Don't Go Breaking Your Heart

  • You won't see this test on theIGR Plus normal checkup menu, but you can request your doctor to administer a high-sensitivity C-reactive protein (CRP) test. Just think how impressed he or she will be that you even know what that means.A CRP level of 1 mg/L or greater indicates a risk for heart disease. A level greater than 3mg/L places you in the high risk category.Take the test at least twice over a period of 2-3 months to ensure accurate and consistent results.

    Experts recommend the intake of a 4:1 ratio of omega-6 fatty acids to omega-3s. However, the typical American diet provides 12 to 25 times the amount of omega-6s, in the form of saturated fats such as soy, canola, sunflower, and corn oils, as omega-3s. To achieve a healthy balance, try to eat 2-3 servings of fatty fish, such as salmon or trout, per week.

    Gotta love those crazy cows in the Chick Filet commercials, but maybe they have it all wrong. Chicken has a high concentration of arachidonic acid, a fatty acid that encourages the body's production of inflammation causing chemicals. Lean beef contains half as much arachidonic acid and also provides high levels of the inflammation fighters selenium and zinc. And when it comes to beef, grass-fed is always better due to the healthier omega acids balance.

    Flavonoids found in brightly colored vegetables and fruits not only provide healthy antioxidants, but also serve to reduce inflammation in body tissue. Choose from peppers, blueberries, sweet potatoes, oranges, grapes, and other colorful raw foods to enhance your daily diet.
    A diet that includes 3-5 grams of ginger or tumeric a day has been shown to suppress production of inflammation causing chemicals in the body. Interestingly, studies have shown that these spicy substances work at the DNA level to shut down the genes responsible for inflammation.


Plastic recycling - Books

Plastic recycling - Books
Nowadays, with the large cumulative build-up of plastic waste, there are more and more books on plastic recycling, sustainable plastic, and related issues. The following is an extensive selection in different sections, from kids to advanced technical books and ebooks.