Love Your Heart and Prevent Heart Attacks and Strokes
10 Simple Tips for Better Heart Health
By Roni Deluz ND, RN, Ph.D.
What is Heart Disease Plain and Simple?
The heart is a pump. It’s a muscular organ about the size of a fist — positioned on the left side of your chest. The heart is divided into the right and the left side. It is divided so that oxygen-rich blood does not mix with oxygen-poor blood. Oxygen-poor blood returns to the heart after circulating through your body. Heart disease can be explained simply as conditions that damage your heart muscle or blood vessels.
Warning Signs of Heart Disease and Stroke
The signs can be described as a fast heartbeat, chest pain, fluid in the legs or feet, shortness of breath, blue or pale skin, weakness, numbness, tightness in chest, lightheadedness, dizziness, fluttering, cold hands and feet, fainting, and so on. However, even with these symptoms, you might not be diagnosed with heart disease until you’ve actually had a heart attack, stroke, or even heart failure. This is very concerning because the diagnosis is often delayed, and with heart disease, early identification can help lower your chances of a fatal heart attack.
Who Gets Heart Disease?
Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women in the U.S. Nearly half of all adult Americans have heart disease. The American Heart Association indicates that 116.4 million, or 46% of U.S. adults, are estimated to have hypertension.
How Many Types of Heart Disease Are There?
For the sake of space, here are the 10 most common types of heart disease. You have probably heard of over half of these.
- Heart Attack
- Irregular Heart Rhythm
- Enlarged Heart
- Heart Valve Disease
- Sudden Cardiac Death
- Heart Muscle Disease
- Coronary Heart Disease
- Pericardial Effusion
Some Causes of Heart Disease
High blood pressure
Type 2 diabetes
Excessive caffeine and alcohol
Insulin resistance syndrome
Infections (bacterial, viruses, and fungus)
What are the Benefits of Juicing and Which Juices are Heart-healthy?
There are a variety of different juice combinations that can protect against heart disease and a variety of other health issues. The FDA and the National Cancer Institute suggest one thing to keep yourself healthy: eat more fruits and vegetables. Unfortunately, it’s nearly impossible for the everyday person to consume the recommended four to five servings per day. However, the best way to consume those servings and more is through juices. Now, juicing doesn’t mean you can just go to the supermarket and pick up some Ocean Spray. No, you need to consume fresh juices, and the best way to do that is to make them yourself. Processed juices have been stripped of many of their nutrients. Juices that are bottled, canned, refrigerated, or frozen are less effective in their healing and cleansing properties. The Preventative Medicine Research found in 2005 that eight ounces of pomegranate juice a day could stop coronary heart disease in its tracks. In fact, within only three months, the study showed that the effects of coronary heart disease were reversing. Additionally, UCLA conducted a study that also showed pomegranate juice slowed the progression of cancer and heart disease.
What about Fruit Juices for the Heart?
Vegetable juices are not only healthy, but they also have fewer calories and less sugar than fruit. You also receive much more nutrition from vegetable juices. There are several heart-healthy vegetables such as asparagus, broccoli, collard greens, and cabbage that have powerful antioxidants that are good for reducing the risk of heart disease. Carrot juice is another good option that provides several benefits, including better vision, protection against heart disease, and protection against cancer.
RECIPE: Heart-healthy Spicy Juice
1 cup spinach
½ cup of cut-up broccoli
¼ cup of beets
Pea size piece of garlic
½ lemon, lime, or ginger
A sprinkle of cayenne
Can I drink juice if I am on medications for my heart? If you currently have a heart condition and you’re taking medication, such as Lipitor, it’s important that you be careful about some of your juice ingredients. For example, grapefruit juice may interfere with the absorption of your medication. What happens is that the grapefruit juice causes the medication to enter your bloodstream too quickly, which is equivalent to taking a higher dose of the medication rather than it slowly absorbing over time.
P.E.V.Y Meal is Good for the Heart!
P.E.V.Y. Meal is designed to repair the body at the cellular level through medical nutrition. The benefits are to lose weight, control sugar, aid metabolism, increase energy, enhance a healthy immune system, decrease inflammation, build muscle, and improve heart health. It was created for all of these reasons and much more. It provides maximum nutrition in small dosages every three hours. PEVY stands for PROTEIN, ESSENTIAL FATTY ACIDS, VEGETABLES, and YOUR Nutrient One formula.
EXERCISE — I am tired, so why should I exercise?
I really understand that it is difficult to exercise if you are tired, but it helps you feel better, boosts energy, helps you cope with stress, increases resistance to fatigue, helps counter anxiety and depression, helps you relax and feel less tense, and it improves your ability to fall asleep and sleep well. If you think about all these benefits, then it will motivate you to exercise!
10 Simple Tips for Better Heart Health
- Eat PEVY meals and take Nutrient One for life
- Exercise 30 minutes 3x per week and walk daily for heart health
- Take Extra Essential Fatty Acid supplements such as EPA and DHA daily to reduce risk factors for heart disease, reduce inflammation, help thin the blood, and lower triglycerides.
- Lose 21 pounds in 21 days. A 10-year study found that overweight people had heart attacks eight years earlier than normal-weight victims.
- Drink six glasses of clean water only if you are not restricted by your doctor.
- Start drinking green tea daily and decrease coffee. A recent study found that people who drink tea daily have half the risk of heart attack as those who don’t drink tea at all due to potent antioxidants that protect the heart.
- Order yearly integral wellness blood work to evaluate and assess your heart parameters, nutritional status, hormone stability, and metal toxicities, etc.
- Stress reduction is imperative because according to recent studies, anxiety, depression, and stress double the risk of dying from heart-related causes. What’s your best stress reduction action? Playing music, walking, watching T.V., shopping, meditation, and so on can all help. It must make you smile and decease your blood pressure and anxiety.
- Drop the preservatives and extra salt.
- Don’t open up bags, cans, and bottles — eat everything as fresh as possible.
“My heart will pave the way and my strong mind will build the view. The view is what I make it!”
Heart healthy & happy!
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