In celebration of American Heart Month this February, we are bringing the heart front and center! The heart is our hardest working muscle, and if we do not properly care for it, it will give out on us. In fact, many sources confirm that the leading cause of death in the United States is heart disease. Luckily, heart disease is also one of the most preventable diseases.
So what is heart disease anyway? In its simplest terms, heart disease refers to several conditions that can include diseased or clotted vessels and structural problems. Arrhythmia, cardiac arrest, congestive heart failure and even something as common as high blood pressure all belong to this category.
What are the risk factors? According to the American Heart Association, risk factors are sorted into three categories: 1.) Major risk factors, 2.) Modifiable risk factors and 3.) Contributing risk factors. Major risk factors can be discounted for now, because we cannot do anything about those. Let’s focus on modifiable and contributing risk factors.
How can you decrease your risk?
*Put down that cigarette! Smokers have a much higher risk of having heart problems later.
* Eat clean and healthy! High cholesterol, triglycerides and being overweight all contribute to a high risk factor.
*Get moving! According to the New York State Health Department, physical inactivity accounts for 35% of coronary hear disease death. The American Heart Association recommends a minimum of 150 minutes moderate exercise per week or 75 minutes of vigorous exercise per week to decrease your risk of heart disease.
*Limit alcohol consumption! Over-drinking can increase blood pressure, stroke, cancer and contribute to high triglycerides, obesity and many other problems. While some research states that red wine can be beneficial for the heart, it limits that amount to two glasses of wine per day for men and one for women. As much as we can all appreciate a good pour, one glass of wine is defined as 5 fl oz.
*Lower that stress! Several studies mention that the body’s response to stress can be a contributing factor of heart disease.
Now where do you turn? The American Heart Association has the Healthy For Good Initiative, which outlines several ways to make changes in the modifiable areas. There are also several, known studies on how different supplements can boost heart health (see links below). Nature’s Edge offers four different, superior-absorption supplements to help you maintain a healthy heart!
*A portion of all supplements geared towards cardiovascular health will go to support the American Heart Association.
Benefits of CoQ10: https://www.drsinatra.com/why-coq10-can-literally-save-your-life
American Heart Association Home: http://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/
Omegas and Heart Health: http://time.com/4619488/omega-3-fats-heart-health/
Phytosterols and heart health: http://usmle.biochemistryformedics.com/the-role-of-phytosterols-in-reducing-the-risk-of-heart-disease/
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