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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February is Heart Health Month, and what better way to celebrate than to try a new heart-healthy recipe? The American Heart Association recommends eating fish (preferably fatty fish, rich in omega-3 essential fatty acids) at least twice a week. Mahi is a tasty variety that not only supplies omega-3s but also serves as a good source of lean protein–and it’s low in saturated fat. Enjoy it with a simple citrus marinade loaded with vitamin C and antioxidants for a super healthy meal. Your heart will thank you!
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:
The month of February is typically associated with heart-shaped boxes of chocolate, red roses and sappy cards filled with poetry. It’s a time to remind your significant other how they have touched your heart.
But it’s also a good time to take care of your own heart. In honor of American Heart Month, I urge you to evaluate your daily habits: are they helping or hurting your heart?
On Valentine’s Day, chocolates are often exchanged as gifts of the heart. From a health perspective, however, chocolates may truly be regarded gifts for the heart. Cocoa beans, from which chocolate is made, are rich in nutrients known as flavonoids. These natural chemicals—found in many other plant foods, from fruits and vegetables to nuts and seeds—function as antioxidants, or protective agents that work to defend the body’s cells from free radical damage.
Q: What exactly is fish oil?
A: We’re glad you asked! Fish oil is derived from the tissues of oily fish. The oil acts as a carrier for fatty acids, such as the ever-so-important omega-3s. EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid) and DHA (docosahexaenoic acid) are two of types of omega-3s, which are considered essential fatty acids. What makes them “essential” is the fact that our bodies don’t produce these nutrients and can only obtain them from food or supplements. Read more →
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