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November Is National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month

By |2019-12-03T00:02:00-05:00November 26th, 2019|Weight Loss Articles|

The Benefits of Curcumin, Antioxidants and Hope For A Cure

November is National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month, which was designated by Ronald Reagan in 1983, to bring further awareness to the growing number of Americans suffering from Alzheimer’s Disease. As the sixth leading cause of death in the United States, the ongoing research to find a cure and to prevent this tragic disease is a priority for our country and the medical industry. With the increased amount of Alzheimer’s Disease cases and deaths resulting from this tragic disease, we actively research lifestyle and treatment alternatives that can lead to a prolonged and better quality of life.

About Alzheimer’s Disease:

Alzheimer’s Disease is essentially a neurodegenerative disorder which results in impaired neurologic function in the brain and is also tied to nerve cell loss. The accumulation of free radicals in the brain leads to massive nerve damage and the death of neurons in certain parts of the brain which contributes to the development of the well-known symptoms of Alzheimer’s Disease including memory loss, verbal challenges and unpredictable behavior.

With potentially 200,000 people under the age of 65 having early-onset Alzheimer’s Disease, awareness and prevention is key, and taking steps to keep a healthy mind and body is a priority here at CardioMender. While many key environmental, lifestyle and genetic factors account for the onset of Alzheimer’s, we suggest an appropriate diet rich in pigmented fruits and vegetables and possibly the addition of certain nutritional supplements to help offset or even prevent the development of this degenerative disease*.

Free Radicals:

Free radicals are produced as a byproduct of normal metabolism and accumulate in our body. A build-up of

Today Is World Food Day – Let’s Talk About Healthy Foods and Weight Loss

By |2019-11-05T08:17:55-05:00October 15th, 2019|Weight Loss Articles|

World Food Day:

World Food Day is October 16 which celebrates the founding of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations. Over the decades, the organization has gained worldwide awareness for providing an education on improving diets with the overall goal of eradicating hunger by 2030 (UN News, 2018). Our team finds this day to be important, as we stress the significance of a healthy diet to live a healthy, fulfilling life. However, there has been paradoxical consequences of these efforts. According to the World Health Organization, “Most of the world’s population live in countries where overweight and obesity kills more people than being underweight.”

Age with Grace and Health

By |2019-11-05T08:20:29-05:00September 17th, 2019|Weight Loss Articles|

“Aging is not lost youth but a new stage of opportunity and strength.” – Betty Friedan

September is Healthy Aging Month, an annual health observance designed to focus attention on the positive aspects of growing older. This movement was created by Carolyn Worthington, editor-in-chief of Healthy Aging Magazine and the mindful practice has been in place for twenty years. Healthy Aging Month inspires adults to improve and maintain a good quality of physical, mental, social and financial well being.

Get Back on Track During the 2019 Hurricane Season

By |2019-11-05T09:26:30-05:00September 3rd, 2019|Weight Loss Articles|

The Storm

Hurricane Dorian affected thousands of South Florida residents. Most of us prepared for the intense storm by heavily stocking up on canned, prepackaged, non-perishable food and water, in case the storm eliminated power and the means to leave the area. In South Florida, most homes and families were completely spared from catastrophe, but there is another type of aftermath that does affect individuals’ health habits. 

Strategies for Successful Weight Loss and Keeping It Off!

By |2019-11-05T15:02:01-05:00August 19th, 2019|Weight Loss Articles|

Strategies for Successful Weight Loss include consistently balancing the three food groups to change your body’s physiology from the inside out, along with proper portion control. Choosing the right foods is pretty straightforward. The key is to select low glycemic carbohydrates including fruits and vegetables, lean proteins, such as lean meats, and low-fat dairy, limiting saturated and trans fats. What is a normal or “healthy” portion of food? The National Institute of Health defines a portion as “…the amount of food that you choose to eat for a meal or snack.” Therefore, the portion size depends entirely on the consumer. The size is determined by calorie restriction, food groups and hunger level.

Getting Back to Our Routines and Achieving Balance!

By |2019-11-05T15:28:19-05:00August 12th, 2019|Weight Loss Articles|

Summer vacations are drawing to a close and some of us will be readjusting from a more relaxed mode to a more hectic life, while others are looking forward to the routine lifestyle the school year brings. It’s easy to go off plan and gain weight when our routines change, either way. If weight gain was truly unintended, then it’s time to take an honest look at ourselves.

July Is UV Safety Awareness Month

By |2019-07-16T13:52:10-04:00July 15th, 2019|Weight Loss Articles|

Summer brings to mind fun days at the beach, family vacations, baseball games, and lots of other outdoor activities. What doesn’t always come to mind is UV safety, and since July is UV Safety Month, it’s a good reminder that while we’re enjoying the best of summer fun, we also need to pay attention to protecting our skin. The obvious ways to protect your skin from the sun include applying (and reapplying) sunscreen and wearing a hat or long sleeves. But you might not know that certain phytonutrients, natural plant chemicals that enhance health, can also protect your skin against the negative effects of the sun.

Enjoying Summer Sun Safely: Think Bioflavonoids

One group of phytonutrients that research has found effective in supporting skin health and resiliency are flavonoids and bioflavonoids, plant pigments and compounds that are beneficial for health. Some act as scavengers for free radicals (the toxic results of oxygen metabolism), absorb UVA rays, and reduce damage to DNA in cells. 

Researchers in a number of countries have reported the positive effects of bioflavonoids. In one Italian study, drinking tea every day and eating lots of vegetables and fruits, especially citrus fruits, reduced the likelihood of developing cutaneous melanoma, a common skin cancer. An Australian study looked at tea consumption and the corresponding reduction in the development of a precancerous skin condition called actinic skin damage. Clinical trials in the US revealed both short-term and long-term benefits from consuming bioflavonoids. The short-term benefits were increased circulation and hydration to the skin along with less skin roughness and scaling. The long-term benefits included decreased incidence of sunburn by 15% after 6 weeks of treatment and a

Cooking Your Way to Health, One Meal at a Time

By |2019-07-09T22:27:09-04:00July 8th, 2019|Weight Loss Articles|

July is National Culinary Arts month, and this means a time to celebrate the creative joys of cooking. Some people approach cooking as an expression of their creativity, and they enjoy concocting their own recipes, using a combination of guess-work and tasting foods and seasonings to yield the best results. Others, though, see cooking as a chore, and with busy work schedules, kids to chauffeur to activities, and household responsibilities, time to cook often means drudgery.

With the convenience of food delivery businesses and takeout, not cooking can be awfully appealing. But July might be your month to change this perspective and move toward greater health for you and your family, one meal at a time. Enhance your family’s wellness by cooking healthful meals at home, using the support of a meal plan with healthy recipes and resources.

 

Healthful Recipes and Resources Are Just a Click Away 

The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, part of the US Department of Health & Human Services, says that having a healthy eating plan in place can reduce your risk of cardiac issues or other health problems. Having a plan helps you remember to include lean proteins, vegetables, and healthy fats that are a part of a good diet, and it also makes it easier to control the size of your portions, another aspect of eating healthfully.

In its article “Meal Prep: A Helpful Healthy Eating Strategy,” the Harvard School of Public Health talks about the nuts and bolts of setting up your healthy meal plan. Ideas like creating a menu, shopping once a week to purchase items needed to prepare your meals, and cooking foods in advance like hard-boiled eggs, roasted vegetables and

New Experienced Family Nurse Practitioner on Board!

By |2019-06-04T19:33:01-04:00June 3rd, 2019|Weight Loss Articles|

After four years of dedicated service, CardioMender, MD says goodbye to Dr. Young. The CMMD Team and its patients are grateful for Dr. Young’s devoted contribution and wishes him the best in all future endeavors. 

Felix Baez Alonso, FNP-C, brings years of experience in the medical field. He will deliver to our patients’ best practice medical treatment and weight loss strategies as part of a holistic, healthy weight loss program.

Felix is a foreign trained doctor from Cuba with more than 12 years of experience in medical care, specializing in Family Medicine and General Surgery. He has a master’s degree in geriatrics from the Superior Institute of Medical Sciences of Havana. While working for Doctors Without Borders and The International Red Cross, he served as a doctor in various countries and speaks multiple langWeight loss nurse practitioneruages.

In 2013, Felix came to the US and worked in a variety of areas of medicine, including as a clinical case manager, research clinical coordinator, medical assistant and phlebotomist. Motivated by his continued desire to help others, he obtained a Masters in Science of Nursing and his Family Nurse Practitioner license. Currently, in addition to his role at CardioMender, MD, he is Assistant Professor of Medical-Surgical Nursing at Florida National University.

Please join us in welcoming Felix.