Pump up the potassium
According to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, increasing potassium intake in conjunction with decreasing sodium may lower the risk of high blood pressure. Fill your diet with potassium-rich foods including fruits, vegetables and low-fat or fat-free milk and yogurt. A word of caution for people suffering from kidney disease: High potassium levels can cause an irregular heartbeat or a heart attack.
Spring into cleaning mode
Need some motivation to start spring cleaning within your house? Check out these dust-related statistics from University of Missouri Health Care:
40 pounds of dust accumulates in an average home over the course of a year.
84 percent of U.S. homes have a bed with detectable levels of dust mite allergens.
40,000 is the number of dust mites that can live in a single speck of dust.
2,000,000 is the number of dust mites found in an average bed.
Hectic day? Divide it up.
Cant seem to find a full 30 minutes to work out during a hectic day? Research from Duke University found that three 10-minute walks can be equally beneficial for burning calories as a 30-minute walk of the same intensity.
Ever wonder what the white liquid that forms on the top of yogurt or cottage cheese is? Do you stir it in or pour it out? The liquid is whey, a high source of protein. It is often used as a supplement for muscle strength and for the prevention of heart disease and diabetes.
Moving to the beat
Need to pick up the pace when you’re out for a walk? Try mixing up your playlist. The Public Library of Science published research from Ghent University that showed the pace at which people walk can be directly impacted by the music in their ears. In 88.7 percent of trials, people synchronized their walking speed with the tempo of the songs they were listening to.