Blog Archive for Tag: Nutrition

Heart Health Tip: Cook Your Own Beans (Recipe)

December 15th, 2015

  Beans of all kinds are a heart-healthy addition to your diet. They’re loaded with protein, dietary fiber, minerals and vitamins—all beneficial to the heart and entire body. They’re so healthy, in fact, that the British Journal of Nutrition said that beans “have acquired the status of staple food for ...

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Why We Included Folic Acid in Herbalife Niteworks®

March 20th, 2015

Folate and folic acid are forms of a B vitamin best known for its use during pregnancy. The nutrient helps support the health of an unborn baby’s brain and spine, making it especially important in those earliest stages of life. But there is a wider benefit to folic acid, and ...

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Member Spotlight: What I Learned About Opening an Herbalife Nutrition Club

March 12th, 2015

I enjoy seeing Independent Herbalife members doing big things with their health and lives. When I heard that member Nique Callantine was starting a noteworthy Nutrition Club to inspire others in her community to get healthy, I wanted to hear more. What’s different about her Nutrition Club? Nique told me ...

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Why Cilantro Is So Good for You

February 26th, 2015

Fresh herbs are a delicious, nutritious boost to any meal. One of my favorites? Cilantro. Cilantro, also known as coriander, is a tasty herb that is also incredibly healthy. Just look at fresh cilantro: it’s green and leafy, much like other well-known health foods like spinach, kale and collard greens. ...

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¿Por qué es el cilantro tan bueno para ti?

February 26th, 2015

Las hierbas frescas son deliciosas—un refuerzo nutricional para cualquier comida. ¿Uno de mis favoritos? El cilantro. El cilantro, también conocido como culantro, es una hierba de rico sabor que también es increíblemente sana. Sólo observa un cilantro fresco: es verde y lleno de hojas, parecido a muchos otros alimentos saludables ...

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4 Nutrients You Probably Don’t Get Enough Of

February 23rd, 2015

I try to eat an excellent diet. I aim to load my plate with lean protein, low fat dairy, whole grains, and fresh fruits and vegetables every meal. But the reality is that my diet still falls short sometimes. My biggest struggle is time. A demanding workday, travel, family commitments—all ...

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Heart Health in Your 40s: 4 Steps to Take Control Now

February 16th, 2015

It often takes people until their 50s or 60s to realize they need to focus on heart health. I’d like to see that change. The earlier the better; research shows that heart health can be affected as early as infancy. Today, I’d like to talk specifically to those of you ...

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How Weight Impacts NO Production

February 12th, 2015

One of the greatest traits of the human body is its ability to restore health. Think about the last personal transformation you saw: Were you amazed at how healthy and vital your friend (or you!) appeared after working to get healthy? When you choose to change something about your health, ...

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5 Healthy Snacks to Pack in Your Bag

February 10th, 2015

A key to weight loss or maintenance—and to keeping the heart healthy—is what you eat between meals. Along with breakfast, lunch and dinner, make sure you eat two healthy snacks that each contain about 200 calories; this helps keep your blood sugar steady throughout the day. Don’t rely on vending ...

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4 hechos acerca de los niveles de azúcar (glucosa) en la sangre

February 9th, 2015

La mayoría de la gente sabe lo importante que es mantener niveles de azúcar, o glucosa sanguínea, saludables. Ellos saben que comer alimentos procesados pueden elevar sus niveles de glucosa en la sangre y el comer alimentos integrales, o no procesados, puede apoyar niveles saludables de esta glucosa. Pero mucha ...

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4 Facts to Know About Blood Sugar

February 9th, 2015

Most people know it’s important to maintain healthy blood sugar levels. They know that eating processed foods can raise blood sugar levels, and eating whole foods can help support healthy blood sugar levels. But many people don’t know exactly what blood sugar is. So, what is it? And why is ...

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Why You Should Eat Macadamia Nuts

February 4th, 2015

Think about the last time you ate macadamia nuts. It’s likely you enjoyed them in a sweet treat, such as a cookie or cake. But did you know macadamia nuts are actually a health food? Creamy and decadent, macadamia nuts are a heart-healthy accent to entrées, salads and healthy baked ...

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Herbalife’s Science-Based Approach to Nutrition

January 29th, 2015

I’ve spent a large portion of my professional life studying the effects of nutrition on the body. What interests me most is the science behind how overall health is impacted by nutrition—including protein, fiber, and essential vitamins and minerals. As I’ve studied how to help people improve their nutrition, I’ve ...

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Get Ready for the February Challenge: 28 Days of Heart Health

January 27th, 2015

Now that we’re well past the 12 days of Christmas, it’s time for a new focus: 28 days of heart health. Last year, we started the first ever Global Heart Health Month. This year, I’d like to take it a step further by not only recognizing Global Heart Health Month ...

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Heart-Healthy Pumpkin-Ginger Soup

January 26th, 2015

Warm up the winter months with this delicious, nutritious soup loaded with vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin B-6, fiber, potassium and a range of other nutrients. This recipe makes a big batch, so do the work once and enjoy it for days to come—or freeze some and enjoy it again ...

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3 Foods to Protect Heart Health

January 22nd, 2015

It’s easy to assume that making just one healthy choice doesn’t matter all that much. But it does! One healthy food or drink can have a direct impact on the endothelium, the organ that produces and releases Nitric Oxide (NO) and a handful of other hormones and chemicals that influence ...

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Protein: 7 Herbalife Healthy Tips

January 8th, 2015

Protein is something we talk a lot about at Herbalife. It is so crucial to the health and function of the entire body. In the video below, I talk about what protein is, how it works, and where to get it in your diet. Here are a seven key points ...

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Antioxidants and the Heart: Why You Need Flavonoids

December 29th, 2014

The scientific community has long studied antioxidants. While a diet rich in antioxidants is a great way to support total wellness, the nutrients also specifically support the heart. The word “antioxidant” literally means “anti-oxidant,” meaning it’s combating the impact of oxidation on the body. Oxidation is a process caused by ...

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Why Garlic Is So Good for You

December 22nd, 2014

Sometimes traditional practices are still the best. Garlic has been used since the beginning of recorded history, and it’s one of the earliest documented examples of plants used to support health. Ancient Egypt, Greece, Rome, China and India all used garlic for its medicinal properties. Today, garlic is used to ...

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New Study: 5 Healthy Lifestyle Behaviors to Support Heart Health

December 15th, 2014

A new study is out, and the results are clear: There are five health habits that support heart health. While this specific study was done on men, a previous study suggests a similar effect in women. Before we get to what those behaviors are, let’s look at some of the ...

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7 Healthy Food Prep Time Savers (Guest Post)

December 11th, 2014

Written by: Nique Callantine This guest post comes from Nique Callantine, a personal health, wellness and fitness coach and an Independent Herbalife member. Eating healthy food can be a challenge when you’re busy (who isn’t?). And that’s true even when health is the major focus of your life and business, ...

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4 Tips for Heart Healthy Holidays

December 6th, 2014

Keep your heart healthy during the holidays with these four tips. Eat well The holiday table may be full of fatty foods and sweets, but that doesn’t mean you have to overindulge. Enjoy smaller amounts of holiday dishes, and balance those with lean protein, low-fat dairy, whole grains, and plenty ...

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Changing the Health Culture: Mexico Is Making Progress (Dr. Medina)

December 4th, 2014

It can become disheartening to read the statistics about Mexico: Seven in 10 adults are overweight or obese. One-third of children fall into the same category.[1] Yet, there is promising news: the government is trying to help. President Enrique Peña Nieto recently urged Mexican citizens to exercise an hour a ...

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Heart-Healthy Side: Garlic, Zucchini and Tomato Sauté (Recipe)

December 1st, 2014

Garlic is an excellent food for supporting circulation and cardiovascular health. The bulb has wide-ranging benefits that include supporting healthy circulation and blood pressure, maintaining cholesterol levels already within a normal range, providing antioxidant protection, and enhancing immune system function. To work garlic into your daily diet, try this delicious ...

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Meet Our Contributors

December 1st, 2014

I am pleased to welcome the following contributors to the Heart Health Initiative. Each is critical in furthering the mission to educate the world about heart health and give people the tools to live heart-healthy lives. Dr. Rocio Medina “Working to support health in my own Latino community is especially ...

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Why Nutrition and Exercise Always Make a Difference

November 10th, 2014

I know a lot of people who approach routine doctor’s visits with apprehension. They’re unsure of what their test results will be or what recommendations the health care provider will make. Some people even feel that since they haven’t lived a healthy lifestyle in the past, there’s no point in ...

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3 Tips for a Heart-Healthy School Lunch (That Your Kids Will Actually Eat)

October 23rd, 2014

Now that kids are likely getting about a third of their nutrition from school—whether from the vending machine or cafeteria—your child’s nutrition should be the most important item on your to-do list. Consider this: Studies show that nutrition not only impacts behavior and focus, but a healthy diet full of ...

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4 Healthy Living Tips for Caring for Someone with a Heart Condition

October 2nd, 2014

I know from experience how much of a transition—and a learning curve—becoming a caregiver entails. It can be especially hard if the person you’re caring for has a heart condition. Caregiving can feel like an overwhelming responsibility. Not only are you likely adjusting to having a new person in your ...

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How Should I Talk to My Doctor About Taking Nutritional Supplements?

September 30th, 2014

Sixty-nine percent of adults in the U.S. take some form of dietary supplement. I’m one of them. In combination with a balanced diet, there’s a large and growing body of research showing the incredible support nutritional supplements can have on overall wellness—and especially heart health. Yet with all the benefits of ...

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5 Foods Rich in Potassium

September 18th, 2014

Potassium is often left out of the heart health discussion. And yet it’s necessary to keeping the heart healthy, partially because it aids in heart muscle contraction. Just as importantly, potassium is crucial for growth and maintenance in the body. As an electrolyte, potassium helps support the water balance between ...

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Athletes: 6 Ways to Stay Cool During Hot Weather

September 14th, 2014

Summer’s heat is reaching its peak, forcing people to find creative ways to keep cool. Athletes, especially, need to find ways to cool down during high heat. Increased body temperature means the heart has to work harder and can impact oxygen delivery to exercising muscles. Aside from impacting how you ...

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La nutrición y la comunidad latina: Vamos a distribuir el mensaje de la salud juntos

September 11th, 2014

Las diferentes culturas se alimentan de forma diferente. Hay varias razones de esto: las tradiciones, la comida que está disponible, y también por los valores sociales que se le da a la salud y la nutrición. Además, algunas áreas del mundo tienden a comer y a vivir vidas más saludables ...

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Nutrition and the Latino Community: Let’s Spread Health Together

September 11th, 2014

Different cultures have different diets. There are a number of reasons for this: tradition, available foods, and even societal values around health and nutrition. And some areas of the world tend to eat and live healthier than others. The region surrounding the Mediterranean Sea, for example, is famous for the ...

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Understanding Different Types of Fiber with Susan Bowerman

September 10th, 2014

Do you get enough fiber? The average American eats far less than half of the recommended 25 to 30 grams of fiber daily. That’s troubling news, especially when it comes to heart health. Fiber is found in vegetables, whole fruits, grains and beans. While best known for digestive support and ...

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What Does a Healthy Lifestyle Look Like?

September 5th, 2014

The term “healthy lifestyle” is used so often that it’s almost losing its meaning. To some, a healthy lifestyle means not eating fast food. To others, it means quitting smoking. To others still, it means taking a walk after dinner or riding a bike on the weekends. These are all ...

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5 Easy Heart-Healthy Recipe Tweaks

September 3rd, 2014

Making a complete diet overhaul can feel overwhelming, but it’s easy to make simple healthy recipe tweaks. There are substitutions or additions you can try that take almost no time, have little affect on taste, and yet can have a positive impact on the health of your heart. Here are ...

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Good Carbs, Bad Carbs: Understanding Carbohydrates

August 25th, 2014

Low-carb diets like South Beach and Atkins have given carbohydrates a bad reputation. But while there are certain carbs you should avoid, some carbohydrates are beneficial and necessary for the body when eaten in moderation. Here’s a breakdown of “good” carbs and “bad” carbs, and what you need to know ...

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5 Facts You Should Know About Heart-Healthy Walnuts

August 18th, 2014

Tree nuts are a healthy and delicious part of a balanced diet, and walnuts are especially healthful. Encased in both a hard shell and an outer husk, the protective layers are removed to reveal the edible seed of the walnut tree. Not only is the walnut a tasty, satisfying snack ...

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Condiments: 5 Healthy Swaps to Cut Fat, Sugar and Salt

July 31st, 2014

By Susan Bowerman, MS, RD, CSSD, FAND Did you know that you can wreck an otherwise healthy meal by adding just a tablespoon of your favorite condiment? These additions may seem harmless, but many condiments are loaded with sugar, unhealthy fats or salt. But don’t worry. You won’t have to eat ...

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The Truth About Sugar In Fruit with Susan Bowerman

July 28th, 2014

I recently wrote an article on seven foods with high amounts of sugar. My hope was to bring awareness to some of the small, unhealthy food choices that many people aren’t even aware they’re making. Then, I came across an article by Susan Bowerman at about sugar in fruit. ...

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Hidden Sugars: 7 Foods to Avoid

July 25th, 2014

Most people don’t know that by the time they’ve eaten breakfast and had their morning coffee or espresso drink, they’ve met their sugar quota for the day. It’s not the whole food ingredients or coffee—it’s the additives: added sugars in breakfast food and coffee sweeteners like syrups and flavored creams. ...

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Heart-Healthy Salmon: Why It’s So Good for You

July 22nd, 2014

I usually enjoy fatty fish like salmon a couple of times weekly. Not only is it easy to prepare, delicious, and a great entrée or meal addition, but it also supports heart health. Part of the Mediterranean diet, salmon is a rich source of essential Omega-3 fatty acids DHA and ...

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Heart-Healthy Kale Walnut Pesto

July 17th, 2014

If you love Italian food like I do, chances are you like pesto. Typical pesto is made with basil and pine nuts, but I like to use superfoods like kale and walnuts to add a boost of nutrients. Kale is one of the healthiest vegetables on the planet and is ...

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Kale Walnut Pesto Pasta with Salmon

July 17th, 2014

The American Heart Association recommends eating fatty fish like salmon twice per week for the Omega-3 benefits. I enjoying pairing my salmon with whole wheat pasta tossed with a delicious kale walnut pesto sauce and spinach. This is a healthy, satisfying lunch or dinner that also works great as a ...

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7 Heart-Healthy Food Substitutes

July 14th, 2014

Many of the foods in a standard American diet simply aren’t good for the heart. Instead of opting for a nutrient-poor food choice, why not reach for foods that taste just as good—or better—and are also good for you? Better yet, why not make choices that directly benefit the heart? ...

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Why I Appreciate Interacting with Independent Herbalife Members

July 10th, 2014

Being a scientist can be isolating at times. I spent 40 years of my life in a laboratory, studying one molecule in the human body. There were days when the only real fresh air I got was walking from the lab to my car, and my interaction with others was ...

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Understanding the Glycemic Index with Susan Bowerman

July 8th, 2014

I had planned to write an article about the glycemic index this month, since it’s an important topic for people looking to support heart health. But then I came across an excellent article by Susan Bowerman on, “Why the Glycemic Index can help you choose a healthy diet.” The ...

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How Healthy Fats from Olives Support Heart Health | Mediterranean Diet

July 2nd, 2014

I enjoy food. To me, eating isn’t just about getting enough calories. It’s about nourishing my body, taking time to relax and even connecting with others over a great meal. That’s why, as part of an ongoing series, I’ll be focusing a different food in the Mediterranean diet each month. ...

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7 Harmful Habits for Heart Health

June 24th, 2014

If you follow my blog, you probably know how to support heart health: Eat a balanced, varied diet. Support nutrition with dietary supplements. Exercise regularly. Get plenty of sleep and rest. Keep stress levels low. But we don’t often talk about what not to do—the habits that are the worst ...

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10 Surprising High-Sodium Foods

June 18th, 2014

Over 90 percent of people age 2 and older eat too much sodium, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). That’s nine out of 10 Americans! Those numbers hold true in the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, mostly due to the prevalence of processed ...

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Dr. Lou Ignarro Answers Your Heart Health Questions | Omega-3s and Lifestyle

June 16th, 2014

I’m back to answer your questions related to the Heart Health Initiative, a mission to educate the world about heart health and give people the tools to lead heart-healthy lives. I’ve chosen two questions from the comments at that I’ll be answering.   Which Herbalife products contain Omega-3 fatty ...

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Getting to Know “Healthy Fats” with Susan Bowerman

June 13th, 2014

Thinking of fat as healthy seems to go against nearly every piece of nutrition advice you’ve ever heard. But there are certain types of fats that are considered healthy and are actually essential to the body. I recently read an article by Susan Bowerman on that gives a useful ...

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Tour of Italy: My Trip, In Pictures

May 19th, 2014

I recently traveled to Italy to give two important talks. What an excellent trip! First, I presented to a group of physicians and scientists; the presentation was titled “Feed On Life.” And later in the trip, I spoke at the Herbalife Italian summit with over 7,000 excited and driven Independent ...

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Dr. Lou Ignarro Answers Your Heart Health Questions: Supplements and the Heart

May 15th, 2014

Since launching the Heart Health Initiative just last year, there has been an incredible response. Today, I’d like to answer to some of the questions I’ve received in the comments on and through other places like Twitter, Facebook and e-mail. I love responding to your questions, so let’s get ...

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A Wonderful Partnership: Working with Dr. Andrew Myers

May 5th, 2014

Many people write books as a solo endeavor with just one angle of expertise. I wrote one book that way, and I enjoyed the opportunity to share my specific knowledge. But after my first book was off to the publisher, I decided I wanted to expand the expertise I offered ...

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Healthy Aging—At Any Age!

April 30th, 2014

You started aging the moment you were born. You aged as you laughed your first laugh, took your first step, rode your first bike, went on your first date and started your first job. You are even aging as you read this article. Every moment of every day, you age ...

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6 Surprising Benefits of an Active Lifestyle

April 21st, 2014

It probably seems everyone is telling you to lead an active lifestyle—your doctor, your spouse, billboards, magazines and even me. There’s a reason it’s such a popular topic. It’s not just because a fit body looks great; the advantages of regular exercise and movement filter into every area of your ...

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2 Ways Heart-Healthy Nutrients Benefit the Whole Body

April 16th, 2014

Nutrition is a big focus in the Heart Health Initiative—and that’s because your diet directly impacts the health of your heart. While certain nutrients can support cardiovascular wellness, did you know they can also impact the health of the whole body? The great nutritional choices you make extend well beyond ...

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6 Reasons to Eat Mediterranean

April 3rd, 2014

Wholesome food is the basis of wellness. And when it comes to choosing foods that support total health—and especially the health of the endothelium and heart—I recommend the Mediterranean diet. Rich in foods frequently found in the countries along the Mediterranean Sea, the diet has been shown by numerous studies ...

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Athletes: Don’t Forget Nutrition

March 31st, 2014

If you’re an athlete, or exercise most days a week, you’re supporting your health. Regular physical activity is one of the cornerstones of wellness—it’s a crucial part of getting and staying healthy. But while it’s necessary, it’s not enough. Just as exercise is important to health, so is a good ...

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Get Your Winter Greens!

March 14th, 2014

More and more people are eating healthy greens like kale and spinach. But there are other, lesser-known winter vegetables you should consider adding to your diet. Try eating more winter greens for a boost of antioxidants in the cold months.   1. Pick Your Greens The options abound: Broccoli, cabbage, ...

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Why I Take Vitamin D

March 11th, 2014

A little over a decade ago, I decided to take control of my health. I began exercising and eating a fresh, balanced diet rich in fruits and vegetables. I was feeling good—and looking better, too—but I wanted to know what was going on inside my body as a result of ...

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Bicycle Vacations: My Typical Regimen

February 21st, 2014

My wife, Sharon, and I like to go on a few bicycle trips a year. Each of us looks forward to these vacations, when we get to leave behind our day-to-day responsibilities and just be outdoors, moving our bodies and enjoying life. We’re both grateful for our health and the ...

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7 of the Worst Foods for Heart Health

February 17th, 2014

I changed my nutrition and lifestyle, I made very different food choices than I do today. In graduate school, especially, my meals were focused on convenience and often consisted of fast food. I felt the effects of my poor dietary choices every single day. At the time, I understood that the ...

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Can I supplement with NO?

January 22nd, 2014

Dr. Ignarro, Can I supplement with Nitric Oxide?   Nitric Oxide (NO) is a signaling molecule that helps support the maintenance of already healthy blood pressure levels while keeping the arteries youthful and elastic. Unfortunately, NO can’t be taken as a supplement. If you want to support NO production, though, ...

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Nutrients and Absorption: What You Need to Know

January 10th, 2014

Almost any health-related article, book or presentation has a similar underlying message: A healthy diet is the foundation of good health. You know that eating a balanced, varied diet delivers the vitamins, minerals and nutrients your body needs to function. You might even choose foods that target specific nutrients or ...

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Infographic: What Is Blood Pressure?

January 7th, 2014

The term “blood pressure” is used a lot, but what does it mean?

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Start Young: Why Heart Health Matters Now

January 6th, 2014

If you own a car, what kind of care do you give it? Chances are, you don’t wait until it breaks down before taking it in for its first oil change. Instead, you likely change the oil every 3,000 miles and do maintenance at the recommended milestones. If your vehicle ...

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6 Targeted Tips for Healthy Circulation

December 26th, 2013

Healthy circulation keeps every part of the body nourished. Your circulatory system’s main job is to move blood throughout the body, and it is made up of the heart and around 100,000 miles of blood vessels. Circulation is such an important process that your very livelihood depends on a well-functioning ...

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Answers from Dr. Lou Ignarro: Colorful Food Is Packed with Nutrients

December 23rd, 2013

I've heard I should fill my plate with colorful foods. Is this true? Does color really indicate nutrition?   Most of the time, the more colorful your meal, the more healthful it is. Think of the last meal you ate. Was it full of color—maybe a large green salad topped with ...

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12 Heart-Healthy Snacks

December 16th, 2013

Snacking is often associated with junk food—potato chips, candy or other unhealthy options. Yet, eating between meals doesn’t have to be a bad thing. In fact, choosing healthy snacks can be a great way to support health. Your body benefits from healthy snacks in a variety of ways. Recent research ...

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Interview: Herbalife Q&A with Dr. Ignarro

December 11th, 2013

Everyone knows cardiovascular health should be a priority, but there’s so much information out there that it can sometimes be overwhelming. Luckily, we have Dr. Louis Ignarro to help! A heart health expert and Nobel laureate, Dr. Ignarro sat down with Herbalife to answer some of your most popular heart health questions, ...

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My Health Transformation

November 18th, 2013

There’s something you may not know about me: I haven’t always been healthy. Up until the age of 21, I led a very healthy lifestyle through diet and exercise. But things began to go south in graduate and medical school, when there seemed to be no time available for anything ...

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4 Contributing Factors for Low Nitric Oxide Levels

September 23rd, 2013

Nitric Oxide is a crucial part of supporting cardiovascular wellness, and one of the best ways to promote optimal NO levels is through a healthy endothelium. To understand how to keep the endothelial cells—the production house of NO—working properly, it’s important to know the risk factors for endothelial dysfunction. While ...

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The Science Behind Omega-3s and Your Heart

June 12th, 2013

Omega-3s are a constant topic in the wellness field, and for good reason. Omega-3 fatty acids are a form of polyunsaturated fat that the body derives from food and cannot be made in the body. The three main Omega-3 fatty acids are alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic ...

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