What is your Cardiovascular Health Risk?

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What is your Cardiovascular Health risk?

February is American Heart Health Month.  At PureBalance we are celebrating the heart all month long and want to share some tips on how to get a head start to a healthier heart!

A healthy heart goes beyond your cholesterol numbers.  Did you know that 50% of all heart attacks occur in people with normal cholesterol levels?  Why do most Americans base their cardiovascular health on a number that at best is relevant only 50% of the time?  At PureBalance we go beyond the lipid panel.  Our Advanced Cardiovascular Health Blood Panel measures other risk factors that give us a much more in depth picture of your cardiovascular health.  This panel will allow us to better understand the specifics of your situation so we can create a customized dietary, lifestyle, exercise, and supplement program to restore health and balance to your cardiovascular system.

The Current state of Cardiovascular testing…

For most people in the US testing for cardiovascular disease consist of a total cholesterol count, triglyceride count, HDL, and LDL values.  Although these are risk factors that we believe everyone should get checked yearly, it is important to understand that cardiovascular disease is not only about blood fats. Our Advanced Cardiovascular Health Blood Panel uncovers information related to inflammation specific to the cardiovascular system.  We look at the size of the lipids because research shows that smaller dense particles are associated with increased heart attacks.  We look for nutrient deficiencies that play a primary role in heart disease such as folic acid and vitamin D, and evaluate other markers associated with arteriosclerosis.

Why doesn’t my Cardiologist offer this test?

Cardiologists are trained to manage heart disease.  The tools they are familiar with consist of drugs and surgery.  The markers in our Advanced Cardiovascular Health Blood Panel are markers that indicate dietary and nutrient deficiencies and chronic inflammation.  They require specific dietary changes and food supplements to correct these imbalances. Some Cardiologists around the country are learning more about these important markers in cardiovascular health and the importance in preventative medicine.  Can you afford to wait for your Cardiologist to jump on board?

Cardiovascular disease is an inflammatory condition, and inflammatory markers can predict cardiovascular stress up to 10 years before a heart attack.  If you can control inflammation now you may be able to prevent a cardiovascular event in the future.  Get started today and get the PureBalance Cardiovascular Health Blood Panel, Your Heart will love you for it!

A cardiovascular health plan will be put together depending on your unique needs based on your blood work results.

4 Heart Friendly Tips:

1) Heart Friendly Product Tip!

Total Omega 3+ our best product for Heart Health!

Total Omega 3+ is the perfect supplement to support a healthy heart.   TO3+ is a combination of pharmaceutical grade Fish Oil, Ubiquinol, Vitamin K2, Vitamin D3, and Vitamin E with Tocotrienols.  This combination works specifically on decreasing inflammation in your cardiovascular system.

Fish oil is one of the most potent anti-inflammatory products available, and crucial to keeping your blood fats balanced.  Ubiquinol is the active form of CoQ10, and the preferred form to use when taking statin medications.  Ubiquinol is one of the most potent antioxidants in the heart tissue.  Vitamin K2 is very important for proper calcium metabolism.  Research shows the K2 transports calcium to the bones, where it belongs, and not to the arteries where it can become part of atherosclerotic plaques! Healthy Vitamin D levels are important for heart and immune health.  Vitamin E with Tocotrienols is one of the most studied natural ingredients for the treatment of heart disease.  Studies show Tocomin softens the arteries and helps with the absorption of fat.

2) Heart Friendly Treatment Tip!

Far Infrared Sauna

Medical research shows that regular use of a Far Infrared Sauna may be as effective for cardiovascular conditioning as exercise. The cardiovascular cleansing properties of a far infrared sauna allow the circulatory system to have increased circulation and oxygenation while lowering blood pressure. A passive cardiovascular work out!

A study published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology found that repeated use of a far infrared sauna improved vascular endothelial and cardiac function in patients with chronic heart failure.

High daily stress levels put constant strain on the body’s nervous system and can contribute to chronic disease. The far infrared sauna helps to reduce physical stress by boosting circulation and triggering the production of endorphins, the “feel good” hormones. Besides these physiological effects, a sauna session also contributes to stress reduction simply by providing a peaceful and relaxing environment away from it all.  Book your Sauna time today.  Another reason for your heart to love you!

3) Heart Friendly Dietary Tip!

De-junk your diet! Processed foods are rich in one thing and that is trans fats, the worst fat you can consume. Why are trans fats unhealthy?

Trans fat may increase the levels of “bad” cholesterol in your body and decrease your levels of “good” cholesterol doing nothing good for your heart. Small amounts of trans fat occur naturally in foods such as milk, butter and animal meat. But this type of trans fat doesn’t seem to be as harmful to your health as the trans fat found in commercially prepared baked goods, fried foods and snack foods.

Read food labels carefully and check for trans fat. Food labels must list trans fat, total fat, saturated fat and cholesterol. Trans fat will appear in the ingredient list as “hydrogenated vegetable oil” or “partially hydrogenated vegetable oil.”

When you read a nutrition label, keep in mind that companies are allowed to list the amount of trans fat as “0 grams” if the product contains less than 0.5 grams of trans fat per serving. This means that your food may still contain some trans fat even if the nutrition label says “0 grams” per serving, be aware of foods that say “trans fat free” on the package. Better yet, eat a diet rich in fruit and veggies…no label to decipher!

Heart Friendly recipe: Basic Chicken Stir Fry

4) Heart Friendly Exercise Tip!

To maximize the benefits of exercise on your heart, mix up what you do. Strength-train a couple of days a week. Walk as much as possible, mix in some jogging, running or uphill walking just to change this up.  Consider taking a yoga class for increased circulation and relaxation. Weight training can help lower high blood pressure, improve cholesterol levels and help control blood sugar levels. By increasing lean muscle tissue and decreasing fat tissue in the body you help boost your metabolism and maintain a healthy weight.  Different exercises have different cardiovascular benefits.  Variety is the key to exercise when it comes to supporting heart health.

The best exercises are the ones you enjoy and that are convenient for you to do. Those are the ones you’ll keep doing. Remember, staying active is vital to a healthy heart!

Get on track to a healthy, happier heart!

 

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Dr. Ingrid Maes

Dr. Ingrid Maes specializes in gentle chiropractic care and creating a lifestyle that promotes your best health. As a doctor of chiropractic and certified acupuncturist, Ingrid is skilled at identifying the root cause of imbalance and creating physical, nutritional and emotional balance in all systems of your body.

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