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Want To Eat For Your Heart? Avoid These 4 Foods

Want To Eat For Your Heart? Avoid These 4 Foods


If your dentist, your diet coach, and your personal trainer haven't already told you to stop drinking soda, then your financial advisor might be next on the list. Your soda habit is not only adding inches to your waistline, but it's expensive as well. For the sake of your health and for the sake of your wallet, now might be a good time to stop drinking soda.

Past tips have discussed the best foods for your heart. Today, we cover some foods and ingredients that are not so heart-healthy. Minimize these inflammatory aggravators in your diet to help promote optimal cardiovascular functioning.

  1. Trans-fats. Found in most margarines, snack foods, processed foods and some cooking oils, these fats (often listed on food labels as “hydrogenated” or “partially hydrogenated” oil) can reduce HDL (“good”) cholesterol levels and raise LDL (“bad”) cholesterol levels. Also, avoid heated polyunsaturated fats, such as vegetable or soybean oil used for deep-frying. These fats are oxidized or damaged, therefore regular consumption is likely to have a variety of negative health effects.
  2. Animal protein. Excessive animal protein has been shown to raise levels of homocysteine, an amino acid that in high concentrations may contribute to heart disease. Instead of animal protein, try whole soy protein – aim for two servings of whole organic soy, such as tofu or edamame, per day. You should track your homocysteine levels and if elevated, consider B-vitamin supplementation.
  3. Refined carbohydrates. Cookies, cakes, crackers, soft breads, chips and sodas can increase triglyceride levels and lower HDL.
  4. Sodium. Excessive sodium has been linked to high blood pressure and heart disease. The main sources of sodium intake are breads, processed and canned foods, along with restaurant fare. Adding a dash of salt to your homemade meals is negligible in comparison and may help provide enhanced flavor to keep you eating more at home.


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Seven Common Signs Of Cancer


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Seven Common Signs of Cancers


When it comes to diagnosing a health concern, paying attention to your body can be just as important as getting regular check-ups and screenings – especially when it comes to cancer. Use this information to better understand the symptoms of some types of cancer (some of which are applicable to both men and women):

  1. Men with Difficulty Urinating. Along with changes in flow (such as difficulties in starting and stopping, or weak flow), this is a sign of prostate cancer. Pain during urination can also be a symptom of benign prostatic hypertrophy (BPH), which is not cancer – see a doctor to determine what the root of the issue is.
  2. Unexplained Stomach Aches. People who have had colon, pancreatic and liver cancers have described stomachaches and pains as a common, early symptom. Request an evaluation if you have if you have a persistent stomachache that you can’t attribute to a previously diagnosed and benign digestive problem.
  3. Unexplained Weight Loss. An early sign of colon and other digestive cancers, weight loss that is not attributed to exercise or diet should be addressed with your physician.
  4. Shortness of Breath. Along with wheezing, this is a classic symptom of lung cancer. It’s also a classic symptom associated with asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Consider a prompt evaluation, especially if you have a history of cigarette smoke exposure.
  5. Swollen Lymph Nodes Or Lumps. If found in the neck, underarm and groin areas, these lumps and enlargements may signal various cancers. Swelling during and shortly after acute infections is expected, concern should arise when they remain swollen for several weeks or there is no infection.
  6. Bloody Stools. Any blood found in the toilet, whether in the stool, water or on the toilet paper, should be addressed with your physician, as it can be a symptom of colorectal cancer (as well as hemorrhoids). Most of the time, a small amount of bright red blood is benign. Despite that, it always makes sense to get it checked, and if you are over 50 it is a good reason to make sure you are adequately screened for colon cancer.
  7. Frequent Heartburn. Along with a feeling of pain in the chest after eating, frequent heartburn may be a symptom of GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease), which in some instances can lead to esophageal cancer if left untreated.


If you dont find the cause of heartburn or Gerd, you will get cancer.  Antacids are the number one way to get stomach and esophageal cancer.

Asthma is a level 4 allergy.  Again, finding the cause of this allergy will alleviate any chance of getting cancer or COPD.

BPH and difficulty urinating definitely needs the cause to be found, not finding the right prescription.

Please do not rush to the doctor when you first find blood in your stool or toilet.   You will be making decisions in haste and filled with fear and emotion.  Everyone has polyps in their intestines, and they sloth off naturally.  When you eat something hard, or are not having soft stools, the polyp may come off ahead of schedule and you will see blood.  When you want to go to the doctor is when you have a large amount of bleeding and it lasts three days or longer.


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Two Quick Tips For Weight Loss : Roasted Vegetable Soup Recipe


Two Quick Tips For Weight Loss


Overweight? Eat More Of These


Losing weight can be difficult, especially if you always feel hungry due to limited calories. But consuming more calories than you burn leads to being overweight and, eventually, obesity. To help get to a healthy weight, make daily exercise a priority and try these two steps that will cut calories:

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  1. Avoid foods that are high in sugar and flour, and that carry a high glycemic load. This means most crackers, breads, and snack foods. Don’t forget to eliminate sweetened beverages, an easy source of empty calories. Opt instead for unsweetened tea or sparkling water and snack on lightly toasted nuts in moderate amounts.
  2. Eat more vegetables! Most vegetables are naturally low in fat and calories and high in fiber – a great way to fill your belly up on vitamins and nutrients without taking in too many calories. The dense nature of vegetables will also satisfy your hunger and naturally cut calorie intake. Try a variety of veggies prepared in different ways and use as substitutes for less healthy foods. Think raw cucumber slices instead of chips in guacamole, or roasted Brussels sprouts with olive oil and sea salt instead of a casserole laden with unhealthy fats.


Roasted Vegetable Soup


3 large carrots, peeled and coarsely chopped
3 stalks celery, coarsely chopped
1 large onion, coarsely chopped
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
8 cloves garlic, chopped
4 cups water
1/4 cup dried mushroom pieces (Italian porcini, if possible)
1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
Salt, and black or red pepper to taste


1. Preheat oven to 500 degrees. Place the carrots, celery and onion in a small (8×8-inch) nonstick pan or dish with the olive oil. Toss to coat the vegetables. Bake for 10 minutes.

2. Remove pan from oven, add the garlic, and toss again. Bake for another 10-15 minutes until the vegetables are browned.

3. Remove pan from oven, add 1 cup of water and stir to loosen any vegetables that may be stuck. Pour this into a pot with the remaining ingredients. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, cover, and simmer for 30 minutes.

4. Season to taste with salt, and black or red pepper, and serve or use as the base for other soups, stews or pasta dishes.


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