Heart Health

Live Life to the Fullest! Stay Heart Healthy!

Did you know that often the first sign of heart disease is sudden death? About 600,000 people die of heart disease each year , mostly from coronary artery disease. Heart disease is a leading cause of death year after year. The statistical spread over people of different races is fairly even, meaning that being of a certain nationality or background won’t save you.

Death by heart disease can be fairly quick compared to death by cancer or Parkinson’s Disease, for example. But let’s assume that you aren’t the one that is going to drop dead of a sudden heart attack. In that case, you might be more concerned with the impact that heart disease can have on your quality of life and wonder what you can do to change it.

To make any meaningful lifestyle changes, you will need proper motivation. The right motivation can vary from person to person – what motivates one person to stop smoking can be ineffective for another, for example.

The purpose of this article, then, it is to point out some reasons to improve your heart health and help you understand consequences of destructive habits. Which ones speak to you will be unique. Knowledge is a good first step, however.

Let’s start with libido and sex. The small arteries of the heart are not the only ones affected by artery disease. The small arteries of the penis and clitoris will be affected also. Erectile dysfunction is now recognized to be a sign that all is not well with the arteries. Good blood flow at the proper times is crucial to the entire sex experience, as you might imagine. Therefore heart disease isn’t just about your heart but your sex life, too.

Let’s say you didn’t make any lifestyle changes and decided to follow your medical doctor’s advice and opt for some stents or other types of surgery to improve your heart blood flow. Many people report a loss of sex drive afterwards. We are not talking about dialing back your libido but watching it disappear entirely. Is the meds? Is it the procedure itself? Is it reduced blood flow to your brain? Does it matter as that part of your life will be over. I suppose if you are 95 and everything else is failing, that might not be a big deal but if you are 42, loss of libido might take a bigger toll on your lifestyle.

How do you feel about not being able to do the most basic of physical activity? With heart problems you think about which seats you have at the ball game because you might have to climb up too many levels to get to your seat. How about going for a hike on a beautiful day? Maybe you rethink your plans for a trip to a mountain resort because you know the altitude is just too much of a stress. Maybe playing with your grandkids is too much work now.

You fill in the blanks for your own personality and desires. Which parts of your life are you willing to eject?

The short list of the basic steps you must take to protect your heart and other arteries are: no smoking or second hand smoke, no trans fats (also known as partially hydrogenated fats), exercise 30 minutes a day most days, lose the gut and practice good sleep hygiene.

Each of these is a blog post in itself except for the smoking. That is just too easy and should be pretty obvious by now. I will address trans fats in future post, however. I already have articles and videos on sleep and exercise that you can find at OVitaminPro.com.

Think about your diet. Choose organic, non-GMO and free-range products whenever you can. It is vital, necessary, super helpful, prudent, a great idea, wise and an important health step, too. Contaminants in other foods interfere with your body’s ability to maintain healthy cell membranes and proper energy storage and transport. This is linked to heart and brain health. Your healthy choices must extend to your grocery cart. Look for my articles and videos on glyphosate.

I want you to ask yourself if that Snickers or Big Mac is worth the trade-off now that you know better what that trade-off is. Yes, there is a link between your sex life and those food choices. You vote at the voting booth a few times a decade, but vote with your dollars every day at grocery stores and restaurants. If you want to promote better and healthier food choices, cast your ballot there. Your community and body will thank you.

 

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Five Keys To A Healthy Heart!

February is American Heart Awareness month. When people think of heart health they normally think of one thing, their cholesterol numbers. Having a healthy heart is more than cholesterol. What if you do have high numbers, what then? How do you lower those numbers? What constitutes a healthy heart?

Health, no matter what organ we are talking about, is multifaceted. It is never just one thing that helps a person regain their health. It is the combination of taking the right steps before you are sick, and those same steps apply if you are sick.

1. Diet - Eating a diet rich in fruits and vegetables, low in grain consumption, mixed with balance protein sources, like range free meats and fresh caught fish, can guard the health of your heart. Supplementing your diet with Omega 3 fish oil can also improve the heart’s health.

2. Exercise – Exercise is an important key a lot of people skip. People tend to think it is necessary to go to a gym and spend an hour a day working out, so they give up. I tell all my clients to start with walking and only 15 minutes a day at first and then work up from there. It is essential to begin with something easy at first. This short amount of time allotted for exercise makes the goal attainable and the benefits are huge. Most people find when they start with 15 minutes it isn’t long before they are walking 30 without even thinking about it.

3. Meditation – Meditation doesn’t require sitting cross legged chanting OM. It can be 10 minutes sitting quietly in your bedroom, garden or even your car on a break at work. It takes just minutes to still your mind and breathe deep. Try just listening to the sounds around you, the birds chirping, the clock ticking, even voices in the distance. Try not to think of the list of things you have to do, yes, try not to think at all! It takes practice but persistence will pay off.

4. Stress – Eliminate the extra things that cause stress in your life. You may not be able to change jobs or stop being a care giver, for example, but there are small things you can do to de-stress. Turn off your cell phone for a couple hours. Say no to people or organizations when you know it is just going to add more stress to your life. Saying no is sometimes saying yes to your heart.

5. Sleep – The last key to a healthy heart is getting a good night’s sleep.  Try to go to bed around the same time every night. Grown-ups need a bedtime just like kids do! Turn the TV and computer off 30 minutes before bed. Use those 30 minutes to prepare for sleep; take a bath, read a little, meditate or listen to relaxing music. You can’t hit the bed at high speed and expect to fall to sleep.

If you are worried about the health of your heart and still not sure what steps you should take and what supplement s you need, give us a call! At OVitaminPro.com we are always available to help you with your health concerns!

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Heart Healthy Support Supplements

You don’t have to wait to be diagnosed with high cholesterol, or have a strong family history of heart disease to take preventative action and care of your heart. If you find yourself living a sedentary lifestyle and not fitting exercise into your hectic schedule, the time to start taking care of your heart is now! A healthy heart is an intrigal component to your overall wellness. Here at OVitaminPro, we want to help guide you in caring for your cardiovascular system with natural solutions. Combining exercise, a healthy diet and these heart support supplements can help keep your heart in tip top shape:

  • Fish Oil- Omega 3 Fatty Acids: Research has discovered that omega-3 fatty acids decrease your risk of abnormal heartbeats (arrhythmias), which can lead to extreme health risks and death. Omega 3’s work by decreasing triglyceride levels, the growth rate of atherosclerotic plaque and blood pressure.
  • Coenzyme Q-10 (CoQ10): CoQ10 is extremely effective in the prevention and treatment of heart disease to its amazing ability to improve energy production in cells. CoQ10 also inhibits blood clot formation and acts as an extremely powerful antioxidant.
  • Vitamin D: Vitamin D deficiency is extremely high and a staggering body of evidence suggests that Vitamin D deficiency increases the risk of heart disease and is also linked to high blood pressure, obesity and diabetes. People with low Vitamin D levels are twice as likely to suffer from a heart attack, stroke or other heart-related event.
  • Niacin: Niacin, also known as B3 lowers bad cholesterol from being absorbed in the intestine. Since high cholesterol has been linked to cardiovascular disease, lowering this LDL levels is a great way to adopt preventive action.

Coupled with diet and exercise, these nutrients as listed above can positively impact your overall heart health. As always, feel free to ask us questions and be sure to talk to your doctor before starting any supplementation to make sure these are right for you!

P.S. February is American Heart Month – now is the perfect time to start taking better care of your heart!

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