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Heart Heart and Fitness During Valentines Day

LIVE A HEALTHY LIFE WITH PURPOSE AND PASSION

Celebrating Your Heart This Valentines Day 

The heart has been the symbol for love since ancient times because the heart is the core of our body, it’s vital to life, and it’s the center of our emotions.  But how often do you spend Valentine’s Day thinking about your real heart? 

Did you know?

  • Your heart beats involuntarily 100,000 times in one day and about 35 million times in one year. 
  • Before a baby is even born his or her little heart will beat about 50 million times at a heart rate of 140 beats per minute.
  • During an average lifetime, the human heart will beat more than 2.5 billion times. Even at rest, the muscles of the heart work twice as hard as the leg muscles of a person sprinting.
  • Your body has about 5.6 liters (6 quarts) of blood. This 5.6 liters of blood circulates nutrients and oxygen to all the 75 trillion cells of the body three times every minute.
  • In one day, the blood travels a total of 12,000 miles—that's four times the distance across the US from coast to coast.
  • During an average lifetime, the heart will pump nearly 1.5 million gallons of blood—enough to fill 200 train tank cars.
  • Your heart never rests!

Amazing isn’t it? 

Unfortunately, heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States with over 650,000 deaths year over year.

Many of these are preventable with lifestyle factors alone.

It’s clear to see that it’s vital to have a healthy functioning heart. So while you’re planning something special for your sweetheart on Valentine’s Day, be sure to remember to take care of your own heart too. 

How to have heart healthy Heart Day:

Start your day with a nice long walk with your honey—stroll the sandy beach, a wooded path or a hilly red desert trail—whatever the way, you’ll get your heart pumping which helps to lower blood pressure while keeping your weight in check; both are risk factors for heart disease. 

Cook up a heart healthy dinner like Easy Herb Crusted Salmon (recipe below) loaded with heart nourishing Omega 3 fats and antioxidants.

Chlorophyll in that side of green veggies is very similar to the oxygen-carrying molecule hemoglobin. It helps to reduce inflammation known to be a major contributing factor in heart health.

Enjoy a glass of red wine with your dinner and you’ll enjoy the benefits of the polyphenol resveratrol.  Studies show it prevents damage to blood vessels while preventing clots. 

Relax! Stress and anxiety are the number one causes of an elevated resting heart rate and contributors to the rise of related cardiac problems.

Laugh out loud. It increases your blood flow by a whopping 20%!

Share a little dark chocolate (recipe below). Flavanoids and polyphenols in chocolate neutralize free radicals that cause tissue damage while improving blood flow to the heart. Magnesium helps to relax blood vessel walls therefore reducing blood pressure.

Do you have a family history of heart disease? Are you worried about a future diagnosis of heart problems? Do you need help improving heart health so you can stay off heart medications? Book your complimentary health assessment today so you can finally live the strong and healthy life you want.

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