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body & soul
South and Central, it's your turn for fun as the magic comes to the
Southern Academy of the Performing Arts!!! Crazy Catholic and
D C Shell Theatre will take you, your family and friends into Fairy Land!!
From the producers of Rapunzel, Aladdin, Beauty and the Beast, Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty,
Snow White, Rumpelstilskin, Red Riding Hood, Bollywood and Phantom of the NAPA
comes a brand new play based on the story by the Brothers Grimm.
Another memorable show for the entire family,
written and directed by the Crazy Catholic.
You are invited to fairyland - Magic,
Romance, Comedy and Non-Stop Fun
Please add us!
D C SHELL THEATRE
and CRAZY CATHOLI
Don't dream... come!
FRIDAY 2nd MAY - 8.30 p.m.
SATURDAY 3rd MAY - 7.30 p.m.
SUNDAY 4th MAY - 5.30 pm
FRIDAY 2nd MAY - 10.00 a.m.
SPECIAL SCHOOL SHOW: All schools invited
BUY 1 TICKET: Get 1 ticket free ($150)
Produced by D C Shell Theatre
Pioneers in Family
Fairy Tales, Bollywood
& Clean Comedy.
SAPA box office opens from
Wednesday 30 April at 11am daily
732-5796, 683-6496, 796-4272, 750-0104
When it comes to blood pressure,
your diet can either be your biggest
enemy or your greatest ally.
If you suffer from hypertension,
you ve likely been told to avoid salty
foods to keep your blood pressure in
check and also to prevent the unpleas-
ant side effects of a high sodium diet,
like water retention.
You might miss having crispy,
crunchy French fries, savoury soups,
and deli meat sandwiches, but don t
There are still plenty of foods that
are not only delicious and satisfying,
but that also have been shown to lower
your blood pressure.
Bananas. The filling fruit is loaded
with potassium, which is known to
help with lowering blood pressure.
The mineral helps balance the effects
of salt on the body, and helps the kid-
neys function properly. Studies have
shown that daily banana consumption,
can help lower blood pressure.
One study in particular said just
two bananas a day can reduce your
blood pressure by ten per cent! Other
potassium-rich foods include potatoes,
dates, and avocados.
Egg whites. You can start your day
off with a blood-pressure easing
breakfast. Have some eggs, but go easy
on the yolk. Not only are egg whites
high in filling protein, they contain a
peptide which lowers blood pressure.
A study presented by the American
Chemical Society revealed egg whites
can lower your blood pressure as much
as a low dose of a prescription drug.
Tomatoes. Consider swapping out
your lunchtime soft drink with a cup
of tomato juice (low sodium, of
course). Tomatoes are rich in lycopene,
which has been shown to help reduce
An Australian study found that by
getting at least 25 mg of lycopene in
your diet every day, you can lower
your LDL (the bad cholesterol) by up
to ten per cent.
Researchers say that s as much a
difference as a low dose statin. But
don t worry, you don t have to eat
tomatoes plain. You can incorporate
tomatoes into your cooking---just half
a cup of spaghetti sauce contains 20
mg of lycopene---or have a cup of
tomato juice, which contains about 23
mg of the good stuff.
Dark chocolate. We could seriously
enjoy this delicious treat all day long,
with its age-busting antioxidants and
A study of older adults with hyper-
tension or pre-hypertension found
that after just 18 weeks of eating a
small amount of dark chocolate every
day (30 calories worth), participants
saw a nearly 20 per cent reduction in
hypertension. So go ahead, and treat
Watermelon. Researchers from
Florida State University say the fruit
is one of the richest natural sources
of L-citrulline, which helps regulate
blood flow and blood pressure.
The researchers concluded that nat-
ural sources of the amino acid can
actually have a protective effect, pre-
venting pre-hypertension from devel-
oping into full-blown hypertension.
Raisins. These often-forgotten little
guys are usually only appreciated in
cookies, bagels, and as a dessert gar-
nish. But if you re on the verge of high
blood pressure, snacking on the chewy
fruits throughout the day could be
your saving grace.
In one study, researchers found that
when pre-hypertensive participants
snacked on raisins three times a day
for 12 weeks, they had significantly
lower systolic and diastolic blood pres-
Hibiscus tea. If you d rather change
your drinking habits than your eating
habits, try swapping out your coffee
with a cup of this flowery, herbal tea.
After sipping on three cups a day of
the tea for six weeks, slightly hyper-
tensive participants saw a decrease in
their systolic blood pressure of around
While the drop may seem modest
for those with more serious cases of
hypertension, doctors say that even
small reductions in blood pressure can
lower your risk for serious heart con-
YOUR DAILY HEALTH
News and Advice
Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Wednesday, April 30, 2014
Foods to help lower your blood pressure
Watermelon---one of the richest natural sources of L-citrulline,
which helps regulate blood pressure and flow.
Snacking on raisins three times a day may help lower
systolic and diastolic blood pressure.
If you suffer from hypertension, you've likely been told to avoid salty foods to keep your
blood pressure in check and also to prevent the unpleasant side effects of a high sodium
diet, like water retention.
rich in lycopene,
which has been
shown to help
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