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Matamoras, Pa 18336
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Clear The Air
W e inhale nearly 10,000 quarter of air every day,
which brings not only oxygen into our lungs but also mold, pollen, dust,
and even formaldehyde. To filter out these airborne particles, use an
air purifier. In honor of Healthy Lung Month, we asked Martha V. White,
M.D., research director of the Institute for Asthma & Allergy, how
to find the best model and use it effectively.
BY KEEPING your blood pressure in check, you can help prevent a
stroke. Here are five drug-free ways to bring the numbers down.
EAT OMEGA-3S “Omega-3S lower your levels of blood fats and make your
blood less viscous, so your heart doesn’t have to work as hard,
“explains Ginger Nash, N.D., a naturopathic physician in Connecticut.
Nash recommends eating flaxseed or nuts every day or getting three
servings of omega-3-rich fish like salmon each week. If you don’t get
enough of these foods, consider supplementing your diet with 1,200 to
1,500 milligrams of fish oil daily, Nash says.
GET A CHIROPRACTIC ADJUSTMENT A onetime adjustment of the
Atlas vertebra (located at the base of the skull lowers blood pressure
as effectively as taking two blood pressure drugs at once, suggests a
recent University of Chicago Medical Center study of 50 people. Although
researchers didn’t determine how the adjustment reduced blood
pressure, they found that the decrease was still in effect eight weeks
USE SUPPLEMENTS Taking 60 mg per day of Coenzyme Q10 a naturally
occurring compound often deficient in people with hypertension may lower
blood pressure by helping the heart contract more effectively, according
to Nash. Robert E. Kowalski, author of The Blood Pressure Cure (Wiley,
2007), also recommends the supplements Lyc-O-Mato (15 mg daily), a
tomato extract that provides lycopene and other antioxidants that may
lower blood pressure; pycnogenol (200 mg daily), an extract of pine bark
that promotes artery health; Mega Natural-BP, a grape seed extract that
helps keep cholesterol from building up in the arteries; and EP
Sustained-Release L-Arginine, an amino acid that can improve blood flow.
TAKE MAGNESIUM, CALCIUM & POTASSIUM These
electrolytes help nourish the heart muscle and regulate blood pressure.
Kowalski suggests you get about 700 mg of magnesium, 1,200 mg of
calcium, and 4,700 mg of potassium daily through your diet or in
supplement form. And because too much sodium (another electrolyte) can
raise your blood pressure, eat salty foods in moderation.
DO BREATHING EXERCISES Two to three minutes of deep breathing several times a day can help bring down blood pressure, according to Kowalski. He recommends a gadget called RESPERATE (resperate.com) that teaches slow, paced breathing by chiming when you should inhale and exhale.