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In 1973, the late Dr. Robert Atkins published his first book entitled “Dr. Atkins’ Diet Revolution: the high calorie way to stay thin forever.” In this publication, Dr. Atkins proposed that a diet high in protein but very low in carbohydrates was the key to weight loss. Biologically, it made more sense to him that by depriving the body of carbohydrates, one of the major dietary sources of calories, the body would be forced to utilize its fat stores for energy and thereby weight loss would be the end result. His book was not such a big seller in the 1970s. However, after some revisions, including a new title and a re-release of the book in today’s society in which obesity has doubled in the past 20 years – with approximately 2/3 of the population being overweight and 1/3 considered obese – Dr. Atkins has sold over 10 million copies of his revised book entitled “Dr. Atkins’ New Diet Revolution.” Most experts agree that the Atkins&rs...
Research has shown an inverse relationship between magnesium and blood pressure. In other words, individuals with a high magnesium intake, typically have a low blood pressure.
Good sources of magnesium include:
Peas, beans, whole grains, nuts, seeds, lima beans, squash, broccoli, spinach, and seafood
Supplemental magnesium of ~500 mg can effectively lower blood pressure. Some studies have found magnesium supplements to reduce systolic blood pressure 2.7 mm Hg and diastolic 3.4 mm Hg. Discuss all supplements with your MD!
Missed a few days? Check out out our previous tips:
February 1: Start Slimming Down Your Recipes
February 2: Switch from Canned Veggies to Frozen
February 3: Wear a Pedometer
February 4: Eat Plant Sterols
February 5: Start a Food Journal
February 6: Select Darker Lettuce for Salads
February 7: Make a Date With Your Family
February 8: Slow Down and Taste Your Food
February 9: Drink Water. . . Water. . . and More Water...
Protein S is a substance that prevents blood clotting. A blood test can be done to see how much of this protein you have in your blood.
How the test is performed
Blood is typically drawn from a vein, usually from the inside of the elbow or the back of the hand. The site is cleaned with germ-killing medicine (antiseptic). The health care provider wraps an elastic band around the upper arm to apply pressure to the area and make the vein swell with blood.
Next, the health care provider gently inserts a needle into the vein. The blood collects into an airtight vial or tube attached to the needle. The elastic band is removed from your arm.
Once the blood has been collected, the needle is removed, and the puncture site is covered to stop any bleeding.
In infants or young children, a sharp tool called a lancet may be used to puncture the skin and make it bleed. The blood collects into a small glass tube called a pipette, or onto a slide or test strip. A ban...
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