People often assume that the foods they eat are sufficient to provide them with all the vitamins and minerals that their body needs. In most cases, this is not true because the modern-day diet is high in processed foods, empty calories and fat.
Most people just do not have their diet dialed in enough to get all the vitamins that they need. Over and above that, your body requires some vitamins in quantities where it’s just easier to just consume supplements. Then there is also the issue of taste.
For example, garlic is a wonderful ingredient that is very powerful for preventing heart disease. But what do you do if you hate the taste and smell of garlic? The easiest thing to do would be to buy some garlic pills which have concentrated levels of allicin, which is the active ingredient in garlic.
Taking these pills will be a breeze. No smell or taste to worry about… and nobody is going to run away when you speak. So, supplements do have their time and place.
Many people assume that most supplements are ineffective or just placebos. This is not true. Getting your daily dose of the right supplements is the best method of preventive care.
The supplements mentioned are inexpensive. Don’t avoid buying them because they cost money. Hospital bills are astronomically expensive. You’re better off investing in the 5 supplements below.
One of the best supplements for combating heart disease. Speak to your doctor and find out how much you should be consuming. This form of vitamin B3 can lower your LDL cholesterol levels (bad cholesterol) and raise your HDL cholesterol levels (good cholesterol) significantly. As long as you take the right amount, you’ll not overload your liver and get hepatoxicity.
Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10)
This supplement will increase the body’s production of adenosine triphosphate (ATP) and you’ll feel more energetic when this happens. As the human body ages, it produces less CoQ10, and this is not good because your heart depends on it to be healthy.
Often people take statins to treat high cholesterol, however, if you take them, it’s even more important to take this supplement. Statins actually deplete the CoQ10 levels in your body. There are a multitude of benefits that come from this supplement.
This supplement is very beneficial for patients suffering from heart disease because it reduces mortality rates. The L-carnitine carries fat into the mitochondria in the cells, and since your heart depends on fat for energy, this supplement will help to transport this required fat.
Alaskan Salmon Fish Oil
We all know that fish oils are rich in omega-3 fatty acids that the body craves. Make sure the Alaskan Salmon fish oil comes from wild fish and NOT farm-raised fish. The omega-3 fats will lower the risk of heart disease and heart attacks. This supplement is a MUST HAVE.
It’s inexpensive, and considering our current daily diet which is high in omega-6 fats which are inflammatory, you really need the fish oil to balance things out and lower your heart disease risks.
Magnesium is considered ‘nature’s tranquilizer’, but it’s also great for preventing heart disease. The biggest benefit of magnesium is its ability to block excess calcium from getting into the cells in your body.
Arterial calcium leads to coronary artery calcification and raises the risk of heart disease. Magnesium inhibits the calcium from reaching the cells and nips the problem in the bud.
The 5 supplements above should be consumed regularly in order to avoid heart disease and other health issues that could develop. Speak to your doctor first before taking any supplements. Once you get the go ahead, do make them a part of your daily life.
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I’m excited to talk about this topic today because not only do I truly believe that you have the power to reverse heart disease and lower high blood pressure to improve your health, but the science also agrees! You can adopt healthy lifestyle practices that improve your health and enrich your life, which can in turn improve the lives of those close to you. You have the power to break the cycle of these chronic diseases so that you can leave a legacy of health to your loved ones.
As you may already know, I use lifestyle medicine as the first line of treatment, before medications, to treat lifestyle-related chronic diseases. Lifestyle-related chronic diseases include diabetes, hypertension, obesity, and some cancers, just to name a few. Lifestyle practices, such as eating a whole-food plant-based diet and regular physical activity, can help you improve blood pressure and reverse heart disease. In certain cases, these approaches may even outperform pharmaceutical therapy. But I always tell my patients that conventional medications may be appropriate at this time to prevent catastrophic illness, but over time, you can work to make the necessary lifestyle changes to possibly reduce and/or eliminate medications. Please remember to always consult your physician for your particular needs and circumstances prior to making any decisions whatsoever.
Is Dietary Supplementation Right For You?
There is a common saying, “You can’t outrun a bad diet.” This is especially true when it comes to heart health. Diet is sooooo very important… Did you know that your diet could be the key to a healthy heart? It’s true – what you eat (and don’t eat) can have a big impact on your cardiovascular health. So, if you’re looking to keep your heart in tip-top shape, make sure you pay attention to what you put on your plate.
Unfortunately, it can be difficult to eat a healthy diet in this day and age. It is very important to note that we are not eating the same foods we ate years ago because the soils have been depleted of critical nutrients through current industrial farming practices. And because the soil is not as good as it used to be, the food supply (grown from the depleted soil) is not as good as it used to be. For example, you are not getting the same levels of magnesium as you would have gotten 30 or even 50 years ago.
Second, much of the food has been genetically altered, which can impact the inherent and unique nutritional composition that each food possess. For example, ancient einkorn wheat has less gluten, more protein, more Vitamin A, and more beta carotene, than modern genetically modified wheat.
Third, the toxic load in the environment today is much higher than 100 years ago. We can see this with global warming, toxic landfills, polluted oceans and waterways, etc. Toxicity levels interfere with nutrient assimilation and absorption not just into the foods, but into our bodies as well.
If you suspect that you aren’t getting the nutrients you need, consider shifting your focus from supplements to eating better. Improving your diet overall can do wonders for your overall health. You may not get all of the beneficial nutrients, such as vitamins, minerals, fiber, etc., but you will be on the right path.
For some people, vitamin and mineral supplements offer important health benefits. Supplements are designed to fight deficiencies found in our diet and complement the food we eat regularly. Supplements are basically “helping hands” to our daily food.
If you need extra help in getting the nutrients you need, and/or are unable to eat better, the supplements in my Healthy Heart Bundle may provide the extra boost you need.
These are my favorite Heart Health Supplements to use! This Healthy Heart Bundle will ensure you have the intake of the important vitamins, minerals, and probiotics to decrease inflammation and boost your innate wellness day and night. Taken together, it’s a solid plan for increasing your body’s natural resiliency while you lose weight and improve your heart health, naturally.
For best results make sure you use my heart health supplements with dietary changes including a whole food plant-based diet, regular exercise (at least 2-3x per week), regular sleep (8 hours per night), and intermittent fasting (at least 1-3x per week).
Tools to Improve Heart Health
Blood Pressure Monitoring
Since weight management is very important in blood pressure control, I recommend that you be mindful of your weight and its fluctuations, and that you monitor your weight AT LEAST on a weekly basis. I recommend a scale that includes a body composition monitor.
Want To Know More About Your Heart Health?
Heart health is a big topic. It’s in the news, on our minds, and for good reason; heart disease remains the leading cause of death in the U.S. But what if there was something you could do proactively to help protect your heart from future problems? Enter the CardiaX test—a revolutionary new way to take charge of your heart health!
What is CardiaX?
CardiaX is a comprehensive genetic testing panel that looks at mutations associated with common cardiovascular risks. It can be used to determine if there are any genetic factors at play in your heart health, and it can also identify potential areas of risk that may require further action. With this knowledge, you can make informed choices about your health today with the aim of improving long-term heart health outcomes.
Who Might Benefit from CardiaX?
If you have been diagnosed with or are at risk for atherosclerosis, abnormal cholesterol production, hypertension, stroke risk, and risk for heart attack then you may benefit from this test. Additionally, anyone who wants to know more about their genetic predispositions for common cardiovascular risks may also want to consider taking this test as well.
What Can I Do With My Results?
Your results will give you an indication of whether or not there are any potential genetic markers playing a role in your risk for developing certain conditions related to heart health. From there, you can work with your healthcare provider to develop a plan that takes into account these findings and helps you develop strategies for managing them going forward. In addition to lifestyle changes such as diet and exercise modification, selecting medications that are tailored specifically to your genetics could be beneficial as well.
In A Nutshell…
The CardiaX test is an exciting new way to take charge of your heart health by learning more about how genetics might be playing a role in certain cardiovascular risks. With this knowledge in hand, patients can make decisions informed by their own unique genetic profile that will help reduce their overall risk for developing certain conditions associated with heart disease. This type of proactive approach is key when it comes to protecting ourselves against this all-too-common affliction—so don’t wait another minute! Take control of your future and get started with the CardiaX test today!
Remember, healthy lifestyle behaviors–like eating a whole-foods plant-based diet that is low in sodium, being physically active, and stress management are the best ways to prevent and control high blood pressure. Please talk with your doctor about any complementary health approaches, including supplements, you use.
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