Happy 4th of July!

May the second half of this year find you well.  Remember, exercise in moderation, get your sleep, and eat meals that are nutritional.  Smile a lot, and take care!

Tom Foster
Blue Ridge Health Clinic

I Eat Eggs Every Day!

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Always look for organic eggs, since they don’t contain antibiotics, hormones, and vaccines. The quality of organic eggs is regulated by the USDA.

Dr. Molly Morgan, RD, a board certified sports specialist dietician, found that eggs have different color, and it depends on the type of the chicken. The nutritional value is the same.

Eggs are one of the healthiest foods on Earth, so try to eat them more often. We give you 12 reasons to do that.

  1. Eggs will save you

Human body produces eleven amino acids, and it needs nine more to function properly. Eggs can give you the remaining nine acids. The lack of these fatty acids causes muscle wasting, weak immunity, weakness, fatigue, and weak hair and skin.

  1. Regulate cholesterol

Cholesterol can cause many problems. There are two type of cholesterol, bad and good. Eggs are packed with healthy portions.

  1. Immunity boost

Eat an egg or two every day to fight infections, diseases and viruses. Eggs contain 22% of your recommended daily intake of selenium. This nutrient strengthens immunity, and regulates thyrid hormones.

Children should eat eggs as well. Selenium deficiency may lead to the development of Keshan disease and kashin-Beck disease. This applies to both children and adults.

  1. Reduce the risk of heart problems

LDL or bad cholesterol molecules tend to attach on artery walls, leading to atherosclerosis.

HDL particles discard fatty molecules from the arteries. There are many kinds of LDL particles, and these are all different in size.

Researchers have confirmed that the bigger the particle, the better. People with small LDL particles run at a higher risk of developing cardiovascular issues when compared to individuals who have large particles.

Eggs can increase LDL particles, and thus reduce the risk of heart disease.

  1. Stimulate brain

Choline in eggs gives your body nutritive value and power. It’s also consisted in cell membranes. Choline is also needed in the synthesis of acetylcholine.

Over 90% of all Americans eat less than the recommended daily amount of the neurotransmitter. Numerous studies have shown that the lack of choline causes neurological disorders and impaired cognitive ability.

  1. Eggs strengthen teeth and bones

Eggs are one of the rare natural sources of vitamin D which makes them beneficial for our skin and teeth. Eggs improve the absorption of calcium, and this is great for the function of your heart, colon and metabolism.

  1. Eggs improve skin complexion and hair

You can’t expect that your hair and skin will look great if you aren’t healthy. Eggs contain vitamins B2, B5, and B12. These B vitamins in eggs strengthen your hair, skin and eyes. These improve the function of your liver and brain, too.

  1. Improve vision

Egg yolks contain lutein and zeaxanthin. This reduces the risk of age-related macular degeneration and cataracts, the two major reasons for blindness and vision impairment.

According to a study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, regular consumption of egg yolks increases zeaxanthin levels by 114-142%. Lutein levels are increased by 28-50%.

  1. Lose weight

If you’re trying to lose weight, eggs are the real deal for you. Eggs can help you melt fat and lose excess pounds.

An eight-week study showed people who eat eggs for breakfast lose 65% more weight than these who don’t. You will also lose 16% more body fat, reduce 61%  of BMI, and 34% of your waist circumference.

  1. Feel full

Eggs are rich in protein. Some experts use them as a measure for protein. Studies have shown that high-protein foods affect appetite. The satiety Index estimates the effect of foods on your fullness, and eggs are somewhere in the top.

  1. Reduce stress and anxiety

We already wrote about the nine amino acids found in eggs. These amino acids can also affect your mental health. A 2004 study by the National Academy of Sciences showed that you can reduce anxiety and stress by adjusting serotonin levels in the nervous system.

  1. Eggs boost energy

Vitamin B2 or riboflavin and other B vitamins are good for your energy, since they convert the food you eat in fuel. One egg contains 15% of the recommended daily intake of vitamin B2. Eggs not only boost your energy, but also tone your body. Eggs belong to the group of 25 powerful body-toning foods.

AARP Sent the Following Letter to Congress on Oct. 14th, 2015

AARP has deep concern that for only the third time in over 40 years, there will be no Social Securitycost-of-living adjustment for 2016. To make matters worse, as a result, 30 percent of Medicare beneficiaries will see their monthly Medicare Part B premium dramatically increase, and all Medicare beneficiaries will experience an increase in their Part B deductible.

Congress should protect the 16.5 million Medicare beneficiaries — which includes new enrollees, people not collecting Social Security, and beneficiaries dually eligible for Medicaid — from the harmful effects of dramatically increasing premiums, due to there being no Social Security cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) as well as protect all Medicare beneficiaries from the large increase in their deductible.

The Social Security Trustees announced Oct. 15 that there will be no Social Security COLA in 2016, due to unusually low energy prices. However, the impact of very low energy prices on Social Security recipients may be overstated in the current cost of living formula, and as a result, the need for a COLA may be understated in this week’s announcement. Continue reading “AARP Sent the Following Letter to Congress on Oct. 14th, 2015” »

Is Socializing Important as You Age?

Socializing ranks right up there with diet and exercise on the “aging” ladder of importance. Sometimes, when a spouse dies or a senior falls into ill health, friends and family withdraw simply because the person doesn’t fit in anymore with their lifestyles. Rather than keeping busy and finding other friends or methods of socializing, seniors often develop depression which can lead to other diseases such as alcoholism, heart disease and even cancer.

It’s been proven that seniors who enjoy an active social life can extend their lives by years. There are an abundance of benefits for socializing other than life extension –stress reduction, a feeling of importance and high self esteem are just a few of the benefits. Keeping active also reduces the risk of mental diseases such as dementia and Alzheimer’s. Continue reading “Is Socializing Important as You Age?” »

Do You Know What Rheumatoid Arthritis Is?

Rheumatoid Arthritis is not just an average discomfort pain – it’s an autoimmune disorder whose cause is not known. What is known is that Rheumatoid Arthritis can lead to permanent disability at any age.  Therefore, it is not just associated with older folks.

You may think of arthritis as a disease of older people, but Rheumatoid Arthritis is found in younger adults and even in children. So what can you do to keep from becoming disabled by Rheumatoid Arthritis?

Start with a nutritional consultation. You will need to make sure you’re eating a balanced diet with sufficient fish oils, antioxidants, zinc, selenium and Vitamins A-C-E. These vitamins and minerals are believed to be essential in helping the body fight off the effects of Rheumatoid Arthritis. Continue reading “Do You Know What Rheumatoid Arthritis Is?” »

Do You Have An Aching Back?

Do you feel like there’s a knife in your back due to stabbing pains in your spine? Is it hard to sit or stand and you can’t seem to find a comfortable way to get to sleep? Back pain is one of the most common complaints that doctors hear about.

Sometimes you know the reason for the back pain – a simple straining lifting of something heavy, an injury due to playing sports, an auto accident or maybe even a work related injury. Other times you have no idea what you did or didn’t do to ignite the pain.

When the back muscles are overused or wrongly used, you can feel pain for a few days and then you might notice an improvement. If the back pain doesn’t go away after a few days with rest and over the counter pain relievers, then you need to seek medical help. You may have a more serious problem that can result in chronic pain. Continue reading “Do You Have An Aching Back?” »

Rheumatoid Arthritis Symptoms Are Serious!

If you or someone you know is suffering from rheumatoid arthritis, do not feel alone. Every year, out of 100,000 people, 54 suffer from this specific type of arthritis. This isn’t a disease without hope. Although there is no formal cure, there are many different types of rheumatoid arthritis treatments used to make many of the symptoms decrease.

Symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis aren’t always easy to identify. Many times, patients go undiagnosed because they don’t feel like their symptoms are severe enough to warrant seeing the doctor. Some symptoms come and go as they please, depending on how severe the inflammation in your tissue and joints are.

Once your body tissue becomes inflamed, rheumatoid arthritis becomes active. When the inflammation diminishes, the disease then goes into remission, where symptoms fade. Then when the inflammation occurs again, so do the symptoms. This important factor makes rheumatoid arthritis go undiagnosed because its victims are constantly feeling bad and then better. Continue reading “Rheumatoid Arthritis Symptoms Are Serious!” »

Depression and Aging


As time goes by and we age, the more likely we are to suffer life-changing situations and grief in our lives that might bring on bouts of depression. We’re more vulnerable to changes and sometimes don’t have the energy or the money or any other means to change situations that happen to upend our lives.

There are some types of depression that you should be aware of. Short-term depression occurs in most all of us at some time or other in our lives, but severe depression is more serious and may require some type of medical care or intervention. Severe depression is when the feelings become so agonizing that it extends to every area of life, and the person suffering may think that there’s no solution.

Most elderly depression occurs when there is separation or loss. There’s a feeling of helplessness – especially if aging leads to poverty and isolation. Even a bout of bad weather may cause depression if an elderly person feels “stuck.” The elderly are certainly more vulnerable than the rest of the population and as physical and environmental changes lead to isolation, depression may occur. Continue reading “Depression and Aging” »