By Nurse Mark
It’s Heart Health month again, and we’ll be featuring a series of Heart-Health articles this month. Let’s start with some simple things you can do to improve and ensure your best possible heart-health.
Remember when you were younger and had absolutely no worries about your heart? After all, it’s not often a person in their 20′s or 30′s has heart disease, and you probably knew that. Your life wasn’t focused around living close to a hospital, avoiding physical activity out of fear of chest pain or worse, or even thinking at all about your heart, which just ticked along perfectly from day to day, week to week, and year to year.
Would you like to return to that liberated, confident feeling, knowing that your heart is healthy and immune to problems, and enjoying the physical and emotional freedom that dependable, healthy heart function brings?
Why not give yourself the gift of healthy heart confidence by following these simple, proven, protective measures that can lower your risk of heart disease to that of a 20-year-old? Your heart is a very forgiving muscle and can be rejuvenated. Here’s how:
- Stop smoking. Smoking is one of the single biggest causes of heart disease. If you need a good reason to quit, dramatically lowering your risk of heart disease might be that reason!
- Eat a heart-healthy diet. High carbohydrate diets lead to overweight and high blood sugar levels, and diabetes. As you continue to read this list, you’ll see that these factors are each independent risk factors for heart disease. A VLC diet (Very Low Carbohydrate diet), high in Omega-3 Essential Fatty Acids, is the fastest, surest way to lower insulin and blood sugar levels, lose weight, decrease dangerous inflammation and slash heart disease risk at least four-fold. Diets higher in “good fats” (NOT low-fat diets!) and low in carbs have proven to be the heart-healthiest.
- Get optimal doses of heart-healthy nutrients. Many nutrients essential to healthy heart function are often missing in the Standard American Diet (S.A.D.). They include:
- B complex vitamins, needed for normal nerve function and homocysteine levels.
- magnesium, the relaxing, anti-arrhythmic mineral that is absolutely necessary for normal heart function. Unfortunately, magnesium is one of the most common nutrient deficiencies in the SAD diet.
- antioxidant nutrients (especially vitamins C, E, and beta-carotene). Studies have shown that people with higher blood levels of antioxidants have a lower incidence of heart disease. Among people who have a heart attack, higher levels of antioxidants decrease free radical formation and reduce heart damage.
- chromium helps stabilize and lower blood sugar levels, thereby lowering sugar-associated heart disease risk.
- Omega-3 fatty acids (fish oils) are so well-known to decrease inflammation and heart arrhythmias that the FDA now allows Heart Health label claims for fish oil. We now also have an over-the-top expensive prescription fish oil for heart patients (many of whom would have less stress on their hearts if they bought fish oil for $20 instead of $200!).
- soluble fiber helps keep blood fats, including cholesterol, at a happy level, although high cholesterol is not the big heart disease risk factor it has been portrayed as.
- Maxi Multi is the best Optimal Dose Daily Multiple Vitamin available and will provide proper amounts of vitamins minerals, and trace minerals to keep you and your heart healthy.
- Berberine is emerging as a highly valuable herb for heart health – we have patients who tell us it has quelled long-standing heart arrhythmias (palpitations) that have resisted every other drug tried by their conventional doctors. Learn more about this amazing herb here: Berberine: The “Swiss Army Knife” Of Supplements
These same measures that dramatically lower your risk of heart disease also increase natural immunity, slash your risk of cancer, diabetes, arthritis, depression, Alzheimer’s and senile dementia and a host of other diseases that we fall prey to with age. Even at advanced age or stages of disease, much improvement and protection is possible (in other words, you can reclaim a lot of healthy ground), by turning a few habits around in a healthier direction.
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