One piece of advice I can give to aspiring mothers and mothers-to-be is to really focus on prenatal nutrition. Even before your baby is conceived, it is important to make sure you are getting an adequate and balanced amount of all the essential nutrients such as vitamins and minerals.
You might be thinking: Well, it’s just one holiday. But please hear me out. The truth is there are always holidays, parties and celebrations throughout the year and many opportunities to drink too much alcohol and not eat the healthiest.
People of Afro-Caribbean descent – whether they live in the islands or in other parts of the world – experience higher rates of hypertension compared to other populations. In this regard, they mirror African-American adults in the United States, with both groups having hypertension that occurs earlier in life and with more serious consequences, including organ damage to the heart, eyes and kidneys as well as heart attacks, strokes, cognitive limitations and late-stage kidney disease.
Imagine this. You’re at a restaurant to have a meal with family or friends. Your food arrives. You taste it and reach for the salt shaker which you then realize has a label that says, “Excess sodium can cause high blood pressure and promote stomach cancer. Limit your use.”
Cheese is one of those foods some may say is healthy while others may say it’s not so good for you. For example, one could say that cheese is an excellent source of calcium, vitamin D and other nutrients as well as probiotics. But then on the other hand, one might say cheese is high in saturated fat and salt (sodium) which is bad for heart health and other metabolic concerns.
Americans consume way more sodium than is recommended and necessary for healthy living! I have said this before, and it is a fact worth repeating.
For some it may be back-to-school time, but summer is not quite over yet! This means picnics and barbecues are still in full swing, and this Labor Day weekend it’s likely you’ve got a picnic or party to attend.
If you’re someone who tends to make multiple trips to the bathroom during the night to urinate, you may have a condition called nocturia.
Not all health issues are life-threatening. But this doesn’t mean that these issues should not be concerning. Chronic diseases may cause much pain and discomfort. You may even feel like you are losing control of your body. It can be very frustrating, especially when you are unable to perform those activities that you enjoy.
Sometimes we are forced to make lifestyle changes in order to enjoy a healthy life. This is what a young woman named Jessica Goldman Foung, who calls herself Sodium Girl, did.
We all need sodium to stay healthy. Sodium is an essential mineral that helps regulate blood pressure. On the other hand, excess sodium in the diet may cause high blood pressure (hypertension) and heart disease.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), around 90% of U.S. children ages 6-18 years eat too much sodium daily. The CDC also reports that 1 in 6 children (aged 8-17 years) have high blood pressure (hypertension).
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