Hold the Yolk Please

For many people eggs are a staple diet food. They have been praised for having all 9 essential amino acids and a high protein content. In addition they are great for eyes, contain lots of “good” fats, and are a good source of vitamin D.

But the topic of cholesterol has always come up with eggs and a new study from, the journal Atherosclerosis, reveals that an egg’s cholesterol is dangerous for people over the age of 40. The study reveals that egg yolks contributed to the artery-clogging LDL cholesterol and this makes egg consumption problematic over the age of 40 when there is a higher risk for heart disease.

The health implications of overconsumption of whole eggs has even been compared to the risks assoicated with smoking. The study evaluated artery health of patients who smoked and those who consumed whole eggs. The results are in and for those whose consumption of whole eggs was in the highest 20%, the narrowing of the carotid artery was on average about two-thirds that of the study’s heaviest smokers.

This study may have you asking, how much is too much cholesterol?

According to the National Heart Blood and Lung Institute, Americans should  limit their cholesterol intake to no more than 300 mg per day (an egg yolk has just over 200 mg), and eat no more than four whole eggs weekly.

This is good news for those who look forward to weekend egg breakfast with friends and family. And like so many things in life moderation is key!

Enjoy!

To read more of this article click HERE

~Professional Medical Corp

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Colorful Kinesio Tape

If you have noticed more stripes and colors on athletes, chances are kinesio taping is to blame. The popularity of taping has grown in the last decade and the 2012 London Olympics have made it a household name. But how does this stuff work and is it affective?

Kinesio tape is a thin and pliable tape that is placed on areas of your body that can be prone to over extending, the tapes job is to pull on your skin to remind you NOT to over extend. Some trainers also use the tape as a tool to help improve balance in athletes and to prevent excessive extending. The taping has even been used on animals to help prevent injuries.

Research is still being done to determine the true effects of the tape, and whether it gives you a sense of stability and support or gives you a psychological edge. In the meantime kinesio taping gives us lots of pretty colors to look during sporting events and may have a bigger use in the future.

Read more about this topic HERE.

~Professional Medical Corp.

Friday Treat: Pistachio Stuffed Dates

Have you been searching for a simple, elegant, and healthy snack? This recipe is ideal as an appetizer for entertaining or an end of meal treat. This high in fiber snack will also help to keep you full longer. Best of all it takes no time to prepare!

Ingredients

  •  1/2 cup shelled pistachios
  •  Pinch of coarse salt
  •  16 dates, pitted
  •  1 tablespoon toasted unsweetened shredded coconut

Directions

1. In a food processor, puree pistachios until a thick paste forms, about 5 minutes. Season with salt. Spoon mixture into dates. Top with coconut.

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When Friday rolls around there is no better time for a special treat to end the week with…

Enjoy!

~Professional Medical Corp.

Energy Boosters

Summer time is finally here and if you are still stuck in your routine for cold rainy weather try these tips to help rev-up summer.

1. Sleeping…zzzz….

A good night’s rest is essential to waking up fully energized. If you are having trouble falling asleep try sniffing lavender which has been shown to improve sleeping patterns. A hot bath can also do the trick to relax your body.

2. Coffee

Kick off the day with coffee and you will get the jump start you need! Coffee has also been shown to help your body fuel itself. If coffee is too strong for you try black or green tea which also provides a burst of caffeine. Just remember to not overdue it, having too much caffeine can produce adverse results and actually make you more tired!

3. Step it Outside

If you are stuck at your desk all day stepping outside to breathe fresh air can help you wake up. Breathing in oxygen helps to recharge your body, try taking a break outside and breathe deeply for maximum rejuvenation.

4. Pump Your Music

Listening to upbeat music can have a positive effect on your energy level and mood. It can also support you during an energizing workout.

5. H2Oooooo

The importance of water always seems to be over looked. Do you feel fatigued, unfocused, or even unhappy? Dehydration could be to blame, so remember to reach for a glass of water first thing in the morning to get ready for great day.

For more energy boosting tips read the full article HERE.

Hope these tips help to rejuvenate your body for an energetic summer, enjoy!

~Professional Medical Corp.