Greasy Food? Watch Out!

Last post, we talked about the potential pitfalls of chugging down one energy drink too many. Today, we’ll turn a critical eye on greasy food – the food we all love to hate, and sometimes just plain love.

Look at that pizza. That oily, crispy crust, the bubbling cheese, the tasty surprises hiding beneath it’s ever-loving molten dairy mantle. Admit it, you can smell it now, can you? Bet you’re getting hungry right now, too. I should know – I certainly am, and writing this isn’t helping me any.

If you love greasy food like I do – pizza, burgers, country-style deep-fried chicken, and so many more tempting dishes – you may want to go check on yourself every now and then. You might live for the heavenly gloss of fat on your lips, but eating this stuff on a daily basis isn’t doing your heart any favors. Just go easy on the deep-fried food, okay?

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Don’t muse over problems!

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If you have had a fight with someone, experts say that you should stop musing over it. Past is past, let go of it. It has been proven by UC Irvine that the more you sulk on it, the higher your risk of developing heart issues later on in life. Of course, stress is a key player here. UC Irvine said that just by thinking about the scenario, repeating the scenes over and over again in your mind can make your blood pressure sky rocket. If it is an office problem, it is best if you leave it in your office and not mull over it at home. If it is a family problem, better try to mend your relationship with your family right now so that you won’t have to worry about anything when you get home. Isn’t home a place to relax?

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Born with It

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One of the most common forms of major birth defects in newborns, affecting approximately 8 percent of infants and is normally diagnosed within one week from birth is congenital heart disease. It is a malformation of the large blood vessel near the heart. The blood circulates differently prior to birth and the fetus derives oxygen and nutrients from the mother through the placenta. Prior to birth the fetus is not affected by this birth defect. Most types of congenital heart disease are well tolerated during fetal life and only present a problem after birth. Congenital heart disease can have different causes such as environment like chemicals or drugs are sometimes to blame. A mother who develops measles or rubella, or consumes alcohol during pregnancy can impair the development of the fetus heart or other organs.


Cognitive issues.

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If you think high blood pressure only poses a risk to your heart, better think twice. It can actually harm your cognitive thinking, making it impossible for you to think, concentrate and learn. According to the doctors at the Columbia University Medical Center in New York, hypertension is connected with cognitive impairment by means of the different cerebrovascular diseases that may arise when a person has hypertension. Hypertension can also play a big role as a blood to brain barrier dysfunction. This dysfunction is seen by the doctors as somewhat connected with the Alzheimer’s disease and other known cerebral problems.

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Are You Suffering from Hypertension


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Many are at risk by high blood pressure. The majority are unaware that they already have it since it is difficult to notice the symptoms immediately. The typical resting blood pressure of a healthy adult is 120/80, representing a heart in motion over the heart at rest. If your average reading is at least 140/90, you may have hypertension or high blood pressure. Most people find out they are hypersensitive after an illness caused by high blood pressure, like a stroke or heart attack. Hypertension belongs to a spectrum of cardiovascular diseases which are main cause of death.

There are ways to prevent high blood pressure while you still can. Find time to relax. Exercise is one of the best medicines. Maintain a healthy weight. Avoid fatty foods like crispy pata and salty condiments like fish sauce. Eat foods that are rich in fiber and have a good amount of vitamins and minerals like Vitamin E, B6, B12, and folic acid which can find in a variety of grains, fruits, vegetables, lean meats, and nutritional milk supplements. Start a healthy lifestyle and visit your doctor regularly.

MSG and its Aid in Lessening Heart Problems

Monosodium Glutamate, also known as MSG, is a food additive that is known to enhance food flavors and make dishes tasty, savory, and meaty. With the addition of this flavor enhancer meals become tastier and people find dishes more appetizing. However, there have been rumors spreading around that MSG is the main cause why many individuals are suffering from obesity, chest tightness, nausea, excessive sweating after eating and even increases the probability of having heart-related health situations. Due to these unverified statements, many dieticians and doctors are claiming that MSG is bad for health.

All of this began when glutamate was introduced in the US in 1947 as a product that goes by the name of Accent Flavor Enhancer. From that moment on, people have been reporting of symptoms like chest pain, flushing, or burning sensations around the mouth whenever they eat something that has MSG. This claim was even more scrutinized when Robert Ho Man Kwok wrote a letter to the New England Journal of Medicine in April 1968 and disclosed some details of what he experienced after eating in a Chinese restaurant in the United States.

Despite these reports however, the US Food and Drug Administration have classified MSG to be “generally recognized as safe” (GRAS), which was certified back in 1959. The effort of proving glutamates as safe was followed with the review made by the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB) in 1970. The research was sponsored by the FDA, contrary to rumors that Ajinomoto, the MSG Company in Japan, has funded the said research. The Joint Expert Committee on Food Additives (JECFA) of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and World Health Organization (WHO) has classified monosodium glutamate in the safest category as an additive with “Acceptable Daily Intake (ADI) not specified”.

As a matter of fact, contrary to most claims made against it, MSG can lessen the risks of coronary heart diseases, heart attacks, and diabetes because of its low sodium content, which is 33.33% lower than what is found in table salt. Salt has 39% while MSG only has 12% sodium content. Monosodium glutamate is a great option if you want to lessen salt inclusion in meals while maintaining the taste and rich flavor of most dishes. MSG also works well with food that demand the same deep meaty tang without the need to add excessive fat, which lessens the intake of bad cholesterol that gravely affects the heart.

A different kind of meditation.

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Meditation is one of the most soothing and most relaxing of all activities. It requires silence and isolation (not at all times) for better focus. Contrary to what people believe or know, there are actually a lot of variations of meditation. If you have troubles concentrating, then might as well try transcendental meditation. Transcendental meditation is different from the other meditations known to many as most meditations require concentration; however, transcendental meditation does not. It only requires closing of ones eyes and submerging oneself into silence. University of Kentucky said that this kind of meditation can in fact help a person lower down his or her high blood pressure if done 20 minutes a day.

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