The Three Basic Approaches for Promoting Heart Health

Supporting heart health includes a combination of exercise

 

The Three Basic Approaches for Promoting Heart Health
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Supporting heart health includes a combination of exercise, a heart healthy diet and heart supplements. Each of these three elements plays an important role in promoting heart health and the combination of all three works in synergy for maximum heart health benefits.

Exercise: The American Heart Association suggests that even moderate activity can be beneficial for the heart. According the studies the effect of inactivity on the heart is comparable to that of smoking, raised cholesterol levels and high blood pressure. So living an inactive lifestyle may be as harmful for the heart as smoking! The American Heart Association recommends that all healthy adults get at least 30 minutes of moderate exercise, five days a week. Such activities can include swimming, jogging, aerobic dancing, yard work, gardening, walking, climbing stairs, or cycling. Aerobic exercises in particular help to stimulate the production of oxygen in the blood and increase heart palpitation. This gives a good workout for the heart and lungs. Anaerobic exercise helps to build muscles. It is advisable to mix your exercise routine with aerobic, anaerobic and stretches.

Exercise helps to:

1. Strengthen the functions of the heart and lungs, as well as other organs in the body. It builds strength and endurance to help increase energy levels and optimize metabolism.

2. It also releases stress and tension accumulated in joints and muscles, as well as increases joint mobility and flexibility.

3. Supports healthy circulation of blood to all organs.

4. Tones skin.

5. Helps promote regularity of bowel movements.

6. Supports immune health.

Before starting any exercise program consult with your doctor for an exercise regiment that is suitable for you.

Diet that Supports (Heart) Health:

There is really no such thing as a heart healthy diet! What we're talking about is well-balanced nutrition which is recommended for everyone. The reason we think it's a heart healthy diet is because of the consequences associated with unhealthy eating which have a direct or indirect influence on heart health. A well balanced diet supports healthy eating habits and overall health, including cardio health.

A balanced diet includes: at least 5 servings a day of fresh fruits and vegetables. At least 6 cups a day of grains (preferably whole grains). An adequate intake of 25 to 40 grams of dietary fiber a day. Watching your calories to maintain an optimal weight. Limiting your intake of high calories foods, as well foods that contain trans fats, hydrogenated oils, fast foods and fried foods. Eating fatty fish at least twice a week for the omega 3 benefits.

Focus on eating nutritional foods, instead of high-calorie foods which have little nutritive value.

Heart Supplements: There are certain nutrients that research shows have a favorable affect on cardio health. Take a look at these nutrients and how they help to support heart functions:Omega 3 fatty acids. Both the Food and Drug Administration and the American Heart Association have recognized the benefits of Omega 3 fatty acids for supporting heart health by helping to maintain normal cholesterol levels.CoQ10. This vitamin-like substance is concentrated in the heart muscles and provides energy for its functions. Folic acid. This member of the B vitamins helps to support healthy homocysteine levels, needed to arterial health.Phytosterols. Research indicates that phytosterols may play a role in the proper elimination of bad cholesterol from the system, inhibiting its absorption by the body.A well-formulated cardio supplement like CardioMatrix contains a blend of the above heart-healthy nutrients. Used regularly, they play an active role in supporting cardio health along with a healthy diet and exercise regimen.

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