Chocolate is simply the ultimate comfort food. It's a sure-fire standby in times of stress, a reliable source of comfort when life lets you down, and a quick mood-booster when you're in need of a pick-me-up.
But is it at all healthy? The good news is yes - chocolate is great for your heart health!
Good chocolate, which is to say dark chocolate, with a cocoa percentage of 70% or more, is espe... ››› more
Do you suffer from high blood pressure? Here's some good news for you then: You can lower your blood pressure naturally through making a few simple dietary changes!
Sodium, for example, has always been a blood pressure bogeyman, which is why extensive research suggests swapping out high sodium foods for low ones. Other research shows that power minerals like calcium, magnesium and potassium are... ››› more
If you had to choose just one thing to keep healthy, it should be your heart. Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the US, with one out of every four deaths in the country relating to it…
The most popular heart health drugs are statins. They're so popular that the pharmaceutical industry made a whopping $30 billion on statin sales last year alone! However, these drugs have nasty sid... ››› more
Okay, so the word "fat" has a bad connotation ... but as we all know ... not all fat is created equal.
In recent years, health experts have been very clear about the fats you should avoid. They warn that red meat can cause your gut bacteria to produce plaques that can cause heart attacks, strokes and other heart problems. The World Health Organization said it probably causes cancer, too (yikes!... ››› more
So we've just finished breast cancer awareness month, but the number one killer of men and women in the Western world remains cardiovascular disease, which kills more people than ALL cancers combined.
Every 34 seconds someone in South Africa has a heart attack. It's a frightening statistic indeed...
So is it inevitable? The simple answer is simply no. Heart attacks are preventable, and peop... ››› more
It was just last year when my cholesterol was through the roof. I was young and really had no idea just how much danger I was in until my doctor explained my dire state.
I wasn't sold on the idea of spending the rest of my life dependant on prescription cholesterol medication. I mean, I was only 22 years old. So instead, I looked into foods I could add to my diet that could help lower my chole... ››› more
Did you know that the pomegranate is one of the oldest fruits in recorded history? That's right.
Native to the area of modern-day Iran and Iraq, the pomegranate has been cultivated since ancient times and has spread through the world. The fruit is about the size of an orange, with a rind ranging from yellow-orange to deep reddish-purple. Inside the fruit, there are a multitude of seed pips yie... ››› more
High blood pressure has earned the name “silent killer." And sadly, it's well-deserved. Heart disease, sexual dysfunction, stroke, kidney failure and aneurysms can all result from elevated blood pressure.
And, with 1 out of every 3 South Africans suffering from this malady, its impact is huge!
Sure, there are many medications that can be prescribed for hypertension. But for a good number ... ››› more
Newsflash: Today, heart disease is the number-one killer of both men and women in South Africa.
But here's the good news: 90% of the time, you can prevent it by adopting a healthy lifestyle.
Furthermore, by taking steps now to tune up your heart, not only will you benefit your long-term health — you'll also help boost your circulation, trim your waistline and enhance energy and brain spee... ››› more
I was recently at a heart health seminar. During the talk, one of the heart doctors declared that there was no such thing as heart disease. Naturally, this confused me. And my confusion urged me to ask the doctor what he meant by this.
The doctor explained that your heart is an innocent bystander suffering from whatever kind of blood you decide to bathe it in — clean or dirty. That is, chemic... ››› more
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