Articles by Larissa Long Contributing Writer
- Larissa Long has worked in the health care communications field for more than 13 years. She co-authored a self-care book titled Taking Care
, has written countless tip sheets and e-letters on health topics, and contributed several articles to Natural Solutions
magazine. She also served as managing editor of three alternative health and lifestyle newsletters — Dr. Susan Lark’s Women’s Wellness Today
, Dr. David Williams’ Alternatives
, and Janet Luhrs’ Simple Living
. For tips, tools and strategies to address your most pressing health concerns and make a positive difference in your life, visit PeakHealthAdvocate.com.
Omega-3 fatty acids are a well-known natural anti-inflammatory. Most people recognize common omega-3s such as fish oil, olive oil and flax. But there is another form of omega-3s that has been growing in popularity. The good news about the benefits of astaxanthin just keeps coming. Exciting new research on this antioxidant’s protective effects on the eyes and heart is especially promising. Can one Mediterranean staple provide enough antioxidant protection to protect brain health? Grilling this weekend? While grilling can be an easy, healthy and fun way to cook your food, super-charred meats could pose a problem. But new research suggests a delicious marinade may be the answer to cancer-proofing your summer BBQ. [ad#banner]By some estimates, nearly one-third of the adult population in the US has high blood pressure (or hypertension). High blood pressure is called “the silent killer” because it often presents no symptoms, but at the same time greatly increases your risk of stroke, heart attack, heart failure, kidney problems and death. Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) affects 55 million Americans, mostly women. The most common symptoms include diarrhea, constipation, and/or abdominal cramps—so it’s no wonder that IBS sufferers often have to make drastic changes to their lifestyles to prepare for any unforeseen and embarrassing “attacks.” But new research is showing promise in a multi-species formula of friendly bacteria. The statistics on Alzheimer’s disease are overwhelming. More than 5 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s disease. One in eight older Americans has the condition, and Alzheimer’s is the sixth leading cause of death in the United States. The development of antibiotics in the 1930s was, at the time, a ground-breaking, life-saving marvel of science. The idea and ultimate hope was that no one would ever die from a bacterial infection again. By now, the importance of vitamin D in preventing disease and protecting overall health has been scientifically proven -- but could vitamin D deficiency have more health consequences than we think? If you’re a lover of red wine, you probably already know that the glass you enjoy every night with dinner has heart-protective , anti-cancer and anti-aging properties. These health benefits come courtesy of a very important antioxidant that’s abundant in the skin of red grapes, and therefore red wine—resveratrol.