February brings Valentine’s Day and also because of that holiday, it’s known as the heart healthy month. There are many ideas and theories about what helps make a healthy heart both physically and emotionally. I have listed a few I have discovered over the years.
- The biggest asset to a healthy heart is good relationships. Life can be quite stressful, but if you have people and especially a “special someone” to share the ups and down with, stress will have a lesser effect on you and your heart.
- Another thing you can do to counteract stress is to get regular massages, training your body to relax. The more regular you get them, the greater therapeutic effect massages have.
- Eat organic whole grains, especially raw wheat bran. Wheat bran contains vitamin B4 which directly feeds the heart muscle and keeps it healthy. You may not remember ever hearing about Vitamin B4. That’s because it cannot be duplicated and manufactured in the lab so therefore the FDA does not validate it as a vitamin, but it is found in nature and your heart needs it! You get it by eating organic whole grains or by taking a whole food vitamin like Cataplex B from Standard Process.
- Eat Celtic Sea Salt, a natural salt with trace minerals as it’s found in nature. Americans have been so brain washed that low salt diets are essential for heart health and yet that has been shown to actually be harmful in the long run as recently published in the Journal of American Medical Association and called The Best Evidence Study on salt. This study was lead by Jan Staessen, MD, PhD, who heads the Studies Coordinating Centre, Laboratory of Hypertension, Division of Hypertension and Cardiovascular Rehabilitation, and the Department of Cardiovascular Diseases at the University Of Leuven, Belgium. (Wow that was a mouthful to say he is a blood pressure and heart specialist!) Dr. Staessen actually found that the slight increase salt may produce of the upper blood pressure number, systolic pressure, did not translate into a higher risk of heart disease. The opposite was actually true. The lower the salt in one’s diet, the higher the heart disease and blood vessel disease leading to mortality was! Sodium Chloride, salt, is needed for nerve and muscle function and your heart is a muscle! When eating Celtic Sea Salt, you are giving your body the needed sodium chloride with the balance of trace minerals it needs. Eating typical table salt, sodium chloride, without the other trace minerals can get your body out of balance.
- Eat asparagus. It’s a good source of folate, is a natural diuretic, and helps detoxify. Another little tid-bit of information is that asparagus actually contains minute amounts of arsenic, but your heart muscle loves a little of that!
Happy February to all of you and I hope you have a healthy heart to start the year so you can also finish it in good form!