hope you are having a good summer and enjoying yourself! I am going to give you 3 keys to heart health, but happiness, relaxation, and feeling at peace are more important than anything you can take orally.
So get outside! Go to the beach, garden, and do what you love – as much as you possibly can. Love is like a shield for your heart. Practice feeling love. Let it spread through you like warm sunshine.
No medicine will protect your heart if it is filled with bad feelings. Do whatever it is that brings you calmness.
Now, onto external options that will help you.
1. Manage your blood pressure
Even mildly elevated blood pressure can cause damage over time. You have millions of delicate capillaries in your kidneys, brain, and fingers and toes. You’d be surprised at how basic heart care can be.
Calcium, magnesium, and potassium are needed for a regular heartbeat and normal blood pressure. Don’t just get any calcium – they are not all created equal! I prefer calcium/magnesium complex to make it easy.
Decrease sodium and increase potassium rich foods – such as avocados, apricots, cantalope, papaya, figs, pumpkin, parsnips, and kiwi. Fish such as flounder and sardines are also high in potassium. There are many foods with high potassium – usually any whole food is going to have higher amounts of potassium than sodium and boxed, processed foods will have higher levels of sodium.
Natural herbs are one of the best ways to lower blood pressure.
Green coffee bean extract, from unroasted coffee beans (and containing LESS caffeine than a cup of decaffeinated coffee), improves your blood pressure twofold.
- It promotes normal nitric oxide levels. And second,
- It protects your arteries from the effects of free radicals.
It contains a naturally high level of the powerful antioxidant, chlorogenic acid (CGA) which neutralizes the well-known family of free radicals—reactive oxygen species (ROS).
ROS not only affect endothelial cells in your artery walls, but they also make nitric oxide less available in your cells. And you need that nitric oxide to signal your arteries to open wide for healthy blood flow. BP Support Formula gives you the research level of green coffee bean extract, with K2 – to drive calcium into your bones and grape seed extract to naturally increase nitric oxide in your arteries.
2. Improve contractile power of the Heart
The very best way to do this is to exercise. Make your heart pump! If you already have high blood pressure and take a beta blocker – you want to exercise as far away from taking your medication as possible.
I take CoQ10 every morning. I do not have any heart issues, but I’m not waiting around to develop any either! I usually take the CoQ10 with vitamin E first thing in the morning. I can really feel a difference – especially if I start to feel tired in any way.
CoQ10-H2 is a highly bioactive form of CoQ10 – in fact, it is 4 times more bioavailable than other forms. I take it before I exercise, it improves oxygenation of the heart tissue.
But why CoQ10 – what does it do? In short, it is essential to mitochondria to produce energy. Your heart is filled with mitochondria. It is literally like giving your energy producers a boost. Who doesn’t need that?!
3. For the Love of the Arteries!
Cholesterol and inflammation are damaging to your arteries. Diet is the very best way to control this – simply eat high amounts of fiber, fruits, and vegetables. Garlic, onions, ginger, curcumin, and turmeric are anti-inflammatory.
I personally really like using vitamin K2 to support the arteries. K2 was originally called the x-factor before they knew what it was. Weston A. Price recognized something added to the health and well-being of indigenous people who ate their native diets that was missing in the Western diet (but truly, what isn’t missing from the Western diet when it comes to health!). Fact is, K2 comes from organ meat.
I find it much easier to take vit K2 rather than train myself to eat organ meats at this point in my life.
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