And aspirin a day is dangerous

An Aspirin A Day Is Dangerous

Are you one of the millions of Americans whose doctor has advised to take a baby aspirin daily in an effort to protect from heart attack or stroke? If you don’t take it yourself, I know you know someone who does. But, do you (or they) know this is no longer recommended in light of recent studies? In fact, an aspirin a day is dangerous.

Aspirin is one of a variety of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) that is often used in a preventive mode against future heart attacks. Research has shown that aspirin therapy works for those who have already had a heart attack. However, there is a strong risk of gastrointestinal bleeding and inflammation with regular consumption of NSAIDs.

An aspirin a day …

The typical “preventive” aspirin dose is 81mg – the amount in a baby aspirin. Unfortunately, that dose is not effective in reducing the risk of heart attack. For this benefit, you must take about 325mg a day which creates a more significant risk for gastrointestinal bleeding.

It’s a Catch 22 – taking the low dose doesn’t have the protective benefit we have been told to expect. However, taking the high dose comes with far more risk. Even the American Gastroenterological Association has confirmed significant numbers of hospitalizations related to regular use of NSAIDs.

Are there other anti-inflammatory options?

Yes! There are anti-inflammatory options that don’t carry a bleeding risk. You’ve probably heard of them:

  • Good quality Fish Oil – I recommend that you take at least 1500mg of Omega-3s (EPA + DHA) in divided doses daily with meals. What’s high quality? Look for a molecularly distilled brand.
  • Curcumin – 500mg of Meriva curcumin (curcumin in a lipid capsule that makes it to the small intestines for better absorption) taken 1-2 times daily.

Don’t quit cold turkey!

If you have been taking either low-dose aspirin other NSAIDs (Ibuprofin, Aleve, full-dose Aspirin) on a daily basis – even for just 1 or 2 weeks – do not stop suddenly. The body’s reaction to such a cutoff can cause blood clots and increase risk. Instead, take half your dose for 2-3 weeks while incorporating at least one of the natural anti-inflammatory choices above in the middle of weaning.

Are you shocked to hear of these dangers? While we have the expectation that medications sold over the counter should be safe, that’s only when used infrequently. If you have been in the habit of popping NSAIDs for common aches and pains, you may at risk. I would recommend that you shift to Meriva Curcumin. Or consider scheduling a chat with me to see whether your symptoms are cries for help from your body.

Kelly Lutman Pursue Wellness

Is Fruit Juice Really Healthy

Is Fruit Juice Healthy or a Problem?

Did you grow up drinking a glass of juice with your breakfast? Perhaps you still drink it, along with your coffee. After all, a glass of OJ means a boost of Vitamin C, right? But is fruit juice really healthy?

I once thought – as you may have – that juice was a healthier choice over sodas and processed sugary drinks. In truth, juice purchased from the store, is quite close to a drink made of liquid sugar.

What’s the Big Deal?

The sugar in fruit is fructose – the same as in the problematic high fructose corn syrup. Despite its natural source, fructose, unless it is wrapped in a whole fruit, is bad news for your body. It is known to contribute to obesity, type 2 diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, and cholesterol challenges.

Drinking a 12-oz glass of OJ floods your system with a whopping 37 grams of sugar. The same amount of apple juice brings in 40 grams of sugar, which is as much as the average can of soda. At 4 grams per teaspoon, that’s a lot of sugar.

One of the biggest problems is that fruit juice contains NO fiber and is a concentrated source of liquid sugar/fructose. Juice goes through your digestive system quickly and spikes your blood sugar levels. This contributes to the development of insulin resistance, weight gain and stress on your liver, where fructose is processed. This study demonstrated what is far too common.

How is Fruit Juice Made?

There’s more to producing fruit juice than you realize – it’s not just squeezed right into the carton. Oranges are picked from the orchards and the juice is extracted, heated to pasteurize, and stored in huge vats where the oxygen is removed to extend the storage life. Removing the oxygen removes a lot of flavor, so companies hire chemical engineers to create “flavor packs” that make the juice taste fresh squeezed again. Yuck!

Though you expected to consume vitamins, antioxidants and enzymes in your juice, the pasteurization process wipes these out. Lacking fiber means that there’s nothing to slow the spike of blood sugar or feed your gut bacteria. That’s a problem!

Are There Better Options?

Yes, and they start with the foundation of hydration – water. You can add flavor by infusing your water with slices of orange, lemon, lime or cucumber. I particularly enjoy a glass of sparkling water with a squeeze of lime or a splash of cranberry juice.

And if you need more flavor, try kombucha tea. This fermented tea is low in sugar and high in healthful phytochemicals and gut-healing probiotics. You will find kombucha in the produce section of your grocery store. There are a variety of flavors available and I recommend you look for one with 8 grams of sugar or less.

Is fruit juice really healthy? While you may be shocked to learn that it really isn’t, it’s never too late to edit your approach (where have I heard that before?) and improve the effect on your body. Each edit you make can take you one step further down the path to pursue wellness!

Kelly Lutman Pursue Wellness