02/24/14 0 Comments | Posted by ReNew Life in Diet and Nutrition, Digestive Enzymes, Digestive Health, Fiber Supplements, Fish Oils, General Health, Heart Health, Oil Supplements, Probiotic Supplements
Everyday stress can take a toll on your heart—so much so that many experts consider stress as important a risk factor for cardiovascular disease as high cholesterol, high blood pressure, and smoking. As we wrap up American Heart Month, here are 10 tips for reducing daily stress. Be sure to pass them along!
- Eat Mindfully. Consume plenty of non-starchy vegetables, low-sugar fruits, healthy fats, lean protein, nuts and seeds. Avoid grain-based, refined, and starchy carbohydrates and sugars. Eat slowly, and try to avoid eating while doing any other activity.
- Get Physical. Exercise releases endorphins (the body’s euphoric neurotransmitters) and helps balance the stress response. Find an activity you like and get moving!
- Embrace a Stress-relieving Activity. Whether you enjoy yoga, tai chi, massage, breathing, relaxation or another activity that eases stress, find time to do it regularly.
- Balance Your Gut. Support optimal digestion and overall health with probiotics to help restore digestive balance.‡
- Get Plenty of Sleep. Lack of sleep is often the result of stress, but it also contributes to stress, creating a vicious cycle. Most people need at least 7 to 8 hours nightly so the body can function optimally.
- Boost Your Omega-3 Intake. Take a daily Omega-3 fish oil supplement to increase the Omega-3/Omega-6 ratio and promote heart health.‡
- Bring on the Fiber. If you are not consuming at least 35 grams of fiber daily to promote regular elimination and digestive balance, consider a fiber supplement.
- Enzymes with Every Meal. Stress takes a toll on our insides. Natural digestive enzymes (with or without HCl, depending on your needs) help relieve digestive symptoms.‡
- Don’t Forget the D. Vitamin D deficiency is associated with increased risk of heart disease, especially in people with high blood pressure. Optimize your vitamin D level at 50 to 70 ng/mL.
- Build a Support System. A good support system goes a long way toward tackling everyday stress, and having someone to talk to is one of the most important ways to relieve stress.
Did you know one in every three American adults has one or more types of cardiovascular disease? That’s more than 82 million people—or one-third of the U.S. population. And that means there’s a pretty good chance you or someone you know has been prescribed statins.
Statins are a class of cholesterol-lowering drugs and among the most widely prescribed medications in the United States. However, even though studies continue to uncover the negative effects of statins, doctors are more likely to write a prescription for them than they are to tell patients that lifestyle factors like healthy diet and exercise can reduce cholesterol and improve heart health all on their own.
Read and pass along these important tips from Brenda Watson’s new book and PBS special, Heart of Perfect Health, and help someone you know take control of their heart health today!
- Eat a diet low in grain-based, refined and starchy carbohydrates and sugars, and high in vegetables, healthy fats, and lean proteins, nuts and seeds.
- Avoid processed foods, refined sugars, grain-based carbs and starchy foods—especially pasta, breads, cereals made from wheat, potatoes, white rice, packaged snack foods, etc.
- Exercise regularly (at least 30 minutes a day, three times weekly).
- If you are overweight, lose weight and maintain a healthy body weight.
- Be sure to consume at least 35 grams of fiber daily; add a fiber supplement if necessary.‡
- Supplement your diet with Omega-3 fish oils.‡
- Optimize your vitamin D level.
- Eat a variety of vegetables for antioxidant nutrients.
- Maintain a healthy balance of gut bacteria.