Is LDL Cholesterol Really Bad?

Diet, Heart Health, Nutrition
Low-density lipoproteins (LDLs or LDL Cholesterol) are evil. That's what you have been told for years, maybe all of your life. Nutritionists, health gurus and doctors, will all tell you that if you keep your LDL cholesterol level low and your HDL level high, you will be a happy, healthy human being. This is partially correct. LDL is not cholesterol. LDL stands for low-density lipoprotein. This is a type of protein which carries cholesterol throughout your body. You need cholesterol for many health processes, and this fatty looking substance is literally found in every single cell in your body. HDL and LDL, when they exist in the correct ratio, work together to transport cholesterol to all of your body parts and cells that need it. The reason why LDL is…
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Risks For Lifestyle Diseases

Diabetes, Diet, Heart Health, Nutrition
Reducing Your Risks For Lifestyle Diseases With Diet In the past lifestyle diseases were only associated with the rich, or wealthy of society. Today, however, the landscape of lifestyle diseases is much more diverse as no longer is it the “rich man’s curse” but now thanks to availability of cheap junk food, these chronic conditions have penetrated every layer of society. Luckily, this as in many other cases can be fixed by addressing the root problem causing it, which in this case is diet. By swapping out unhealthy options for healthier, wholesome options you may yet be able to get your life back on track. Let’s see what you can start doing today to reduce your risk of these lifestyle diseases. Diabetes Diabetes develops slowly following years of bad eating…
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Clean Eating For Seniors

Diet, Heart Health, Nutrition
5 Reasons Seniors Need to Eat Clean As we age, diet plays a more significant role in maintaining our health. A well-balanced diet can mean the difference between feeling energized or sluggish. It also can ward off chronic diseases and improve the way your body fights off illness. Malnutrition affects weight. It also can leave your bones and muscles weak and joints achy. Other signs can be frequent falls and bone fractures, even depression. “Malnutrition can also lead to delayed wound healing, chronic digestive upset, extreme hair loss, brittle nails, and rapid cognitive decline,” says Natalie Butler, RD, and LD. Focusing more on foods rich in fiber, vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients is key. However, there are several factors to consider because the way we view food changes as we…
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Replacement Foods For A Healthy Heart

Diet, Heart Health, Nutrition
One of the easiest ways to transition to heart-healthy eating (let's not call it a diet, okay?) is using a food replacement strategy. And in this article, you'll discover five food replacements you can make. Pick one as your starting point, or say yes to them all. Either way, you and your heart win! 1) Replace some of your cheese, meat, and snacks with fresh fruit and vegetables. A bowl of washed fruit on the kitchen counter could work well, saving you from reaching for a high-sugar, high-salt snack from one of the food processing companies. Fruit and veggies are excellent sources of both vitamins and minerals, and better still, they are low in calories. When it comes to dietary fiber, fruit and veggies pack a punch. Fresh or frozen,…
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Natural Therapies For Type 2 Diabetes Part 3

Diabetes, Heart Health, Holistic Medicine
We now move on to some of the more physical type treatments Yoga offers a noninvasive way to manage diabetes. It is relatively simple to add to a person’s daily routine, because it requires little equipment, only a yoga mat or soft carpet and some space. Yoga instruction has also become widely available via local studios, gyms, and on DVD. A 2010 study conducted by the Kasturba Medical College shows the efficacy of yoga practice for type 2 diabetes patients. The three-month study showed yoga to be an effective therapy in reducing oxidative stress in type 2 diabetes. Yoga is also beneficial in improving glycemic parameters and BMI and can be administered as an add-on therapy to standard lifestyle intervention. In short, yoga helps the body utilize antioxidants, like Vitamin…
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Natural Therapies For Type 2 Diabetes Part 2

Diabetes, Diet, Heart Health, Holistic Medicine, Natural Healing, Nutrition
Lets continue with a discussion about Nutrition And Plant Foods One of the most important elements in diabetes management is diet because it is food and eating practices that affect blood sugars the most. An unhealthy type 2 diabetes specific diet will lead to out of control blood sugar, which greatly increases risks for heart disease, stroke, neuropathy, retinopathy, kidney disease, and premature death. Diet is of utmost importance to the overweight or obese. According to the Centers For Disease Control, even a 5% to 7% loss in bodyweight can prevent or delay the onset of type 2 diabetes in the overweight. Thousands of people have reversed their type 2 diabetes with significant weight loss following bariatric surgery. For these reasons, a nutritionist can be the greatest asset in diabetes…
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Natural Therapies For Type 2 Diabetes Part 1

Diabetes, Heart Health, Holistic Medicine
Lets start with a discussion about what diabetes is Diabetes mellitus (or just “diabetes”) is a metabolic disorder associated with elevated blood glucose. Normally, we take in glucose from the stomach when we eat foods containing carbohydrates. The glucose elevation triggers the islet cells in the pancreas to put out a hormone known as insulin. Insulin binds to cells in the body allowing the cells to take up the glucose to use as fuel for cells. Without insulin production or with insulin resistance, glucose cannot get into the cells, which do not get enough nutrients and the sugar (glucose) in the bloodstream elevates, damaging organs and blood vessels. This is when diabetes occurs. Two Types of Diabetes The first is type 1 diabetes, which is considered an autoimmune disease where…
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Herbs That Restore Youthful Energy

Anti Aging, Diet, Heart Health
Herbs That Restore Youthful Energy in Later Years Most people love the idea of restoring their youthful energy when they get older because let's just admit it here, who doesn't want to feel as though they are in their twenties when they are in their sixties or seventies? It's just human nature to not want to age or at least age with graceful mannerisms in body and mind. There are many ways that a person can restore a youthful energy in later years. Some people select natural healing practices such as meditation and Yoga classes, while other people choose to take herbs when it comes to restoring energy levels. Keep in mind that some people are just naturally stress-free and will tend to lead a life where old age doesn't…
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Foods That Fight High Blood Pressure

Diet, Health, Heart Health
Most all people love to eat the wrong foods, high in sugar and high in salt. That's just how we as humans are because most all bad foods will generally taste great and there is just no getting around that. High blood pressure is a condition that affects quite a lot of people, worldwide and brings many deaths if not treated properly. High blood pressure is a condition where there is force which will press against a person's wall of their blood vessels, resulting in being too high and a lot of the times, this type of pressure can cause strokes, as well heart attacks. When a person is diagnosed with high blood pressure, they will have to watch what they eat, watch how stressors in life affect them, as…
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What Happens If Type 2 Diabetes Is Ignored

Diabetes, Diet, Heart Health, Nutrition
What Happens If Type 2 Diabetes Is Not Addressed or Detected In its early stages, type 2 diabetes may not even present symptoms, which makes it easy to ignore or go undetected. However, to prevent damage to your major organs such as your heart, kidneys, and blood vessels, it's important to check in with your doctor and keep an eye on your blood sugar levels. So naturally, it's important to treat diabetes it as soon as possible. And if you do experience early symptoms, these may include fatigue, increased hunger and thirst, dry mouth, frequent urination, dry mouth, and itchy skin. Over time, these symptoms may become worse as diabetes starts to damage internal organs. Some of the complications of untreated type 2 diabetes are: Diabetic ketoacidosis Among the short-term…
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