Cold Showers Are Causing Heart Attacks In Young Adults??

I don’t know if you have heard but many healthy young adults are developing heart issues, and some are suffering heart attacks from this. It is so sad to hear these stories and, unfortunately, no one can seem to figure all this out.

If you did a google search a month ago for the benefits of cold showers, you would find many links to videos and studies that show how good they can be for you. Heck, at Eatthedamnsalad, we have written about it. I use a cold shower on a daily basis for many of the benefits. Cold showers and ice baths have been used by athletes for a LONG time to recover from hard workouts. There are many studies that show cold water will help your immune system, which is something we all could use. Now, I’m sure the caveat is that if you have heart issues, don’t jump into an ice bath or have the water at the coldest level. Just as if you have heart issues, don’t go out and run a marathon, start with a half-mile walk.

The reason I bring this up is if you google “cold shower” today, you are going to find that cold showers could be the cause of the rise in heart attacks in the youth. Interesting, as I’m sure our media will soon be jumping all over this and investigating cold showers as the main cause of all the heart problems. We may even see the leading health experts interviewed and warning us not to partake in this deadly habit! I’ll make the popcorn as I know this will be interesting.

For me, I will continue this daily habit as I know the benefits are incredible for my health.

Until next time…#eatthedamnsalad

Let’s Talk About Our Immune System And Natural Immunity Again!

Follow the science!

That has been the mantra during this pandemic. Unfortunately, the only “science” to follow, according to the state run media, is that what the government deems legit. If there is one thing we should learn from history is the government is not there for our best interest.

This isn’t a condemnation on those who took/take the shot or those who wear masks on a daily basis. I understand where you are coming from as for 2 years you have been scared into thinking this is the only way to stay safe. What I say is do those things for your safety, not for anyone else’s. You getting the shot or wearing the mask is NOT protecting me, no matter what the state media/government says. We are getting so much more valid information from science, and that makes sense! We knew from the beginning there were many unknowns so why can’t we be open to new evidence on the masks and shots?

I understand people got sick, some very severe, most with minor symptoms. I understand people died from all this, and that is sad. What is also sad is new, relevant science is not only not followed, but treated as dangerous because it doesn’t go along with a narrative. That is not following the science. And I understand our immune system is VERY powerful and we have so many things we can do on a daily basis to keep it strong. A new study below shows just how powerful that immune system it. That is why I take Juice Plus every day and #eatthedamnsalad as often as possible. The science is NOT settled!

Check out the study from the NEW ENGLAND JOURNAL OF MEDICINE here!

Until next time…#eatthedamnsalad

Add PRUNELLA VULGARIS To Your Teas!

Have you heard of Prunella Vulgaris?

  • It is also known as self-heal or heal-all and is in the same family as mint.

Ancient claims are that Prunella Vulgaris can protect against diabetes and cancer. The best way to consume this is in the form of tea. When taken internally, it can help fight infection and viruses but can also be used externally for wounds.

Check out the video from NATURAL CURES!

Have You Heard Of The ASIAN DIET?

Not to add more confusion to the “diet” talk, the Asian Diet is coming to attention. While I don’t think there is any one perfect diet, when you look at the diets that are most effective they typically have common points.

From Lauren Bedosky of Everyday Health

  • As there are many countries in Asia, and the cuisines vary greatly from one region to another, there isn’t a single “Asian diet,” says Zhaoping Li, MD, PhD, a professor of clinical medicine and the chief of the division of clinical nutrition at the University of California in Los Angeles. That said, the diets of people living in these regions have several things in common. 

As with many diets, The Asian diet has a baseline of food that is encouraged every day.

  • At the base of the Asian diet food pyramid are foods you’re encouraged to eat every day: leafy greens, legumes, vegetables, fruits, soy foods, whole grains, herbs, and spices. Moving up the pyramid, you have fish or shellfish twice a week; moderate portions of eggs, poultry, dairy, and healthy cooking oils; and “sometimes” foods like red meats and sweets. Plain water and unsweetened tea are encouraged, whereas sugary juices and soda are discouraged. 

Unsweetended tea is a staple in the diet and may be a big reason it has so many healthy benefits. So many tea varieties are packed with antioxidants. Some the aspects are:

  • May help prevent and control Type-2 diabetes.
  • May lower heart disease risk.
  • May promote gut health.

While the Asian diet is more of a healthy lifestyle than a fad designed to promote weight loss, there is some evidence that the diet is associated with lower body weight.

A sample menu for a day on the Asian Diets would consist of:

Breakfast Vegetable omelet

Snack 1 piece of local, seasonal fruit

Lunch Soba noodles in sesame oil with scallions and cabbage

Snack Small handful of almonds

Dinner Tofu and vegetable stir-fry over brown rice

Sometimes the best thing to do is take parts of a variety of diets, as long as the diet is rich in fruits and vegetables.

Until next time…#eatthedamnsalad

Add GALANGAL To Your Health Food List!

Have you heard of GALANGAL? As far as roots spices go, ginger and turmeric are the most popular. However, GALANGAL is becoming more popular as research is showing how powerful it is.

  • Galangal root is an antioxidant powerhouse. It is a rich source of polyphenols, plant compounds and flavonoids.
  • Numerous studies have shown that galangal root can help prevent and protect the body from certain cancers.
  • Has the ability to fight inflammation and relieve pain.
  • Has great antibacterial, anti-fungal and antimicrobial properties.

Check out the video from FOODS4HEALTH!

Are You Showering Properly?

It isn’t rocket science but, apparently, there is a right way to shower.

According to Emily Slawek of Yahoo news, while it isn’t life-threatening, how you shower can have a positive, or negative, effect on your skin and gives a few tips.

  • Don’t shower too often. If you’re not active, you can cut back to a few times a week. Just don’t cut back so much that you smell, or risk letting skin infections take hold.
  • Keep it short. According to Dr. Jessica Krant, a board-certified dermatologist, Water exposure can lead to dry skin and hair. A longer shower also “gives the water a chance to allow any cleansers to be more damaging.
  • Stay cool. Hot water strips away natural oils and damages the skin faster, so stick to a lukewarm — or cooler — shower.
  • Don’t wash your hair too much. Hair is made of dead skin cells — it just doesn’t need as much washing as the rest of our skin.
  • But don’t wash your hair too little either. Washing hair less often has become such a trend that dermatologists say some people are overdoing it, causing a scalp buildup of dandruff.
  • Focus on the dirtiest areas.
  • Cleanse with care. Some experts say traditional soap can strip the oil from your skin. Dr. Doris Day, a board-certified dermatologist in New York, suggests products labeled as “cleanser,” such as a moisturizing body wash.
  • Start at the top.
  • If you’re shaving, do it last.
  • Pat yourself dry.
  • Moisturize.

Our hair and skin are the first things people see and can give us a signal about other health issues, so take care of them!

Until next time…#eatthedamnsalad

Mental Health Benefits Of Exercise!

Exercise offers many physical benefits, which is probably the main reason most will start a program. However, the mental benefits can be just as great and, most of the time, we notice those mental benefits before reaching our physical goals.

From HELP GUIDE, there are many areas of mental well-being we can use exercise on before, and/or during, using medication.

EXERCISE AND DEPRESSION

Studies show that exercise can treat mild to moderate depression as effectively as antidepressant medication—but without the side-effects, of course. As one example, a recent study done by the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health found that running for 15 minutes a day or walking for an hour reduces the risk of major depression by 26%.

EXERCISE AND ANXIETY

Exercise is a natural and effective anti-anxiety treatment. It relieves tension and stress, boosts physical and mental energy, and enhances well-being through the release of endorphins. Anything that gets you moving can help, but you’ll get a bigger benefit if you pay attention instead of zoning out.

EXERCISE AND STRESS

Exercising is an effective way to break this cycle (stress). As well as releasing endorphins in the brain, physical activity helps to relax the muscles and relieve tension in the body. Since the body and mind are so closely linked, when your body feels better so, too, will your mind.

EXERCISE AND ADHD

Physical activity immediately boosts the brain’s dopamine, norepinephrine, and serotonin levels—all of which affect focus and attention. In this way, exercise works in much the same way as ADHD medications such as Ritalin and Adderall

EXERCISE AND PTSD AND TRAUMA

Evidence suggests that by really focusing on your body and how it feels as you exercise, you can actually help your nervous system become “unstuck” and begin to move out of the immobilization stress response that characterizes PTSD or trauma.

There are a number of additional benefits according to Help Guide.

  • Sharper memory and thinking
  • Higher self-esteem
  • Better Sleep
  • More energy
  • Stronger resilience

They go on to say a little bit of exercise is better than not and you don’t have to beat yourself up to reap the benefits.

Even with all the benefits, so many have obstacles to fitting it into a busy schedule.

  • Exhausted? Studies show that regular exercise can dramatically reduce fatigue and increase your energy levels
  • Overwhelmed?  If you begin thinking of physical activity as a priority (a necessity for your mental well-being), you’ll soon find ways to fit small amounts of exercise into even the busiest schedule.
  • Feeling hopeless? Start slow with easy, low-impact activities a few minutes each day, such as walking or dancing.
  • Have a lot of pain? Divide your exercise into shorter, more frequent chunks of time if that helps, or try exercising in water to reduce joint or muscle discomfort.

Ultimately, there is almost no reason not to do some sort of physical activity, especially when you look at all the ways it can help! You can also enlist the help of a trainer or Health Coach to give you direction.

Until next time…#eatthedamnsalad

There Is Help During And After A Pregnancy!

You probably know there is an ongoing battle in the overturning of Roe VS Wade. Actually, that battle has been going on for 50 years. This isn’t to spark an argument, but rather to bring to light the VAST services that are available to men and women who have an unplanned pregnancy.

To be transparent, I am a Catholic, white male who is Pro-Life. I know the white male part makes me the most evil person on earth right now. And when you throw in Catholic and Pro-Life, well, that is just an explosion. Although Catholic and Pro-Life should go hand in hand, that is a battle going on in the church. That being said, I will never apologize for standing up for the lives of the unborn.

Those who are for abortion make the argument that no one cares about the mom or baby after the birth. As a proud catholic, one thing I feel the Church has done a horrible job with is sharing the incredible services available to those who are expecting a baby, and single moms who are struggling. The amazing part is these services are available to anyone in need, not just Catholics. I have a link to all of these, such as Birthright and Our Ladies Inn, at the end, but this needs to be shared with all!

Putting that aside, there is an important part of women’s health that is ignored. I understand that making the choice of aborting a pregnancy is probably the most difficult decision a woman and man can make. I know there are those who have made that decision who end up regretting it for the rest of their lives. Where can they go to get help? Does planned parenthood have a program? This seems to be dismissed. Fortunately, there are programs in the Catholic church that address that specific issue.

Project Rachel is that program available to ALL women!

  • Project Rachel, a women’s only program through our archdiocesan Abortion Healing Ministry, provides healing and hope to women wounded by abortion through the following: 
  • Referrals for confidential, professional counseling from compassionate and trained clinicians
  • Spiritual direction and healing prayer  
  • Monthly spiritual support group meetings (every fourth Thursday at 7 p.m.)
  • Retreat opportunities
  • Women’s Bible study 
  • Sacrament of Reconciliation

Project Rachel is for people of all faiths and backgrounds. Women are welcome to participate, regardless of how long it has been since the abortion experience. Confidentiality is key to Project Rachel and your privacy will be respected. 

Project Joseph is a program geared toward men and getting them help after an abortion.

  • Project Joseph is for people of all faiths and backgrounds. Men are welcome to participate, regardless of how long it has been since the abortion experience. Confidentiality is key to Project Joseph and your privacy will be respected. 
  • Referrals for confidential, professional counseling from compassionate and trained clinicians
  • Spiritual direction and healing prayer 
  • Monthly spiritual support group meetings
  • Retreat opportunities through Rachel’s Vineyard (for both men and women) 
  • Sacrament of Reconciliation 

Rachel’s Vineyard is a fairly new retreat that is available to help husbands and wives who are struggling to deal with having an abortion.

  • Rachel’s Vineyard is a safe place to renew, rebuild and redeem hearts broken by abortion. Weekend retreats offer you a supportive, confidential and non-judgmental environment where women and men can express, release and reconcile painful post-abortive emotions to begin the process of restoration, renewal and healing.

The mental well-being after an abortion is something that will only get worse. I feel that young women, especially in high school and college, are given the wrong message that it is not a big deal to have an abortion. In fact, it has to do with women’s health. This is such a bad message as it is a HUGE decision and all aspects should be addressed. One of those is what happens when a young girl has an abortion, as she thinks it is nothing, then comes to the realization that she ended a life. That can be devastating. Again, even if you are pro-abortion, knowing that you can share a service that can help those dealing with mental issues down the road should not be disputed.

Walking With Moms is a wonderful site to go to find many organizations that will help moms-to-be! If you know of more, please share!

Until next time…#eatthedamnsalad

How To Monitor Your Health As You Age!

As we get older, it is important to monitor our health so we can enjoy those “golden years”. Living until a certain age is one thing. More importantly, in my opinion, is to have a good quality of life. Staying active and having a healthy diet are 2 big things to keep healthy. However, we can also test to see where we are with our fitness.

According to Alex Janin of the Wall Street Journal, there are 5 simple tests to do on a regular basis.

1. One-legged standing test.
The average person under the age of 70 should be able to stand on one leg for 10 seconds at a time, says Claudio Gil Soares de Araújo, a sports and exercise physician in Rio de Janeiro.
2. Sit-to-stand test

The sit-to-stand test involves sitting in an armless chair and timing how long it takes you to stand up and sit back down. At home, a friend or loved one can time you. Sit in a chair with your arms crossed over your chest, then stand up while keeping them crossed, and sit back down five times. 

3. Push-up test

The number of push-ups you can do may provide useful feedback about your musculoskeletal health. A 2019 study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association found that among men with an average age of 40, participants able to complete fewer than 10 push-ups (without long pauses) were at a significantly higher risk of cardiovascular disease than those on the upper end of the spectrum of endurance, who could do more than 40.

4. Six-minute walk test

In this test, measure how far you can power walk (not run, not stroll) in six minutes. If you don’t get farther than 350 meters, or about 1,150 feet, that could indicate other health issues, according to physicians.

5. Cognitive test

Cognitive health in midlife is an important predictor of health later on, neurologists say. It’s a good idea to get a baseline measurement around age 65 or earlier if you have a family history of cognitive decline or are noticing yourself forgetting something that used to be a no-brainer, such as paying bills.

Is see very fit people every day out for walks in the park and around the neighborhood. Daily habits lead to amazing health benefits. Stay alert to any changes that may happen and address them as you go. This can help you to keep from any setbacks.

Until next time…#eatthedamnsalad

Can We Slow, Or Prevent, Alzheimer’s?

Having an Alzheimer’s diagnosis can be one of the scariest moments, whether it is for us or a loved one. While there is no guarantee that lifestyle habits can prevent Alzheimer’s, there is some pretty solid evidence that doing certain things can ward it off, or lessen the effects.

From The Alzheimer’s Organization, prevention and treatment can be the same. There are many Alzheimer’s drugs that are widely used, however, the overall effectiveness is still up in the air. What we do on a daily basis, whether there is a diagnosis or not, is very important.

  • Numerous studies have shown the beneficial effects of exercise on the health of brain. Cardiovascular exercise causes an increase in blood flow to the brain which brings nutrients which the brain uses to create new brain cells, maintain existing brain cells, and remove the brain’s harmful waste products.
  • In 2014 the American Academy of Neurology published a study showing a “clear link” between vitamin deficiencies prevalent in seniors and the development of Alzheimer’s disease.
  • Be socially active, spend time with your friends or family at least once a week. Social activity is some of the best mental stimulation.
  • Individuals who believe they may be beginning to experience memory loss should make efforts to monitor its progression so that if treatment is necessary they will be prepared to treat the disease as early as possible.

Just as important is to avoid habits that can lead to Alzheimer’s.

  • When sleep is interrupted, so are these restorative processes. Chronic interruption, like that associated with sleep apnea, and regular sleep deprivation, can disrupt these processes enough to result in damage to the brain and an increased risk of Alzheimer’s.
  • In addition to the well-known brain shrinkage associated with smoking, smoking can also double your risk of developing Alzheimer’s. Fortunately, many individuals see a significant improvement of their symptoms after quitting smoking.
  • A recent study found that moderate drinkers were 20% less likely to develop Alzheimer’s than non-drinkers. The same study found that those who regularly over-consumed were three times more likely to develop a dementia as those who did not.
  • Common anti-anxiety medications, benzodiazepines, have been found to increase the risk of developing Alzheimer’s. Researchers theorize that these drugs may interfere with the brain’s ability to repair itself and remove the waste products associated with Alzheimer’s.

Healthy daily habits can have an incredible effect on so many health issues, and helping to lessen the devastation of Alzheimer’s is one of them. Taking one habit at a time to make it part of your life is key so you don’t get overwhelmed. And you will find it isn’t impossible to do!

Until next time…#eatthedamnsalad

Do You Walk With Weights?

Post from MY FITNESS PAL

Read This Before Walking With Weights

Ashley Lauretta

 BY ASHLEY LAURETTA

DECEMBER 17, 2021

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Read This Before Walking With Weights

One of the biggest milestones in our first few years of life is learning how to walk. This activity becomes so habitual it is easy to forget that it is, in fact, exercise. The American Heart Association even calls it “one of the simplest ways to get active and stay active.” A piece on walking from a 2009 Harvard Health School newsletter points out that even though walking is such an automatic human function, “modern man appears determined to walk as little as possible.”

As walking is one of the simplest — and most accessible — forms of exercise, if you begin walking for fitness and are hoping to speed up results and make the activity more challenging, it may seem harmless to just add in some weights. However, carrying weights may be doing more harm than good. Here’s why and what you should be doing instead.

PROS AND CONS OF WALKING WITH WEIGHTS

First and foremost, even though walking is something we do every day, before you start a walking routine, you should, of course, consult your doctor. Getting a regular checkup before doing cardiovascular work helps ensure your heart and lungs are at their healthiest and can effectively handle the stress of added physical activity.

When out and about, you may have seen people in your neighborhood or local park walking and carrying a set of weights and thought it seemed like a practical way to add strength training while getting cardio. However, because these are separate types of exercise, in this case, it may be in your best interest to treat it as such.

“When done correctly, walking is an effective, low-impact, low-risk exercise,” says Mark Sullivan, who provides personal, one-on-one e-coaching and counseling for runners, walkers and multi-sport athletes at iRuniCoach.com. “It is not, however, especially efficient for burning calories. While adding weights will definitely increase the calorie burning, walking with weights may also increase your risk of injury and may even cause unexpected side effects like back pain or an increase in blood pressure.”

Carrying weights in your hands can actually cause a postural imbalance and put added stress on your shoulders and neck. During a single walk, this may not be too much of an issue, but over time it can cause added stress to your joints. If you choose ankle weights, you can put added stress on your ankles and knees.

“I would not recommend anyone using ankle weights while walking due to the torque that it could cause on the ankle and knee joints,” confirms Jennifer Burningham, personal trainer and running coach at Right Track Health & Fitness. “Additionally, ankle weights while walking do not increase the value of the walk.”

WEIGHT ALTERNATIVES

You can still get in a bit of added strength work when walking both indoors and outdoors. Changing up where you walk can help you work different muscles and even increase the difficulty of your workout.

“If you want to increase your workload, add an incline to the treadmill or find a hill to walk or hike,” suggests Carmen Jackinsky, a coach and the owner and founder of Reshod Walking Shoes. “If you want to include weight training in [after] your walking workout, pack them in your gym bag for a quick post-workout routine done separately.”

Doing a separate strength-training routine is the best way to ensure you are working your muscles the correct way and avoiding injury at the same time. To get the most out of any routine, finding a coach or personal trainer can help you make any modifications you may need while teaching you how to maintain correct form and posture.

“Weight training is a much better option to walking with weights,” explains Burningham. “For example instead of walking with weights, you could start with some knee-down pushups, tricep dips, unweighted squats or a modified wall sit to begin to build strength.”


READ MORE > HOW HIGH-INTENSITY INTERVAL TRAINING CAN START WITH WALKING


THE BOTTOM LINE

When it comes down to it, most trainers agree that you don’t need to walk with weights. It is best to focus on building strength separately and making sure your walking form is as efficient as it can be.

“It’s really not necessary to use hand, wrist or ankle weights when walking,” reiterates Sullivan. “You will probably benefit more by adding supplemental weight training separate from your walking routine. And if you’re just starting an exercise program or have not been active for a while, using weights may provide too much of a challenge.”

Before you start a program, set your fitness goals and make sure the work you are putting in aligns with what you are trying to achieve. You’ll probably find walking with weights actually hinders your progress.

“Do you want better cardio fitness, strength or both,” asks Jackinsky. “My fitness goal is to walk fast and efficiently. Adding weights while I walk will slow me down. Resistance bands are a better way to target muscles that I want to challenge; I also do multiple hill repeats on a gradual incline. Yes, strength training is a part of my overall plan, but I work on strength building separately.”

Add Those Pumpkin Seeds!


When I think of pumpkin seeds, I will always remember Halloween as a kid, carving the pumpkins and smelling the seeds roasting in the oven. At the time, I was just eating them because they tasted great! I didn’t know I was doing something good for my health.

Pumpkin seeds are packed with antioxidants, minerals, and vitamins that can benefit your overall health. They are also a great source of protein!

Check out the video from NATURAL HEALTH REMEDIES for more!