Think F.A.S.T.: Recognizing a Stroke

More than 795,000 people in the U.S. have a stroke every year. Out of these cases, approximately 140,000 Americans won’t survive. -Centers for Disease Control and Prevention A stroke is a medical emergency occurring when blood flow to the brain stops. There are two ways this can happen. The most common is an ischemic stroke, which makes up about […]

The Great Pumpkin (Seed)

Halloween is one of the most underrated holidays out there. It has it all- fall weather, parties, scary movies, haunted houses, candy. Oh and I forgot one thing… pumpkin! Whether you carve your pumpkins or keep them intact as porch decorations (what are you, a monster?), don’t let those seeds go to waste. Pumpkin seeds […]

Understanding Your Blood Pressure

Your blood pressure is expressed in two numbers- one number on top and one on the bottom. The top number, better known as the systolic blood pressure, is the amount of pressure in your arteries when the heart contracts to push blood out to the rest of the body. The bottom number, or diastolic blood […]

Eat This, Not That: Homemade Veggie Pizza

If you’re anything like me (or human), you probably love pizza and can tear through one with little assistance. In the words of Joey Tribbiani, “What’s not to like?”…. Bread? good! Sauce? good! Cheese? gooooood! I’ve got some bad news… you might want to sit down for this. Pizza is horrible for you. That is, […]

Understanding Your BMI

Body Mass index (BMI) is a measurement often used to determine an individuals overall health. BMI is determined by dividing a person’s weight (in kilograms) by their height (in meters) squared. For example, if I’m 5′ 10″ and weigh 175 lbs, this would be 79.4 kilograms and 1.78 meters. If I plugged these numbers into […]

“The Salty Six”: Where Your Sodium is Coming From

Before jumping in, last week I wrote about sodium’s effects on the heart. Now I’d like to take a better look at where all this sodium is coming from! “The Salty Six” includes the top six sources of sodium in diets of U.S. adults and children. Let’s take a look at each and some examples […]

Why Sodium is Deadly and How I’m Fighting Back

Sodium is a mineral essential for the body to function. We get sodium from the foods and drinks we consume. If you take in too much sodium, it pulls extra water into your blood vessels increasing the total volume of blood. With more blood flowing through the vessels, blood pressure increases. Overtime, the increased pressure […]