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Know Your Numbers, Then Aim Lower

Take the part of your brain dedicated to your steak house’s phone number and reassign it to your heart’s vital signs. These include blood pressure (which ideally should be below 115 over 75), LDL cholesterol (under 100), resting heart rate (under 70), and fasting blood sugar (under 100). If your numbers aren’t ideal, change your diet until they improve.

Men’s Health tip: It doesn’t take drastic changes: Check out how real guys have lost 2 million pounds on the Belly Off! diet. Read more: Dr Oz Tip 18

There are many ways to lower ones numbers but before you begin you have to know your numbers. Schedule a check up with your doctor and learn what your numbers mean to you life and your health. Real Manly Reasons To See your Doctor ~ WebMD What to Expect

3 Quick Healthy Steps

  1. Walk
  2. Oatmeal boosted with almonds and flaxseed
  3. Go Green!

Three little changes that can not only improve one’s health but prolong one’s life.

1. – WALK – walk – walk

From blood pressure to heart rate to cholesterol to sugar levels all benefit from a nice walk. Daily of course is best but even every other day has benefits. Add in a step counter (often less than $5) and goal for 10,000 steps. Start slow and gain over time. As health and stamina improve change things up with a walk up and down a set of stairs. Add in just three steps or four – the changes don’t need to be huge. Then when you are ready add small hand weights. And remember GO SLOW! Really the reason Tai Chi works is because it’s slow – extreme control.

2. Oatmeal

The number one super food for all of these is Oatmeal. Yes oatmeal. Your Mom’s daily servings as a kid gave you the foundation for a healthy heart. Now with the options available your oatmeal doesn’t have to be the same old thing. Oats are rich in beta-glucan, a soluble fiber. By adding in almonds and flax seed your oatmeal works harder. Almonds contain two powerful antioxidants – vitamin E and flavonoids – which prevent the oxidation of LDL. Flaxseeds contain lignan and soluble fiber, which block the production of LDL and increase your body’s ability to get rid of cholesterol.


Greens – Low levels of magnesium in the body are associated with vasoconstriction—tightening of the arteries—making a smaller passageway for blood to flow and, subsequently, increasing blood pressure. Leafy greens, whole grains, a wide assortment of beans and halibut are great sources of magnesium.

Spinach Salad with Fresh Fish – Halibut or Salmon is a good way to GREEN one’s table!

Spinach My Green of Choice


It’s an easy salad to add to ones diet.  It’s rich deep green leaves are packed with (via vitamins and minerals – a very complete list can be found on Spinach Words.

Topped with a nice Omega3 rich fish spinach becomes a healthy powerhouse.

Introspectively a close look at the various ailments will show that exercise, a fiber rich diet that includes both grains and greens and consistent water intake are the keys to moving fat and cholesterol through the body.

These few changes will also assist in preventing strokes, intestinal ailments, heart disease in both men and women, diabetes and in some cases help control diabetes, assist with hypoglycemia, and much more. 

Three little changes that can not only improve one’s health but prolong one’s life.


About MatchaGT by ShelleRae

Welcome! I am ShelleRae and I am very excited you are here. I joined the Smoothie Essentials team about 5 years ago now. Always health conscious and into prevention versus medication it seemed natural when the opportunity came up to take on the creation of this blog and the Smoothie Essentials blog as well. As mother to three and surrogate to many more I've practiced much of what I write on sometimes with great success and other times with a bit less. My friends and family are my test kitchen and my facts are most often from WebMD - they seem to have a fairly accurate and conservative approach. MatchaGT – the super premium Matcha Green Tea Introducing Matcha GT, the super premium Matcha Green Tea. Matcha GT is nature’s natural source of energy and antioxidants. Used for centuries in Japanese tea ceremonies, Matcha provides a powerful pick-me-up plus antioxidants and other health benefits to keep the body, mind and spirit in perfect balance. While many forms of green tea are strained or brewed, Matcha GT uses the whole tea leaf providing the full benefits and bold taste of whole green tea powder. My inspiration comes from others who also are striving to live a better life through lifestyle changes. More information is available at or by emailing Benefits: Natural Caffeine – longer lasting energy Antioxidants – to fight cancer causing free radicals Chlorophyll – powerful blood cleanse Coffee concepts and juice bars across North America including Starbucks, Jamba Juice, Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf, Smoothie King, and Booster Juice have recently started selling Matcha Green Tea smoothies, frappes, and lattes, promoting the great taste and health benefits of green tea.

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