Stress and Your Physiology

Heart Health, Stress Management
Why Stress is Really Bad for You You’ve probably been told before that stress is really bad for you. It’s something that is constantly rammed down our throats and we’re constantly being reminded how stress can cause heart problems, cause weight gain and generally cause all manner of problems. This is not news then. But what we don’t get told so often is precisely why stress is so bad for us or what it actually does to negatively impact on our health. Read on then and we’ll look at the reasons why stress is actually such a problem and what you can do to prevent it – or at least to limit the negative consequences. Stress and Your Physiology The first thing to note is that stress has a profound…
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Beware Dieting Dangers

Diabetes, Diet, Heart Health, Nutrition
5 Serious Dieting Dangers To Avoid As per WebMD, nobody is perfect and the best way to maintain our overall wellness is by avoiding the many dieting dangers. We shouldn’t be striving for perfection, but instead embracing moderation by eating a well-balanced diet and regularly exercising. There are plenty of diet fads and trends that come and go, and while many will offer you the weight loss you desire in the timeframe you want to achieve it in- once you stop that diet and revert back to your original diet habits you regain that weight, and more. Therefore, the most successful option is instead to change your lifestyle. Avoid Added Sugar Sugar is simply empty calories- it offers no essential nutrients. Additionally, excess sugar consumption can result in several serious…
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Health Risks Of Emotional Overeating

Diabetes, Diet, Heart Health
Few people who eat for emotional reasons eat the right kinds of foods nor do they eat the right amount of food. Emotional eating is almost a part of overeating in general. When you eat to hide or comfort yourself around life’s disappointments, negative feelings, or stressors, you tend to eat too much and you tend to make poor food choices. This can lead to negative health consequences that build up over time. What emotional eating can lead to…? The health consequences of emotional eating are many. First, emotional eating is often associated with overeating. You don’t pay attention to normal hormonal mechanisms in the body that tell you to stop eating because you have eaten enough and you gain weight over time. Weight gain can lead to obesity, which…
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Is Red Wine Really Heart Healthy?

Diet, Heart Health, Nutrition
Headlines hit that red wine was healthy and suddenly people everywhere were jumping for joy, they thought that their daily indulgences were going to be helping their longevity. Not so fast. While the studies are linking drinking a daily glass of red wine (that’s 5-oz per day) to heart health, the over consumption of alcohol is still associated with a host of horrible side effects. The Mayo Clinic points out that while red wine may be a heart-healthy option to add to your evening meal, they are not going to be encouraging people to start drinking. This is particularly the case if there is a family history of alcohol abuse or addiction. Too much alcohol can have disastrous effects on the body. However, if you are already enjoying your glass…
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Foods For Heart Health

Diet, Heart Health, Nutrition
15 Foods That Can Save Your Heart Your heart health is a very serious matter. This organ is extremely fragile, which is why you need to pay more attention to it. A healthy diet is sometimes all you need to ensure your ticker works fine for the years to come. In order to protect your heart, try eating these 15 foods more often. Walnuts Walnuts are an excellent source of the good type of fat (monounsaturated), which is known for helping reduce the risk of heart disease. When you replace the saturated fats in your diet with the unsaturated, you will lower your bad cholesterol levels and increase you good cholesterol. Avocado Not only are they delicious, but avocadoes also offer a number of health benefits. They are packed with…
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Should You Eat More Fish?

Diet, Heart Health, Nutrition
5 Reasons To Add More Fish To Your Diet Fish are a wonderful source of nutrition. They are abundant and easily farmed, making them a sustainable form of agriculture. Fish could help fight not only your hunger but world hunger as well. With all the problems associated with farmed fish and polluted waters, are there any benefits to eating fish these days? Here are the top 5 reasons that you should consider adding more fish to your diet. Omega-3 Fatty Acids As science learns more about nutrition, what we eat, and how our bodies function, we are learning that omega-3 fatty acids are an amazing nutrient. The problem is that most land-based meats don’t have nearly enough omega-3s to satisfy the weekly requirement. However, 2 servings of fatty cold-water fish…
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How To Lower Your Triglycerides

Diabetes, Diet, Heart Health, Nutrition
Lower Triglycerides with Diet and Lifestyle Changes Triglycerides. The ugly cholesterol. The one to which your doctor could potentially say, “Let’s try conservative therapy… Diet and Lifestyle changes should do the trick!” Doctors sometimes will recommend conservative therapy without really going into detail on these diet and lifestyle changes, but can sometimes almost cause a full-blown anxiety attack explaining the risk of diabetes, metabolic syndrome, and heart disease when looking at your recent cholesterol levels, particularly your triglycerides. Let’s take a closer look at this, one bite at a time. What are Triglycerides? First, let’s do an overview of triglycerides. Understanding them is an important part. Yes, triglycerides are a fat found in your blood. But here’s the insane part; you need them. If you have been diagnosed with high…
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How To Raise (HDL) Cholesterol Levels

Diet, Heart Health, Nutrition
The things you eat can make you healthy or unhealthy. For most people, diet is the single biggest factor affecting their health. Everyone loves talking about eating and foods, so we will get to that in a minute. Plus, even many kids these days know to watch their good (HDL) Cholesterol and bad (LDL) cholesterol levels. So let's discuss cholesterol, exactly what it is, and then look at some foods you should be eating to keep your cholesterol levels healthy and also raise the good cholesterol levels. Cholesterol is a waxy, fatty substance and is naturally found in every cell of your body. If this is a natural component that is found in all of us, in every cell, why are we told it is a bad thing? Let's take…
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Statins vs Diet Plan

Diet, Heart Health, Nutrition
Statins vs Following a Cholesterol Diet Plan Eating right will keep your cholesterol in check. Your HDL/LDL ratio will be optimal, and cholesterol won't cause any of the associated heart problems it has been known to promote when it is out of control. There are also medications called statins which can be prescribed to get your cholesterol back at a healthy level. Like most medications, they have their pros and cons. So, should you choose statins or a diet plan to lower your cholesterol? Some people are understandably concerned about taking any type of medication. Medicines often have negative side-effects. You may be familiar with a medication you took in the past causing more problems than the condition you were taking the medication for the first place. As far as…
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