Over the course of an average lifetime, the heart beats about 2.5 billion times.
It pushes millions of gallons of blood throughout your veins, carrying oxygen, fuel, horomones and other compounds and essential cells. Bloodflow also clears metabollic waste from the body. It’s essential to keep the heart flowing, happy and healthy to keep up your essential bodily functions.
If the heart weakens or stops, things could begin to fail!
So here are some essential tips to keep up your heart’s tick and flow~~~~
START FIRST with a healthy diet
~Drink celery juice! — It can reduce plaque in arteries and lower blood pressure. It tonifies the blood and contains luteolin– A powerful flavanoid that acts as an antioxidant and lessens inflammation.
~Eat chocolate! — Flavonoids in cocoa & cacao have been shown to help lower blood pressure, improve blood flow to the brain and heart, prevent blood clots, and fight cell damage. They’ve also been shown to help thinking skills. (At High Vibe we have the very best selection of healthy chocolates!)
~Add garlic whenever you can! — It can lower cholesterol AND blood pressure.
~Try eating more natural fibers!
~Eat beets and beetroot juice to strengthen the blood and add betacyanin to your diet: an antioxidant that has been known to help reduce the risks of cardiovascular disease.
Reduce: Salt; calorie-dense foods loaded with fat, sugar, or refined grains (they lack fiber!); saturated fats (a healthy dose is recommended!)
Avoid: Trans fats (solid at room temperature: butter, margarine, beef/pork fat)
Exercise is KEY
Have heart rate goals– What is your resting heart rate? Make sure to pump it up with some vigorous activity a few times a week!
Improve or maintain a healthy fat-to-muscle ratio
Exercise has so many benefits:
- lowers blood pressure and blood sugar
- reduces stress
- improves sleep
- strengthens bones
- improves your respiratory system
- you’ll have a better center of gravity
- gets blood moving, delivering more oxygen to your body and clearing out metabolic waste
Increase flow and prevents stagnation!
Be smart about your heart, Know your levels.
~ Blood pressure control — typically lower than 120/80 is a good place to start. Reference a chart to find your targets.
~ Check your cholesterol — Stabilize plaques in the arteries :: Avoid Inflammatory fats & food.
~ Plaque build up in the arteries is linked to the lipid levels in your blood. Your body needs a small amount of lipids to function properly.
~ Have a regular check up and get a blood test every once in a while to get to know your levels!
~ Make time for a relaxing, hands-on activity or hobby
~ A stressful lifestyle will increase your resting heart rate which is less than ideal! or on the opposite spectrum, intense emotional stress can result in a weakened left ventricle manifesting in low blood pressure and an abnormal
Omega 3 fatty acids reduces the type of blood cholesterol known as triglycerides.
And, upping your intake of plant-based omega 3s high in ALA (ie, walnuts, flaxseed and flax oil, chia seeds) may help your heart overall!
By reducing triglycerides, a type of fat in your blood, you can reduce the risk of developing an irregular heart beat (arrhythmias). Omega 3’s slow the buildup of plaque in your arteries.
Try our completely vegan, clary sage seed NatureSage Omega 3’s
:::::: Coenzyme Q10 (Co Q10) ::::::
It’s found in every cell of your body! Your body makes it and needs it for cell growth and maintenance.
CoQ10 is also said to help heart failure, as well as boost energy, and speed recovery from exercise. Some people take it to help reduce the effects certain medicines can have on the heart, muscles and other organs.
It promotes youthful skin and gum health as well!
:::::: Magnesium ::::::::
Low magnesium has been linked with cardiovascular risk factors such as: high blood pressure, arterial plaque build-up, calcification of soft tissues, cholesterol and hardening of the arteries.
::::: L-Carnitine ::::::::
L-carnitine is THE nutrient, the “ferry” so to speak, that shuttles fatty acids from the blood into the mitochondria, the energy producing “furnaces” in the cells, so that the fatty acids can be used as energy. If you want to use fat as a fuel as efficiently and effectively as possible, you need l-carnitine.
If your fatty acids are moving through the blood at a faster rate, there’s less build up in your blood.
Practice LOVE above all!