Welcome to this issue of "Living a Healthy Fit Life"
Editor's Note –
Wow, it’s been awhile since you have received an update from me. I have lots of excuses but you are probably not interested in listening to me whine, after all God has given me the same number of hours each day and week as He gives everyone else so I really don’t have an excuse for being lazy about writing.
Recently my husband had some tests on his heart because of an increase in chest pain. Ever since his open heart surgery in 2006, he has talked about how his heart has felt different. His doctor would listen to his heart and take other vitals and tell us it was normal. Of course, after the surgery we found out that any time they do heart surgery, they cut the membrane that contains the heart. That membrane is left open just in case there is any swelling after the surgery. Thus anyone who has had open heart surgery is going to be more aware of feeling their heart. My husband has said to me many times since his heart surgery that he wishes he had his original heart back and I don’t blame him.
As a result of the recent tests we did learn that at some time he has had at least one heart attack, maybe more, and that a portion of his heart is now dead. That has been very difficult for us to wrap our brains around especially since we eat very healthy and exercise on a regular basis. The doctor’s first response was to put him back on one of the world’s most popular prescription drugs.
Can You Avoid One of The World’s Most Popular Prescription Drugs?
One of the world’s most popular prescription drugs is in the class of statins. Statin drugs are typically prescribed to lower cholesterol, particularly LDL (low-density lipoprotein), the so called bad stuff, and are taken by many people especially over the age of 45. You may know them by these names: Crestor, Lipitor, Mevacor, Pravachol, Zocor, or there may be other names not familiar to me.
First, let’s talk about why these medications may be prescribed. High cholesterol numbers, especially the LDL are one of the many indicators of heart disease. Most generally, the medication will be prescribed as a preventative but is routine if a person has been diagnosed as having any form of heart problems. For example, when my husband, Larry, came out of open heart surgery 6 ½ years ago he was automatically put on Lipitor. I questioned the nurse about it when she was giving him his meds. Her answer was that it is routine after heart surgery. The doctor told me the same thing. I was not happy about it but accepted their explanation for the time being.
There are numerous side effects to statins, one being the possibility of muscle weakness and a breakdown of muscle fibers. This one side effect alone can affect the heart muscle (yes, the heart is a muscle) causing a decrease of heart function. A study was done in 2009 showing this possibility. Another concerning side effect is an increase in the risk of diabetes. Diabetes actually puts you at a high risk for heart disease. These two side effects alone are of concern to me.
What about cholesterol? Yes, high cholesterol numbers can be a concern but the major concern is the ratio between LDL and HDL (high-density lipoprotein, what is called the good stuff.) According to my husband’s cardiologist LDL should be no higher than 2 to 2 ½ times HDL. For example, if your HDL is 50, a healthy LDL would be between 100 and 125. HDL should be a minimum of 40.
Cholesterol does have a function in your body, even the LDL so it is important to keep it in balance and not too low. Your body actually produces cholesterol if you are too low. Cholesterol is necessary for proper brain function and if it is too low you are at increased risk of cancer, depression, hormone imbalance, memory loss, Parkinson’s, and other neurological diseases.
Your body needs cholesterol in order to produce healthy cell membranes, vitamin D, and acids that actually help digest fat. Did you know that you are more prone to have issues with your heart if your gallbladder has been removed? The gallbladder bile helps the body break down fats properly. Without the gallbladder bad fats are more likely to accumulate in the arteries and cause blockage.. we were unaware of this when my husband had his gallbladder removed when he was around 45 years old.
What are some things you can do to have healthy cholesterol that actually functions to maintain good health?
- Reduce consumption of processed foods.
- Reduce all forms of sugar consumption, especially high fructose corn syrup and processed sugars.
- Reduce consumption of grain products especially those that are processed.
- Eat at least ½ of your daily diet raw in the whole food state. Many people juice as a means of consuming more fruit and vegetables raw but the juicing process brings out the sugar content which gives an unhealthy amount of fructose. Be very care about how much you juice. Also cooking can bring out the sugars in many fruits and vegetables.
- Eliminate all soda and soft drinks, even diet drinks (diet drinks are very unhealthy).
- Include omega 3 fats daily. Good foods sources are fish, especially salmon, and nuts such as walnuts. This may require you to use a quality daily supplement.
- Other healthy fats include grass-fed meats, free-range chicken or turkey, olive oil, organic raw dairy products, eggs from free-range chickens, avocados, raw nuts and seeds.
- Eat garlic on a regular basis or use a quality garlic/allium supplement.
- Exercise daily. Exercise increases circulation and blood flow.
- Get approximately 8 hours of quality sleep every night.
- Avoid smoking.
- Avoid excessive alcohol consumption.
An Excellent Way to Assure Adequate Intake of Omega 3
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A Tip to Improve Posture and Help Flatten Your Tummy
Lift your ribs – this helps you keep shoulders back and avoid slumping. Standing tall with the ribs lifted instantly helps flatten the tummy. The next time you catch yourself slumping your shoulders, notice how the tummy seems bigger.
Stand Tall and Straight
Benefits of Lavender Aromatherapy in the Elderly
Fear of falling is very common in the elderly. We experienced this with my mother-in-law as she aged. She was so afraid of falling that she watched her feet as she walked which caused her to feel even more unbalanced as well as it caused her to become very slumped. Eventually after several falls she did fall and break her hip which led to what is now a 4 ½ year stay in a nursing home as she never was able to walk again.
We did not know about Lavender and some of its benefits at that time.
A recent study was conducted in Japan where they exposed a group of elderly people to lavender aroma. Here are some of the results:
The lavender group had higher concentration levels during the drowsy time in the afternoon.
There were fewer falls in the lavender group.
Lavender is known to be calming and sedating yet it can also act as a stimulant. This seems confusing unless you realize that lavender is an adaptogen which means it adapts to what the body is most in need of and then supplies it.
Lavender can also be used to soothe minor burns, moisturize dry or chapped skin, repel moths and insects, deodorize laundry, and can be used to calm you for better sleep.
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Pat is a Health, Fitness, and Nutrition Coach.
Pat has been married to the same man for over 51 years, is the mother of 3 adult children, and grandma to 8 grandchildren. Growing up in the country gave her a head start to living a healthy lifestyle. This grandma became interested in nutrition as a mother and for the past 27 plus years she has specialized in teaching others the importance of good nutrition. Challenges along the road have been many; her father overcoming congestive heart failure with nutrition, her husband's battle with GERD and avoiding a major heart attack, her daughter's battle with a brain tumor, her grandson beating Hodgkin's Lymphoma, her mother's stage 4 lung cancer, her mom-n-law's dementia, and others. Her goal is to share with others the things she has learned and is still learning about having the BEST REAL HEALTH possible.
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