What a Boston Marathon Finish!


Congratulations to all the athletes that achieved their goals and completed today’s  120th Boston Marathon.  What a finish especially in the men’s wheelchair race with Marcel Hug from Switzerland finishing first again this year with a time of 1:24:01.  Hug was able to hold off ten-time champion Ernst Van Dyk of South Africa and Kurt Fearnley of Australia at the finish line.  At one point with less than 15 yards to the finish, the three racers were all side-by-side by-side.  What an effort!

If you missed it, watch this video of the finish as Van Dyk (1:24:02) and Fearnley (1:24:03) were a near photo finish and after 26.2 miles the men’s wheelchair race came down to less than a one push difference!

Here’s a  photo of the finish line of the men’s wheelchair race courtesy of CBSBoston with only 3/1oth’s of a second deciding the top three finishers.

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Watch the Video!


Women’s wheelchair division winner: Tatyana McFadden finished in 1:42:16

Women’s overall race winner: Atsede Baysa of Ethiopia with a time of 2:29:18

Men’s overall race winner: Lemi Berhanu Hayle of Ethiopia with a time of 2:12:45


Maybe next year?
Maybe next year?

 

 

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Canadian Stroke Survivors Weigh In


Stroke Survivors Bring Great Benefit to Shaping Research

Surviving a stroke is a really confusing experience (to say the least), and unless you have lived through it you can’t really understand the complexity of the situation you are faced with.  When I read about great work that is being done to give stroke survivors a better voice weighing in about what it was like and what would have helped them seek treatment faster I like to share it.   This is great work, and I think we need to do more of it!  As mentioned in this article,  better help certainly begins with better awareness.  The survivors also mentioned more access to care and overcoming those barriers to getting affordable stroke rehab is also needed.

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Many survivors often say they would have acted differently if they had more information on recognizing and dealing with stroke symptoms and if they knew of all the rehab options and technologies that were open to them.  Read the article here in the University of Calgary’s Utoday

Catechins in green tea reduce stroke risk


Nutrition and Stroke Prevention


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Making small but positive lifestyle changes such as adding green tea to your daily diet can lower the risk of stroke by as much as 30 percent.  This is not new research but small changes like this often go ignored and they can have a significant impact on your health.  Researchers at the National Cerebral and Cardiovascular Center in Japan conducted and published the results of this important study in Stroke, the Journal of the American Heart Association several years ago that explains how drinking green tea on a regular basis is associated with a dramatically reduced risk of stroke.  The team also investigated the effect of drinking coffee and found the beverage can yield similar results to those found with green tea consumption. Many health-minded people avoid coffee due to the highly processed nature of the bean and increased levels of homocysteine, blood pressure and blood lipids which may offset the possible health benefits when comparing green tea directly with coffee.  I also talk about coffee and my take on how it relates to a Body in Balance in my book.

How does green tea reduce stroke risk?

Researchers concluded that green tea provides a healthy dose of catechins that are potent antioxidants and exert anti-inflammatory properties that help lower stroke risk.  The most active and abundant catechin in green tea is known as epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG). Cateching also play a powerful role in reducing certain cancer risks and keeping joints healthy.  In contrast to green tea, coffee contains chlorogenic acid that helps modulate blood sugar levels to improve vascular health.  Green coffee bean extract in supplement form can supply chlorogenic acid without the side effects experienced with coffee consumption.

Smart Move:

greenteaLower your stroke risk by drinking up to four cups of fresh brewed, organic green tea every day!  I get my organic teas online through Puritan’s Pride and usually stock up when they run 2 for one specials and offer free shipping.

 

Here’s how to brew the perfect cup of green tea:


The perfect cup of green tea is flavorful, not too bitter, weak or watery – in fact, I have a hot cup beside me now that I make this way:

  1. Use 2 grams (roughly one teaspoon) of loose green tea leaves for every 6 ounces of water. Ideally you should use organic, non-irradiated tea leaves. Whether you use tap, filtered, or spring water is up to you – however, fresh cold water that has not been previously boiled is the best option (avoid fluoridated tap water, paying special attention not to re-boil fluoridated tap water as the chemical will concentrate).
  2. To make the tea, place the water in a tea kettle and heat it to 160°-180°F. Alternatively, you could heat the water to just short of boiling. Place the loose leaves in a teapot or cup (you may want to add a small amount of room temperature water − enough to dampen the tea leaves or bag before adding the water). Pour the water over the tea leaves.
  3. Next, place the lid on the teapot. If using a cup, cover it with a lid or a small saucer. Depending on the particular variety of green tea, it should be allowed to steep for 1-3 minutes. Small leaves generally infuse more quickly than large leaves.
  4. Enjoy!

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References:


American Heart/Stroke Association

Puritans Pride Organic Green Tea

Truth About Cancer Documentary

Learn more about how green tea can reduce cancer risk

Learn more about how green tea can help keep joints healthy

Body in Balance Book


 

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Your gut, your diet and now more interesting research on your stroke recovery rate


0313_feat_1_ObesityWebWe’ve been hearing more and more science about the importance of a healthy gut microbiome as it relates to diabetes, high blood pressure and obesity.  Now there’s some new  research that is beginning to show a connection between your gut health and stroke recovery. As reported by  Jordana Cepelewicz on March 30, 2016 in Scientific American, a new study in mice demonstrates that manipulating the microbiome can influence the extent of brain damage caused by a stroke.  This is certainly very early research as the article makes clear, and much more work is required to explore the brain-gut connection further.  It is fascinating however, how powerful the role of diet could be if only explored further.  As quoted here from the article

‘by changing the bacterial landscape of the gut, “immune cells end up helping out instead of contributing to the damage that occurs (after a stroke).”

Read Jordana’s full article here in the Neurological Health section of Scientific American

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