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5 Top Heart Health Mistakes

…result in sudden cardiac death. If you smoke, do everything you can to stop smoking and preserve good heart health. Heart Health Mistake #2: Eating Trans-Fats. These killer fats are associated with increased free radical damage, which in turn causes inflammation, disease, and age-related changes. They also…

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5 Food Label Traps and How to Avoid Them

…range. Always strive to consume more potassium than sodium, and make 3 grams of potassium a day your minimum goal. Food-Label Trap #2. Avoid trans-fats. Trans-fats raise LDL levels and reduce HDL levels. They also increase lipoprotein(a), an especially dangerous form of cholesterol that’s hard to detect…

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The Benefits of Multivitamins

…a multivitamin? The biggest reason is that our environment is very toxic, exposing us to heavy metals, insecticides, pesticides, radiation and trans-fats. And the benefits of multivitamins help your body to overcome that oxidative stress. In fact, I call a multivitamin a form of health insurance. Some…

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Budget Tips for Healthy Living

…Save Money for Healthy Living Healthy Living Budget Tip #1: Diet. It’s quite simple. Cut way, way down on the sugar and sweets. Stay away from trans-fats (fried foods and processed food with hydrogenated oil) and polyunsaturated oils (vegetable oils, with the exception of coconut and olive oil). These…

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High HDL Levels Reduce Risk of Alzheimer's Disease

…HDL blood levels include: * smoking cessation; * maintaining an optimum body weight (obesity is associated with reduced HDL levels); * avoiding trans-fats (which increase LDL, and reduce HDL and blood cholesterol levels); and * consuming more soluble fiber, as well as monounsaturated and omega-3 fats…

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Healthy Heart Nutrition for Kids

…the typical American diet, I am very concerned about the healthy heart nutrition lessons we're teaching our children. The high levels of salt, trans-fats, and calories in fast food can cause serious harm to the heart and the rest of the body. But the reality of life is that, on any given day one-quarter…

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Healthy Blood Pressure: How to Help Our Kids

…get the whole family off the couch and go out for a walk, bike ride, or toss the ball around in the yard. * Serve Healthy Meals: High salt, high trans-fat meals—which are far too common in fast-food restaurants—lead to obesity and hypertension. Try cooking at home, and involve your children in planning…

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Signs and Symptoms of Coronary Artery Disease

…degenerative diseases. Free radicals are generated by smoking, high sugar intake, excessive physical or emotional stress, heavy metal toxins, radiation, trans fats and some drugs. Poor bioenergetics. Bioenergetics refers to the ability of cells to generate and use energy, and it often falters in patients who…

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5 Heart-Healthy Tips for Lean Living!

…glasses a day. I suggest distilled water in glass bottles. 4. Don’t let convenience influence your meal planning. Avoid processed foods, chemicals, trans fats, and preservatives. One good rule of thumb is to always shop the perimeter of the grocery store. Generally speaking, the processed food found in…

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With Cholesterol, Focus on the Right Numbers

…plays a big role in your heart—and overall—health. To avoid dips in your HDL levels, avoid processed foods, as well as those high in sugar and trans fats. Instead, opt for foods that are rich in heart-healthy fats and soluble fiber. * Extra virgin olive oil (EVOO) will also help to raise HDL. I recommend…

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The 14 Most Dangerous Toxins to the Heart

…sweeteners that cause inflammation, plus phosphoric acid that leaches calcium out of bones. 8. Trans fats. These unnatural fats have been removed from many foods, but they still bear watching out for. Because trans fats promote inflammation and oxidative stress in the body, avoid consuming, or cooking with…

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10 Unhealthy Foods to Avoid

…too much to avoid them, I suggest opting for nitrite-free organic hot dogs. * Deep-fried foods. While many fast food establishments have removed trans fats from their cooking methods, any type of deep frying isn't good for your heart or your health. For example, with fish deep frying completely negates…

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3 Hidden Cardiovascular Health Risks

…Hidden Risks to Cardiovascular Health * Products labeled “zero trans fats.” Many people don’t realize that a food product can legally advertise that it contains no trans fats, as long as it contains less than 1/2 gram of trans fats. So, you need to ignore that claim and read the ingredient list…

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The Health Benefits of Drinking Coffee

…Avoid milkshake-type designer coffees, (like lattes), which are rich in sugar and calories. * Sidestep artificial coffee creamers that are high in trans fats. * Remember that “decaf” doesn’t mean “caffeine-free.” In order to be labeled “decaf” a coffee must be at least 97.5 percent caffeine…

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Heart-Healthy Diets: 6 Surprising Foods to Avoid

…Margarine is generally made by hydrogenating liquid polyunsaturated oil, to create a spread that’s similar to butter. Hydrogenation creates toxic trans fats which induce free-radical stress increase harmful Lp(a) cholesterol. My advice: for heart-healthy diets, ditch the margarine and opt for grass-fed…

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Could Popcorn Replace Fruits and Vegetables?

…skip microwave popcorn since microwave ovens expose both you and your food to harmful radiation. Plus, microwave popcorn has enormous amounts of trans fats and must be avoided. * Instead, pop your own organic popcorn in an air popper. One full cup of air popped popcorn contains just 31 calories and a…

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The Blood Lipids Ratio to Watch

…contains resveratrol, a phytonutrient with cardio-protective benefits. * Diet is crucial. Avoid processed foods, as well as those high in sugar and trans fats. Instead, opt for foods that are rich in heart-healthy fats and soluble fiber. Now it’s your turn: Have you had your triglyceride and HDL cholesterol…

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