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Can an Aspirin a Day Help Prevent a Heart Attack?

Can an aspirin a day help you ward off a heart attack or stroke?

If you have never had a heart attack, stroke or cardiovascular disease, the answer is NO.

The FDA recently changed its stance on taking aspirin as a heart attack preventive. After carefully examining scientific data from major studies, the FDA has concluded that the data do not support the use of aspirin as a preventive medication by people who have not had a heart attack, stroke or cardiovascular problems.

For prevention, the benefit has not been established but the risks—such as dangerous bleeding into the brain or stomach—are still present.

So what can you do to protect your heart? First consider your diet. The majority of research shows that reducing inflammation is key in heart health. Eat an anti-inflammatory diet.

Then consider switching from daily aspirin to something natural for heart health. CardioPlus is great for heart health as is the herb Hawthorn. And if you want to swap the low dose aspirin therapy for an healthier alternative consider the herb Ginkgo which has blood thinning properties without the risk of bleeding. The perk is that it also can help with short term memory.

Allergen Free Recipes

Do you have food allergies or are you currently on a restricted diet? If so you may find it difficult to find things that you can eat. It can be helpful to learn that others have food restrictions and have recipes that they have made and that taste good. Here are a sample of some of the recipes others have shared.

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The Stress Syndrome

Adrenal Fatigue, which is caused by stress, is not yet recognized as a disease by traditional medicine. Adrenal fatigue is quite common and the usual symptoms are the need for caffeine to keep going, feeling tired for no reason & having trouble falling asleep.

According to Dr. Rostenberg in his article "Adrenal Fatigue - How to Beat & Treat The Effects of Stress", adrenal fatigue exists in the grey area between sickness and health. It impacts every one of us as we do our best to manage our lives in a high-stress, modern society.

If you have symptoms such as those listed above, you may be suffering from adrenal fatigue. There are simple saliva tests to determine if you have adrenal fatigue.

Please take the Adrenal Fatigue Quiz to determine how adrenal fatigue is affecting your life.

Is it All in Your Head or is it Adrenal Fatigue

I have many patients tell me they are tired for no reason, have difficulty falling asleep at night, are anxious, need caffeine to keep going and feel overwhelmed.

They have been told they are perfectly normal and healthy and yet they have real symptoms and don't feel well.

Could it be they are experiencing adrenal fatigue, a syndrome that the mainstream does not accept?

In her article, "Strategies to Relieve Adrenal Fatigue" , Judith Orloff MD says she has seen many patients with a collection of symptoms in a syndrome known as Adrenal Fatigue where the adrenal glands can’t keep up with outside stress so the hormones such as cortisol that normally keep you energized begin to get depleted.

Adrenal Fatigue symptoms are real. To find out if your symptoms are stress related and to take a complimentary quiz to discover how adrenal fatigue may be affecting your life, click below.

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Massage Therapy: A Part of Your Healthcare Regimen

A massage works in wonderful ways, easing stress and pain, calming the nervous system, increasing circulation, loosening tight muscles, stimulating internal organs, and enhancing skin. The multiplicity of physiological responses sends a simple, clear message to the mind: Massage feels good. Of course, you want to hold on to that just-had-a-massage feeling -- total body relaxation, muscles relaxed and at ease, and fluid movement restored -- for as long as possible.

But how long that bliss lasts depends on the state of your body. If you're suffering from chronic pain or recovering from injury, then it may take more sessions and perhaps different modalities before optimal health is restored.

If massage is part of your regular health regimen, then it's more likely the effects will endure. In other words, the effects of massage are cumulative, like any healthy habit.

Maintenance: Whether you get a massage weekly, monthly, or just every once in a while, the following habits can maximize and extend the afterglow of treatment.

Water - drink plenty of water after a massage.

Stretching - stretching between massages to maintain joint mobility, prevent muscles from tightening up again, and keeping the life energy flowing.

Body Awareness - after a massage, respect how your body feels. If your body seems to ask for rest, give in to that demand.

Diet - finally, since you've just rid the body of toxins, support the body's renewed state by adhering to a healthy diet.

Schedule your massage today!!

Susan Patton is a Certified Massage Therapist. She graduated from AKS Massage School in 2005. Her office is located in Dumfries, Virginia.

Find out more about Susan at Essential Wellness Massage.

Personal Training: Total health for optimal health and performance.

Chris Dabrowski, the founder and owner of T-Fitness, answers some common questions about personal training that you probably have been looking for.

Chris started working with strength and conditioning coaches in middle school because he played advanced and travel basketball. After high school he interned with strength coaches and obtained several national and international fitness certifications. He realized at a early age that helping others feel better about themselves and their physical state was the key to self improvement.

What are the benefits of having a personal trainer?

The biggest benefit in having a personal trainer is accountability. A Good Personal Trainer motivates you the minute you walk into the door, consequently, you're much more efficient during your workout session. They eliminate the guess work and design a program for maximum results based on your individual needs.

Who is the perfect candidate for personal training?

A motivated individual that wants to commit to making certain lifestyle changes and has a strong desired to be successful in reaching their goals.

What is the most common misconception about personal training that you would like to dispel?

There is not a one program fits all. You have have to account for muscle imbalances, PH balance, seated and standing blood pressure, and morning glucose. Each individual needs to be assessed before a trainer can work with them.

In closing

Chris said: Personal Training is a passion of mine. I love every minute in the gym and being in a position to see clients achieve their goals is all the motivation I need to strive for excellence in serving them. It’s the greatest satisfaction there is. I love it!

You can learn more about Chris at T-Fitness.

Challenge: Home Cooked Healthy Meals

How do you juggle work, kids, activities AND eat healthy come cooked meals?

It can be done with a little preparation, and creativity!

With this plan I am going to show you what to cook, give you the shopping list and then you can decide whether you want to take several hours on the weekend to prepare for the week or if you prefer spending an hour maximum 2 or 3 times per week preparing food.

Ready to get started??

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