We wanted to share with you some natural ways to take care of your precious ticker.
We all know the heart is a vital organ, but it’s not like we can lather it in a fancy lotion to make it work better. With that being said, what steps do we need to take to give our heart the TLC it deserves?
It’s never too early or too late to start taking care of yourself. The decisions we make today have a way of affecting tomorrow. It not a surprise that a lack of exercise, poor diet and unhealthy habits add up throughout the years. As Michael Jackson would say, “It’s time to make a change.”
First, the food you eat has a huge impact on your health. Limiting saturated and trans fats are crucial. Both of these fats raise levels of LDL cholesterol. Fat is an important part of any diet, but it should be from healthy sources like nuts, avocado, salmon, flaxseed or dark chocolate. Upping your fresh fruits and veggie consumption helps as well, especially consuming cruciferous vegetables such as cabbage, kale and broccoli, which are full of antioxidants.
Researchers believe excess fructose may reduce the production of nitric oxide, a gas that helps blood vessels relax and dilate, which means reducing sugar consumption is a must. Most importantly, just eat nutrient dense foods.
In addition, did you know that your nervous system controls all the functions of your body? Nerves control the body’s heart rate and blood pressure, which are essential factors in heart health. Neurologically based chiropractic care removes nerve interference, which allows the brain to communicate to the heart and the rest of the body effectively. In turn, chiropractic care can lower blood pressure, improve nerve function of the heart, decrease inflammation, improve heart rate variability and decrease chest pain.
Also, get active! Exercising on a regular basis reduces inflammation and oxidative damage. It also helps reduce stress. Along with exercise, find time for meditation. In the INTERHEART study, stress tripled the risk of heart disease by dysregulating the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis, which is directly intertwined with the nervous system, and it governs the “fight-or- flight” response we experience.
“Continued activation of the fight-or-flight response leads to hyper-arousal of the sympathetic nervous system, which in turn leads to chronically elevated levels of cortisol. And elevated levels of cortisol can cause both inflammation and oxidative damage.(1)”
Lastly, are you sleeping enough? Adults typically need seven to eight hours to function well. When sleep deprived, the body releases stress hormones that constrict arteries and cause inflammation. This isn’t just for adults though. Children also need to get adequate sleep. In a study conducted by the National Sleep Foundation, they found that adolescents who didn’t sleep well had higher cholesterol levels, a higher BMI, larger waists, higher blood pressure and an increased risk of hypertension.
Living a healthy lifestyle isn’t always easy. There are not enough hours in the day to do everything, but it’s important to start making changes to our health. If our health isn’t improving, it’s getting worse, and that’s something we should always be striving to advance.
At Credence Chiropractic, it is our mission to provide hope and healing to the families of our community through neurologically based chiropractic care. Our vision is to create one of the healthiest cities in the world right here in Georgetown, Tx by allowing individuals to achieve optimal health naturally through chiropractic care.
Dr. Chris obtained his B.S. in Exercise Physiology from Southern Illinois University of Carbondale and then began his chiropractic training at Logan University, College of Chiropractic in St. Louis, MO.
During his time at Logan University, Dr. Chris learned the most up-to-date, scientific, and comprehensive chiropractic care.
After College Kate ran a marketing department for a 3PL in St. Louis for two years. During that time, she met Dr. Chris, and he completely changed her life through specific scientific adjustments, and now together they hope to bring the hope and healing powers of Chiropractic to the Georgetown community.
1. Kresser, C. (2015, November 05). Ten steps to preventing heart disease naturally. Retrieved February 16, 2018, from https://chriskresser.com/ten-steps- to-preventing- heart-disease- naturally/