Here’s When You May Need to Take Blood Pressure Medication

Blood pressure (which is the pressure of blood pushing against the walls of your arteries) is one of those highly valued health markers, for good reason. High blood pressure (hypertension) increases our risk of developing heart disease and stroke - two of the leading causes of deaths among Americans.

5 Tips For a Healthy Colon

I think I speak for many people when I say that I am still devastated by the death of actor Chadwick Boseman, who died of colon cancer almost one year ago at the age of 43. His death was a shock, because he was young, appeared to be in good physical shape and even played a superhero when he starred in the film Black Panther. Colon cancer (also sometimes called colorectal cancer), however, is being found in younger people (under the age of 50).

You Can Have Your Cake And Eat It Too, But It May Be Healthier With a Flour Alternative

There are now many white flour alternatives such as almond flour, spelt flour, oat flour, millet flour, rice flour, coconut flour, buckwheat flour, chickpea flour, amaranth flour, potato flour, quinoa flour, whole wheat flour and more. Let’s just say you have some options!

Be Proactive About Diabetes With Chia Seeds And Lentils

We have a diabetes pandemic on our hands. According to recent data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 34.2 million people (10.5 percent of the U.S. population) have diabetes. This includes 26.9 people who have been diagnosed, and 7.3 million people who have not been diagnosed. In addition to this, 88 million people (aged 18 years and older) have prediabetes. Foods like chia seeds and lentil can play a huge role in addressing this issue.

A ‘Green Mediterranean Diet’ May Help Fight Fatty Liver Disease

An excessively fat liver is an unhealthy and possibly damaged liver. An accumulation of excess fat in the liver may be caused by being overweight or obese (which, of course, is usually the result of eating a poor, nutrient-void diet) and leading a sedentary lifestyle. People who carry a lot of belly fat (visceral fat) are especially prone to developing NAFLD. Visceral fat grows deep inside the stomach and may wrap around your vital organs (such as the liver). Having this type of fat may also increase the risk of type 2 diabetes.

Cutting Calories to Cut Cancer

Usually, when people think of a low-fat, low-sugar diet, they think of deprivation and maybe even how they might feel hungry if they follow such a diet. When we think of “cutting calories,” we tend to think of all that we can’t have. In reality, it’s really about replacing with healthier foods.

Are Sardines A Man’s Best Friend...When It Comes To Anti-Aging?

Are five cans of sardines per day just what the doctor ordered? Particularly when it comes to men’s health? First, what exactly is a sardine? Besides just, to put it frankly, a smelly fish?

The Kind of Sitting We Need to Stand Up About!

Think about it. Our daily lives are practically “designed” to sit the majority of the day. Working, scrolling social media, watching television, playing video games, eating, driving and reading are all activities that often involve prolonged periods of sitting.

Think Eating Processed Food Is No Big Deal? The Effect It May Have On Your Immune System May Change Your Mind

Many Americans are now forced to assess their health and face the fact that it might be a good idea to finally get rid of excess weight and address metabolic issues. Being overweight or obese and/or having issues such as diabetes, hypertension and heart disease are conditions that can wreak havoc on the immune system by promoting chronic inflammation and other problems.

Healthy Blood Pressure Range for Women May Be Lower Than For Men

For as long as I can remember, healthcare professionals evaluated both women’s and men’s blood pressure measurements against a single, unisex range that was considered “normal.” While there may have been some variations based on age, along with shifts of the range itself based on then-available research, men and women were usually judged equally when it came to whether or not they had healthy blood pressure.

Wondering How Much Vitamin D You Need? Your Skin Tone May Be a Factor

Having a sufficient intake of vitamin D is important to our overall health and wellness. Very few foods naturally contain this nutrient. In fact, it is called the ‘sunshine vitamin’ because our bodies produce vitamin D when our skin is exposed to sunlight.

Don’t Let Muscle Cramps Cramp Your Workout Style

It’s so discouraging to be in the middle of a really good workout, or, in my case, during a golf game, and get derailed by a muscle cramp. Also called muscle spasms or a ‘Charley/Charlie horse’ (when occurring in the legs), muscle cramps are defined by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) as sudden and involuntary contractions or spasms in one or more of your muscles. That sounds about right! To some, muscle cramps may just be a nuisance, but I believe that anything that interferes with you being physically active (which is such a key pillar to good health and wellness) must be addressed. And, of course, muscle cramps are uncomfortable!

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