Clean Your ARTERIES with GOOD FOOD!

Overtime your arteries can begin to accumulate plaque and if you’re not careful, you may not even notice until the damage is done. Heart disease can creep up on your body and so can the risk for heart attack or stroke too. Detoxing your arteries should be part of your daily ritual and can be accomplished through a healthy diet.
By making certain artery cleansing foods a part of your diet, you can keep your arteries running clean long into old age. Here are some heart healthy foods you should add to your grocery list:
1. Kiwi- Kiwis are loaded with flavonoids that cleanse your blood vessels and decrease inflammation. They’re also loaded with fiber, which reduces cholesterol and reduces your risk of heart disease.
2. Shrimp- While shrimp do have cholesterol, they also contain taurine, an amino acid which protects the arteries from fat crossing the intestinal wall.
3. Avocado- Avocados have been shown to reduce total blood cholesterol by an average of 17 points. A compound called beta-sitosterol does the work. Cholesterol plays a big role in your arteries because high cholesterol levels build up plaque along the artery walls. Blood vessels can become blocked and even rupture, causing heart attack, stroke, and cardiovascular disease.
4. Olive Oil- One of the polyphenols in olive oil, hydroxytyrosol, helps protect the cells that line your blood vessels from being damaged by overly reactive oxygen molecules. Therefore, it keeps the blood flowing through your arteries flowing strong.






Relieve Joint Pain with the Best Foods!

Joint pain can result from many different conditions. The pain can range from mild to severe and usually stems from lack of lubrication in the joints or, more commonly, inflammationn.
-Berries
Vitamin C helps the body create collagen, which is a component of cartilage and may reduce wear and tear in joints. Good sources of vitamin C include raspberries, blueberries and strawberries.
-Fish
Omega-3 fatty acids are found in abundance in a variety of fish, including herring, salmon, sardines, tuna and mackerel. Fresh fish is the best source, but fish oil capsules are also readily available.
-Fortified Foods
Manufacturers fortify some foods, such as eggs and bread, with omega-3s. Read food labels to see whether a certain food is fortified.
-Plants
Several plant foods, such as flax seed, walnuts and green leafy vegetables, are excellent sources of alpha-linolenic acid, or ALA. ALA is the plant-based version of omega-3s and can also help relieve joint pain
-Wild Game
Buffalo and venison are both excellent sources of omega-3s. As buffalo meat’s popularity increases, many supermarkets now carry it.






Does Anxiety can Cause Asthma?

Some people worry that anxiety causes asthma. There is currently no evidence that anxiety can create asthma in those that did not originally have the condition. But there is a great deal of evidence that anxiety can worsen asthma symptoms.
It’s not clear why anxiety produces an increase in asthma symptoms, but the issue is fairly documented. The most likely reasons include:
Hyperventilation – Anxiety changes breathing habits. Many studies have shown that hyperventilation, whether it’s caused by a disorder (like anxiety) or no disorder at all, appears to increase the likelihood of an asthma attack. So those with anxiety that may be more prone to hyperventilating may be unintentionally forcing their own attack symptoms.
Inflammation – Stress can lead to inflammation. Asthma is the inflammation of airways. It’s unlikely that stress causes the inflammation that leads to asthma, but it’s possible that stress makes it harder to control inflammation when your asthma symptoms are acting up.
General Physiological Changes – On a physical level, stress does cause some issues that may contribute to asthma. For example, anxiety can release an excess of histamine (the chemical that causes allergies) that can lead to asthma attacks. Stress may also weaken your immune system in such a way that you become more vulnerable to viruses and external asthma triggers.
Muscle Constriction – Muscle constriction is also very common with anxiety. Muscle constriction can lead to tighter chest and other issues that may trigger asthma.
It doesn’t appear that asthma can be caused by anxiety, but there are strong indications that anxiety can make it much worse, especially if you are living with persistent anxiety or stress.






Salmon is Win-Win for Joint Pain!

Salmon oil’s anti-inflammatory properties reduce pain by reducing swelling and irritation, especially in joints. Salmon is rich in heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids and these same compounds may also help reduce pain-promoting inflammation. That makes it a win-win for people with rheumatoid arthritis and those who have greater risk of heart trouble.

Studies have suggested that the omega-3 fatty acids found in fish oil may protect against developing rheumatoid arthritis and could mitigate the severity of the disease. If you have rheumatoid arthritis, it would not hurt to consume these tuna, mackerel and sardines are also excellent sources of omega-3.






Eating well is not PAIN!

Believe it or not, those healthy fruits, veggies, and whole grains we try to pack in our diets may do more than just feed our bodies well — many of them are considered to have anti-inflammatory properties. Sometimes inflammation is a good thing, we’ll give you that — it protects our body when we’ve been injured — but it can also be painful. (Think asthma and arthritis, inflamed sore throats, and cuts or scrapes.) While some have linked certain foods (including chocolate, eggs, wheat, meat, and corn) to causing inflammation, there’s also evidence that a few select delectable could help prevent it, too. Here are eight foods that research suggests may actually help reduce pain.
1. Ginger. Ginger is basically a wonder root. It combats nausea and motion sickness, and fights off pain with its anti-inflammatory properties
2. Salmon. Not only is salmon tasty and a healthy protein, but it’s full of omega-3 fatty acids, which have been shown to reduce arthritic pain
3. Coffee. Caffeine can reduce pain in those suffering from exercise-induced muscular injury and pain.
4. Echinacea and Sage. Can help provide relief from that nasty sore throat.
5. Tart Cherries. Studies have found they can help treat gout.
6. Whiskey. It turns out adding a spoonful to warm water may just do the trick to kick that pesky sore throat.
7. Oranges. It has been found to help reduce the risk of anti-inflammatory conditions like rheumatoid arthritis.
8. Evening Primrose. Usually found as an oil, this flower’s powers have been linked to treating atopic dermatitis (a chronic itchy skin condition), rheumatoid arthritis, and PMS symptoms.
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