Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Fish Oils in Heart Failure Treatment and Other Heart Disease

Thyme and Garlic Grilled Salmon with Mango Salsa, Rosemary Potatoes and Snow Peas

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Fatty fish has been recognized as a part of a heart-healthy diet for some time now. More studies are pointing to the benefits of including omega-3 essential fatty acids from fish in the diet.

Sudden cardiac death occurs over 50% of the time in people with previously unrecognized heart disease. Twice weekly consumption of fatty fish such as salmon can decrease these risks significantly.

Studies have also shown benefits of essential fatty acid supplementation to improve outcomes of treatment for patients with heart failure and coronary heart disease.

This article gives the details of using fish oil supplements for treating and helping to prevent heart disease.

Monday, November 17, 2008

Benefits of Glucomannan Against Risk Factors for Heart Disease

As sedentary lifestyles have increased and as fast food has replaced well-balanced, nutritious meals, obesity has reached epidemic proportions. Obesity brings with it more risk factors for heart disease--high cholesterol and loss of control of blood sugar. Glucomannan, a very high-viscosity fiber has been been studied for its role in fighting these risk factors for heart disease. Glucomannan benefits have also been shown for patients with insulin resistance syndrome, a risk factor for later development of diabetes and heart disease.

Learn the benefits of glucomannan for fighting the risk factors of heart disease....

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Introducing Lisa Nelson, Registered Dietitian

Trying to approach health problems without educating yourself and addressing the underlying causes such as poor diet simply won't accomplish a good long term outcome. Lisa Nelson is a dietitian who specializes in weight loss and lifestyle changes to impact heart risks.

The following is a recent interview with Lisa. She is a great resource for those who really want to make a difference that will impact their health.

eNutritionServices – Be Heart Healthy and Lose Weight

Lisa Nelson

1. What is your current position?
I’m a private practice dietitian helping others be heart healthy and lose weight through online programs.

2. What are your future plans?
My current focus is on developing quality heart health programs. I have two weight loss programs I’m very pleased with and have received good feedback from clients. Now, I’m ready to revamp my heart health options. To be released this month is a free e-course titled “8 Essential Steps to Lower Cholesterol Naturally”. Readers will also have access to six fee based e-courses to delve further into a specific area they struggle with and need further support, such as lowering triglycerides or raising HDL cholesterol. I’m really pleased with how this program has turned out and will be sending a special offer to The Heart of Health “VIP” readers to get feedback before it’s released. After the launch of the lower cholesterol series, I’ll turn my attention to blood pressure.

3. What services can you offer to someone struggling to be heart healthy?
I offer three options that affect heart health. If you struggle to lower cholesterol, my new e-course program will lead you through the basic steps for results. I currently offer a blood pressure e-workbook with optional weekly coaching for individuals struggling to lower blood pressure. My passion for heart health comes from my own family history of heart disease, so I don’t dispense “trendy” treatments, but give factual, research based solutions.

One of the biggest struggles for many people is losing weight. Losing as little as 5-10 pounds can significantly improve cholesterol and blood pressure levels, which is where my weight loss programs are utilized.

4. What can you offer individuals struggling to lose weight?
I offer two programs that have given clients needed results – Balance Program and Mini Diet Makeover.

The Balance Program is an 8 week weight loss program with a 9th bonus week of feedback/support. Weekly sessions cover goal setting, physical activity, portion control, meal planning, emotional eating, metabolism, and healthy convenience foods. Clients also receive access to a substantial “library” of tools, such as online Pilates video, resistance band exercises, food journal template, e-cookbook, etc.

Now, in my opinion, the Mini Diet Makeover is a great way for clients to receive excellent feedback and guidance for minimal cost. Clients receive a detailed assessment, step by step changes, and customized weight loss plan. An excellent overview of what they’re currently doing and where small changes will give results.

An additional benefit is long term support, so clients can “check back in” any time they have questions or need further support.

5. Do you have a forum where questions can be submitted?
Yes, I publish The Heart of Health ezine bi-weekly. The ezine provides free heart health and weight loss tips and readers are invited to submit questions via email. I use the questions for future articles and blog posts.

I’m also an “ask the expert” for The Health Central Network’s cholesterol, high blood pressure, and heart disease sites. This is a great forum to get questions answered by myself or other health experts.

6. What advice would you give to someone newly diagnosed with high cholesterol or blood pressure?
Education! You can not make an informed decision on what’s best for your health if you do not understand the situation. Your MD is a valuable resource for making treatment decisions, but do you want someone else fully in control of what’s best for you? Become informed yourself and work with your MD to make educated decisions that are best for your health.

You need to work with your MD to determine if you can make lifestyle changes to improve your heart health versus opting for medication and hoping the side effects do not happen to you. Don’t hesitate to ask for the support and help you need!

I wish you all the best on your journey to heart health and weight loss!

Lisa Nelson RD, LN

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Acupuncture for Back Pain

Low back pain is a problem for so many people. The remedies that have been tried are many and new ones are always being sought. Acupuncture has been found to be useful for low back pain when underlying pathology has been ruled out. Read more about how acupuncture can be used to treat low back pain..