Archives for November 2019

Marla Ahlgrimm Shares The Truth About Turkey

Marla AhlgrimmTurkey is a staple of holiday meals. Between November and December, Americans consume more turkey than any other time of the year. And many people claim that their bite of bird puts them right to sleep. This might not be true, however, says Marla Ahlgrimm.

Q: What is it about turkey that makes people believe that it is a natural sleep aid?

Marla Ahlgrimm: It’s the tryptophan. Tryptophan is an amino acid – one of nearly two dozen that occur actually. An amino acid is a basic component of protein. It is found in many meats, not just turkey. Many people mistakenly believes that the tryptophan in turkey immediately triggers their brain to tell their body it’s time for sleep.

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Marla Ahlgrimm: Myths And Misinformation About Bone Loss

Marla AhlgrimmMarla Ahlgrimm has impacted hundreds of thousands of women’s lives with her work in hormone replacement therapy. One area where HRT has made such an impact is in bone health, particularly in postmenopausal women, who are at a greater risk of osteoporosis. She says that, unfortunately, many people do not fully understand their bones, which may contribute to the fact that more than 8 million American women have osteoporosis.

With this in mind, Marla Ahlgrimm presents a few common myths about the bone.

Myth: Osteoporosis is only for older women. I don’t need to worry.

Absolutely untrue, says Marla Ahlgrimm. To date, around 54 million Americans – 20 percent of these men – have low bone density. Although children and teenagers are usually not diagnosed, what kids do during these years can affect their risk later on. Most doctors recommend being physically active throughout the toddler to teen years, and then continuing to live a healthy lifestyle into adulthood.

Myth: Osteoporosis is not a serious disease.

While it’s true that osteoporosis in itself is not fatal, Marla Ahlgrimm stresses that it is a serious condition. Broken bones are painful, and, when unable to heal correctly, can cause lifelong discomfort. This can take a toll on a person’s physical and mental health throughout their lifetime.

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