Archive for the ‘Diet & Nutrition’ Category

Does the Mediterranean Diet Lead to a Longer Life?

New research shows that the Mediterranean Diet may help slow the aging process, in addition to having a positive impact on heart health.  The basis of the diet – not eating processed foods, limiting red meat and shaping meals around fruits, vegetables, whole grains, nuts and beans – “appears to protect a person’s DNA from [...]

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Heart-Healthy Seasonal Dishes from Local Chefs

Eating in a healthier, more mindful way includes adding more non-processed foods into your diet, as well as more in-season fruits and vegetables. Late fall and early winter bring with them a variety of hearty, cold-weather vegetables, packed with nutritional value. Below are recipes recently contributed to the Fall 2014 issue of WakeMed’s Heart to [...]

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Are You Drinking Your Sugar?

We all know that too much sugar is not good for us. Added sugars, or sugars and caloric sweeteners that are added to foods and beverages when they are processed or prepared, contribute to excess caloric intake and provide little to no nutritional value. Consequently, sugar can lead to serious health concerns, such as poor [...]

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Aronia Berries: The Super Food of the Day

Every so often, a new “super food” hits the market, and people flock to it with the hopes of finding the secret to perfect health.  A long list of foods have been touted as having “superpowers,” including Acai berries, Goji berries, pomegranate juice, coconut oil, coconut water, kale and chia seeds, just to name a few.
The latest super food getting lots of [...]

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Healthy Summer Cooking

Summer is the season for fresh, delicious produce. From traditional fruits and vegetables, like corn-on-the-cob and watermelon, to the not-so-common ones, such as the tomatillo and the passion fruit, everything seems to be ripe and abundant. To help you figure out what you can do with all of these seasonal goodies, here are some healthy summer recipes from [...]

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WomanWise: Advice for Good Heart Health

In the summer 2014 issue of WakeMed’s Heart to Heart magazine, four women shared stories about supporting a loved one through heart attack recovery, surviving heart disease and managing high blood pressure. Here’s a peek at the stories and advice they shared and click for the full article.  
Supporting Role 
Jennifer Petty’s husband Chris suffered a heart attack after complaining [...]

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The Health Benefits of Blueberries & WakeMed Blueberry Festival

There are many reasons why you should be eating your blueberries on a regular basis!

They are full of fiber. One cup provides 14 percent of the recommended daily dose of fiber. Fiber helps keep you regular, is heart healthy and may help you keep your cholesterol in check
Blueberries are low in calories. Once cup delivers only 80 calories [...]

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Safeguarding Your Gluten-Free Diet

Donuts, cupcakes, freshly baked bread, beer, pasta with sauce and creamy ranch dressing – all can be categorized as some of life’s most enjoyable guilty pleasures.  However, someone with Celiac disease or a gluten sensitivity would probably disagree.  
According to the National Foundation for Celiac Awareness (NFCA), about one percent of Americans have celiac disease and [...]

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Signs, Symptoms & Treatment of GERD: Be Happier this Holiday Weekend

Holidays are a time for more gathering, more socializing and more eating. For people with GERD, this can take the happy out of a holiday celebration. So, as Memorial Day weekend approaches, learn more from Dr. Adeyemi Lawal of WakeMed Physician Practices – Gastroenterology about the lifestyle modifications that can help you manage GERD.
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How to Spot the Signs of a Stroke

Did you know North Carolina is in the stroke belt?  It is true.  North Carolina is one of 11 states in the country where residents have a higher incidence of stroke.  This 11 state area is what medical experts call the stroke belt.
It is very important to identify stroke symptoms early because receiving fast treatment [...]

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