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Magnesium-Rich Foods Prevent Sudden Death

By Michael Greger M.D. ecomii.com
November 26, 2012
File under: Health Concerns, Healthy Eating, Nuts, Seeds, Vegetarian, Whole Grains

Most men and women who succumb to heart disease die suddenly without any known history of heart problems. As noted in my three minute video How Do Nuts Prevent Sudden Cardiac Death?, up to 55 percent of men and 68 percent of women have no clinically recognized heart disease before sudden death.

They obviously had rampant heart disease, however it just wasn’t recognized until they were lying on a slab in the morgue. So if there was ever a case to be made for primary prevention, the determination to start eating healthier right now – tonight – before the symptoms of sudden cardiac death arise is it. Especially since that first symptom is often the last. So how do we do it?

Our story begins 43 years ago with a fascinating paper in the New England Journal of Medicine entitled, “Sudden Death and Ischemic Heart Disease: Correlation With Hardness of the Local Water Supply.”[1]

There appeared to be “an increased susceptibility to lethal arrhythmias [fatal heart rhythms] among residents of soft-water areas.” So maybe one of the minerals found in hard water is protective, but which one? Researchers decided to cut some hearts open to find out. …read more of Magnesium-Rich Foods Prevent Sudden Death here

 
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Ginger Fruit Ring: Luscious, Low Fat and Vegan!

By Marie Oser, Managing Editor ecomii.com
June 7, 2011
File under: Dairy Free, Dessert, Recipes, Vegan, Whole Grains

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Maintaining a healthy weight is certainly an important component of good health and being overweight or obese increases the risk of developing heart disease, diabetes and other debilitating diseases.

Any dieter will tell you that there are some foods that are easier to give up than others and that avoiding the foods we love best is the hardest thing to do.

Desserts, in all their luscious sweet and crunchy glory are often at the top of the list. Traditional desserts are loaded with calories and fat, much of it heavily saturated.

The good news is that you can have your cake and eat it, too! …read more of Ginger Fruit Ring: Luscious, Low Fat and Vegan! here

 
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Ravishing Rice Salad: Cool, Casual and Elegant

By Marie Oser, Managing Editor ecomii.com
April 15, 2011
File under: Healthy Eating, Vegan, Whole Grains

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Photo: Joseph A. Garcia

Brown rice is a whole, natural grain with a mild nutty flavor and chewy texture that is rich in fiber and also provides important levels of some key essential minerals.

An excellent source of manganese, brown rice is also a good source of selenium and magnesium. One cup of brown rice contains 88 percent of the Daily Value of manganese, a trace mineral that supports strong bones, thyroid function, a healthy nervous system and normal blood sugar levels.

Selenium is protective against free radical damage and also plays an important role in the production of thyroid hormone. Magnesium helps build and strengthen bones and also relaxes the nerves and muscles.

Brown rice is more nutritious than white rice and what differentiates brown rice from white rice is …read more of Ravishing Rice Salad: Cool, Casual and Elegant here

 
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6 Smart Summer Snacks for Kids

By Marie Oser, Managing Editor ecomii.com
June 7, 2010
File under: Healthy Eating, Saving Money, Snacks, Vegan, Whole Grains

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Kids need a lot of energy to keep going during the summer.  As soon as the school year is over they are suddenly on the go, riding their bikes, swimming, playing sports or off to the park to meet friends. Daily schedules are out the window and it can be a challenge to make sure they are eating as well as they should.

It’s a good idea to stock up on small portable foods that pack a lot of nutrition. Kids, teens and ‘tweens all tend to eat lots of small meals throughout the day and it’s a good idea to keep wholesome snacks on hand. Whole grain waffles, pretzels, breadsticks, tortillas and pita pockets, hummus, granola and trail mix are convenient foods for a quick pick-me-up that are healthful and satisfying.

Any snack a child makes is a snack that child is likely to eat, and younger children will especially enjoy being involved in choosing and preparing simple snacks. Having fresh and dried fruit, popcorn, nuts, nut butters and a variety of raw veggies on hand can make quick and healthy snacking a breeze. …read more of 6 Smart Summer Snacks for Kids here

 
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Going Gluten-Free

By Christie Nash ecomii.com
February 27, 2010
File under: Health Concerns, Healthy Eating, Whole Grains

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Fourteen years ago, I was diagnosed with Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS).  Doctors told me that there was nothing they could do to help ease my discomfort and pain, except that I should watch my diet, reduce stress, and get lots of exercise.

I attempted numerous alternative therapies and cut out meats, fermented foods, hot and spicy foods, and dairy products.  However, it took three years ago before someone recommended that I eliminate wheat from my diet.  Until this time, it had never occurred to me that wheat, or gluten, could be the source of my ailments.

I have been wheat-free for over ten years now, and gluten-free for about seven.  My “IBS” is all but gone and I lead a very healthy and normal life.  My story isn’t uncommon; in fact, it has become increasingly common for people who suffer from a broad range of symptoms from lethargy to liver disease. …read more of Going Gluten-Free here

 
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