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E Is for Electrolytes: Health, Nutrition & Supplements A to Z

Posted on 22nd Feb 2018 16:00:00 in Wellness & Well-being, Vitamins & Minerals, Heart & Cardiovascular Health

As athletes – which many of us are in one respect or another, knock on wood – we learned in the early going the importance of staying hydrated, i.e. drinking plenty of water, which is especially important when performing activities that leave us soaked in sweat. Then came the realization that hydrating with just water might not be enough. Now, we’ve been told – and perhaps reluctantly we concur, we also need to stay replenished with electrolytes.

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Should I Drink More Green Tea or Matcha?

Posted on 20th Feb 2018 12:00:00 in Heart & Cardiovascular Health, Immune System, Wellness & Well-being

As Kermit the Frog is so fond of saying, It’s not easy being green. But Kermie probably has never sipped from a nice, piping-hot cup of green tea. It not only tastes great and is less filling but also full of healthy properties that make it a great benefit to our health in numerous ways. Some experts – human ones, in fact – have gone as far as to describe green tea as the healthiest thing to drink, period.

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Sources of Polyphenols Are Abundant

Posted on 16th Feb 2018 12:00:00 in Food & Nutrition, Heart & Cardiovascular Health, Wellness & Well-being

It has often been said that “What you don’t know won’t hurt you,” but we found it smarter, safer, and healthier to take the approach that “What you do know can help you.” That’s the case with polyphenols, about which we have been learning much more in the last decade or two, and that is polyphenols can help us, healthwise for sure, and in a variety of ways.

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Drinking More Tea Is a Healthy Alternative

Posted on 14th Feb 2018 10:00:00 in Heart & Cardiovascular Health, Wellness & Well-being

The choices people make in life often help define them. Paper or plastic? Winter Olympics or Summer Olympics? For guys, Ginger or Mary Ann? Then there’s coffee or tea? Regarding the latter, a handful of drinkers swear by both, but in most cases it’s one or the other, and, in terms of health, neither really is a bad choice (unless you abuse them). Most coffees have more caffeine than most teas do, but teas do a bang-up job when it comes to providing health benefits.

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12 Pre-Workout Supplements for a Performance Boost

Posted on 6th Feb 2018 12:00:00 in Food & Nutrition, Heart & Cardiovascular Health, Wellness & Well-being

Regardless what kind of physical workout you are planning to do tonight, tomorrow, or next Tuesday, chances are you could use a little boost to help get you going – or to keep your motor running at optimal performance. Eating a healthy diet and getting plenty of rest at night are key to great workouts, but oftentimes you need more, and this is where nutritional supplements can help full in the dietary gaps. We all have them, even if we think we don’t.

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Benefits of Probiotics Outside of the Gut or Digestion

Posted on 30th Jan 2018 10:00:00 in Weight Management, Heart & Cardiovascular Health, Immune System, Wellness & Well-being

This how it usually goes with probiotics – make mention of these living microorganisms and the conversation goes straight to how probiotics benefit digestive and gut health. You know the drill: probiotics consist of “good bacteria” that are consumed via fermented foods or supplements and act to restore or strengthen the natural balance of gut bacteria. This aids in proper digestion and helps ward off diseases (such as inflammatory bowel disease and ulcerative colitis) and even diarrhea, which can often be a side effect of antibiotic use.

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Losing Sleep and Losing Our Health

Posted on 23rd Jan 2018 12:00:00 in Weight Management, Heart & Cardiovascular Health, Immune System, Wellness & Well-being

You snooze, you lose, right? Actually, yes, and in a good way. At least it’s a good thing if you are trying to lose weight, or at least shed some of that beer belly. Research has shown that getting sufficient sleep – usually targeted at eight hours, give or take an hour – is a key factor in maintaining or even improving our health, which includes keeping off or shedding the pounds in many cases.

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Turmeric’s Many Benefits Number in the Dozens

Posted on 10th Jan 2018 12:00:00 in Weight Management, Heart & Cardiovascular Health, Wellness & Well-being

If you’re looking for a nutritional supplement that is the Baskin Robbins of the health food industry – you know, 98 flavors and all that stuff – you might consider turmeric, with its key ingredient curcumin. Turmeric/curcumin might just be the Jack or Jill of all trades among supplements because of the many ways it can contribute to our good health, from top to bottom and from side to side with our bodies.

 

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Berberine Runs the Gamut on Health Benefits

Posted on 7th Jan 2018 14:00:00 in Weight Management, Heart & Cardiovascular Health, Wellness & Well-being

One of the most fascinating things about nutrition and health is the number of times that something old – something really old, even – is found to have new human health applications, or at least relatively new when it comes to medical and nutritional science in America. Case in point: berberine, a plant-based compound that has been used in traditional Chinese and Ayurvedic medical practice dating back more than 1,000 years.

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The Best Vitamins and Supplements to Support the Heart

Posted on 10th Jan 2018 16:00:00 in Heart & Cardiovascular Health, Wellness & Well-being

Looking out for and taking care of our health can be a complex chore with a multitude of factors, body parts, and organs to think about. However, it’s not too difficult to know where a good starting point is when it comes to health considerations – the heart. For the average person, the heart beats more than 85,000 times a day, pushing out blood through miles and miles of arteries, veins, and capillaries, supplying our body with what it needs to survive and, presumably, thrive.

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Beetroot Getting Attention for Ability to Lower Blood Pressure

Posted on 4th Dec 2017 11:00:00 in Food & Nutrition, Heart & Cardiovascular Health, Wellness & Well-being

Maintaining healthy blood pressure (BP) or lowering BP that is already elevated is a task that can be targeted by a variety of fruits and vegetables. One of the veggies earning a solid reputation in that regard is beetroot. Numerous studies are now showing that beetroot, like several other plant foods, appears to lower the risk of numerous conditions to include heart disease and obesity.

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Berberine: A Supplement for Diabetes as Good as a Drug?

Posted on 14th Nov 2017 10:00:00 in Heart & Cardiovascular Health, Wellness & Well-being

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has declared diabetes an American epidemic, with more than 25 million Americans afflicted with diabetes. Another 80 million are classified prediabetic, per the American Diabetes Association. The numbers get even bigger when you put a dollar sign in front of them: As of 2012, $245 billion a year was being spent on diabetes in the U.S., including $176 billion in direct medical costs and the rest -- $69 billion – in lost productivity.

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Vitamins and Supplements for Cardiovascular Health

Posted on 25th Oct 2017 14:00:00 in Heart & Cardiovascular Health

Keeping our heart strong and healthy should be an everyday goal that never goes away or gets covered up. It is predicated on how well we conduct our lives, how we eat, how we exercise, how devoted we are to submitting to a physical checkup with our physician every year to make sure all things cardiovascular are ticking and operating correctly. Having a good working knowledge of supplements can help in a big way, too.

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DPA: Docosapentaenoic Acid: The 'New' Omega-3 Fatty Acid

Posted on 5th Oct 2017 12:00:00 in Heart & Cardiovascular Health, Wellness & Well-being

Omega-3 fatty acids, usually found in fish oils, comprise one of the best go-to nutritional supplements when it comes to restoring, maintaining, or even improving our health. Name any well-known health condition that can be aided by particular types of diets, then put together a list of foods and supplements deemed highly suitable for such diets, and, finally, be amazed by how often omega-3’s appear on those lists.

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Vitamins and Supplements That Support Healthy Cholesterol

Posted on 18th Sep 2017 16:00:00 in Heart & Cardiovascular Health, Wellness & Well-being

More than 600,000 Americans die from heart disease every year, making it the No. 1 cause of death in the United States. That works out to one in four deaths each year being related to heart disease, with cholesterol often a key factor. The most common type of heart disease, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is coronary artery disease, which can lead to heart attack.

 

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Natural Ways to Lower High Blood Pressure

Posted on 30th Aug 2017 12:00:00 in Food & Nutrition, Heart & Cardiovascular Health

It’s an old story but one that bears repeating if you want to grow old: high blood pressure, or hypertension, has been called the “silent killer” because its symptoms are rarely noticeable. However, that is not to say that hypertension is a death sentence. A variety of medications effective in lowering blood pressure (BP) are available. Better yet, there are natural alternatives that have proved useful in reducing BP to healthier levels.

 

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Here Are 6 Natural Ways to Lower Your Cholesterol

Posted on 2nd Aug 2017 12:00:00 in Heart & Cardiovascular Health, Wellness & Well-being

More than 100 million Americans, or nearly one in three, have high cholesterol. Cholesterol readings higher than 200 mg/dL are generally considered excessive, bringing with it an increased chance of clogged arteries that can lead to heart attacks and strokes. Numerous prescription medicines are on the market – and there likely are more coming through the pharmaceutical pipeline – aimed at lowering cholesterol.

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Salmon Oil’s Benefits Not Just Another Fish Story

Posted on 31st Jul 2017 12:00:00 in Heart & Cardiovascular Health, Wellness & Well-being

When it comes to reaping the benefits afforded us by the omega-3 fatty acids found in fish, salmon earns a well-deserved spot on the conversation. One way of taking advantage of salmon’s omega-3 fatty acids is by buying, grilling and eating salmon; a healthy alternative is salmon oil that is offered in the form of a popular nutritional supplement.

 

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What We Need to Know about Mushrooms

Posted on 6th Jul 2017 00:00:00 in Heart & Cardiovascular Health

A main course of mushrooms will never be found on many, if any, menus, but as a garnishment with assorted healthful benefits, mushrooms have few peers. Labeled as a “superfood” by nutrition experts, mushrooms are low in carbohydrates and calories and full of B vitamins, trace minerals, fiber and protein that make them a powerful anti-inflammatory food that also bolsters our immune system, among other health-inducing qualities.

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Does Your Fish Oil Contain DPA? It Should!

Posted on 8th Aug 2017 12:00:00 in Heart & Cardiovascular Health

The most health conscious among us have known for decades that consumption of omega-3 fatty acids is good for our health. Only in recent years, though, have experts begun to learn the full extension of the reasons why. At the center of this revelation is the newly identified fatty acid docosapentaenoic acid (DPA), which has been found in elevated levels in the diet of Greenland Intuits, whose incidence of cardiovascular disease (CVD) is remarkably low, per naturalproductsinsider.com.

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What Are the Health Benefits of Ginger?

Posted on 24th May 2017 12:00:00 in Heart & Cardiovascular Health, Wellness & Well-being

The fact that the herb ginger can provide a variety of health benefits surely puts a smile on most people’s faces. In addition to being healthy for us in so many ways, ginger also is a tasty favorite when added to food and beverages. In terms of our health, ginger for centuries has earned a sterling reputation for its ability to relieve digestive problems such as nausea, loss of appetite, motion sickness and stomach ache. And that’s just for starters.

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Seven Essential Minerals for the Human Body

Posted on 19th May 2017 12:00:00 in Food & Nutrition, Heart & Cardiovascular Health, Vision & Eye Health, Immune System, Wellness & Well-being

We humans and our bodies have a nifty reciprocal arrangement. We, of course, need our bodies to do the things we want and need to do in our lives, such as getting around, performing our jobs and skipping rope, just for starters. In turn our bodies need for us to take care of them by feeding them with nutrients that they are unable to produce for themselves. Those nutrients include the inorganic substances found in foods, known as minerals.

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What is Chelation Therapy and How Does It Work?

Posted on 27th Feb 2017 10:00:00 in Heart & Cardiovascular Health

For anyone who has ever been unfortunate enough to suffer from heavy-metal poisoning—not to be confused with loud rock music, chelation therapy is an effective antidote. For anyone who has ever been unfortunate enough to suffer from heavy-metal poisoning—not to be confused with loud rock music, chelation therapy is an effective antidote. Chelation therapy involves the use of EDTA (ethylenediaminetetraacetic acid), a synthetic amino acid, which is injected into the bloodstream. Once there, and as it passes through the body, it binds to metals such as lead, mercury, copper, iron and arsenic, and then removes them through the bodily elimination of urine. Chelation therapy involves the use of EDTA (ethylenediaminetetraacetic acid), a synthetic amino acid, which is injected into the bloodstream. Once there, and as it passes through the body, it binds to metals such as lead, mercury, copper, iron and arsenic, and then removes them through the bodily elimination of urine.

 

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Naturally Controlling Your Cholesterol Levels

Posted on 17th Feb 2017 10:00:00 in Heart & Cardiovascular Health

It is a common health question people ask themselves, and that includes those who haven’t yet been diagnosed with a related problem: How can I control, or even lower, my cholesterol naturally? In fact, How exactly do I lower cholesterol without using prescription medicine? and How quickly can I lower those cholesterol levels?

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Chocolate Has Its Health Benefits

Posted on 30th Jan 2017 10:00:00 in Heart & Cardiovascular Health

With Valentine’s Day just two weeks away, chocolate is on the minds of millions of Americans. They can’t wait until it is in their mouths, too, when they get to celebrate love and romance with their loved ones by the traditional exchange of Valentine’s candy, much of it chocolate. Hey, it can be good for your health as well, in strict moderation, of course. But, it is safe to say chocolate has health benefits.

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Eat Your Way to Healthier Blood Pressure

Posted on 27th Jan 2017 10:00:00 in Heart & Cardiovascular Health

High blood pressure. It is one of the most commonly mentioned health issues in America, and for good reason: nearly a third of all Americans have high blood pressure and, according to healthline.com, another third have what's known as prehypertension. That's where blood pressure (BP) is higher than what's considered normal (a reading most often cited as 120/80) yet not quite high enough to be categorized as hypertension.

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5 Supplements That Can Boost Heart Health

Posted on 2nd Jun 2016 08:30:03 in Heart & Cardiovascular Health

Keeping a healthy heart can require exercising, eating more fruits and vegetables, or sticking to a high-fiber diet. According to researchers, supplements also may help encourage heart health. It’s important to understand what they are and how they might contribute along with diet and exercise. Here are five supplements and vitamins that could help.

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Eat, Walk, Breathe and Sleep Your Way to a Healthier Heart

Posted on 10th Mar 2016 08:30:14 in Heart & Cardiovascular Health

As you know, the simple things you do every single day can lead to a lifetime of benefits, especially when it comes to your health. Specifically your heart health. With heart disease being the No. 1 killer of American adults, it’s worth making every effort to adopt a few daily habits to boost your heart health.

It’s a matter of improving the way you eat, walk and breath. The basic stuff. Take a look at these 6 habits that can get you on the road to better living. 

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Stand Up and Start Moving for Better Heart Health

Posted on 22nd Feb 2016 20:35:02 in Heart & Cardiovascular Health

It’s been more than 40 years since the first anti-smoking campaigns got underway, with studies clearly showing that the habit can lead to diseases like lung cancer. Along the way, research also showed the connection between smoking and heart disease.

In recent years, a new campaign has gotten underway to promote another bad habit that could lead to premature death. Unfortunately, it’s a habit that’s shared by millions of Americans — sitting. Whether you’re sitting behind a desk, in front of the television, or anywhere else, the simple act of sitting for hours on end could be shaving years off your life, according to research.

Numerous media outlets, including CNN, have been reporting on the deadly effects of sitting. According to a study published by the American Heart Association, people who don’t move enough and sit for five hours or more each day have double the risk of heart failure. And other studies show that the vast majority of Americans are sitting anywhere from 7 hours to 15 hours a day.

Take the test by JustStand.org to see how you measure up. Are you sitting way too much? Then it’s time for a change.

So, how do you get moving for better heart health? Try to break up your days of sitting by following these ten tips.

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How to Adopt Heart-Healthy Habits That You Won't Quit

Posted on 3rd Mar 2016 08:30:45 in Heart & Cardiovascular Health

In most cases, you already know what it takes to live a heart-healthy lifestyle. Chances are you’ll immediately think of exercising, eating more veggies and less processed foods, giving up smoking, and managing your stress as key things you can do to ensure you’re doing great things for your body.

But, as most Americans can attest, it can be difficult to stick to those healthy habits day after day — especially when you have a demanding work and home schedule, and you’re constantly bombarded by unhealthy foods in grocery aisles, restaurants, and well-meaning friends and relatives.

Indeed, you have your work cut out for you. But it’s so worth it. Here are a few tips to get you adopting healthy habits that actually stick. The main goal is to take it one day at a time. According to a study published by the British Journal of General Practice, it takes about 66 days for you to turn a certain behavior into a habit.

Now try these 4 additional tips for better heart health.

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Heart Healthy Requires Dropping Bad Habits for These Good Habits

Posted on 1st Mar 2016 08:30:48 in Heart & Cardiovascular Health

Maybe your New Year’s resolutions have been long forgotten. If you already dropped the diet and haven’t spent much time in a workout facility, don’t despair. Maybe you were overthinking it.

Here are 2 bad habits to drop, and 3 really good ones to pick up to get on the path to a lifestyle that keeps your heart healthy. If you only tackle one at a time — whether it’s dropping a bad habit or picking up a new one, you’ll be one step closer to guarding yourself against heart disease — the No. 1 killer of American adults.

Let’s get started!

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4 Supplements That Can Support a Healthy Heart

Posted on 25th Feb 2016 08:30:00 in Heart & Cardiovascular Health

When we talk about discovering the fountain of youth, too many of us immediately think of the potions that will reduce the appearance of wrinkles and other outward signs of aging. How about guarding yourself against the No. 1 killer of American adults — heart disease?

Fortunately, there is no discovery necessary to find the keys to a healthy heart. Study after study has revealed that we can do a lot to reduce the risks of heart disease by eating a healthy diet, keeping stress under control, and exercising regularly — taking great care of our bodies.

While these areas are essential in boosting heart health, research also shows that supplements can be beneficial in helping lower cholesterol and maintain a healthy blood pressure — areas that are related to preventing heart attacks and strokes.

Take a look at these 4 supplements that can boost heart health.

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5 Ways to Eat Your Way to a Healthier Heart

Posted on 23rd Feb 2016 08:30:16 in Heart & Cardiovascular Health

If you were told that there was a secret to a longer life, there’s no question that you’d want to hear about it. Well, as it turns out, the secret is not so secret. Taking steps to boost your heart health is one of the keys to longevity. Reduce your risk of this No. 1 cause of death among American adults, and you’re off to a good start.

One of the most significant steps you can take is changing up your daily diet. Diet, along with exercise, tackles many of the issues that can cause heart disease and stroke, including high blood pressure and high cholesterol.

Here are 5 ways that you can start eating your way to a healthier heart.

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4 Important Changes That Can Improve Your Heart Health

Posted on 18th Feb 2016 08:30:00 in Heart & Cardiovascular Health

Reducing your risk for heart disease — the No. 1 cause of death among both American men and women — doesn’t have to be a massive undertaking. By making changes in your daily routine, you can start eliminating the factors that lead to heart disease. While some changes may be more challenging than others, they all can be significant in contributing to your overall heart health — and your longevity.

Make a commitment to adopting these habits as part of your daily routine.

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Best Vitamins For A Healthy Heart

Posted on 2nd Feb 2015 14:12:14 in Heart & Cardiovascular Health, Wellness & Well-being

The foods you eat and the bad habits you avoid make a significant impact on your heart health. But are you doing enough to ensure the healthy beat goes on and on? Heart disease is the number one cause of death in the United States - but a majority of heart conditions can be avoided with the right lifestyle and mind set.

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