Heart disease has emerged as the #1 killer of people living in the United States - and is quickly catching on in other parts of the world, too. There are many conditions that can cause heart disease. However, one emerging - and preventable risk factor -- is high cholesterol. September 1st kicks off National Cholesterol Education Month, which is designed to raise awareness of high cholesterol, its relationship to heart disease, and what can be done to lower it.
Cholesterol is a naturally-occurring substance in the body. In fact, you need cholesterol to perform a variety of important functions in the body. But when cholesterol levels become too high, it can potentially cause health problems.
A vague pain here, a fever -- most of the time you get sick, there are certain symptoms that let you know that something is wrong. However, with certain conditions causing heart disease -- including high cholesterol -- those symptoms may not be necessarily there.
Getting your cholesterol checked is one of the most important things you can do to protect yourself against heart disease. Find out how often you need to get tested, and what to expect when getting tested. (Hint: it's a lot easier than you think.)
A reader wrote me this week complaining about the high cost of yoga classes. Believe me, if this yoga guide gig came with super powers, I'd wave my hand and make all classes affordable, studios profitable, and hamstrings flexible. Unfortunately, I can't do all that, but I can give you some money-saving tips.
Buying your classes in bulk is really the best way to bring down the cost of each class. Donation-based studios are the big news lately, as more teachers become committed to keeping the cost of yoga reasonable. Hit Google to find out if there is a pay-what-you-can studio near you.
Bird of paradise is one of those poses that seems completely improbable until the day comes, quite unexpectedly, when you find yourself standing there on one leg, all bound and balancing. What I like about this pose is that it can easily be broken down into stages, beginning with bound side angle. As you become comfortable with each step along the way, you are working your way up to the full pose.
As more and more studies reveal the heart-healthy benefits of cocoa extract, a growing number of purportedly good-for-you chocolate products are hitting the market. This week, take a look at the science behind the supposed health benefits of cocoa extract. Also this week, discover the benefits of meditation for chronic pain relief and explore the use of herbs for boosting liver health.
Anyone who's ever sipped ginger ale to calm an upset stomach knows that the herb can be wonderfully healing. Now research shows that ginger may help with more severe stomach troubles, as well as bring relief to people suffering from chronic pain. Read more