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You are such a natural teacher–warm, kind, insightful, articulate, able to distill a complex idea into its essence simply. I had such a lovely experience being and learning with you and the group of extraordinary women you’ve attracted into your world. Thank you for sharing your wisdom and for opening my eyes so unexpectedly about the power of this work. My unconscious mind met my conscious mind this weekend, in my awareness, thanks to YOU! Mind. Blown. So looking forward to continuing this journey with you. 

Heidi Rome

Heart disease is the #1 killer in N America, accounting for about 31% of all deaths globally, which amounts to 17.9 million people.

Did you know there are small things that you can do to reduce your risk?

Balanced Diet: Consuming a diet rich in fruits, vegetables, lean proteins, and whole grains promotes heart health by providing essential nutrients and minimizing the intake of saturated and trans fats.

Heart Disease

Speaking of fats, balancing your Omega 3 and Omega 6 fats is very important in optimizing your heart health.  Our body doesn’t make these, we need to get them through our food and/or supplements. Omega 6s are readily available in most foods, including processed foods as they are found in many of the cheap oils, the processed food industry uses.  These are our inflammatory Omegas, and we do need them, however we want them to be in ratio with our anti-inflammatory Omega 3s.  These however are not as readily available and as such many people become deficient, relative to the amount of Omega 6s they are ingesting.  Our best source of Omega 3s are from wild fatty fish, such as salmon, anchovies, sardines, rock fish, catfish, oysters, mussels, mackerel, black cod, pacific halibut, arctic char, and rainbow trout.

Most people are not eating those types of fish 3 or 4 times a week to keep their ratios in balance, especially children, and so even our children can be deficient in Omega 3s. There are some plant-based sources of Omega 3s such as marine algae, chia seeds, flax seeds, pumpkin seeds, and walnuts. However, these produce ALA that has to be converted into EPA and DHA that we get directly from wild fatty fish.

We need both EPA and DHA to support heart health – they have many other health benefits as well, such as brain function, eyesight, healthy skin, joint health, supports our nervous system and immune system. Omega 3s are a natural hormone replacement, they help to burn stored body fat and suppress appetite, they reduce inflammation, help support the liver and are very important for pregnant women and nursing mothers.

As you can tell, I’m a huge proponent of balancing your Omega 3s and Omega 6s and I haven’t even shared the biggest reason yet!

Back in our caveman days, based on the diet that was available at the time their ratios of Omega 6: Omega 3 was 3:1.  Today, the average North American’s ratio is 18:1, which means we are taking in way too many Omega 6s and are therefore deficient in our Omega 3s, as we should be at 18:6 in order to remain in balance.  I run a simple blood spot lab test so people can find out their Omega 3 ratios, and then we work to bring the ratio down to at least 5:1 from wherever they are at.

Here’s the really big news, right on that lab report it says the desired levels of Total Omega 3s is greater than 9% and that correlates with a 90% risk reduction for sudden cardiac deathWow! That is huge, because what if we helped everyone rebalance their Omega 3 levels, through diet and supplementation, we could reduce the number of deaths by cardiac disease significantly. That is why I’m sharing this with you as it’s super easy for you to do. The lab not only shows your levels, so you have a base point, it lets you know whether you need a supplement that has more EPA or more DHA in it as well. This is really powerful information to have about your own body! As they say “knowledge is power”.

I also want to talk about the importance of balanced minerals when it comes to heart health, particularly Calcium and Magnesium. 80% of North Americans are deficient in Magnesium due to our nutrient depleted soil systems and it is needed for over 300 chemical reactions in the body.

A deficiency in magnesium can result in high blood pressure and irregular heartbeat, among other symptoms.  Meanwhile if we have too much calcium, which goes hand in hand with Magnesium, (we want them in balance, we don’t want too much calcium pushing magnesium absorption down or vice versa), as too much calcium can lead to a hardening of our tissues, such as our arteries. This then means they can’t expand and restrict to manage blood pressure well.  Our  minerals can get out of balance due to chronic stress, which is why you get told that stress causes heart disease, however you might never have been told how stress causes heart disease by impacting your mineral levels and that you can choose to re-balance your mineral levels.

The Minerals &  Metals lab test is a simple hair sampling that will assess your mineral levels and if you are experiencing any levels of toxicity from heavy metals. It’s great information to have about your body, because then you know what to do to rebalance your minerals and in doing so, support your heart health, as well as knowing if you need to be doing a heavy metal detox in order to reduce the level of aluminum, cadmium, arsenic, lead, or mercury in your body. None of which are good to have in your body, not too mention Mercury and Aluminum are neurotoxins as well.

I also love the Equi Life products which are designed specifically to support people with heart health issues, while they address the underlying root causes of stress and rebalancing their mineral levels and Omega 3s. There are several of these products, so I am going to go through them here.

The first one is called Daily Cardio Support, and the other one is Advanced Blood Pressure Support.  They are not to be used if you are already on a pharmaceutical medication due to contraindications with the grapeseed extract in these products, however if you know you need to support your heart health and want to do so naturally, they are a great solution. They are only supposed to be used for 4 – 6 months, while you address the other areas of your life so that you no longer need this as your heart is healthy again.

Let’s dive into the other areas of your life that you can focus on to support heart health:

Regular Exercise: Engaging in regular physical activity strengthens the heart muscle, improves circulation, and helps maintain a healthy weight.

Maintaining a Healthy Weight: Striving for a healthy body weight reduces the risk of heart disease and related conditions such as hypertension and diabetes.

Managing Stress: High levels of stress can contribute to heart disease. Practicing stress-reduction techniques like meditation, yoga, or deep breathing exercises can help. Exercising, going for a walk, etc. can all help to reduce your levels of stress. When you reduce your stress, you don’t burn through your minerals, and you don’t end up deficient in your key minerals that support your heart health.

Adequate Sleep: Getting enough quality sleep each night is essential for heart health, as poor sleep can increase the risk of hypertension, obesity, and diabetes. Adequate sleep each night is essential for heart health, as poor sleep can increase the risk of hypertension, obesity, and diabetes.

I recently did a Health Hack series on the importance of sleep. It’s episodes #391 to #402 which you can find on my Facebook, Youtube  or my LinkedIn Channel. They will be within the “Don’t Wait for Your Wake Up Call” podcast in a few more weeks.

There has been research by the American Heart Association that found that when we go on Daylight savings time and we lose an hour of sleep, the Monday after that weekend, there is a 24% increase in heart attacks. Now that is for when we lose just 1 hour of sleep!

On the flip side, hen we go off Daylight Savings Time, we gain an hour of sleep. It has been shown that there is a 21% reduction in the number of heart attacks just from gaining that 1 hour of sleep. That is how critical sleep is to your heart health!

Limiting Alcohol Consumption: Excessive alcohol consumption can raise blood pressure and contribute to heart disease. Moderation is key.

No Smoking: Smoking damages blood vessels, raises blood pressure, and increases the risk of heart disease. Quitting smoking is one of the best things you can do for your heart. If you are having trouble quitting smoking, please reach out to me because we can do a couple of hypnotherapy sessions in order to help you quit smoking with greater ease. By using hypnosis instead of just relying on willpower, which can be very difficult, you can quit smoking and help improve your heart health.

Regular Health Check-ups: Regular visits to your healthcare provider allow for early detection and management of risk factors like high cholesterol, hypertension, and diabetes. I am a big proponent of lab tests and knowing your numbers, whether the lab tests are from the functional medicine lab test that I do or the blood work you receive from your doctor, this information about your body, is very important and as I’ve already said, “knowledge is power”.

By having regular visits to your healthcare provider, allowing for the early detection and management of any risks you may have such as high cholesterol, hypertensions, and diabetes, you can start to resolve your health issues naturally rather than relying on a pill for the rest of your life.

Ten years ago, you didn’t need those pills, so what has changed? Let’s look at the root cause of what is triggering your heart health issues, and then we go back and resolve the root cause, then you can get to a place where you no longer have high cholesterol, diabetes, or hypertension.

Hydration: Staying hydrated supports cardiovascular health by aiding circulation and preventing dehydration-related stress on the heart.

I recently did a series of Health Hacks on the importance of hydration. You can find these episodes starting with #379 all the way through to #390, which you can find on my Facebook, Youtube  or my LinkedIn Channel.  Please check them out, it’s something that we so often take for granted, and we shouldn’t, because it is critical to our underlying health.

Social Connections: This one might surprise you. However, social connections are important for your heart health, because strong social connections and a supportive network can positively impact your heart health by reducing stress and promoting overall well being because of course your heart is the centre of all the “love” in your life. 

As you can see there is a lot that you can do yourself to ensure you have a healthy heart, and you do not need to be reliant on a pill forever, and nor do you need to become another statistic.

If you need any support with your heart health, or your health in general, or would like to run some labs to get some baseline information about the imbalances in your body, please reach out at melissa@yourguidedhealthjourney.com or go to my website and click the book button to book a complimentary discovery call so we can discuss your health goals and  how I can best support you.

If you know of someone that is struggling with a particular health issue, please share this article with them. It is my goal to get this message and others out to people, so they know how to empower themselves in their health, and that there are more ways to heal than just one way. It is always great to get a second, or third opinion when figuring out what is the right way for you on your healing journey.