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Causes of High Cholesterol
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Causes of High Cholesterol

High cholesterol is quite often only discovered once a serious, related health problem is discovered. In order to stop high cholesterol levels before they lead to serious health problems, regular GP check-ups and knowing the leading causes of high cholesterol are the best ways to manage cholesterol risk. In this article, we outline some of the main causes of high cholesterol you need to be aware of. If you have serious concerns about cholesterol, you should contact your doctor promptly.  

Causes of High Cholesterol

 

1. Diet

Diets high in saturated fats can cause cholesterol  problems. This includes animal fats in meats like pork, veal, beef, milk, eggs, butter, most biscuits and crisps and many fried foods.  

2. Obesity

There is a well documented link between obesity and high cholesterol. Maintaining a healthy body weight can help maintain a healthy cholesterol level and reduces your risk of developing other cardiovascualr / heart conditions.  

3. Physical Activity

People living sedentary lifestyles not only have a higher risk of cholesterol problems, but also a range of heart-related health problems.  

4. Gender and Age

After age 20 (give or take a few years) cholesterol levels naturally begin to rise. In men, cholesterol levels tend to plateau around age 50. Women's cholesterol levels rise later in life, and often increase after menopause. Whilst you cannot control your gender or age, the above can help you be aware of which stage in your life  you need to start paying more attention to cholesterol levels.  

 5. Genetics

Some factors involved in heart disease and high cholesterol cannot be controlled. If there is a family history of heart disease or high cholesterol, there may be a genetic pre-disposition to blame.  

6. Smoking

Add "Increased risk of cholesterol problems" to the long, long list of reasons why you should not be smoking. Smoking reduces good cholesterol levels, and increase your risk of hundreds of other diseases including heart disease, heart attack, hypertension, stroke and arterial disease. ------ This article was provided by our online health partner Health365. For more information on managing cholesterol, visit www.health365.com.au.
Risk Factors for Heart Disease
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Risk Factors for Heart Disease

Heart disease is the leading underlying cause of death in Australia. Whilst some of the risk factors of heart disease are outside your control (age, gender, family history), many others are controllable. In order to help understand your personal risk of heart disease, it is useful to know whether you are exposing yourself to some of the leading risk factors for heart disease. NOTE: If you have heart disease or have serious concerns about your heart, your first step should be to see your health professional for a full health assessment and personalised diagnosis.

Risk Factors For Heart Disease

 

1. High Cholesterol Levels

Cholesterol  is actually a fatty substance that your body needs for a number of functions such as digestion, vitamin D synthesis and making hormones. There are 2 types of cholesterol: 'good' cholesterol (HDL) and 'bad' cholesterol (LDL). High levels of 'bad' cholesterol can lead to narrowing arteries... As your levels of LDL cholesterol levels increase, so do your chances of heart disease. Diets high in processed foods including foods rich in saturated fats, salt and processed sugars increase LDL cholesterol. If you have high cholesterol, talk to your doctor for a plan on reducing your bad cholesterol levels. Krill Oil may be effective at helping some people manage healthy cholesterol balance when used in conjunction with healthy diet, lifestyle changes and regular physical activity.

2. High Blood Pressure

As with cholesterol, you should talk to your doctor to work out an individualised plan for managing high blood pressure. It can be managed in many cases through diet, exercise and weight management. Medications may also be required.

3. Diabetes

Diabetes can significantly damage the heart if not managed correctly. In many cases, diabetes can be controlled through diet, exercise and maintaining a healthy weight. Medications may be necessary. Again, your first step should be to talk to your doctor to create a plan for managing diabetes.

4. Sedentary Lifestyle

Numerous studies have shown that people who live inactive lifestyles have a significantly increased risk of heart disease. If you already have concerns about your heart health, talk to your doctor about appropriate exercises. Otherwise, aim to get 30 minutes a day at an intensity that is appropriate for your level of fitness.

5. Diet

It should be no surprise that diet is included here, as diet is a risk factor for high cholesterol, high blood pressure and diabetes, all of which we have already covered. Avoid processed foods that are high in salt, sugar and saturated fat. Eat more fruit and vegetables. Finally, try to eat more of these 5 Superfoods for a healthy heart.

6. Quit Smoking

This should not be a surprise either. Heart disease is just one of hundreds of diseases and health problems cigarette smoke can cause.   ------ This article was provided by our online health partner Health365. For more information on heart health, visit www.health365.com.au.
5 Surprising Benefits of Omega-3
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Tips For Choosing The Best Krill Oil
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Tips For Choosing The Best Krill Oil

The benefits of krill oil are becoming increasingly well documented, but not all krill oils are the same in the Australian market. The krill oil market has changed considerably since 2011, and quality ranges from top quality products like our Krill Oil range to a large number of low-quality products in the market. It is important to ensure you are getting quality for money and not settling for an inferior product when you buy Krill Oil. Look for these three features to help you make a more informed decision when purchasing your krill oil.  
  1. Purification Process
When choosing the best quality krill oil, it is important to consider where the krill has been sourced and the purity of the oil. Krill that has been harvested from the deep waters of Antarctica have very low levels of toxins and heavy metals. Nature’s Way ensures all of its Krill products are of the premium quality and its krill is sourced from the pristine waters of Antarctica. In addition, Nature’s Way Krill Oil undergoes essential purification processes, removing undesired compounds and salts that are responsible for the strong, unpleasant ‘fish-like’ odour. As a result Nature’s Way Krill Oil is said to have a more pleasing taste and odour than many other Krill Oil products on the market.  
  1. Sustainable harvesting
Oceans are being overfished. It is important that both companies and consumers alike make changes to our behaviours in order to ensure our oceans’ health for generations to come. Nature’s Way are continually moving our products towards sustainable harvesting practices, and all Nature’s Way Calamari Oil and Krill Oil products are all sustainably harvested. Our Krill and Calamari Oil products have Friend of The Sea certification to prove it.  The same cannot be said for some 'no-name' krill oil brands found in bargain stores or bought over the internet.  
  1. Omega-3 content
The main reason you take krill oil is to increase omega-3 intake. However, it is astonishing (and sometimes worrying) the variation in omega-3 levels found in different krill oil brands. Some krill oils are simply more potent than others, and contain far more omega-3. Going for a cheaper krill oil can often be a false economy, as cheaper products may have lower omega-3 content so you need to take more capsules to get the same omega-3 boost. Look for a krill oil with 300mg or more of combined DHA + EPA per capsule (the two most common types of omega-3 needed by your body). When shopping for a krill oil, compare the backs of pack for the brands you are considering to ensure your cheaper option is not delivering a lower level of omega-3. This article was provided by our online partner Health365. For more information on picking the right omega-3 supplement for you, visit www.health365.com.au.  
5 Superfoods For Your Heart
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5 Superfoods For Your Heart

Keeping your heart healthy is as much about putting the right nutrients in to your body as it is about keeping the wrong substances out.  Foods that contain saturated fats, salt and high levels of processed sugar are all "No-no's" (as is smoking). If you are concerned about your heart, eating well and avoiding the above foods and toxins may help. Eating more of the below 5 superfoods for a healthy heart may also be of benefit to overall heart health. Looking after your heart is serious business. As this article is being written, heart disease is the leading underlying cause of death in Australia. If you have serious concerns about heart health, talking to your doctor should be your first step. Eating the foods below may help support your heart, but just eating these foods and neglecting other lifestyle factors that can contribute to heart problems will not guarantee a healthy heart.  

5 Superfoods For Your Heart

 

1. Salmon

Salmon is rich in omega-3 fatty acids, which can help reduce your risk of heart disease according to the Australian Heart Foundation. Omega-3 may also help reduce inflammation of blood vessels and reduce blood clotting. Try our Chia-Crusted Salmon recipe for a tasty, healthy way to get more salmon into your diet.  

2. Chia Seeds

Chia Seeds are - like salmon - rich in omega-3. In fact, on a pund-for-pound basis, chia seeds contain more omega-3 than salmon. Furthermore, chia seeds are rich in fibre. Diets high in fibre can reduce the risk of heart disease. Try our Chia Cacao Coconut Cluster recipe for a treat that you won't believe is heart-healthy.  

3. Tofu and/or Soy Milk

Both of these food sources contain niacin, folate, calcium magnesium and potassium. These nutrients are crtitical to help support the heart. Try our Banana Split Smoothie recipe - a delicious way to drink soy milk and top up fibre, protein and antioxidants.  

4. Acai

Acai is packed with antioxidants. Antioxidants are important for helping prevent potential cellular damage caused by free radicals - unstable molecules that are present in our body and attack cells in an effort to stabilise themselves. This damage can cause inflammation, and antioxidants can thus protect our body from the inflammation. Inflammation can be an aggravating factor in heart disease. Preliminary studies also suggest acai may be helpful for reducing blood sugar levels and cholesterol levels. Try our Acai Berry Breakfast recipe for a heart healthy start to the date.  

5. Cacao

You may have heard of studies that suggest a potential link between daily (dark) chocolate consumption and heart health. This link is likely because dark chocolate (60-70% cocoa) is rich in polyphenols: substances that can help reduce clotting, blood pressure and inflammation. What you may not know is that dark chocolate, and the cocoa used to make it, are actually the nutritionally inferior by-products of raw cacao. Raw cacao is rich in a number of nutrients that are critical for supporting heart health. It is the base ingredient used to make cocoa / dark chocolate (cacao is processed and cooked to turn it into cocoa, whihc is then processed further to create dark chocolate. This processing and cooking destroys much of the original nutritional content, so choosing cacao over cocoa is a good idea). Try our Choc Chilli Cacao Mousse recipe for a decadent, heart-friendly dessert. ------ This article is presented by our online health partner Health365. To buy Nature's Way Superfoods online, visit www.health365.com.au/shop.
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