Three Things

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1. A new study has found that excess abdominal fat is more of a risk factor for a heart attack than weight. Excess abdominal fat could be categorized as an “apple” shaped body. A high waist to hip ratio was linked to people at risk for a future heart attack more so than smoking, diabetes, and other risk factors. A higher waist to hip ratio is a marker of visceral fat which is stored in the abdominal cavity. Visceral fat potentially plays a role in how hormones function in a negative way. It has also been associated with insulin resistance. A general, healthful lifestyle can help to combat this type of fat. Working with a Registered Dietitian can help too!

2. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has found that Americans are drinking enough water. Yes, you read that right. We ARE drinking enough water. But, there’s a catch – many people are getting enough water through also drinking juices, sodas, and other liquids. It is recommended to stick with water to hydrate and refrain from adding unwanted calories and sugar to your diet. Drinking half you weight in ounces of water is recommended daily.

3. Turmeric is said to help reduce inflammation and assist with digestion. There aren’t many studies to support this claim. However, there are small studies that do support its anti-inflammatory properties. I love adding turmeric to smoothies, eggs, and veggies!

Raquel

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