A 2019 report from the EPIC-Oxford study showed that meat eaters were more likely to have heart disease but less likely to have a particular kind of stroke, called a hemorrhagic stroke, compared with vegetarians. Hemorrhagic stroke refers to bleeding in the brain. The part about meat eaters being more likely to have heart disease is no surprise. But what about stroke? What is the relationship between meat and stroke? Are meat eaters somehow better off?
In a word, no. A 2016 meta-analysis showed that eating meat increases the risk of ischemic stroke, which is the common type of stroke caused by a loss of blood supply to the brain. Continue reading “Meat and Stroke”
I spend a fair amount of time on Living Green and Saving Energy describing how to go green and save money as a result. But as important as saving money is for most people, perhaps it is not the most important benefit of a greener lifestyle. Green living can improve your health as well.
Here are 5 health benefits you can realize from creating a greener lifestyle.
1. A healthier heart: regular exercise has obvious health benefits. By walking or riding a bike to replace your car for short trips, you get some cardio-exercise and save gas and reduce carbon emissions all at once. Even taking the bus or train will help since you can walk or bike to and from the bus stop or train station.
2. A healthier diet: buying locally-produced food saves on fuel for transporting that food to the market, and smaller local growers are more likely to offer organically-grown produce that is fresher, as well. Shopping at farmers’ markets is a good way to find these items, making sure your food is pesticide-free. Continue reading “5 Ways to Improve Your Health by Going Green”