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Healthy Directions Staff Editor

Beta blockers are often prescribed to treat high blood pressure. Thankfully, there are also many natural beta blockers that boast similar effects.

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Cod liver oil and fish oil are both rich in omega-3 fatty acids and great for heart health. But, which is better overall? Who gets to be the catch of the day?

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Having high blood pressure can lead to a multitude of other health risk factors. So, what are some ways that can help you lower it?

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Healthy Directions Staff Editor

Peripheral artery disease is known to affect many people. But how can it be prevented and reversed? Let’s discuss how to deal with peripheral artery disease.

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Hypertension is high blood pressure resulting from excess stress or metabolic factors that can increase your risk for heart disease and stroke.

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Dr. Stephen Sinatra

Dr. Stephen Sinatra

Discover why there's a strong connection between stress and heart attacks and what Dr. Sinatra recommends for protecting yourself.

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Garlic for High Blood Pressure

06/02/2021 | 9 min. read

Healthy Directions Staff Editor

Garlic for High Blood Pressure? When it comes to managing high blood pressure, there are certain vitamins and supplements to promote healthy blood pressure.

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Best Time to Take Blood Pressure

06/01/2021 | 7 min. read

Healthy Directions Staff Editor

When is the best time to take your blood pressure? Knowing the right time can help you get accurate self-monitoring results for you and your physician.

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Healthy Directions Staff Editor

The interactions between vitamin D3 and K2 in calcium regulatory mechanisms have been shown to have benefits for bone, metabolic, and cardiovascular health.

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Healthy Directions Staff Editor

The mechanisms behind curcumin, ginger, alpha-lipoic acid, and omega-3 fatty acids prove that they are some of the best anti-inflammatory supplements out there.

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The Best Magnesium Supplements

05/31/2021 | 7 min. read

Healthy Directions Staff Editor

Are you wondering which magnesium supplement is right for you? Finding the best magnesium supplement for you depends on your body’s specific needs.

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Healthy Directions Staff Editor

Do you think you have a deficiency in magnesium? You’re not alone, but thankfully there are ways to boost your intake with magnesium supplementation.

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Healthy Directions Staff Editor

Have you ever noticed a disordered pattern in your blood pressure? If you notice your blood pressure is higher in the morning, there may be a few reasons why. Read on to learn more.

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Magnesium carbonate can help increase magnesium levels in the body and boost the efficiency of various functions. Read on to find out more information.

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How to Lower Blood Pressure Fast

05/21/2021 | 8 min. read

Healthy Directions Staff Editor

Life changes can help lower your blood pressure levels quickly to normalize your blood pressure and help guard you against possible health concerns.

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Podcasts

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Dr. Drew Sinatra

Dr. Drew Sinatra

In this week’s episode of Be HEALTHistic, Drs. Stephen and Drew Sinatra present another installment of their Pulse Check series, where they talk about trending health topics, emerging research, and what you should know right now. Today, the doctors dive into new articles and studies that reveal even more good news about some of their favorite healthy choices. First, the doctors discuss the latest research on a favorite beverage, tea — and how the polyphenols found in tea can help relax blood vessels, lowering blood pressure. Then, they dig into a study that confirms the more fruits and vegetables you eat, the longer and better you can live — and Dr. Steve shares one delicious tip that can cover all your daily servings. Next, the doctors discuss a factor for heart disease that is often overlooked; a fatty particle called lipoprotein (a), or Lp(a), and Dr. Steve explains the risks and gives his top recommendations for keeping it in check. The hosts then focus on the powerful effect music can have on our health, and finally, they give their “pearls” of wisdom on how to naturally lower the ever-growing toxic load in our bodies. Don’t miss this informative episode of Be HEALTHistic!

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Dr. Stephen Sinatra

Dr. Stephen Sinatra

Dr. Stephen Sinatra wrote the bestselling book, The Great Cholesterol Myth, with nutrition expert and co-author, Jonny Bowden. In this week’s episode of Be HEALTHistic, Dr. Steve welcomes his friend and colleague to discuss the recently revised version of their book — which further explores the myths about cholesterol and heart disease, and explains why insulin resistance is the most important indicator of heart disease. First, Jonny discusses how simple diet changes can reverse the effects of insulin resistance, the “rules” for metabolic health, and why eating processed carbs and sugar makes us fatter, sicker, and ages us faster. Dr. Steve and Jonny then talk about the protective benefits of cholesterol, and the importance of getting current screenings that measure more factors than just HDL and LDL. Next, the co-authors focus on statins, and how various nutraceutical solutions can accomplish similar results. Dr. Steve and Jonny also talk about vitamin D, and emphasize other themes in their book that go beyond cholesterol — such as emotional health. Finally, they each share their top “pearls” of wisdom about cholesterol, insulin resistance and heart health. Don’t miss this informative, myth-busting episode of Be HEALTHistic!

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Dr. Drew Sinatra

Dr. Drew Sinatra

In this week’s episode of Be HEALTHistic, Drs. Stephen and Drew Sinatra present another installment of their timely Pulse Check series, where they discuss trending health topics and what you need to know right now. Today, the doctors delve into some noteworthy new articles and studies that reinforce the importance of making healthy choices. First, the doctors discuss the latest research on alcohol and AFib, and how a drink a day may raise your risk. The doctors then talk about a new study on the positive impact of avocado on gut health — and how one delicious “Sinatra Salad” can cover all your daily fruit and veggie needs. Next, the doctors talk about the vital role our pets play in our lives, and also discuss the new research that shows how an afternoon nap can sharpen our cognition. Finally, Dr. Steve gives his “pearl” of wisdom about the link between mental health and heart disease, and why a good cry is the best medicine. Don’t miss this informative, brand new episode of Be HEALTHistic!

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Dr. Drew Sinatra

Dr. Drew Sinatra

In this week’s Be HEALTHistic Video Extra, Drs. Stephen and Drew Sinatra discuss the many vital benefits of taking Coenzyme Q10, or CoQ10. Especially in 2021, when more and more new research is demonstrating the protective health benefits of this “miracle” nutrient. The doctors explain how CoQ10 provides mitochondrial support for healthy aging, how it helps boost immunity, and how it supports the brain and kidneys in addition to the heart. Dr. Steve also shares his recommendations about how much you should take based on your individual health needs in this informative Ask the Doctors video segment.

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Dr. Drew Sinatra

Dr. Drew Sinatra

Are you shortchanging your health? Are you missing out on opportunities to be as healthy as you can because you’re not making the right lifestyle choices? In this week’s episode of Be HEALTHistic, Drs. Stephen and Drew Sinatra discuss the importance of lifestyle medicine, and the three main areas you need to focus on for optimal health. From the best foods and nutrients to seek out, to balancing your mind, body and spirit with self-care, to the health screenings that are most essential — the doctors share what you need to know. First, the doctors discuss the significance of a healthy diet and understanding your food sensitivities, as well as being aware of nutrient deficiencies that may result from certain diets (i.e., keto diet) or medications (i.e., birth control pills or PPIs). Next, they focus on self-care and the mind-body aspects of lifestyle medicine — the power of proper breathing, why spending time in nature is key, and the benefits of cold immersion therapy. Finally, the doctors discuss the pertinent health tests we should ask our doctors about yearly — the heart tests that Dr. Steve recommends, as well as the list of preventive tests Dr. Drew suggests. They also share their ultimate “pearls” of wisdom about lifestyle medicine, and how you can start optimizing your wellness right now. You won’t want to miss this truly informative and engaging episode of Be HEALTHistic!

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Dr. Stephen Sinatra

Dr. Stephen Sinatra

In this week’s Be HEALTHistic Video Extra, Dr. Stephen Sinatra discusses a condition that’s close to his own heart — diabetes and high blood sugar. He explains that in order to keep blood sugar stable, it’s essential to exercise and avoid foods high in sugar and carbs, as they trigger a damaging insulin response. Dr. Steve also reveals the most important ratio to be aware of for heart health, and offers solutions for keeping blood pressure healthy in this informative Wellness Wisdom video segment.

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Dr. Drew Sinatra

Dr. Drew Sinatra

In this week’s episode of Be HEALTHistic, Drs. Stephen and Drew Sinatra welcome Dr. Suzanne Steinbaum, an integrative cardiologist and author, to discuss what women can do to protect their heart health right now.

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Dr. Drew Sinatra

Dr. Drew Sinatra

In this week’s special Be HEALTHistic “Ask the Doctors” Video Extra, Drs. Stephen and Drew Sinatra answer your questions from Facebook about chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or COPD.

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Dr. Stephen Sinatra

Dr. Stephen Sinatra

In this week’s Be HEALTHistic Video Extra, Dr. Stephen Sinatra discusses stress cardiomyopathy, and how heartbreak and the intensity of your emotions can impact your heart health. He explains how untapped emotions and stress can cause physical symptoms that resemble a heart attack, and why it’s critical to give in to your feelings and cry! Watch Dr. Steve’s advice for managing your emotions — especially in the age of COVID-19 — in this special Wellness Wisdom video segment.

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Dr. Drew Sinatra

Dr. Drew Sinatra

In this week’s episode of Be HEALTHistic, Drs. Stephen and Drew Sinatra present another installment of their timely Pulse Check series, where they discuss vitamin D and immunity, maintaining mental health during the pandemic, the impact of plastics in our environment, answers to your questions about arrhythmias, and simple recipes to fight cooking fatigue.

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Dr. Stephen Sinatra

Dr. Stephen Sinatra

In this week’s Be HEALTHistic Video Extra, Dr. Stephen Sinatra talks about one of his favorite adaptogenic herbs, ashwagandha — which has a variety of helpful health benefits. From supporting heart health and mental well-being, to reducing stress and cortisol, to boosting every day focus and concentration, Dr. Steve explains why you should include ashwagandha in your daily regimen in this special Wellness Wisdom segment.

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Dr. Drew Sinatra

Dr. Drew Sinatra

In this week’s episode of Be HEALTHistic, we bring you an encore presentation of a recent Facebook Live event with Drs. Stephen and Drew Sinatra, where our hosts addressed audience questions about managing stress naturally. From the various symptoms of stress to be aware of, to supplements that can provide support, to strategies that can calm the body and the mind, the doctors share their best advice for reducing the anxiety we’ve all been coping with during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Dr. Drew Sinatra

Dr. Drew Sinatra

In this week’s episode of Be HEALTHistic, Drs. Steve and Drew Sinatra bring you another installment of their timely Pulse Check series to discuss an aspect of the coronavirus pandemic that is impacting all of us — stress. The doctors share ways you can minimize stress, including adopting a “media diet,” natural solutions for managing anxiety, and using technology in more meaningful ways to stay connected.

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Dr. Stephen Sinatra

Dr. Stephen Sinatra

In this week’s Be HEALTHistic Extra, Dr. Steve Sinatra discusses the benefits of his favorite heart-healthy diet — the Pan-Asian Modified Mediterranean (P.A.M.M) diet.

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Dr. Stephen Sinatra

Dr. Stephen Sinatra

In this week’s Be HEALTHistic Extra, Dr. Steve Sinatra explains why your total cholesterol number shouldn’t be the focus, and why your ratio of triglycerides to HDL cholesterol should be.

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