True or False – Day 3 – Heart Health

Day 3

“Women need to start worrying about heart disease after they hit menopause”.

Answer: False
It’s believed that the drop in estrogen that accompanies menopause may make your blood vessels less elastic, increasing the strain on your heart.  However, when researchers followed nearly 1,500 women over nine years, they found that in the years leading up to menopause, there was an increase in the severity of metabolic syndrome…a group of risk factors, including high fasting blood sugar and high blood pressure, associated with heart disease. This effect was even more pronounced in black women. read more -->

True or False – Day 2

Day 2

Which of these is not a risk factor for heart disease?
A. High blood pressure ___
B. Obesity___
C. Migraines ____
D. Smoking ____
E. Diabetes_____

Answer: Trick question…they all might be. You can probably rattle off most risk factors by…well, heart, with the possible exception of migraines.  But a Harvard study of more than 100,000 women recently found that migraine sufferers were 50 percent likelier to have a heart attack, a stroke, or fatal heart disease, regardless of other risk factors, Genetics, hormones and inflammation are all possible culprits, but “the short answer is that we do not yet know what precise mechanism causes this,” says lead researcher Tobias Kurth, MD, adjunct professor at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. read more -->

True or False? What do you know?

Over the next week I will be sharing “true or false” health questions.  Let me know what you think!  These came from O Magazine and I thought you would find them interesting and informative!

Day 1:
For each pair of breakfast foods, circle the option with less sodium per serving.”

Cornflakes or shredded wheat ___
Greek yogurt or cottage cheese___
Whole wheat toast or a bagel

Answer:
Shredded wheat, Greek yogurt, and whole wheat toast all contain significantly less sodium per serving than the other options. Why should you care? Americans consume more than 3,400 milligrams of sodium a day on average far above the American Heart Association’s recommended daily limit of 2,300 milligrams and nearly double its ideal limit of 1,500. “All that sodium can raise blood pressure, a major contributor to heart disease,” explains Cheryl Anderson, PhD, an associate professor at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine.  Try to eat mostly fresh food, and always check labels.  Choosing foods that contain only one milligram of sodium per calorie or less- no more than 100 milligrams in a 100- calorie food, for example- can help you stay within healthy limits, say Anderson. read more -->

Aging & The Throwaway Culture Continued

Let’s hear it for our fabulous over 60 crowd!!

The question is, how do we all come out of the closet and say to the many who have ignored us, “I am here! I have valuable information to share, ideas & perspectives that might change the directions our society is taking”?  Aging is magnificent – let’s live it to the fullest.

Families, now further apart, often look at their parents as obsolete or having suddenly gone “stupid” with minimal value to offer. While they have no patience for us, perhaps we can teach them that patience is a virtue that took us years to acquire. read more -->

The Throwaway Culture

I am not sure when this dilemma began, but there has been a growing disregard for those of us who are over 60 and considered outdated, often useless and even unwanted as we age. We, as senior citizens, have even bought into this cultural phenomenon!

We “Throwaways” have been pushed out of jobs, often in the name of cost cutting, and left companies devoid of experience and the wisdom that has come with it. The average CEO in the US is just over 45 with only 3 years at a given company – do you think they are missing out on valuable expertise that comes with historical knowledge? In European countries, on the other hand, the average CEO’s is over 50 and has been with their company over 30 years. read more -->

A Special Olympics Universal Message

I watched the opening ceremony to the Special Olympics and my eyes swelled with tears. As the Olympians and the police volunteers, who have collected funds around the world for the Special Olympics, wound their way down a ski slope at night each holding a lighted torch to bring in the flame of hope to the center stage, I was moved by the harmonious music, softness of the flow and quiet awe of the crowd. I was struck by the beauty of the mix of nations participating as friends, co-contestants and examples of what could be in creating unity and peace among people. read more -->

Rock and Roll at Any Age! Book Launch Event

Joan-bookcoverJoin Oregon Based Author, Joan Lubar, for Rock & Roll at Any Age Book Signing and Presentation

Joan Lubar, author of the newly released book, Rock & Roll at Any Age, is hosting a book signing and presentation and YOU’RE invited.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017 • 6:00 – 8:00 pm
West Linn Cafe
1980 Willamette Falls Dr.
West Linn, OR

Meet author Joan Lubar, a vivacious, fun loving woman who is a great example of getting older and staying younger.

 “Your book is terrific!”.  Rock & Roll at Any Age is full of truth and fun. Getting older does not mean inevitable decline or invisibility.  Read this book and start living now!”  Dr. Christiane Northrup, well known author, gynecologist and woman’s health guru. read more -->

Bill’s Gazpacho – the most delicious ever!!

Thank you Bill McBurney and Nedra Sahr for sharing

This has to be the BEST Gaspacho ever plus it makes a great, nutritious lunch for cleansing

Ingredients:

About 12 egg sized plum tomatoes
1 red pepper (organic)
1 English cucumber (better organic)
1 Organic apple
1 Tbsp crushed garlic (organic)
Salt and pepper to taste
2 tsp. olive oil
Dash of hot sauce
Juice of 1/2 lime or lemon

Instructions:

Put all in Cuisinart or blender and pulse to consistency you like (I like chunky)
All done – can be warmed if you like read more -->