With our heart so interconnected with our thoughts, body and ultimately our overall health, nourishing a healthy heart goes a long way toward whole body wellness.
If it’s time to give your heart some more love, why not consider adopting some (or all!) of our top 5 ways to nourish a healthy heart.
Eating for a healthy heart
Focussing on a healthy diet is one of the most important things you can do to support the health of your heart. The basics for heart healthy eating include a diet rich in fruits, vegetables, lean protein and especially omega-3 rich foods such as cold water fish, while modifying your intake of trans fats and saturated fats, especially processed foods that can be high in sodium.
Exercise for a healthy heart
The heart is both an organ and a muscle. Just like all other muscles in the body, the heart benefits from regular aerobic exercise (i.e. walking, running or swimming) in combination with strength and resistance training which includes exercising your muscles by making them work against a force, helping them to be stronger.
Stress less for a healthy heart
Your body has a physical reaction to stress that’s not good for your heart – stress causes it beats faster, while also having an impact on the efficient flow of blood through blood vessels. Incorporating regular relaxation techniques into your daily routine, such as slow, deliberate breathing or meditation exercises go a long way toward supporting a healthy heart.
Fresh air for a healthy heart
Fresh air is not just good for your lungs, it’s good for your heart as well. If you smoke (or vape) and are considering quitting, think of all the heart health benefits from doing so and back yourself to follow through. Believe in yourself to take action to a healthier you – we believe you can do it!
Love and a healthy heart
It’s not so crazy to think that just using your heart is good for your heart. A myriad of studies have shown that by showing love to someone or something, such as a partner, family member, friend or a pet (who really is a family member anyway) goes a long way to supporting a healthy heart.
Herbs and nutrients can also be useful. As the heart has one of the highest demands for energy in the body, a nutrient that supports energy production, like ubiquinol, is a good one to consider. Ubiquinol is the active form of the nutrient CoQ10 and is available in Herbs of Gold Ubiquinol 150mg, supporting cardiovascular system health and healthy cardiovascular system function.
Herbs like Hawthorn also have a long history of traditional use for heart health. Hawthorn possesses potent antioxidant compounds called oligomeric procyanidins that have shown great benefit for the heart. The flower, leaf and fruit of the plant are traditionally used in Western herbal medicine to strengthen the heart. Hawthorn can be found in Herbs of Gold Hawthorn 4500, a one-a-day formula supporting heart health.