As the old adage goes, you are what you eat, and when it comes to hypertension, your diet is a major driver of your blood pressure. If salty foods have a familiar place on your dinner plate, chances are you’ll see your blood pressure numbers rise. Conversely, a low-sodium diet
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Regardless of what your test results indicate or what your risk category is, one fact is inescapable: Following a heart-healthy lifestyle can help you minimize your risk of heart attack, stroke, and other adverse cardiovascular outcomes, as well as improve your overall health and quality of life.
Based on the results
The updated Dietary Guidelines for Americans (DGA) placed a new emphasis on dietary patterns for lifelong health and prevention of chronic diseases, such as Alzheimer’s. Thinking of brain-healthy eating as an overall pattern of dietary choices helps make it clear that protecting your brain isn’t as simple as eating a
If you are living with a chronic health condition, you may feel some of the information on diet and exercise presented in this book is not for you. The fact is, eating well and moving your body is good for nearly every condition, appropriately adapted, of course. This chapter will
A diet that supports heart and brain health is more than just eating an extra piece of fruit and occasionally eating salmon instead of steak. Rather than thinking solely in terms of individual foods or getting enough of certain vitamins and minerals, it’s important to focus on a healthy overall
Before you begin reading this book, you might be wondering if it’s worth making dietary and lifestyle changes to protect your heart and your brain—especially if cardiovascular disease or dementia runs in your family. Genetics certainly play a role, but your genes are not your destiny. Research suggests a healthy
By now, you may be thinking: Okay, so eating right can help protect my health, but I’ve been eating this way my whole life. Is it really going to make a difference if I make changes now? Results of one study suggest that the answer is a definite “yes.”
Your age, race, gender, and genes. You can’t do anything about them, and if they increase your odds of hypertension, they already have you at a disadvantage.
You need a weapon to help you fight back and try to even out the odds.
Fortunately, your lifestyle is that weapon, perhaps the best
The American Heart Association (AHA) and American College of Cardiology (ACC) released new guidelines in late 2017 that set the goal for blood pressure at less than 130/80 millimeters of mercury (mm Hg), a reduction from the previously recommended goal of less than 140/90 mm Hg. The AHA and ACC
Although certain individual foods have frequently been associated with brain health, as we’ll see in the next chapter, protecting your brain isn’t as simple as eating a few extra blueberries or sipping an occasional cup of green tea. The health of your brain—like your overall health—instead requires a healthy dietary