Posts by Elizabeth Smoots MD

Turmeric Reduces Post-Exercise Soreness

Posted on Apr 27, 2014 | Comments Off on Turmeric Reduces Post-Exercise Soreness

Turmeric Reduces Post-Exercise Soreness

Anyone who exercises has experienced the painfully sore muscles that can occur a day or two after the workout. Wouldn’t be nice if there was something you could do to keep this from happening? Well, it turns out there is, or just might be… In fact, you probably already have the key ingredient in your spice cabinet. It’s the popular spice turmeric, a prime ingredient in curry powder and Indian curries. This spice has potent antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects. ConsumerLab reported the results of a small study involving curcumin, the active substance present in turmeric. The research found that taking curcumin before and after intense exercise...

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Your Feelings Count When It Comes to Affairs of the Heart

Posted on Jan 30, 2014 | Comments Off on Your Feelings Count When It Comes to Affairs of the Heart

Your Feelings Count When It Comes to Affairs of the Heart

You have probably heard of the main risk factors for heart disease: smoking, diabetes, family history and high blood pressure and cholesterol. Many people may not be as aware that emotions can also play a role in whether or not we succumb to a heart attack. A growing body of evidence suggests that chronic anger, anxiety and depression can be deadly to those with coronary artery disease. Heart patients who frequently blow-up or suffer from depression increase their chances of having a heart attack. In one study loneliness led to a death rate of 50 percent, compared to a rate of 17 percent in those who got the social support they needed. These findings are not confined to...

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Don’t Take this News Sitting Down

Posted on Nov 25, 2013 | Comments Off on Don’t Take this News Sitting Down

Don’t Take this News Sitting Down

More and more evidence shows that sitting too much has health risks. Recent studies have shown that the longer you sit in a typical day, the higher your risk of chronic disease and the shorter your lifespan. Even people who exercise an hour a day but then sit the rest of their day have an increased risk compared to those who stay more active throughout their day. That’s why I noted with interest the latest study to come out on this topic. The results were announced in a news release from the American Association for Cancer Research and were presented at their annual meeting last month. Sitting a cause of pre-cancerous colon polyps Basically, researchers found that...

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Methyl Cycle a Source of Chronic Illness

Posted on Oct 18, 2013 | Comments Off on Methyl Cycle a Source of Chronic Illness

Methyl Cycle a Source of Chronic Illness

I attended a conference earlier this month on methylation and nutrigenomics. The term nutrigenomics means the use of diet and supplements to treat genetically induced or inherited problems. Methylation is a growing field that I will explain in more detail below. What is methylation? It’s a chemical reaction that occurs in every cell of your body. During methylation, a methyl group consisting of one carbon and three hydrogen atoms is added to a molecule. Methyl groups are chemically inactive, so adding them to a protein changes the function of the protein. Enzymes are proteins that control chemical reactions in the body. They can become more or less active when...

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Tips to Help with Fall Allergies

Posted on Sep 15, 2013 | Comments Off on Tips to Help with Fall Allergies

Tips to Help with Fall Allergies

The symptoms in the fall are the same as in the spring: Sneezing, nasal congestion, post-nasal drip, coughing and itchy or watery eyes are some of the tell-tale signs of fall allergies. Many people are allergic to molds, which are at an all-time high in the autumn air we breathe. Molds and fungi proliferate on decaying plant matter in yards and outdoor spaces such as fields, forests and farmland. Pollen from the common allergen ragweed also peaks at the end of summer and into early fall. Additionally, indoor allergens tend to get worse as we close up our homes to prepare for colder winter months. Dust mites, indoor molds, pet dander and cockroaches can trigger indoor...

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