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If you are looking for a vegetarian source of protein, shiitake mushrooms fit the bill. You can include some of these tasty mushrooms in your daily soups and salads for a healthy boost of muscle-building protein. Numerous studies over the years have shown shiitake mushrooms to have a positive effect on heart health, making it a great food for those taking care of their cardiovascular system.

- Wellness Expert, Margaux Jean

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You Got Beef, Bro? Let It Go: Forgiveness Can Keep You Healthy!

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Got Beef Bro?

Carrying anger or resentment towards someone or something can add to the anxiety and stress you already have in your world.

But guess what?

You control whether or not you forgive someone!

One expert even says that "Unforgiveness" should be considered a disease

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Air Pollution From Traffic Boosts Risk Of Heart Attack

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Next time you're in a traffic jam, it might not be a bad idea to huff and puff with your windows UP!

According to a study published in the British Medical Journal, breathing in the fumes from heavy traffic can boost your risk of heart attack for up to six hours.

Air pollution won't start causing heart attacks for just anyone, but could increase the chance of heart attacks in people already at risk.

To discover this revelation, researchers looked at health data from 79,288 people who have had a heart attack between 2003 and 2006 in the United Kingdom.

They then looked at traffic pollution data, including carbon monoxide and ozone levels, in different parts of the country.

After studying and comparing the data, it was determined that the likelihood of having a heart attack was the highest 6 hours after the people studied had been exposed to traffic fumes.

The connection is not entirely clear, but pollution can possibly thicken blood to make it more likely to clot. A co-funder of the study told news sources:

"We know that pollution can have a major effect on your heart health, possibly because it can 'thicken' the blood to make it more likely to clot, putting you at higher risk of a heart attack."

A similar study on the link between heart attacks and traffic suggests that although pollution may have an effect on the heart, it may also be stress!

The researcher presenting her findings during American Heart Association's 49th Annual Conference on Cardiovascular Disease, said:

"One potential factor could be the exhaust and air pollution coming from other cars, but we can't exclude the synergy between stress and air pollution that could tip the scale."

It's pretty hard to avoid traffic if you live anywhere near civilization, so the best way to avoid being at risk at ALL is to lead a healthy lifestyle with lots of exercise and good food!

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The Secret To A Strong Erection

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And it isn't from a pharmaceutical company either!

In fact, the secret to a healthy erection may be in your refrigerator. If it's not there yet, than it's just hiding somewhere at the grocery store.

The strength of a man's erection is directly correlated to his heart health as Steven Lamm, M.D., author of The Hardness Factor, explains:

"If your cardiovascular system is impaired, your penile health is impaired, and the reverse is true as well—it's one system. The endothelial cells that line your coronary arteries line all the arteries in your body, including the arteries that go to the penis."

It is therefore essential to not only keep up with your cardiovascular fitness, but also eat the right food that will keep those arteries clear and the blood pumping, as Lamm says:

"The right foods will help you stay well and reverse small vascular abnormalities before you have no choice but to use medications."

Check out 15 foods containing natural ingredients that will keep your heart healthy and your erections harder AFTER the jump!

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Busting Fitness Myths

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True or false? Are crunches the MOST EFFECTIVE exercise to get six-pack abs?

False! Diet and cardiovascular exercises are more important because you need to burn the layer of fat over your tummy to even see those bad boys first!

That is just one myth the lovely Jennifer Cohen, author of No Gym Required, busted on NBC's Today Show last Friday.

Check out the video above to see what other fitness myths are TRUE or FALSE! Some of the answers may surprise you and more importantly, help you achieve your fitness goals!

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The best way to increase cardiovascular endurance is to perform intervals when doing cardio. Use a work-to-rest ratio of 1:2. Start with a run for 2 minutes, then a jog for 4 minutes. As your endurance starts to improve increase the times or decrease the amount of rest you take.

- Personal Trainer Mike Donavanik, CSCS, CPT

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Rare Heart Transplant Leaves Man With Two Hearts!

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This guy has heart!

Actually, he has two.

A man now has two hearts after undergoing a rare surgery called a heterotopic heart transplant in which doctors attached a second heart to the right side of his chest.

Dr. Michael Madani, associate professor of surgery and co-director of the UC San Diego Sulpizio Cardiovascular Center, explained the procedure in a statement:

"Even though Mr. Smith was facing death, he could not have a standard heart transplant. Removing the old heart and replacing it with a new heart would have caused the new heart to fail because resistance to flow in his lungs-called pulmonary hypertension-was so high. But together, the two hearts share the work and get the job done."

Check out the crazzzy footage above to see what two beating hearts look like!

Guess it's true what they say. Two hearts are better than one! Ha!

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