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Women’s Heart Health Natural Prevention

Apr 25, 2016 11:30PM ● By Jean LaVallie

Heart disease kills more women every year than any other. But when armed with the knowledge to take care of heart health, rather than just manage the disease, we will see a precipitous drop in that number. By using the Max Pulse heart rate variability monitor, a simple, non-invasive three-minute screening device, we are able to get a “snapshot” of the cardiovascular system that shows whether there are any specific cardiovascular challenges that should be addressed before they progress.

Studies have shown that we are less likely to have a fatal heart attack if we drink five or more eight-ounce glasses of water per day. Even moderate exercise will help keep our circulatory system and heart strong. Try taking a 20-to-30-minute walk each day. Whether we call it prayer, meditation or just deep, relaxing breathing, our stress levels go down when we take these actions to keep our cardiovascular system relaxed and working optimally. Try to take 10 deep, belly-expanding breaths twice a day.

We need to make sure we are getting our nutritional supplements from a reputable source of high-quality and guaranteed potency supplements. One essential heart-healthy supplement is CoQ10, a core nutrient for the cardiovascular system, because it fuels energy production in all the body’s cells, including the heart. Cholesterol-lowering drugs deplete our CoQ10, so it is doubly important to take this supplement in the presence of these drugs. As for omega-3 fish oils, make sure the supplement is a trusted name and of high quality to insure freshness and potency.

Relatively new, nitric oxide therapy was discovered to be the “master signaling molecule” of the cardiovascular system by a team of 1998 Noble Prize winners. Our bodies naturally produce nitric oxide in the cardiovascular system, but as we age, production slows. To keep up the production, we need to be supplementing with a combination of high-quality L-arginine and L-citrulline. With the proper combination of these two powerhouse amino acids, we can boost our nitric oxide and improve our cardiovascular health.

According to published data, black and green tea may reduce the risk of coronary heart disease and stroke by 10 percent to 20 percent. It is also easy to relax and de-stress with a cup of tea. Sugar isn’t so sweet when it comes to heart health. Getting too much added sugar in our diet can significantly increase the risk of dying from cardiovascular disease, according to a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association. The American Heart Association recommends significantly cutting back on sugar—no more than six teaspoons, or 100 calories, a day of sugar for most women and no more than nine teaspoons, or 150 calories, a day for most men—or skipping it altogether.

 

Jean LaVallie works with the Cardio Wellness Group network of health professionals to offer heart screenings and high-quality heart healthy supplements. For more information, call 800-957-8946, email [email protected] or visit CardioWellnessGroup.com.