I remember Garmin watches have a default entry for “lifetime athlete” as an individual who has trained intensely for many years, with the exception of minor injuries, and has a resting heart rate of 60 beats per minute or less. I also remember that I proudly set my Garmin to lifetime athlete many years back but I have always been faced with the reality that we are a family with cardiovascular risks. This means that being fit helps a lot, but doesn’t exactly mean healthy. On the flipside of both fitness and cardiovascular health is always a good diet and FIBER.
WebMD.com, an esteemed medical online publication reported that in over 25 clinical trials that:
- lifestyle and dietary improvements help keep blood pressure levels under control and these include “weight loss, reduced sodium intake, moderation in alcohol use, increased potassium intake, increased physical activity, and following the DASH (dietary approaches to stop hypertension) diet.”
- more conclusively, “adding fiber to the diet was associated with a significant reduction in both systolic and diastolic blood pressure in people with high blood pressure.”
This is particularly true of SOLUBLE FIBER, which helps to prevent cholesterol from building up in blood vessel walls, and thus preventing heart disease and the development of hypertension (reference: http://www.livestrong.com/article/480986-differences-of-crude-and-dietary-fiber/). Good sources of soluble fiber include barley, oat bran, seeds, nuts, peas, beans and lentils, as well as some vegetables and fruit.
Get your soluble fiber from Australia Harvest Oats!
For an active person like me, a quick source of soluble fiber is, no less than, Australia Harvest Oat bran. Because oat bran is the outer husk of the oat grain, it contains the most of the dietary fiber, along with a large amount of useful minerals.It is for this reason that some investigators and personal users attest that oat bran has a better nutritional profile than whole grain oats. But do try other Australia Harvest Oats products as loved by even the Philippine Volcanoes, the country’s official rugby team sent to battle in international rugby competitions. As its Official Fiber Partner, Australia Harvest Oats helped the Philippine Volcanoes win their bronze medal in the recently concluded Asian Rugby Competition.
As we celebrate May 17 this year as World Hypertension Day, we are reminded that we have to do everything possible to attain and maintain health. Hypertension in the Philippines is one of leading causes of morbidity and mortality. The incidences are now occurring even in younger age groups. That means the “oatmeal habit” should start as early as possible because prevention is always key.