Spice your Health and Clean your Arteries!

Atherosclerosis causes fatty deposits called plaque form in your arteries. Plaque interferes with blood flow, which raises your risk for heart disease and stroke. Known causes of plaque buildup include high blood levels of low-density lipoprotein, also called LDL, triglycerides, another form of unhealthy fat, and high blood pressure. Several herbal remedies or spices may help reduce the amount of plaque in your arteries and lower your risk for serious disease. Discuss these remedies with your doctor to determine what is appropriate for you.
-TUMERIC
Turmeric is a traditional Indian spice that also has medicinal qualities and may help reduce arterial plaque. Research suggests that it inhibits platelets from forming clots, part of the process that helps enlarge plaque deposits. It may also lower blood cholesterol, especially keeping LDL within a healthy range.
-GINGER
Ginger is a common spice that also has a long history in traditional medicine as a treatment for many ailments. It contains several compounds called gingerols and shogaols, which have biological activity and may be responsible for its health benefits. Ginger may help prevent plaque buildup or lessen existing plaque by lowering total cholesterol and blocking oxidation of LDL, one of the steps in plaque formation.
-GARLIC
Garlic has a long history as part of traditional medicine that dates as far back as ancient Egyptian times. Among its benefits, garlic tends to raise blood levels of high-density lipoprotein, or HDL, while reducing LDL. It also reduces levels of two other compounds, called homocysteine and C-reactive protein, that are associated with atherosclerosis and heart disease. Garlic is also an antioxidant and it may help reduce blood pressure, another factor that contributes to plaque formation in your arteries.






Rules to Live Longer and Better!

The age of 100 is becoming yesterday’s age 75. Improved health care and living conditions have helped many more people to live longer. Genetics do play a role in long life; but you can do some things to help you live longer and better.
Of course, there is always some rules -or tips- you must follow if you want to conquer longevity:
1-Make room for family. Emphasis on family is tops in helping people to live longer, more satisfied lives.
2-Eat a balanced diet. Science is learning more and more about nutrition with all things pointing to the basics. Eat more fruits and vegetables, less starches, trade white or processed foods and breads for whole grain and whole wheat, and choose fresh over packaged. Watch portion sizes (meat should be the size of your palm; carbohydrates equal a fist.) Eat more dark leafy vegetables. Add moderate amounts of chocolate and a glass of wine to your diet.
3-Keep your weight under control. Keeping your weight under control can help you live longer, and healthier, by helping you avoid the conditions that play havoc with your body. Keeping your weight down will lower your risk of diabetes, which in turn, can lead to high blood pressure, blindness, the loss of limbs, kidney failure and ultimately, death.
4-Be positive. People with positive, half glass full attitudes, are not only more pleasant to be around, but feel better. Good mood and attitude play a big role in how you feel. Approach things at a more relaxed pace to live a longer life. Laugh and don’t worry. You’ll feel better and may just live longer.
5-Exercise. Regular exercise, at least 30 minutes a day as has been suggested, helps improve your mood by releasing the “feel good” chemicals, endorphins. Exercise your mind also with games and puzzles to keep your brain active.
6-Stop smoking. Stopping will hopefully stop further damage and give your cells time to repair themselves. Better yet, don’t start.






How Can I Unclog My Arteries?

Sadly, any clogging of the arteries is permanent – once fatty deposits (or atherosclerosis) have begun to build up in their lining, there is nothing you can do to remove them.
That means that prevention is all important, and the good news is there is plenty you can do to prevent the clogging process continuing, and narrowing your arteries even more.
Firstly, you should stop smoking – the more you smoke, the more you will fur up your arteries. You should also check your weight, and make a real effort to lose any excess pounds you are carrying.
Which brings me on to diet. Too much fat, in particular saturated fats, can raise your blood cholesterol level, and this in turn can increase your risk of atherosclerosis. Saturated fats are found mainly in foods that come from animals, such as butter, eggs, cheese, cream, full cream milk, and fatty meats, such as pork, lamb and steak.
So cut down on the amount of these that you eat, get rid of your frying pan (use a griddle instead) and eat more fresh fruit and vegetables instead.
Some people unfortunately inherit a tendency to have a high cholesterol level no matter what they eat
, so if heart disease runs in your family, it would be a good idea to have your cholesterol level checked – which your GP can arrange for you.
Ask to have your blood pressure checked at the same time, as high blood pressure, along with stress and anxiety, can also increase the risk of blocked arteries.
Finally, make a real effort to take more exercise – not only is it good for your circulation in it’s own right, but it can also help to reduce your blood pressure.






When We Stop Breathing at Night…

The most common type of sleep apnea is called obstructive sleep apnea. It happens because the muscles in your throat relax, blocking the flow of air to your lungs. Your airway might be completely blocked or only partly blocked. When you stop breathing, the amount of oxygen in your blood drops. Your brain recognizes this and makes your body start breathing again.
If you have sleep apnea, there are times during the night when you stop breathing for 10 seconds or longer.

Your doctor needs to know how often there is a pause in your breathing. This helps to determine how severe your problem is. You might be asked to stay overnight in a sleep laboratory. Or your doctor might ask you to have your breathing measured at home.
Here’s one guide that doctors use:
-If your breathing is affected between five and 15 times an hour, you have mild sleep apnea.
-If your breathing is affected between 16 and 30 times an hour, you have moderate sleep apnea.
-If your breathing is affected more than 31 times an hour, you have severe sleep apnea.

People with severe sleep apnea may be at an increased risk of high blood pressure, heart disease and stroke and dying early.






Eat Well and Clean Blood Vessels!

The circulatory system includes your heart and the blood vessels. The job of the circulatory system is to transport oxygen to your cells and carbon dioxide away from them. Heart disease is a disease of the circulatory system that afflicts more than 81 million adults living in the United States, the American Heart Association reports. Consuming healthy foods for the circulatory system can help boost the health of your crucial circulatory system.
Fruits and Vegetables
Fruits and vegetables contain a number of nutrients that promote the health of the circulatory system, Harvard School of Public Health reports. They note that the antioxidants in dark- and bright-colored fresh fruits and vegetables such as eggplant, bell peppers and broccoli protect your heart and blood vessels from damage. They add that a fruit and vegetable-rich diet can help prevent and treat high blood pressure. High blood pressure puts strain on your circulatory system, increasing the risk of injury.
Almonds
Almonds and other nuts can boost the health of your circulatory system by providing your body with heart-healthy vitamin E and healthy monounsaturated fats. Vitamin E is a potent antioxidant vitamin that reduces oxidation in your blood vessels. Oxidation damages blood vessels, making them more likely to form plaque. Monounsaturated fats are healthy fats that can reduce cardiovascular disease risk.
Oily Fish
Oily fish such as salmon, tuna, herring, sole and mackerel are rich in omega-3 fats. Omega-3 fats aid the circulatory system by reducing inflammation — a harmful process that damages your body’s blood vessels. Additionally, the omega-3s in fish can help reduce “bad” LDL cholesterol while increasing “good” HDL cholesterol.
Video: Clogged Arteries






More Tips to Help Memory Loss

Concerned about memory loss? Take heart. Simple steps — from staying mentally active to including physical activity in your daily routine — may help sharpen your memory.
-Eat a healthy diet. A heart-healthy diet may be as good for your brain as it is for your heart. Focus on fruits, vegetables and whole grains. Choose low-fat protein sources, such as fish, lean meat and skinless poultry. What you drink counts, too. Not enough water or too much alcohol can lead to confusion and memory loss.
-Include physical activity in your daily routine. Physical activity increases blood flow to your whole body, including your brain. This may help keep your memory sharp. For most healthy adults, the Department of Health and Human Services recommends at least 150 minutes a week of moderate aerobic activity (think brisk walking) or 75 minutes a week of vigorous aerobic activity (such as jogging) — preferably spread throughout the week. If you don’t have time for a full workout, squeeze in a few 10-minute walks throughout the day.
-Manage chronic conditions. Follow your doctor’s treatment recommendations for any chronic conditions, such as diabetes, high blood pressure and depression. The better you take care of yourself, the better your memory is likely to be. In addition, review your medications with your doctor regularly. Various medications can impact memory.