Your heart pumps blood to the rest of your body day in and day out. This goes on all of the time, without you having to think about a single heartbeat. It’s an amazing process! You’re probably already aware that what you eat and lifestyle choices you make can have a big impact on your heart health. In Chinese medicine, the heart and mind are said to be connected. So it makes sense to want to build a harmonious relationship between our hearts and minds to achieve better health.
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Did you know that a healthy heart typically pumps oxygen-rich blood to every part of the body 100,000 times a day? And that the heart has its own electrical system to control your heartbeat? February is American Heart Month, and while you should care for your heart every month of the year, this is a perfect time to give this amazing organ extra love and attention.
The American Heart Association (AHA) reports that heart disease has been called the Silent Killer because it often has no noticeable symptoms. The statistics: It’s more deadly than all forms of cancer combined and actually impacts more women than men. In addition to talking with your healthcare provider about preventive measures such as kicking the smoking habit and keeping your blood pressure at a healthy level, the right diet can help. From healthy fats to low calorie treats, here are some suggestions for heart-healthy foods and drinks, based on the AHA recommendations:
Turmeric is a member of the ginger family of plants and is well known for its use in curries and other Eastern dishes. Its bright yellow color makes it useful for dyeing fabric, and it’s also used in decorative body work, particularly at Indian weddings, where the bride is often treated to a bridal mask. As part of this traditional practice, turmeric and milk are mixed together and applied to skin the night before the wedding—creating a golden glow that’s not only beautiful but said to ward off evil spirits.
We’ve all been there—hunting for misplaced keys, trying to recall the name of a person we just met, walking into a room and wondering why we entered in the first place. Forgetfulness happens. It comes with being busy, stressed or tired. It also naturally picks up as we get older.
Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, and I hate to sound like some kind of old-fashioned 1950s housewife TV character, but I’m not really sure I’m gonna be in the mood for romance (sorry, sweetie!) because it feels like someone is squishing my head. With pointy pliers. While playing heavy metal music. It’s just not very sexy.
About this time of year, many of my clients’ thoughts turn to detoxification. People’s memories of their recent holiday food-and-drink indulgences are fresh in their minds and also on the scale. Fortunately, so is the optimism that spring is just around the corner. Both are excellent motivators for health-minded people to work with the liver to support the body’s ability to neutralize toxins.
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