High Blood Pressure

by admin on August 19, 2016

Nearly 1 in 3 American Adults have high blood pressure (hbp). This pressure is a measure of the force of blood against the walls of the arteries. A person’s pressure rises and falls throughout the day, but when it stays elevated over time, it is hypertension. It is a cause for concern because it increases the risk for heart disease, stroke and other serious illnesses.

Symptoms of Hypertension (HBP)

High blood pressure has no obvious signs or symptoms. It is often called “the silent killer,” and a blood pressure measurement is the only way to detect it. A blood pressure monitor is all a doctor or nurse needs to check your pressure.

Blood Pressure Guidelines

  • Good = 120/80 mmHg or lower
  • Borderline High Risk = 120/80-139/89 mmHg
  • High Risk = 140/90 mmHg or higher

Treating High Blood Pressure with Medications

Many of the drugs used to control hypertension are called antihypertensives. Common antihypertensives are:

  • Diuretics, which rid the body of excess fluid and salt
  • Beta blockers, which decrease the heart’s need for blood and oxygen, easing its workload
  • Drugs that reduce blood pressure by preventing your blood vessels from constricting
  • Medications that relax the muscles in the walls of blood vessels, widening them
  • Drugs that both reduce heart rate and widen the blood vessels

Treating Hypertension Through Diet

The DASH diet (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension) is a nonmedical way to fight high blood pressure. A clinical study that tested the effects of nutrients in food on the bood pressure found that elevated blood pressure was reduced in people who followed an eating plan that emphasized fruits, vegetables and low fat dairy foods. A second clinical study, called DASH-Sodium, found that reducing dietary sodium lowered blood pressure in both people who followed the DASH eating plan and those who ate a typical American diet.

You can find DASH diet guidelines by visiting the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute.

Staying Healthy with Blood Pressure

  • Avoid high-fat, fried and salty foods
  • Maintain a healthy weight
  • Be physically active
  • Limit alcohol
  • Quit smoking, and try to avoid secondhand smoke

Note: Decongestants can increase blood pressure and may interfere with blood pressure medication. Ask your pharmacist to help you choose a cold and flu medication that doesn’t contain a decongestant.

Hypertension can run in families. If you’re a parent with high blood pressure, check your child’s blood pressure every now and then so you can stop damage before it begins.

You can always take your blood pressure at home by using a home blood pressure monitor. But keep these guidelines in mind:

  • Demonstrate your technique to a health care provider, such as your pharmacist, to ensure that you are using the proper technique
  • Avoid caffeine and cigarettes for at least 30 minutes before taking a measurement
  • Rest quietly for five minutes before testing
  • Sit in an upright position with your legs and ankles uncrossed and your back unsupported
  • Wait at least two minutes before repeating the measurement

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Heart Disease Warning Signs

by admin on August 18, 2016

Heart Disease Warning Signs

Heart Disease and CholesterolThe biggest mistake people make at the onset of a heart attack or stroke is to delay getting help because they are unsure of their symptoms. Err on the side of caution. If you or someone around you exhibits any of these signs, call 9-1-1. The sooner emergency treatment is received, the better the chances of surviving a heart attack or stroke.

Heart Attack Warning Signs

  • Chest discomfort, for example, uncomfortable pressure, squeezing, fullness or pain, that lasts more than a few minutes or that goes away and then comes back.
  • Upper body discomfort, such as pain or discomfort in one or both arms, the back, neck, jaw or stomach.
  • Shortness of breath, which may be associated with or occur before chest discomfort.
  • Other telltale signs, such as suddenly breaking out in a cold sweat or a feeling of nausea or light-headedness.

A Warning to Women
Your heart attack symptoms may be different from those experienced by men. Watch for these additional signs:

  • Abdominal discomfort or indigestion, which might include a burning sensation in the chest or upper abdomen.
  • Irregular heartbeat
  • Flu-like symptoms, such as nausea or vomiting
  • Unexplained fatigue or weakness

Stroke Warning Signs

  • Sudden weakness or numbness in the face, arm or leg, usually on only one side of the body.
  • Sudden difficulty seeing in one or both eyes.
  • Sudden confusion or difficulty speaking
  • Dizziness or loss of balance or coordination.
  • Sudden severe headache for which there is no known cause.

If you don’t have heart disease, consider yourself lucky. But don’t think you’re risk-free. The numbers show just how prevalent heart-related illinesses are. Instead of becoming a statistic, try making a few small changes in lifestyle that could make a big difference in your heart and reduce heart disease warning signs.

  • Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the U.S. for both men and women.
  • Of the 2.4 million Americans who die each year, more than 36% die from heart-related illnesses compared to 23% from cancer.
  • Stroke is the third leading cause of death, killing about 150,000 people a year.
  • 79.4 million people in the U.S. have some form of heart disease.
  • In 2007, the total cost for heart related medical care and disability in the U.S. was estimated to be $431.8 billion.

Source: American Heart Association, Heart Facts 2007

Regular Aspirin Use

Did you know that aspirin can reduce your risk of a heart attack by as much as 32%? And reduce the risk of a second attack by 20%? And therefore reduce your heart disease warning signs? Talk to your doctor to see if an aspirin regimen is right for you.

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Pick Pears

by admin on August 14, 2016

Pick Pears

Being able to pick pears fresh is a luxury to say the least. Pears are usually ready last summer or early fall for picking. Of course, always be sure to check with your local fruit orchard to make sure. If you let pear ripen on the vine, then they will break down at the core and become soft and mushy on the inside. To determine the readiness of the fruit, be aware of the ease of removal. If there are already pears on the ground that have fallen from the tree, more than likely, you may be too late. However, you should surely pick all of them.

To measure if the fruit it ready to be harvested, you can gently pull on the stem of the fruit. If the fruit snaps off cleany from the twig, then the pears are ready to be picked. Logically, on larger trees the fruit on the top ripens more quickly than the fruit near the bottom of the tree. Once the fruit is picked, then you can allow it to ripen naturally. However, there are other varieties of pears that don’t allow for natural ripening once removed from the twig. Late ripening varities such as Anjou, Bosc and Comice. These particular varieties are a little more high maintanence. The need about 3-4 weeks of storage in 32-45 degrees temperature–you can store them in a refrigerator or a cellar if it is cool enough. Furthermore, wrapping these varieties while they are ripening is a good idea, to prevent shriveling. Below is a listing of places where you can pick your own pears.

CONTACT US if you have a place to pick pears or any other fruit! or simply add your information in the comment section below.

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Pomegranate

by admin on August 10, 2016

Pomegranate

In the last couple of years, the pomegranate has been all the rage…with this new juice appearing on the shelves. This seasonly available fruit is renowned for its nutritional properties. Studies show that the juice from this fruit is one of the most powerful antioxidants, which contains a very high level of polyphenols and other free radical-fighting agents.

Some nutritional benefits are:

The fruit can help with:

  • Arteriosclerosis
  • Heart Disease
  • Diabetes

In 2006 the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry published a study which showed that “the polyphenolics in the fruit can play an important role in the modulation of inflammatory cell signaling in colon cancer cells.”

How the fruit fights cancer

Learn more about the the fruit, by visiting a page dedicated to answering an antioxidant-fruits.com’s reader’s questions.

Have you ever wanted to know how to peel a pomengranate? I found this video on You Tube and tried it out myself. This a very good technique, although I still have difficulty with the pomengranate. I think it is a difficult fruit to easily enjoy, like the simple banana.


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Pear

by admin on August 9, 2016

Pear

Pear

The “common” or European pear is packed full with a variety of nutrients, including dietary fiber, potassium, vitamin C and several polyphenols. Research has concluded that fruit may be able to help normalize blood sugar levels, boost metabolism and provide a variety of other health benefits.

The nutritional benefits are:

  • Potassium
  • Dietary Fiber
  • Vitamin C

The fruit can help with:

  • Gastrointestinal health
  • Blood glucose
  • Diabetic conditions

Thinking about cooking with them? You can always check out my Fruit Recipe Page to find unique recipes of specific fruits found on this site.

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Prunes

by admin on August 9, 2016

Prunes

Prunes

Prunes are the dried result of a plum. Surely, we all know the biggest benefit of them is regularity! Hallelujah for that! Plums have impressive antioxidant properties, but when converted into their dried counterpart their antioxidant powers can increase by as much as 600 percent! They have a wrinkly texture on the outside and a chewy texture on the inside.

Some nutritional benefits are:

They can help with:

  • Aging-related conditions
  • Constipation

A recent study done at Oklahoma State University found that the dried fruit can help reverse bone loss due to menopause. It suggested that dried plums can reverse a particular process of osteoporosis previously thought to be irreversible.

They are used in many cooking dishes and are also used in making juice. The constipation elixir. They are a rich dietary fiber as a result.

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Growing Goji Berry

by admin on August 7, 2016

 

How to Grow Goji Berries

Growing Goji Berry WolfberryGrowing the goji berry is no an easy task. Learn how to grow goji berries and about growing goji plants below.

Being able to grow your own food is always an extra advantage financially and nutritionally. Goji berry plants, Lycium Barbarum or Chinese Wolfberry, are woody perennials and known to be very adaptable.

They prefer a lot of sun, liking places that are hot and dry in the summer. The plant originated in the Himalayas. However they will grow in areas that are humid as well. The plants can tolerate very cold winters as well. But, truly, the only way to find out whether or not a wolf berry will grow in your area is to buy one, bring it home, plant it and see if it grows!

Growing Goji Berry from Seed

How to Grow Goji BerryIf you are going to grow the berry plant from a seed, then you will want to freeze the berries for a month (replicating a hard winter). If you are not growing them from seeds, you can obviously skip this step.

Once they have been frozen for a month, soak them in water in a germinating tray. If you wait a week to 10 days, they will germinate in due time, as the water soaking will make the berries think that it is a wet spring – an important part in growing goji berry.

Once they have germinated, be sure to put them in planter starter pots. You’ll want your soil to be a mixture of worm castings and biological compost, as well as sand to make sure any excess water can drain out of the pots. Let it be known that wolfberries grow in soil of ph of 8.2 to 8.6 in their native environment.

Growing Goji BerryThe germinated goji berries should be planted about half an inch down in the pots, of course, plant large berries down deeper. A goji berry seed is smaller than a tomato seed.

In another 10 days to 2 weeks you will notice that the plants start coming up. Once the wolfberry sprouts it is adaptable. The plants grow very slowly in the first couple of months and once their roots get to the bottom of the pot, they will stop growing.

Growing Goji Berry from Cuttings (and continuation of growing them from seed)

If you are taking cuttings from a well-established plant, then you will want to transfer them to 5 gallon buckets as soon as possible (this goes for the germinated berries from the starter pots as well). These 5 gallon buckets should be equipped with drain holes (you can punch them in the bottom if you would like).

The wolf berry plant at its full size is about 8 feet tall and is usually a bit wider than 8 feet.
If you keep them in the 5 gallon bucket, they will not reach their full 8 feet, because like the starter pots, the 5 gallon bucket will stop their growth once the roots reach the sides of the bucket.

How to Grow Goji Berry WolfberryThe shrubs do not yield berries until their third year of growth, but many people also use the leaves of the shrub as salad greens.

In its third year of growth, the shrub will yield purple and white trumpet-like flowers from summer until the first freeze; those flowers will eventually turn into berries.

To keep the shrub growing to its maximum potential, be sure to clip the buds of the plant to get more branches to grow.

DANGERS TO THE GOJI BERRY PLANT:

  • Birds
  • WolfberryDeer
  • Rabbits
  • Tomato Worms
  • Other Insects

You can propagate the plants by taking cuttings, once they are well-established.

Goji berries are very tender and bruise easily. As a result there is no quick way to pick them. So take your time and be patient to get the best yield.

As the shrub gets older in age, it will produce larger and more nutritious berries.

Learn more about the Goji Berry’s history in Utah .
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Benefits of Goji Berry

by admin on August 5, 2016

Wolfberry

Health Benefits of the Goji Berry

The benefits of goji berry are numerous; you’ll also want to know the benefit of goji health juice and the side effects of goji berries.

The goji berry is known as the wolfberry. Wolfberries are commercially called goji berries. It is also known as the Chinese wolfberry.

Goji berries are usually never found in their fresh form, except for in the areas of the world where they are grown. However, they are available as dried fruit and therefore are raisin like textures.

Goji Berries are used in cooking and medicinally.

Benefits:

  • 11 essentail and 22 trace minerals
  • 18 amino acids
  • 6 essential vitamins
  • 8 polysaccharides and 6 monosaccharides
  • beta-sitosterol and other phytosterols
  • 5 carotenoids, including beta-carotene and zeaxanthin (below), lutein, lycopene and cryptoxanthin, a xanthophyll
  • numerous phenolic pigments (phenols) associated with antioxidant properties
  • 5 unsaturated fatty acids, including the essential fatty acids, linoleic acid and alpha-linolenic acid

100 grams of the dried berries contain important amounts of:

  • Calcium
  • Potassium
  • Iron
  • Zinc
  • Selenium
  • Riboflavin (vitamin B2)
  • Vitamin C

Like all antioxidant fruit, the goji berry has great benefits. They are grown in temperate and subtropical climates in China, Mongolia and the Himalayas (Tibet). The berries in these regions have been thought to help the following:

  • strengthen the legs
  • boost immune function
  • helps eyesight
  • improves sexual function and fertility
  • improve circulation
  • promote longevity
  • protects the liver

Benefits of goji berries are that they are loaded in antioxidants, especially carotenoids such as beta-carotene and zeaxanthin. Zeaxanthin protects the retina of the eye. Learn more about the benefits of goji berry and growing goji berry.

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Benefits Of The Lychee Fruit

by admin on August 5, 2016

lychee fruit

lychee fruit

The tropical lychee fruit belongs to the family of soapberry. It can be found widely in Asian countries, such as Philippines, Northern Vietnam, Southern Taiwan, Southern China, and Indonesia and in India but only during summers. The lychee fruit develops from evergreen tree, its leaves being pinnate. Externally, it is covered with a rough pink-red textured peel which can be easily removed. When you open it, it has a sweet layered flesh colored white, enclosing a seed which is colored brown. Lychee’s taste is to some extent like that of grapes, with juicy taste as well. Aside from it having tasty and sweet flavor, lychee is an antioxidant fruit with very useful health benefits as well as nutritional benefits.

Below are lychee fruit’s nutritional and health benefits:

  • A superior source of fiber and carbohydrates, which are important for the human body.
  • Lychee is regarded as digestive and also diuretic.
  • This antioxidant fruit helps in the increase of body fluids, a health requirement for your body.
  • Enhances in the increase of the body’s energy and the general feeling of being well and fit.
  • Lychee fruit is very loaded with Vitamin C. In fact it has about 40% more Vitamin C as compared with Oranges.
  • Its fatty acids are unsaturated, which is of great help in beta carotene’s absorption, and contains other vitamins which are fat soluble.
  • A good defense against blood clots, helps reduce strokes in almost 50% of patients with heart attack and also prevents cell damages

You can buy Lychee products online.

Buy fresh lychee online too!

Have you had a lychee fruit?  How did you like it?

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