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Free health talk Wednesday in Vail

Vail Daily staff report
Vail, CO Colorado

VAIL, Colorado –Are you concerned about your cholesterol inching upwards? Did you lose your keys again? Is joint pain bothering you more often? Many people chalk up these experiences to simply “getting older,” but did you know that changing your diet can have significant effects on your overall health? The old adage “you are what you eat” still holds strong.

Dr. Jacqui Slavin D.C. of Functional Wellness in Edwards incorporates these nutritional fundamentals into her private, clinical practice, and teaches them in an informative eight-week low glycemic, anti-inflammatory class. Recent participants have reduced their total cholesterol by as much as 46 points in just eight weeks. Other improvements include decreased fasting blood sugar from “pre-diabetic” to within the normal laboratory range, as well as decreased joint pain in hands, knees and shoulders.

Dr. Slavin will present a complimentary informational lecture on stress, inflammation and balancing blood sugar at The Vail Athletic Club on Wednesday at 5:30 p.m.

Today scientists are confirming that if you keep your body supplied with a wide assortment of healthy foods and nutrients, it may indeed enhance your ability to maintain a healthy mind and body as you age.

To protect yourself against a variety of age-related conditions that can impair your memory and the general functioning of your body, a good first step is to concentrate on a healthful diet rich in fruits, vegetables, whole grains and good fats. This is because these foods contain hefty amounts of brain-boosting and health-promoting nutrients: Antioxidants, flavonoids, omega-3 fatty acids and other important natural compounds.

Busy schedules and easily available fast food have slowly eroded American’s good eating habits and reduced the intake of fresh, anti-inflammatory foods. The American Institute of Stress reports that some surveys show 75 to 90 percent of visits to primary care physicians are for stress-related complaints and inflammatory conditions. Eating a nutrient rich, anti-inflammatory diet, getting moderate exercise and balancing your blood sugar consistently combat age-related degenerative diseases, including mental decline.

Over the past few years there has been more information about the overall health benefits of including essential fatty acids, especially omega 3’s, in our diets. In a recent report, the International Food Information Council noted that “emerging evidence suggests that a higher level of EPA and DHA omega-3 fatty acid consumption may be associated with reducing the risk of bone loss, certain cancers, as well as neurological disorders such as Alzheimer’s disease.”

For details and more information about the event at Vail Athletic Club on Wednesday, contact Functional Wellness at 970-376-7779.

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