Friday, 20 May 2016

Marla Ahlgrimm Reports on the Benefits of Bone Broth

Marla Ahlgrimm
Bone broth is, according to Marla Ahlgrimm, different from stock in that it is made by boiling bone-in meat with other ingredients like onions, tomatoes, or vinegar. It is a delicious and nutrient-rich way to add a side of flavor to most meals, with many added health benefits.

Q: In what ways is bone broth different from regular stock or soup?

Marla Ahlgrimm: Regular meat stock is made by boiling bones and possibly vegetables for long periods of time. The result is a rich liquid that serves as the base of many soups, casseroles, and other dishes. Bone broth is made in a similar manner but, contrary to its name, relies mostly on meat for its flavor and nutrition. Meat, usually chicken or beef, releases more protein than bones alone, meaning bone broth has a higher nutritional value than its protein-deficient counterpart.

Monday, 16 May 2016

Marla Ahlgrimm Says: Eat More Garlic

Marla Ahlgrimm
Marla Ahlgrimm has a new favorite saying: “Garlic and Go!” According to the founder of Women’s Health America, garlic has a host of benefits unrivaled in the garden. She says women, especially, should eat garlic every day. Read on to find out why.

Garlic reduces plaque accumulation in the arteries.

Marla Ahlgrimm describes plaque as essentially a waste product that builds up in the arteries. It is made of calcium, fibrin, cholesterol, and fatty substances. As it accumulates, arteries become clogged, which makes it harder for the body to pump blood. This can lead to blood clots, hypertension, and heart attack. A diet high in garlic can slow plaque accumulation by up to 80% and reduce the amount of calcified plaque in the body.

Thursday, 12 May 2016

Q&A With Marla Ahlgrimm: Diet Disasters

Marla Ahlgrimm
Women take note: your diet may be ruining your metabolism. In the following question and answer session, women’s healthcare expert Marla Ahlgrimm explains why a healthy body doesn’t start with trend diet and exercise programs, no matter what your favorite celebrity may have to say about it.

Q: How does rapid weight loss affect a woman’s body?

Marla Ahlgrimm: When the body loses a great deal of weight in a short period, it essentially goes into shock. Most of the weight lost is water. Even worse, extreme diets can cause the body to consume lean muscle tissue in order to give it the fuel it needs to operate. Think of it as an internal fight or flight response.

Monday, 9 May 2016

Marla Ahlgrimm: Sex and Gender Influence Health and Disease

Marla Ahlgrimm
Sex, as well as gender, can have a lasting influence on health, says Marla Ahlgrimm. While the two are distinct concepts, they are often intimately linked. In the following brief interview, Ahlgrimm answers common questions relating to the topic.

Q: What is the difference between “sex” and “gender?”

Marla Ahlgrimm: Sex is defined by biology. It is what results as the combination of chromosomes at conception. Gender, by contrast, is partly made up of social constructs. It is what defines the behaviors and identities of men, women, and gender diverse individuals.

Friday, 6 May 2016

STDs More Dangerous for Women, Reports Marla Ahlgrimm

Marla Ahlgrimm
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) predicts that greater than 20 million new cases of sexually transmitted diseases will be diagnosed in 2016, says women’s healthcare expert Marla Ahlgrimm. Many newly diagnosed patients are women of childbearing age. Here, Ahlgrimm touches on the dangers of STDs in women and how these diseases may impact their fertility.

Q: Why has the number of cases of STDs increased over the past decade?

Marla Ahlgrimm: It’s possible that people are less concerned about their sexual partners, thanks to advanced medicines that make STDs effectively less dangerous than just a generation ago. And, technological advances as well as public awareness of STDs have led to more people seeking treatment, and thus more diagnoses.

Tuesday, 3 May 2016

Marla Ahlgrimm | Surviving Holidays as a Mom

Marla Ahlgrimm

Having children is either beautiful or unbearable depending on when you choose to ask a possibly over-stressed mother, says Marla Ahlgrimm. This is especially true during holidays. Here, Ahlgrimm offers a few sage pieces of advice on how to manage stress and make it through a holiday, sanity intact.

Learn to say no.

According to Marla Ahlgrimm, women – especially mothers of children under 12 – tend to carry the world on their shoulders during special events. From picking the perfect Easter basket to bringing the best looking reindeer cookies to school, moms are pressured to fill all requests without question. But, is it really necessary? Probably not, says Ahlgrimm. Moms trying to make the holidays extra special for their kids aren’t doing the family any favors by being over-worked. Forget a few of the “special touches” and opt for a snuggle on the couch with a quick pack of (packaged) hot cocoa. It’s a memory that will last longer than any gift.

Saturday, 30 April 2016

Marla Ahlgrimm Asks: Are Wasted Vacation Days Hurting Your Health?

Marla Ahlgrimm

Americans earn an average of 21 vacation days each year, but a recent survey by Oxford Economics found that they are taking only 16. And while many employees think they are doing their bosses a favor by skipping the beach, Marla Ahlgrimm cautions that the opposite is true. Ahlgrimm reports that vacations are essential to employee performance and, in turn, a company’s success.

But why is that? According to Marla Ahlgrimm, regular breaks away from the daily grind have a huge positive effect on health. From reducing the risk of heart attack to an improved sex life, vacations provide a much needed way to “reboot.”

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