5 reasons to up the fiber in your diet

5 Reasons to Up the Fiber in Your Diet - find out why you need to increase the amount of fiber you eat on a regular basis, TODAY.

Fiber is essential.

If you are like most people, you don't get enough. According to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, women 50 and under should be getting 25 grams a day, men 50 and under should be getting 38 grams a day. What is fiber?

Potassium : the underdog nutrient

There are many, but for the sake of this article I'm focusing on its role in preventing cardivascular disease. I am sure you have heard often that too much sodium (salt) will contribute to high blood pressure. This is because sodium constricts the blood vessels of the heart which in turn elevates the total pressure of the blood against the heart walls. High blood pressure is dangerous because it is a stepping stone for heart disease, which includes heart attacks and strokes. Potassium performs the exact opposite - it is a "vasodilator", which means it RELAXES the blood vessels of the heart

Myth series #2: Red wine is good for your heart

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You’ve seen it in magazines, on the news, and on the web. Red wine is good for your heart. Drink it and you will “slash” your risk of heart disease dramatically…Right?

Sort of.

It all started with the French – we observed over the years their consumption of red wine and also observed their rate of heart disease still remained well below that of America, and we started to correlate the two with each other. There have been multiple studies and loads of research on the topic. So is there at least some truth in red wine’s ability to lower our chance of heart disease? Yes, but it’s benefits are HIGHLY exaggerated and are not enough to warrant starting a new drinking habit. read more