A heart-to-heart about heart health

Your heart is one of the most hardworking organs in your body. It beats nonstop 115,000 times every single day, night, and weekend.1 So, it’s important to support it in order to live a healthy life. 

Lifestyle determines heart health 

While there’s speculation about what role genetics plays in heart health, for most people, diet and lifestyle is the main determinant. Those with unhealthy diets, who are overweight, and who do limited exercise are much more likely to experience heart health problems than those with balanced diets and active lifestyles.2  

Eat with your heart in mind

It’s completely possible to support your heart without depriving yourself of all the delicious foods your taste buds crave. Plenty of foods, including fish, nuts, and seeds, are high in unsaturated (good) fats and low in cholesterol. Try to limit your intake of saturated fats as well. Eating more of these “bad fats” can negatively affect your heart.3  

Get on up and get moving

A lot of people think staying fit requires spending hours on a treadmill or doing hundreds of push-ups. In reality, it’s much easier. The American Heart Association recommends at least 150 minutes of moderate aerobic activity or 75 minutes of vigorous aerobic activity. Virtually any activity that gets your body moving and your heart pumping counts. That includes everything from taking the stairs, to going for a jog, to shooting hoops in the driveway.4

Say yes to less stress

Think of a time something really stressed you out. Chances are your heart rate was higher than normal. That’s because your body triggers a "fight or flight" response to stress. This in turn makes your heart work harder than normal in a negative way, which can affect its health. Excess stress can also lead us to partake in some less-than-desirable activities like overeating, over-drinking, and smoking to cope. All of these of course, can hurt your heart.5

Your heart thanks you for not smoking

While you’re probably familiar with its effects on the lungs and throat, smoking has major negative effects on the heart, too. When you smoke, those fumes and all the toxic compounds end up in your bloodstream and eventually make their way to your heart. Nicotine, a chemical prevalent in tobacco damages the arteries and puts your heart at greater risk. Quitting is one of the best things you can do for your overall health, but especially for you heart.6

Omega-3 lends your heart a helping hand

Eating a balanced diet and incorporating a little exercise and maintaining avoiding harmful habits will help your heart. But, if you’re looking for additional support, you can’t go wrong taking an Omega-3 heart health supplement like our Heartthrob. Omega-3s have been shown to potentially reduce the risk of coronary heart disease. (FYI: Our Heartthrob is packed with twice as much Omega-3s as standard fish oil alone). Adding an Omega-3 supplement to your routine is a super simple way to help support heart health.

Supportive, but not conclusive research shows that consumption of EPA and DHA omega-3 fatty acids may reduce the risk of coronary heart disease and support joint and eye health.

1. Familial hypertrophic cardiomyopathy - Genetics Home Reference – NIH https://ghr.nlm.nih.gov/condition/familial-hypertrophic-cardiomyopathy#statistics
2. Benjamin MM, Roberts WC. Facts and principles learned at the 39th Annual Williamsburg Conference on Heart Disease. Advances in pediatrics. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3603726/. Published April 2013. Accessed July 10, 2018.
3. Nicholls SJ, Lundman P, Harmer JA, et al. Consumption of saturated fat impairs the anti-inflammatory properties of high-density lipoproteins and endothelial function. Advances in pediatrics. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16904539. Published August 15, 2006. Accessed July 10, 2018.
4. American Heart Association. Recommendations for Physical Activity in Adults. http://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/HealthyLiving/PhysicalActivity/FitnessBasics/American-Heart-Association-Recommendations-for-Physical-Activityin-Adults_UCM_307976_Article.jsp#.XFxpZBlKhTY. Last reviewed February, 2014. Accessed February 7, 2019.
5. American Heart Association. Stress and Heart Health. https://www.heart.org/en/healthy-living/healthy-lifestyle/stress-management/stress-and-heart-health. Last reviewed April 17, 2018. Accessed February 7, 2019.
6. American Heart Association. How Smoking and Nicotine Damage Your Body. https://www.heart.org/en/healthy-living/healthy-lifestyle/quit-smoking-tobacco/how-smoking-and-nicotine-damage-your-body. Last reviewed February 17, 2018. Accessed February 7, 2019.

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