Show Your Heart Some Love
February is heart month, so let's show your heart some love!
I notice that heart health is an area we tend to take for granted. As long as there are no overt issues and the ticker keeps on ticking, we assume everything is fine and there's nothing for us to do.
Truthfully, being proactive about your heart and cardiovascular health is one of the best gifts you can give yourself because for half of the people who suffer a cardiac event, a heart attack is the first sign of a problem.
So, what can we do to show love and care for our heart and blood vessels?
From a nutrition perspective, I’d shift the focus away from the things you’ve been told you can’t have. Avoiding eggs for breakfast or trading butter for margarine won’t do you much good, in spite of the messages we’ve been told. Taking all cholesterol-containing food out of your diet does not, in fact, improve your heart health. That’s an old myth that continues to linger but has you focused on the wrong thing.
Instead, turn your attention to all of the delicious, heart-healthy food that you can and should eat regularly. An abundance of fresh leafy greens, a couple of servings of brightly coloured fruit, nuts & seeds, cold-pressed oils like olive oil, and starchy veggies like winter squash or sweet potato. All of these will provide your cardiovascular system with much needed antioxidants and fibre, key factors in long-term heart health.
If you want some extra support, here are my 3 favorite supplements for supporting great cardiovascular health:
For more details on each of these nutrients and their role in keeping your ticker in tip top shape, check out my video for all the details.
Show your heart some love for all of the hard work it does. Be proactive and don’t wait for signs of struggle before you decide to take care of this vital system.