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  Handling Hypertension Naturally

High blood pressure is a contributing factor to stroke, heart disease and kidney failure, so it’s vital to get it under control. If your doctor prescribes prescription medication to lower your blood pressure, don’t ignore her recommendation. It is time to take immediate action, but know that there are natural options.


Ease stress with meditation or bio feedback. In his book The Relaxation Response, Herbert Benson, MD, of Harvard has tracked the beneficial effect of meditation on stress relief. According to his studies, daily meditation can reduce hypertension. Biofeedback is simply a machine aided way to get the same effect. For less than $300 you can get a RESPeRATE bio feedback machine that has been clinically proven to lower blood pressure within weeks. You can buy one here

Know that sodium is a cause of hypertension. It’s the seasoning of choice in most prepared and fast foods so even if you never use a salt shaker you are probably getting a hefty dose. Cut back on salt, to one or two grams a day, then gradually add it back to your diet while monitoring your blood pressure.

Conversely adding potassium to your diet will help ease blood pressure so eat bananas, tomatoes, watermelon, celery and leafy vegetables,


Canadian researchers announced this month that Vitamin D deficiency seems to be a factor in breast cancer. Pamela Goodwin, MD of Mount Sinai Hospital in Toronto reported that only 24% of the women in her study had adequate levels of vitamin D when they were diagnosed. How do we make our own vitamin D? From the sun, so some is good and might help prevent breast cancer while too much puts you at risk for skin cancer. The Canadians further reported that women with a vitamin D deficiency at breast cancer diagnosis were 94% more likely to have their cancer metastasize and 73% more likely to die within 10 years. The Harvard School of Public Health now recomends a daily Vitamin D dose of 1000 -2000 IU a day, substantially more than the 400 IU the NIH recommends for those between 51-70, and 600 IU for those older. You need less if you're in the sun a lot.


Not surprisingly the Harvard School of Public Health is suggesting that we up our vegetable consumption from the officially recommended five servings a day of fruits and vegetables, to help fight cancer and heart disease. Okinawans, highlighted in "Reverse Aging Now" as the world’s longest lived people, eat seven servings a day. A study at the school showed that in the US the biggest barrier to consuming more is taste. Try this simple recipe to see what you can do with garlic and olive oil. Heat a pan, add both and stir fry a head of well washed spinach. Season to taste with soy sauce. It’s a revelation because this nutritious vegetable could taste good to you for the very first time. Choose seasonal produce from local markets as summer approaches for the best taste.


Organic foods are better for you than those grown with pesticides, but in tough economic times, you can save money by concentrating your organic food budget on produce that soaks up more residue, like peaches, strawberries, celery lettuce and sweet bell peppers. Onions, mangoes, asparagus, eggplant and broccoli absorb the fewest amounts of poisons. You can make a very effective and inexpensive produce vegetable wash by mixing a few tablespoons of hydrogen peroxide and vinegar into a pot of water. Swirl the produce, then rinse in fresh, cold water. Don’t forget to put greens like lettuce and spinach in a vegetable spinner to draw out the water and stop the leaves from growing limp.

  Raw vegetables are not always the best. In a surprising study about to be published in the British Journal of Nutrition next month, researchers examined 198 Germans who strictly adhered to a raw foods diet. The raw food consumers had normal levels of vitamin A and beta carotene, but were deficient in lycopene, a powerful anti-oxidant that helps fight prostate cancer found in red colored veggies like tomatoes. Nearly 80% of them fell short.
With summer arriving soon, this is the best time of year to take charge of your aging. Learn how with the 2007 Telly Award Winning feature length documentary, "Reverse Aging Now." Each DVD includes an Interactive Longevity Workbook with over 100 pages of material for you to track your progress. This is not science fiction. It is fact. To see how one middle aged man is applying these principles to his own life, go to Anti-Aging Diary.com

Resveratrol is hitting the big time. We’ve been tracking this miracle compound found in red wine since our conversations with Walter Willett, MD of Harvard Medical School in the documentary, "Reverse Aging Now." Dr. Willett’s Harvard colleague, David Sinclair, MD found that resveratrol worked by mimicking the health effects of calorie restriction, significantly adding to the longevity of every organism fed it including human cells in vitro. In 2004, Dr. Sinclair founded the biotech firm Sirtris Pharmaceuticals to extract and refine the compound. Two clinical trials showed that Sirtris’ version of resveratrol helps lower blood sugar in diabetics. Ongoing tests are more promising. British drug maker GlaxoSmithKline recently announced that it would acquire Sirtris for $720 million in cash. As they say in France when they hoist glasses of red wine, a votre sante

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