Yoga’s Health Benefits to Heart Equal Aerobics

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  • Yoga’s health benefits to heart equal aerobic exercise: According to a new review of existing research recently published in the European Journal of Preventive Cardiology, yoga could be as good for the heart as aerobic exercise such as cycling or fast walking, and much easier to tolerate for older people and people with health challenges. Based on 37 clinical trials, researchers found that practicing yoga helped lower blood pressure, cholesterol, heart rate and other cardiovascular risk factors in increments comparable to those seen with aerobic exercise. As the study leader Paula Chu, a doctoral candidate in health policy at Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts, explained: “Taken together, these improvements could facilitate and complement a regimen toward better cardiovascular health.”  However, Chu and her co-authors note that larger studies are needed to understand how yoga improves health, how much of it is ideal and if there are differences in benefits from various types of yoga before the practice becomes a standard prescription for heart disease. Other medical professional such as Dr. Larry Phillips, a cardiologist at NYU Langone Medical Center in New York, acknowledge that yoga’s benefits have been long suspected.
  • What foods can make you tired: According to Heather Bauer, RD CDN and founder of an online site for nutritious treats Bestowed, most refined as well as processed foods such as white bread and pastries, candy, sweets, pretzels, chips, and ice cream, will make you tired. As Bauer explains: “There’s no nutrition in these foods; your blood sugar shoots up quickly, creating a short burst of energy, but then it plummets just as quickly and you feel lethargic. That’s why these foods become addictive.” She suggests to replace your favorite bagel with two hard-boiled eggs with a slice of whole grain or high fiber bread for breakfast, and snack on high-fiber fruits like apples. Also, the best thing you can do for your body is drink lots of water throughout the day. Bauer suggests drinking about four cups (32 oz) of plain water before lunch time; optionally adding a lemon or lime for flavor and additional vitamin intake. Read more suggestions in the original article.
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