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Heart Health Month

The heart is one of the most important organs in the entre human body. It’s a pump composed of muscle which pumps blood throughout the body, beating approxi-matelv 72 times per minute. On the average day, the heart pumps 1,900 gallons of blood through our bodies which carries all the vital materials to help our bodies function and remove waste products that we do not need. For ex-ample, the brain requires oxygen and glucose, which if not received continuously, it will cause a person to lose con-

sciousness. Muscles need oxygen, glucose and amino acids as well as the proper ratio of sodi-um, calcium and potassium salts in order to contract normally. The glands need sufficient supplies of raw materials from which to manufacture the specific secretions. If the heart ever ceases to pump blood, the body begins to shut down and after a very short period of time will die.

So it should be fair to say that one of the most important things to do is take care of your heart. Here are a few different ideas that may help. Think red! Strawberries, raspberries, pomegranates, tomatoes, red chili peppers, red wine, and red grapes: These contain lyco-pene-a carotenoid that gives foods their bright color and flavonoids which are powerful antioxidants that help prevent cell damage. Both of these have been shown to help reduce the risk of heart disease. Turmeric, cinnamon, nutmeg, basil, oregano, parsley, rosemary, and thyme are all loaded with antioxidants that may be good for the heart or inflammation associ-ated. Dark chocolate and red wine are both very high in antioxidants and good for the heart.

Maybe you could walk around when you’re on the phone, taking frequent breaks at work, and hauling the treadmill out of the basement and strolling while you’re watching TV. You could even dance your way to good heart health. It combines muscle strengthening, cardio exercise, and mental stimulation.

Science is backing up the correlation between emotions and heart health. In a recent study, people who were happy and positive were less likely to develop heart disease over a 10-year period compared with those who were not so happy. When someone has made you angry or you’re frustrated with a situation, bring the fingertips of one hand to your heart to shift focus away from your head-where your thoughts stir up stress-and into your heart. It’s an easy way to remind yourself to lead with your heart, not your head.

Using the following CHF formulas may help too: #33 Heart+ is a well balanced supplement to help support the heart and vascular system. #92 Pomegranate may help maintain cardiovascular functions, cholesterol levels, blood vessels, and healthy arteries during the aging process. If you have high blood pressure you should also consider #26 Pressure. #39 Oral Chelation may help remove heavy metals and help with cholesterol levels. Elevated blood sugar levels have been associated with a higher heart rate, use #15 Berberine HCL, it may help control blood sugar levels.