Pressured to Lower Blood Pressure

New recommendations from a coalition of leading public health groups lower target blood pressure for health maintenance to 130/80 mm Hg. As leaders in shaping recommendations for US healthcare, the American Heart Association and the American College of Cardiology- key members of the coalition- support the “lower is better” approach to blood pressure. Currently, 45.6%…

Socialize Without Excess

The holiday season can be full of food focused social events; surrounding us with temptations and excess that may leave you feeling over-full, lethargic and unhealthy. Here’s a breakdown of how quickly a meal can become more than a days worth: There are some basic strategies you can employ in any social occasion to keep…

Alkaline Diets

Is your diet too acidic? Proponents of the alkaline diet believe that the answer is yes for the typical Western diet. The alkaline theory Certain foods stress the body’s pH balancing mechanisms,  causing damage to organs, cells, and bones resulting in disease and poor functioning. As with many health approaches, the alkaline diet claims to…

Move Your Mood

Regular physical activity is one of the most important things you can do for your health. The benefits are well known and seemingly never-ending. The CDC summarizes it well: Control your weight Reduce your risk of cardiovascular disease Reduce your risk for type 2 diabetes and metabolic syndrome Reduce your risk of some cancers Strengthen…