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Adding Nuts to Your Diet Lowers Cholesterol

Esteemed Doctor Zina Kroner,  provides Puerta a la Vida with quality health information, adding years to our lives! We enjoy following her informative blog entries!
Nuts are considered to be good fats.  It has been shown that regular consumption of nuts may decrease the likelihood of heart disease.  It is believed that nuts’ omega 3 fatty acid content is at least in part responsible for the beneficial effect on one’s cholesterol profile, thereby heart health.  Prior studies have shown that nuts lower lipoprotein(a) levels, an advanced marker for cardiovascular disease.
A recent study in the Archives of Internal Medicine analyzed 25 trials with 583 participants in seven countries, and found that when people ate a mean of 2.4 ounces of nuts (most commonly, walnuts and almonds), the result was  an estimated reduction of total cholesterol by 10.9 mg/dL, LDL reduction of 10.2 mg/dL, and a triglyceride decline of 20.6 mg/dL.  This was observed regardless of the type of nut one had on a regular basis.
So enjoy your delicious high protein snacks as they are heart healthy and may lower your cholesterol as well.
Source: Sabaté J et al. Nut consumption and blood lipid levels: A pooled analysis of 25 intervention trials. Arch Intern Med 2010 May 10; 170:821.
By Dr. Zina Kroner www.advanced-medicine.com

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Best Places to Retire Abroad

The Central Valley's outlying towns boast temperate, dry days, natural beauty—and so much more.

Costa Rica is where you go to live the lush life. It is lush with nature—misty rain forests, extraordinary wildlife, active volcanoes, and fabulous beaches—as well as such comforting amenities as malls, supermarkets, restaurants, museums, and social clubs. U.S. retirees have flocked here for years, drawn by its mild climate, its prosperity (relative to other Central American republics), its literacy rate, its health care, and, significantly, its stable government—with no army. Another plus: Costa Rica's commitment to a thriving natural park system that is second to none in Latin America. This is as biodiverse a country as you’ll find anywhere.

Whereas many beach-loving expats have settled in the resort towns and villages along the Guanacaste "Gold Coast" on the Pacific, the majority opt for the Central Valley, which is home to the capital, San Jose, and 70 percent of the Costa Rican (or"Tico") population. The outlying towns and villages of the Central Valley offer temperate, dry days and natural beauty, as well as the culture, hospitals, and shopping of nearby San Jose. (Regarding the weather, expats here like to brag that they can fine-tune their micro-climates by moving up and down the hills.) Read more at AARP website...

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Advanced Medicine: Living smarter, Living Longer

THE SPECIFIC CARBOHYDRATE DIET, by Dr. Zina Kroner
Patients with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) suffer from diarrhea and abdominal pain; this is often accompanied by difficulty in absorbing nutrients which results in weight loss. With ulcerative colitis, the large bowel (colon) is involved; Crohn’s disease can affect everything from the mouth to the anus, although usually small and/or large bowel disease usually predominates. Medical treatment of IBD is aimed at reducing the intestinal inflammation.
Medications including sulfasalazine and related drugs and corticosteroids, taken orally or topically may be able to cause improvement in many patients. Stronger medication are frequently needed, with more side effects, including azathioprine, 6-mercaptopurine, methotrexate, and injectable anti-tumor necrosis antibody preparations.

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Top Reasons to live in Costa Rica

Puerta a la Vida chose Costa Rica to build this unique residential development due to the values the country presented. Not just as a location for another real estate development, rather a place one could call home. A place that improved one's health, happiness, comfort, and extended the quality of the life we live. 1. Costa Ricans Voted Happiest People on Planet & One of Longest Life Expectancies - NY Times The World Database of Happiness rated 148 countries and Costa Rica came out in the top spot. Do you think it is a coincidence that the country that abolished its army became the happiest country on the planet. This also includes the longevity of life which Costa Rica apparently is happy about being old. Costa Rica has some of the highest longevity rates in the world! The positive acceptance of the value of life is just a stat that is hard to ignore.

2. Prosperity Costa Rica ranks number 4 in all of The Americas With Canada and the USA holding the first two positions it is just Uruguay and Chile that out edged Costa Rica in a regional analysis of the America's. The interesting part about how the prosperity is measured is that they quote on the site that "prosperity is not just about money it is about the quality of life". They base the rankings on seven different aspects of countries Economy, governance, education, health, personal freedom, safety & security, social capital, and Entrepreneurship & Opportunity (E&O).

3. EPI ranking of Protecting Natural Environment The Environmental Performing Index (EPI) done by Yale University rates 163 countries on 25 different categories with regards on how each country protects the planet. Costa Rica this year was ranked number 3 only behind Iceland and Switzerland. Costa Rica protects it's land up to 25% this would be equivalent to all of man-kind considering all of the America's protected land. Also (EPI) measures renewable energy which means lower energy bills and brighter future, literally. Costa Rica is hoping to be carbon free by its 200th anniversary in 2021. With all this clean energy Costa Rica for every 10 light bulbs lit, 9 are considered lit with clean energy.

4. Stable Democratic Government This has been one of the most recognized attributes of Costa Rica. The 2008 World Bank Study for Global Governance Indicators ranks Costa Rica in First Place within Latin America for Political Stability. The government of Costa Rica is run by a President and two Vice Presidents. The most attractive part of the government is that it has been stable for over 50 years allowing for the people and investors to have confidence in dealing with the country.

5. Only Good things to Come...

Costa Rica's educational system is ranked 32nd in the world. This ranks them the highest in Latin America according to World Economic Forum Global Competitiveness Report 2008-2009. This can only be sign of good things to come as the people of Costa Rica not only have a high literacy rate but are becoming known by companies throughout the world as a place of opportunity and a culture of educated people.

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Looking for Longevity with Oprah and Dr. Oz

The below articles details why the people of Costa Rica's Nicoya Peninsula are among the longest lived in the world. After scouring the earth, they found the places people lived the longest and the reasons why. These findings are a compelling case as to how we can live longer better lives. It was interesting to learn their longevity had little to do with a genetic predisposition but rather as to the how and where these individuals lived their lives. These lifestyle decisions are a great lesson to learn from, and a model for how anyone can live longer. Enjoy the read and stay healthy!

Long-Lived Costa Ricans Offer Secrets to Reaching 100 via National Geographic News.com

Looking for Longevity with Oprah and Dr. Oz via BlueZones.com

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Global Medicine & Wellness Congress

Costa Rica’s First major congress, which will be focused on medicine and wellness is precisely the place for us to begin the presentation of Puerta a la Vida to the country,”               -Ion Zaydelman, founder and CEO.

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