The circulatory blog

Written by 120/Life's co-founder and in-house nutritionist Susan Schachter (MSRDN), and guest authors.

  • Signs You Need to Do Something for Your High Blood Pressure
    April 28, 2021 at 9:30 PM

    As we age, we can’t count on our health the way we did when we were younger. As bodies mature, they don’t “bounce back” the way they did when you were in your twenties or thirties. Even if you look and feel as though you’re in the best shape of your lif...

  • Exercise & Blood Pressure
    April 5, 2021 at 2:00 PM

    Spring is here. Summer is coming. And thankfully, that means we're starting to see warmer weather! So many of us have felt confined and limited by the reality of COVID, not to mention the colder weather. Some of us have implemented an exercise rout...

  • Potassium and Blood Pressure
    February 12, 2021 at 3:00 PM

    High blood pressure is an epidemic that affects nearly half of American adults and is a driving force behind the leading ...

  • Natural remedies: what tea to drink to lower blood pressure
    February 10, 2021 at 7:00 AM

    No matter your age, heart health is an important aspect of your overall health. A proper diet and regular exercise are great ways to ensure that your blood pressure stays at a healthy level. However, not everybody’s blood pressure will stay within ideal...

  • Tips for American Heart Month
    February 1, 2021 at 3:00 PM

    February is the AHA's American Heart Month. When we think of the heart, the color that comes to mind is red. One side bright red, which sends out oxygen-rich blood that's come from the lungs and being pumped to reach and nourish our tissues an...

  • What to Do for High Blood Pressure at Home
    January 18, 2021 at 5:00 AM

    High blood pressure is a dangerous health issue that affects people across the country. This is problematic because high blood pressure has been linked to an increased risk of heart disease, strokes, and kidney disease. That’s why the team here at 120/L...

  • Holiday Dinner: A meal to enjoy deliberately
    December 24, 2020 at 3:00 PM

    For many Americans, the holiday dinner table is covered in comforting, delicious, favorite foods. This can be a challenge for anyone trying to keep their eyes on the prize of good health. It can be particularly challenging for those of us who are trying...

  • Lose Yourself To Dance
    December 8, 2020 at 3:00 PM

    Anxiety isn't just a mood issue. Anxiety is present within the body. It has the ability to impact you physically, and therefore we need physical solutions...

  • Little-known ways to lower blood pressure now
    November 24, 2020 at 5:00 AM

    High blood pressure, also called hypertension, occurs when the amount of blood your heart pumps is high enough, and your arteries are narrow enough, that the long-term force of the blood against your arteries can lead to health problems. High blood pres...

  • Tips to Boost Your Immune System
    November 10, 2020 at 10:30 AM

    During this pandemic, and with Flu season approaching, it’s a good idea to do what we can to assist our bodies by assuring they have what they need to defend and protect us.

  • A Drink to Lower Blood Pressure
    November 3, 2020 at 7:00 AM

    High blood pressure is one of the leading health conditions impacting Americans today. In fact, the CDC notes that nearly 45% of Americans have high blood pressure or hypertension. This condition can lead to a host of other health complications if left ...

  • Foods to avoid if you have hypertension
    September 30, 2020 at 4:00 AM

    You’ve been diagnosed with hypertension, and you’re concerned about your blood pressure.

    So what can you do to improve your heart health?

  • Heredity & Blood Pressure
    September 24, 2020 at 12:00 AM

    We’re all dealt a genetic hand, and knowledge of that can sometimes cause us to act irrationally. In terms of high blood pressure, this might look like not getting our numbers checked (kind of like an ostrich with its head in the sand). Or it might lead...

  • Coronavirus and hypertension: How 120/Life can help
    September 16, 2020 at 4:00 AM

    Dealing with a global pandemic can feel overwhelming, to say the least. The idea of what “normal life” looks like has been turned upside down, and we’re paying extra close attention to our health. While COVID-19 affects people differently, people with h...

  • 6 Easy Ways To Keep Your Blood Pressure Low
    August 14, 2020 at 4:00 AM

    Blood pressure medication can have adverse effects on those diagnosed with hypertension. High blood pressure is a health condition that many people have to deal with on a daily basis. The severity of it can be life-threatening if those diagnosed with it...

  • The Unexpected Benefits of Probiotics
    August 11, 2020 at 5:00 AM

    Probiotics are something that we all have in our body and most of us have heard of. There’s been a great deal written about the microbiome (of which probiotics are a part), and there’s a great deal of ongoing research investigating their benefit. These ...

  • Signs of Possible Hypertension: Eat These Foods for High Blood Pressure Reduction
    July 22, 2020 at 6:00 AM

    Hypertension—also known as high blood pressure—is a fairly common yet serious and potentially dangerous condition. Nearly one out of every two Americans lives with hypertension, making it one of the most prevalent conditions affecting Americans in 2020....

  • We All Need Some Structure To Lean On
    July 7, 2020 at 5:00 AM

    However these unusual times find you, it’s probably not in a place in which you’re used to finding yourself… Less contact with the people in our lives, more dependence on technology, less of a routine or a different routine, different expectations, diff...

  • 5 ways to naturally lower your high blood pressure at home
    June 14, 2020 at 7:00 AM

    Receiving a diagnosis of high blood pressure can be pretty overwhelming, especially when faced with the prospect of having to rely on medication. If you’ve started a medication regimen, then you may have already noticed the unpleasant side effects.

    ...
  • Stress, Cortisol, & BP
    June 12, 2020 at 2:00 PM

    So, here we are, feeling somewhat jaded by the all-too-familiar new levels of stress with which we’re all living. When our body is stressed, it revs up some of its hormone production. One of the most important stress hormones the body makes is c...

  • Heart Health 101: The Best Diet to Prevent Hypertension
    May 21, 2020 at 4:00 AM

    Whether you are 5 years old or 55 years old, having lower blood pressure is an important indicator of your overall health and wellness.

  • Nitric Oxide: An Ally For Your Heart & Lungs
    May 8, 2020 at 2:00 PM

  • What to Do When You Have High Blood Pressure – 3 Misconceptions You Should Know
    April 21, 2020 at 4:00 AM

    When you have high BP, it’s important you know what to do to take care of your health. The reality is, you have a lot of control over your blood pressure levels. Simple lifestyle changes and healthy eating choices may help to lower high blood pressure.<...

  • TIPS FOR STAYING HEALTHY DURING QUARANTINE
    April 15, 2020 at 2:00 PM

    So, here we are. We’ve all probably become far more well-acquainted with the inside of our living space then we ever thought we’d become. These times of mandatory home familiarity and the circumstances that warrant it can have understandable, unintended...

  • How to Lower and Manage Blood Pressure
    March 17, 2020 at 4:00 AM

    A blood pressure reading of 130/80 or above is classified as hypertension. Lowering it is the best way to protect yourself from eye disease, stroke, and heart attack. You can take steps to lower and manage your blood pressure, such as the following:

    ...
  • Breathing & High BP
    March 15, 2020 at 11:00 AM

    Breathing. We can’t live if we don’t do it. And as it turns out, if periodically throughout the day we’re deliberate about how we do it, it can help us lower our blood pressure.

  • 4 THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT DIURETICS
    February 26, 2020 at 3:00 PM

    1) WHAT ARE THEY?

    Diuretics help remove excess sodium (salt) and water from the body, and in doing this, promote the production and excretion of urine. Diuretics that aren’t “potassium-spa...

  • 120/Life: A Natural Way To Lower Blood Pressure
    February 10, 2020 at 5:00 AM

    Looking for a way to lower your blood pressure without the harmful effects of prescription medicine? So was Ira Antelis, founder of 120/Life. After a routine check-up at age 57, Ira’s doctor told him he needed to normalize his blood pressure immediately...

  • How does mouthwash affect blood pressure?
    January 29, 2020 at 3:00 PM

    It's important to many of us to present ourselves well and put our "best foot forward". For many people, mouthwash is part of that package. After all, it kills bacteria and makes our breath fresh. Who wouldn’t want that, right?

    Well...

  • Simple ways to lower blood pressure, now
    January 17, 2020 at 5:00 AM

    High blood pressure is something we all may suffer from at some stage. While many of us will only experience it in a moment of heightened emotions, others encounter it as a long-term condition. When that happens, those people are suffering from a chroni...

  • Lose The New Year's Resolutions
    January 10, 2020 at 3:00 PM

    So, here we are, post-New Year’s Day 2020. So many of us start the year off with the best of intentions, with a list of goals written out that we call our “New Year’s Resolutions”. However, there are those (including myself) who believe that calling som...

  • Creating the best diet to prevent hypertension by busting myths
    December 20, 2019 at 5:00 AM

    Statistically, one in every three American adults suffers from hypertension. Although hypertension won't always have devastating consequences, it does have a significant impact on your quality of life. Over time, it can increase your risk of kidne...

  • THANKSGIVING DINNER: A MEAL TO ENJOY DELIBERATELY
    November 26, 2019 at 3:00 PM

    For many Americans, the Thanksgiving table is covered in comforting, delicious, favorite foods. This can be a challenge for anyone trying to keep their eyes on the prize of good health. It can be particularly challenging for those of us who are trying t...

  • When You Have High Blood Pressure, What Do You Do?
    November 13, 2019 at 5:00 AM

    One of the most problematic chronic conditions in the United States is high blood pressure. Almost one-third of all Americans suffer from high blood pressure, a condition that can lead to heart attacks and strokes.

    What happens is, over time, hig...

  • HALLOWEEN CANDY: TRICK OR TREAT?
    October 16, 2019 at 2:00 PM

    For most of us, Halloween is a fun time of the year. Fall weather, beautiful foliage, Halloween decorations, costumes, happy children, parties, CANDY!

    Did I mention candy? Oh right. Candy. It does have its appeal … it’s sweet, it’s fun, it’s color...

  • 6 Natural Ways to Treat High Blood Pressure
    October 2, 2019 at 12:00 AM

    Statistics show that about one in three Americans suffers from high blood pressure or hypertension. Known as the ‘silent killer,’ hypertension is a major risk factor for heart disease and stroke – two of the leading causes of death in the United States....

  • 6 Simple Tips to Help Lower Your Blood Pressure
    September 6, 2019 at 12:00 AM

    When it comes to hypertension, there are a couple of things you can’t control such as your age, genetics, and ethnicity. On the flip side, however, there are a lot of things you can do right now to avoid a hypertension diagnosis or to help lower your bl...

  • THE LINK BETWEEN WEIGHT, SLEEP APNEA, & HIGH BP
    August 23, 2019 at 2:00 PM

    One of the many things that can cause high blood pressure is Obstructive Sleep Apnea. OSA decreases oxygen in your body while you’re sleeping, which can lead to surges in both your systolic and diastolic blood pressure. These surges in blood pressure pu...

  • What to Do For High Blood Pressure?
    August 12, 2019 at 12:00 AM

    High blood pressure can be a dangerous medical condition that can cause damage to your cardiovascular system. Every one in three people in the United States alone has high blood ...

  • SUMMER WAVES
    August 2, 2019 at 2:00 PM

    Ocean waves, hello waves, heat waves, goodbye waves, waves of humidity, sound waves. Some of these can positively affect our heath by refreshing us, making us happy, nourishing our spirit. However, two of them have the potential to negatively affect ou...

  • Are there ways to lower your blood pressure naturally?
    July 8, 2019 at 12:00 AM

    Many people experience high blood pressure at some stage in their lives. When it becomes a permanent fixture, hypertension poses a significant threat to your health. You increase your chances of encountering a severe coronary event. High blood pressure ...

  • THE POWER OF TINY HABITS
    July 1, 2019 at 2:00 PM

    Just thinking of what we need to do to make a difference in our blood pressure can be overwhelming: cut back on sodium, increase your potassium intake, lose weight, stop smoking, get more exercise, manage your stress…

    So in this installment of The...

  • TREAT YOURSELF TO NITRATES
    June 20, 2019 at 2:00 PM

    BBQs! Picnics! Street Fairs! Amusement Parks! Where does all of this fun summertime food rate on the healthy vs. unhealthy scorecard?

    There is certainly is an abundance of fresh fruit and vegetables available. Obviously, we all know how they scor...

  • How to Stay Healthy in the Summer
    June 17, 2019 at 12:00 AM

    The sun is beaming and it's time to break out your bikini and swim trunks. But are you proud of the skin you're in? 

    Whether you've been working toward your beach body all winter long or you're just starting now, it's never too late to get health...

  • THE SUNSHINE VITAMIN
    May 31, 2019 at 9:00 AM

    Last weekend was Memorial Day weekend, the unofficial start of summer. That means we (finally!) get to look forward to longer days and more sunshine! But aside from the mood-boosting value of sunshine and the opportunity for more outdoor activity, we al...

  • EPIGENETICS: CHANGE HOW YOUR GENES WORK, CHANGE YOUR LIFE
    May 17, 2019 at 9:00 AM

    We’re all dealt a genetic hand. Some of us might let fear of inheriting the same genes that our relatives have get in the way of getting timely physical exams. Some of us might let this same fear allow us to give up because “it’s a done deal” and we’re ...

  • Take the 120/Life Challenge this May
    May 14, 2019 at 12:00 AM

    Did you know that May is National Blood Pressure Month? Well, now you do! At 120/Life, we feel passionate about helping our customers bring their blood pressure into a healthy range. If your blood pressure is currently higher than you would like, why no...

  • LESS STRESS, MORE REST
    May 2, 2019 at 2:00 PM

    Everyone hates stress. Even hearing the word can make us nervous. But it’s important to know how stress works, because it can have a huge impact on our blood pressure.

    When talking about stress, the medical community will sometimes speak of somet...

  • HOW SHALL I DRINK IT? LET ME COUNT THE WAYS
    April 16, 2019 at 2:00 PM

    Personally, I love the taste of 120/Life. That being said, I also haven’t fooled myself into believing that everyone has the same taste palate as I do. Plain and simple, some people are just not going to love the taste of the drink.

    With that in m...

  • EXERCISE AND HIGH BP: EVERY LITTLE BIT HELPS
    March 7, 2019 at 6:00 AM

    In our last installment of The Circulatory, we took a look at how we were doing with our New Year’s resolutions as they pertain to achieving/maintaining a healthy weight. Look at any top 10 list of New Year’s resolutions and you’ll see exercise right up...

  • ENVIRONMENTAL CONTROL
    February 28, 2019 at 3:00 PM

    As you know, our New Year’s resolutions are now about 2 months old. For some of us, it’s time for a tune-up!

    An extremely important aspect of blood pressure normalization (which so many of us resolve to undertake as one of our New Year’s resolutio...

  • POTASSIUM: YOUR HEART'S NEW BEST FRIEND
    February 21, 2019 at 3:00 PM

    If you’re among the nearly half of American adults who have received a diagnosis of hypertension, you may recall that one of the ...

  • SALTY TALK: THE LANGUAGE OF SODIUM
    February 11, 2019 at 3:00 PM

    February is American Heart Month, a national observance that’s meant to remind people around the country to focus on their hearts and promote better heart health within their communities...

  • RED LIGHT, GREEN LIGHT... WHAT ABOUT YELLOW LIGHT? LATEST BP GUIDELINES
    January 25, 2019 at 3:00 PM

    In early 2018, the American College of Cardiology and the American Heart Association set new guidelines to define normal, elevated, and high blood pressure:

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  • 4 THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT ALCOHOL & DRY JANUARY
    January 15, 2019 at 3:00 PM

    1. Alcohol Elevates Your Blood Pressure

    When it comes to controlling our blood pressure, we know that moderating our alcohol intake is an important lifestyle choice.

    More than one or two drinks in one sitting temporarily c...