According to the Center for Disease Control about 610,000 people, or one in every 4 deaths, are attributed to heart disease every year. They also note that heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States. For many, a heart attack is the first symptom of heart disease, but one in three heart attack victims do not survive their first attack. Prevention through a healthy lifestyle and supplementation is the key in educating consumers.

Age Isn't A Factor In Heart Health

The biggest misconception is heart disease only happens to the elderly. However, according to the American Heart Association it's starting to impact people at an earlier age and is the primary cause of death among all middle-aged Americans. The association indicates heart disease causes more than 160,000 deaths in people between the ages of 35 and 64 each year. In fact, almost 150,000 Americans killed by cardiovascular disease each year are under the age of 65.

Maintaining Healthy Cholesterol Levels is a Balan...

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Treat Migraines Naturally

2/16/2018 6:00 AM

Migraine headaches are often debilitating, under-diagnosed, and quite common.Currently only 12 percent of individuals with migraine in the U.S. use any form of preventative therapy, while 98 percent use some form of acute treatment. Given that most natural therapies are effective for migraine prevention, rather than acute treatment, and without adverse effects, they may be the best choice for people who get migraines.

Why Are You Getting Migraines? What’s Causing Them To Be Chronic?

New research points to Mitochondria Dysfunction as being part of the underlying etiology of migraine headaches.

What Does Mitochondria Dysfunction Mean?

Mitochondria are the organelles responsible for energy (ATP) production, and are part of every cell in the body. If mitochondria in the neurons aren’t working properly, and working irradicably, they won’t be able to maintain good cell function. That can lead to a collapse in synaptic communication and an increase in inflammation. Inflammation is often seen in p...

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4 Surprising Heart Harmers

2/13/2018 6:00 AM

We’ve all heard diabetes, smoking, and family history are among the top contributors of heart problems, but now research has uncovered some lesser known risk factors:

Your gut microbiome plays a much grander role in health than scientists ever anticipated. In fact, those microbes likely play a role in heart health.

Could it be possible cardiovascular disease has less to do with what we eat and more to do with your microbiome?

German researchers recently discovered that patients with heart failure had significantly fewer types of bacteria in their gut compared to healthy patients.

Eating a diet rich in fiber and plant-based foods like veggies, fruits, nuts, and seeds may help you maintain a healthier balance of gut bugs.

Check out our favorite gut nourishers, part 1 of 3. 

Top Probiotic Picks:

Bio-Kult Probiotic

Seeking Health Probiota Sensitive

#2: Mental Health Challenges

The head-heart connection should be on everyone’s radar. The biological and chemical factors that trigger mental health issues could also influence heart disease or stroke.

In one study, people with major...

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Do you love wheatgrass? Even if you've never grown your own, don't worry, it's easy! It will also add some lovely color to your kitchen, and you’ll be able to incorporate wheatgrass sprouts all year long.  

Wheatgrass is known for its bright emerald green color, which is due to its high chlorophyll content. Chlorophyll is the plant equivalent of the oxygen-carrying red pigment hemoglobin in red blood cells (for humans).

Wheatgrass is rich in P4D1, a “gluco-protein” that acts like an antioxidant, reducing inflammation. Some claim they like the taste of wheatgrass better than barley grass, stating barley grass has a bitterer flavor. 

This convenient grower allows you to grow fresh wheatgrass in just 10 days, utilizing your home's room temperature and lighting (no special lighting needed). You don't need soil, and although there are three trays, you are able to grown just one tray at a time, if you're inclined. The trays are made of a BPA-free plastic.

If you're juicing, each tray makes about...

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Carbs and Heart Disease

2/7/2018 6:00 AM

Ask 10 random people on the street what nutrients to watch for heart health, and you’ll get 10 variations on “saturated fat and cholesterol.”

In fact, there’s no real evidence saturated fat and/or cholesterol from whole foods causes heart disease. But did you know about the connection between some types of carbohydrates and heart disease? It’s not as simple as “carbs cause heart disease,” but there is a connection for certain types of carbohydrates, especially highly refined carbs. Basically, the problem is that sugar and refined carbs damage the lining of your blood vessels, technically called the vascular endothelium.

Meet Your Endothelium

The endothelium is a layer of cells on the inner surface of your blood vessels. A healthy endothelium prevents blood clotting, keeps inflammation under control, regulates the formation of new blood vessels, and controls blood pressure by constricting or dilating your blood vessels. Basically, if you want a healthy cardiovascular system, you need a hea...

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Imagine standing in the coffee aisle at your local grocery store. You’ll see many different coffee bean options at a wide range of prices. The cacao industry is like the coffee industry, and the factors effecting cost are very similar. Factors effecting cost include, but not limited to: purity, smell, color, flavor, farming practices (organic, fair-trade, etc.), production process (fermenting and roasting procedures), reputation, demand. Even the “best” cacao is often subjective, depending on who you talk to.

The 3 Varieties of Cacao Beans Grown Today:

Criollo Beans

  • The most rare and expensive of the three varieties.
  • Only 10 to 15% of cacao trees are Criollo, and they are small and difficult to grow.
  • First discovered in Mexico and used by the Mayans.
  • The history of cacao in Bali, Indonesia is linked to the cacao orchards in Mexico. (the Indonesian Criollo beans are linked to the Philippines, which is directly linked to the cacao the Spanish brought there from the cacao orchards in Mexico).
  • Ch...
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