Happy Valentine's Day!
We hope that you are filled with love on this special day.
Whatever your plans may be- a romantic dinner with a significant other, fun with friends, cozying up with family, or some time of peace and solitude- may you share and receive love! May your heart be well and healthy , emotionally as well as physically…
In the spirit of Valentine’s Day, and because Heart Health is of utmost importance (According to Medical News Today, Heart Disease is the number 1 cause of death in the United States), we have some tips to share with you about heart health.
3 tips for maintaining a healthy heart:
1) Decrease your inflammation
- Research points to inflammation as one of the most important issues to pay attention to. Inflammation is a major concern for your overall health and the deeper cause of heart disease. It is inflammation that causes cholesterol to be trapped in the arteries, and without this inflammation of the artery walls, cholesterol would move freely through the body as nature intended. (Check out the Time Magazine Issue on Inflammation).
Here are some things you can do to decrease inflammation:
Eat healthy fats making sure to keep a good ratio between Omega-3 and Omega-6 fats.
Maintain a diet full of fruits and vegetables, and make sure to get enough Zinc, Potassium, Magnesium, Vitamin B, Vitamin C, Vitamin D, Vitamin E, and Vitamin K2.
Take high-quality fish oils. (Provided at our practice)
2) Get Adjusted Regularly
Research has found that Chiropractic Adjustments promote a healthy heart and decrease the risk of heart disease and heart attack.
A study done in 2006 found that people who received a Chiropractic adjustment increased their Heart Rate Variability, lowering their risk of heart disease and other health problems.
Why is Heart Rate Variability important? John P. Higgins, MD, MBA, and Sports cardiologist at McGovern Medical School says “studies suggest that people who have a higher Heart Rate Variability are healthier and live longer with less risk of disease. A lower HRV is associated with heart attacks, strokes, and diabetes.”
Check out this article on the study:
3) Laugh Often
- A good, belly laugh improves heart health by increasing your blood flow.
- A study done by the University of Maryland Medical Center in 2005 used laughter provoking movies to measure the effect of emotions on cardiovascular health. They concluded that laughter is linked to healthy functioning of blood vessels.
- The American Heart Association quoted Suzanne Steinbaum, D.O. who said “laughter can decrease stress hormones, reduce artery inflammation, and increase the “good” cholesterol (HDL).”
- Keep laughing!
Implement these 3 tips, and you will continue to decrease your risk of heart disease and improve your heart health.