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High blood pressure (hypertension) is the act of blood pushing against the walls of the arteries with high force. Untreated high blood pressure can lead to serious health problems including heart attack and stroke. High blood pressure can go unnoticed because of its sometimes non-obvious symptoms; so it’s always important to monitor your blood pressure with your physician.

Here are six ways to control or lower high blood pressure:

Participate in stress relieving activities like exercise, meditation, stretching, and breathing.

Increased stress and anxiety levels can make your arteries less elastic.

Limit your salt intake.

Salt makes you retain water in your blood. This increases blood pressure.

Curb weight gain.

Even a slight drop in weight, little by little, over time can help improve high blood pressure.

Limit eating fast food and processed food.

These foods are typically made for taste and not health, which means they are usually salty and fatty.

Limit alcohol intake.

Stop smoking.

Christopher Craft is a speaker and the author of O.P.E.N. Routine: Four Components to Personal Branding Excellence. He’s also the Chief Visionary at Nao Media and Consulting, adigital agency for the sports and entertainment industries. You can follow Chris onTwitter, connect with him onLinkedIn, and circle him onGoogle+.

If you’re a diabetic, you might not be able to eat all the foods that you used to enjoy. Your health comes before great tasting food.The good news is there are some tasty recipes for diabetics. You just need to take the time to cook them for yourself. Most restaurants won’t prepare your food for your health/diet needs. They want to make sure their food leaves people full and with satisfied palates. The Mayo Clinic describes a diabetes diet in the following way:

“A diabetes diet — medically known as medical nutrition therapy (MNT) for diabetes — simply translates into eating a variety of nutritious foods in moderate amounts and sticking to regular mealtimes.

Rather than a restrictive diet, a diabetes diet or MNT is a healthy-eating plan that’s naturally rich in nutrients and low in fat and calories, with an emphasis on fruits, vegetables and whole grains. In fact, a diabetes diet is the best eating plan for most everyone.”

Be nice to your budget and your body by preparing the following diabetic-friendly recipes:


Applesauce Pancakes – http://www.health.com/health/recipe/0,,10000001732650,00.html

Whole Wheat Biscuits – http://www.food.com/recipe/whole-wheat-biscuits-25459



Veggie Tostadas – http://www.health.com/health/recipe/0,,10000001733680,00.html

Elise’s Sesame Noodles – http://www.eatingwell.com/recipes/elises_sesame_noodles.html



Fresh Berries with Maple Cream – http://www.health.com/health/recipe/0,,10000001732992,00.html

Splenda Blueberry Cobbler – http://www.food.com/recipe/easy-splenda-blueberry-cobbler-286911


Christopher Craft is the Founder/CVO of Nao Media and Consulting, a hybrid firm (media/branding/marketing/design) working in the fields of sports and entertainment. He blogs regularly at the Nao Blog. You can follow Chris on Twitter, connect with him on LinkedIn and circle him on Google+.

Eating a healthy diet is an activity that’s often not at the top of our minds until our mid to late thirties. While we’re young, we can typically “get away” with eating anything we want at anytime. Some of us don’t value the opportunity to form healthy eating habits while young. As we age and as our metabolism slows down, we no longer have the luxury of going about our dieting activities without a plan. Some believe that they are a point of no return once they reach a certain weight or have certain health issues (i.e. high blood pressure and diabetes). Many people also fall victim to gimmicky diets that produce temporary results. You can’t give up and you can’t let failed diets discourage you from reaching your goals. We propose that keeping it simple is the best way to get started when seeking to form healthy eating habits. Below are ten simple ways to kickstart a healthy diet. And remember, everyone (including myself) has weaknesses. If you have a bad day filled with the eating of too many tasty desserts, don’t get discouraged. Take note of what caused the setback so you can learn from it. In fact, that’s related to our first point…

1. Don’t lean on will power. That’s too difficult. Try to avoid people, places and activities that encourage your eating of things that aren’t good for your diet.

2. Drink more water. We are often thirsty when we feel hungry. Try drinking water instead of going for a candy bar. Also substitute water for sugary beverages whenever possible.

3. Decrease your options. Avoid eating out of curiosity by limiting your diet to certain foods.

4. Make sure there’s something green and leafy on your plate.

5. Avoid overusing fatty dressings, sauces and other add-ons. A salad can turn into a fatty/high calorie meal after you pile on the ranch dressing, croutons, cheese and bacon bits. Go heavy on the vegetables instead (add carrots, bell peppers, tomatoes, etc.)

6. Eat more home-cooked meals. Not only is this a healthy tip, but it’s also good for your budget.

7. If you’re dining out, place your order first. Doing this will help you avoid being influenced by other people’s unhealthy food choices.

8. Get more sleep. Some researchers have found that lack of sleep can increase your desire to eat. For some this is not a simple task (because of family and/or work obligations), so be sure to rest and relax when you have an opportunity. This might involve giving up television or Internet usage.

9. Regularly consult your physician about your eating habits and concerns during your visits. There are no bad questions when it comes to your health. The doctors at Valley Healthcare can answer your questions and will provide you sound advice that’s compatible with your situation.

10. Get started now. Don’t wait until January 1st for New Year’s Resolutions. There’s power in immediate action.

Christopher Craft is the Founder/CVO of Nao Media and Consulting, a hybrid firm (media/branding/marketing/design) working in the fields of sports and entertainment. He blogs regularly at the Nao blog. You can follow Chris on Twitter, connect with him on LinkedIn and circle him on Google+.

Valley Healthcare System, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) Non-profit, Charitable Organization.

The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), in accordance with the Federally Supported Health Centers Assistance Act, as amended, sections 224(g)-(n) of the Public Health Service (PHS) Act, 42 U.S.C. 233(g)-(n), deems Valley Healthcare System, Inc. to be an employee of the PHS which provides liability protection under the Federal Tort Claims Act (FTCA)

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