Go Nuts

A patient came to me confused. “One moment I hear nuts are fattening.  Then I hear they’re good for me. Which is the truth?”

Well, the truth about nuts is a little nutty. Yes, they are fattening. And yes, you should eat them. I’ll explain.

Research shows those who regularly eat a daily serving of nuts reduce their risk of heart disease by 25 percent, and their overall risk of death by 20 percent. Now that is nuts.

There are handfuls of studies showing other health benefits of nuts, so I recommend them. However, they are high in fat and calories, so sticking to a serving a day is best.

Rather than adding them to the diet you’re already eating, use them to replace foods like meats, refined grains, sweets or processed snacks. And talk to your doctor about which ones are the healthiest. Some are much better for you than others.

 Stronger Families. Stronger Communities. I’m Dr. Walt Larimore for Shine dot FM.

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Peek A Boo Perks

There you are, developing your child’s visual system, increasing their perceptual continuity—which helps them know when an object is really in front of them or not—all while nerves in the child’s visual system are branching out, building circuits that will affect his or her visual accuracy the rest of their life … whew. And you thought playing peek-a-boo was a simple little game.

Not only does it elicit giggles from babies, but studies also suggest there is science behind the silliness.

Researchers believe by four to six months of age, infants learn perceptual continuity. During these months the child’s visual system continues it’s key development.

While the body does its work on its own, games like peek-a-boo add an important stimulus to the child as they sit back and watch the world around them.

Now you don’t have to feel so silly.

 Stronger Families. Stronger Communities. I’m Dr. Walt Larimore for Shine dot FM.

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An Earful of Damage

The way you discipline your teenagers can have a direct impact on their health. And really, yours too.

Teens are more likely to suffer depression, physical ailments, and negative behaviors like anger and vandalism … if they live in a home where harsh verbal discipline is the norm.

A new study shows parents that regularly yell, swear, shout, and call their teens insulting names, aren’t doing anyone any good. As a disciplinary measure, it’s destructive. And it wreaks havoc on a teen’s mental, emotional, and physical health—which can have long term consequences.

If your temper chronically gets the best of you, you’re putting yourself at risk for a long list of health complications too—and robbing yourself of joy.

Of course, any disciplinary measure carried to the extreme can harm a child, but ones that balance love and limits are much more effective—for everyone.

 Stronger Families. Stronger Communities. I’m Dr. Walt Larimore for Shine dot FM.

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Portion Sizes

Here’s news that will shock you: eating bigger portions of food can lead to weight gain. Ok, that deserves a “no kidding.” But a new study on portion sizes offers a helping of great information.

Researchers found that people given large servings of food ate more than those given smaller ones, even after hearing about the impact of portion size on consumption.

So what does this mean for you? Try cutting down on portion sizes—for you and your family. If you’re afraid of going hungry, here’s some good news: other research has found that smaller servings fill us up just as much as the larger ones, as long as we slow down our rate of eating.

Enjoy some fellowship with your food. Taking a little more time to eat, along with a reduction on the plate, could mean a big reduction in your waistline—and you’ll build relationships while building better health.

 Stronger Families. Stronger Communities. I’m Dr. Walt Larimore for Shine dot FM.

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Highchair Safety

Is mealtime becoming more dangerous? It may be, for your baby—and the reason may not sit well with you.

The number of children going to the emergency room because of high chair injuries has risen over twenty percent in the last seven years. Many kids suffered head injuries including concussions and internal trauma.

Is it time to write high chair manufacturers or demand better safety standards? Nope. It’s time to look in the mirror mom and dad. The majority of injuries occurred when kids were standing in their chairs or climbing out of them. They weren’t properly supervised or strapped in.

Fortunately, there’s a simple rule parents can follow, which reduces the vast majority of infant injury. Any high chair worth dining at should have a restraint system. So treat your high chair like you would a car seat—and buckle up.

 Stronger Families. Stronger Communities. I’m Dr. Walt Larimore for Shine dot FM.

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You’ve Got Company

Sitting down at your desk to enjoy a quick snack? Little did you know you’ll have millions of friends with you. I’m not talking about others in your office, I’m talking about germs.

Research on germs in the workplace finds some surfaces have more bacteria and viruses than the average toilet seat. That snack doesn’t taste as good now does it?

Bacteria and viruses thrive at a desk—mainly because most desks and office equipment are cleaned infrequently, and we eat at them often. Exposure to germs can lead to colds, the flu, or even salmonella.

Leading hangouts are the sink faucet handles, microwave door handles, keyboards, refrigerator door handles, water fountain buttons, phones, and desktops.

Thankfully, you can bombard germs by washing these surfaces daily with a disinfecting wipe. Plus wash your hands often and consider a sanitizing hand gel. Nobody likes unwanted company during their meal.

Stronger Families. Stronger Communities. I’m Dr. Walt Larimore for Shine dot FM.

You can read additional blogs by Dr. Larimore on this topic here. Just scroll down the home page to find and click on the article in which you’re interested. In addition, you can see Dr. Walt’s twice-daily devotional, Morning Glory, Evening Grace, here. Last, but not least, limited numbers of autographed copies of Dr. Walt’s books are available here.

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Aspirin a Day

Millions of us take low dose aspirin every day as a way to help our heart. But it may be time to put “an aspirin a day” to bed.

Now, I don’t mean get rid of the idea. I recommend daily aspirin therapy to some of my patients. However, new research shows aspirin may be most effective when it’s taken at night.

Most heart attacks and strokes occur in the morning, and it’s believed aspirin’s effects on the blood will have the greatest impact when taken in the evening. In fact, researchers found a reduced risk for the conditions in those who took an aspirin at night. Many naturally take it in the morning or early in the day.

If you’re not taking a daily aspirin, check with your doctor first. But if you’re already on aspirin therapy, and your doctor has recommended it, consider taking it as you tuck in.

Stronger Families. Stronger Communities. I’m Dr. Walt Larimore for Shine dot FM.

You can read additional blogs by Dr. Larimore on this topic here. Just scroll down the home page to find and click on the article in which you’re interested. In addition, you can see Dr. Walt’s twice-daily devotional, Morning Glory, Evening Grace, here. Last, but not least, limited numbers of autographed copies of Dr. Walt’s books are available here.

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Morning Sickness

Morning sickness. The two words bring nauseating memories to almost every mom. However, a prescription anti-nausea medication appears to be a safe and effective treatment according to a huge study.

More than 40,000 pregnant women used the drug, which is sold in the U.S. under the brandname Reglan. Not only was the drug effective, none of the women faced any increased risk of birth defects or miscarriage.

More than half of pregnant women experience nausea and vomiting, usually early in their pregnancy. Most women deal with these symptoms with little treatment, but about 10 to 15 percent eventually require medication. because they face more serious complications such as dehydration or weight loss.

The results of this study are encouraging, but remember—every mother’s health is different. Take this advice cautiously. The remedy may work for some moms, but not for others.

Stronger Families. Stronger Communities. I’m Dr. Walt Larimore for Shine.FM.

You can read additional blogs by Dr. Larimore on this topic here. Just scroll down the home page to find and click on the article in which you’re interested. In addition, you can see Dr. Walt’s twice-daily devotional, Morning Glory, Evening Grace, here. Last, but not least, limited numbers of autographed copies of Dr. Walt’s books are available here.

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Fiber Faux Pas

Eat more fiber.

You’ve probably heard that for years, but if you’re like most of us, boosting your fiber is a big bust.

Yes, fiber helps keep you regular. And greater fiber intake helps you feel more full, eat less, and even lose weight. But a diet low in fiber is actually high in risk. Research links low fiber diets to obesity and heart inflammation—which can increase heart attack risk. It can also increase the risk of metabolic syndrome, which is a precursor to diabetes and other conditions.

Women up to 50 should strive for 25 grams a day, while men should try for 40. You can easily find ways to add fiber and fiber-rich foods to your diet. And if you don’t know which foods are high fiber, you can find that online. Don’t make a fiber faux pas.

Stronger Families. Stronger Communities. I’m Dr. Walt Larimore for Shine dot FM.

You can read additional blogs by Dr. Larimore on this topic here. Just scroll down the home page to find and click on the article in which you’re interested. In addition, you can see Dr. Walt’s twice-daily devotional, Morning Glory, Evening Grace, here. Last, but not least, limited numbers of autographed copies of Dr. Walt’s books are available here.

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Protein Powder Promise

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The latest scoop on protein powders may leave you feeling a little suspicious of your supplements. Protein powders and drinks are a hot trend in fitness with research supporting their health and weight loss benefits. Unfortunately you may not be getting what you expect.

Consumer lab tested sixteen protein products and found problems with five of them. That’s thirty percent. Some had too little protein while others had more carbohydrates than listed, more cholesterol, or even lead contamination.

These products included some that coast up to five dollars a serving. I’ve talked a lot about how easy it is for consumers to be mislead by supplement labels and unscrupulous companies. So if protein products are a big part of your diet or health goals, I strongly advise you researching the brand you are buying. Your powder may not keep its promise.

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