As seasons change and the weather lightens up, so does my cooking. Slow-cooked roasted and braised dishes make way for steamed, sautéed, and raw ones while hearty soups are replaced by colorful salads. Salads can be starters, side dishes, main courses, or even a separate course at the end of meals to cleanse the palate before cheese or dessert. Main course salads are one of my favorite summer staples for quick and healthy lunches because they are versatile and easy to make.
The prevention of osteoporosis has largely focused on calcium supplements. While we can’t have strong bones without calcium, it isn’t enough. Bone mineral density is determined by complex metabolic processes involving a wide variety of vitamins and minerals, hormones, bone cells, and even external forces. Bones provide structure and protection for the body, but they are also an active organ, storing and releasing minerals like calcium as needed for the normal function of cells, muscles, and nerves.
More than thirty million people in the United States are living with heart disease and it’s the leading cause of death. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, one person dies from cardiovascular disease every thirty-six seconds. COVID-19 is catching up now that news outlets report the coronavirus—also known as SARS-CoV-2—kills someone in the United States every forty seconds. People with preexisting heart disease who develop COVID-19 are more likely to have severe symptoms and more likely to die. And because the coronavirus can damage the heart, people with COVID-19 who don’t have preexisting heart disease can develop cardiovascular problems as a result of the infection.