AHA Update: Life’s Simple 7™ Now Life’s Essential 8™ After Addition of Sleep Metric

In 2010, the American Heart Association (AHA) created a checklist to identify specific health behaviors and factors that drive optimal heart and brain health. The original Life’s Simple 7™ included seven core areas that contribute to optimal heart health: nicotine exposure, physical activity, diet, weight, blood glucose, cholesterol and blood pressure. This week, drawing on […]

Coconut Oil: Not So Healthy?

 A recent new advisory report from the American Heart Association advises against the use of coconut oil, a popular trend in the health and wellness industry. The Dietary Fats and Cardiovascular Disease, after viewing existing data on saturated fats, has demonstrated that coconut oil specifically increased LDL—known as ‘bad’ cholesterol—in seven out of seven controlled […]