Marla Ahlgrimm: Do It For Your Heart

Marla AhlgrimmContrary to popular belief, heart disease is not a man-only affliction. According to Marla Ahlgrimm, women are also at risk of illness and death due to the condition. But, many instances of heart disease may be prevented, and there are a few things women can do to reduce their risk. Ahlgrimm answers a few common questions about this below.

Q: Is it true that a heart-healthy diet is completely void of salt?

Marla Ahlgrimm: In the world we live in, it is almost impossible to avoid salt in some form. However, choose foods that have low sodium content and you may lessen your risk of hypertension and heart disease. You’ll also want to watch the amount of trans fat and sugar that you consume. A good rule of thumb is to avoid any foods that come from a box or that have been cured with salt. Anything with a long shelf life likely contains tons of added sodium. It’s best to stick with fresh foods and season with spices that don’t have extra salt.

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Marla Ahlgrimm | Easy Ways To Improve Your Health

Marla AhlgrimmIn part four in a multi-channel series of health tips, Marla Ahlgrimm explains the benefits of tinted light and why you should never overcook your meat.

Watch the grill.

Everybody loves a freshly grilled steak. Marla Ahlgrimm says that meat can safely be added to a diet, and provides lots of nutrients and protein. However, while a few grill marks might be desirable, burnt meat may actually release carcinogenic compounds so watch the heat.

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Marla Ahlgrimm on DHEA

Marla AhlgrimmDehydroepiandrosterone, or DHEA, is, according to Marla Ahlgrimm, a common steroid hormone. It is available in creams and oral supplements. As evidenced by some studies, DHEA is useful in treating or preventing a number of potential health problems. Keep reading as Ahlgrimm opens up on this difficult-to-pronounce but potentially beneficial supplement.

Q: Is DHEA made by the body?

Marla Ahlgrimm: Yes, it is produced in the adrenal glands. Unfortunately, the synthetic form, which is widely available over-the-counter, is produced from a compound found in yams and soy. This may have very few health benefits. Bioidentical DHEA, however, might.

Q: What does DHEA do?

Marla Ahlgrimm: Men and women each have DHEA in their bodies. In part, it’s converted into the male and female sex hormones, testosterone and estrogen respectively. It is reasoned that people with low levels of DHEA may be more at risk of osteoporosis, diabetes, heart disease, and other conditions. This is because many people with these health concerns have markedly low levels of the hormone.

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Marla Ahlgrimm: High Tech Healthcare

Marla AhlgrimmA few years ago, the only way to get face-to-face with your healthcare provider was to schedule an appointment, drive to the office, and wait. However, according to Marla Ahlgrimm, times are changing, and now many healthcare providers offer online appointments. Keep reading for more information on how these on-demand doctors operate and the kinds of issues they can treat remotely.

Q: What is an online doctors appointment?

Marla Ahlgrimm: An online doctors appointment is exactly what it sounds like. Your healthcare provider video conferences with you to discuss your health concerns. The appointment, which will usually last around 15 minutes and takes place by way of the internet, may be attended via a desktop computer or smart device.

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Marla Ahlgrimm Answers: Do Dietary Supplements Work?

Marla AhlgrimmWe all want to be at our healthiest. For some, this means taking a vitamin each morning. Marla Ahlgrimm says, however, that, with few exceptions, these supplements don’t do much to boost our overall wellness. Keep reading as the retired pharmacist opens up about OTC vitamins.

Q: How many people take vitamins?

Marla Ahlgrimm: Some studies estimate that more than half of Americans take a daily vitamin. Vitamins and other over-the-counter health supplements are a $31 billion business, and it is growing every day. As people look to extend their healthy years, the shelves become crowded with new products that claim to do just that.

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Marla Ahlgrimm | Campus Safety For Women

Marla AhlgrimmAs colleges across the country open their doors for the first semester of the new year, Marla Ahlgrimm asserts that young women should pay careful attention to their safety. Although it does not seem fair, teenage girls in their first or second year of college are often targeted for violent or sexual crimes.

Marla Ahlgrimm stresses that assault of any kind is not the victim’s fault, and her actions did not instigate the attack. Unfortunately, because sexual assault remains a reality at campuses across the country, it is important for young women to take extra steps to keep themselves safe.

The first thing women should do is listen to their gut. If something feels wrong, there is a high probability that it is. For example, if you are at a party and are approached by anyone that makes you feel uncomfortable, leave as soon as possible and head toward a crowd. Never accept rides home from people that you do not know well. Lyft, Uber, or other ridesharing services are an alternative available in virtually all areas, Marla Ahlgrimm notes. With GPS tracking and other security features in place, this is a much safer option than getting into a car with a mere acquaintance.

Using common sense is another important step toward keeping yourself safe. Many of the same rules apply in college as at home. These, Marla Ahlgrimm asserts, include things like locking your door, walking with a partner at night or in isolated areas, and never accepting drinks from strangers. Watch your surroundings and be aware of the people you are with.

Marla Ahlgrimm closes by reminding college students to report any suspicious activity to their campus or local police. Doing so may prevent you or someone else from suffering an unnecessary act of violence.

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