Do You Check Your Heart As Much As You Check Your Car?


There is not one thing in the human body that is not ‘high Tech,’ just look at our heart, it is an amazing machine that we sometimes do not maintain the way it should be. When we are young we think that out body doesn’t need some special care and forget about everything and we live our life as something quite normal and think that our body can handle everything because we are healthy and strong and do not care that our body also needs some check-ups the same as a machine or any car.

You know it is funny, we care more about our car than our body. We go periodically every 15 thousand or so mileage or kilometer to check everything that we do not have any problem the time in between the next service and our body or heart it’s secondary because we are healthy.

I found some fascinating facts about our heart and what it is doing within a live-time. Compared with any ordinary pump of the size of your fist it is amazing and without any stop or maintenance it is working the whole life of a human even if he lives until the age of hundred years or more.

Via – Dr. Mercola
human heart facts

If you want to know how incredibly important – and complex – the human heart is, check out this interesting infographic:

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Your heart is the center of your pumping system (cardiovascular system), your heart is the only one responsible that your body gets day out and day in enough blood with fresh nutrients and on the other side takes out all the trash and waste via your blood. It is a constant interchange so to speak of good for bad blood. Without this pumping system we would not be able to live.

But the worst thing is that we are not aware or we do not care to pay more attention to our pumping system. We live our lives with poor nutritious food, we do not take the time to eat healthy instead we go to the nearest fast food chain and get something into our body that fills and satisfies our hunger and that’s it without thinking that our pumping system needs more than that to give health and strength to our whole body.

When living a healthy diet and lifestyle you can achieve an optimal heart health.

How can you eat a good-balanced diet?

Your diet has to include the following products:

- Olive oil

- Organic raw dairy products and eggs

- Avocados

- Coconuts and coconut oil

- Organic grass-fed meats

- Raw nuts and seeds

The best thing is to eat a good portion of raw food. But most importantly eliminate grains and sugar from your diet which are mostly found in processed food.

Read more about a well-balanced diet by clicking here.


stay healthy with a healthier lifestyle

How to Age Graceful?


Top Healthy Foods for Healthy Aging

Top Healthy Foods for Healthy Aging Another source of healthy protein is fish. Fish don’t contain the “bad fats” that meat and other animal protein has and fish are a great source of omega-3 fatty acids. The only thing to be careful of with fish is contamination. Check this list of the best types of fish to see what types of fish have the lowest levels of mercury. More »

Beans are good for your body — and not just beans, but a whole class of foods called pulses. Pulses are any bean-like thing (lentils, peas and legumes). These are all incredibly good for you — a great source of protein. Work more beans into your diet — they are an everyday superfood. More »

Fruits and vegetables are like the secret formula for the Fountain of Youth. By adding just two servings of fruits and vegetables each day, you can actually add years onto your life. Be sure to choose fruits and vegetables that have never touched anything that came out of a cow (that means no butter, no cheese and no cream sauces) — otherwise you’ll be erasing the healthy aging benefit of fruits and vegetables. More »

Fruits and Vegetables for Healthy Aging Fruits and vegetables are like the secret formula for the Fountain of Youth. By adding just two servings of fruits and vegetables each day, you can actually add years onto your life. Be sure to choose fruits and vegetables that have never touched anything that came out of a cow (that means no butter, no cheese and no cream sauces) — otherwise you’ll be erasing the healthy aging benefit of fruits and vegetables.

Not only for elder people is a healthy diet of vital importance, also for younger people. The earlier you start with a healthy diet, the better. When eating fruits every day you can add years to your life.

When eating fish you should take a few points into consideration: don’t eat fish from a farm – eat cold fish instead. What happens is that the food farm fish get is mixed with anti-biotics to prevent the fish from getting ill. Also try to read the labels on the fish packaging because they come sometimes from Asia as the Mekong Delta and this is a place of high contamination.

The same happens with cows if they are not feed by grass than they have lots of contaminants in their food which again affects our body. I know it is difficult for us to know what is good and what is bad for our health. But let me tell you as long as you eat only small portions of everything except sugar I guess you are good to go.

It is difficult to stay on a strict diet especially if you like sweet bread or any other bread as I do. But why to resist, once in a while it is good to get something what you fancy, but not every day.

Top Healthy Foods for Healthy Aging

Top Healthy Foods for Healthy Aging

Coffee Facts – Things You Didn’t Know About Coffee

Coffee Facts – Things You Didn’t Know About Coffee

You might drink every day in the morning a cup of coffee and you never have wondered what is all about coffee, where does it come from, what is the origin of your favorite drink and so on. There are so many things about this dark brown or almost black drink, you never thought of. Read on and discover the tips about your favorite drink.

Legend has it that coffee was discovered by a goat herder The most widely accepted myth is of an Ethiopian goat herder named Kaldi who noticed his animals acting jittery after eating ripe coffee beans. Mocha was originally the name of a Yemen port the city of Mocha was the first port to spread coffee beans to the rest of the world. It’s said that the Yemeni beans had a chocolate quality to them, a characteristic that now leads chocolatey drinks to be labeled mocha.

Coffee is one of the most popular beverages on the planet (sorry, Brawndo: The Thirst Mutilator) — but despite its popularity, most people don’t know very much about what they’re drinking every morning.

To help remedy that, we’ve compiled 19 sugary lumps of coffee knowledge with which to sweeten your morning cup. Read on to learn where coffee originated, how much water it takes to grow a pound of it, and what the hell is going on with that cat poop coffee.

Does Protein matters for your heart health?

Does Protein equals Protein?

You hear daily that you have to follow a certain diet for your heart health. But actually nobody tells you exactly what type of diet you should follow.


Some Cardiologist say that you should avoid red meat and eat more poultry, vegetables and fish.


When you hear Nutrition scientists than you hear again something different. So, what is what somebody has to follow for a healthy heart diet?

animal protein versus plant protein

Sometimes it gives the impression that nobody really knows the best answer, everyone is telling you something and thinks that his study is the best.


For example recently I read an article from Michael Roussell, Ph.D., adjunct assistant professor of nutrition at Penn State University and coauthor of new study, “Type and Amount of Dietary Protein in the Treatment of Metabolic Syndrome: a Randomized Controlled Trial,” published on September 9, 2015 in the American JOurnal of Cliical Nutrition.


Many experts think of separate Journeys when we talk about healthy heart and a fit body.


If for example your focus is on a healthy heart, most medical and health They tell you to limit the intake of beef and other red meats while telling you to eat lots of whole grains and to enjoy an occasional glass of red wine.


But as a younger who is searching a fit-looking body will be told to eat “meat and vegetables,” and avoid starchy and grain-based carbs-whether they’re whole grain or not.


But when looking for a healthy heart diet you’ll consume less saturated fat by any means and mainly looking for your heart health as a senior citizen.


Interestingly, when it comes to your heart, protein has always been an afterthought, if not a liability. For instance, in 2003, one of the most widely cited nutrition meta-analyses was published.


It looked at the effects of differing amounts and types of carbohydrates and fats on cardiovascular disease risk, across all the previous research that had been done. Protein, however, was never mentioned, except to say that it wasn’t included because there was no information on the impact of protein on heart health.


How could there be no information? Because the previous studies manipulated carbohydrate and fat intake, but always set protein at the same level. That level was the Recommended Daily Allowance, or RDA, which is the minimum amount needed to prevent protein malnutrition—not the optimal intake needed to improve health and reduce body weight.


Protein was simply seen a requirement that you need to hit, like vitamin C intake, and it wasn’t considered that consuming more of the nutrient might have a physiological benefit.


The result: Since protein intake was almost always the same in these studies, researchers couldn’t determine what happened when people ate more protein.


If anything, the medical community has pushed back against fitness world for their love of protein, often by falsely touting the dangers of high protein diets on your liver, bones, and kidneys. (These are all myths fabricated out of rudimentary interpretations of normal processes in your body.) In fact, it wasn’t until the last decade that protein has really even entered the conversation about playing a role in promoting heart health.


What does Protein for your Heart?


The focus has started to shift. Population-based studies in the 2000s started finding beneficial associations between protein and blood pressure. The link suggested that plant protein—protein from beans, legumes, and grains—was the driver here.


There was a lot of reports but no clinical evidence that plant protein was superior to animal protein for improving heart health.


But at least there was now an incentive to seriously investigate the overall benefits of protein on heart health. So researchers at Johns Hopkins created the OmniHeart study, which pitted the darling of heart-healthy diets—the DASH diet—against modifications of that approach which included a significantly higher consumption of unsaturated fats or protein.


The result: Taking the gold standard of heart healthy diets and adding more protein to it—at the expense of carbohydrates—led to the greatest reduction in estimated 10-year risk of heart disease.


Does Protein Type matters?


Under the guidance of world-renown scientist Penny Kris-Etherton, PhD, RD, FAHA, I ran a feeding study at Penn State University that began to look more closely at the question of protein source.


The research group that I was a member of published two papers from this study, which we called the BOLD study (Beef in an Optimal Lean Diet). We found that your heart health improved whether you ate a more traditional heart healthy diet—with poultry as a primary protein source—or a BOLD diet with lean beef as a primary protein source.


But even if some research tell you that eating lean beef is an acceptable protein in a heart healthy diet, doesn’t answer the question, “Is plant protein a superior source of protein for your heart?”


But if for many years the diet recommendations of the cardiologists didn’t worsen the cases of heart disease I suggest to stay with it and do not try to change something with your diet because the nutrition scientists tell you something different.


And by the way, if population increases at the rate it is increasing now there will be not too much animal protein anyhow. So, why not stick to what is proven to help instead of eating animal protein with lots of anti-biotic in it, why not keep to the plant protein that is healthier than the animal protein.


-via Men’s Health

A Healthy Diet – a Diet or a Lifestyle Change?


Is Diet a Lifestyle Change?


Diet does not mean restrictive meal plans, nor best-selling books by skinny celebrities. When we are talking about diet means more or less not to eat junk food. Changing our habits for more nutritious products as vegetables and fruits.

Diet according means: food and drink considered in terms of its qualities, composition, and its effects on health. That means almost everything with high nutritious quality and I guess junk food is not a real nutritious food, it is more a filler than a healthy food.

Any person that has been diagnosed with metabolic syndrome, prediabetes or type 2 diabetes has hear the word “diet”, usually in the sense of what tells us our health care professional when telling us to change to a healthier diet.

Everyone is talking about diets, that we start to think that we have to be on a diet the whole day. IN reality a diet is what we eat every day.

We can eat a healthy diet, a junk food diet or something you eat on a regular bases.

So when we hear in the news that we should add something, say, like olive oil, to our diet, it just means that we should chuck the trans-fat laden hydrogenated gunk we’re eating and substitute something that’s kinder to our heart instead.

You really don’t need some fancy gourmet stuff. Just get rid of some bad stuff and add some healthier choices to what we eat already every day. Does that make sense to you?

For example:

What are unhealthy products to limit or eliminate from our diets:

Beverages that contain high fructose corn syrup

Packaged salty, fried snacks

Other packaged snacks that contain Trans-fats or high fructose corn syrup

Deep fired or breaded, battered foods

Creamy sauces or soups

Processed foods like hotdogs, luncheon meats, or high-fat frozen foods

Sugar-laden foods like packaged cookies, cakes and breakfast cereals


Tips of Healthy things to add to our diets:


Fresh or frozen vegetables and salads

Lean meats

Water and other unsweetened beverages like green tea

Homemade low fat, low sugar treats

Fresh fruit

Monounsaturated fats like olive oil, canola oil, nuts and seeds

Whole grain breads, brown rice, and other sources of fiber

A diet doesn’t have to be rigid, it doesn’t have to cost a lot of money and it doesn’t have to be on The New York Times Bestseller List. It just has to be something that we can follow every day. Good choices that fit our preferences and our lifestyles. In other words, an everyday diet that we can follow for life.

-via about health


What is the biggest contributor to early death globally?


According to Poor diet and high blood pressure are the top two causes to early death around the world. With high salt intake a key component in raising blood pressure, according to a study published in Lancet Journal.


Read more at Poor diet is biggest contributor to early death globally

So, the choice is always in our hands, we can eat a poor diet like in the photo above or we can choose a healthy diet with lots of nutritious values.

It is very important that our children and senior citizens take in account to live a life with a healthier diet and thus live a healthier life.

So, don’t worry too much about diet, eat your regular diet rich in fruits and vegetables that will keep you healthy. In case you have problems with hypertension (high blood pressure) I highly recommend you the following book.

Is Google making Life Easier for People with Diabetes

What is easier for people with diabetes?


There was an announcement made by new Google Life Sciences unit, that diabetes is the company’s first major disease target. Some people may ask what has Google to do with diabetes. A company that helps people search online for everything it comes to their mind to find a solution. And it looks like Google has found a solution for many people.

I guess it is hard for people with diabetes to manage their blood sugar. According to Google Life Sciences spokeswoman, Jacquelyn Miller this science unit hopes to take some of the guesswork out of people with diabetes.

Millions of people with diabetes prick a finger more than five times a day to monitor their blood glucose levels that is painful and also expensive.

But now the division of Google’s Life Sciences is putting its immense resources behind new initiatives to help people with diabetes to live a better life.

And it is easy to understand because every year there are more and more people with the disease and costs are rocketing sky-high. Only in the year 2012 the total cost of managing diabetes was around $245 billion in the U.S. alone according the American Diabetes Association. Every year it is increasing because the numbers of patients with the disease is growing.

So, it looks that the timing is right for many technology companies to enter in this field.

The method to check the blood glucose has not much changed within the last decade. For some people it is a painful process. But as anything in science until people with diabetes life a more comfortable life there is still a long way to go because this monitoring device will not be in the market this year. It may take a few years more until it is ready for commercial use.

-via Health News from NPR


Tips to rest easier with diabetes

For the millions of people with diabetes, the problem is to deal the whole day to control their blood sugar level. But when night falls their glucose level gets haywire. Luckily, some simple lifestyle tweaks can make all the difference, leading diabetes experts say. If you have diabetes or care for someone who does, read on to learn how to keep levels in line day and night.

Tips to keep levels day and night stable

             -check your meds

             -keep cocktails low-carb

             -add light activity

             -Don’t overdo it

             -Stick to one bedtime



Many people with diabetes deliberately nosh at night to keep glucose levels from plummeting while they sleep. A snack before bed isn’t a bad impulse, says Fran Cogen, M.D., director of the childhood and adolescent diabetes program at Children’s National Health System.

But the wrong kind of snack can actually make things worse. Instead of high-carb fare like chips, “aim for a bedtime snack of protein plus carbohydrate,” she says. Also keep in mind that blood sugar levels are highly individual and will vary based on how active you are each day. So before you hit the kitchen, it’s best to test your glucose level.



Eating well is one of life’s greatest pleasures. Having diabetes shouldn’t keep you from enjoying a wide variety of foods including some of your favorites. People with diabetes have the same nutritional needs as anyone else. Learn to plan your meals to help you manage your diabetes, and you can thrive with diabetes.



People with diabetes always have the question, “What can I eat?” It’s time to stop worrying! Living with diabetes doesn’t have to mean feeling deprived. We’ll help you learn to balance your meals and make the healthiest food choices.

Once you get the hang of eating a healthy diet, you can relax and dig in to a wide variety of delicious meals and snacks.

 Diabetes Superfoods according the American Diabetes Association





Ever see the top 10 lists for foods everyone should eat to superpower your diet? Ever wonder which will mesh with your diabetes meal plan? Wonder no more. Your list of the top 10 diabetes superfoods has arrived.


As with all foods, you need to work the diabetes superfoods into your individualized meal plan in appropriate portions.


All of the foods in our list have a low glycemic index or GI and provide key nutrients that are lacking in the typical western diet such as:






vitamins A (as carotenoids), C, and E.

There isn’t research that clearly points to supplementation, so always think first about getting your nutrients from foods. Below is our list of superfoods to include in your diet.



Whether you prefer kidney, pinto, navy, or black beans, you can’t find better nutrition than that provided by beans. They are very high in fiber, giving you about 1/3 of your daily requirement in just a ½ cup, and are also good sources of magnesium and potassium.

They are considered starchy vegetables, but ½ cup provides as much protein as an ounce of meat without the saturated fat. To save time you can use canned beans, but be sure to drain and rinse them to get rid of as much sodium as possible.


Dark Green Leafy Vegetables

Spinach, collards, and kale – these powerhouse foods are so low in calories and carbohydrate. You can’t eat too much.


Citrus Fruit

Grapefruit, oranges, lemons and limes. Pick your favorites and get part of your daily dose of soluble fiber and vitamin C.


Sweet Potatoes

A starchy vegetable packed full of vitamin A and fiber. Try in place of regular potatoes for a lower GI alternative.



Which are your favorites: blueberries, strawberries or another variety? Regardless, they are all packed with antioxidants, vitamins and fiber. Make a parfait alternating the fruit with light, non-fat yogurt for a new favorite dessert. Try our Superfood Smoothie recipe.



An old standby where everyone can find a favorite. The good news is that no matter how you like your tomatoes, pureed, raw, or in a sauce, you’re eating vital nutrients like vitamin C, iron, vitamin E.


Fish High in Omega-3 Fatty Acids

Salmon is a favorite in this category. Stay away from the breaded and deep fat fried variety… they don’t count in your goal of 6-9 ounces of fish per week.


Whole Grains

It’s the germ and bran of the whole grain you’re after. It contains all the nutrients a grain product has to offer. When you purchase processed grains like bread made from enriched wheat flour, you don’t get these. A few more of the nutrients these foods offer are magnesium, chromium, omega 3 fatty acids and folate.


Pearled barley and oatmeal are a source of fiber and potassium.



An ounce of nuts can go a long way in providing key healthy fats along with hunger management. Other benefits are a dose of magnesium and fiber.


Some nuts and seeds, such as walnuts and flax seeds, also contain omega-3 fatty acids.


Fat-free Milk and Yogurt

Everyone knows dairy can help build strong bones and teeth. In addition to calcium, many fortified dairy products are a good source of vitamin D. More research is emerging on the connection between vitamin D and good health.


Some of the above list can be tough on the budget depending on the season and where you live. Look for lower cost options such as fruit and vegetables in season or frozen or canned fish.


Foods that every budget can live with year round are beans and rolled oats or barley that you cook from scratch.


Learn more about how to include these and other healthful foods into your meals. The American Diabetes Association’s book What Do I Eat Now? provides a step-by-step guide to eating right.


-via American Diabetes Association

Diabetes a Health Emergency

Diabetes the number 1cause of Death in the Future?

Are you getting the right diet advice as a diabetic?


Did you know that in Britain each day are given 400 people a diagnosis of type 2 diabetes?

Many patients with type 2 diabetes are not getting the right advice concerning their diet and lifestyle guidance they need to make their life not worse than it is already.


How to decrease the risk of getting type 2 diabetes?

Increasingly research indicates that the most effective way for people to hold type 2 diabetes in check is for them to lose weight by changing their diet and becoming more active

Each day, 400 people in Britain such as Sarah are given a diagnosis of type 2 diabetes – a disorder where blood sugar levels can become dangerously high unless they are managed effectively.

For the 3.3 million people in this country diagnosed with diabetes, working out how to lead your life with the condition can be bewildering and, as Sarah recognized, getting it wrong can have disastrous implications.

Two out of every three people diagnosed with type 2 diabetes do not manage to keep their blood glucose levels within healthy limits, according to statistics published by the charity Diabetes UK last month. It’s as a direct result of this that 200,000 people every year develop severe diabetes-related complications: kidney and heart failure, nerve damage, blindness,
heart attacks and strokes.


How to control your blood sugar?


Yet how do you get that blood sugar control and why are so many people getting it wrong?

Medication can help, but increasingly research indicates that the most effective way for people to hold this disorder in check is for them to lose weight by changing their diet and becoming more active.

Yet, as Sarah discovered, many are not getting the lifestyle guidance they need. The urgent need for this is underlined by new statistics from Public Health England showing that eight out of ten people with type 2 diabetes in England are both obese (i.e. with a BMI of 30 or more) and have unhealthy levels of inactivity.

In our today’s society due to a low activity people are more and more obese, they do not walk very much, they do everything with the car even going to a shop a few blocks away instead of walking  or taking out the bike. It is more convenient to sit in front of the TV and watch their favorite show and eat instead of doing exercise.


But as I have seen many people do not have the correct advice of a healthy diet and a healthy lifestyle. Our kids do not get the proper education of what is good for them and what is not. Or in case they do, nobody cares if they are following through the recommendation.


Near the schools you see all the shops that sell all kind of bad and cheap stuff that is worsening the health of our children. Parents have no time to take care of their children or in many cases they do not have the proper education to give the correct advice for their children.


Limited time and traffic conditions in our overpopulated cities are another problem that many people go to the fast food restaurants instead of preparing something healthy at home before they leave. In many cases you spend less time preparing something healthy and eat it even in your car.




Furthermore, there is evidence that, far from helping, the advice most frequently offered about diet may actually be making it harder for type 2 diabetics to keep their condition in check.


Type 2 diabetes normally occurs when fat clogs the liver, which regulates the supply of glucose to feed the body, and the pancreas, the tiny gland behind the stomach that produces the hormone insulin that takes glucose out of the blood stream and into cells.


But this fat can be eliminated, enabling normal insulin production to resume, by losing around 15 per cent of body weight (on average 2½ st). This means blood glucose levels return to normal immediately, an effect that lasts at least two years.


According Dr. Cavan the best long-term intervention for type 2 diabetes, is to restrict carbohydrates by cutting back on sugar and starch and replacing it with non-starchy (green) veg, with some fatty foods such as cheese and full-fat, unsweetened yoghurt along with calorie-dense protein.



What to eat when diagnosed with type 2 diabetes?


There are a lot of opinions in the doctors’ world, but a low-carb, high-fat diets and reducing the amount of starchy and sugary food – cutting out bread and cakes and replacing breakfast cereal with berries and double cream to fill you up in the morning.

With a diet like this many people have lost weight especially around the belly feeling happier and fitter.

Another alternative of very low calorie diet was tested and studied by scientists at Newcastle University and published in 2011 in the journal, Diebetologia. In this test 11 patients reversed type 2 diabetes after an eight-week diet of 600-calorie-per-day liquid sachets of soups and shakes containing essential vitamins and minerals.

But this type of test is not recommended without supervision of a medic because it is recommended that you stop your diabetic medication before you begin the diet. A combination of drugs and diet could cause your blood glucose levels to plummet to dangerously low levels.

Dietary change is key to controlling or reversing type 2 diabetes – but it won’t work for anyone who continues with a couch potato lifestyle.


According a review of 47 studies, published in the Annals of Internal Medicine, revealed that sitting still for more than 8 hours in a day raises the risk of type 2 diabetes by 90 per cent.


How to get back on track when diagnosed with type 2 diabetes?


The best way is to control or check your blood sugar as often as you want. There are several types of economic glucometer that helps you to control your blood sugar before and after you’re eating. This is the best way to make sure that you do not eat too much sugar food.


But still the best way is to change your lifestyle and eating habits.


-via dailymail

Lower your Blood Pressure with Eating less Salt and doing More Exercises



Steps to lower your blood pressure without Medication


According to the Institute for Quality and Efficiency in Health Care (IQWiG, Germany), blood pressure can be lowered in different ways. The aim is always to get your blood pressure to a level that reduces the risk of complications. People with only a little bit of high blood pressure may first try changing some of their habits instead of taking medication.

These three steps are important to lower your blood pressure

- Losing Weight

- Low salt diet

- More exercise

But this isn’t all, there are also other changes in your habits that get you the desired results as for example:

- Alcohol in moderation

- Relaxation and stress reduction using specific working techniques

- Quit smoking

- A diet rich in fruit, vegetables, whole grain foods, as well as fish and poultry


But as always not all the above changes have been scientifically proven to lower your blood pressure, but they will help you more than doing nothing.


Result of weight loss and low-salt diet

In studies on weight loss, people with high blood pressure were able to reduce their systolic blood pressure by 4 to 5 mmHg, and their diastolic blood pressure by 3 mmHg. These values were achieved after they lost an average of four kilograms (just under nine pounds) within one year.

As mentioned, a low-salt diet has also been proven to lower blood pressure. To lower systolic blood pressure by 5 mmHg and diastolic blood pressure by 3 mmHg, you only have to reduce your daily salt intake by about 4 grams. That is about one teaspoon.


Physical exercise and sports will have the short-term effect of increasing blood pressure, because the heart needs to pump more blood through the body. But over the long term, more exercise causes blood pressure to fall because the blood vessels are then in better shape and more elastic.

In studies, the systolic blood pressure value fell by an average of 5 to 8 mmHg in participants who got more exercise. They were advised to walk 30 minutes more than they usually would per day, to ride a bicycle for one hour three times a week, or to go jogging, for example. Most of these studies lasted six months.

Quitting smoking and other measures

Regardless of blood pressure level, smoking has a big impact on your risk of cardiovascular disease. That means that quitting is definitely worth it. Whether people with high blood pressure can lower it and need less medication if they quit smoking is a separate issue. There is no conclusive research on whether quitting smoking has this additional benefit.

There is also not enough research on whether other approaches like following a special diet with lots of fruit and vegetables, stress management, or drinking less alcohol can lower blood pressure.


-via NCBI


Misconception of high blood pressure

There is an erroneous conception that people with high blood pressure, also called HBP or hypertension, will experience symptoms such as nervousness, sweating, difficulty sleeping or facial flushing.

The truth is that HBP is largely a symptomless condition. If you ignore your blood pressure because you think symptoms will alert you to the problem, you are taking a dangerous chance with your life. Everybody needs to know their blood pressure numbers, and everyone needs to prevent high blood pressure from developing.



High blood pressure does not produce any symptoms as for example headaches as it was believed in the early 1900s, it was assumed that headaches were more common among people with high blood pressure. However, research into the subject doesn’t support this view. On the contrary, according to one study, people with high blood pressure seem to have significantly fewer headaches than the general population.

The best way is to find out about your blood pressure is when you know your numbers. There are different kind of equipment (not very expensive) to check constantly your blood pressure.



Don’t wait never for symptoms that are not likely to come, check your blood pressure constantly and feel safe. Do not think that some symptom will tell you, “Hi your blood pressure is too high,” in case you are waiting of that it might be too late.

-via American Heart Association

In case you are decided to change your eating habits, there are many ways to get naturally your high blood pressure down or with other words when following these recommendations you will never have high blood pressure.

Can we Reverse Aging and How

How to Slow down our Aging Process

A Russian theorist Alexei Olovnikov recognized in the early 70’s that chromosomes could not completely replicate their ends. Building on this, and to accommodate the idea of Leonard Hayflick’s of limited somatic cell division, Olovnikov suggested that DNA sequences are lost every time a cell/DNA replicates until the loss reaches a critical level, at which point cell division ends.

What are Telomeres

 According the dictionary telomeres are the segment of DNA that occurs at the ends of chromosomes. 

According the American Heritage Science Dictionary, telomeres are either of the sections of DNA occurring at the extreme ends of eachchromosome in a eukaryotic cell. Telomeres consist of highly repetitivesequences of DNA that do not code for proteins, but function as caps tokeep chromosomes from fusing together. The length of the telomereinfluences the stability of genetic information just interior of the telomere,since the nucleotide sequences at the ends of a chromosome are not copiedby DNA polymerase. Successive copying can thus shorten telomeres,sometimes to the point that functional genes near the telomeres are lost,and this may play a role in cellular senescence and age-related diseases. Ingerm cells, stem cells, and some cancer cells, shortened telomeres can beextended by the enzyme telomerase, thus keeping both the telomeres andthe genes near them functioning. Most somatic cells do not expresstelomerase, and the shortening of telomeres during each round of celldivision may be part of the natural aging of cells.

Source: Modern Language Association (MLA):

“telomere.” The American Heritage® Science Dictionary. Houghton Mifflin Company. 06 Sep. 2015. <>.

Around 1975-1977, Elizabeth Blackburn, working as a postdoctoral fellow at Yale University with Joseph Gall, discovered the unusual nature of telomeres, with their simple repeated DNA sequences composing chromosome ends. Their work was published in 1978. Elizabeth Blackburn, Carol Greider and Jack Szostak were awarded the 2009 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for the discovery of how chromosomes are protected by telomeres and the enzyme telomerase.

But in today’s health scene they appear to be a brand new addition. But what does that have to do with getting older or reverse your aging.

As you get older, your telomeres get shorter and shorter.

DNA replication get less until cell division ceases completely, at which point you die. This is one of the mayor key that explains the process of aging itself, and holds the promise of not just slowing aging, but actually reversing it. Some people now believe the human lifespan could be 150 years, or longer.

There is a recently released book called, The Immortality Edge: Realize the Secrets of Your Telomeres for a Longer, Healthier Life.


This book explains strategies to prevent the shortening of telomere. Research has set telomeres into the anti-aging spotlight. I highly recommend this book for the older generation but it is also of interest for the younger generation.


Science of telomeres offers the most extraordinary and viable possibility for extreme life extension-the kind of anti-aging strategy that actually allows you to regenerate and literally “grow younger.”

As you can imagine researchers are hard at work devising pharmaceutical strategies to accomplish this, but there’s enough evidence that simple lifestyle strategies and lifestyle changes can do this too.

How does Length of Telomere Affect Aging and Lead to Death


Every cell in your body contains a nucleus, and inside the nucleus are the chromosomes that contain your genes. The chromosome is made up of two “arms,” and each arm contains a single molecule DNA, which is essentially a string of beads made up of units called bases. At the very end of each arm of the chromosome is where you will find the telomere. Over time, due to each cell division, the telomere ends become shorter.

What are the Reasons for Speeding Up or Slowing Down the Aging Process

  • Lifestyle can accelerate telomere shorting, and causing premature aging
  • Obesity,
  • Lack of exercise,
  • Psychological stress
  • Smoking

All these cause production of free radicals, which can cleave telomeres and significantly speed up the telomere-shortening process.

There are also some other facts that will contribute to speeding up your aging. Professor Cynthia Kenyon, whom many experts believe should win the Nobel Prize for her research into aging, has discovered that carbohydrates directly affect the genes that govern youthfulness and longevity.

She says, “That you may be able to extend your life and stay fit throughout your old age with a simple change of diet that switches on your “youth” gene.”

By tweaking the genes of roundworms, she has been able to help them live to six times longer than normal.

The genes that controlled aging in worms also do the same thing in rats and mice, probably monkeys and there are signs they are active in humans, too. She found that turning down the gene that controls insulin in turn switches on another gene which acts like an elixir of life.

The Daily Mail reports:

“Discovering the … [first] gene has prompted the professor to dramatically alter her own diet, cutting right back on carbohydrates. That’s because carbs make your body produce more insulin (to mop up the extra blood sugar carbs produce) … so the vital second gene, the ‘elixir’ one, won’t get turned on.”

There is, I guess no need to completely eliminate the intake of carbohydrates, but it is very important to take less of it. We are not eating the same stuff as we have eaten forty or fifty years back that’s for sure.

So, we have to change our diet and eating habits as we grow older. We as the so called ‘baby boomers’ should be aware of it and live in accordance to that matter. If you will live a longer and healthier life this is the way to start it, because it is never too late.