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Avocados: Not just guacamole

Avocados are considered a power food because of its high nutritional value. Each contains nearly 20 minerals and vitamins that the body needs to perform sufficiently.

Exercise and high blood pressure

Regular exercise can increase the efficiency of the heart, which can help prevent or control high blood pressure.

The DASH eating plan

The Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension, or DASH, was a study that determined that healthy eating could control blood pressure. Reduced daily intake of sodium decreased blood pressure even further.

Heart failure: A weakened and enlarged heart

Heart failure, one of the leading causes of death, is often caused by uncontrolled high blood pressure. Because of increased resistance, the heart has to pump harder in order to supply blood to the body.

Pass the salt, please

According to the American Heart Association, consumers eat more than twice the recommended daily limit. Salt, or sodium, is available in many foods we purchase or eat in restaurants.

The 10 greatest sources of sodium

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have determined that more than 40 percent of the sodium people regularly consume comes from 10 types of foods.

The hidden meaning of nutrition labels

Nutrition labels indicate the amount of sodium in each serving. For foods with limited sodium content, however, the labeling is less clear and not well understood.

Black magic banana black walnut cake can’t be beat

With their bold, wild flavor, black walnuts are not a popular snacking nut, but they’re perfect for baking. Their assertive unique flavor permeates cookies, cakes and breads and becomes stronger over time.

Add a new twist to a Thanksgiving staple with a cranberry crumble

With plane delays, snowstorms and roasting the turkey, the Thanksgiving holidays can be unpredictable. So it’s a good thing there are cranberries.

The best burgers: Roasted garlic turkey burgers

When roasted, a head of garlic is transformed into a buttery, sweet purée that you can stir into soups, dips, or meat mixtures. In this recipe it takes turkey burgers from the ordinary to the sublime.

Veggie heaven! Make ratatouille with chicken and corn for dinner

The combination of eggplant, zucchini and tomatoes, called ratatouille, is the perfect dish to make when tomatoes are in season.

Cheese, please! Rice and zucchini pie is a perfect fall dinner option

This brown rice and grated zucchini pie, like a quiche without a crust, is a terrific dish to serve for brunch, lunch or supper.

Pomegranates: The “seeded apples”

Pomegranates, known for their bright color and odd shape, are available only during the fall to early winter. Because of their high content of antioxidants, pomegranates have gained a reputation as a superfood.

Yoga: Take a deep breath

Yoga is an ancient discipline that combines meditation with certain positions called asanas. Yoga has been found to improve physical health, and studies now suggest that it can improve mental health as well.

Exercise for mental health

It is well established that exercise improves health and can lower the risk of several chronic illnesses. Exercise can also prevent or help control depression.

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