Diet Drinks And Heart Health – Part 1

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By Kac Young PhD, ND, DCH.

hearthealthMarch 29-31, 2014 at the scientific meeting of the American College of Cardiology research results announced that middle-aged women who consume more than two diet drinks a day may be setting themselves up for heart attacks, stroke or other cardiovascular problems.

Analysis of the data showed that women who consumed two or more drinks a day were 30 percent more likely to develop a cardiovascular problem and 50 percent more likely to die from a heart-related disease than women who rarely or never drank diet beverages .

The new findings come from a three-month study including 60,000 postmenopausal women who detailed their weekly consumption of diet sodas and diet fruit drinks (1).

Coronary artery disease is the leading cause of death in men and women. It occurs when a person’s coronary arteries become damaged or diseased from a build-up of fat and cholesterol in the blood that sticks to the inner walls of the arteries. Over time the arteries become narrowed or blocked. The good news is that 90% of all heart disease can be prevented.

There are four ways to be cardio smart.

1) Diet. You have 100% control of what you put into your body. East fresh, local, hormone and pesticide free. Eat more vegetables than protein. Stay away from red and processed meats and make sure your protein serving is only a s big as your fist.

Avoid soft drinks that contain sugar and also the diet drinks that can fool you into thinking you are taking care of yourself. Avoid sugars, bad saturated fats, and reduce your sodium content to no more that 1500 mg per day.

Stay tuned for part 2 of this article shortly…..


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Kac Young, a former television director and producer, has earned a Ph.D. in Natural Health and is a Doctor of both Clinical Hypnotherapy and Naturopathy. She is the author of 10 books. Heart Easy is a system of nutritionally sound, delicious meals that promote heart health, long life and taste great. Traditional recipes are turned into heart healthy meals that anyone can make. The health results are outstanding.