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Heart disease accounts for nearly one-third of all deaths worldwide. What you eat plays a major role in heart health and can impact your risk of heart disease. In fact, certain foods can influence blood pressure, triglycerides, cholesterol levels and inflammation, all of which are risk factors for heart disease. Here...

What is HDL Cholesterol HDL (AKA ‘H’ for Happy) carries about 1/3-1/4 of the blood cholesterol. Higher levels seem to protect against cardiovascular disease.  HDL levels less than 40 mg/dl appear to be a risk factor for heart disease.  Scientists suggest that HDL cholesterol carries cholesterol away from...

What is LDL Cholesterol LDL (AKA ‘L’ for lousy) Cholesterol and is the major carrier of cholesterol in the blood.  Too much saturated fats and Trans Fats in the diet can cause LDL cholesterol to build up in the inner walls of the arteries that feed the heart and...

What are Triglycerides Triglycerides are a normal substance found in the bloodstream and necessary for life. It provides fuel needed for body cells to function. Too many triglycerides floating in the bloodstream increases your chances of heart disease, stroke and pancreatitis.  Blood levels less than 150...

This edition will focus on what foods you CAN eat when it comes to controlling blood pressure.  I am sure you have heard that foods rich in potassium lowers blood pressure. Common foods name are bananas, potatoes, and orange juice.  Current evidence is showing that...

The food industry vigorously promotes the myth “a calorie is a calorie”. The body is WAY more sophisticated than we can ever imagine. However, based on these four simple facts, we know this is not true: 1. Fiber. You eat 160 calories in almonds, but only absorb 130—because some fiber calories...

It’s easy enough to say eat less, move more, but often more difficult to do. Here are a few ideas on how to make it easier: 4. CONSIDER NON-SCALE VICTORIES Your weight is determined by a variety of factors, including hydration, climate, when you last ate, bathroom habits and...

Regular exercise can boost metabolism, making creating a calorie deficit easier. Don’t miss the mark here, what you eat and drink is 80% of the equation. Exercise compliments a good eating pattern when it comes to weight loss. Effective exercise alone will improve health outcomes independent of weight loss...

It’s easy enough to say eat less, move more, but often more difficult to do. Here are a few ideas on how to make it easier: 3. LEARN HOW TO ORDER AT RESTAURANTS Eating out can rack up the calories, so knowing how to make healthy menu swaps...

It’s easy enough to say eat less, move more, but often more difficult to do. Here are a few ideas on how to make it easier: 1. REMOVE TEMPTATION If you’re trying to set yourself up for success, keeping donuts and chips around isn’t doing you any favors....