Good News About Health, Happiness and Productivity

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Eating foods rich in potassium helps control blood pressure. But most Americans aren't getting enough potassium, according to the Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion. You may associate bananas with potassium. But did you know a baked potato with skin has more than twice the potassium of a banana? Baked sweet potatoes, fresh orange juice, wild Atlantic salmon, and plain yogurt are also higher in potassium per serving than a banana.

"Natural" doesn't mean "healthy" or "organic" when it's featured on the packaging of processed foods. The FDA does not have a formal definition of the word "natural" or regulate how companies use this word. The American Diabetes Association encourages consumers to read nutrition labels and ingredient lists to decide if a food product fits into their healthy eating plan. It's better to avoid packaged foods altogether and shop for fresh, minimally processed foods.

According to data from the Bureau of Labor statistics, nearly 15 million Americans are full-time shift workers. Shift workers have an increased risk for disease and illness, including metabolic disease and diabetes, heart disease, and obesity. If you're a shift worker, take steps to reduce your risk for these diseases. Improve your sleep by setting up a cool, dark, quiet sleep environment. Implement relaxing routines before bed, take planned naps, and exercise.