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It's OK to go NUTS!!!!!!

Many patients ask me, should I avoid nuts? Aren't nuts high in calories and fattening? My answer is that not only is it OK to go nuts, everyone should!! Nuts and seeds are actually critical to optimal health. Nuts and seeds are a wonderful source of healthy fats for a healthy heart and a number of phytonutrients and vitamins like vitamin E and minerals including selenium, magnesium, and phosphorous. Nuts are also a rich source of antioxidants that prevent the oxidation of LDL or bad cholesterol which prevents heart disease. For those of you who are concerned about the calories, it turns out that the calories in nuts are not absorbed as much as we previously thought and nuts, particularly a

Celebrating Heart Health Month!

February is Heart Health Month so I wanted to share a few thoughts on achieving optimal heart health. Having a healthy heart encompasses physical, emotional and mental wellbeing. Physically, we know that staying active and exercising regularly is a key part of heart health. If you currently do not exercise regularly, you can simply start by walking for 10-15 minutes every day. Believe it or not, doing this or even standing while you are working at your desk can help you with your cardiovascular fitness. After you get started, you can begin to do more slowly but steadily. For those of you who are already active, making sure to do some kind of interval training is important for heart hea