Secrets to a Healthier Heart!

Secrets to a Healthier Heart!

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AWARDCHESS
Jun 26, 2009, 2:11 PM |
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9 Secrets to a Healthier Heart

“Heart problems? Me?” If that’s your reaction when you hear healthy-heart messages, here’s a wake-up call: The fact is, heart disease kills far more women each year than cancer does. It’s also true that preventing heart problems is getting easier. We gathered the latest tricks—all backed by solid research—to take care of your heart.

 

1. Get milk
A new study sponsored by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute found that, among people who didn’t eat a lot of saturated fat, those who consumed more than three daily servings of milk, yogurt, or cheese had systolic blood pressure (the top number) almost four points lower than those who ate only half a serving daily. High blood pressure can damage your arteries, increasing your risk for heart attacks and stroke. Researchers say low-fat dairy is the smart choice, because it’s lower in saturated fat.

2. Try new moves
Thirty minutes of tai chi—a gentle Chinese martial art that includes sequences of slow, relaxing movements—may also lower your blood pressure. In one study, after 12 weeks of tai chi, participants showed a decrease in systolic pressure of almost 16 points. To find a class in your area, visit Taoist.org.

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Last Updated: June 26, 2009
Filed Under: Mind, Body, and Fitness
Also Tagged: disease, exercise, health magazine january 2007, heart disease, stress

Comments (25)

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  • William Robison

    Take heed. Very informative

  • Arlinda DeAngelis

    Blueberries, pomegranates, Tai Chi and calm music for a healthy heart … my heart feels better already.

    Many thanks.

  • CJ Bloom

    I’m glad to read about 3 servings a day of dairy products can lower one’s blood pressure. I’m over fifty and I eat 3-4 servings of dairy products a day and my blood pressure reading is usually “good.”

  • BETTY VIGDOR

    THREE SERVINGS A DAY OF DAIRY PRODUCTS I KNOW ARE GOOD FOR BLOOD PRESSURE BUT ACCORDING T MY ENDOCRINOLOGIST NOT FOR TYPE 2 DIABETES WHICH I HAVE.

  • Diane Kavanagh

    As a wellness consultant, I have read the research on dairy and find that dairy is not the best food for anyone. It is especially dangerous for bone health when we Americans eat a high protein diet. Plant food should be increased.

  • Michael

    Interesting comment about dairy not being the best food. I am reading a book that suggests dairy OR calcium suppliments is the best way to avoid ostioperoses (not sure on spelling). Are you suggesting we can find a same/simular benefit from a plant food? If so what plant would that be?

  • dr ratnesh chaudhary

    exercise,yoga,sound sleep,proper diet,&positive thinking can definately minimize the heart attacks

  • Norma Herron

    I have loved and eaten milk products all my life(80yrs). Lived on a farm-had avery active life Had a huge garden so enjoyed fresh fruits and vegies. Have a wonderful c.v. system(hereditary).My paraents died at 94 & 96. But have a -4 osteo and 3 crushed vertbra and fractured rib. So what good was it?

  • robin

    great

  • Evelyn Avila

    I’ve read that Dairy feeds the cancer cells that everyne is born with…and it makes it multiply…that’s one of the reasons why people end up with cancer..

  • Razor40

    For the younger (under 45) crowd, is too much to get a tip for some rigorous exercise? This relaxation stuff is BS! WE AMERICANS ARE SO DAMN SOFT! Tai Chi is boring. Go run some wind sprints! Run a hill! Kick a ball! RELEASE! That’s the best way to a lower resting heart rate. Mines around 50 bpm.

  • Darryl

    Adult mammals don’t need milk. This is just an ad for dairy industry. My daughter just did a study at UCI and they found that her bone density was above average. She also started her period older then her mother by about one year. We go her off dairy at about five years old. Dairy farmers do not feed excess milk to cow they dump it, its bad for the cow. How is it good for you?

  • Camp M Santa Barbara

    Some of us are lucky with great genes.
    For the rest of us… keep moving…have fun…enjoy!
    Eat? You decide!

  • juan pavilando

    stay active in life style and laugh problem away and never bring work at home and most important have sex everyday.

  • juan pavilando

    be happy at work or at home. always be positive in life .

  • Mary Bodenhamer

    I have heart problems. I saw this article on my computer and wanted to print it. I wasted 10 sheets of paper before I realized the only thing printed was: 9 Secrets to a Healthier Heart – Healthy Living – Health.com. At the bottom of each page it read: http://living.health.com/2008/02/25/9-secrets-to-a-healthier-heart/. If there is a problem, I thought I would let you know so you can correct it. I am sorry if this was intentional.

  • mike ciaccio

    you should go to jail for this advice!

  • SK-B

    I found the dairy industry propaganda disturbing, and then was pleased to see that Darryl had taken the time to post the facts.

    While a few “tricks” may help, over-all good health grows out of wholesome wholesome practices, such as sound nutrition, regular exercise, a meaningful life, and having fun. The “tip” about getting enough rest was about the best one, but the idea that nutrition is a matter of adding this or than “miracle” food to an otherwise lousy diet makes little sense. Eating whole foods, as fresh as possible — local, in-season, and ripe as much as possible — is essential and really is a matter of common sense.

  • spyro

    Stereotypical healthy living and things that help against heart disease aren’t always the same thing. A glass or two of alcohol every day might not seem healthy but it helps quite a bit against heart disease.

  • cherry

    drinking apple juice, relax, listen to music, and play vollyball is already good enough for me.

  • Morgan

    MILK IS NOT GOOD FOR YOUR HEART. MILK IS MEANT FOR BABIES AND THAT’S IT. THE MILK INDUSTRY PAYS THE PEOPLE RUNNING THESE STUDIES TO PUT OUT THIS INFORMATION SO SALES OF MILK INCREASES. USE YOUR MIND. HOW IS COW MILK MEANT FOR BABY COWS NATURAL FOR HUMANS TO DRINK. THINK!

  • gbelia@comcast.net

    Pomegranate juice is NOT good for lowering your cholesteral if you’re taking a statin drug. It actually counteracts the statin in the same way grapefruit juice does. If your doctor has you on a statin drug DO NOT drink pomegranate juice.

  • MARION SIDSWORTH

    I believe dairy products are very fatening. and are not heart friendly.there are so many heart problems in the world there should be more studies done….

  • Rhonda Olsen

    I’ve also heard that 1000 milligrams of calcium a day found in low-fat dairy products is not only good for your bones, it also reduces fat intake and increases fat metabolism.