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Improve Your Heart Health With Life's Simple 7

Posted by healtheo360 on Nov 24, 2015 11:03:33 AM

How good is your heart health?

Just this week, a study found that fewer of us are maintaining a heart-healthy lifestyle. Participants in the study failed to keep their blood pressure and cholesterol to in check and maintain a healthy weight. These factors increase the risk for heart disease, underscoring the importance of what the American Heart Association identifies as life's simple 7.

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FDA Bans Trans Fats

Posted by healtheo360 on Jul 15, 2015 2:17:02 PM

Recently, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has given the food industry three years to eliminate artificial trans fats from the food supply, a step that is expected to save thousands of lives a year.

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5 Foods That Weaken Your Immunity

Posted by healtheo360 on Nov 6, 2014 10:06:52 AM

Your diet’s improved, you exercise regularly and have learned that what you eat has a  connection to your overall health. But did you know that there are particular foods that weaken your immunity?

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Healthy Salad Toppings for a Better Salad

Posted by healtheo360 on Jul 8, 2014 11:49:38 AM

Salad is a healthy option when going out to eat or eating at home, but it doesn’t take much make a salad unhealthy. Dressings are loaded with calories and fats. Some meats and toppings add on the calories. Try some of these healthy salad toppings on your next salad for a nutrient filled meal!

Healthy Salad Toppings #1 - Almonds

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Four Ways to Get Your Vitamin D from Food and Sun

Posted by healtheo360 on Apr 12, 2014 12:09:55 PM

loongar/Thinkstock (NEW YORK) -- Spring is here, and there’s no better time to work vitamin D into your daily routine.

The so-called sunshine nutrient is crucial for healthy bones and it might even stave off the country’s top killers: cancer and heart disease.

Sure, you could pop a supplement. But why not get your vitamin D the old-fashioned way: from good food and a bit of sun? Your body and wallet will thank you.Here's how:

Get a Boost at Breakfast for Vitamin D

Breakfast is a great time to get your vitamin D fix. Morning favorites like eggs, cereal, milk, yogurt and orange juice are packed with the nutrient. In fact, a bowl of cereal with milk and a cup of fortified OJ can deliver up to 75 percent of your recommended daily intake, according to the National Institutes of Health. Better yet: Make it brunch and take it outside. The late morning sun will up your dose of vitamin D.

Soak Up Some Sun for Vitamin D -- But Not Too Much

It’s true: sunlight converts chemicals in your skin into vitamin D. But don’t overdo it, because the same UV rays that work vitamin magic also raise the risk of skin cancer. Fifteen minutes of direct sunlight to the face, arms, back or legs three times a week is enough, according to the NIH. So cover up, find shade or slather on some sunscreen beyond that.

Feast on Fish for Vitamin D

Breakfast foods are good but nothing beats fish for vitamin D. Just three ounces of salmon packs a whopping 112 percent of your recommended daily intake, according to the NIH. Throw it on the barbecue outside for an added boost of vitamin D. Too busy to cook up salmon? Canned cooked tuna is an easy alternative with almost 40 percent of your recommended daily intake.

Stir Up a Smoothie for Vitamin D

Why not drink your vitamin D? Most milk is fortified with vitamin D, delivering nearly a third of your recommended daily intake. And yogurt packs a cool 20 percent. Toss in some fruit and voila: a delicious, nutritious treat.

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Move Over Statins: Legumes Are Nature’s Cholesterol Busters

Posted by healtheo360 on Apr 7, 2014 4:43:38 PM
iStock/Thinkstock (NEW YORK) -- A serving of legumes a day may keep bad cholesterol at bay, a new study has found.

Researchers in the United States and Canada have found that daily consumption of non-oil-seed legumes – like chickpeas, lentils or peas – can significantly reduce “bad cholesterol” and cut the risk of heart disease.

People who ate one three-quarter-cup serving of legumes daily had a 5-percent reduction in low-density lipoprotein (LDL) levels – a decrease that suggests a 5- to 6-percent reduced risk of major vascular events such as heart attack and stroke.

“Legumes are generally considered healthy, but there [are no guidelines] about their intake from public policy officials,” said Dr. John Sievenpiper of the Clinical Nutrition and Risk Factor Modification Center in Canada, lead author of the study published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal.

Sievenpiper added that “legumes can complement statins” in the fight against cholesterol, serving as a crucial ingredient in “a healthy diet portfolio” for the general population, regardless of heart disease.

Nutritionists and preventive cardiologists not involved in the research said the new findings were noteworthy.

“It is a well-known fact that high-soluble, fiber-rich foods, like legumes, produce significant effects on LDL numbers and actually add to the cholesterol-lowering effects of statins,” said Dr. Chip Lavie, medical director of Cardiac Rehabilitation and Preventive Cardiology at Ochsner Heart and Vascular Institute in Louisiana.

Lavie added that while a 5-percent reduction may not seem huge, studies show that for every 1 percent fall in cholesterol, there is a 1- to 2-percent fall in cardiovascular risk.

“People should seriously think about adopting legumes in their diet,” he said. “The LDL-lowering effect aside, it’s a healthy thing to be doing, anyway.”

Dr. Walter Willett, a nutritionist and epidemiologist at The Harvard School of Public Health, agreed.

“[The study] appears to be a useful summary of the literature on metabolic effects of legume consumption and suggests that there are benefits, especially if beans or other legumes replace red meat,” Willett said.

There may be another benefit, as well – to the environment. Willett said that if more Americans replaced some of the red meat they eat with legumes, it could cut greenhouse gas production and other adverse environmental effects linked to livestock production.

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College Football Players Have Stiffer Arteries, Study Finds

Posted by healtheo360 on Apr 3, 2014 5:13:19 PM

WEDNESDAY, April 2, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- College football players show signs of having stiffer blood vessels than their leaner peers who don't play football, according to new research.

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Too Much Running Tied to Shorter Lifespan

Posted by healtheo360 on Apr 1, 2014 10:42:59 AM

TUESDAY, April 1 (HealthDay News) -- There is a host of health benefits of running, including weight control, stress reduction, better blood pressure and cholesterol.

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Knee or Hip Joint Replacement May Also Help the Heart

Posted by healtheo360 on Mar 26, 2014 3:51:35 PM

TUESDAY, March 11, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- A knee or hip joint replacement may provide a surprising benefit: better heart health.

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Moms Who Keep 'Baby Weight' May Risk Heart Trouble

Posted by healtheo360 on Mar 25, 2014 3:27:24 PM

TUESDAY, March 25, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- New mothers who gain too much "baby weight" in the year after they give birth are at increased risk for diabetes and heart disease, researchers warn.

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