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Prescription Drugs First I would like to address the usage of Statin drugs to lower cholesterol. These drugs do help prevent cardiovascular disease, but they can have horrible side effects and may shorten one's life! Among the possible side effects are muscular disease, kidney disease, damage to the brain, headaches, sexual dysfunction, diarrhea and many other nasty things. If possible prescription drugs should be avoided.

Also high in fiber and protein, beans can be a part of lunch and dinner for any household. There are many varieties available, red, black, navy, garbanzo and kidney beans. The most inexpensive are the dried varieties. When cooking them use a healthy oil like olive or canola oil and if you use meat make it low fat and low salt meat.

Just make sure to keep things as balanced as possible. Too much saturated fat in your diet can increase your chance of Alzheimer's, kidney disease, multiple sclerosis, breast and prostate cancer, diabetes, stroke, and poor blood viscosity.

Hawthorn reduces inflammation and therefore it may even help with arthritis caused by aging. Hawthorn also may help avoid Kidney stones and is a sedative for chronic insomnia. It is also said to help a “broken heart” as it will help reduce anxiety and help reduce depression.

If you are pregnant or deficient, you should also eat rich foods in these epas along with fish oil capsules. These foods include fish, seafood, tofu, beans, walnuts and omega 3 enriched eggs. Such supplements are good for people of all ages.

Collard greens are high in Vitamin A, which helps protect against cancer and heart problems. They are also a good source of Vitamin C, Vitamin B6, calcium, potassium and magnesium–all necessary for promoting healthy growth and preventing disease.

For optimum health benefits, eat at least one serving of fish daily. Omega 3 fatty acids are vital in maintaining heart health. In addition to heart health, Omega 3 fatty acids have been verified as beneficial in decreasing blood pressure, relieving joint pain and depression. Scientist have also found that Omega 3 fatty acids have decreased the occurrence of migraine headaches.

Tell me, can't you control your blood pressure and lose some weight? I don't want it to have to end like Nellie did. She grew up a beautiful young girl of normal weight. Then she became lax in her eating habits and did not exercise. For years I overworked myself pumping blood past body fat and through partially clogged arteries.

Sticking to a healthy dieting and to an exercise program can be very difficult, however, the hardest part becomes much easier once the habits have been formed. By being consistent and sticking with it even when you don't feel that motivated, you will be programming you body and developing healthy habits that will last for the long-term.