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Just Who Is Dr. Bettie?

Posted on Aug 14, 2014 in DR. BETTIE, Uncategorized

Just Who Is Dr. Bettie?

Just Who Is Dr. Bettie?   Actually, there are two Betties on the job!  The Boise Betties are lucky to have such a wealth of knowledge and research abilities on the team- and these two women came forward asking for the job.  I didn’t even know we needed a Dr. Bettie and yet I find their articles so interesting and relevant.  What question do you have for the Drs?   Dr. Jennifer Anderson is a board certified cardiologist with practice locations in both Boise and Eagle, Idaho. She received her medical degree from the University of Washington School of Medicine, and completed a fellowship in cardiovascular disease at Wake Forest University in North Carolina.  Dr. Anderson’s career journey began with graduate work in both Exercise Physiology as well as Nutritional Sciences, giving her patients comprehensive, innovative care that emphasizes lifestyle intervention and disease prevention.  She ran competitively for the University of Maine and still holds a place among their all time top runners in the 10,000m race.   Samia McCall boasts a background in law with a degree from American University in Washington, DC and maintains bar membership in three states.  As a self described “research monkey”, Samia’s curious mind leads her to research and answer questions from an incredible variety of topics- particularly those tying back to her passion for running.  As an empathetic teammate and runner who has suffered her fair share of injuries, Samia brings thorough research to the table for each Dr. Bettie post.  She is an accomplished runner, and is finding her stride again after a plague of injuries over the past few years.  In her first race back Samia beat her Robie Creek personal best (set nearly 7 years ago before she had children!).   Check out Dr. Bettie’s previous articles here: To Beer or Not To Beer? Strategies for Diminishing Body Fat Hips Don’t Lie Five Ways to Avoid Needing a Cardiologist  ...

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DR. BETTIE- To Beer or Not To Beer: That is the Question

Posted on Aug 6, 2014 in DR. BETTIE, Uncategorized

DR. BETTIE- To Beer or Not To Beer: That is the Question

Welcome to Dr. Bettie’s Corner, your local expert in nutrition, fitness, and health! This is a bimonthly forum where we attempt to address Woman-focused topics of interest. We welcome your suggestions & questions! Please contact us with yours.   To Beer or Not To Beer: That is the Question If you are anything like me, you might think that one of the best things about a good race or a long run is treating yourself to a beer (or three) at the end of it. But is this kind of indulgence helpful or hurtful to our training? Believe it or not there are several health benefits to beer. For starters, it can help re-hydrate you after a long run or race. In a 2013 study, researchers at Granada University in Spain found that beer actually helped hydrate better than water or Gatorade after a workout. Next, beer is good for your bones. It contains silicon which helps increase bone density. Increased bone density can help guard against stress fractures. Beer also contains B Vitamins, and a researcher at Oregon State University found that lager beer in particular contained more antioxidantsthan green tea. And you all just thought I was drinking the beer for the head buzz! But there is the social aspect of it too. Us runners can be fun-deprived at times (well, at least this one can). We go to bed early on Friday nights to get up early for long runs on Saturdays, and we think the idea of good summer fun is cramming into a van with a bunch of our friends to spend all day running up and down a mountain together. So a beer with a friend at the end of a long run or a few drinks at the end of a race is a great time for us to fraternize, build camaraderie, and get to know each other a little bit more. This in turn can help release mood-boosting endorphins which will have a positive effect on our mental well-being. Being social and having fun, with or without the beer in hand, helps us encourage each other which can help keep us consistent in our training and racing. As long as you do not indulge to the point that you are getting sick or feeling horrible the next day, it should not affect your fitness or training. And if beer is not your thing, no worries. There’s usually water and protein-packed chocolate milk at the finish line too. And once you’re done drinking those, would you mind giving me a ride...

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DR. BETTIE- YOUR DIET & YOUR HEART: Five Ways to Avoid Needing a Cardiologist

Posted on Jun 6, 2014 in DR. BETTIE, Uncategorized

DR. BETTIE- YOUR DIET & YOUR HEART: Five Ways to Avoid Needing a Cardiologist

Welcome to Dr. Bettie’s Corner, your local expert in nutrition, fitness, and health!  This is a bimonthly forum where we attempt to address Woman-focused topics of interest.   We welcome your suggestions & questions!  Please contact us with yours.  THIS WEEK’S TOPIC: Your Diet & Your Heart: Five Ways to Avoid Needing a Cardiologist Let me first start this article by stating that I am certainly not opposed to seeing anyone in my clinic, despite the title.  And I am in full support of routine doctor’s appointments that include preventive health.  However, as a Cardiologist and Nutritionist, I embrace the opportunity to assist others in taking charge of their own wellness.  In the spirit of getting you started in this direction, I would like to share a few easy tips that I have accumulated over my years of research and clinical experience. Do not focus on “fat” or “carbs” or “protein”…  Focus on real food.   These nutrient obsessions come and go.  They are fun to study.  They give scientists something to do (imagine how difficult it is to study dietary patterns rather than nutrients).  Personally, I just love the Omega-3 kick.  But this kind of focus is the wrong way to go about creating a healthy lifestyle for yourself, and I have seen nothing but marketing of over-processed food with inflated claims of wellness, beauty, and disease prevention as a result.  Need more direction?  Google resources for a “Mediterranean Diet” and start from there. Fresh, fresh, fresh.   I am going to steal a line from one of my favorite local Cardiothoracic Surgeons: “If you catch it, shoot it, or pick it… It probably is a good choice.”  Though he may have spent too much time in Alaska, I think this is a simple message with accurate direction.  I might also add: “If you can’t grow it yourself, pick a CSA.”  (And if you don’t know what that is, ask your neighbors.) Don’t forget the polyphenols (woo-hoo!). Okay, I said earlier that you should focus on food and not nutrients…  And you can’t exactly catch, shoot or pick coffee, dark chocolate, red wine,  green tea and the like.  But these are still good things, and I have seen nothing but positive results including benefits on blood sugar levels and improvement of blood vessel function.  Don’t worry, you don’t need to remember what this class of (micro)nutrients is called… And ya gotta live a little, anyway. Foods to NEVER eat?   Yeah, sure, there are foods out there that your vasculature never needs to meet.  But, seriously, you don’t need me to tell you that. Stay active & make a plan.   It’s amazing how this works, but when you get yourself outside and moving, you tend to feel better and make better choices.  And don’t make it hard on yourself; have your easy, healthy snacks available to you during the week (e.g. bowls of dry-roasted almonds, fresh juicy grapes, mozzarella cheese sticks, seasonal garden veggies washed & portable).     This column is for informational purposes only.  Use of this column is not intended to delay, replace or substitute for any professional advice, treatment or diagnosis.  If you have specific concerns, you should consult with an appropriately trained and qualified specialist who can address your particular...

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