Eating Health This Holiday Season

eating healthy this holiday season
The holidays are a period where we tend to enjoy our favorite foods and indulge with the ones we love. This can become a problem as for many, the holiday season becomes an excuse to disregard healthy eating habits causing weight gain and inflammation that lasts into the winter and even spring months.
Much of the foods associated with the holiday season can be enjoyed all year round, so there is no reason to go overboard. It is not worth the unhealthy side effects that go beyond the season.
To have a healthier season, here are some tips you can follow:
  • Portion control – Not every meal has to be a feast.
  • Fruits and vegetables – Make them the biggest part of your holiday plate.
  • Eat slowly – Take your time eating and allow your body to take in the food and give you a chance to feel satisfied.
  • Stay hydrated – Drinking more water will help you curb thirst induced holiday pangs.
  • Limit your alcohol intake – With all of the festivities occurring, you may find yourself in more social situations than usual where alcohol is present. Alcohol limits your self-control and causes a whole host of inflammatory issues.
  • Plan – Preparing healthy meals during the day can prevent wreckless eating focusing on high fiber and high protein.
  • Don’t deprive yourself – Ultimately, unless you are the type that finds abstaining from unhealthy food your best long-term strategy, enjoying 1 cookie in front of your friends and family is better than eating 10 cookies privately out of deprivation.
  • Stay active – Whether it is getting to the gym 5 days a week or incorporating 20 minute walks into your daily routine, staying active will help with any extra calories consumed as well help you stay in a healthy mindset.
Remember, the holidays are a time for celebrating the relationships you have in your life, it is not a holiday centered around food. You can still enjoy your favorite meals in moderation and can be sure to maintain a healthy lifestyle.

How does detoxification help with heart health

As we live our lives, eat processed foods, and come into contact with many different chemicals, toxins can build up in our systems that impact our overall health. Given that our bodies function as a complete system, these build-ups can start to affect the functioning of many organs if left untreated. Detoxification can be a simple and healthy way to cleanse the body of any lingering toxins and get you to a healthier equilibrium. This cleansing, in addition to helping many other aspects of your health, can promote your heart health and help you to live a longer, healthier, happier life. Dr. Druz, a cardiologist on Long Island at Integrative Cardiology Center of Long Islandwill help you to work detoxification into your life.

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What is holistic cardiology?

Holistic Cardiology on Long Island

Holistic medicine is a type of healing that doesn’t just focus on the body, but also the mind, spirit, and emotions in order to achieve total wellness. Dr. Druz practices holistic cardiology which addresses healing the whole person in her approach to use functional medicine as well as the treatment of cardiovascular disease and cardiac disease risk factors.

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B Vitamins

Taking daily supplements are essential for your overall body function. Vitamins like Vitamin A, D, E, K, Folic Acid, Calcium, Iron, Zinc, and B-Vitamins are all integral for longevity and vitality. Here at Integrative Cardiology Center of Long Island, Dr. Druz and her team research the best supplements for their patients. Using professional brands with documented sources of raw materials as well as scientific studies helps our patients achieve the best results.

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Recently Discovered Benefits of Chewing

As you ate your breakfast this morning, did you give any thought as to how long or how thoroughly you chewed? The answer is most likely not. We often are so excited to eat or are in such a rush to eat that we do not properly chew our food. We usually take a few bites and then swallow, eagerly anticipating the next bite, but the chewing process is actually extremely important for keeping healthy. It serves as the very first step in the digestive process, turning food into fuel for our bodies.

There are many benefits for properly chewing food:

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National Atrial Fibrillation Awareness Month

Atrial Fibrillation (AFib) is a serious condition that often goes unnoticed and untreated. Though on its own the condition’s symptoms may not seem dangerous, the complications and risks associated with the condition are the reasons it is so dangerous.
AFib can present itself in a few ways, but some of the most identifiable symptoms include:


·       Racing, pounding heartbeat, that happens for no reason
·       Shortness of breath following light physical activity
·       Lightheadedness and dizziness
·       Unusual or unexplained fatigue


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Treating Hypertension on Long Island

Have you ever heard of hypertension? If not, maybe you’ve heard of high blood pressure, which is the non-medical term for hypertension. Dr. Druz, Long Island Cardiologist, explains hypertension as an abnormally high pressure of the blood that is being pumped through your arteries and veins every time your heart beats. Arterial blood pressure is what is created by the force of the blood against the artery walls. When the pressure of the blood being pumped is too forceful or high it is known as hypertension or high blood pressure.

Treating hypertension on Long Island is important because if the force of the blood against the artery walls is high enough, it can create serious heart problems like heart disease, heart attack, and stroke. Often times patients go without realizing they have high blood pressure because you can have high blood pressure for years without experiencing any of the symptoms. Luckily, hypertension can be easily detected by doctors through a blood pressure reading. Treating hypertension when it is discovered is especially important in order for the patient to avoid heart complications as well as symptoms. Some of the symptoms that people with hypertension may experience are:

  • Headaches
  • Shortness of breath
  • Nosebleeds

There are many ways that Dr. Druz recommends treating hypertension. Typically treatment plans will continue to evolve until the blood pressure control is achieved and the patient has lower blood pressure. Often times the first thing that is suggested is some simple lifestyle changes to lower blood pressure as well as medications that can treat the disease. Some of these healthy lifestyle changes that can lower blood pressure and treat hypertension on Long Island include:

  • Healthy eating and limiting sodium and salt
  • Being physically active
  • Maintaining a healthy weight
  • Limiting alcohol intake
  • Managing and coping with stress

If you or anyone you know is suffering from high blood pressure or needs to treat hypertension on Long Island, schedule an appointment with Dr. Druz at 516-746-1103 or visit our website for more information.

Is Coffee Linked To Hypertension?

It is common for people to strive off a cup or two of coffee in the morning to prevent them from falling asleep on their desk at work. Is it possible that this delicious cup that provides energy is eligible of causing Hypertension? Possibly. To explain, hypertension is a condition in which one’s blood pressure is abnormally high which can ultimately lead to heart disease or stroke. Caffeine, the main ingredient in coffee that gives us that energy boost, can cause a short, but dramatic increase in your blood pressure. If you have any concerns in regards to your blood pressure, our team at Integrative Cardiology Center of Long Island, located in Mineola, is happy to assess your concerns and will provide you with information on how to prevent hypertension.

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Endothelial Dysfunction

At just one cell thick,  the inner lining of your blood vessels, known as the endothelium, plays a crucial role as a regulator of all vascular health. Involved in both blood clotting and inflammation, the endothelium is the surface upon which many biochemical reactions occur daily. The Endothelium is the largest organ of the body, covering about a size of a tennis court by area. Endothelial dysfunction,  a condition of impaired endothelial function, results in damage due to inflammation, oxidative stress, and immune mediators. Endothelial dysfunction is a key factor, occurring early in the development of coronary artery disease, hypertension, and driving all vascular atherosclerotic processes.

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