About Because I am Here

Your heart spends every second of the day working hard for your body, and it’s up to you to treat it right. When it comes to heart health, the old adage of “food as medicine” rings true — people who follow a heart-healthy diet have a 31% lower risk of heart disease. You’ll also be supporting your whole health in the process. A heart-healthy diet helps the body by:-

Reducing cholesterol: When “bad” cholesterol is too high, it can cause a plaque buildup in the arteries, which increases the risk of heart attack and stroke.
Lowering blood pressure: High blood pressure damages the arteries over time by making them less elastic, which makes it harder for blood and oxygen to flow to the heart.1
Fueling it with powerful nutrients: Heart-healthy diets are heavy on nutrient-rich foods like whole grains and fresh fruits and vegetables, many of which are rich in antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals.
Keeping weight in check: Being overweight or obese is linked to a number of factors that increase the risk of coronary artery disease, heart failure, and stroke, including high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and diabetes.

Pillars of a heart-healthy diet

You can keep your heart healthy by following a few simple but important guidelines. If you want a structured diet, look to the Mediterranean diet, a vegetarian diet, and the DASH diet. These are the best diets for heart health, according to research from the Mayo Clinic, and incorporate many or all of the heart health tips below. Check out these alpilean pills.

Eat frequent, smaller meals.

If you skip meals, you might end up overeating later. Instead of one or two large meals a day, try eating smaller, frequent meals and snacks. It helps control your metabolism and blood sugar, and more meals also means a bigger variety of nutrients from different foods throughout the day.

Drink alcohol in moderation.

Drinking too much alcohol increases the risk of obesity, high blood pressure, liver disease, and many other health problems. Science has also shown that drinking, in combination with high cholesterol, can increase the risk of heart attack or stroke. Moderation is key — if you do drink, don’t exceed the recommended daily limits, and always talk to your doctor if you have any health concerns.

Limit added sugars.

The average adult gets about 17 teaspoons of a sugar a day — almost double the daily limit for men and triple the limit for women. Sugar-heavy foods and drinks can cause high blood pressure and cholesterol and are often high in calories, which can lead to weight gain. Sugary drinks are the biggest culprits of added sugars in the American diet, so choose water instead. Fresh fruits and vegetables are also good, nutrient-dense sources of natural sugars.

Fill up on fiber.

A fiber-rich diet is full of health benefits: Fiber keeps you full longer, which can help control weight and can keep cholesterol and blood sugar in check. Oats, beans, lentils, fruits, cottage cheese, and whole grain options like whole wheat spaghetti or whole wheat bread are all excellent sources of fiber, although there are plenty of others, too.

  1. #1 by Rosemarie Johnson on March 28, 2010 - 3:58 pm

    Very interesting. I have a question about privacy. Kind of. Our next door neighbors have been harassing us for the past three years. Their latestic antic was to turn us in a drug dealers, meth manufacturers to the County Task Force. Two detectives came last week to search our house. I let them do so without a warrant but felt very violated because none who knows us would ever accuse us of such a thing. The fact is that the neighbors made everything up, intentionally, to harass us. Now it is on record that our home was searched by the Drug Task Force. I think that the Task Force needs to hold our neighbors accountable for intetionaly giving out false information. Rather than stealing our identity, they are ruining it. Can anything be done?

  2. #2 by E.N. on July 20, 2010 - 9:51 am

    I was given your name by a friend (DCPHP member) who attended one of your talks at Fathom Creative. He thought you may be able to help in my current situation.

    I’m a graphic design freelancer who’s client is refusing to pay. We have a signed contract & on 4 separate occasions over the past 3 months I have sent the client the invoice stating that payment is overdue. Recently, I have come to find that the client is using the work on such social media sites as Facebook & Groupon, as well as using the work for other elements in her business (A-frames, business cards, etc.)

    My question is do I need to get representation or could I defend myself in small claims court? I’m currently looking into filing a small claim but I think I deserve a portion of the profits she made off of her Groupon deal (that went to the entire Baltimore subscribers) plus the money she owes me for the work I’ve done. Do you have any advice?

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