LOVING YOUR HEART BACK TO HEALTH By: Dr. Iasha White, NMD
Loving Your Heart Back to Health
If I asked you what organ allows you to feel and express love, most would say the heart. It is true that the heart is capable of such wonder and energetic expression between all people. The heart is an incredible organ that connects us to one another and feeds our relationships. The same is true regarding our internal body. The heart provides nourishment by pumping blood throughout the body. Where blood flows oxygen follows and so the heart sustains life which is the greatest love imaginable.
So how can we participate in such loving interchange, loving and nourishing our heart as much as it regards us? We can start by tending to the health of our hearts by giving it what it needs to function optimally. In the United States heart disease accounts for 1 out of every 4 deaths, this makes heart disease the leading cause of death. Why are Americans hearts in such a state of dis ease? To answer this question, we must examine the way in which we are living. Lifestyle has been understated in the heart disease epidemic. If we examine those at greatest risk for developing heart disease, we will see that a healthy lifestyle should be emphasized. Nearly 40% of Americans are obese, and 30 million Americans suffer from diabetes. Poor dietary habits (processed foods, high sugar intake, and over consumption) and sedentary lifestyle are strongly correlated to obesity and diabetes. Obesity and diabetes happen to be risk factors for developing heart disease, along with this includes excessive alcohol consumption and smoking.
Altering the previously stated disease states and lifestyle habits are the key to nourishing the heart and establishing the foundation for health. How does one establish the foundation to health? First see your doctor and know your risk. Health screenings including laboratory exams help assess one’s internal state of disease or lack thereof. Second, implement healthy lifestyle habits; studies show that exercising just 30 minutes 5 days a week reduces the risk of heart attack by up to 50%. Evidence also points to sauna therapy as a great way of combating cardiovascular disease. Besides sweating, you can promote health by eating the right foods. Studies suggest that Anthocyanins found in berries lowers the risk of cardiovascular disease. Adopting a Mediterranean diet which tends to be high in omega 3 fatty acids further combat inflammation and heart disease.
The reward of such lifestyle changes is the re-connection between heart and body. In a deeper sense we are promoting the health of our vascular system thus working towards improved function. Subtle changes can impact one’s health greatly, fostering healing wile optimizing body, mind and spirit. To continue this discussion please contact our office at: (480)219-7133 to book your consultation.