Protect the heart that offers so much love

Protect the heart that offers so much love

by Sally Walters


Whether you’re in a relationship or alone, Valentine’s Day is not only a celebration of love but also of your brave heart. It’s a celebration of your ability to love fiercely, both yourself and others, of your willingness to love again and again, of your bravery to overcome heartbreak and your courage to open your heart again when the time is right.

With V-day fast approaching, our focus tends to veer to our most prized possession: our delicate yet strong heart. We learn throughout our lives how to protect our heart: how to love ourselves and surround ourselves with people that match our energy, how to read people and their intentions to avoid heartbreak, how to trust our instincts, and how to be authentic in our relationships.

But while you might have all the tools to protect your heart emotionally, what steps are you taking to protect it physically? After all, your heart isn’t just a cute, red symbol of love and affection, but also a far more intricate and complex muscle that powers your entire body from beneath your ribcage.

And with heart disease being the No. 1 cause of death in the United States, it’s only practical to think of ways that you can take care of your heart.

1. Don’t eat your heart out
Try to keep stress and negative emotions at bay. I know that’s easier said than done given that nowadays stress seems to be everybody’s Alan Harper, coming into your life supposedly for a couple of days but never actually leaving!
It’s important to know that stress can raise blood pressure levels and, in extreme cases, even trigger heart attacks. Set aside some time in your daily routine for relaxation by meditating, listening to music, or focusing on activities that bring you calm and peace.

2. Rest your weary heart
A good night’s sleep can do wonders for your heart. It’s recommended to have 7 hours of sleep each night to lower your risk of heart disease. Research shows that people who get 5 hours of sleep or less have hearts that are about 1.5 years older than those who manage to rest at least 7 hours per night.

 

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3. Don’t eat to your heart’s desire
Burgers, fries, desserts, or big, juicy steaks. When it comes to food, we all have our guilty pleasures. Unfortunately, none of them are good for your heart.
Try to limit your daily intake of saturated fats, added sugars, and foods that are high in sodium. Eating them once in a blue moon won’t kill you, but eating them every day might. Eat plenty of fresh fruits and veggies, cut down on red meat or substitute with fish and poultry, and when a sugar crave kicks in, nibble on some dark chocolate.

4. Give your golden heart some extra help
It’s important to know what essential elements can help your body and in what way.
When it comes to your heart, vitamins D3 and K2 are the perfect duo because of their symbiotic relationship. D3 can stabilize your blood pressure levels while K2 prevents calcium build up in your arteries.
Together, they promote better heart health and shouldn’t be missing from your heart protection routine. Choose a liquid supplement that contains both vitamins, like the Elderberry Hill Organics D3+K2 Spray. It has a high absorption rate and it’s way easier to take than regular pills.

5. Keep your heart in check
Consult with your doctor if you have a history of heart disease in your family. The sooner you do a heart screening, the better. Do regular checks of your blood pressure, cholesterol and triglyceride levels, as these markers can indicate if you have any health issues that might concern your heart.

The month of love is the perfect time to start taking care of your heart and your health so that your loved ones can enjoy many precious moments with you for years and years to come.

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