Salt has always been suspected of causing health problems if too much is consumed. Recent studies have shed new light on how reducing salt intake can reduce blood pressure and ultimately the incidence of strokes and heart attacks. Salt was originally discovered by the Chinese as a way to preserve food over 5000 years ago. With the advent of refrigeration, salt consumption declined. With the rise of consumption of processed foods in Western society, salt consumption has again risen to dangerously high levels. The current average intake of sodium in the US is greater than 3400mg per day. Current recommendations are to limit total sodium to 1500mg to 2300mg per.
How can you decrease your stress? Simplify your life and de-clutter your life and mind and you can significantly improve your health. Now that we are past the Holiday Season of hustle and bustle, it’s time to simplify. Discover the value of living a more balanced, less stressful, deliberate and thoughtful life. Here’s what to do: Clear the clutter. Pick one area of your home and take a hard look. Clear out the items you are not using and either donate, sell, store or throw away. Switch off the media. Turn off the TV’s, radios, smart phones, laptops and video games. This is audio-visual clutter. Clear your calendar. Only say.
Throughout the holiday season, temptations are everywhere — a busy social schedule, office and school parties, family functions, and neighborly gestures of sweets and treats. You need a strategy for dealing with the abundance of calories that are part and parcel of the holiday season. Most people gain 2-5 pounds each year during the feasting season that starts at Thanksgiving and ends New Year’s Day. The plan: Aim to hold steady at your current weight and focus on not gaining any additional pounds by Jan. 1. It is so hard to resist temptation, but it gets easier if you’re equipped with a plan. Follow these tips to help you survive.
Some weight loss studies show that including a little candy in your diet can make a diet easier to follow. BUT, for the best results allow no more than 100-200 calories a day for your candy treat: a small snack-size chocolate bar. The truth of the matter is CHOCOLATE can be HEALTHY! Not all chocolate has the benefits. The best for your health is solid dark chocolate. The health benefits come from the flavanoids, a phytochemical found in the cacao bean from which cocoa is produced. Dark chocolate has the highest percentage of cocoa and therefore the highest percentage of flavanoids. What does it help health wise? Heart health Blood.
Certain spices and herbs not only can make your food have zing to it but can also contribute to better health. Using spices and herbs can help you cut back your use of fat, sugar, and salt in your cooking, helping your waistline, blood pressure and overall health. Here are some examples of spices and herbs found in most kitchens that can have health benefits: Basil used in pizza and pesto has anti-inflammatory properties, contains flavonoids which can shield a persons cells from radiation, antibacterial capabilities. Cinnamon for baked treats and warm beverages, has implications it can help lower blood glucose levels, increase insulin sensitivity and improve lipid profiles. Cilantro.