This is the everything-you-need-to-know-to-be-as-healthy-as-possible newsletter, brought to you by Kristy Russ, pharmacist and health consultant. I have close to 20 years experience in helping people improve their health.
I help people get healthy, and more importantly, stay that way so they're not miserable and just slowly dying for the last 20 years of their lives, which IS the "norm" today.
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Right now as you read this, I'm hopefully enjoying Lake Pend Oreille either on the jet ski or tubing behind it (or trying to improve my less-than-impressive wakeboarding skills).
I've been doing some hard-core relaxation here on our camping trip. I will definitely be recharged after this.
Today's article is one that I wrote a couple of years ago, but it's definitely worth repeating, since heart diseased is still the number 1 killer...
9 Tips For a Healthy Heart
Some interesting heart facts to make you go hmmmm:
(That last one made me smile, so I included it for your enjoyment)
- The average adult heart beats 72 times a minute; 100,000 times a day; 3,600,000 times a year; and 2.5 billion times during a lifetime.
- Every day, the heart creates enough energy to drive a truck 20 miles. In a lifetime, that is equivalent to driving to the moon and back.
- During an average lifetime, the heart will pump nearly 1.5 million gallons of blood—enough to fill 200 train tank cars.
- The term “heartfelt” originated from Aristotle’s philosophy that the heart collected sensory input from the peripheral organs through the blood vessels. It was from those perceptions that thought and emotions arose.
- French physician Rene Laennec (1781-1826) invented the stethoscope when he felt it was inappropriate to place his ear on his large-buxomed female patients' chests.
Your heart is the
hardest-working organ in your body and is THE sustainer of life in your body.
Unfortunately heart disease, almost unheard of a mere century ago is now the #1 killer- causing almost half of ALL deaths (due to any cause).
Did you know that by age 40, three quarters of us have the beginnings of cardiovascular disease? Yes, that's right, 75% of us! And most people have no idea until their first symptom- a massive heart attack (of which only 30% survive). That's why they call heart disease the silent killer.
I give you these scary statistics so you realize the importance of PREVENTION. You can't wait until you have symptoms- it could be too late.
And when I say prevention, I mean true prevention, not treating the risk factors like high blood pressure and cholesterol. While those are important, they are NOT the only risk factors and they are a small part of the heart disease puzzle.
Here's what you need to do to help protect yourself from heart disease:
This is probably the #1 best thing to protect yourself from heart disease. Not only does it keep your heart strong and blood vessels supple, it's about the only non-pharmaceutical way to lower your cholesterol.
- Quit smoking
THIS is actually the #1 most important thing to do, but I'm hoping all of you reading this are already non-smokers so it's not an issue at all...
- Eat a low glycemic diet
Everytime you spike your blood sugar, it damages the lining of your blood vessels. I've discussed this at length, so I won't go into it more today.
- Avoid saturated and trans fat
It makes your cell walls very "stiff", which includes the lining of your blood vessels. That makes them more likely to become
blocked. Also, the free radicals produced by the digestion of a fatty meal actually make your blood vessels literally quiver for up to 4 hours. Yikes!
- Get LOTS!!!!! of antioxidants
Not only do they prevent that quivering I just mentioned, but they prevent the buildup of cholesterol in your blood vessels. All studies show that those who have the highest antioxidant levels have the lowest heart disease.
- Get LOTS!!!! of omega-3 fats
They not only keep your blood vessels supple, they also prevent their inflammation and buildup of cholesterol. A study involving about 150,000 people with high cholesterol showed that those who were treated with fish oil supplements (omega-3's) vs. statins (cholesterol medication) had a significantly lower risk of death or injury from ANY cause, including heart disease. (Yes, it makes me wonder also why we're still so reliant on statins...)
- Get lots of fiber
From fruits/veggies, whole grains, or psyllium. (Here's an excellent fiber product that's a tasteless addition to anything.) It helps keep your cholesterol levels where they should be.
- Take a high-quality supplement
All the vitamins and nutrients work together to help your body function optimally and prevent problems that lead to heart disease. I highly recommend the Essentials
- Consider a coenzyme Q10 supplement
The older you get, the less you have and it's important for proper heart muscle function. Beware many coQ10 supplements- there are many poor quality brands out there. CoQ10 is expensive to
produce, so companies try to cut costs. Coquinone is an excellent choice.
Try to include as many of these tips as you can into your life- it'll go a long way to keeping your heart healthy and serving you well into old age. It works hard for you- treat it well...
I have a couple of pages on my website about cardiovascular disease and cholesterol. Click on the links for more information.
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Because Laughter Really IS Good Medicine...
Heart Health Advice:
The Japanese eat very little fat and suffer fewer heart attacks than the British or Americans.
On the other hand, the French eat a lot of fat and also suffer fewer heart attacks than the British or Americans.
The Japanese drink very little red wine and suffer fewer heart attacks than the British or Americans.
On the other hand, the Italians drink excessive amounts of red wine and also suffer fewer heart attacks than the British or Americans.
Germans eat a lot of fried foods and suffer fewer heart attacks than the British or Americans.
Scandinavians eat a lot of high-sugar foods and suffer fewer heart attacks than the British or Americans.
Eat and drink what you like. Apparently, it's speaking English that kills you.
Comments? Ideas? Feedback? I'd love to hear from you. Just reply to this zine and tell me what you think!
See you next time...
Good Health to You,
Kristy Russ, BScPharm
Pharmacist and Health Consultant
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