Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Keep your blood pressure in check

Keep your blood pressure in check

Hypertension is the term used to describe high blood pressure. High blood pressure causes the heart to work harder than normal and the blood vessels to get harder and less flexible over time. This puts you at a higher risk of heart attack, stroke, heart failure and kidney damage. Your blood pressure is considered high if you have a systolic blood pressure of 140 or greater or a diastolic pressure of 90 or greater. A healthy adult has a blood pressure of less than 130/80 mmHg.
High blood pressure can be controlled through lifestyle changes and, if needed, blood pressure lowering medications. We encourage you to have your blood pressure monitored regularly. If you have high blood pressure, your doctor may recommend these lifestyle changes:
  • Maintain a healthy weight
  • Eat foods low in salt (sodium)
  • If you drink, do so in moderation
  • Follow a healthy diet
  • Be physically active
  • Quit smoking
If your blood pressure is not controlled by lifestyle changes, your doctor may have you take medications to lower your blood pressure. Some of the common classes of blood pressure medications are: diuretics (water pills), beta-blockers, ACE inhibitors and calcium channel blockers. Your blood pressure may return to higher levels if you stop taking your medication before your doctor tells you to. Therefore, it's very important that you take your medication even after your blood pressure is lowered. If you have problems with your medications or if you experience any side effects, make sure you discuss these issues with your doctor. You should never stop taking blood pressure medications on your own. In addition, be sure to tell your doctor before starting over-the-counter products and herbal medications as they can affect your blood pressure or blood pressure medications.
We encourage you to take an active role in your health care and to partner with your doctor and other health professionals. If your blood pressure is higher than the goal set for you by your doctor or if you're having problems with your medication, schedule an appointment with your doctor.

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Glover Teixeira signs with UFC, targeted for early-summer debut

Glover Teixeira (17-2 MMA, 0-0 UFC) has signed with the UFC.

After visa issues ultimately forced him out of the U.S. and ruined the possibility of a deal with the world's top promotion, the fast-rising light heavyweight has inked a UFC deal. ( today confirmed the signing with a source close to the fighter.

The 32-year-old Teixeira is expected to make his promotional debut in early summer, though a specific date and opponent have not been determined.

Teixeira, a 10-year pro, enters the UFC with a 15-fight and six-year win streak. His victories have come over the likes of Ricco Rodriguez, Marvin Eastman, Antonio Mendes, Daniel Tabera and Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou. Among his 17 career wins, the Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt and grappling champion owns 11 knockouts and four submissions.

Back in August, prior to the victory over Eastman in his native Brazil, Teixeira told he expected to have a visa shortly and wanted to fight in the U.S. with the UFC.

"My goal is to reach the top 10," said Teixeira, who's trained with Chuck Liddell and John Hackleman in California. "I'll fight anywhere, for any promotion, against anyone. I want to keep my rhythm going. The UFC has the best talent in the world. I want to be the best in the world. Because of that, the UFC is my first choice, my dream."

Monday, February 6, 2012


MMA Diet: Yogurt

Feb 1st, 2012
Many athletes start their day off with a cup of yogurt. While this can be good, it’s often not as good as many think. Not all yogurts are created equal. Let’s explore why.

For starters, food demand in developed countries is based more on taste than necessity. Whereas people in rural or less developed places in the world may receive only a few options and even then only of the dietary staples – white rice, for example – developed countries have a wide variety of choices due to economic and transportation factors and are therefore able to stock foods based purely on taste demand. When we consider that the average buyer will likely choose the sweeter, more colorful, more advertised and easier items than athletes seeking the best possible foods to fuel themselves for their careers, it’s easy to see why even the selection of yogurt can be a tricky one.
Walk down the dairy aisle of most supermarket chains and you’ll find countless varieties of individual servings of yogurt – bright labels advertising the latest probiotic craze or how the fruit is on the bottom. Unfortunately, and although many buyers have the best intention and believe they are making a healthy food choice, the vast majority of these yogurts are about as healthy as a candy bar. Some even contain more sugar (in various forms, yogurt brands are notorious for masking their true sugar content) than a serving of Pepsi.

A Few Reasons Why Yogurt is Healthy

(1) The bacteria cultures in yogurt have been shown to stimulate infection-fighting white blood cells. This may lead to less illness and quicker recovery from illness.
(2) Yogurt contains protein and because of the fermentation process the protein is “predigested” which means it’s easier for the body to absorb.
(3) The live active cultures in yogurt create lactase, so even those with protein allergies or lactose intolerance may find they can enjoy yogurt.

What to Look For

(1) “Plain.” While the word “natural” is all-too-often used deceptively, the word “plain” when it comes to yogurt helps separate it from those filled with flavorings or from the highly preserved “fruit on the bottom” varieties.
(2) 11g or less of sugar per serving
(3) A short ingredient list that looks identical or awfully similar to these:

Additional Tips

- Another healthy option is to look for “Greek” yogurt with a similar ingredient list. While regular yogurt may contain 11g of sugar and 8g of protein per 6oz serving, Greek yogurt can pack in more than 18g of protein while also containing less sugar within the same 6oz serving size.
- The small individual servings are often not the best choice because they usually only come in the sweetened and flavored varieties. Instead, opt for the 32oz containers if possible.


Because the vast majority of athletes shop at grocery stores, here are two of the best brands I’ve found that most major stores will carry:
- Stonyfield Plain nonfat (they also have an organic variety)
- Chobani Plain nonfat Greek