Surprise! You now have high blood pressure

That’s the news 4.2 million Americans woke up to on Monday when the American Heart Association and American College of Cardiology released new guidelines on what is considered hypertension. Now, if your sphygmomanometer reads 130/80, then your blood pressure is considered high. But the new guidelines aren’t changing much in terms of treatment—the physicians are advising that only about 80,000 more patients will benefit from hypertensive drugs. Those newly within the high blood pressure range are pretty much just being put on notice to change their lifestyle habits. However, nearly everyone can benefit from lowering their blood pressure—here’s 10 ways to do that without medication.

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2 keys to productivity

Ahhh, the joys of life in an office. Here are 2 things you can do to boost productivity. First is food-related. According to an article by NBC News, about 40% of us usually eat lunch at our desks. It’s not a great idea BUT if you’re going to do it, they do offer 10 recipes that will maximize your energy. Second is breaks. According to a study published in the journal Cognition (warning, pay wall)—and similar to findings we’ve all heard but need to be reminded of—optimal productivity occurs when working for 52 minutes, followed by a 17 minute break. Yes, that’ll mean more time away from your job but higher quality, more engaged time on your job. That’ll also mean killing the 2-hour meetings. Here’s how you do that. Get to it!

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Broccoli bumming you out?

There may be a reason for that. Forbes reports on a study of vegetarian and vegan men in the UK that found these men scored higher on depression scales and were more likely to be depressed than their carnivorous counterparts. Among several possible explanations, researchers theorize that lower levels of omega-3 fatty acids, vitamin B12, and folate (whatever that is)—all previously linked to depression—may be the culprits. So remember: asparagus bad, giant turkey leg good. InsightCity regrets deeply not reaching out to Arby’s for sponsorship prior to running this article. Here’s a description of their Meat Mountain sandwich. This writer’s status: conflicted. Related FastPoll™ below!

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The dia-tarian diet

Two options: honey lemon chicken or marinated tofu. I know, I know that’s not a tough choice and face it, even vegans would choose the chicken if they could. But for the 150 million+ diabetics worldwide, tofu and cooked millet may become your new favorite meal. OK, so the favorite part may be an exaggeration, but hey, if a vegetarian diet can increase weight loss and improve your metabolism then it’s worth a shot, or a taste. Yep, according a new study this veggie diet beat out the conventional diabetic diet on both counts, just not the taste category. Of course with diabetes prevalence expected to double by 2025 and with one-third of the world now considered overweight, we may want to consider rewiring our taste buds.

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