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Healthy Living: Herbs

November 9, 2017

HERBS BLOG POST 11.9.17We often think of herbs as the leafy greens that we put on our food to add a little bit of culinary flair. But did you know that adding herbs to your diet can result in tremendous health benefits? Keep reading to learn more about how to incorporate some of our favorite herbs into your diet.

Basil – There are more than 60 varieties of basil that are used as seasoning for many types of food. Basil is most commonly used to make pesto, but it also tastes great in other pasta sauces, or on salads and sandwiches. Basil provides nutrients essential for cardiovascular health, such as vitamin A, through its concentration of carotenoids like beta-carotene. Beta-carotene is a powerful anti-oxidant that helps prevent cholesterol build-up in the blood vessel walls, which can initiate the development of atherosclerosis.

Thyme – Thyme is an excellent source of vitamins C and A, iron, manganese, copper, and dietary fiber.

Thymol—This herb has well documented health benefits including a variety of flavonoids, which increases its antioxidant capacity.

Rosemary – There are many foods that pair well with rosemary such as vegetables, potatoes, white beans, chicken, lamb, and fish. Rosemary contains substances that are useful for stimulating the immune system, increasing circulation, and improving digestion. It also contains anti-inflammatory compounds that may make it useful for reducing the severity of asthma attacks.

Oregano – This herb goes well in Mediterranean dishes, salad dressings, marinara sauce, pizza and soup. Oregano is a strong source of vitamin K, manganese, iron, dietary fiber, and calcium.

The Role of Nutrition in Breast Cancer Prevention

October 13, 2017

BREAST CANCER BLOG 10.12.17By Lauren Dimitrov, RDN, MPH, LDN

Everywhere you look this month you will see the color pink in representation of Breast Cancer Awareness month. There are certain risk factors associated with breast cancer that you cannot change, including age, genetics, race, ethnicity, and family history. However, recent studies have shown that other risk factors such as diet and exercise may help in the prevention of breast cancer. Continue reading “The Role of Nutrition in Breast Cancer Prevention” »

Gluten-Free Diets and Heart Health

June 29, 2017

LAUREN GLUTEN FREEBy Lauren Dimitrov, RDN, MPH, LDN

“Gluten-free” is a term that we see more often than ever with food companies and diet trends stating that gluten is harmful.  But what exactly is gluten? Gluten is a general name for the proteins found in wheat, rye, barley and triticale (a cross between wheat and rye). Gluten helps foods maintain their shape, acting as glue that holds food together. It can be found in a variety of foods, some that you may not even realize.  Continue reading “Gluten-Free Diets and Heart Health” »

Try These Juices for a Healthy Heart

August 19, 2015

Kathleen, from Nourish Juice Cafe, is back to share the best juice ingredients for heart health. Read her last guest post here.

Beetroot Juice

There is no single elixir for heart and blood vessel health, but a handful of juices lead the heart health pack in giving your cardiovascular system a significant and scientifically proven boost.

Beetroot juice stands among the most heart healthy juices. The high nitrate content of beet juice actually widens the blood vessels when it enters the body and studies suggest that blood pressure is lowered within 1 hour of ingestion. Instead of starting your day with orange juice, drink a 16 oz glass of beet juice for a heart healthy boost to your day.

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Taking Advantage of Jax Farmers Markets

August 3, 2015

Farmer's Markets Next time you’re at the grocery store, skip the produce aisle and try shopping at a farmer’s market instead. It’s the perfect family summer activity, and buying your fruits and vegetables directly from the source benefits you, local farmers and the community. Still not convinced? Here are some more reasons to buy fresh from the market:
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Guest Post from Nourish Juice Cafe: Juicing vs. Blending

July 7, 2015

Fresh fruits and vegetables can play an important role in keeping your heart healthy. This summer, we are excited to introduce Kathleen from Nourish Juice Cafe as a guest blogger. Kathleen will be sharing her best tips on juicing, maintaining a healthy diet, and more.

Fruits and vegetables are an essential part of managing conditions such as obesity, hypertension, or high cholesterol. Juicing and blending can be part of any health and wellness program but don’t get the two confused – each comes with their own unique health benefits. How much do you know about these trends?

Nourish Juice Cafe

Photo credit: Amanda Gibson

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How To Eat Healthy While Traveling

July 1, 2015

eat healthy while travellingWe all know one of the best parts of a vacation is trying new food. It’s always fun to splurge, but it is possible to eat food that is both delicious and good for you. Use these tips to eat healthy while traveling, and remember that the better we eat, the better we feel.

Make Smart Restaurant Choices
Vacation often means taking a break from the kitchen and trying new places to eat. Work with your waiter to order the healthiest version of a meal. There are a few easy ways to do this: Continue reading “How To Eat Healthy While Traveling” »

Take the “Crash” Out of Dieting

April 20, 2015

thumb-Alsaghir_YoussefWhat’s in your fridge? Spring is a great time to take a closer look at your diet and make sure you’re getting the right nutrients, but the foods you eat can also impact your heart health. In this Q&A, Dr. Al-Saghir helps you eat your way to cardiovascular health! Continue reading “Take the “Crash” Out of Dieting” »

Frequently Asked Patient Questions, Part 1: Risk Factors and Diet

January 6, 2015

fcciblog1Visiting the doctor can be a stressful experience;  leading up to the appointment, you may have questions or health concerns, but when the time comes you forget to bring them up.

Below, we’ve listed some of the questions we often hear from patients, on topics like cardiovascular disease, diet, and weight loss. See what our doctors and nurses have to say, and check back for the next blog post in this series.

 

 

 

 

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