The central question is ~ How do we improve or protect heart health? When we leave all heredity and genetic factors behind, we really are left with the basics: Your environment.
That’s a huge factor because it includes not simply where you live, but HOW you live ~ what you eat & drink, the people surrounding you and the effects of those relationships, your work, your attitude about work and even your beliefs about your health. All of this registers in your body. Your body, can almost become the barometer for all the other factors in your life.
You have much more control than you know. Changes to your lifestyle not only only reduce risk factors such as high cholesterol, but also blood pressure and blood sugar. Your lifestyle and environment influence the basic underlying causes and the actual biological mechanisms which lead you to cardiac disease: changes in the way your genetic inheritance will express (or not express) itself, how inflammation from various sources is controlled, oxidative stress and metabolic dysfunction. Those are the real reasons that heart health begins to suffer.
Recent research evidence is clear ~ changing how you live is a much more powerful intervention for preventing heart disease than any medication. The INTERHEART study conducted back in 2004 and published in the Lancet, followed 30,000 people and found that changing lifestyle could prevent at least 90% of all heart disease.
Another study from 2009 named the “EPIC” study published in the Archives of Internal Medicine: analyzed 23,000 people’s adherence to 4 basic behaviors (not smoking, exercising 3.5 hours a week, eating a healthy diet [i.e. fruits, vegetables, beans, whole grains, nuts, seeds with limited amounts of meat], and maintaining a healthy weight [BMI <30]). In those who stuck to these behaviors, 93% of diabetes, 81% of heart attacks, 50% of strokes, and 36% of all cancers were prevented. This is major news ~ and should be a source of inspiration for you!
So do those sound like 4 things that you can do for yourself? 4 things to immediately improve your cardiovascular health. It means really taking the time to balance your life.
These studies and many more are among a large body of evidence documenting how lifestyle intervention is often more effective in reducing cardiovascular disease, stroke, hypertension, heart failure, cancer, diabetes and deaths from all causes than almost any other medical intervention.
Did you happen to notice that three of the four requirements for achieving cardiovascular health were about nutrition? The first step in that arena is portion control. The second is getting an optimal amount of those fruits and vegetables. One of the problems that comes-up for many of the clients that I work with is that although they are trying to do all the right things, they do not have access to really fresh vegetables and fruits. Let me be more specific.
We just take it for granted that we can get ‘fresh’ corn-on-the-cob’, apples, squash, etc. year ‘round. Our ancestors had far less variety, but at least they were getting really ‘farm fresh’, locally grown produce. When we go to our local grocery store and we see all the wonderful colorful veggies, we don’t take into account two vital factors:
1) the quality of the soil they were grown in (including pesticide usage, if they’re not organic)
2) the distance they’ve travelled (i.e. how long they’ve been sitting in refrigeration)
You may think you're buying a fresh vegatble or fruit, which will give you the nutrition your body needs, but how much nutrition is actually in it? This is why when you make a decision to really improve your heart health; you have to supplement. So do you want to get more high quality nutrition?
One product that can make a big difference is Rainbow Vibrance. In terms of your heart, it helps to shield cell membranes from damage and degradation, while helping to protect cellular DNA.
When we look for the highest level of nutrition in a fruit or vegetable we use what’s called the ORAC scale, which stands for Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity. This is a method of measuring antioxidant capacities. You don't have to guess about whether you're getting a high nutritional value. Rainbow Vibrance has been proven to contain 3,974 ORAC units per each 5.9gram serving which is equivalent to 4.5 servings of Fruits and Vegetables that you can easily enjoy daily in this pleasant tasting drink. That’s why we named it ‘Rainbow’ Vibrance. One serving puts you well on your way to improving your heart health by improving the nutrient balance in your daily routine.
So for your heart health it’s vital that you begin making improvements in your environment and lifestyle. Also, enhance your diet by adding Rainbow Vibrance.
About the author: Jeanne Ricks is a Holistic Health Coach & Clinical Hypnotist who provides personal diet, wellness & nutrition coaching combined with Hypnosis to help you achieve your personal best. www.NuDay.org