February is Heart Health month, and we get to celebrate love and hearts on Valentine’s Day, which falls on Thursday, February 14 this year. Whether you’re single or in a relationship, heart health is important and this advice can be applied to your life.
“To love oneself is the beginning of a lifelong romance.”
– Oscar Wilde, Playwright
A quarter of all deaths in the US is caused by Heart Disease! It affects men and women alike so it’s an area for everyone to keep on the radar.
I like to focus on the ways we can prevent disease so let’s
put the focus on what we can do to avoid or naturally
combat Heart Disease.
First off, exercise can help to keep our hearts healthy and the American Heart Association recommends 30 minutes most days of the week for prevention. So let’s focus on how we can put this information into practice in our busy lives?
Get active as a couple and if you’re not in a relationship, grab a buddy! An accountability partner will give you that social interaction that our bodies crave, and help you with consistency.
“Friends are medicine for a wounded heart, and vitamins for a hopeful soul.” – Steve Maraboli, Author
Remember that you wouldn’t expect to feel rested if you only slept a couple of nights a week just like you won’t get all the benefits of exercise by only being active once in a while!
The next way to protect our hearts and those of our partner is to eat antioxidant rich foods, mainly fruits and vegetables. One great way to get multiple servings each day it to enjoy a smoothie made with berries and greens. Sipping on a smoothie is gentle on your gut, and protects your heart. If you’re not consistently getting the recommended 9-13 servings a day, I recommend taking a high quality whole food supplement to make sure you’re covered.
Lastly, pay attention to circulation cues. Are you cold often? That can be a sign of circulatory issues. And on a more personal note, is erectile dysfunction a problem for you or your partner? This is a sign of cardiovascular disease because if those tiny vessels are blocked by plaque it might be a sign of blockages elsewhere in the body so check it out with your doc!
“Loving is not just looking at each other, it’s looking in the same direction.” – Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, Poet
I suggest we take this advice and look in the direction of health and prevention for ourselves and our partner.
For more ideas and direction on Heart Health contact me for a free consultation.