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The Silent Killer

Posted by Evie M. at 7:00 pm, October 18th 2010

 

Nobody really dies from high blood pressure per se but it’s the stroke, the heart disease and heart failure that is in part caused by it. It works quietly - you can’t see or feel it and may not know you have it. Why then does it cause so much havoc? High blood pressure, by whooshing through, weakens the arteries, overworks the heart, stirs up blood clots and tosses them about. Factors that may lead to it are high cholesterol, kidney disease, hardening of the arteries and a diet high in salt. Fortunately, mild cases respond well to non drug therapies

 

Losing weight is the first task to bear. The heavier you are the harder the heart has to pump and that puts pressure in the arteries. Limiting foods like red meat, which is high in saturated fat, and processed foods that are a minefield of high fat and salt, not only helps with lowering blood pressure but also losing weight “without going on a diet.” Cutting salt intake by half alone will help lower blood pressure in about half the people. To understand why too much salt is a no-no here is what happens. When somebody consumes salt, it makes the body attract water like a sponge, making the blood vessels expand and thus produce higher pressure. Salt may also damage blood vessel walls and cause scarring thereby increasing clogging.

 

However, sodium is not salt. Table salt is refined and acidic whereas natural sea salt contains minerals and is alkaline Over 80% of our electrolytes consist of sodium. Use of natural sea salt should take care of sodium or salt issues.

 

Since most commercial products are loaded with salt, saying no to chips and salty pickles is a start. But salt appears in many foods that you may not expect like ketchup, cheese, pastries, certain dried fruits, ice cream and baking soda, to name a few. Read the nutrition labels and check sodium chloride (salt) levels when you buy food. Canned foods are high in salt but rinsing will cut the salt in the water it was packed in. Another way to counteract salt is to eat foods high in potassium. Potassium helps the body excrete sodium. Potassium-rich foods include potatoes, beans, avocados, bananas, dried apricots and raisins. Low calcium intake may also be a risk factor in high blood pressure. Best sources of calcium include tofu, broccoli, kale and collard greens.

 

You don’t have to be fanatical. Make gradual adjustments in your diet - modifications you can live with. And exercise, exercise, exercise. Move your body. Walk. Dance.

 

 

Raging Fire ...

Posted by Evie M. at 6:00 pm, October 15th 2010

 

That’s what it feels like if you’ve ever had heartburn. It feels like having a heart attack but in fact heartburn has nothing to do with the heart. It has to do with acid-laden juices splashing upward from the stomach to the esophagus, thereby scorching the tender tissues, all because a muscle (lower esophageal sphincter, LES for short) at the base of the esophagus decided to relax at the wrong time.

 

As in most cases, modifying the diet is a good line of defense. Foods high in fat, like red meat and butter, tend to weaken the LES. Chocolate is another culprit. But it is not only high fat foods that can cause heartburn. Onions and peppermint can bring it on as well. Approach spicy foods with caution until your heartburn is healed. You don’t have to give up your favorite foods, just put them aside until you’re feeling better. Moderation is key.

 

If you are one of those opting for a quick fix by marching to the pharmacy for an antacid, take great caution if you have high blood pressure, restricted sodium diet or bothered by kidney stones. Antacids and certain drugs don’t mix but that is not within the scope of this blog. Best thing to do is to help the body heal itself. One food that can help control heartburn is ginger. Fresh ginger is quite spicy but tea made with grated ginger or ginger powder will work as well. Eating foods high in complex carbohydrates like pasta, potatoes or rice, which absorb acid in the stomach, is another strategy. Contrary to popular belief, milk is not a recommended antidote. Try a banana instead. Finally, stay upright after eating when the stomach is full. A common sense approach to nutrition is all it takes to create a healthy body.

 

 

Cool as a Cucumber

Posted by Evie at 7:00 pm, October 3rd, 2010

 

Did you know that cucumbers are really fruits closely related to watermelons? Cucumbers are highly alkaline and has many healthful benefits. High in potassium, it can lower your blood pressure. It is also a rich source of silica which is important for connective tissues, tendons and bones. In addition, since cucumbers are about 96% water, it is highly hydrating and has a cooling effect on the blood, hence the old saying "cool as a cucumber." So go ahead, grab some cucumbers and keep your cool.

 

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