Low Salt Diets for Hypertension: A Good Idea or Bad Advice?

Hypertension is one of the most common health problems in our country.  To some degree, its a normal part of aging.  There are lots of things that can cause hypertension, and for some, a low salt diet may be a good idea.  These include people with heart failure or kidney failure, as their bodies simply can’t pump blood effectively or eliminate excess water and sodium effectively.  But for the vast majority of people who have hypertension, their hearts and kidneys are working fine, yet we still recommend a low salt diet.  Is this a good idea?

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Avoiding Heart Disease: Spiritual Aspects

This is the last post in my series on heart disease.  In case you need a recap or missed any of the previous posts, click the heart disease tag on the right sidebar and you can catch up!

You may be asking yourself what in the world spirituality has to do with heart disease.  The mind and body connection is something that hasn’t been dealt with very much in western medicine, but the concept isn’t new to some of the more traditional eastern medicine practices.  Thankfully, western medicine is slowly catching up in this field, and the research just might surprise you. Continue reading

Avoiding Heart Disease: Nutritional Aspects Part 2

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Today we’re finally going to get to the big topic of saturated fats, cholesterol, and the relationship of your lipid panel to your risk for heart disease.  Are you ready? Continue reading

Avoiding Heart Disease: Nutritional Aspects Part 1

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Today we’re going to talk about how your diet impacts your risk of developing heart disease.  If you haven’t read yesterday’s post on The Origins of Heart Disease, you might want to start there, as it’ll help all this information make more sense.  The two basic goals for a heart healthy diet are to lower your levels of chronic inflammation, and to keep your lipid profile in a good range.  Thankfully, inflammation and cholesterol levels are both highly influenced by what you eat, so your diet is a great place to start in lowering your risk for what is now the number one killer of Americans. Continue reading

The Origins of Heart Disease

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So, I decided to take a bit of a detour in this series.  Don’t worry, we’ll get back to the five elements of heart disease tomorrow, but in order for you to understand the nutritional aspects of avoiding heart disease, you have to have an understanding of all the factors that contribute to heart disease.  And this is where you might be a bit surprised.  Continue reading

Avoiding Heart Disease: Emotional Aspects

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The idea of studying emotions and their correlation to disease really started with cardiovascular disease.  We’ve all heard the phrase “Type A personality”, which came directly from the research done by Dr. Meyer Friedman and Dr. Ray Rosenman back in the 1950’s.  Their research was quite compelling, and a great place for us to start our discussion of how to avoid heart disease. Continue reading

Why I’m not Afraid of Lard (or ghee, or coconut oil, or bacon…)

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Today I finally posted a recipe page.  Right now it’s got a few recipes on it, and I’ll continue to add to it as time goes on.  But as I looked over the list, I realized that lard and animal fat are used in quite a few of them.  Since this is a health blog, I figured that might surprise a lot of you, so I figured I should probably explain why I’m not scared of these healthy saturated fats that have sadly been blamed for the epidemic of heart disease in our country. Continue reading