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What Habits Can Prevent Heart Disease?

What Habits Can Prevent Heart Disease? Even though we have many information on healthy diets and risk factors of heart disease, a percentage of cardiovascular disease is still extremely high. According to medical experts, it is not only diet, but our lifestyle that can prevent heart disease. They think good habits can help to decrease the risk. The recommendations are well known – eat more fruits and vegetables, quit smoking, drink less, and exercise. However, when it comes to diet, […]

Saturated Fats – Good or Bad?

Saturated Fats – Good or Bad? Saturated fats had been present in a human diet for thousands of years. According to Paleolithic diet, early humans were hunter-gatherers, who had mainly eaten animal based foods. Meanwhile, somehow appears that the foods, we had been accustomed to throughout history, are bad for us. Namely, we were exposed to a belief that saturated fats are bad for our health. That belief has occurred as a result of the insufficiently proved study in 1977 […]

Positive Emotions and Heart Health

Positive Emotions and Heart Health Numerous studies have shown a huge impact of negative emotions on our health. Stress, anxiety, depression, and so on, are states that make us vulnerable to other health problems, such as heart diseases, diseases that affect our gastrointestinal system, different types of cancer, etc. Even though many studies reveal the strong influence of negative emotions on our health, there are a few studies that examine positive emotions and their effects. However, a recent study has […]

Effects of Bad Relationships on Our Health

Effects of Bad Relationships on Our Health Medical experts frequently remind us that good relationships are essential for our health. A good marriage, particularly, helps us live longer, happier and healthier. However, many studies point to the disturbing effects of bad marriage and bad relationships in general on our health. Recent researches go even further explaining that bad relationships do not only deteriorate our health, but also can have lethal consequences. Namely, the study from 2006 published in the American […]

How to Lower Triglycerides?

How to Lower Triglycerides? Sedentary lifestyle, poor diet, alcohol, and smoking greatly contribute in increasing triglycerides. They usually appear as a result of a diet rich in saturated and trans fats, too much sugar, and carbohydrates. There are no symptoms that can point at high triglycerides. Frequently, we accidentally find out that our level of triglycerides has jumped by taking a blood test. It is not unusual that a test reveals increased levels of LDL cholesterol as a by-product. In […]

Keeping a Good Balance Between Sodium and Potassium Is Essential for Heart Health

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Keeping a Good Balance Between Sodium and Potassium Is Essential for Heart Health Sodium and potassium ratio is a crucial factor for heart health. When this ratio is in a good balance, our blood pressure remains stable within a normal range. However, salt has been considered as the main culprit for high blood pressure for many years. Doctors suggest their patients a diet with as little as possible salts. They thought that the salt affected blood pressure and heart health […]

Benefits of Berries for Heart Health

Benefits of Berries for Heart Health Although tinny and small in size, berries are powerful fruit that can fight against many chronic diseases, even cancer. They are rich in vitamin C (especially strawberries), flavonoids, phytonutrients, and antioxidants; they show as excellent as preventive agents for many diseases. They are good allies in losing weight because they hydrate and nourish our bodies without the intake of unnecessary calories. Frequently, the greatest enemy in weight loss is toxins. No matter how wonderful […]

How Can Positive Emotions Be Good for Your Heart?

How Can Positive Emotions Be Good for Your Heart? In our modern society, especially in North American and European countries, we are all accustomed to hiding and repressing emotions, because it has been considered that if we are not in control of our emotions, we can be perceived as weak. Naturally, with repressing emotions we lose our chance to feel them. Thus, we become more or less distant from our emotional nature, disabled not only to experience negative emotions, but […]

High Cholesterol: Myths and Facts

High Cholesterol: Myths and Facts Most of us incline to believe that cholesterol is dangerous. When thinking about heart disease, the first risk factor that comes to our mind is the high level of cholesterol. However, there is no medical evidence till today that proves the link between total cholesterol levels and cardiovascular diseases. Furthermore, the whole idea of lowering cholesterol does not prove itself as beneficial for our health. On the contrary, conventional medicine encourages us to lower our […]