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Secondhand Smoke: Just How Harmful Is It?

Secondhand Smoke: Just How Harmful Is It?

If you don’t smoke, you may think you’re safe from the health complications that can accompany a smoking habit. But secondhand smoke also raises your risk of smoking-related diseases—and according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 58 million Americans are regularly exposed to secondhand smoke.

What is secondhand

1. A Blood Pressure Primer

How Your Heart Functions
Think of your heart as a pump, about the size of a fist. It consists of two upper chambers (the left and right atria) and two lower chambers (the left and right ventricles) that work in synchrony. Overall, the average heart contracts and relaxes—what we know as

Chocolate Benefits for Your Brain: Improves Memory and Mood

Chocolate Benefits for Your Brain: Improves Memory and Mood

Eating moderate amounts of dark chocolate benefits health in many ways. In fact, chocolate is now considered an anti-aging, anti-inflammatory “superfood” for the brain and body.

Studies examining the health benefits of chocolate continue to reveal new and exciting chocolate benefits, particularly in the realms of cognitive function, mood, and heart/

How to Prevent Smoking Diseases—and Add Years to Your Life

How to Prevent Smoking Diseases—and Add Years to Your Life

The number of Americans who smoke has fallen to 14.9 percent, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)—a big drop from 1997, when 25 percent of Americans smoked.

Sadly, however, smoking still kills about half a million Americans annually, and it isn’t just the obvious smoking diseases (like

From The Author

In some ways, your blood vessels are akin to that problematic plumbing in your kitchen. Just as the drain pipes are obstructed by what you deposit into them, so your arteries can become gradually blocked as a result of the fatty foods you’ve ingested over the years. Every burger or

8. What’s in a Name? Heart-Healthy Diet Plans

The 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans holds up three U.S. Food & Drug Administration–approved models of healthy eating:

Healthy U.S.-Style Eating Pattern
Healthy Vegetarian Eating Pattern
Healthy Mediterranean-Style Eating Pattern

The Healthy U.S.-Style Eating Pattern is based on foods Americans typically consume: vegetables, fruits, grains, dairy, and protein.
The Healthy Mediterranean-Style Eating Pattern is similar

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