I am sure many of you are aware that February is Heart Health Month! Some of your probably dismiss that kind of like I do, because you think that doesn't really apply to you.
But, did you know???
Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States. In fact, every 26 seconds, someone living in the United States suffers a heart attack, and every minute one person will die from a heart attack. But, there is good news - we know more and more about how to prevent heart disease.
You probably already know that your heart is the hardest-working organ in your body. It works without rest from before you are born until the moment you die. To do this, it requires a constant supply of nutrients. A deficiency of any nutrient will eventually show up as some type of problem in your heart, but certain nutrients are even more important if you currently have heart problems or are at high risk for developing such problems.
One of these nutrients is CoEnzyme Q10. (CoQ10 can even give a boost to your immune system.)
Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) is a fat-soluble, vitamin-like substance vital for energy production especially in the heart. As an antioxidant it also helps promote healthy arteries. While your body does make CoQ10, factors such as aging, poor diet and the use of statin drugs for cholesterol lowering may increase the body’s need for CoQ10. I recommend the new Shaklee CoQ10 with Q-Trol.
Besides taking this great supplement, here are my top five things you can do today to keep your heart healthy:
1. Eat more fruits, vegetables and whole grains
One of the best weapons for fighting off heart disease is eating a healthful diet. So skip the hamburger and french fries and fuel up on whole grains and plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables.
2. Lose weight, especially belly fat
Excess belly fat has been linked to high cholesterol, triglycerides and blood pressure. Losing just 5% - 10% of your body weight can make a big difference in reducing heart disease risk.
3. Boost your vitamin D intake
Vitamin D helps build and maintain strong bones, but recent research suggests it may also play a role in heart health. If you’re like most Americans and not getting enough from your diet or sun exposure, supplements can be a great option. Vitamin D is getting major buzz lately for all its benefits, and it is one of the most affordable supplements, so there is no reason to be deficient in this one.
4. Consume more fish rich in Omega-3 fatty acids
Omega-3 fatty acids found in fatty fish help reduce risk factors for heart disease, including high triglycerides and high blood pressure. The American Heart Association recommends consuming two servings of fish per week. Consider fish oil supplements, especially if you don’t eat safe fish.
5. Take time to de-stress
Over time, chronic stress can wreak havoc on our bodies - slowing digestion, weakening immune function and increasing the risk of heart disease and other chronic conditions. So take time to de-stress your life. Think about what you truly must get done, set priorities, and learn to say “no.”
Happy Heart Health Month! Share this information with those you love and give them the most valuable Valentine's gift you can give - good health!