It’s not just your eating pattern and your physical activity that affect how well your heart and blood vessels function. Other aspects of your lifestyle appear to intersect with your diet and activity level on the path to better cardiovascular health. Your sleep, for instance, can affect your quality of
Implementing and adhering to a healthful eating pattern is a critical part of a heart-healthy lifestyle. As you’ve read in the previous chapters, making the right food choices in the right amounts has been shown time and again to be associated with a lower risk of cardiovascular disease.
Additionally, the foods
The Healthy U.S.-Style Eating Pattern. The Healthy Mediterranean-Style Eating Pattern. The Healthy Vegetarian Eating Pattern. The Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension (DASH) diet.
These dietary plans might have different names, but they share many common traits—namely, they emphasize consumption of a variety of foods from plants, lean protein sources (from plants
To fully appreciate the importance of following a heart-healthy lifestyle, it’s helpful to understand the impact that cardiovascular disease (a term that refers to conditions that affect the heart and blood vessels) has on the population of the United States. Consider these 2018 statistics from the American Heart Association (AHA):
Are you dealing with one or more low magnesium symptoms, headaches, for example, or leg cramps, or insomnia? This key mineral is necessary for more than 300 biochemical reactions in the body, from steadying your heart rhythm to supporting your immune system and keeping your bones strong to helping with nerve
It’s easy to overlook seeds when you’re planning healthy meals, but they provide a big bang for your nutrition buck. Many varieties of seeds contain alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), a type of omega-3 fatty acid. Research has shown that ALA can help protect blood vessels from inflammatory damage and lower the
You may be aware that people with type 2 diabetes have an increased risk of heart disease—but you may not know just how strong the connection is between these two conditions. According to the American Heart Association (AHA), at least 68 percent of people age 65 or older who have diabetes
The gut microbiota is getting plenty of attention these days, as scientists continue to expand their knowledge of how the tens of trillions of microorganisms living in the human digestive tract affect health. A study published in January in Circulation adds to that knowledge base with its findings that certain
By now you may realize—because all of the body’s systems are interconnected—that there is usually more than one cause con-tributing to your fatigue. When one of your body’s systems is out of balance (if, for example, your HPA axis is malfunctioning be-cause of chronic stress), then other systems (like your
The key to resolving any chronic health condition is to discover the root causes and then supply the body with the needed raw materials to correct any deficiencies or to bring the body back into balance. Therefore, you will need to become somewhat of a detective, patiently investigating each known