The Tsimane people in the Amazon rain forest of Bolivia have recently been found to have the lowest reported levels of heart disease of any population examined to date. Their diet is radically different from industrialized society. Nearly three-quarters of their calories come from carbohydrates, but they’re whole, straight-from-the-earth carbohydrates.
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“Typically, reducing salt intake and eating healthier foods, which we teach at the Pritikin Longevity Center, can reduce fluid retention not only in the feet and ankles but also in the lungs. In fact, many people with heart failure who begin living Pritikin-style no longer need their diuretic pills,” notes Dr, Jay Kenney, PhD, RD, nutrition researcher and educator at Pritikin.
When it comes to taking care of your heart, adhering to a proper diet is one of the most important things you can do to prevent disease.
If you don’t use your muscles, you just might lose your brain. That’s the conclusion of dozens of studies over the past four decades. Most have found that people who exercise regularly have a lower risk of cognitive decline and dementia over time versus those who don’t.
The neighbor’s dog is barking at 3 am. The checkout line at the grocery store is 12 people deep. Your car’s battery just died. Your mother called with troubling news about her health. How do you react to each of the above? Are you calm or crazy? When life’s hurdles get the best of us, it can contribute to everything from irritable bowel syndrome to heart disease.
New research is affirming that a good night’s sleep, about seven to eight hours for the vast majority of people, is vital for our hearts and overall health.
In a recent comprehensive review in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, the authors concluded that even in the absence of an increase in blood pressure, consuming a salt-rich diet can cause many other problems for the human body.
Some of us have bottles of fish oil pills in our refrigerators. We’re hoping these supplements, rich in omega-3 fatty acids, might reap big benefits for our hearts. But new research suggests, “Don’t bother.” Is the research right? Find out.
The scientists, from Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine, focused on five key lifestyle factors: Not smoking Not being overweight Low alcohol intake Being physically active (exercising at least 30 minutes daily) Following a diet low in fat and high in whole foods like fruits, vegetables and whole grains that are naturally rich in fiber,…
What are free radicals? Free radicals are atoms or molecules with an odd (unpaired) number of electrons. They can be formed when oxygen interacts with certain molecules. Many free radicals are necessary for life and are used by our body’s cells to kill invading bacteria. Cell injury “But excessive amounts can lead to cell injury…