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February 2019

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February Is Heart Health Month

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When it comes to your heart, what you eat matters. Follow these tips from HealthFinder.gov for heart-healthy eating:

  1. Eat less saturated fats. Cut back on fatty meats, high-fat dairy, cakes, cookies, and butter. This includes pizza, burgers, and foods with creamy sauce or gravy.
  2. Cut down on sodium (salt). Read the Nutrition Facts label and choose foods that are lower in sodium. Look for the low-sodium or “no salt added” types of canned soups, vegetables, packaged meals, snack foods, and lunch meats.
  3. Get more fiber. Eat vegetables, fruits, and whole grains to add fiber to your diet.

Go fish

The American Heart Association recommends eating fish (particularly fatty fish) at least two times (two servings) a week. Each serving is 3.5 ounce cooked, or about ¾ cup of flaked fish. Fatty fish like salmon, mackerel, herring, lake trout, sardines and albacore tuna are high in omega-3 fatty acids.

Increasing omega-3 fatty acid consumption through foods is preferable. However, those with coronary artery disease, may not get enough omega-3 by diet alone. These people may want to talk to their doctor about supplements. And for those with high triglycerides, even larger doses could help.

Patients taking more than 3 grams of omega-3 fatty acids from capsules should do so only under a physician’s care. High intakes could cause excessive bleeding in some people.

Eating fish, is there a catch?

Some types of fish may contain high levels of mercury, PCBs (polychlorinated biphenyls), dioxins and other environmental contaminants. Levels of these substances are generally highest in older, larger, predatory fish and marine mammals.

The benefits and risks of eating fish vary depending on a person’s stage of life.

  • Children and pregnant women are advised by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to avoid eating those fish with the potential for the highest level of mercury contamination (e.g., shark, swordfish, king mackerel or tilefish); to eat up to 12 ounces (two average meals) per week of a variety of fish and shellfish that are lower in mercury (e.g., canned light tuna, salmon, pollock, catfish); and check local advisories about the safety of fish caught by family and friends in local lakes, rivers and coastal areas.
  • For middle-aged and older men and postmenopausal women, the benefits of fish consumption far outweigh the potential risks when the amount of fish are eaten is within the recommendations established by the FDA and Environmental Protection Agency.
  • Eating a variety of fish will help minimize any potentially adverse effects due to environmental pollutants.

Five of the most commonly eaten fish or shellfish that are low in mercury are shrimp, canned light tuna, salmon, pollock, and catfish. Avoid eating shark, swordfish, king Mackerel, or tilefish because they contain high levels of mercury.

CBD Oil

A Short Guide to Understanding CBD Oil

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If you’re interested in CBD oil, you’re trying to learn more of the benefits of the product. You’re not reading this to become a biology major or to create flashcards about the Endocannabinoid System (ECS) or the many compounds that work with the ECS to control different functions of the body. At best, you just want to find a way to find relief that doesn’t involve living in a fantasy world.

It’s probably why some articles are frustrating to read when it comes to scientific explanations. Some are far too general, while others treat you like you have a freshly minted PhD in molecular biology! But there are ways to break it down so that you can actually get a firm grasp on how it all works. Use this as your basic guide to getting started with CBD oil.

The Gist of Cannabis

There are two major parts of the cannabis plant: THC and CBD. THC causes the stereotypical giddy feelings while CBD does not. CBD may make you feel more relaxed, but it won’t interfere with your mental capacity or bodily functions. There are lots of strains of cannabis, each with its own concentration of compounds. You don’t necessarily have to learn them all if you’re not planning to go into the industry.

The Gist of CBD

CBD is used most often to treat anxiety and depression, though the wonders definitely don’t end there. CBD serves as an anti-inflammatory that works with different parts of the brain to create harmony within our often turbulent cells. The potential of CBD seems unlimited, even if research most certainly is not.

The Research

Run away screaming from anyone who tells you they have all of the answers about CBD. It just isn’t possible because the research is incomplete at absolute best. However, the research we do have to go on is either good or neutral. The same goes for reports of people who take CBD oil — either they love it or they’re neutral to it. The World Health Organization (WHO) has found no threats to the product, and the FDA should be right behind them. (Although that’s a whole other can of worms.) To fully understand CBD oil, we’re going to need a lot more controlled studies that truly delve into the nature of the oil.

The Side Effects

Side effects of CBD oil few and far between, and they’re generally reported as very mild. Dry mouth, lightheadedness, and lowered blood pressure are all on the list, and CBD may interfere with the efficacy of certain liver medications. These mild reactions are not only rare, they’re also nothing compared to side effects of legal drugs (which may include death.) And though it affects each person differently, most people find the benefits to far outweigh any side effects they feel.

The Expense

CBD oil isn’t exactly cheap, but the prices reflect a few basic things about it. One is for fairly obvious reasons: it does work. The demand for CBD is popping up all over the world, especially amongst people who are tired of the side effects they’ve been experiencing due to prescription medications. That demand isn’t popping up because it’s the equivalent of a sugar pill. Organic CBD oil is a completely natural way to treat a variety of conditions that appeal to people from every walk of life. But CBD oil also needs to be fully extracted from the plant, which is a laborious process. To truly ‘weed’ out the THC from the CBD oil, it takes time and skilled labor. As with everything in life, you get what you pay for.

Dr. Mark Zuber
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