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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Nearly 287 million people in the U.S. have eaten ready-to-eat cereals this year, according to consumer research company Simmons and U.S. Census data. But, with all the sugary varieties available today, it can be a challenge to find a cold cereal that is both healthy and flavorful. Here are some
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
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 one!
We know it’s important go light on sodium: Too much salt has been proven to raise blood pressure, leading to a host of potential health issues. Today, Americans are consuming substantially more sodium than in the 1970s, according to the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC). “About 90 percent
Despite attention-grabbing headlines like “Is Butter Back?” there’s still a lot of fear about fat, a holdover from the low-fat era, which peaked in the 1980s and 1990s. But while butter is not back, other than in small amounts, fats (also called “fatty acids”) perform many essential functions in the
If you’re serious about maintaining good health as you age, use the recently updated Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2015–2020 as your blueprint. The publication (available as a free download by clicking here) offers a healthy eating pattern designed to reduce obesity and prevent chronic diseases like type 2 diabetes, hypertension,
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
Much of the debate in recent years about how best to feed your heart and brain has focused on “macronutrients”—proteins, carbohydrates, and fats. These are the nutrients your body needs in the largest amounts to function properly. The macronutrients provide your body with energy in the form of calories. (Micronutrients,
You might already think of nutrition advice as mostly a lot of “don’ts.” Yes, it sometimes may seem that newspapers, magazines, television shows, and websites are full of dire warnings about what not to eat. As we saw in the previous chapter, however, scien-tific evidence supports plenty of healthful choices