Well, this is interesting. Several recent studies, including a meta-analysis of several controlled trials, seem to point to sugar – particularly fructose – as a greater culprit in damaging the cardiovascular system than excessive salt intake: increased diastolic and systolic blood pressure, increased heart rate, and possibly causing myocardial inflammation.
Definitely worth a read: Blood Pressure: Sugar Worse Than Salt? | Medpage Today.
By now you’ve heard about the heart benefits of dark chocolate. Health experts say antioxidant compounds called flavanols in the dark delicacy have the power to lower hypertension and improve blood flow. Flavanols have also been tied to healthier cholesterol levels and antioxidant benefits. But some dark chocolate bars come loaded with more than four times the flavanols of others, according to a new report from ConsumerLab.com, an independent company that tests health products and supplements for quality and contaminants.
Read the full article at Prevention.com.
It’s hard to believe that it’s already time for the holidays. As the year winds down to a close, we find ourselves surrounded by loved ones and the opportunity to focus on what’s most important in life. This is also a time of reflection, as we are all getting ready to embark on a new adventure – 2015!
Whether it’s planning for the holidays, planning for the new year ahead, or just trying to figure out priorities, it’s our attitude that helps us determine how we will move forward. Take a look at this message from Kevin Guest, president of USANA, about the importance of having an attitude of gratitude.
Have a happy and healthy holiday season!
This was originally written as a Spring Cleaning guide but it’s not a bad way to start your New Year, so take a moment to read these 5 easy – and smart – steps to declutter your business