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Coffee: The Surprising Superfood

09/23/2021 | 7 min. read

Dr. Drew Sinatra

Dr. Drew Sinatra

Dr. Drew Sinatra discusses how coffee protects against everything from depression and cancer to heart disease and diabetes—and even increases longevity.

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Dr. Stephen Sinatra

Dr. Stephen Sinatra

Did you know your lungs and heart are closely connected? Here’s how to keep your lungs healthy.

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ACE Inhibitors and Your Heart

09/09/2021 | 2 min. read

Dr. Stephen Sinatra

Dr. Stephen Sinatra

Are you taking an ACE inhibitor? Dr. Sinatra reveals what you need to know about this medication, including natural alternatives.

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Dr. David Williams

Dr. David Williams

Dr. Williams describes two simple blood pressure-lowering exercises that take just minutes a day.

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Healthy Directions Staff Editor

Fatty acids are a critical part of a healthy diet, and learning more about the variety of benefits they offer can help you identify gaps in your diet.

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Dr. Stephen Sinatra

Dr. Stephen Sinatra

Dr. Sinatra reveals that the right probiotics can help your heart and immune system as well as your gut.

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Dr. Stephen Sinatra

Dr. Stephen Sinatra

Dr. Sinatra explains the connection between lung and heart health and gives tips for healthy lungs and clear breathing.

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How Can I Lower My Blood Pressure?

07/23/2021 | 7 min. read

Healthy Directions Staff Editor

Wondering how you can lower blood pressure? Beginning to lower your blood pressure is a journey of proper diet and meditative exercise and relaxation.

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Healthy Directions Staff Editor

You may find your blood pressure spiking in response to a meal or some external stimuli. These two instances can have very different health outcomes.

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Healthy Directions Staff Editor

Magnesium plays a role in almost every body process. Symptoms from magnesium deficiency are not common and likely show underlying causes.

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Dr. Stephen Sinatra

Dr. Stephen Sinatra

Cardiovascular disease is a common complication of COPD. Dr. Sinatra shares how to prevent and treat it.

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Dr. Stephen Sinatra

Dr. Stephen Sinatra

Dr. Sinatra reveals little-known facts about blood pressure that everyone should know.

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Dr. Stephen Sinatra

Dr. Stephen Sinatra

Dr. Sinatra reveals several common, seemingly unrelated conditions that are linked with an increased risk of heart disease.

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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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Dr. Stephen Sinatra

Dr. Stephen Sinatra

In this week’s Be HEALTHistic Video Extra, Dr. Stephen Sinatra brings you inside a cardiologist’s office visit to talk about mitral valve regurgitation, a common heart lesion that causes leakage of the mitral valve. From the symptoms that can signal this heart issue to the medical interventions and supplements that can help some patients avoid surgery, Dr. Steve explains what you need to know about this pervasive heart issue in this informative Wellness Wisdom video segment.

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Dr. Stephen Sinatra

Dr. Stephen Sinatra

In this week’s Be HEALTHistic Video Extra, Dr. Stephen Sinatra brings you inside a cardiologist’s office visit to talk about atherosclerosis, a hardening and narrowing of the arteries from the buildup of plaque in artery walls. From the symptoms that bring patients into the office and how it is diagnosed, to how doctors determine the best medical or surgical options to pursue — Dr. Steve walks you through it all. He also discusses how the proper screenings, diet, supplements, and healthy lifestyle practices can prevent, and sometimes even treat, this pervasive heart issue in this informative Wellness Wisdom video segment.

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Dr. Briana Sinatra

Dr. Briana Sinatra

In this week’s episode of Be HEALTHistic, Dr. Stephen Sinatra welcomes his daughter-in-law, naturopathic physician Dr. Briana Sinatra, as his co-host for this informative conversation about women, menopause, and their heart health. First, Drs. Steve and Briana discuss why tracking certain biomarkers are key to maintaining a healthy heart as women approach menopause, and why monitoring Lp(a) in particular is so important. They talk about which supplements — and how much — women should take to keep their heart and bones strong, and why you should be careful when taking pain meds. Next, the doctors explain why family history doesn’t have to dictate your health destiny, and how environment and lifestyle factors can decrease genetic risks. Dr. Briana shares natural strategies for easing women into menopause, and the doctors talk about individualized hormone replacement therapy using bioidentical hormones. Finally, the hosts give their “pearls” of wisdom on what women can do right now to keep their hearts healthy as they age. Don’t let the ladies in your life miss this informative 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 bring you another informative Ask the Doctors Q&A session, where they answer your top questions about heart and gut health. First, the doctors discuss the effect of family history on heart health, and Dr. Steve provides solutions for managing cholesterol. Dr. Drew explains the benefits of probiotics for the gut microbiome and talks about the rise of leaky gut, and Dr. Steve shares how emotional stress can have real physical effects on the heart. Next, the doctors discuss the link between salt and hypertension, and Dr. Steve gives his insight on drinking red wine for a healthy heart. They talk about why the European lifestyle encourages better digestive health, and Dr. Drew describes how digestion is connected to immunity. Finally, the doctors explain the principles of integrative vs. functional medicine, and they each share a simple tip for achieving better heart and gut health right now. Don’t miss this informative 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 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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