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sterols
Did you know that sterols come from plants and other plant-derived foods and can help lower cholesterol? Sterols, which naturally occur in plants and are similar to cholesterol, have shown to block cholesterol absorption. In fact, they’re commonly found in...
Danacol
If you’re trying to stick to a hearth healthy diet, cooking your own meals is the easiest way to keep track of how much fat, salt and fresh food you’re eating. Having a few essential kitchen tools will equip you for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Essential tools for heart-healthy cooking Sauté Pan: A non-stick sauté pan is like a frying pan, but it has higher, vertical sides and a lid. You can use it for searing fresh salmon or making a veggie stir-fry for the family. You can even braise chicken breasts right on the stove. Steamer basket: Pop your steamer over a pot of boiling water and you’ll not...
Making breakfast
We’ve all done it: Skipped breakfast, the most important meal of the day. For many of us, it’s a lack of time that makes us skip breakfast. Trying to balance between feeding the kids and getting dressed for the office or trying to make the bus for school can often give breakfast the short end of the stick. But there are ways to remedy that with a few easy tips. A few breakfast tips Try making your breakfast the night before, such as healthy oatmeal muffins that you can grab and go. Also, have portable fruits on hand, like apples, bananas or oranges—they travel well and are packed with nutrients....
Indigestion
According to nutritionist Louise Lambert-Lagacé, who took part last year in a conference on Food and the Digestive System, more than one out of four people (27%) suffer from constipation. Although often difficult to talk about with a straight face, bowel regularity is very important for your health and can have a direct impact on your performance and mood. Should you suffer from constipation, though, rest assured—you are not alone! According to Desmond Leddin, head of the gastroenterology department at Dalhousie University in Halifax*, more than 8 million Canadians experience bouts of intestinal discomfort, including constipation, bloating and gas. There’s no hard-and-fast rule when it comes to frequency. After all, everyone...
Healthy eating
Health experts agree that when it comes to making a long-term commitment to your health, it’s best to start with small, positive changes to your eating habits. Why? Well, because when you set realistic objectives and start seeing results quickly, you’re more likely to incorporate other healthy habits into your routine. Whether you’re doing it to boost your self-esteem or give your digestive system a little break, why not opt for small, short-term challenges? You’re more likely to achieve success when you set realistic objectives and give yourself a set period of time to accomplish them. And since it takes about 30 days to make a new habit routine, you...
Coffee
That morning coffee or evening glass of wine with dinner could be limiting your body’s ability to digest food as well as it could. The reason: dehydration. Of course, we are talking about everyday dehydration, not the kind you would endure in the desert. For example, it takes more than 575 mg of caffeine to feel a diuretic effect that will leave to dehydratation. We’re more susceptible to dehydration in the morning, when we’re likely to have a cup of coffee to kick off the day. Unfortunately, it’s also been hours since your last drink of water by the time you wake up in the morning, so you’re even more...
Healthy choice
Eighty percent of the cholesterol in our body is secreted by the liver; the other 20% comes from the foods we eat. There are two types of blood cholesterol: good cholesterol (HDL) and bad cholesterol (LDL). Dietician Catherine Lefebvre explains that: “”Bad cholesterol, or LDL”, takes the cholesterol that’s circulating in our blood and deposits it on our artery walls. After a while, plaques form, spurring the cardiovascular diseases we’re familiar with. The more saturated and trans fats we consume—the latter being found in products that contain partially hydrogenated vegetable oils—the more bad cholesterol in our blood. Conversely, “good cholesterol,” or HDL, removes the bad cholesterol from our blood vessels...