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**************HOW TO HAVE A HEALTHY HEART************
Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States. It is also one of the main causes of death in Canada and is killing more and more people throughout the world.
Dietary advice for reducing heart disease risk includes eating a balanced diet with less saturated fat from red meats, more fresh fruits and vegetables, more fish, less sugar, more fiber and for many people, fewer total calories. Then you can make your heart and the rest of your cardiovascular system even healthier by adding more of these foods:
Fish is an excellent source of omega-3 fatty acids that protect your heart by reducing both inflammation and the risk of blood clots. These fats also work to keep your cholesterol levels healthy. Eat salmon or other oily ocean fish like tuna, sardines or herring at least two times per week. For a heart-healthy meal, try grilled salmon steaks with a green vegetable and a side salad with a sprinkling of
Olive oil reduces your risk of heart disease by lowering your LDL cholesterol levels. Choose olive oil for cooking, or make a nice dip for whole grain bread by pouring a bit of olive oil in a small bowl and add a bit of balsamic vinegar and a sprinkle of oregano.
Oats contain a soluble fiber called beta glucan that helps reduce total cholesterol and LDL cholesterol. Soluble fiber also helps keep your digestive system healthy. Enjoy oatmeal with just a small amount of brown sugar and plenty of strawberries and walnuts for breakfast. Cold cereals made with oats are also great with low-fat milk
Apples contain a phytochemical called quercetin which acts as an antiinflammatory and will help prevent blood clots as well. Apples contain vitamins and fiber, come in several delicious varieties and are portable. Eat an apple with a handful of walnuts or almonds as a healthy snack or add apple slices to your healthy salads.
Almonds and other nuts contain healthy oils, vitamin E and other substances that will help keep cholesterol levels in check. Almonds are also a good source of protein and fiber. Almonds make a great snack on their own, or sprinkle slivered almonds on green beans or asparagus with lemon juice as a deliciously healthy side
Red wine contains a powerful antioxidant called resveratrol. Resveratrol has been shown to be good for your heart. Be sure to enjoy red wine in moderation. Studies
Whole grains provide vitamins and fiber that will help to keep your heart healthy. Make a deliciously healthy sandwich with two slices of 100-percent whole-grain bread, three ounces of lean turkey breast, lots of sliced tomatoes and avocado, plus lettuce and a bit of mustard. Switch from white pasta to whole grain pasta too.
Green leafy vegetables contain folate, which helps to keep homocysteine levels down, and vitamin E. Green leafy vegetables have also been associated with better retention of memory as age. Try using fresh spinach leaves or other greens for your favorite salad instead of iceberg lettuce.
Tomatoes are packed with vitamins and lycopene, which has been shown to reduce heart disease risk. Add thick slices of tomatoes to sandwiches and salads or enjoy tomato sauce on whole wheat pasta. In fact, cooked tomato sauce and canned tomato sauce that you buy in the store both contain more lycopene than raw tomatoes.
Soy protein has been shown to prevent heart attacks and soy makes an excellent protein substitute for red meat, which will reduce your saturated fat intake. Add tofu to your favorite stir fry or pour soy milk on your morning cereal.
Research shows that the curry spice turmeric can help prevent heart failure and repair damaged hearts.
Although the tests were carried out in mice, scientists are hopeful the findings could apply to humans.
Heart failure, in which the heart, damaged by heart attack or disease, gradually loses the ability to pump blood round the body, typically kills 40 percent of victims within a year of onset. Symptoms include tiredness, swollen ankles and breathlessness.
Although there are drugs that can control the condition, there is no way of repairing the scarring and damage suffered by heart muscles.
I have a few changes to make to this list, first, unless the soy is fermented stay away from it, it has phytic acid that causes too many problems for too many to be considered beneficial.See Soy-health or hazard Also almonds are only beneficial if they are raw. Unfortunately the government thinks they need to be nuked to be "safe". Many people are allergic to grains and should avoid them also. Vegetables are best for healthy hearts if they are brightly colored, and leafy, Grocery stores tend to throw away the healthiest parts of lettuce and cabbage, because they are the darkest, most nutritious parts. Celery is grown surrounded by walls designed to blanch or keep them pale, in this case it keeps the celery from being too bitter, but it also keeps the vitamin count down. The most nutritious parts of the celery are the bitterish leaves and greenest outside stalks. The brightest colors of foods, the raw, and freshest ones are the healthiest. See Phyto power
Much ado is made of Cholesterol but as we've seen recently it is not nearly the villian drug manufacturers are wont to worry us about. See Cholesterol, not the bad thing we think it is However it is important to protect our circulatory system by using proper fats, coconut oil, and raw butter are the best to cook with, Olive oil is best to have as a salad dressing base. Trans fats are really hazardous to our health but saturated and poly unsaturated fats are our friends. Red meats if the animal was grain-fed are dangerous to our hearts but lard made from Beef that is range-fed is very good for us. Normal vegetable oils, even those that are touted to be good for us aren't, they are the artery cloggers.
An extremely important factor in heart health is EFA'a.
Fatty Acid Therapy: Your Heart Could Hang In The Balance
n-3 Fats May Modulate The Key Risk Markers Cholesterol and Insulin
Early Arctic explorers were among the first to observe the puzzling enigma: Why did Eskimos, who heartily consumed one of the fattiest diets on the planet, rarely ever develop heart disease?
This riddle has been solved bit by bit, as mounting research uncovers a plethora of heart-healthy benefits associated with omega-3 (n-3) oils. These fatty nutrients are contained in high amounts in the traditional Eskimo diet of coldwater fish, seal, and whale meat. Now, a new study on rural Inuit populations of northern Quebec lends more support to this already strong association.
EFA's or essential fatty acids include Flax seed, Borage, cold water fish like Salmon, Sardines, Tuna, Mackeral, cod and halibut but pick the smaller ones to eat due to Mercury content in the bigger fish. Oh and pick the ones that are wild caught. Who knows what the farmed fish are fed.
So, to sum this up, the answer is stil diet and exercise, eat fresh, locally grown veggies, and get lots of EFA's, and the right fats, cook gently and eat no processed foods. And don't forget the turmeric.
As for me, I'm taking CellPower™ because for one thing it does have lots of digestive enzymes in it, also it helps to balance the pH levels and is antibiotic, anti-viral-and anti-fungal AND IT PACKS THE CELLS WITH LIFE-GIVING OXYGEN, AND ENERGY.
And:SELENIUMhelps immune system,fights infection and aids circulation
~MAGNESIUMhelps to relax you, aids stress and muscle relaxing
~CHROMIUMimproves insulin sensitivity, and helps lower blood sugar.
~ZINC especially to help you heal.
I also eat, one of the best fats for the Omega-3~6 balance and losing weight.
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~~~Jokes And inspirations/quotes~~~
Everyone rises to their level of incompetence.
-- Laurence J. Peter, "The Peter
Music with dinner is an insult both to the cook
and the violinist.
-- G. K. Chesterton
"Who you are screams so loudly into my ears that I
cannot hear what you say."
A woman has twins and gives them up for adoption. One of them goes to a family in Egypt and is named "Ahmal." The other goes to a family in Spain; they name him "Juan." Years later, Juan sends a picture of himself to his birth mother.
Upon receiving the picture, she tells her husband that she wishes she also had a picture of Ahmal.
Her husband responds, "They're twins! If you've seen Juan, you've seen Ahmal."
Van Gogh's Family Tree
- His dizzy aunt - Verti Gogh
- The brother who ate prunes - Gotta Gogh
- The brother who worked at a convenience store - Stop an Gogh
- The grandfather from Yugoslavia - U Gogh
- The cousin from Illinois - Chica Gogh
- His magician uncle - Where-diddy Gogh
- His Mexican cousin - A mee Gogh
- The Mexican cousin's American half-brother - Ring Gogh
- The nephew who drove a stage coach - Wells-far Gogh
- The constipated uncle - Cant Gogh
- The ballroom dancing aunt - Tang Gogh
- The bird lover uncle - Flaming Gogh
- His nephew psychoanalyst - E Gogh
- The fruit loving cousin - Man Gogh
- An aunt who taught positive thinking - Way-to Gogh
- The little bouncy nephew - Poe Gogh
- A sister who loved disco - Go Gogh
- And his niece who traveled the country in a van - Winnie Bay Gogh
Apologies to the Dutch, I know it's pronounced Goch.
That Darned Cat
A man absolutely hated his wife's cat and decided to get rid of him one day by driving him 20 blocks from his home and leaving him at the park. As he was getting home, the cat was walking up the driveway.
The next day he decided to drive the cat 40 blocks away. He put the beast out and headed home. Driving back up his driveway, there was the cat!
He kept taking the cat further and further and the cat would always beat him home. At last he decided to drive a few miles away, turn right, then left, past the bridge, then right again and another right until he reached what he thought was a safe distance from his home and left the cat there.
Hours later the man calls home to his wife: "Jen, is the cat there?"
"Yes", the wife answers, "why do you ask?"
Frustrated, the man answered, "Put that darned cat on the phone. I'm lost and need directions!"
Keep this philosophy in mind the next time you either hear or are about to
repeat a rumor.
In ancient Greece, Socrates was widely lauded for his wisdom. One day the
great philosopher came upon an acquaintance who ran up to him excitedly and
said, "Socrates, do you know what I just heard about one of your students?"
"Wait a moment," Socrates replied. "Before you tell me I'd like you to
pass a little test. It's called the Test of Three."
"That's right," Socrates continued. "Before you talk to me about my
student, let's take a moment to test what you're going to say.
The first test is Truth. Have you made absolutely sure that what you are
about to tell me is true?"
"No," the man said, "actually I just heard about it."
"All right," said Socrates. "So you don't really know if it's true or not.
Now let's try the second test, the test of Goodness. Is what you are about
to tell me about my student something good?"
"No, on the contrary..."
"So," Socrates continued, "you want to tell me something bad about him even
Though you're not certain it's true?"
The man shrugged, a little embarrassed.
Socrates continued. "You may still pass though, because there is a Third
test -- the filter of Usefulness. Is what you want to tell me about my
student going to be useful to me?"
"No, not really."
"Well," concluded Socrates, "if what you want to tell me is neither True nor
Good nor even Useful, why tell it to me at all?"
The man was defeated and left, ashamed.
You know it's going to be a bad day when your teenager knocks on your bedroom door first thing in the morning and says, "Today is Nerd Day at school, Dad. Can I borrow some of your clothes?"
May your heart be blessed with health and love, May your life be filled with joy and laughter a great medicine for your heart.