February is All About Heart Health

With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, we’re thinking about heart health here in the office. Protecting your heart isn’t just for you; it’s for everyone in your life. Did you know that heart disease is the leading cause of death for people of most ethnicities in the United States? The good news is heart disease is potentially reversible by attending to risk factors like cholesterol, blood pressure, and smoking. We’ll see you in the office!

Wishing you the very best,
Dr. Henschell

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Heart health starts with a healthy eating plan but also demands a healthy lifestyle.

Healthy lifestyle tips include dietary modifications along with simple lifestyle changes. You don’t need to be perfect here. Research shows the 90-10 rule, where what you do 90 percent of the time for heart health, is most critical yet allows for some flexibility.

1. Maintain a healthy weight.

Obesity increases your risk for health complications including heart disease, and evidence shows even modest weight loss (such as five to 10 percent) can reduce heart disease risk. The whole foods, unprocessed diet here can dramatically improve heart health.

2. Make an oil change.

Choosing the right oils to cook with and drizzle on your food could improve heart health. For medium-heat cooking, use extra-virgin coconut oil For drizzling, extra-virgin olive oil makes a great choice.

3. Fix your gut.

Recent research shows the gut microbiome plays a significant role in heart disease. Besides fiber, probiotics and prebiotics support a healthy gut and a healthy heart. If you aren’t regularly eating fermented foods like kimchi and sauerkraut, consider a probiotic supplement, which studies show can support heart health. Our Vitamin D3 + Probiotics combines these gut-supporting flora with this crucial vitamin research shows can prevent heart disease.

4. Try these heart health supplements.

B vitamins. Three B vitamins (vitamins B6, B12, and folic acid or folate) play a role in healthy homocysteine levels, and low amounts of these vitamins can lead homocysteine to accumulate.

Magnesium. One review of epidemiological and other studies found that high levels of magnesium can reduce your risk for heart disease.

Omega-3 fatty acids. The American Heart Association recommends one gram of eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), two anti-inflammatory fatty acids in fish, daily for people with heart disease. Our Pro Omega 3 Intensive Formula provides this amount in just two softgels.

Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10). Using a CoQ10 w/ Lipoic Acid combines two very powerful antioxidants along with proanthocyanidins (from red wine) to support heart health.

L-Carnitine. This amino acid-type nutrient plays a role in energy production for your heart (which is a muscle, after all). If you aren’t getting sufficient amounts from food (meat is highest), consider Pro L-Carnitine Formula to get therapeutic amounts.

5. Get sufficient sleep.

Research shows we average only 6.8 hours of sleep nightly. That’s about 1.5 hours less nightly than a century ago.

6. Exercise regularly.

Government data recommends 150 minutes of moderate-intensity activity weekly, which can reduce your risk for heart attacks, strokes, and death 20 – 30 percent.

7. Manage stress levels.