Heart Health

Heart Health

  • Managing Obesity
    Healthy Eating,  Heart Health,  Sugar,  Weight

    Managing Obesity – What Works and What Doesn’t

    Many things come into play when it comes to managing obesity. Increased physical activity over time, dietary modifications, and lifestyle changes are all important. They must be combined and are all part of a new or a renewed commitment to a healthier lifestyle. When you embark on a weight loss and then weight management journey, the first thing you’ll want to do is be realistic about your expectations. It’s vital for your long-term success you acknowledge that the results you crave will not happen quickly. It takes commitment, effort, and time to transition to a healthier lifestyle that is sustainable. It’s also essential to be prepared there will be times…

  • Healthy Eating,  Healthy Living,  Heart Health,  Sugar

    Diagnosing Diabetes

    If you suspect you may be developing issues with high blood sugar or if you are at risk for developing it because of your family history, diagnosing diabetes is a subject with which you want to be familiar. The most commonly used tool to diagnose diabetes is the glycated hemoglobin (A1C) test. Your doctor uses this blood test to determine what your average blood sugar level has been for the past two or three months. Your blood sugar can spike from time to time, so getting an average over a few months is a preferred reading. I have a friend who ate a chocolate bar before going for his yearly…

  • Fats are Good for You
    Clean Eating,  Healthy Eating,  Healthy Living,  Heart Health,  Sugar

    Fats are Good for You

      Not all fats are bad. Back in the 1960s and 1970s, the sugar industry and the big food manufacturers began telling us eating fat was bad. They avoided mentioning the fact that your body must have certain fats for you to survive. Essential fatty acids are one example of fats you need to be healthy, and you need to consume healthy fats to keep your brain healthy. In fact, your brain is actually more than 60% fat. Let’s talk about which fats are good for you. “Big Sugar” spent a lot of money telling us fat was bad for you and sugar was part of a healthy diet. Look…

  • Healthy Eating,  Heart Health,  Sugar,  Weight

    Your Diet and Diabetes

    What about your diet and diabetes? If you take only one thing away from reading this, it should be that your diet is the single most important factor when it comes to your health. Exercise is of course important if you’re going to be as healthy as you can possibly be. However, fitness gurus, personal trainers and nutritionists will all tell you the foods and beverages you put into your body have the most significant impact on your health. Regular sleep, reduction of stress and staying hydrated also greatly influence your health. It cannot be overstated that as much as 60% to 75% of your overall fitness, mentally and physically,…

  • different types of inflammation
    Clean Eating,  Depression,  Healthy Eating,  Healthy Living,  Heart Health,  Weight

    Are You on Fire? What are the Different Types of Inflammation?

    These days we hear so much about inflammation.  Avoid it, reduce it, don’t do things that inflame your body and your mind.  But, what exactly is inflammation, what are the different types of inflammation, is it truly harmful to our health, and if so, why is it so harmful? Very simply put, inflammation is the body’s reaction to infection or tissue damage. Our bodies respond the invader to send agents to the offended/damaged site in an effort to eliminate the problem and to heal your body. Inflammation in its true and intended form is a good thing; in fact, it is a protective mechanism design to protect you and save…

  • Reduce Blood Pressure
    Clean Eating,  Healthy Eating,  Healthy Living,  Heart Health,  Weight

    Bring That Blood Pressure Down With These Five Easy Choices

    I love to hear from people who read this column!  My goal with this writing and sharing is to make a difference in your lives and in your health. So, when I received an email from Joe this, I wanted to thank him and address one of the things he and his wife are working on: managing blood pressure.  Here are five tips to help reduce blood pressure. Because a significant risk factor for heart disease is blood pressure that is consistently higher than normal, this is important to monitor.  When your blood pressure is consistently high, your heart is forced to work much harder. Over time, this eventually weakens…

  • Complications Caused by Heart Disease
    Healthy Eating,  Healthy Living,  Heart Health,  Sugar,  Weight

    Complications Caused by Heart Disease

    If you have heart disease, your heart will be less efficient at pumping blood. The blood vessels throughout your body, which facilitate blood flow to various organs, may become damaged as well. Let’s talk about complications caused by heart disease. These conditions can have significant effect on your heart as well as your other organs. The harder your heart has to work to maintain the blood circulation to your body, the more likely it is that you’ll experience one of the major complications from heart disease. Heart Disease’s Major Complications Heart disease can cause serious health issues and events that affect your heart, events such as heart attacks and congestive…

  • Causes of Heart Disease
    Healthy Eating,  Healthy Living,  Heart Health

    5 Major Causes of Heart Disease You Should Avoid

    It’s wonderful to have choices and so important to take to heart (pun intended) that many of the choices you make every day can impact your heart health. Choosing to exercise and eat right every day is a decision that helps keep your heart in good working order. Opting to lie on the couch and eat junk food doesn’t do you or your heart any favors. Despite how simple this may seem; you might not realize how much of an effect these decisions have on the health of your heart. It’s especially important for habits that negatively impact key risk areas; risk areas such as cholesterol and blood pressure. These…

  • What Healthy Eating Means to You
    Healthy Eating,  Healthy Living,  Heart Health,  Sugar,  Weight

    What Healthy Eating Means to You

    One of the biggest challenges when it comes to healthy eating really isn’t developing new habits. Before you work on changing habits, it’s important to define what healthy eating means to you. The truth is it’s going to be different for everyone, so before you begin adding new healthy eating habits, it’s a good idea to understand what healthy eating means to you. What Are Your Current Eating Habits? To figure out what you want your healthy eating to look like, begin with where you are now. How and what do you eat on a daily basis? Write down what you eat in a typical week, not just one day.…

  • Detoxing,  Healthy Living,  Heart Health

    Learning About Your Heart

    We know knowledge is power, and you can help prevent heart disease by learning about your heart. Your heart is directly involved in supplying all your organs with the oxygen they need to function properly. If you develop heart disease, your heart is no longer able to perform its primary function with the same efficiency, and this is why it’s so important to take good care of your heart. Learning more about the anatomy and functions of your heart can help you understand not only the role it plays in your overall well-being but also how you can take better care of it to avoid heart disease and the health…