1 in 4 deaths in the United States is due to heart disease, making it the leading cause of death (CDC 2020). Many heart attacks are silent; you may not even know you’re having one! Nonetheless, damage will be done. That’s why it is of the utmost importance to take care of our bodies...it’s truly a matter of life and death! Many of us know this, but it seems as though sometimes life just gets in the way.
Some risk factors for heart disease include obesity, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, family history of heart disease, smoking, poor nutrition, diabetes, and excessive alcohol use. While some factors are out of our hands, most of them we have direct control over! But it takes action to change our habits and prioritize our health. However difficult they may be, these lifestyle choices are necessary to live a long, prosperous life.
What Can You Do to Live a Heart-Healthy Lifestyle?
Find time to move - Aim for 30 minutes of moderate exercise per day. The best way to maintain an exercise program is to do something you enjoy - whether it’s bike riding, playing soccer, roller blading, or tap dancing. Instead of dreading the thought of exercising, find a way you will enjoy it! Inviting a friend to exercise with you can also make things more fun and provide a way of keeping one another accountable.
Keep a healthy diet - Proper nutrition is vital to keeping our bodily systems in working order. Vitamins (water-soluble vitamins as well as other kinds), minerals, and proper vitamin supplements keep your heart happy!
Maintain a healthy weight - The holidays and the pandemic have been stressful for many of us, and consequently, some additional pounds may have shown up on your scale. If this sounds like you, take charge now! It’s never too late to create new habits and make healthy choices. For example, instead of eating a danish or doughnut for breakfast, try an alternative such as egg white spinach bites, along with a slice of whole-wheat toast and fresh fruits and vegetables.
Get a full 8 hours of sleep - Skimping on sleep puts unnecessary strain on your body, even if you don’t feel it. It’s also linked to type 2 diabetes, heart disease, obesity, and depression (CDC 2020)...not to mention a sour mood!
Visit your doctor regularly - a doctor can keep an eye on your blood pressure and other vitals. They can also help determine your risk factors for diseases, and assess your mental and physical health. If any red flags are raised, they can work with you to make a plan for you to thrive!
Taking these steps can improve your heart health drastically. But there are also supplements you can take to be proactive. These include:
- L-Arginine - This compound helps protein to build up in our bodies. It’s easy to remember to eat protein when you’re trying to put muscle on, but there is a general tendency to eat less protein than we should otherwise. Protein is essential, even paramount when it comes to heart health. L-Arginine converts in the body to Nitric Oxide, which helps relax muscles, decreasing blood pressure. Studies now show positive results concluding that this amino-acid can contribute to a decrease in cholesterol as well (Tripathi et al 2012).
- L-Citrulline - This amino acid also helps to produce Nitric Oxide in the body. It also helps improve blood vessel growth which can, in turn, maximize blood flow (Gonzales et al 2017).
- Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) - This is an antioxidant that is naturally produced in your body. Its major role is to support the mitochondria of the cell, which is responsible for energy conversion. There’s also evidence that the addition of it to a healthy diet can assist in lowering blood pressure (Rosenfeldt et al 2007).
- Folate, Vitamin B12, Vitamin C, Vitamin D, Chromium, Magnesium - These vitamins and minerals support the energy balance in the body.
Dr. Guler, a Cardiologist, has formulated a unique and powerful combination of essential vitamins and nutrients in our heart health powder, focusing on effective cardio support for a variety of individuals and conditions. Gevity products are carefully designed and backed by research, case studies, and patient feedback. Take one scoop of powder in 8 ounces of water once a day before a meal to keep your heart in good health.