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Tuesday, February 17, 2015


"February Is Heart Month"
     The heart beats 100,000 times a day and 35 million times a year.  It's one of the "main organs" that needs special attention.  Did you know heart disease and stroke are two of America's leading causes of death?  According to the American Heart Association heart disease is the No.1 killer of women and is more deadly than the all forms of cancer combine. 
     Hispanic women are more likely to develop heart disease 10 years earlier than Caucasian women.  African Americans are the highest in having high blood pressure in the world.  High blood pressure is more severe in blacks than whites but develops early in life.
What are the symptoms for heart attacks to be aware of?
  1. Shortness of breath
  2. Back pain
  3. Jaw pain
  4. Nausea
  5. Flu like symptoms *are often reported weeks and days before a heart attack
  6. Sweating
  7. Uncomfortable pressure, squeezing, fullness, sore pain in center of chest that lasts more than a few minutes or comes and goes
  8. Pain either in one arm or both arms
  9. Pain in stomach
  10. Lightheadedness
  11. Vomiting

What are the signs of a stroke?
  1. Numbness or weakness of the face, arm, or leg *especially on one side of the body
  2. Confusion
  3. Trouble speaking and understanding
  4. Trouble seeing or blurred vision in one or both eyes
  5. Trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination
  6. Severe headache
*Do not wait more than five minutes if experiencing any of the above symptoms.  Seek medical assistance as soon as possible.

What can I do to avoid developing a heart attack or stroke?

You must eat healthy! 

Healthy = fresh vegetables + fresh fruits + increase whole grains + probiotics + reduce sodium + no smoking + read labels + avoid trans fat (partially or hydrogenated oils) + limit alcohol + no drugs + limit or eliminate red meats + avoid food preservatives + avoid sodium nitrates + reduce stress + avoid process package foods + drink water + drink herbal or green teas + reduce take out foods + eat wholesome homemade foods + adapt to a Mediterranean Diet + adapt to a Vegetarian Diet (at least 75%) + adapt to eating organic or locally grown (at least 50%) + ask your doctors how you are able to reduce or eliminate your prescription drugs (look into alternative ways to by manage your health issues) + snack on seeds + snack on raw or roasted unsalted nuts


Get Moving
Add some physical exercise activity every week
If you use this as a guide to a healthy diet lifestyle, then you will be ready for that next birthday.
click here to revisit February American Heart Month

Find out the 8 secrets to a Mediterranean Diet click here  "The Mediterranean Diet"

Find out the 7 secrets to Being a Cool Vegetarian from Jeff Golfman.

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