Your 5 Biggest Health Mistakes
Warning Sign: Blood Pressure Complications
High blood pressure, or hypertension, is regarded as a “silent killer,” a disease many people are unaware they have until it’s too late. Of the millions of Americans who have been diagnosed with high blood pressure, most are prescribed ACE inhibitors (angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitors). These work by widening or dilating blood vessels to improve the amount of blood your heart pumps, subsequently lowering blood pressure. Traditionally, doctors have advised their patients to take ACE inhibitors and other blood pressure-lowering medications in the morning, since blood pressure is typically higher then. However, new studies based on the body’s biorhythms have determined that when people ingest ACE inhibitors in the morning, they may actually be less effective. If you take ACE inhibitors in the morning, talk to your doctor about taking them at night instead.
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Health Mistake #5: Ignoring Loss of Sense of Smell
Warning Sign: Alzheimer’s Disease
Every 70 seconds someone is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. The biggest mistake you can make is to ignore memory loss by assuming it’s age-related. In cases of normal, age-induced memory loss, you may have difficulty retrieving memories (stored in the hippocampus) because fewer brain cells make it difficult to access them. In the case of Alzheimer’s, amyloid plaques and neurofibrillary tangles literally destroy the connection between neurons and synapses so that memories are gone forever.
One of the first areas of the brain to be affected by Alzheimer’s is the part responsible for your sense of smell. There’s a simple smell test you can try at home to determine if your memory loss could be warning sign of Alzheimer’s. Click here to take the test.
To protect yourself against Alzheimer’s, look to omega-3 fatty acids, believed to help ward off this deadly disease and boost memory. Here are a few ways for you to get this important nutrient into your diet:
- Increase your intake of algae oil. Take it in pill form, 350mg a day. Or sauté 3.5 ounce servings of salmon (or other fish such as sardines) in olive oil, for added healthy monounsaturated fat, and eat twice a week.
- Try French maritime pine bark, an ancient therapy that goes back to Hippocrates. Take 150mg supplements daily.
Click here for more on omega-3s and other nutrients that help fight Alzheimer’s disease.