSIUM


Article courtesy of Donna Hargrove, D.O., Nutrition Editor What is potassium and why do we need it? If you have had a GI illness or have been doing a lot of exercise, someone may tell you to increase foods rich in potassium. Why do these things cause your potassium to decrease? Where do you find […]

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Principles of the Mediterranean Diet


Following the principles of the Mediterranean Diet has shown to prevent or reduce the risks of heart disease, stroke, diabetes and obesity. The Mediterranean diet incorporates the basics of healthy eating — plus a splash of flavorful olive oil and perhaps a glass of red wine — among other components characterizing the traditional cooking style […]

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Cholesterol


Article courtesy of Donna Hargrove, D.O., Nutrition Editor Cholesterol is a soft, waxy substance found among the lipids (fats) in the bloodstream and in all your body’s cells. It’s an important part of a healthy body because it’s used to form cell membranes, some hormones and is needed for other functions. But a high level […]

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C-Reactive Protein


Article courtesy of Donna Hargrove, D.O., Nutrition Editor What is C-reactive protein (CRP)? C-reactive protein (CRP) is a blood test marker for inflammation in the body. CRP is produced in the liver and its level is measured by testing the blood. CRP is classified as an acute phase reactant, which means that its levels will […]

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Alcohol Consumption and Cardiovascular Disease


Information and sources in the following article are derived from an article originally published on the Harvard School of Public Health web site. For the entire body of research and references go to http://www.hsph.harvard.edu/nutritionsource/what-should-you-eat/alcohol-full-story/index.html. Moderate alcohol consumption, defined as 1 drink for females and 2 drinks for men, has been extensively studied in relation to […]

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