Heart Health Benefits of Whole Grains

We’ve all heard that whole grains are better for us, but there is confusion as to what constitutes whole grain and why it’s beneficial.  In 2004 the Whole Grains Council approved the following definition: “Whole grains or foods made from them contain all the essential parts and naturally-occurring nutrients of the entire grain seed in… Read more »

Heart Health Requires Potassium

You probably know that February is American Heart Health Month.  But did you know that potassium plays a role in every single heartbeat?  A hundred thousand times a day, potassium helps trigger your heart to squeeze blood through your body. It also helps your muscles to move, your nerves to function, and your kidneys to filter blood. Potassium doesn’t treat or prevent heart disease…. Read more »

How Women Can Reduce Their Risk of Heart Disease

Despite an increase in awareness campaigns, only about half of women recognize that heart disease is their number one killer. According to the most recent data from the CDC, heart disease is the leading cause of death for women in the United States, killing 299,578 women in 2017—or about 1 in every 5 female deaths. Women’s symptoms are often… Read more »

The Danger of Undiagnosed Heart Conditions

According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), an estimated 30.3 million U.S. adults have diagnosed heart disease. Millions more may have an undiagnosed heart condition. Heart conditions can affect anyone, regardless of age, gender, or physical fitness, and can get better or worse as we age. Heart screenings can be life saving. Many people… Read more »

Increase Energy for Better Heart Health

Do you wish you had more energy to do the things you love or even just to get through the day without feeling exhausted?  Are you looking for ways to improve your heart health?  Despite what the ads are telling you, fast-fix energy drinks, double lattes and caffeine-laden sodas aren’t the answer. The key to… Read more »

Five Surprising Heart Healthy Foods

Eating a heart healthy diet isn’t as hard as you might think.  Start by filling your plate with tons of fresh fruits and vegetables.  Increase your fiber intake and eat fish a couple times a week.  Limit saturated and trans fats as well as salt.  But there are some surprising heroes when it comes to… Read more »

Walk and Your Heart Will Thank You

Your heart is a muscle, and it gets stronger and healthier if you lead an active life. It’s never too late to start exercising, and you don’t have to be an athlete. There is something you can do that’s so easy – walk and your heart will thank you for it. According to a recent study, briskly… Read more »

Are You Missing Magnesium?

You know calcium, iron and zinc are vital nutrients your body needs.  But did you know you also need magnesium? Magnesium is crucial for many of the body’s functions—it plays a key role in your immune system, nerves, and muscles, and helps keep your heart and bones strong. In all, magnesium is involved in more… Read more »

Depression Linked to Heart Failure

A recent study suggests that depression may increase the risk of heart failure.  Scientists looked at nearly 63,000 people in Norway who underwent physical and mental health assessments.  Over the course of 11 years, close to 1,500 of the participants developed heart failure. Compared to people with symptoms of depression, those with mild symptoms were… Read more »

Five Inflammation Inducing Foods

If you suffer from chronic pain and discomfort, your body is in an inflammatory state.  Unfortunately, inflammation is like a double-edged sword. It’s your body’s way of healing cell damage. But in overdrive, it becomes dangerous and can lead to conditions such as arthritis, heart disease, stroke, and diabetes. Here are five inflammation inducing foods… Read more »