Here is what you saw on Good Day Alabama for July 9, 2013:
BETH K - Are you getting enough magnesium? UAB Nutritionist Dr. Beth Kitchin says if you eat the typical American diet (i.e. lots of processed foods) chances are you're coming up short. And there is a lot of new evidence that this mineral is even more important than we knew. Several large population studies strongly suggest that people who are getting more magnesium in their diets are less likely to develop diabetes than people with low levels of magnesium in their diet. Magnesium may help the body use its insulin more efficiently so that blood sugar is better controlled. Magnesium also plays a role in bone health - although there really aren't any studies that show that getting more magnesium builds stronger bones. And other studies show that high magnesium foods may also help lower blood pressure. There is some evidence that the average American is not getting enough magnesium - and it's easy to see why when you look at foods that are high in magnesium - we Americans eat a lot of processed foods - foods that have a lot of the nutrients, including magnesium, removed. We need about 400 mg of magnesium every day. Here are some good sources of magnesium:
All-Bran cereal 140 mg
1 ounce almonds 85 mg
1 cup brown rice 85 mg
1 cup raisin bran 80 mg
1/2 cup spinach 80 mg
1 ounce cashews 75 mg
1 ounce peanuts 50 mg
1 medium baked potato 48 mg
1/2 cup oatmeal 40 mg
So basically you can see it's whole grains, nuts, and some veggies. this is just a sample - tips for including more magnesium in your diet include eating more whole grain breads, cereal and brown rice, and adding in some nuts to your diet.
MONEY TUESDAY - Stewart Welch discussed long-term care insurance and how the industry is experiening changes. Over the past several years, the long-term care insurance business has experienced a crisis of sorts. According to Babs Hart, an expert in this area, "The LTC industry has not fared well over the last ten plus years due to the rising healthcare costs for aging Baby Boomers. As a result many companies have exited the business while others have elected to significantly raise premium rates on both existing policyholders and new policies." If you own a long-term care policy you have likely seen your rates rise and this is a trend that I expect will continue in the years ahead as medical costs continue to rise. Insurance companies have also introduced innovative products including policies that combine life insurance with LTC benefits. Unlike traditional LTC the insurance company cannot raise the rates on these contracts. In essence any LTC benefits paid to you from the policy are deducted from the death benefit. Depending on when and how much LTC benefits you use, the offset against the death benefits may be less than a dollar-for-dollar offset. In other words, these are complex contracts and you'll need the advice of an experienced professional to guide you. For more information, visit www.welchgroup.com.
CITIES FOR LIFE - Jim Murray with the Birmingham Public Library joined us to explain the Cities for Life - Diabetes Program grant for Jefferson County Library Cooperative. The public libraries in Jefferson County received a grant to be the education conduit to support a new Cities for Life diabetes management program. Birmingham was selected because we have one of the highest rates of diabetes in the country, but also the most resources for combating it. Visit: mydiabetesconnect.com for specific events and resources on proper diet, benefits of exercise, support groups, library events, & medical clinical trials.
GARDENING - Jimmy Rockett joined us today to discuss blueberries. Jimmy says to make sure you have sunshine and good drainage. Less sun means less blueberries and bad drainage means dead plants. Also, when planting blueberries, give them space. They can grow up to 6 feet tall by 6 feet wide. You can prune your blueberry plants right after they stop producing fruit. Pruning the plant encourages growth and keeps them low to pick the fruit the next year. On feeding, Jimmy says he likes the turkey poop and Hastagro organic fertilizers . If you use synthetic fertilizers, remember to go lightly with them. You can always come back and feed them again. For more information, call Jimmy at (205) 981-1151, email him at email@example.com, or visit www.rockettsbugjuicegardens.com.
Tomorrow on Good Day Alabama, Mike gets behind the wheel of a Lamborghini and takes it for a spin! And he takes us on the ride! Do you have a student in high school? It's time to start thinking about colleges. What should be at the top of your list this summer? Ladies, the doctor joins us to take your questions about obstetrics and gynecology. And find out where you can catch a performance of the Broadway classic 42nd Street! Join us for all of this and much more tomorrow on Good Day Alabama!
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