Valentine’s Day sets us thinking about hearts and love. Romance and love help us feel happy but how can we help our hearts feel healthy?
Our hearts are hidden and perhaps we take them for granted. Heart issues tend to get bundled together under the term coronary heart disease.
Heart and Inflammation
Inflammation is a problem throughout the body and the heart is no exception. Early signs of potential problems can be:
- Blood pressure issues
- Cholesterol issues
Fortunately, we have guidance to help you deal with inflammation, as ever diet can make a big difference to your heart health
Foods that support your heart include
- Organic vegetables and fruit. Aim to eat lots of different colours during the day to ensure you get the biggest variety of antioxidants
- Beans and legumes providing good fibre
- Antioxidants come from teas too why not try white tea which is loaded with healing antioxidants?
- Hearts need healthy fats so increase your intake of coconut, olive and avocado oils. Eat nuts and seeds too
- You know how much we love our spices so it’s no surprise they are part of this list. Herbs and spices have amazing health benefits as well as adding flavour to your foods
Factors affecting heart health
Some factors like age, family history and gender are outside of our control but fear not! There are things you can change:
- Omega 3 oils are essential fatty acids – so called because the body needs them and yet does not produce them. We need to eat them
- Sources of omega 3 oils include
- ALA Flaxseeds, green leafy veg, chia seeds
- EPA / DHA found in oily fish such as
- Algae sources provide the oils for vegans and vegetarians
- NB Our diet is lacking omega 3 oils rather than omega 6 oils typically found in eggs, meat and poultry.
Our dislike of fish means we are often omega 3 deficient but as ever we can help. We have a great range of supplements to help you!
Another important supplement is Vogel’s Hawthorn Garlic and Passiflora. These incredible ingredients have long standing traditional associations with heart health. They are valued by herbalists throughout the world. This product is typically used as a heart tonic.
CoQ10 is an important antioxidant which helps protect the heart from free radical damage – caused by our environment, pollution and lifestyle. CoQ10 is particularly useful for energy production and helping manage cholesterol levels. We have a great product from Nature’s Bounty which is chewable making it easier to absorb.
Other support for your heart
You may be aware that I am a big fan of the benefits of Meditation. Regular practice helps balance our adrenaline and stress hormones which if left unmanaged can cause damage to the heart through increased blood pressure.
I have seen class members with erratic heart rates completely calm down and have a steady heart throughout a class
As ever I am a big advocate of doing things that give you pleasure, are fun and make you happy so make sure you include these things in your week. By doing this, you maintain healthy stress levels and lead a happy and balanced life.
If you feel concerned about your heart health we have found a test you may find useful.
The British heart foundation offers a quick and easy test to give you some guidance as to your heart age.
Click on www.bhf.org.uk/heartage
Sadly, many of us may have a heart age older than our real age. If this is the case for you then now you have some guidance as to how to change things for the better.
We hope you have a happy Valentine’s Day and that you take care of your own heart and those of your loved ones.
Please let us know if you have any questions or comments