LETS TALK HEART HEALTH!
The primary risk factors for cardiovascular disease are many and mostly stem from LIFESTYLE! This means that we are in control! Although genetics, old age, and the male gender are contributing factors for being at risk, according to the study of epigenetics, our genes don't have the final say! (Refer back to 'A Penny For Your Thoughts Part 1 & 2).
So here are some facts to marinate on:
Family history is a big indicator that one may be at risk for Cardiovascular Disease, as one is twice as likely to suffer if a family history exists. If you know this, you have to guide your body towards a healthy and positive lifestyle to prevent yourself from being affected and make sure those genes never become activated.
Having above normal Low Density Lipoprotein levels (bad cholesterol) are linked to risk for Cardiovascular disease as these carry cholesterol to the cells and those that line our arteries and can cause blockage. The good news is that this can be prevented with diet and lifestyle!
Cigarette smoking increases risk for heart attack and stroke up to four times as for those who are non smokers, increases bad cholesterol and lowers good cholesterol, and increases levels of clotting factors due to the substances in cigarettes that can also damage blood vessels and lead to atherosclerosis.
Persistent high blood pressure contributes to the development of atherosclerosis which can in turn cause other cardiovascular diseases such as heart attack and stroke.
Those who are physically inactive are twice as likely to develop cardiovascular disease as active people.
Obesity doubles the risk of cardiovascular disease.
Diabetes Mellitus (also a condition caused by LIFESTYLE) damages the heart muscle, the small coronary arteries and major arteries as well, making Atherosclerosis occur more frequently which causes risk for other cardiovascular diseases.
Anxiety and stress can result in spasms of the coronary arteries which can contribute to angina attacks, and are 2-6 times more likely to die from a heart attack.
As we have mentioned, Cardiovascular disease is a product of underlying imbalances inside the body and can be attributed to lifestyle choices. So what can we do? As we always say, PREVENTATIVE MEDICINE IS THE BEST MEDICINE :) By taking preventative measures we make sure to promote NATURAL IMMUNITY and let our bodies do the rest!
IT'S SIMPLE. Eat well, incorporate plenty of fresh organic fruits and vegetables in your diet, emphasize WHOLE grains, seeds, legumes, and fish oils, making sure you are getting all your vitamins and minerals! You can always supplement with a great multivitamin and an Omega-3 supplement to fill in the gaps! Stay away from processed and artificial foods and refined sugars that are full of preservatives and empty calories. Limit intake of red meat,
fried foods, and high fatty foods. Also, it is very important to regulate your blood sugar levels.
Exercise regularly! Find something you are passionate about like yoga, jogging, or kickboxing! Change it up! Get creative and keep your routine going!
Have a positive outlook and attitude, stay stress free, learn to manage your stress with breathing exercise and relaxation techniques!
Remember to always stay hydrated! Drink at least 8, 8oz glasses of water daily!
Get adequate and restful sleep! This is so important for recharging and restoring our body's mechanisms.
There you have it folks! The secret formula to always staying HEALTHY and WELL!
So take good care of your body, and it will take good care of you ;